We've had Fenrir for just a bit over 2 years now! Although we celebrated his 2nd birthday on August 1st, he actually joined our pack on September 27th, 2015. I say stuff like this all the time, but it's crazy to me that two years have passed so quickly. In a way it feels like Fenrir has been a part of our family forever, but in other ways he still very much feels like the new kid on the block. Owning two dogs at once for the first time in my life has been an interesting experience with, if I'm honest, both pros and cons. I'll say up front though that I adore both my little boys and even though they can make life a bit crazy at times, I wouldn't trade them for the world. ...continue reading "Two Years of Having Two Dogs"
There's been so many crazy natural disasters lately, my heart really goes out to those who have been affected. Back in 2012 our areas was one of those that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. We had to go a cold October/November week without gas and electricity, which was quite the experience. At the time I had three Leopard Geckos that I had to worry about keeping warm without heat or electricity. Many pet owners understand the importance of preparing for our more traditional pets, cats and dogs, in the event of an emergency, but during the recent bout of hurricanes I came across many reptile owners in particular who were unsure of how/what to prepare for their scaly friends. ...continue reading "Emergency Planning for Reptiles"
Back in July perhaps our strangest pets, our 5 land snails, made their Paw Print debut. We've had them since June, almost 3 full months now, and they've grown an insane amount since we got them. All 5 of them are still alive and well, even Escargot who had a cracked shell and Princess Polka Dot who was the smallest, most fragile of the snail herd. ...continue reading "Where to Get Pet Snails"
I mentioned waay back in July (and I'm sure other times as well) that Mr. Kitsune suffers from flea allergy dermatitis. When I say suffers, he really suffers. A single flea bite is enough to send him into a frenzy where he'll scratch and bite at himself until he bleeds. He sometimes looses spots of fur, and his skin gets dry and crusty. Yeah, it's not pretty. ...continue reading "How I Clean Pet Laundry"
The other week I was walking Fen and something happened that made me sad, but at the same time totally reaffirmed my commitment to train my dog with positive based methods. I (so far) haven't written about this in depth, but both of my dogs, to one degree or another, are leash reactive. Kit walked awesomely on a leash until he was unfortunately attacked by a loose dog while I was walking him. After that he became reactive towards other dogs, mainly to large (strangely enough) brown dogs similar to the one who attacked him. ...continue reading "The Power of Positivity"
Last weekend the dogs and I went hiking. Awhile after we got home I was cleaning up the house a bit and found a foxtail on the bedroom floor. I figured either the dogs or I must have brought it home from our hike, perhaps it was stuck onto my clothing or the dogs' fur. After finding that one on the floor I promptly checked over both the dogs to make sure they didn't bring any other hitchhikers home.
For most people, the word "foxtail" doesn't conjure up images of horror. But ask any unfortunate pet owner whose pet has had a run in with these pesky plants, and you'll most likely hear at least a few horror stories. They may look innocent enough, but foxtails can present some very real dangers to pets. ...continue reading "Protect Your Pets From Foxtails"
Pretend for a moment that you're outside taking a walk instead of reading this. You're walking down the street - maybe on your own, with family members or friends, or perhaps you have your dog with you. You turn a corner and see someone walking a dog who is wearing a muzzle. What's the first thing that pops into your head? How do you react? ...continue reading "Breaking the Stereotypes of Dog Muzzles"
I feel a bit like a broken record sometimes mentioning how busy I am. Besides working on this blog, I also work a 'regular' job, and my fiance Chris and I are slowly trying to open our own business. Lately my job has been giving me double the hours that I'm used too, which is awesome when I get my paychecks but not so awesome when it comes to time management. Of course all that is on top of everything I do to care for our home and pets, plus the volunteer work I like to do whenever I can find the time too. ...continue reading "Take Care of Yourself to Better Take Care of Others"
Spring is in the air! For lots of people, the warming weather means they can get back to gardening. Whether you have a massive garden and a green thumb, or just have a tiny bit of turf to tend, pet owners know that some plants can present health risks to our furry family members. Seemingly unrelated, almost all pet owners also know all about the danger of chocolate. Why am I talking about chocolate in a post that started off being about gardening? Because of cocoa mulch, that's why! Don't let your pet become a victim of the mulchacre (get it - mulch massacre?)! The dangers that cocoa mulch can present to pets is no laughing matter. ...continue reading "The Dangers Of Cocoa Mulch"
Easter can be a lot of fun, but can also present some dangers to our furry friends. Here are a few holiday safety tips, to ensure that every member of your family, even the ones with paws, enjoy this spring holiday! ...continue reading "Pet Easter Safety"