Friday food for thought quote: stray cats … or not?

"Seriously? Can't a guy just go for a walk in the neighborhood?"

Not to discount the work of cat rescuers who rescue and care for stray cats. But this passage from Linda Lombardi's "Animals Behaving Badly" made me wonder how much of shelter crowding might - again, might - be the result of well-meaning rescuers unwittingly "saving" cats who already have families: "Many a perfectly contented outdoor cat has found himself scooped up from his daily route and confined, then seen his photo plastered on 'found cat' posters, when all he wanted was to be left alone … [Read more...]

New Year’s resolutions for animal lovers: #5 – Learn something new about animals

Dog Tips from Dogtown is a fantastic book that will introduce you to the basics of positive-based dog training. Easy to read, lots of example and pictures, and lots of reasons why a positive approach is the best way to relate to your dog.

To say that I read a lot would be an understatement; I try to average a book a week, and my topics range from pop fiction to indepth nonfiction on a variety of subjects. But one this is for sure: on my reading list every year are books about animals. All kinds of animals.This year, for example, I stumbled upon a book called "Red Tails In Love" at the used bookstore, about the birds in Central Park, specifically the red tailed hawks that made headlines when they nested on a posh building. … [Read more...]

New Year’s resolutions for animal lovers: #3 – Be a better pet owner

Scout hates going to the vet, so we make it fun by playing "catch the bubbles" until the doctor comes in. Make the visit a game!

As we continue to talk about ways we can make 2012 a better year for our animal friends - or "anipals" - here's #3: resolve to be a better pet owner.I know that in my lifetime of having dogs, I've been a good, responsible dog owner - and a terrible dog owner. I confess I had the dog that ran the neighborhood. I didn't always pick up poop. But twenty or thirty years later, I've learned more about my four legged friends and quite honestly I'm embarrassed and ashamed at the way I treated … [Read more...]

5 reasons not to give a pet as a Christmas gift (and one idea how to do it, if you insist)

Too cute!

There's nothing cuter than the image of a fluffy little puppy under the Christmas tree, big red bow tied around is neck, surrounded by brightly wrapped packages, just waiting for your children to pad downstairs in the their little jammies as they cry out with delight. Oooh! Aaaah!! A puppy!That, my friends, is one dangerous image.Christmas is not the time to introduce a new puppy to the family, especially if it's a surprise gift. Unlike the ugly sweater Aunt Edith sent from Peoria or the … [Read more...]

Unlikely friends: The owl and the pussycat (video)

Oh, that we could learn to get along with each other the way Fum and Gerba have! Fum (which means "smoke" in Catalan) and Gerba ("frost") are both about a year old. The pair live and romp together in Tarragona, Spain. You can see more from them on their Facebook page. … [Read more...]

Relax with a little “cat yoga” (videos)

Holiday season got you a little tense? Relax with a little cat yoga! Breathe in ... breath out ... meow!And if you're new to yoga, why not let Shorty the kitten demonstrate some poses? … [Read more...]

Monday morning cute animal video: cat massages dog

It's Monday! Back to work. Why not start the week with a nice, soothing cat massage, courtesy of YouTube user WittyCharles' cat Puss, as demonstrated on his pal, Captain. "Ahh, that's the spot. No wait, a little lower ..." … [Read more...]

Nowzad Dogs Reunites Servicemen and Women with the Dogs they Befriended while Deployed Over Seas

Imagine for a moment befriending a dog during your most stressful and lonely time, away from family and friends, fighting in a foreign land. Then imagine leaving your canine companion behind when your tour of duty is over. Pen Farthing, a former British Royal Marine who served in Afghanistan and witnessed firsthand the extraordinary bond forged between soldiers and the dogs they befriended, knows how that feels. While serving in the war torn town of Now Zad in the Helmand Province of … [Read more...]

“Rise and Shine” with these happy shelter animals (video)

Yay! It's Wednesday! You've almost made it through the week! Why not take some time this weekend to head out to your local animal shelter. As you can see, your new "furever" friend is happily waiting for you! … [Read more...]

Featured rescue animal in need of a home: Gibbs, the FeLV positive kitty

Back in October, my friend Beth, a cat lover of the highest order, told me about a kitty her friend found shivering behind a restaurant here in Rochester, NY. Beth's friend brought the kitty home, named him Gibbs, and took him to the vet, where she found out he has feline leukemia. That means he can't live with her other cats, so he needs to find a home that either has no cats or other FeLV positive kitties.Right now, Gibbs is living in this kind hearted cat rescuer's spare bathroom, where h … [Read more...]


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