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Getting into the Swing of Perches

Getting into the Swing of Perches

Watching a group of young parakeets playing in a cage together can be very fascinating as many have very distinctive ways that they like to play. Some like to chew on a rope toy, others may babble to a mirror, two might even be doing a tug a war between them with a plastic chain, and there always seems to be at least one that is a true acrobat, hanging upside down from the cage bars, a toy, or a perch. Read More >


Keeping It Clean

Keeping It Clean

One of the most common complaints of bird owners is that they are an extremely messy pet. Food and feathers seem to fall everywhere but inside the cage, and cleaning around the cage is necessary at least twice a week at home. So what can bird owners do to keep things neater around their birds? Location of dishes, plus using some specialized products, can save a lot of cleaning time. Read More >


Bird Toys with an Edge

Bird Toys with an Edge

The pet industry has certainly seen a lot of changes with pet toys in the last few years. Certainly no one ever thought about guinea pig or rabbit or even hamster toys over a decade ago (except for the basics like the hamster wheel and exercise ball) and yet more and more toys are now being offered by manufacturers today. Of course, dog toys have been around for a very long time, and certainly rubber rings and balls along with the in-famous ones like the vinyl pickle, rolled newspaper and porcupine that I played with in my father’s store in the seventies are still being offered today. But some dog toys are now much more sophisticated with moving parts that make interesting sounds or will dispense a treat if moved in a certain way. Bird toys were actually the first to become more complicated because birds, especially those in the parrot group, including parakeets and cockatiels, are extremely intelligent and need a lot of mental stimulation to keep them healthy and active. Read More >


The Importance of Toys for Pet Birds

The Importance of Toys for Pet Birds

To keep pet birds mentally happy and stimulated, they need new and different types of toys given and exchanged out of their cage often enough that the birds don’t get bored with them. Bored birds at the least can become an annoyance to their owners and at worst a danger to themselves. They can become physically destructive by plucking out their own feathers, start screaming, biting, and/or doing a behavior over and over again like head swinging, thus slowly going insane. The larger the bird, the more attention it needs from its owner and the more toys it requires that are both chewable and can keep the bird occupied. Read More >


Get a Little H2O

Get a Little H2O

Water: the most common molecule on Earth. It makes up over 80 percent of our bodies, and dogs and cats are no different. Water is something we rarely think about for our pets, but it is one of the most important ways we can keep them healthy. Digestion, body temperature regulation and other internal processes simply can’t happen properly unless your pet is getting proper hydration. Seems elementary, right? Well, keep reading. Read More >


Catching Some ZZZ’s

Catching Some ZZZ’s

Your pet’s sleeping patterns and how you can both get some rest. Getting a new pet is a leap of faith, especially for first-time owners. You’ve picked out an adorable puppy, kitten or bird, shopped for the necessary supplies, got him home … and now what? What do you expect? Well, when it comes to sleeping, you can expect a lot. Read More >


The Three Rules to Training

The Three Rules to Training

When people tell me they can’t train their out-of-control dog, I tell them to remember three words in this order: Control, Train, Treat. Let’s break this down step by step…Control: It’s very typical for a puppy or any untrained dog to be wild and out of control. It’s frustrating to most people when they’re trying to train them and the dog is running wild all over the place.  Read More >


How to Choose the Right Pet Sitter

How to Choose the Right Pet Sitter

While we adore our pets and often take them with us on errands and the occasional road trip, sometimes we have to leave our furry friends behind. If you’re a parent, you understand the importance of choosing the right babysitter to care for your children. Well, pets are no different – they need the same supervision, love and care as our children do – especially since our pets cannot communicate their specific needs with us or let us know if they’ve been hurt. Read More >


Three Reasons to Buy Eco-Friendly Pet Products

Three Reasons to Buy Eco-Friendly Pet Products

Buying eco-friendly pet products Made in the USA not only supports keeping our environment clean but also helps the American economy grow. While working towards keeping the environment clean and healthy may seem like it can take a ton of effort, doing your part can be as simple as reading a label. Buying eco-friendly pet products Made in the USA not only supports keeping our environment clean but also helps the American economy grow. Read More >


Types of Service Dogs

Types of Service Dogs

We often consider our dogs as another member of our family or our best friends, but to many people with physical or mental disabilities and those who serve in the military or police force they are much more. To these people their dogs serve as a lifeline to safely get through their daily tasks. From helping police track down a lost child to alerting their deaf human of a smoke alarm going off, service dogs can be trained to help their human with a wide variety of different situations. Read More >


Cold Weather Safety Tips For Your Pets

Cold Weather Safety Tips For Your Pets

As temperatures drop and the bitter cold of winter approaches extra precautions need to be taken to keep our furry friends safe. To prevent frostbite, hypothermia and other health issues attributed to severe cold weather, it’s recommended that you keep your pets indoors as much as possible. However, if your pet has to spend large portions of the day outdoors, following these simple guidelines will help keep them happy and healthy. Read More >


Mutts: What’s Not to Love?

Mutts: What’s Not to Love?

We think all dogs are pretty awesome, and if you’re reading this then there’s a good chance you agree. Every dog, no matter what breed, has their own unique personality, and will likely be a great fit for someone out there. Some dog parents like purebreds because you can pick the exact dog you want. Their temperament and behavioral traits, and even their shedding may be more predictable. However, there is a growing trend to adopt or rescue a mutt from a shelter. For many pet families, not knowing exactly what you’re going to get is half the fun, but, it basically comes down to preference. So if you’re looking to add a new pooch to your family soon, here are some of our top reasons to consider a mutt.   Read More >


Overcoming Obstacles with a Shelter Dog

Overcoming Obstacles with a Shelter Dog

Adding a new dog to your family is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences that a person can go through, especially when you know you’ve saved a life rescuing him or her from a shelter. When dogs are kept at a shelter for a period of time, or if they had a negative experience with people before they were taken in, it can understandably have an effect on them. They may have developed “shelter shock” (a form of PTSD), they could have separation anxiety, or other obstacles to overcome. It may not be easy, and it may take time, but this should certainly not discourage you from rescuing a shelter pet. Read More >



Why Should You Adopt Or Rescue A Pet?

