Reality Show for Cats

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Felines are finicky creatures. One minute they are cuddling up to your leg and purring then the next minute they are trying to attack your feet. You never can tell what their mood will be, especially … Read More

The Dangers of Playing Fetch With Sticks

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A good, old-fashioned romp in the park for a game of fetch is harmless fun, right? Well, vets worldwide are urging dog owners to think again, saying that serious and even deadly injuries can result from … Read More

Trimming Cats' Nails

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Trimming cats’ nails is often a task that intimidates pet owners far more than performing the same procedure when trimming a dog’s nails. While it’s true that some cat owners have attempted a nail trim and … Read More

WHS Ad – December 30, 2008 – Please Adopt Me

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Corey 169483 Corey came to us as a stray in the beginning of November. Can you believe this handsome boy is still here? Corey needs an owner that is willing to dedicate some time and effort … Read More

Follow PetLvr (aka HART) on Twitter!

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Are you on twitter yet? You might have noticed that I have added a link to my personal Twitter profile at the top of these pages … http://twitter.com/PetLvr .. All posts from this PetLvr Blog and … Read More

Writing A Letter To The Editor Of Your Local Newspaper About Upcoming Pet Related Legislation In Your Area

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If you’re worried about upcoming pet-related legislation in your area, like a breed ban or pet limit law, one great way to make your voice heard is to write a letter to the Editor of your … Read More

Herps and Kids

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When you think of a child’s first pet, do you picture a hamster? A kitten? A wiggly puppy? Maybe a Shetland Pony? A goldfish? If you’re like most people, one thing you’re not thinking of is an … Read More

Sex and the neutered cat (Caution: some explicit language)

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I have always considered myself to be a fairly knowledgeable person when it comes to pet, cats in particular. I’ve had pets of one sort or another all my life and I majored in pre-vet/biology in … Read More

Work off the Holiday Pounds with Your Pet

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Pets are my favorite exercise equipment. Nothing motivates me to go for a run like the pleading eyes of a dog who’s been cooped up indoors all day. Even the cat helps me exercise: When she … Read More

Prevent Paw Injuries and Paw Pad Cracking During the Winter

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Dogs of all breeds and sizes face a couple big obstacles during the cold winter months, when paw pad injuries, cracked or peeling paw pads or frequent licking of the paws becomes commonplace. The cold winter … Read More

Keiji the Kitten Finds a Home for the Holidays

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Keiji was my first foster pet, and since he came to me in the holiday season, Christmas Day seems like a good time to post his story. Kitten-in-a-Box Keiji entered my life in a blue plastic box … Read More

Would You Clone Your Pet?

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After your pet passes away, it can be difficult to move forward. You miss their sounds and habitual behaviors that make them unique and special. Whether you want to get a new pet right away or … Read More

WHS Ad – December 24, 2008 – Please Adopt Me

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Wallis 163305 Wallis came in as a stray way back in July. He has been with the Humane Society for nearly six months!! We all think Wallis deserves his special home sooner rather than later. He … Read More

Safety Tips for Pet Birds During the Holidays

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There are many holiday hazards facing dogs and cats, but what about the birds? You’ll find lots of literature out there on how to avoid illness, injury and other catastrophes involving dogs and cats during the … Read More

Give Yourself a Free, Pet-Related Christmas Gift

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Did you forget to get yourself a Christmas gift? If you’re like most people this time of year, you’ve been running around like crazy shopping for gifts for friends and family, but you haven’t taken time to … Read More

Some Of The Pet Related Christmas Movies Out There

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Here are some pet related Christmas movies to watch over holiday week, in case you were bored of the usual TV Marathon of Kringle, Scrooge, the Grinch, Natalie Wood and Clarence~! I have included the links … Read More

Speaking Your Pet's Language

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Do you talk to your pet or feel that you communicate with each other in a different way? If you think you and your pet have a mutual understanding, you are not alone. Pets experience so … Read More

Training with Distractions

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Training with distractions is a great way to make sure a learned behavior will be performed on cue in a variety of situations. Dogs don’t automatically generalize learning. If you train your dog to sit in the living … Read More

Are You Ready for Parrot Ownership?

