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Toy Dogs

No, you don’t wind them up and they don’t take batteries ‘Toy’ dogs are becoming more popular all the time. These little dogs, the result of generations of selective breeding, are generally bred as companion animals and people just seem to love them. Their miniature size and playful nature (most toy breeds are good natured dogs with a few exceptions) make them wonderful companions and for several years they have been chic among well to do people. Most of the toy dog breed […]

Jake The Border Collie Tells His Tales

Hi everyone, it’s Jake here again… with a follow-up to my first dog story, that was called ‘Jake’s Own Story’ and gave a brief biographical insight into my life so far. Here is my update… The last two years have been busy for mom and dad, for one reason or another, but somehow they always had time for me! Whenever they arrived home, I was always there with a big ‘Hello, missed you loads and it’s great to have you home’. I think this helped to […]

Who Are Your Power Animals? (Sometimes A Skunk Isn’t Just A Skunk!)

Native Americans believe that each animal carries its own special energies and gifts, and that each animal has a gift to give each of us. Do you know what animals are guiding you on your individual journey? Are you aware of the gifts they are offering you? Imaginary Guides You can think of your Animal Totems as imaginary guides on your life journey. You might also think of them as Power Animals because each one imparts a special energy, or power, to your life. By observing how each animal lived, […]

Persian cat: Chocolate and Lilac color

Chocolate or lilac Persians? Can it be possible? I, as an owner, breeding Persians and exots, pose myself such a problem quite recently. Of, course they exist, if to see from genetic point of view. These colors are included into standard, there is their description, but… Where are they? By all accounts from abroad, they have such animals but for some reason they are more often met in pedigrees of British cats as experimental partners for leading new color into the breed, but not like exhib […]

Horse Breeds – Thoroughbreds

Thoroughbreds are known as ‘America’s Racing Horse’.? This breed of horse runs at the race track every single day around the world. History of the Thoroughbred: This breed of horse was originally bred in England due to the English horsemen’s desire to have a fast race horse.? There are three that founded this bloodline which are:? Byerley Turk, Darley Arabian and Godolphin Arabian, named after their respective owners, Thomas Darley, Lord Godolphin and Captain Robert Byerl […]

Why Cats Make Such Good Pets

Cats are very good pets as they don’t require as much attention as other options such as a dog. You don’t have to walk the cat and you don’t have to deal with it barking at everything that happens to walk by your home. Young cats are extremely playful and you can interact with them when you want to. However, most cats are content to play with toys or to be independent. This doesn’t mean that cats aren’t excellent companions though. They can be silly at times and the […]

Spite Isn’t A Dog Thing – Separation Anxiety Is

Dog owners, when they get together, will tell stories of their amazing, brilliant, astonishing and misbehaving dogs. How many times have you heard about the pet who, displeased by its owners’ absence, left a ‘present’ of the most unpleasant kind? The truth is ‘ he didn’t do it out of spite. Dogs aren’t people. People are the only animals that have an idea of ‘spite,’ ‘revenge,’ or ‘getting even.’ That’s not to say that […]

Developing The Bond Between Man And Horse

The relationship between man and horse is an enduring one. But dealing with animals is always easier and more enjoyable when you have empathy and understanding. To be able to relate to horses,you need to understand their pychology, in order to anticipate horses’reactions you have to understand how they think and why they behave in certain ways. A good understanding also builds confidence on both sides-human and equine. When faced with a threatening situation, the horse’s nature is on […]

Do Pets and Apartments Mix?

If you’re a pet owner who is considering a move to an apartment there are certain things you must be keep in mind. First, whether or not your pet will be accepted by most landlords depends primarily on the type, size and personality of your pet. Dogs: If you own a large dog, apartment living is probably not for you. Not only will accepting landlords be hard to find, but your dog will not be happy in the confined space of an apartment. A large dog needs room to exercise and play, neither of […]

Tips On Moving Pets

A pet like a child is a great responsibility and the animal or bird is dependant on you to care for it and protect it. And if a move is stressful for children the pressure is ten ‘fold for a pet that cannot quite comprehend what is happening. Often a house filled with strangers, boxes, and din is not just frightening for a pet it can be quite intimidating. Before you move you must: ‘?Take the pet to the vet and check whether his health will stand the move. Ask the vet about preventiv […]

Overview of Cat Breeds

Cats were one of the last animals to be domesticated. They were first found in households in Egypt about 5000 years ago. Today they are the most popular house pets, outnumbering dogs by more than two to one. The earliest domestic cat was probably a Tabby, descended from the wild tabby cat. The first cat show was held in London in 1871. There were 17 breeds listed at that show. Currently there are 37 distinct breeds recognized in the United States. ?Though dogs were initially bred to do specific […]

Raising A Healthy Bird.

