There are a lot of milestones that families go through in life but one of the biggest for children is getting their first pet. It never seems to matter whether it’s the smallest fish or the biggest horse; a family pet it something they never forget. Not only do you get to choose what animal is perfect for your home, but you get to love and nurture that pet for the rest of their life. It’s a huge responsibility, but one that is welcomed with open arms from children and parents alike. The only true question, is which pet to get, and that’s where you may hit roadblocks. If your children have never had a pet before, you’d be likely to think sensibly and go for something they can easily look after like a hamster or a fish. Children on the other hand, often have bigger dreams in sight. [Read more…]
If your child has asked you for their own horse, you may be feeling unsure about getting them one. After all, a horse is a serious commitment both for them and you, so before you rush into buying a horse for your child, you need to ensure that they’re ready. The question is, how do you know if your child is ready for horse ownership? [Read more…]
Many of us have dogs in our childhoods, or grow up with them through visits to other family members or friends houses. However, this is not the same as getting your own puppy. All of a sudden, all of the responsibility is on you. [Read more…]
More and more people are adopting pets. There are a lot of abandoned pets out there but lots of loving people ready to give the pets a second chance. Is it as simple as just going down to the pet shelter and just choosing which pet you want to take home? Sadly, it isn’t. However, if you are well informed and do your research, it can be a relatively speedy process. [Read more…]
The loss of a pet is an incredibly painful thing to experience. People who have never formed strong attachments to pets can find it difficult to understand. But some have had their beloved pet in their life for as long as they can remember. When they die, it can be like losing a best friend. It’s understandable if you want to find a way to memorialize them, to honor the role they played in your life and remind you of how much you loved them. You can do this in several different ways, whether you want something to wear or display. If you would like to commemorate your deceased pet, consider one of the following ideas. [Read more…]
We pet owners get so much joy out of buying gifts for our furry friends. Often we are more excited about the new toy or food bowl than our pets, but that certainly doesn’t stop us! If you are thinking about treating your fluffy companion, here are some excellent accessories you might want to consider. [Read more…]
If you’ve ever taken your cat, dog or rabbit to the vet, you know how stressful it can be. You bring the animal carrier out, and it’s like they instantly know what’s coming next. They’ll run away, and make it difficult for you to get them! They might scratch or growl because they know what’s coming. Animals don’t like the vet any more than you like going to the dentist. It’s a stressful environment, but there are some things you can do to make it easier. [Read more…]
As far as adorable photos go on the Internet, nothing can quite beat the ones of a young child growing up with his or her pet. Today we’d like to introduce you to Stasha Becker aka @northwestmommy, the mother and photographer of her 4-year-old son Julian and their huge dog, a five-year-old Newfoundland named Max. The family lives in the Pacific Northwest, on an island just above Seattle. As Stasha states, “Our island is one big playground and there are adventures galore.” While many of Stasha’s photos of her son and their dog are simple portraits taken (what looks like) in front of their white garage door, many of them also show the pair enjoying themselves outside. Whether they’re peacefully watching the waves at the beach or scoping out possible intruders of their make-shift fort, the duo seem like they share a genuine love for each other, one that makes them inseparable. [Read more…]
Once an owner doesn’t want a pet they may think they can simply let it loose. Animals left in the street to fend for themselves have a life expectancy of less than a year. They will die of starvation, overexposure, or get hit by a car. Pets are domestic animals; they are used to being taken care of and their survival instincts are poor. On their own, they are totally helpless.Pet owners don’t realize that cats’ and dogs’ survival skills have been dulled considerably by domestication. These animals do not know how to survive in the wild, how to stay alive, where to find food and shelter. It is cruel and inhumane to turn an animal out into the streets.As a consequence, large groups of dogs have been know to form packs and roam underpopulated areas of town. These animals may have rabies in addition to other diseases and fleas. If the animals don’t die, there is a chance that they will reproduce, further adding to the growing homeless animal population.
The truth is that for every ten pets in need of a home, there is only one person willing to adopt. The rest of these animals will be sent to shelters and will ultimately be destroyed. Because of the overcrowding at local shelters, stray animals that are brought in are kept for a maximum of three days. If they are unclaimed by that time they are destroyed.