Pet Lovers

10 Ways to Memorialize your Pet

When my beloved dog passed away last year, my sister made a donation to the Richmond SPCA in her honor. Recently, we visited the SPCA. It was warm and inviting… the pets were happy and well cared for. I felt a certain satisfaction in that my dog’s passing helped to make it possible for these… Read more »

My Dog Eats Crazy Things

I just read an article about “horrifying” things removed from a dog’s stomach, it’s about a Great Dane who had 43.5 socks in his stomach and a Pug who had swallowed 104 pennies! Can you believe it? I personally had two beagles who shared a lightbulb as a snack! Seriously? I mean, it’s not like these things… Read more »

The Paw Licker

You’re trying to sleep and you hear the familiar rhythmic noises coming from your pup’s bed… “slurp, slosh, smack, chomp-chomp-chomp, slap, slurp…” All through the night… sloppy, nasty, incessant licking and chewing!! Aarrgh!!! I feel your pain! Can there be anything more irritating (especially in the middle of the night) than the sounds of an… Read more »

Parlez-vous francais, Fifi?

Thank goodness for Holiday Barn… While planning a trip overseas, we don’t have to worry about our dog. He will be spoiled well at the ‘Barn while we’re away. It’s our first trip to Europe… first trip anywhere overseas and we’re so excited. Sure, we’re going to miss our sweet boy, but we decided the… Read more »

Cast from a Different Mold

This morning when I woke up, I looked down at the little fur-ball at my feet and marveled at how he likes staying in bed with me – and would stay there all day if I didn’t make an effort to get up. Such a sleepy head! My last dog – same breed – was… Read more »

Checklist for the Perfect Canine Companion?

CHECK-LIST FOR ADOPTING A DOG: _____ Happy _____ Family friendly _____ Sweet, easy-going disposition _____ Compact size _____ Easy to groom _____ Energetic _____ Outgoing _____ Gentle _____ Social _____ Lovable _____ Gets along well with other dogs _____ Loyal Say no more… You need a Beagle! Unfortunately, Animal Shelters are always FULL of beagles… Read more »

Healing Music

We rescued our sweet little Rex about 3 years ago and it’s a wonder he hasn’t chewed off all his feet and shredded his ears by now. We’ve been to a number of veterinarian specialists, changed his food and treats numerous times, put him on allergy supplements, used special salves and soaks for his paws,… Read more »

Black Cat Mythology

Oct. 27 was Black Cat Day. Is there any coincidence that it is two days before Halloween? I think not! I was just reading about the stigma and superstition behind the black cat and, frankly, it’s just plain silly. Yet there are those who will turn around if a black cat crosses their path… probably… Read more »

Doggie Navigation

I was walking my dog through our neighborhood yesterday, with it’s curvy sidewalks cutting through grassy public areas, and was amused at how he insisted on staying on the sidewalk. Likewise, I remember taking my last dog on walks through the woods and she would stay on the trail, never veering too far off the… Read more »