Tue 01.08.13

With the New Year comes change.  Whether you like it or not, things just... change.  Rather than hide beneath the covers when thinking about New Year's Resolutions, why not embrace them this year? Your pet can be a big motivator when it comes to meeting your goals.

Here are just a few of the ways that your dog or cat can help you reach your goals in 2013:

Get more exercise.  Here's your excuse to get active! Take your dog for longer walks or play with your... Read more
Sat 11.17.12

Most pet owners spend money on their pets during the holidays -- I know I do! With this in mind, here are some great ideas to make your furry family members know how important they are to you. Most of these items are available both online and in stores throughout the country:

 · $ 3.99 – Snoutstik – Help heal your dog’s dry irritated nose with all natural healing balm and make dry noses a ‘Thing of the Past’. Available from Opie & Dixie in singles and 3-... Read more

Sun 10.21.12

You know I have a fondness for senior pets.  In fact, I regularly advocate adopting older animals.  That’s why I had to share something I read in an article on SFGate’s website.  It was about Shea Cox, a veterinarian and provider of hospice services for aging pets.  Titled, Hospice for pets comforts owners, too, the article talked about “providing an option that falls between aggressive medical intervention and immediate euthanasia” for elderly and dying dogs and... Read more

Fri 10.12.12

You can't call yourself a "dog lover" until you've stayed at the Dog Bark Park Inn.  Located on US-95 outside of Cottonwood, Idaho, the beagle-shaped bed and breakfast is unique in every way.  Guests sleep in the Dog inn’s attention-grabbing main house, named Sweet Willy.  The two story building consists of a master bedroom complete with dog-related memorabilia and a bathroom as well as a second floor with another bed and play area for children.  Leashed pets are... Read more

Sat 09.29.12

What Causes a Dog’s Dry Nose?
Rain or shine, most dogs love romping outdoors, be it in the sun or snow. Unfortunately, summer can mean the risk of a sunburned snout, and winter says, “Hello, frostbite!” While a dry snout could be hereditary or a symptom of old age, the environment is often the greatest culprit. A few others are:

Fever - An extremely dry snout is often a sign of illness.
Infection - A dog's nose that is flaky or crusty in texture or has lost... Read more
Sun 06.26.11

I have one word for this product, and I will repeat it three times: FABULOUS, FABULOUS, FABULOUS. Tigger and Beau, both males, were the cleanest cats I’ve ever had. My two girls however, Nini, and now, the kooky Keetten or Keetteeng (official name: Mia) were the messiest creatures on earth. Nini could never aim straight and loved to kick up sandstorms, scattering litter halfway across California. Keetteeing is no different.  She could have built sandcastles with the... Read more

Sat 06.11.11

The brand new collars and matching leashes I just bought for Opal and Dixie from Puppy Love Collars on just arrived, and they’re even more beautiful than they appeared online! There were so many unique and colorful designs to choose from that I really had a hell of a time narrowing them down to just one design. You’d have thought I was buying a house or something. Molly, the owner, handmade these collars just for Opal and Dixie, and not only were they much... Read more

Sun 06.05.11

I’ve always been a lover of pit bulls. There are three in our building, all of whom I’ve rolled around on the floor and played with. I love them, and I trust them as I trust most pits. As most of us responsible dog lovers and owners know, the pit bull’s bad rap isn’t due to the breed, but to their owners. There are two unfixed males in our dog park who’ve caused serious harm to other dogs. Most of us purposefully avoid them and their owners. Is their aggression their... Read more

Sat 03.26.11

As Opal and Dixie age, I try to remain aware that despite how vibrant and healthy they are, there comes a time in every pet's life when things slow down and life changes.  It's simply part of the aging process.  As much as we would like for our puppies and kitties to remain young and healthy forever, youth and health are fleeting.  Arthritis may creep in and affect their joints.  Some may develop skin and coat problems.  Others may sleep more throughout the day (Opal... Read more

Wed 03.23.11

As a supporter of animal rights and The Humane Society of the United States, I feel a duty to share a heartbreaking and horrifying truth with you. You may find this difficult, if not impossible to read, just as I have found it deeply, deeply painful to write. If you can't bring yourself to read past the first few words, all you need to do is click on the following link and take a few seconds to sign the petition. You can trust that you DO support the cause: Stop the... Read more