1. If you want your bird to live a long life it is important to feed it in a nutritionally sound way. Birds often die too young because they are malnourished or they pick up a disease because they were not being fed correctly. 2. Birds who are part of the parrot family should be fed a variety of foods. Seeds are used by most as the only part of the bird’s diet and this is a mistake. Seeds have too much fat, not enough protein and almost no vitamins. Seeds should not make up more than 50 pe […]

How To Train Your Dog

Dog is man’s best friend. I truly believe that. I love my dog. A well- trained dog can be a great companion for anyone from small children to adults. Specially trained dogs can do some amazing things. Dogs are even trained to do almost human tasks like calling 911 when there is an emergency. In this article I am going to tell you a few things about training your dog that will make him or her even more valuable to everyone in your family. I would like to share some things that I have learne […]

Teach Your Dog Commands In This Order

Dear Adam: I bought your book about two weeks ago. Finally, someone has written a training book that makes sense. Good Job…bet it took a lot of time to put all of it together, huh? The reason I am writing to you is because I am confused about some things that deal with teaching the down/stay and sit/stay. Tell me if this sounds like I have it right: First, teach her (the dog) how to do the command doing repetitions and placing her in the correct position immediately after saying the comman […]

Buying Premium Dog Food 101

So you are wondering if the dog food you are feeding is really good for your canine. Maybe you heard that your particular brand of dog food is bad for your dog. Here I will try to explain what to look for as well as the ingredients and how they measure up to what you are currently feeding. Please keep in mind dog food is essential to their health as for most it is their main source of nutrition. Some easy tips are: Do not buy dog food that contains BHT or BHA, they are chemical preservatives and […]

A Dogs Communication – Could Your Dog be Trying to Tell You Something?

Is barking a form of language among dogs with precise significance, or just playful noise? Dogs exchange information among themselves less by voice than by a wide range of facial expressions, body postures and gestures, as well as by various scents. Dogs, who bark at night, are probably working off excess energy or announcing their presence, and this is undoubtedly the only message conveyed to other dogs within ear shot. When a dog goes to his owner and deliberately barks, it is simply meant to […]

Introducing a New Kitten to Your Older Cat…

So, you read somewhere that introducing a new kitten into your home could be great for your existing cat, for companionship. And you remember how much fun your cat was when she was a new kitten, and you would love to re-live those days. It is generally thought that cats thrive better with the company of another feline, especially cats confined indoors. But before you rush off to your local cat shelter or breeder, here are a few tips to make bringing home a new kitten as stress free as possible. […]

Pets

One night I came home from work to find our house in disarray. The pungent scent of urine filled the air. Pillows were scattered everywhere, their stuffing torn out. Vases and other knickknacks were reduced to mere shards of porcelain and glass. Some of my books were ripped to shreds. At first I thought that my apartment had been burglarized but I realized that the burglars couldn’t have missed seeing the flat screen television, DVD player and speakers prominently displayed in the living r […]

Heartworms And Your Pit Bull Terrier: Dog Health Advice

One of the most devastating parasites which may threaten your Pit Bull is the heartworm. These nasty creatures can linger in your pet for years before dealing a death blow to your Pit Bull. Heartworms are treatable, but it is best to use a protective stance rather than wait for infection to occur. This disease is not spread from pet to pet via contact, but by another nasty creature we all know as the mosquito. The mosquito is a necessary link in the transfer of the disease. The number of dogs in […]

Dogs Are Gods of Frolic

Dogs are amongst the most amazing creatures because they give unconditional love. Dogs love their masters and the masters reciprocate by providing them with all the things of comfort they can afford. Dog supplies are important and useful things for keeping your dog healthy and happy, and include items for dog grooming and maintaining good dog health.? Canine or dog supplies can be classified into several sub categories, including dog training supplies, dog grooming supplies, and even more specia […]

The Eleventh Commandment: Care For Your Pets

Pets are an extension of one’s life and love. Caring for pets means one has the ability, skill and heart to give love and take good care of one of nature’s creations. The following are tips and advice to consider when caring for that furry feline, canine, tweety, crawly, etc. friend of yours. Clean, clean, clean and clean Sanitation is an all important aspect of a pet’s existence. It is important that pets must be washed and cleaned regularly. Also, dishes used by pets must be […]

Raw Feed? Are You Joking?

