I belong to a group called Fullcircles (previously Freecycle), which offers items to our local community Free. The idea is to keep things, which are still reusable to others, out of the landfills. There is no charge for the items, and all one has to do is offer for the things they want. We have a Pet Advisor on the site as well, who tries to help foster, home, and adopt pets who are no longer wanted for a variety of reasons.
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Some of the hardest cats to place into a good home are those who are elderly or have medical issues. It takes a particular type of home to care for cats such as these. Medical treatment can be time consuming and expensive. Not mention that leaving town when you have a pet that needs around the clock care can be very difficult.
Cat lovers know that it's not just a dog's job to soothe the human soul. Cats are also in tune with their human caretakers, understanding when they are grieving and when they need a little extra kitty affection. I just read a very sweet story about a Tonkinese that eased a family's grief. Patty Magyar writes about her Tonkinese Lucy and how the tiny cat has helped the family grieve for her feline sister, Libby.
There are few things harder than saying goodbye to a beloved friend. We all know that our time with our canine friends is limited. Yet, that makes it no easier to lose a wonderful dog. I wanted to share with you a heartfelt goodbye from Don Daniels in Calgary, Alberta to his much loved boxer Scully. It is a testament to the open heart of dog lovers that we love and lose and love again with open hearts, never replacing our friends, only gaining new ones.
If a winter of snow and ice has you contemplating the perks of having your own riding ring, this is the time to make plans. There are almost as many different types of rings as there are saddles. But it's essential to do it properly from the start or you'll be sorry later when you're eating enough dust to convince you that you're riding in the Sahara Desert.
When a puppy is born, her immune system is not fully developed. This means that she could get sick very easily. Lucky for your pup, her mother is able to give her some protection. She does this before the puppy is born and after the birth through the first milk. But there is another way your puppy gets protection.
If you're getting married, you may find the idea of your tuxedo-clad dog as part of the wedding party irresistible. You wouldn't be alone. People are increasingly including their pets in the wedding party because pets are considered members of the family. In addition, many people meet while walking their pets in doggy parks.
Sometimes our dogs teach us the most important lessons in life, even when we don't expect them to. It seems that life often gives us the dog that our heart needs at just the right moment. It's no wonder that so many people are certain their dogs are angels sent from above. I just read the best story about how one man's dog gave him just want he needed, even when he didn't know he was looking for a teacher and friend.
As the chill of winter gives way to gentler temperatures, you may start thinking about packing up your horse's winter gear - and part of that annual ritual should include cleaning blankets. This, however, may not be as simple as it sounds. Home Laundering Hurdles Certainly, there are some blankets you can clean yourself.
You'd think making it into the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show would be a coup and an honor for the Jack Russell terrier. But that depends on whom you talk to. The Jack Russell Terrier Association of America (JRTAA) is delighted. In fact, it's their Jack Russells who will make their debut at New York's Madison Square Garden this month.
How would you like to wake up every morning and see that special character in your life smiling at you and saying this is going to be a great day? It doesn't get any better than that, does it? For Scott Sommers, a Houston professional dog handler, that's been the scenario ever since JR, a 15-pound bichon frise, moved into his house about two years ago.
This year a 6-year-old bull terrier (colored) won the 2006 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. His formal name is Ch Rocky Top's Sundance Kid and is more commonly called "Rufus". The bull terrier comes in two separate varieties: white and colored. The bull terrier is a cross between the Bulldog and the White English Terrier.
This is a tale of two cats - Roland, the original resident feline, and Schuyler, a re-homed stray. For years, Roland strolled his household alone, like a king, inspecting his realm with confidence. Then Schuyler entered the picture. As soon as Schuyler's status was changed from "stray in the backyard awaiting capture" to "indoor resident," the problems started between him and Roland.
Sometimes with daily stress unfolding, it may not seem like there's much to look forward to except months of more work and household chores. You can do one of three things at this point: sulk; sift through equestrian catalogs and order things you don't need; or give yourself something to really look forward to - an equestrian vacation.
Five years ago, when Walt Disney Productions released its animated film version of “101 Dalmatians,'' kids everywhere cried out for Dalmatian toys, Dalmatian wallpaper and, of course, real Dalmatians. Parents bought thousands of the black-and-white freckled pups, but all too often the story did not have a happy ending.
Dogs do so many jobs in today's world. In a lot of ways this is great for both dogs and for people. Dog's that do something they enjoy and have purposeful lives seem more content and happy. And most dog jobs bring great joy to the people these dogs encounter. I just read a great story from someone whose dog works to make others happy.
You want to show off your pampered purebred, the most beautiful, intelligent, personable cat on the planet. At least, you think so, and you can't help thinking others will, too. You are ready to enter the exciting but often confusing world of the cat fancy. Here's how to get started. Does Your Cat Qualify?
"It was a story that needed to be told," said Dr. William W. Putney, author of the riveting Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII (The Free Press, $25), during a telephone interview. "If I did not write it, it was going to die." Be thankful he did. For almost half a century, the colorful Putney, a retired Marine Corps captain/veterinarian, has been attempting to get the work published.
Quality veterinary care requires a team of specially educated and trained individuals. Veterinarians are the leaders of that team of specially trained workers, but veterinary technicians play a vital role on the veterinary health care team, too. There are a great number of tasks that must be accomplished in a veterinary hospital.
Flip through the channels of a television, radio or the pages of a magazine, and you'll see celebrities touting animal rights: Drew Barrymore urges people not to wear fur; Charlize Theron speaks out against puppy mills; Loretta Swit explains the importance of controlling pet overpopulation. To see an actor or actress fighting for animal welfare and rights doesn't raise an eyebrow.
In the world of dogs, dachshunds are the unlikeliest racers. They don't shoot out of the box at the start so much as meander forward - if they even go in a straight line to begin with. Their short, almost stubby legs may carry them toward the finish line, to the crowd, or to one of the other dogs. So what is the fascination with "wiener" dog derbies?