Although it’s a subject not many of us want to broach, our beloved canine companions aren’t going to be with us forever. The often overwhelming grief we feel when we do have to let go of our pets is a testament to how much joy and love they provided us during their all too brief tenure.
Just the other day there was an unseasonable sprinkling of snow here in the UK, which reminded me of my labrador, Sam. We had to put him down in April 2008 at the ripe old age of 14 as he had severe hip-dysplasia and was effectively immobile. We knew it was a kindness. The vets visited the house and gave him the injection while the family sat by and comforted him in his last moments. Rather than watch the vets take him away after the procedure (he was a big old beast), I took a walk to clear my head, and it began to lightly snow. Now, whenever a few flakes of white drop from the heavens I think of the boisterous jet black dog that was by my side from my boyhood through my teenage years. It’s a strange, difficult to explain feeling somewhere between nostalgia, sentimentality, and joy. Maybe some of you readers can relate.
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Every reader of petsblogs is aware of the huge benefits animals can have for our minds, souls, and bodies. In recent years, medical and therapeutic organizations have started to appreciate these benefits themselves, and started introducing animal-based therapies to help struggling people to reconnect with their lives. The effects have been startlingly effective. Thus far, dogs have led the way in the animal healing sphere. However, increasingly people are starting to wake up to the potentially huge therapeutic skills of one of the greatest partners and most selfless helpers humanity has ever had – the horse.
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There’s a reason why people talk about ‘crazy cat ladies’ and not ‘crazy cat men’ and it’s probably due to the fact that women tend to find it easier to show their emotions and feelings than the average male. Of course, women have a maternal instinct too, and for some, hugging and caring for a pet can be almost as rewarding as having your own children.
However, if you’re a guy whose girlfriend or wife is smitten with their kitten, or batty about their cat, it’s easy to feel a bit left out. While envying an animal may seem a little extreme, what are you do if the love of your life seems more keen to spend time with their moggy than they are with you?
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The second annual Pet Safety Week has begun! This year, Pet Safety Week is October 20 – 26. And to get the conversation started, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (“Toronto Hydro”) and the Toronto Humane Society have their top picks for ‘Howloween’ costumes and safety tips for furry friends.
Halloween is a fun time for the entire family; make sure your pets are safe too…
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There are tens of thousands of animal charities in the United States – and with so many to choose from it can be hard to decide who to donate to. Some charities have better reputations than others, so it’s up to you to take the proper precautions before you donate.
However, it never hurts to have help. Here are a few organizations in the United States that have been…
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For the many Americans whose vacations wouldn’t be complete without their favorite fur ball, the annual AAA PetBook Photo Contest offers an opportunity to show off travel photos in a big way. Through Nov. 30, travelers can enter a photo of their traveling pet for a chance to appear on a cover or inside Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook®.
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Cats and dogs are two of the world’s most universal species, living side by side with people in hundreds of millions of homes and communities in every human society on this planet.
Yet, on every continent and in every culture, dogs and cats continue to be subject to cruel and inhumane treatment. And a growing body of research has shown that violence against animals is connected to violence against people.
To help address the root causes of animal cruelty, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is launching a new global educational program, Cats, Dogs and Us, which introduces students ages 5-14 around the world to the many different ways that people live with cats and dogs and helps develop knowledge, skills, and empathy and respect.
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Kittens, puppies, toy animals, giant Great Danes – whatever size and shape they come in, our pets and we share a very special bond. Every pet parent wants the best for their furry children, but try as we might to make provide for them, there are external events like accidents and illnesses that we have no control over. Far too often, these diseases, illnesses, or emergencies take a toll on…
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The pets of the powerful hold a certain fascination for us. Here’s a list of the good, the bad, and the ugly (and their pets).
1) Margaret Thatcher’s Cat Humphrey
Humphrey wandered into 10 Downing Street one day in 1988, and he must have liked it, because he decided to stay. He adopted the Thatchers, and then tolerated the Majors, but when the Labour Party won a General Election…
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If you were a pony mad kid, learnt to ride and spent every available minute at the barn but never owned a pony you’re probably excited at the thought of buying one now. You might have been bought ponies by your parents and are now ready to invest in a horse all on your own or maybe you’ve always wanted one but had to wait to become financially stable before…
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