Let’s think about this for a minute: God did not design our animals to eat pre-packaged, kibble or pellet-like food. In the wild, dogs don’t tell each other, “Hey, I’m hungry, let’s go to the pet food store and grab us some lunch.” As if! No, together, they go out and hunt down their food, then dig right in while it’s still warm. Sorry about the graphic image, but well, that’s nature for you! They also do not stoke up a campfire and sit around sing […]

Pomeranian Standard: Does Your Dog Measure Up and Does It Matter?

Pomeranians are a special breed of toy dog. They are loyal, energetic and protective towards their owners. Pomeranians are full of character and many people fall in love with their friendly faces.? They are also a happy dog most of the time and very noticeable as well.? They like to jump and with their two front paws they will wave at you. Pomeranians love to be shown off. Whether it’s during a walk and they insist of socializing with any dog in your path, or at shows. They are courageous […]

Need A Little Help With Your Health? Get A Dog!

Dogs are considered man’s best friend. But did you know that having a dog gives you several heath benefits? In studies done by medical professionals, dog owners benefit from their pet’s presence in several ways: 1) Improved cardiovascular health – Dog owners have been proven to have blood pressure and cholesterol lower than ordinary people. These factors reduce the chance for cardiovascular diseases. Stroking a pet has long been known to reduce blood pressure. A study from the […]

Kennel Cough In Dogs

The condition commonly known as ‘Kennel Cough’ is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases that dogs can contract. The disease is not serious in most cases, however, and often resolves itself after one to two weeks. The accepted medical term for kennel cough is tracheobronchitis, indicating a form of bronchitis that affects the dog’s trachea. Kennel cough can be caused by several airborne bacteria and viruses. It is generally accepted that most cases of kennel cough are ca […]

Caring For A Pet Snake

When people think of pets, most of the time “furry” and “cuddly” are adjectives that come to mind. For the owners of pet snakes, however, these words don’t really fit. Still, snakes make interesting pets, and can even be lovable – in their own way. Choosing to own a pet snake should not be a snap decision. Snakes can grow large, eat a lot, and require very specific conditions for staying healthy. Some varieties can even be dangerous to humans. Providing for th […]

Finding The Ideal Cat Collar

If your cat goes outside it’s a really good idea to use a collar. It lets other people know that the cat has a home, and if your cat should stray or get lost then the contact details on the collar will have you re-united with your cat in no time. Deciding what cat collar to buy can be a more difficult choice than you think. Do you go with a flea control collar, a reflective collar, an elasticated collar, a buckle on collar, or no collar at all. Do flea collars really work? My experience ha […]

Tire Jump Foundation Training for your Dog

The Tire Jump seems like a relatively easy agility obstacle, at least from a persons perspective, but in the Novice Agility ring you see many dogs that refuse to go through it, many go under it, while others choose to go around it.? How can you prepare your beginning agility for success with the Tire Jump? ? Let’s go back to foundation training. When introducing any new obstacle, you want to keep the difficulty low and emphasize the fun and ease that it can be for your dog.? If your dog ha […]

Designer Dog Rage: Is It Safe?

Ever thought about buying a dog that’s not only a companion; it’s fashionable too? Unless you have been living under a rock you will most likely have heard about the new ‘designer dog’ rage. You might have wondered what the big deal was with such new mixes. What is it about their cute little names and button noses that are driving hordes of people to the nearest designer dog breeder? Many people are opposed to the deliberate crossbreeding of dogs. Mainly because it seems […]

Puppy Training – Good Doggie

Puppies are cute cuddly and so full of life throughout the infancy stage. It is at this time when puppy training is vital – because believe it or not these cute cuddly little characters can cause so much havoc in the home – with their outbursts of action packed antics all brought on by excitement. Fun it may be at the time but when you waken to find the remains of a chewed slipper- scratch marks on the furniture and puppy poo to mark the pup`s presence then it is time for an obedienc […]

