Becoming a Pet Owner

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Advice for choosing the right animal for your family, considering pet costs, finding a vet and investing in pet insurance.
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Thinking of adding an ?Easter Bunny?? to your family? From an early age, we see those ridiculously cute faces?nose twitching, whiskers and in some cases, irresistible floppy ears. They are just too cute. But many don?t realize how much it takes to properly care for a rabbit...
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When I adopted my first pet -- a three-month-old grey and white cat -- I took him to the vet recommended by the local animal shelter. Unfortunately, the vet's office was small and cramped and felt dirty...
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When I picked my Pug puppy out of the litter almost eleven years ago, I was certain she would be everything I wanted in a pet -- loving, obedient, cuddly and loyal. "Expensive" never entered...
Getting a pet for the first time, whether it's a puppy, kitten, lizard or a mouse, is a big decision. The Care.com Family Pet Guide helps you find the right pet for you and your family.
How to Choose a Pet
Medium dog breeds could be the perfect-sized option for your family. Ranging in weight from 30 to 60 pounds, they come in a large variety, with each breed having unique characteristics. While small dogs...
All kinds of families enjoy life with a pet, and for many families, a dog is the top choice. But deciding on the right kind of canine for your family is especially important to making a good match.If you're...
Over the last few centuries, certain types of dogs have been bred for hunting and racing purposes. But many of these speedy breeds make great pets as well! Are you looking for an active, energetic canine...
Thinking about adding a pooch to your family? Dogs make some of the most loyal companions. But if you have little ones running about, not all dog breeds are a good fit. We asked Dr. Nicolas Dodman,...
Have you always dreamed of having a pet tiger? While it's not quite legal to house a massive jungle mammal in your residence, a large cat could be the next best thing! In fact, there are many different...
Making the decision to adopt a dog, even a pup from one of the lazy dog breeds, shouldn't be taken lightly. Any dog owner will tell you there's a lot of thought and preparation involved from dog-proofing...
Have you heard of the kooikerhondje, lagotto romagnolo or the azawakh? Of the more than 150 breeds of dog, these rank as some of the rarest in the world. Some of these rare dog breeds are among the most...
You love cats, but the fur? Not so much. To the rescue: short-haired cat breeds. Who wouldn't love to do a little less vacuuming and sweeping around the house? And a short-haired cat may also save...
Pets can be an important part of family life, but knowing the right time to bring an animal into your home is tricky. To learn more about how parents can tell if their kids are ready for a pet, we talked...
We've all heard horror stories about flaky out-of-state dog breeders, irresponsible practices and puppy mills. But, of course, not all dog breeders are bad. "There are many small-scale, responsible...
If you have cat allergies, you may have given up on your hopes of being a cat owner. But abandoning your feline dreams may not be necessary. Non-shedding cats might be the solution to your problem. "There...
Did you know that cats have held elective office, inherited fortunes and become social media super stars?Here are 101 amusing cat facts that you can share with your friends and family: According to...
Crazy for your cats? You're not alone. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, roughly 30 percent of U.S. households own a cat. But feline ownership is not a recent phenomenon --...
Are you ready to welcome a new dog into your home? If you have young children, you might feel that a small dog would be the best fit for your family, but that is not necessarily the case! Despite their...
Just imagine it -- you invite your friends over for dinner, and when you open the door, they're greeted by a skunk, sugar glider or bearded dragon! Although it can seem exciting and cool to own (and...
Japan is known for its reverence for animals, and dogs are no exception. Thanks to stories of great loyalty and heroism, many of the native breeds in Japan have been designated as national treasures.A...
Are you on the hunt for a new pet for your family? While there are many perks to adding an animal companion to your brood, it's important to remember that this is a big decision that requires careful...
As you consider adopting a pet, don't overlook ones that are a little different. For example, you might pick up a kitten and notice that she has an extra digit. These polydactyl cats -- ones with more...
You've seen herd dogs before, whether it's in a movie or on a farm. You definitely think they're cool but aren't sure if they'd make a good house dog. Farm dogs are bred specifically...
Cats tend to be finicky animals by nature. When you become a cat owner, you're initially agreeing to a sort of cat contract. You agree to provide food, shelter and a clean litter box -- in return,...
While some people go crazy for cats, others are totally devoted to dogs. But just because you didn't start out as a dog person doesn't mean that you can't turn into one later on in your...
We all love Hollywood. The celebrities, the outfits, the drama. But what about those animal stars? From Timmy's Lassie to Dorothy's Toto, many of our favorite movies showcase dogs with winning...
