Just to clarify right off the bat, when I write "get the pet you want" what I really mean is "get the pet that, after doing your research, you decide is the best fit for you/your family" - but that doesn't make for such a great blog title! Read on to see exactly what I mean... ...continue reading "Get the Pet You Want"
I still can't believe that my "puppy" Kitsune turned 9 last month! Last weekend my fiance and I took both the dogs to the park and someone asked us how old they are. He seemed quite surprised when we told him Kit's age, which seems to be a common theme. Kit may be a senior dog by many people's standards, but Kit doesn't seem to know that - and he's got the rest of the world fooled too. I'm proud to say that at 9 years old Kit can still give his 2 year old 'brother' a run for his money, and he's got more pep than most dogs we meet during our adventures, even the ones who are much younger than he is. ...continue reading "Feed Your Pet the Best Diet Possible – Starting Now"
Every year, as the winter holidays approach, I tell myself that this is going to be the year that I get all my holiday preparations done early. As awesome as I was at doing things last minute back when I was in college (ha!), it's not so fun to be left wondering whether or not your gifts are going to be delivered on time, or if the holiday cards you worked hard on are going to arrive with enough time left for you to even send them out. So I always tell myself that I'm going to get everything done as early as possible....and it never actually happens. ...continue reading "2017 Holiday Dog Gift Guide"
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"