Yorkshire Terrier: Finding Your Breed and a Breeder

The Yorkie, nickname for the Yorkshire Terrier is affectionately called by it’s devoted owners and is a pleasure to live with. Content to be stroked and petted, your Yorkshire Terrier will take up residence on your lap whenever possible. Yorkies have a keen sense of adventure. They are brave and loyal and seem to be oblivious to their size – or definite lack thereof.? The Yorkshire Terrier has been in the top 10 most registered with the AKC for the last several years.? These dogs nee […]

How to Housebreak Your Puppy

So you gave yourself the gift of a new puppy or someone else gave it to you.? Unfortunately, this little bundle of joy doesn’t understand the specific places designated for going to the bathroom.? So what do you do?? How do you housebreak your new pet? Housebreaking really isn’t all that difficult.? As with all, dog training it will take consistency and patience but the hardest part will actually be training you and the rest of your family. Before you start any training, you always w […]

Training Your Pit Bull Terrier With Dog Treats

Every responsible Pit Bull owner wants a well trained pet. There are several training options which may be used to achieve the desired results. One of the most popular methods used by owners is treat training. Treat training is a reward system using either the dog’s favorite snack food such as cheese, bits of hotdog or by using store bought treats. Treat training allows the owner to use these small bribes as a form of positive reinforcement for good behavior. Proper use of treat training w […]

Hiking with your dog can be dangerous if you don’t take precautions

Some dogs love to get out in the woods and go absolutely ballistic, chasing anything that they can smell. Taking your dogs on hikes through the woods is an extremely enjoyable activity for dogs and owners alike. However, some owners are a bit oblivious to the hazards that can await a dog in the forest, and really put their dog in unnecessary danger. One of the first steps of preparing for a dog hike should be to ask yourself some simple questions relating to your particular dog. ?? The size and […]

Little Big Bird

A few years ago while sitting on a bench outside my workplace I noticed two birds running around making all kinds of noise. One was much larger than the other was so I assumed that she was the mother trying to feed her young. I couldn’t believe that the small bird, a lovely little sparrow, was jumping up an down trying to put food in the mouth of this ungrateful screeching little big bird who did nothing but keep his mouth open and run around as if he wasn’t getting enough to eat. Th […]

The Magnificent Andalusian

The Andalusian lineage dates back to prehistoric times.? Cave paintings, discovered on the Iberian Peninsula and dated 20000 to 30000 B.C., show the Iberian Horse clearly.? It is thought that as time progressed, the breed was influenced by strains of horses from the French Celts, Carthaginians, Romans, several Germanic tribes, and the Moors.? This noble breed was cited by the Greek philosopher and commander of the army, Xenophon, as being a deciding element in his army’s victory over Spart […]

Preparing to teach you dog tricks

Teaching your dog to do tricks is not just fun for you both it also helps stop a lot of problems some dogs have with destructive tendencies, many dogs and some breeds more than others get board and this boredom can lead to destructive behaviour, but if you keep your dogs mind active and busy then the boardum is not an issue and so the destructive behaviour is less lightly. When teaching a dog tricks things to think about are, how are you going to reward your dog, where to train and for how long […]

How NOT to Groom Your Dog

We have a wonderful gentle natured dog that I adopted about 8 years ago.? Unfortunately she was a bit neglected and was very timid when I brought her home.? She had previously belonged to someone who lived nearby and I had spent the last few months making sure she had food and fresh water so we were already well acquainted. Meisha is her name and I would say she is a cross between a collie and a husky.? She is a beautiful mix of grays and white with a little black mixed in.? Up until a couple su […]

Your Child Wants a Pet?

Tired of hearing your child whine about wanting a pet? All parents seem to have this problem at one time or another. Many children want a pet, and it’s a perfect way to teach children responsibility. If you’ve decided to give your children the opportunity to have a pet of their own, you just have to figure out which pet is the right pet! There are a few smaller, easier to care for animals that make great first pets. These are typically a bit more affordable than bigger animals such a […]

The Dog Diet

In the not-too-distant past, Patti Lawson was diet-obsessed. You name it-she tried them all. And so it went until a little dog taught her some big lessons about life. Mourning the end of her latest relationship one winter, Lawson was spending most of her time at home, eating every imagin-able comfort food. Until she found herself in a pet shop adopting a puppy. After a few months of life with Sadie, someone in her office asked if she had lost weight. What was she doing? “I blurted out̷ […]

