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.
Sometimes pets best friends are their other animal buddies. Or sometimes when people have let you down, our pets are there to be more of a support than our human companions. We miss them dearly when they are no longer around and this gallery is devoted to friendship between pets and pets and their handlers.