Is your family ready for a new pet? Perhaps a bird could be right for you! Like all pets, birds have their pros and cons. While these feathered companions can be charming, silly and entertaining, they...
Have you been toying with the idea of buying a cat for some time? Perhaps you spotted some adorable kittens at an adoption fair and it was love at first sight. No matter how you come to the decision to...
There are very few things in the world that can top the way you feel upon finding the perfect dog to bring home, but there's more to buying a dog than going to the breeder or shelter and saying, "That's...
They can be poofy. They can be pug-faced. They can be distinct. And more often than not, Chinese dogs are incredibly cute. Chinese dogs also generally have long, storied histories. Not all the breeds considered...
So, you finally gave in to those heartfelt pleas from your kids and are searching for a new addition to your family. Pets can be the perfect companion for both young and old, but be sure to consider every...
In the great dogs vs. cats debate, the winner really depends on your particular lifestyle. Before you adopt a new pet, make sure to really evaluate which one would work best for you and your family. You...
It's undeniable that a guinea pig can make a great first pet. Although these lovable rodents require way less care and attention than a dog or cat, it's important to remember that choosing to add...
When it comes to animal intelligence, dogs often win the crown for smartest pets. But how smart are cats, really? Studies often have inherent bias with animals coming from such different backgrounds, home...
Thinking about getting a pet bird? Here's an overview of things to consider before making that commitment...
Imagine running down the stairs on Christmas morning to find a puppy or kitten under the tree -- it's enough to make anyone giddy with excitement! While giving pets as gifts requires some extra thought...
Have you always wanted a cat? Maybe you dream of having a furry friend who will snuggle up to you when you're reading. Or perhaps you're looking for a companion who will fall asleep on your lap...
"There are reptile people and non-reptile people," said Susan Tellem, RN, executive director of American Tortoise Rescue...
Whether it's their big, round eyes or adorably tiny stature, there's something about baby animals that just makes you melt inside. In most cases, you can get your fix of cuteness overload just by looking...
There's a reason dogs are known as man's best friend that goes far beyond a wagging tail, endless energy for games of fetch and morning face licks. There's also loyalty. Dogs make great companions...
Do you live in a small space but still dream of owning a dog? It's possible -- you just have to find the right dog for your place. Though at first it might seem like small dogs would make some of the...
Are you interested in getting a new dog? If so, it's important for you to think about whether you would prefer a purebred or a mixed breed and to consider all the factors that influence your decision....
Passion for big stuff is evident everywhere you look (think Big Gulp beverages and the Sears Tower). You might think the obsession with the biggest dogs in the world is just about size. But ask any person...
Are you itching to get a dog, but worried that a pet will take over your life? Have no fear! There is a variety of low-maintenance dogs that are easy to train and require little grooming and exercise....
Is it impossible for you to walk past the pet-food aisle at the grocery store without having to answer the question, "Mom, can we get a cat?" You're certainly not alone! Though adding a cat...
When you bring home a new cat, you might envision him curling up with your old cat, and the two cats then grooming each other and playing with toys together. But unless you take steps to help your cats...
With so many awesome varieties of dogs out there, you're bound to run into some cool dog breeds while walking down the street or strolling in the park -- but what about those dogs that make you stop...
People own dogs for all kinds of reasons, but unconditional love and devoted companionship probably top the list. And dogs always know how to put a smile on your face. Plus, some of them are pretty darn...
You know when you see photos of fuzzy kittens looking so soft and cuddly that you just want to reach out and snuggle them? Well, there are fluffy cat breeds that stay that way into adulthood!It's easy...
Want a pooch that fits in your tote? Consider the idea of welcoming miniature dogs into your family! But what classifies a breed as "miniature"?"There is not a standard height and weight...
You've heard of feline endangered species like the snow leopard and house cats like the Persian. But have you ever heard of a fishing cat or a Korat? Rare cat breeds live all over the world! Whether...
Those ears, that hair, the all-over "I'm so ugly I'm cute" attitude! Ugly dog breeds are often so odd looking that they're absolutely, irresistibly adorable. While they might not...
Designer dog breeds may sound glamorous, but a "designer dog" -- or hybrid dog -- just means a dog whose parents are purebreds from two different breeds. To ensure you have true designer dog...
Does your heart grow warm at the sight of a cold-blooded animal?
Does your child prefer creepy crawly creatures over something cute and cuddly? Do things that make other people's skin crawl just melt your heart? If so...
Nellie, your beloved childhood dog, was the best beagle ever. Who cares if she stole entire bags of marshmallows and shredded the kitchen towels? And now you want to get a dog so your own family can enjoy...
Cats have many features that attract our attention. For some, it's the color of their coat, and for others it may be their irresistible whiskers and cute button noses. Some people love cats with long...
