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What To Do If Your Dog Gets Into a Fight

dogfightMost people think that their dog is a perfect little ray of sunshine spreading love and happiness wherever it goes; and for the most part, that’s accurate. However, sometimes you may see a dog in a shockingly negative light, whether it is your own dog or someone else’s. We have to remind ourselves that dogs are domesticated, but they are still animals that every-so-often resort to physical intimidation or fighting to settle differences. This type of confrontation usually occurs because of a dog’s interaction with another dog that turns sour – either due to the dogs being introduced incorrectly and prematurely, or without supervision. Dogs often fight because of protecting their food, toys, or owner – but sometimes it can seem like the fight just came out of nowhere. It’s helpful to know how to break up two dogs who are fighting with each other just in case it happens to your dog; without intervention, a short fight can prove very fatal, very quickly. Every second counts when trying to separate two dueling dogs, so here’s some tips, thanks to The Dodo: [click to continue…]

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What To Do If You See a Pet Left in a Hot Car

pugincarSo there are a lot of news stories, articles, and social media posts swirling around at the moment that all deal with one phenomenon that somehow keeps happening: people leaving animals in hot cars. Although 21 states have passed some kind of “hot car law” to make this act illegal, people keep leaving pets in hot cars – and these pets usually die. This has led to SOME of these states passing further laws that grant people the right to “take necessary steps to open a parked car to rescue any animal – in imminent danger due to heat or cold.”  In other words, law enforcement, animal control officers, and (in some states) everyday citizens, can break into the car to save the animal’s life. While this seems like it is a great idea, it has already sparked some debate online as to when vandalizing another person’s car is justified. Whether this means jimmying a locked door open, or smashing the window entirely, is up for the rescuer to decide if they must resort to such drastic means to prevent a loss of life. Here’s a list of things that you should do when you see a dog in a parked, hot, car, and their owner isn’t anywhere to be found: [click to continue…]

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These 3 People Are Redefining Rescue!

dogladyIt seems that more people are becoming aware of the need to incorporate animal rescuing in their lives. Whether this means volunteering at a local shelter, fostering an animal, or even adopting them outright – the tides are turning, and homeless animals everywhere are benefiting. What is even more encouraging, is that there are more rescue non-profit organizations popping up every day as well, with compassionate animal lovers taking it upon themselves to make it their personal mission to help animals in need. How can you beat that amount of dedication? Well, for one, you can be one of these people on this list, who have literally centered their entire LIVES around rescuing HUNDREDS of animals! Here are a few people who are definitely redefining what it means to be an animal rescuer: [click to continue…]

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Ready For Friday? So Are These Animals!

dogcowsquareWednesdays and Thursdays are a mixed bag of people that are excited for Friday, people that are frustrated that it isn’t yet Friday, and people who share both sentiments. Needless to say, Thursday conjures up many conflicting emotions, and the storm doesn’t calm until the sweet smell of Friday falls upon us. What does Friday smell like, you ask? Well, Friday’s scent is a mixture between freedom, fun, and relaxation – among other things. Here are some animals that are definitely on the same page as us, who are also suffering from a case of the “Thursdays”: [click to continue…]

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It’s like a desert out here! Oh wait…

Summer is officially here, and the heatwaves are already beginning! In some areas of the country, temperatures have already reached over 110 degrees, which is nothing short of scorching. Because of these oven-like conditions, it is extremely important to stay hydrated at all times, and be aware of how the heat affects your body in general. Obviously if you have pets (which you probably do since you’re reading this blog), then you MUST also be extremely vigilant about your pets’ health in these hot conditions as well! Pets are even MORE sensitive to these drastically high temperatures, due to many of them not having the ability to sweat, and compounded by the fact that their circulatory systems and organs are much smaller than ours – making their susceptibility to overheating and heatstroke considerably higher than ours. Don’t worry though, we’ve already given advice on how to ensure that your pets stay cool this summer without any chance of falling victim to heat stroke! For further inspiration though, here are some animals that definitely have got this “keeping cool” thing down pat:

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pitbull5Anyone who has come into contact with Pit Bulls knows that they are amazingly loving, compassionate creatures that make some of the best companions around. Whether it’s through owning them, rescuing them, volunteering with them, or just simply befriending them, most people walk away from Pit Bull encounters wondering why and how these horrible stereotypes about them exist. Well, why do any stereotypes exist? Ignorance, misinformation, and lack of understanding are probably the biggest causes of the perpetuating of these harmful and derogatory misconceptions. Luckily, there are many organizations that are bringing awareness to this phenomenon, and setting the records straight about Pit Bulls once and for all! One of these sources is BuzzFeed, who has gone out of their way to put the following ridiculous rumors to rest: [click to continue…]

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How Much Do You Know About Chinchillas?

chinandbabyI’m sure everyone has at least seen a picture or heard the word “Chinchilla” at least a few times in their lives, but they seem to have a fair bit of mystery surrounding them. Chinchillas belong to that grouping of pets that are known to most people as “random” or “exotic” animals – for the sole reason that they aren’t too common among pet owners. Small animals already only comprise about 6% of the total pet population, and in that group is an even tinier, unknown percentage of Chinchilla enthusiasts. Why are they seldom kept as pets, while their close relatives, the guinea pig and rabbit, are quite common in households? They are just as cute as them, so what makes them so “exotic”? Well, maybe if we uncover some facts about them we will get to the bottom of this mystery – so here’s some stuff you may not know about these adorable little fluff balls: [click to continue…]

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Things to Watch Out for This Summer!

summerdangers6Summer is approaching fast – bringing with it longer days, sunny weather, and vacations galore! Although it is arguably the best season of the year, there are many things to stay cautious of during summer months. Of course, nothing can be purely good, there has to be unpleasant things to balance out the awesomeness! Make sure you do the following things this summer for your pets’ safety and well-being: [click to continue…]

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Is Your Dog Safe in the Car?

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This classic image of a dog enjoying the car window’s breeze could actually be deadly.

The answer is probably a resounding NO; and I’m not going to judge you or act like I am free of guilt either, so don’t worry! Many pet owners (including myself) drive around with their dog(s) in the car, and most of the time the dog(s) in question are unrestrained. This may seem fine, but it actually is extremely dangerous – not only to the dog, but to the driver and passengers in the car as well. [click to continue…]

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Why Do Dogs and Cats Eat Grass?

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As a loving and devoted pet owner, you probably feed your pet the best, nutritionally complete food and also give them healthy pet treats (riiiiiiight?). So, why do some pets feel the need to snack on grass? Also, is it bad for them? Well, the answer isn’t the same for every animal, but don’t worry: it is usually harmless. unless your pet is throwing up as a result. But even in those situations, an upset stomach due to grass grazing is usually no reason to panic. [click to continue…]

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