We've been getting some crazy weather here lately! Despite only being March, a few days last week our high temps hit just about 80*F. Even on the cooler days our temps are still above average for this time of the year. With the warmer weather, we've been keeping the windows open a lot more often lately.

Kitsune loves the wind at the park. So much so that he'll often times lift his head up into the wind, his giant ears blowing back, with a huge doggy smile on his face. So imagine our confusion when a dog who apparently loves the wind outside, is currently hiding in our bathroom to get away from the wind coming in through the windows.

Kitsune seems to really hate it when we have our windows open. He tries to hide in weird places, like under the bath tub and in closets, just to get away from the wind. Part of me wants to close all the windows to make him more comfortable. But another part of me knows that it's most likely going to be a long, hot summer - and the sooner Kit gets used to having the windows open the better.

Does anyone else have a dog who seems to hate it when the windows are open? This seems to be something we have to go through every year. After keeping the house all shut up throughout the winter, it takes the dog time to get used to having them open again once the weather warms up.

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81% of Americans consider their dogs to be equal family members!

A recent survey paid for by Milo's Kitchen and conducted by Kelton Research showed just how highly a majority of American pet owners think of their furry companions. The survey showed that 81% of Americans consider their dogs to be equal family members. 54% of Americans said that they consider themselves "pet parents" rather than "owners". ...continue reading "81% of Americans consider their dogs to be equal family members"

A cute fluffy bunny may look adorable in your child's basket on Easter morning, but healthy pet rabbits can live a typical life span of around 10 - 12 years and they are not the low maintenance cuddly pet that many people assume them to be.

Like many other holidays, 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!

1. Please remember that any type of pet you bring into your house is a living, life long commitment. Rabbits, chicks, etc are sometimes given to children as Easter gifts on a whim, only to later find themselves dumped in shelters or worse outside to fend for themselves. A cute fluffy bunny may look adorable in your child's basket on Easter morning, but healthy pet rabbits can live a typical life span of around 10 - 12 years and they are not the low maintenance cuddly pet that many people assume them to be. If you have your heart set on bringing a new animal into the home, please make sure to do your research first. Consider adopting a homeless animal from a shelter rather than buying one from questionable sources. If in doubt, stick to giving chocolate or stuffed animals as holiday gifts. They can be just as cute as the real thing, without the responsibility.
... ...continue reading "Pet Easter Safety"

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Patrick on March 28th, 2011. Photo by: Associated Humane Societies

Animal lovers across the globe where outraged when Patrick's story broke. If you haven't been following his story, Patrick is an approximately 1 year old pit bull who was found inside a trash bag destined for the trash compactor the day before St.Patrick's day. Patrick was starved almost to the point of death, then put inside a trash bag and thrown down the garbage chute from the 19th floor of a 22 story apartment building in Newark, NJ. If a maintenance worker had not noticed Patrick's slight movements inside the trash bin and rescued him, Patrick would have met his doom starving, weak, and alone inside a trash compactor.
...continue reading "Women who abused Patrick charges are upgraded"

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Today is the Chinese new year. This year it is the year of the rabbit! Rabbits, in Chinese culture, are said to bring about good luck. They represent the moon, and are a symbol of longevity, beauty, and wealth. Those are all great things. Unfortunately, holidays featuring rabbits have become notoriously bad luck for the rabbits themselves.
...continue reading "Making the year of the rabbit a happy one for rabbits too"

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According to The American Pet Product Association, in 2010 American pet owners will spend an estimated $47.7 billion on their pets! Pets have become a normal part of American society. With that in mind, many owners will soon be looking for holiday gifts for their furry friends.

My dog, Kitsune, just so happens to be an expert when it comes to dog toys! If you're looking for Christmas present ideas for a dog who also enjoys toys, you might consider some of the toys on this list.
...continue reading "Kitsune’s Top 10 Dog Toy Picks for 2010"

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If you're looking for an alternative to giving your dogs table scraps this Thanksgiving, consider making them homemade treats! They're fun and easy to make, and your dog will love them! These Thanksgiving themed treats are grain free, and are a healthier way to give your pet a taste of Thanksgiving food this holiday season! ...continue reading "Homemade Grain Free Thanksgiving Dog Treats"

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Long ears, soft fur, cotton tails, wiggly noses...Have you ever heard of a long eared chicken? No? That's probably because there is no such species. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) categorizes rabbits as poultry, effectively denying them protection under the 1958 Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HSA). The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act helps to protect livestock from needless suffering during slaughter. However, the act excludes animals categorized as poultry, including rabbits. ...continue reading "Rabbits are Classified as Poultry by the USDA, Denying Them the Right of a Humane Death"