Pets

Cute Dog Family Portraits

How well do your critters pose for family photos? My dogs, Australian cattle dog/ chocolate lab mixes who weigh about 50 pounds each, definitely don't sit still for photos--one much moreso than the other. All you have to do is look at them and they get too excited to do anything--likely because they hope they're going to get to go play outside, even if you're pointing a camera at them.

Cute Newfoundland Doggies

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.

Vet Shoots Dog

As the owner of two blue heeler/lab mixes, I know how annoying barking can be. The sound of my dogs barking can be grating on my ears and I usually call them back inside after a moment of barking. I sure appreciate it when someone I don't know knocks on my door or someone tries to sell me something, though!

Owning a Pet Isn't Always Eco-Friendly

Did you know that some pets have some pretty high carbon footprints? We don't often thing about the ecological cost of having pets, but it turns out that keeping our pets healthy can come at a high price. The amount of food that cats and dogs eat combined results in 64 million tons of greenhouse gases released into our atmosphere. Pets eat almost 20% of what people in America eat so it makes sense that their food impact is as much as about 13 million cars' worth!

Dealing with Dog Allergies

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.

Animal Cruelty to Become Felony in PA

Animal lovers and protectors of all kinds will love this news: Tom Wolf, the governor of Pennsylvania, is signing legislation into effect today that will make it a felony to engage in some forms of animal abuse. The law, known as Libre's Law, is named after a terrier that was rescued from an inhumane breeding facility just a few hours from what would have been the dog's death.

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