Why do birds scream

Boy if we had THE answer we’d be writing this from our yacht. But of course I have to weigh in here. What got me thinking about the subject of ‘why birds scream,’ is some recent web surfing. ‘ I spend my days doing what many of you wish you could be doing, surfing the web for bird toys and parrot cages. The magic of the internet enables us to shop the world. In order for us to provide the best possible shopping experience. We look at lots of sites and products. Pricing is […]

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Pet insurance was once considered as a tactics of insurance companies to mint money out of the customer’s pocket, but for a pet owner it could be really beneficial if he is very much concerned about his pet. It may be considerably expensive to treat the pets every time they become ill. If a pet insurance is taken, it can relieve the owner from overburdening caused by undue treatment costs. Pet insurance covers all the medical expenses of the pet that may be due to any kind of ailment it is […]

Keep Your Dog Fit And Healthy – Give Her The Best Dog Food Possible

What is the best dog food? Veterinarians are often hit by that question from scads of anxious dog owners. Every dog owner wants to feed their dog with the best that is available. However, the sheer variety of dog foods and the conflicting views on the best dog diet can leave you quite perplexed. While some experts assert that home made food is best for dogs, others argue that commercial dog food is better. Anyway, we have witnessed a shift towards commercial dog food, owing much to the fast pace […]

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks ‘ How To Train Your Dog

Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, must not have owned a dog. If dogs are anything, they are extremely intelligent and can learn many new things given the chance to show you. When training your dog, keep in mind that yelling, hitting, cursing or punishment is uncalled for, as dogs will retreat backwards the more they are yelled at. Besides, you wouldn’t treat a child like that and dogs are essentially just little children with tails and four legs! The first thing to […]

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks ‘ How To Train Your Dog

Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, must not have owned a dog. If dogs are anything, they are extremely intelligent and can learn many new things given the chance to show you. When training your dog, keep in mind that yelling, hitting, cursing or punishment is uncalled for, as dogs will retreat backwards the more they are yelled at. Besides, you wouldn’t treat a child like that and dogs are essentially just little children with tails and four legs! The first thing to […]

Pet Care, Keeping The Owner In Mind

What does pet care mean for you? Are you looking for tips on how to properly provide care for your pet, maybe you are looking for pet insurance coverage for your little critter, or possibly in need of information on grooming your pet, breeding, feeding, supplies and equipment. These are all the types of things we could use to provide proper pet care to our furry friends. Whatever we need to make sure our pets are properly taken care of can be referred to as pet care. However, in most cases, we a […]

Horse Breeds – American Quarter Horse

The American Quarter Horse is the first breed of horse native to the United States.? The breed evolved when the bloodlines of horses brought to the New World were mixed.? Foundation American Quarter Horse stock originated from Arab, Turk and Barb breeds.? Selected Stallions and Mares were crossed with horses brought to Colonial America from England and Ireland in the 1600’s.? This combination resulted in a compact, heavily muscled horse that evolved to fill the colonists passion for short […]

The Boston Terrier: A Very Self Sufficient Dog and a Great Family Pet

The Boston Terrier has been nicknamed the American Gentleman because of its wonderful, gentle disposition and its tuxedo like coat. One of the few breeds that is truly “made in the USA”. Boston Terriers are rated by the American Kennel club as one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs; making housetraining simple. Over time, they have evolved into a gentle breed that is content to sit on your lap and be petted. Originally bred down in size from pit-fighting dogs the Boston Terrier w […]

Lighting your Coral

There are some species of coral that can survive with the normal amount of lighting, so for the beginner, you may want to stick to these species. Specifically, Mushroom Coral and Coral Polyps can survive with normal lighting techniques. Conversely, species such as SPS (Small Polyp Stony Coral) that include Acoropora, Montipora, Porites, Brain Coral, Bubble Coral, Elegance Coral, Cup Coral, Torch Coral, and Trumpet Coral require far greater intensity with lighting, making them a substantially gre […]

How Important Is Pet Dental Care?

Dental care is an important part of caring for your pet. Just like humans ‘ dogs have teeth that can cause problems if they are not cared for with a proper dental routine. You may have already noticed, but dogs can suffer from bad breath just like humans can. Your vet is an important part of this dental care. Ask your vet to show you how to brush your pets’ teeth properly. Your vet knows how to brush their teeth properly so your beloved pet doesn’t get gum disease or any of the […]

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