Big dogs are fabulous. Mine are 60 pounds each and while that's not nearly as large as many dogs, it's large enough where they sound like horses when they run through the house, their barking is scary enough to warn most people away and they're giant cuddle-pups who flop next to me and want to snuggle constantly. They do get gamier than smaller dogs, but I think that's just because of their sheer size and athleticism, and their poop is obviously something to contend with.
When our dogs give us those guilty looks that we think look so adorable after they've, oh, destroyed a roll of toilet paper or a couch cushion (true stories in my house, among many other things my heelers have done!), it turns out that it might not be as cute as we think. According to researchers, the look isn't born out of a feeling of guilt, but of fear.
Have you ever seen a Tibetan Mastiff? It's one of the most impressive dogs in the world. It's considered a primitive breed of dog, since it remains similar to the breed that was developed in Tibet hundreds of years ago. Their massive nature has been used for protection, particularly for protecting livestock, but now they're also a well-known family pet, even though they can often be bigger than children!
It's bad enough when you have your own allergies to worry about, but lately it seems that everyone's dog even has an allergy! It's so frustrating when you can't seem to pinpoint the problem with your pets, especially when they itch a lot or are constantly in discomfort. Here's a slideshow to help you find out if it's really allergies or not, but it's always best to see a vet to be sure. Even a vet isn't always right, of course--skin issues can be very complicated and difficult to solve.
Nothing warms your heart the way an animal can, and this selection of 30 happy critters will have your day off to a great start! From smiling dogs to grinning cats, it's the most heart-warming thing you'll see all day. The best part is that you can bookmark it and return to it anytime you're feeling glum. Boring day? Check out the cat with the rock collection! Feeling down? Watch the dog try to help people rescue a vehicle and try not to smile.
People who love dogs know that canines are at least as smart as two-year-old humans, if not smarter. Dogs can be trained to do everything from put their own toys away to do yoga with their owners, and some people even have service dogs who open doors for them. Some dogs, however, just open doors for themselves!
Funny animal photos, videos and stories are not in short supply, which is a good thing since many of us rely on them to get through difficult days. When was the last time you turned your frown upside down by watching cats flush toilets?
Whether your pet tree frog blends in so well to his environment that you can rarely see him in his enclosure or your cat tends to blend in with the rug when she makes herself flat against the floor, you’re probably no stranger to animal camouflage.
In honor of World Animal Day today, I’d like to invite you to take action with me. First I opened all of the windows in my house for the cats to enjoy the gorgeous autumn weather, then I gave them each some treats. Now I’ll be taking action as a voice in support of the animals, and I hope you’ll join me in the quick action links below!
Stop the Polar Bear Fur Trade
Did you know that people actually like to kill polar bears and sell their body parts and fur? It’s really hard for me to believe, especially since we’re already destroying their home with global warming and they are already endangered as it is. Click here ask President Obama to make protecting these bears a priority and to push for greater protections beneath the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.