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  • Nov
  • 26

PETA-Tested: Pet Playgrounds DIY Fences

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When our friends at Pet Playgrounds , a do-it-yourself fence company, contacted us with a generous offer to donate a fence kit for testing, we knew just the lucky pup to help us put the fence through its paces.

Meet Lexi, a sweet Chihuahua who lives in a small rural North Carolina town. Her yard wasn’t fenced, so she spent most …

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  • Nov
  • 19

Ingrid Newkirk Answers Your Questions About Animal Rahat

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Since its founding more than a decade ago as an organization dedicated to bringing relief to India’s working animals, Animal Rahat has become one of the most successful forces for all animals in need throughout the Sangli, Solapur, and Satara districts of Maharashtra. Members of the hard-working Rahat team—which operates solely on charitable donations —will go just about anywhere …

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  • Nov
  • 17

PETA Prime Book Club: The Urban Bestiary

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If I had to sum up the theme of Lyanda Lynn Haupt ‘s delightful book The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild in one sentence, it would be: “How we live matters.” If I had two sentences, I would add: “Take the time to get to know your more-than-human neighbors, and be kind.”

In fact, these are recurring themes in …

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  • Nov
  • 11

Winterizing Plants and Sprinklers

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In the landscape industry, we watch for nighttime temperatures. Oftentimes, we tell clients that they need to winterize their plants and sprinklers even when it’s warm outside, because the nighttime temperature can drop to freezing or below.

To winterize plants:

Sod: Apply a winterizer, which can be found in garden centers or big box stores in October. This …

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  • Oct
  • 29

Keep Your Animals Safe and Happy This Halloween

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Each October, Halloween ushers in its own brand of awesomeness in the form of pumpkins, candy , and costumes. Spider webs and creepy decorations set the stage for ghost stories and trick-or-treating. But holiday fun for humans can translate into hazards for companion animals. Halloween is the busiest time of year for the  Pet Poison Helpline because companion animals often accidentally …

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  • Oct
  • 16

Cats and Their Claws

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We cat lovers all have the same issue. What to do with our sweet little ones when they go on clawing around! We all know that declawing is a no-no, so what to do?

Here is an excerpt from my book Making Kind Choices , which discusses the issue.

Cats have to scratch as surely as birds gotta fly, …

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  • Oct
  • 7

Leaf Well Enough Alone

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Nearly everyone loves the annual colorful pageant of autumn leaves on the trees. But once they fall, nearly every property owner despises them. There seems to be a compulsive instinct to remove every last leaf from our yards and gardens and an obsession to rake the ground bare.

But now for some kind words in defense of …

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