Can Dogs and Gardens Co-Exist?

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So you want to start a garden, but you’re worried that all your efforts will go to waste when your dog traipses through, digging up your plants and snacking on the manure used as fertilizer, then … Read More

Health Concerns When Breeding Cats-Part I

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Decision-making Time While you should never, ever allow your female cat to breed unless you intend to keep the kittens yourself, have people lined up who want the kittens or you are an authorized breeder, if … Read More

Car Sickness in Pets

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Nothing ruins a pet-friendly vacation like car sickness. One moment you’re anticipating a game of fetch on the beach, and the next you’re cleaning a puddle of pre-digested kibble out of the car. For pets with … Read More

Why Won't My Dog Go to the Bathroom in the Snow?

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Many dogs, particularly small dogs and those with short coats, refuse to do their business in deep snow. When Spring blizzards like the one blanketing my city with over a foot of the white stuff hit, … Read More

Extreme Sheep LED Art

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Oh .. this is cool – have you seen this one yet? 3.4 million other people have since March 16, 2009 ….. From the YouTube Description We took to the hills of Wales armed to the … Read More

How Often to Bathe a Dog

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Dogs need baths, but owners’ opinions on how often range from “dump him in a tub of suds once a year whether he needs it or not” to “take her to a professional groomer every Saturday.” … Read More

WHS Ad – March 25, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

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Come visit our Tip to Tail Boutique, or visit our new online store for all new spring merchandise you’re not going to want to miss! We’re kicking off the spring season on March 22, 2009 with … Read More

You Have a Pet WHAT?! 5 Unusual Housepets.

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I get strange enough looks when I tell people that I have 13 rats and a litter on the way; I can’t imagine strangers’ reactions to people who keep these truly unusual housepets! Here are five … Read More

Off Leash or On?

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Should you let your dog off-leash? The answer is usually no, but then how can your high energy dog get enough exercise? When leashed to  you, most medium to large dogs are limited to a slow … Read More

Setting Up A Rat Maternity Cage

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There are as many ways to set up a cage for a rat to deliver a litter as there are rat breeders. Everyone has a personal preference. I’ve incorporated advice from several breeders in creating my current … Read More

At What Age Should Your Puppy Come Home with You?

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Once you’ve picked out a puppy, the hardest part of your dog search is over. But when should that puppy join your family? If it’s already weaned and separated from littermates, the answer is “as soon … Read More

Uh-Oh, Spring Allergies!

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Is your pet sneezing? At this time of year, the problem could be spring allergies. Just like humans, many pets have allergies to pollen, dust, or mold, and those allergies often flare up during the spring. … Read More

WHS Ad – March 17, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

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Ben 171223 It is a fact that black dogs get adopted last, let’s break the trend! Ben is a 3 year old shepherd lab cross. He was brought to us all alone and very hungry way … Read More

What to Do If You See a Dog in a Hot Car

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Warmer weather is coming, and with it will come the inevitable reports of dogs dying from heat prostration when left unattended in hot cars. But alongside those reports will be the stories of a dog owner … Read More

Benefits of Pet Health Insurance

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Pet food, treats and toys add up fast every month, but at least you can develop an estimate of how much these items will cost you on a yearly basis. It’s those unexpected expenses that punch … Read More

How Much Exercise Is Too Much For a Dog?

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Most dogs don’t get enough exercise. The modern human lifestyle doesn’t always allow for dogs to get an ideal amount of playtime and physical activity. A large majority of dog owners will never worry about whether … Read More

Perks of Pet Companionship Minus Ownership

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Pets can fulfill so many different areas of your life. For example, they can be your best friend, motivated walking buddy and cuddle bug. However, just because a pet can make a wonderful addition to your … Read More

Why, For Children and Dogs, a Time-Out is a Better Tool Than Physical Correction

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It’s easy to smack a child or animal when  they make you angry, or to yank a choke chain, but what results does physical punishment really yield? For many dog owners and parents alike, the only definite … Read More

WHS Ad – March 12, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

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Chase 164186 Chase has been with us since early August of last year! This guy needs a home! Chase spent some time in foster care getting some TLC and his foster family says he is just … Read More

Do Horses Enjoy Being Ridden?

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Some years ago, I received the gift of a book by the owner and administrator of a large animal sanctuary. Overall, the book was a touching tribute to the many animals rescued by the author. But … Read More

Feeding a Pregnant Rat

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I’m hoping that my TEK Artemis is currently pregnant by SGR Fortissimo, so I’ve been feeding her some extra high-fat, high-protein, nutrition-packed snacks to help her grow a batch of healthy pups. This will be my … Read More

Housebreaking an Older Dog

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Puppies can be tough to housebreak, but the challenge of housetraining an older dog who has become accustomed to pottying inside is a whole ‘nother bag of chips, so to speak. While the most important part … Read More

The Pet Care Shop @ HART Market – Restored

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For those who may have noticed … our “Pet Care Supply” store has been offline for about a week now. It’s been a busy week for me personally because on March 1, 2009 I consolidated all … Read More

My New Foster Dog, Tory: Tory's Progress So Far

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Since Tory’s surgery to correct his elongated soft palate, his breathing has improved by leaps and bounds. These days, I can hardly tell he was ever impaired at all! He snorks and wheezes like a normal … Read More

When Adoption Fails

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Nothing is more discouraging to a pet lover than a failed adoption. You fully intend to give a loving, permanent home to a pet in need, and instead you find yourself over your head with an … Read More

Touchy Situation: When a Friend or Family Member Mistreats a Pet

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Sadly, most people have been in a situation in which they’ve witnessed someone close to them mistreating a pet. Whether it’s your college roommate giving alcohol to the fraternity cat, or your aging mother beginning to … Read More

WHS Ad – March 4, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

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We’re running short on kitty litter, can you help? We use over 2000 lbs of litter a month, which translates into over 100 bags of litter that, if not donated, the shelter needs to buy. This … Read More

How to Tell If Your Rat Is Pregnant

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So maybe your rat escaped and went canoodling in the bucks’ cage, or maybe you picked a suspiciously round female out from a feeder tank, or perhaps you’re breeding rats intentionally (if so, I hope you’re … Read More

Giving Pills to Dogs and Cats

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Even the most experienced pet owners sometimes dread giving pills to dogs and cats. Children are hard enough to medicate, let alone pets, who won’t understand, “This is for your own good!” However, with a little … Read More

Online Kitten Cam

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What if you could watch kittens and cats interact all day long? You could watch them during your work break or share the experience with a friend or family member. Kittens are all about playing, and … Read More

Why Do Pets Watch TV?

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Not all animals seem to watch TV, but some do. We’ve all known a dog who barks at Lassie or Garfield, or a cat that bats at the television when the Nature Channel shows songbirds. Why … Read More

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