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Soldier the dog

Posted by Jennifer on November 20th, 2014

Soldier-dog-with-veteranMissouri Puppies for Parole shared this story with us in honor of Veteran’s Day last week. Such a story is heart-warming to share on any day! They said, “Here is a veteran from the Greatest Generation who along with the many thousands of Veterans of so many of our wars we celebrate this week and remember their contribution to freedom and liberty for all of us. Read More

Finding a good pet sitter

Posted by Jennifer on November 10th, 2014

pet-sitting-logosVacationing or traveling with pets can be fun, but sometimes you need to find a good pet sitter for your pet. Work trips, out-of-country travel, or even an extra-long work day can mean your normal pet care routine can’t happen on schedule. You might be lucky enough to have a reliable friend or neighbor who can care for your pets, but what if you don’t? Boarding kennels are an option, but many pet owners fear their pets will not be happy in a kennel setting. Not to worry, in almost every city and town there are plenty of pet sitters that can take good care of your pets until you return. Read More

DIY turn a dog kennel into a bed

Posted by Jennifer on November 3rd, 2014

kennelbedThis is a fun DIY lifehack idea from our friends at Purina! Re-purpose your pet’s airline crate as a pet bed! Super easy to put a pillow inside the stacked halves, cover with a sheet, and add another comfy pillow. What a great way to store your pet’s travel kennel while using it at the same time! Read More

Pets and Halloween

Posted by Jennifer on October 29th, 2014

Do you like to dress up your pets for howl-o-ween? In year’s past we’ve shared our 5 Halloween Pet Safety Tips as well as some Pet Costume Safety Tips, and we’ve copied below for easy reference. Thinking of pet costumes? In our experience, most pets don’t really like wearing costumes. So we only ask that our pets wear them for a few seconds while we take a photo, then quickly reward them and take it off! That kind of costume experience also opens up the possibilities since it isn’t something your pet has to actually be able to wear and move around in, which opens up the door to a lot more creative fun! Read More

Renting with pets

Posted by Jennifer on October 27th, 2014

Pet_Friendly_IconOne of the top three reasons pet owners tell shelters they are giving up their pet is because of “moving” or “landlord” – but with some extra flexibility and knowledge about how to find a pet-friendly rental, or negotiating with your landlord, it doesn’t have to be that way! It is true that finding a rental apartment or house when you have pets can take extra time, patience, flexibility and effort, but isn’t keeping your pets worth it?  Here are some tips for finding your ideal pet-friendly rental so you and your furry family can stay together. Read More

To-do list before a trip with your dog

Posted by Bayer on October 27th, 2014

pet-travel-tipsWhat’s on your packing and to-do list before a trip with your dog? Traveling with your dog can be an incredibly fun and memorable experience, if you’re well-prepared. But forgetting an important necessity or failing to take one of these steps ahead of time could turn that relaxing vacation into a travel nightmare! Check out these super-useful tips from our friends at PetParents shared for every well-prepared dog owner needs when traveling with their pooch. Read More

A dog doesn’t care…

Posted by Dana on October 23rd, 2014

dogs-dont-care-if“A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heard and he will give you his.” We love this quote from John Grogan. It’s so true and for cats and other pets too!!! Our pets love us with all of their hearts no matter our weaknesses. The love they give us is pure and beautiful! If you’re on Facebook, you can SHARE this image from our Facebook page here  <– or just click that link to see what our community friends are commenting and join in the conversation! Read More

How to make an indoor grass pet potty

Posted by Jennifer on October 21st, 2014

inside-grass-pet-pottySometimes dogs or cats need an indoor place to go potty. You might be house training a baby kitten or puppy, getting an outdoor cat used to being and going potty indoors, or perhaps you have an elderly very-housebroken pet who won’t use pee pads and isn’t making it quickly enough to the outside. There are many great reasons you might need an indoor live-grass potty to help keep you and your pet healthy and happy! There are pre-made fake grass indoor pet potties you can purchase, but some pets won’t use them or pet pee pads either. In big cities, there are even live-grass pet potty delivery services! But if you only have an occasional need or don’t have (or can’t afford) a grass delivery service, you can make a Do It Yourself grass potty area using some inexpensive items. Here’s how: Read More

I’m a dogaholic

Posted by Dana on October 16th, 2014

Rescuing a dog is a life-changing experience for so many people. Knowing you’ve saved a life is pretty profound and the great rewards our adopted pets bring to our world are simply immeasurable. Once you adopt one pet, you want to adopt them all! Have you had that experience, too? Tell us by commenting on this image on our Facebook page and see what others are saying too! Read More

Why and how to… train your cat to come when called

Posted by Jennifer on October 13th, 2014

did-you-say-treatsOne of the first things I start doing the first day I have a new foster cat is to teach him or her to come when called. This isn’t just a party trick! Just like for dogs, teaching your cat “recall” or to come to you when you make a particular sound or say a particular word can save your kitty’s life one day. While we very strongly recommend that all cats be kept safely as indoor-only pets, accidents can happen. Visitors, a door or window that doesn’t close properly, or even natural disasters can cause your cat to get lost from your home. If your cat gets out unintentionally, having a recall word or sound will help your cat come out of hiding and come back to you. I’ve seen it work for a newly adopted and newly escaped cat who dashed out of his new home’s front door just a few days after going to her new home! Here’s how to train your cat using positive reinforcement to come to you when you call or make your special cat-come-to-me sound. Read More

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