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"
Most veterinarians will recommend, to reduce the chances of your pet becoming sick from parasite borne diseases, that pet owners use flea and tick preventatives on their pets. Usually this means using a monthly topical flea/tick preventative. These topical treatments are usually applied to the pets' skin at the back of the neck or between the shoulder blades. Once applied, the animals' oil glands soak up the medication and spread it all over the surface of the pets skin. When a flea or tick goes to bite your pet, they are exposed to the preventative on the pets skin and usually killed or repelled. ...continue reading "Alternatives to Traditional Chemical Flea and Tick Prevention"
Eventually I need to get around to filing my 2016 taxes. I work from home as an independent contractor and also make a bit of side money through various outlets so, as you can probably imagine, my taxes are always a bit of a nightmare. But what do taxes have to do with pets? Although most pet owners will probably tell you that they consider their pets to be a part of the family, and I personally don't even want to think about how much a year I spend on mine, the IRS seems to take the stance that dependents have to be human. Since they can't be claimed as dependents you might be asking, is there anyway pet owners can claim pet expenses on taxes?
...continue reading "Can You Claim Pets On Taxes?"