Archives for December 2008

Reality Show for Cats

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

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 … [Read more...]

Trimming Cats' Nails

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 … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – December 30, 2008 – Please Adopt Me

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 into … [Read more...]

Follow PetLvr (aka HART) on Twitter!

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 ... .. 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

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 local … [Read more...]

Herps and Kids

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)

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

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 yowls until … [Read more...]

Prevent Paw Injuries and Paw Pad Cracking During the Winter

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 … [Read more...]

Keiji the Kitten Finds a Home for the Holidays

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 with … [Read more...]

Would You Clone Your Pet?

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 not, … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – December 24, 2008 – Please Adopt Me

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 is a … [Read more...]

Safety Tips for Pet Birds During the Holidays

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 … [Read more...]

Give Yourself a Free, Pet-Related Christmas Gift

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 … [Read more...]

Some Of The Pet Related Christmas Movies Out There

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 … [Read more...]

Speaking Your Pet's Language

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 many emotions … [Read more...]

Training with Distractions

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 … [Read more...]

Are You Ready for Parrot Ownership?

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, loving, fun, and … [Read more...]

Protecting Dog and Cats from Toxic Holiday Gifts

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 … [Read more...]

How to Start a Pet Log

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 allergies, to spot … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

Baby Koala Debuts at the L.A. ZOO

News Release December 11, 2008 **MEDIA ADVISORY** CONTACT: Jason Jacobs/ (323) 644-4273 Come See The Baby Koalas at the L.A. Zoo The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical … [Read more...]

Best in Show Brunch

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?

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. … [Read more...]

Trimming Dogs' Nails

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 … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – December 17, 2008 – Please Adopt Me

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 here, it can be … [Read more...]

Petlvr Mailbag: Modern Methods?

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 teach the dog to heel (walk opposite … [Read more...]

Adopting a Puppy vs an Adult Dog

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 … [Read more...]

Pasha and Lucy

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 … [Read more...]

Beware of Holiday Plants

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 … [Read more...]

What to Keep In Case of a Pet Food Recall

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 written about … [Read more...]

Extreme Cold and Your Pets

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 … [Read more...]

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