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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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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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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He will work from dawn into the night and sleep on the road or beside his owner’s hut on the ground in all weather, seldom with shade or shelter.
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Recently, my husband and I planned a trip to the mountains. He had some work to do on a client’s vacation home in the area, and I decided to tag along for the ride. After he finished his work, we could spend the day doing something fun.
Since it was a vacation home, our client was to unlock …
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Portrayed as one of the protagonist’s worst fears in George Orwell’s 1984 and used in epithets such as “rat fink,” rats get a bad rap in our society.
Many people don’t know that rats are highly social animals with individual personalities. They become attached to each other, love their own families, and easily bond with their human guardians. …
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Crows, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Crows mate for life and form deep family bonds. Whenever you see a small group of crows foraging for food, you are observing a family: Mom and Dad crow, that year’s babies, and any older siblings who have not yet established their own territories. Older siblings who …
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