Have you been asking yourself, "What kind of dog should I get?" If so, there are a variety of factors that you need to consider. From cost restrictions to a willingness to live with fur galore,...
Have you ever heard the theory that dog owners start to look like their pets after a while? Well, you and your furry friend may actually be similar in other ways, too! For instance, the specific breed...
Fido ... Fluffy ... Fred ... If you love the letter F, you may be all set with the perfect dog name! But sometimes, finding the best dog names is a bit more difficult. Let's say you want to match your...
When you're adding a new furry friend to your family, it's important that you find one that meshes well with your personality and household dynamic. For instance, you may want a calm and affectionate...
If you or a family member have pet allergies, you may have resigned yourself to a dog-less life. But thanks to hypoallergenic dogs, this problem can be solved. After all, these pooches are touted as the...
Tips on Adopting Pets
Everyone knows the pretty Persian and magnificent Maine coon -- and you might have a beloved domestic shorthair snoozing in a patch of sun next to you right now. For some cat lovers, though, only exotic...
Your dog is your best friend but there's a lot you might not know about him! Whether your dog is young or old, these fun facts about dogs will give you 101 new reasons to love your furry friend: Puppies...
What's in a dog name? There are plenty of laughs -- if you decide to go in that direction when choosing one for your pup. A humorous name lets both you and your dog show off your funny bones.Here is...
Most dogs love the comforts found indoors. A cozy bed, good food and plenty of toys -- who wouldn't want to spend days inside cuddling on the couch? While most dogs love to be indoors (they are domesticated...
Are you thinking about getting a dog, but worried that he will leave a trail of fur running from your front door to your bed? If so, it might be time for you and your family to consider short-haired dogs....
Cats are special creatures that can be affectionate and playful companions. If you are looking for funny cat names to fit your feline's attitude or a one-of-a-kind physical attribute, here is a list...
Are your kids begging for a furry, four-legged friend? If so, you've probably considered adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organization. While this can be a rewarding experience, it is also a...
Some of your fondest childhood memories probably come from playing with the family dog. Pets provide love, lower stress and teach children about responsibility and empathy. But what are some of the best...
Breeds of dogs each have their own distinctive personalities and energy levels, just like their human counterparts, so how do you pick your new pooch pal? Even if you've always dreamed of owning an...
More than just a roommate, cats are family members! If you're thinking of owning a cat, understanding the differences in cat breeds and their respective personalities ahead of time can help you make...
You're itching to get a playful pup, but need a pet that's also easy on your wallet. Does this mean that "cheap dogs" are the category du jour when it comes to the pick of the canines?...
That pretty little Persian kitty looks perfect for your family, but your heart is saying, "Please adopt." What's the answer to your pet predicament? Possibly a purebred cat rescue. Approximately...
You always envisioned family life to include a dog, but your child is afraid of them. Don't worry -- being scared of dogs, technically called cynophobia, is a common fear among children and one they...
Love is the most healing force there is, and if you are lucky enough to adopt an awesome rescue dog, it will be hard to figure out who heals whom! As with any relationship, you'll need patience and...
Some of them look like walking mops, with hair so long and poofy that you can barely see their eyes. Others have hair so long and silky it makes you kind of jealous.If you've dreamed of parenting long-haired...
All dogs provide love and companionship, but some pooches are just built for warming your lap! Lap dogs are like smaller, snugglier versions of your average dog. Plus you can easily tote them around.If...
Are you thinking about adopting a shelter dog? While this can be an incredibly rewarding experience, it's important to make sure that you are ready to take on the commitment. Here's everything...
Thinking of adding an ?Easter Bunny?? to your family? From an early age, we see those ridiculously cute faces?nose twitching, whiskers and in some cases, irresistible floppy ears. They are just too cute. But many don?t realize how much it takes to properly care for a rabbit...
Sure, you might see a "free puppies!" sign or get your loyal pup from a shelter. But are you wondering what some of the most expensive dog breeds are? When it comes to certain dog breeds, the...
No matter how much the kids beg, there are several important things to consider before getting a dog. These factors will help you determine not only whether your family's truly ready, but also what...
You're not sure what breed of dog is right for you, but you know you're not a Chihuahua or poodle person. Are you looking for a pup who puts those smaller pooches to shame? If you want a gentle...
Is your dog smart? It may seem like a basic question, but figuring out the answer is much more complex than you might think. Determining which are the smartest dog breeds -- and levels of intelligence...
I once saw a sign in an animal shelter that read: "Do you love German Shepherds? Labrador Retrievers? Boxers? Get them all, Get a Mutt!" In so many ways, this sentiment proves true...
