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...]

A Christmas stocking filled with … a puppy! (photo)

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care ...

Too, too cute! My friend Kim at Gentle Shepherd Farms in Franklinville, NY share this super cute puppy photo - just one of five little  merle Border collie pups ready for their new homes. (Kim is the breeder where I got my darling little devil, Bandit. But don't hold that against her.)Do you have a Christmas or holiday pet photo you'd like to share?Check out more reader photos! … [Read more...]

Setting the record straight on Barkworks, puppy mills and the work of CAPS

  Last week I told you that back in October, Macerich has banned the sale of live animals at 70 of its malls nationwide in response to protests from animal rescue groups. My post was based on a story at GlobalAnimal.org and some press materials from Best Friends Animal Society in regards to a lawsuit they filed.I heard back immediately from Deborah Howard, President of Companion Animal Protection Society, who wanted to share some information to help clarify and expand the … [Read more...]

Patheo blogger Rev. Carl Gregg and his Christmas pups! (photo)

Rev. Carl Gregg and hi Christmas pups!

I love writing at Patheos and I love meeting my fellow bloggers. What better way for all of us to get to know each other than through our pets!This is Patheos blogger Carl Gregg with his two dogs, both rescues: the black and white, 20 lb. terrier mix named Dobby Templeton ("She's our house elf", says Carl) and the 15-week-old, (already!) 19 lb. hound/boxer with a brindle coat named Scout "Boo Radley" ("Think To Kill a Mockingbird", he says).Carl's blog is "Pluralism, Progressivism, … [Read more...]

Share your pet’s Christmas pictures: Simon and Lexi’s Christmas card

Simon and Lexi Simms

Simon and Lexi haven't unveiled their 2011 card yet, but here's their Christmas greeting from last year. Pretty clever, you beautiful Goldens!Thanks to Ada Simms for sharing Simon and Lexi's photo! You can share your pet's holiday photos - let's see the pets with Santa, too! Just "like" the Heavenly Creatures Facebook page and upload your photo. Or send it to animals@joannebrokaw.com. … [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...]

Monday morning cute animal video: Shih tzu puppies

This week, take a tip from these adorable little pups - sometimes there are tasty treats at the end of a new adventure! Have a great week! … [Read more...]

Friday food for thought quote: does a dog have a conscience, from Temple Grandin

"[Y]ou don't have to have language to have a conscience, which means it's at least possible for an animal to have a conscience, too. Many owners have seen their dogs act remorseful after doing something wrong, but animal behaviorists always reject this interpretation. However, no one has shown that an innocent animal can't feel bad for doing something he knows is wrong, the same way an innocent child can feel bad for doing something he knows is wrong. We shouldn't assume that we know for a fact … [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...]


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