New Years resolutions for animal lovers: #4 – Volunteer

Volunteers from a local shelter at an event at the baseball park, sharing information about dogs available for adoption.

If you're looking for ways to make 2012 a better year for both you and your animals, here is resolution #4 for animal lovers: Volunteer!I have a lot of animal loving friends who tell me they can't even consider volunteering at a shelter, because they don't know if they could handle seeing what happens to animals that don't find homes. I understand. I saw a lot of sad things during the year I volunteered at our local animal shelter. But there are lots of other things you can do to help … [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...]

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...]

Voting is open for the Inspiration in Action contest to inspire projects in veterinary medicine

Veterinarians Without Borders is one of the five finalists in the Inspiration in Action contest.

Heska, a leading provider of veterinary diagnostic and specialty products, today opened voting in the 2011 "Inspiration in Action" Contest, allowing animal lovers to support and honor veterinary medicine by voting for one of five projects. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and the second place winner will receive $5,000 to help bring their inspired ideas to life.This year's finalists include projects to pair strays in need of training with at-risk youth in rehabilitation programs; w … [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...]

Monday morning cute animal video: Abyssinian kittens!

Start your week out with a smile, with these too cute kitties! Have a great week! … [Read more...]

Streams of contentment and lessons learned from animals

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In the classic song, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” John Denver sang, “Life on the farm is kinda laid back”; I’ve always wondered what he meant by that. I visited a dairy farm once and believe me, the amount of work needed to feed, milk, and otherwise care for cows and then get the milk to processing was certainly not laid back. It was arduous to the nth degree.Now that I'm older, I realize Denver wasn't talking about the physical life on the farm in that famous song, but instead the mental a … [Read more...]


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