Adopting a pet is a wonderful way to share your family's love with another living being. Rescuing a cat or dog from a shelter also saves lives.But you should not take entering into pet ownership lightly....
Benefits of Owning a Pet
Forget the self-help relationship books, your horoscope and suggestions from friends. There's one person in your family who might just give the best advice on love in the business...your pet. Dogs...
The best-dressed dogs are those that prove fashion isn't just for humans. Whether they're dripping with fancy accessories or rocking outfits that are more delicate than your wedding dress, these...
When it comes to winter style, you know it's important to be warm but look cool. And you may think you're looking pretty fetch in your cozy leg warmers and cute knit hats, but you've got nothing...
There's something special about opening your eyes in the morning to your precious pup waiting for you and you could never imagine life without him. Here are 15 reasons why life with dogs is the best...
You can learn a lot by observing your cat! After all, your furry friend is quite the expert on living a happy life. The next time you need a little inspiration or motivation, look no further than your...
There are lots of things dogs teach us -- without any real effort on their part. They don't create lesson plans or vocabulary worksheets, but you can learn from your pet just by watching him interact...
It's become very trendy to put your little buddy in canine-sized versions of human clothes, but there is more than one pouting dog out there who would rather you didn't. While some pups probably...
If you're a dog owner, you probably already know just how awesome dogs are. They fill your life with love, loyalty, fur and plenty to smile about.Here are just a few more of the amazing and adorable...
If you live with a dog, you know there are times he seems to be thinking deep, human-like thoughts. The kind that deep, human-like people might put on Twitter -- in essence, dog tweets. They can't...
A dog wingman is more than the go-to pet for young folks looking to meet a special someone at the dog park. Other than insecure teens, no creature on earth requires more attention, petting and baby talk...
Anyone who has ever looked into the eyes of a beloved pet will tell you the same thing, the wisdom of the ages seems to be reflected in that loving gaze. The animals in our lives can teach us so much...
Owning a pet is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Beyond the companionship they offer, the very act of caring for them offers its own set of rewards -- from helping with depression to decreasing...
A New Year always brings a time of renewal. Whether it's improving relationships or vowing to lose that holiday bulge, something about January kicks our tails into high gear. Believe or not, you...
The bond between a baby and his pet can be truly unbreakable (and adorable!). Here are nine too-cute-to-handle photos of babies and pets who are best buds: Sweet DreamsThis may look uncomfortable,...
There are two types of people in this world: dog owners and everyone else. Sure, plenty of people love dogs. But dog owners are a different breed (no pun intended). There's nothing they won't do...
When it comes to puppy love, you're in deep. You can't get enough of those furry smiles and wagging tails. So you snap, snap, snap photos constantly! But, don't let them stay tucked away in...
Have you ever thought about what your day looks like in your dog's eyes? It can be fun to imagine what he thinks and feels when he sees you cooking dinner, changing diapers or trying to encourage your...
You love your dog -- after all, he's a loyal companion and a true friend. But do you have the occasional moment when you feel like you love him even more than your uncle, sister or (gasp!) kids? You're...
You've got your hands full with your kids, so you might laugh at the thought of adding a pet into the mix. But if you can see your way past the vet visits and stinky litter box odor, adding a domestic...
Kids' lives seem simple: eat, play, sleep and go to school. But we parents know that our kids are learning tactics to be smart, confident and hard-working adults. And the pressure can be overwhelming....
There is a truly special bond between dogs and kids, but not every kid gets to have her own dog. Sometimes you wonder how to convince your parents to get a dog. Yes, dogs can be messy, loud, expensive...
Eleven years ago I got a sweet, gentle, barely four-pound, three-month-old furbaby, a Shih Tzu I named Mellie. I chose her because when I saw her face, I felt an instant infatuation and deep seated connection....
When I first brought my Shih Tzu home there was an adjustment period during which I tried to get her to stop peeing on the carpet, decode her bark and eat food without heating it up.  And even though...
Financial and Legal Advice
Your kids have been begging for a pet forever, and you've recently decided that it's time for your family to get a new addition -- a dog! While everyone is excited for the new arrival, you're...
Like humans, pets have medical needs, a fact easily demonstrated by the billions of dollars that Americans spend on veterinary care each year. Pet insurance can help safeguard against unexpected and costly out-of-pocket medical expenses...
As I write this, the big economic news in the United States is the mortgage crisis and the thousands of home foreclosures across the nation.
Your kids have been asking for a dog for months now and you have finally started to do some research. What breed? Who will walk it? You also might be wondering, "How much does a dog cost?" When...