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If you’ve ever had a young cockatoo or a playful caique handed to you at a pet store, you know how hard it can be to resist bringing a parrot home. At their best, they’re cuddly, … Read More

Protecting Dog and Cats from Toxic Holiday Gifts

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Pet poisoning incidents skyrocket around the holidays and holiday gifts are part of the reason for this increase in dog and cat poisoning incidents. The typical present-related pet poisoning incident occurs like this: a family member … Read More

How to Start a Pet Log

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Whether you own a dog, a cat, a rat, a bird, or a horse, pet logs are an extremely useful tool for every pet owner. Pet logs can be used to help diagnose illness, disease and … Read More

Family in Town for the Holidays? Why Not Volunteer Together?

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A house full of visiting family can get hectic and noisy, particularly if kids are visiting and have extra energy from being stuck inside. The solution? Round the whole group up, and perform a volunteer project … Read More

Baby Koala Debuts at the L.A. ZOO

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News Release December 11, 2008 **MEDIA ADVISORY** CONTACT: Jason Jacobs/ jason.jacobs@lacity.org (323) 644-4273 Come See The Baby Koalas at the L.A. Zoo The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens will unveil the newest member of the … Read More

Best in Show Brunch

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Dog enthusiasts, listen up because you will not want to miss this event! There is no better way to start your new year than by attending the Metropolitan Dog Club’s second annual Best in Show Brunch. … Read More

Is a Miniature Pinscher the Dog for You?

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Kota the Miniature Pinscher The Miniature Pinscher is among the spunkiest, peppiest dog breeds out there. They bounce, they bark, they’ll chase cats, other dogs and small children if you let them. Min Pins are fiercely faithful to their humans, and most will eagerly take on the role of protector and doorbell. They’re a breed […]

Trimming Dogs' Nails

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Most dogs need their nails trimmed regularly, but few of them enjoy it. Worse yet, a clumsy snip could cut into the quick, causing profuse bleeding. I quicked my own fingernail recently after I was startled … Read More

WHS Ad – December 17, 2008 – Please Adopt Me

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The WHS is in need of quality, durable (tough) dog toys for the large breed dogs in their care. If you have toys to donate, please drop them off at the shelter! With the cooler weather … Read More

Petlvr Mailbag: Modern Methods?

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Dear PetLvr Mailbag … My family is in the market for a puppy and when I went to obedience class with a dog years ago they had me use a 30′ lead and a choker to … Read More

Adopting a Puppy vs an Adult Dog

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Sasha-Simone, The Very Energetic Puppy! When many soon-to-be dog owners think dog adoption, they automatically think of a puppy. But many new dogs owners fail to realize that an adult dog is often the better choice. … Read More

Pasha and Lucy

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Hey! My friend Vanessa from Blog Catalog has two Papillons!

I absolutely love my two paps. Pasha is a white and red sable, and he is three years old. Lucy is also a white and red sable, and she is two years old!
Vanessa Fosdal
Owner / Stylist
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Beware of Holiday Plants

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During the holiday season, it’s common to receive plants as gifts and to decorate your home with poinsettias and lilies. However, when you have cats and dogs roaming around your home, you need to be aware … Read More

What to Keep In Case of a Pet Food Recall

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In 2007, a close friend lost her dog as a result of a pet food recall. So as a pet writer, I’ve been closely monitoring the pet food recall situation ever since. It’s a topic I’ve … Read More

Extreme Cold and Your Pets

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Ice storms are battering the Northeast, while the West and Midwest are now experiencing record cold due to an Arctic front. In my city, a record-breaking low was recorded yesterday, with temperatures of -15 degrees Fahrenheit … Read More

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