Halloween Activities with Horses

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Don’t let dogs have all the fun this Halloween! It’s easy to organize a Halloween activity with horses at your boarding stable or even a public equestrian area. Kids who ride can enjoy safe Halloween games and … Read More

When to Clip Your Horse for the Winter

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It’s getting cold already in many areas, and horse owners are wondering when it’s time to start clipping for the winter. Horses that remain in moderate to heavy work during the winter months should  be clipped. … Read More

Training Dogs to Wear a Halloween Costume

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Many pet parents enjoy dressing their dogs in Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, dogs tend not to enjoy the activity quite as much as their humans do! Introduce a Halloween costume to your dog slowly and use positive … Read More

Lucky (The Dog) Fall for Misty (The Cat)

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This is a gem … because our little Sophie the Papillon is quite affectionate with our Zeussie the Pussy Cat. Sophie will go up to the cat and insist that he lick her legs or chest … Read More

Feeding Senior Dogs

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As dogs age, their nutritional needs change. Conventional wisdom about feeding senior dogs calls for lower levels of protein and fat, with additional fiber and ingredients to support the joints. However, pet owners and veterinary nutritionists … Read More

WHS Ad – September 24, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

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Heaven 183505 Heaven is a goofy, friendly and energetic girl. Heaven has been in our care since July; let’s find her the home she so desperately deserves! She will require regular, daily exercise to keep her … Read More

Helping Homeless Pet Parents

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Many homeless individuals, whether temporarily or chronically homeless, own dogs, cats or both. In some areas of the United States, nearly one in four homeless persons owns a pet. The unconditional love of a pet can … Read More

Solutions for Cat Acne

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Ok, ok, stop, before you laugh at this post title and click away, give me a chance to explain. Yes, cats get acne. Little pimples on a cat’s chin and sometimes the nose or eyebrow region … Read More

Frugal Pet Parenthood: Buying in Bulk, Co-Ops and More

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Pet parents who are pinching pennies in these lean economic times should take advantage of opportunities to save by ordering in large quantities, whether by buying individually in bulk or by networking with others who need … Read More

Blending Households with Pets

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When two people move in together, dozens of issues must be considered: Furniture, sharing rent and utilities, schedules, grocery shopping, closet space, chores, laundry…. with so much to focus on, it’s no wonder many people blend … Read More

Dealing with "Rescue Drama" (Part Two)

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In Part One of this blog series, we looked at why animal rescue involves so many personal conflicts. We also addressed the use of active listening to make critics feel heard, defusing potentially explosive problems. Today, … Read More

WHS Ad – September 17, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

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Herman 177118 Isn’t he a cutie pie? Herman is an active year old coonhound mix. He can be shy at times and needs an owner who is firm yet has the patience to give him time … Read More

Dealing with "Rescue Drama" (Part One)

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There’s a saying I’ve heard from many people involved in pet rescue and adoption: “The only thing two animal rescuers can ever agree upon is that the third is going about it all wrong.”  It’s worth … Read More

The Best Dog Gone City

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Does your city accommodate for pets? If not, maybe you should consider moving to Ellicott City, Maryland. The U.S. News & World Report believes that this is the top place for people to live with their … Read More

Adopted an Obese Senior Dog… What Now?

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A friend of mine recently adopted a seriously overweight senior dog. He’s a good-natured animal very much deserving of a forever home, but his new owner, who is accustomed to focusing on preventing her dogs from becoming … Read More

Group Riding Lessons Versus Private Instruction

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When enrolling in horseback riding lessons, one must choose between group lessons and private instruction.  Each instructional method has advantages and disadvantages. Ideally, most riders should take a combination of group and individual lessons. If this is not … Read More

Animal Shelter Fundraiser Ideas

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Animal shelters and rescues are struggling financially due to the current recession. Creative fundraisers can help your favorite organization stand out among the many worthy groups currently vying for donors and funding. If you volunteer for a rescue … Read More

Finding a Well-Adjusted Shelter Dog

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Recently, I’ve heard several potential dog owners express concerns about the behavioral health of dogs adopted from shelters. While it’s true that some shelter dogs have serious behavioral issues  like separation anxiety or fear aggression, it’s … Read More

Rat Bedding Choices

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As a rat owner of over three years now, I’ve spent a lot of time and energy searching for the perfect bedding. It doesn’t seem to exist just yet, but I’ve found some bedding products that … Read More

One Way To Drink Water Out Of The Tap

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This cat likes to drink water …. the hard way!

When Pet-Owning Students Leave for College

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It’s back  to school time, and that means many Freshman students entering college will leave pets behind. While some campuses offer pet-friendly dorms, they’re still the exception to the rule, and often have long waiting lists. … Read More

WHS Ad – September 8, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

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Velvet 134425 Velvet has been passed around quite a bit in her 3years. This time around she is looking for an owner willing to commit to her lifelong care. She is very friendly and sociable, curious … Read More

How to Tell if Your Dog Has an Ear Infection

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Ear infections are common in dogs, particularly those that eat a low-quality diet with too many sources of carbohydrates and too little digestible protein. Mild ear infections are easily treated with medicated ear drops, but if … Read More

Thoughts on Michael Vick's Return to the NFL

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Well,  Michael Vick is a Philadelphia Eagle now, and despite protests from the team’s fans and other Philly residents, it looks like the team is committed to keeping him for the foreseeable future. The convicted dog … Read More

WHS Ad – September 3, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

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Lady 181090 Lady is a sweet, ~ 3 ½ year old Greyhound cross. She came in with all her pups and took great care of them! All her pups have long been adopted and now she … Read More

Labor Day Safety for Pets

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It’s almost Labor Day and families throughout the United States are planning mini-vacations, barbecues and other celebrations for the three-day weekend ahead. Holiday gatherings can be fun for the whole family, pets included, so long as … Read More

Best Age to Adopt a Puppy

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Is it better to adopt a younger puppy than an older one? Many states prohibit the sale of puppies under eight weeks old, but the myth persists that a puppy will bond more closely with its owner if … Read More

Upcoming September 2009 Pet Events

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What pet-related events are you going to this fall? If you don’t have any plans yet, consider these upcoming pet events. You and your pooch can start out the new season on the right paw. Canine … Read More

Taking Dogs to the Beach

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Most dogs love to accompany their owners to the beach. There are even surfing competitions for dogs! If your dog isn’t fond of surfing, he’ll still enjoy running along the sand or splashing in the surf. … Read More

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