Why Should You Adopt Or Rescue A Pet?

Adding a four-legged member to your family is a wonderful way to bring home some fun and excitement, introduce responsibility to kids and really make a house feel like a home. If you’re thinking about adding a new furry family member, that’s great! But where do you start? There are plenty of options when it comes to picking out a new pet, but there are several reasons why you should consider adopting a pet from a local shelter or rescue organization. Read More >


The Do’s and Don’ts of Catnip

The Do’s and Don’ts of Catnip

We all need time to unwind. A little treat after a full day is well deserved, sometimes necessary. Hey, it’s not easy to run a household and find time for yourself. Just ask your cat. While you’re at work, your cat is busy at home, reigning over her kingdom, hunting down pests and marking her territory. She deserves a treat, too. For most cats, it gets no better than a few minutes with some fresh catnip or a favorite catnip-infused toy. Catnip is a plant related to mint and contains an essential oil called nepetalactone that is known to cause euphoric, almost hallucinogenic feelings in cats. Don’t worry, catnip is natural, completely safe and nonaddictive fun for cats. Read More >


How to Crate Train Your Dog

How to Crate Train Your Dog

Kennel, carrier, crate. Whatever you call it, it provides key benefits for your dog, from puppyhood through his senior years. Dogs are natural “denning” animals,1 and a kennel creates a special, safe place for them to curl up and rest, providing needed security and stress relief. It’s also a comfortable and safe environment for your pet while traveling – either long distances or quick trips to the vet. Proper crate training leads to more effective behavioral training, housetraining and overall happier pets and pet parents.  Read More >


Pump Up Your Pet

Pump Up Your Pet

There are many obvious benefits to your pet getting proper exercise. It helps your pet maintain proper muscle tone, proper weight, and it improves heart health. Exercise also has other benefits that aren’t tied directly to physical health. Regular exercise can help with your pet’s mood and behavior. It stimulates her mind, which helps her mood and alleviates her tension or anxiety, which can lead to destructive behaviors. In essence, plenty of exercise leads to a happy, healthy pet, which leads to a happy, healthy pet parent. Read More >


The Kitty Kitchen

The Kitty Kitchen

Feeding your feline properly is one of the most important things you, as a pet parent, can do to keep your cat happy and healthy. But what does proper feeding mean? It means giving your kitty the right food in the right amount at the right time. Here is how you can answer what that means for your cat to ensure he lives a long, healthy life.  Read More >


Frisbees, Balls and Ropes … Oh, My!

Frisbees, Balls and Ropes … Oh, My!

Teaching Your Dog To Play With Toys. Some dogs are just like kids when it comes to their favorite toy. They take it everywhere with them and love it more than anything else. Getting their paws on their special toy is better than any treat could ever be. Other dogs, however, don’t find toys all that interesting. That doesn’t mean that these dogs can’t be taught to be toy aficionados. It just takes a little time and creativity.  Read More >


Reeling It In

Reeling It In

How To Properly Use Your Retractable Leash. Retractable leashes offer dogs and their owners more freedom than traditional leaders. Dogs can move at their own pace, stop and sniff, run and check something out, or use the bathroom in a bit of privacy. Owners like them because they can walk without having to stop every three minutes while their canine companion stops to smell the roses. Retractable leashes can make walks more enjoyable by allowing the dog and owner to do exactly what they want. They do, however, require a bit more care and proper usage to ensure the safety of you, your pet and others around you.  Read More >


Where Did You Go?!

Where Did You Go?!

It’s great to know that your pet loves being around you. It’s part of why you adopted him in the first place. Like any relationship, however, there are times when that attachment can go a step too far. When your pet acts out whenever he is left alone, it can damage both your house and your relationship. Here is how you can help your pet become a strong, independent member of your family. Read More >


Waste Disposal

Waste Disposal

Keeping Your Dog and Your City Clean. Let’s face it: nobody likes dealing with dog poo. It’s simply … gross. But as a pet parent, it becomes a part of your daily life — when did my pet last go? Does she need to go? And, most importantly, how do I clean this up? New ordinances in most cities mean that picking up after your dog is not only recommended, it’s enforced. Read More >


Cat Grooming 101

Cat Grooming 101

How to Groom Your Cat for Health and Happiness. No doubt while going about your day, you’ve noticed your cat grooming herself. It’s what cats do, several times a day. That makes some pet owners think their cat doesn’t need grooming — but a little help from a kitty parent can keep your pet looking her best. Just a few simple cat grooming tips can keep your feline in tip-top shape. Read More >


From Kitten to Cat

From Kitten to Cat

Caring for Your Feline Throughout His 9 Lives. Bringing home a new pet is one of the most exciting things you can do. It’s so thrilling to have a precious, cuddly new pet to bring joy to your home. And kittens? They’re pretty much the best. But getting a kitten isn’t just for a week or a month. It is a lifelong commitment, and cats can live up to 18 years when well cared for at home. Cats are famously easy pets, but there’s still much to know about caring for your new cat through his life. Here are some of the highlights you need to know to keep your cat happy for life. Read More >