When I picked my Pug puppy out of the litter almost eleven years ago, I was certain she would be everything I wanted in a pet -- loving, obedient, cuddly and loyal. "Expensive" never entered...
You love your pet and go above and beyond to keep him safe and healthy. You take him to the veterinarian for annual physicals and buy him allergy pills to keep him comfortable during high pollen season....
Why do you need veterinary pet insurance? Well, technically you don't. The government isn't going to crack down on you and stick you with a tax fine for being uninsured as a pet parent. That said,...
Health insurance, home insurance, car insurance: You pay for them to help protect your loved ones and valuable possessions. Why not do the same to protect another important member of your family -- your...
Pet Products and Charities
Does it seem like dog toys come into your house for the sole purpose of being destroyed? Can your pup rip the squeaker out of a stuffed duck in 30 seconds flat? DIY dog toys could be your answer if you're...
Are you looking to turn Fido into Frankenstein or Brutus into a busy bee? Funny dog costume ideas offer imaginative options when it comes to dressing your pup up! Whether you're looking for an ironic...
What do you do with your pets when your deployed? Read on for a solution.
Anyone who's ever had the (ahem) pleasure of trying to perform a cat shampoo in a bathtub knows it's not an easy task. Most cats detest baths, and that's putting it mildly.However, sometimes...
Have you ever come home from the store with a brand new cat toy, only to have your cat be more interested in the packaging it came in? Cats can make a game out of just about anything -- a paper bag becomes...
No matter how much you love your dog, nothing destroys your home's décor like a ratty blanket in the corner. You want what's best for your dog and what's best for your home. That's...
Like most dog lovers, Nicholas Aretakis, president of PaPPI (Puppy and Pet Products International, LLC), walks his dogs for three basic reasons...
I haven't seen many photos of Paris Hilton carrying around a little dog lately, so perhaps the fad of pooches as fashion accessories has (thankfully) ended. But even if you aren?t taking your pet out for a night on the town, you may still need to get him from Point A to Point B.
Cats don't need to be trained to use a litter box...We humans are the ones who can use some training...
The Care.com Editorial Team has compiled a list of our favorite books and movies with a Pet Care theme.
Whether you are looking to adopt a pet, find a service animal, or donate or volunteer to a charity that benefits animals, the options can be overwhelming. Here, we round up some of our favorite pet and wildlife organizations...
Many Americans are jumping on the eco-friendly bandwagon, and with good reason. Never before have...
Many factors -- such as the age, weight and breed of your dog -- go into choosing the best dog food for your furry companion. But not all brands are created equal. Pet experts stress there are definitely...
Knick-knack, paddywhack, give the dog a bone...You may be thinking this when you pass the pet store bin or are chatting with the butcher at your local grocery store. But are dog bones OK to give you pup?...
With the steady rise of e-commerce, you will find pet-related products, food and toys for sale online all over the 'net. Of course, just because there's a proliferation of merchandise out there, does not mean that all of it is good quality or that the web site offers great prices or service...
After You Find a Pet
Dogs are an affectionate and loyal addition to many families. You welcome them into your home, but do they have a home and space of their own, outdoors? Whatever your budget or construction skill level,...
Ever wonder why your cat keeps rubbing his face into your leg or why he kneads a blanket or pillow before taking a nap? Cat owners know that their furry felines tend to act in unusual ways, but what do...
Unfortunately, not all puppies are born into an easy life. But their lives can be turned around when people, like the ones in these heartwarming rescued dog stories, open their homes and their hearts.Here...
Your cat is like a member of the family (but with fur and a tail, of course). You want to take care of him and make him feel loved, and becoming your cat's best friend is key to a strong bond with...
Although cats are often thought of as low-maintenance pets, they can become irritable if not given enough stimulation. For the sake of your kitty's health and your family's overall happiness, this...
Whether you're looking to capture casual snapshots or professional pet portraits, your furry friend may not always go along with your photography plan! But you and your pet can have a fun, enjoyable...
Dog haircuts aren't always about basic grooming. Some pet parents up the ante on creative styling with haircuts that range from cute to outright outrageous. Whether you're looking for a new 'do...
Of course you love your cat (she is your baby, after all), but any cat lover has the potential to reach crazy cat lady status. Are you well on your way to claiming this beloved, hard-earned title?Here...
Think a black cat brings bad luck? Don't be so fast to judge this beautiful creature! Cultures across the world consider black cats good fortune -- not bad. The bad luck stereotype attached to black...
Do you get super excited about all things dog-related? Or perhaps you spend way too much time watching funny doggie videos (when you should be working)? If so, you're well on your way to classifying...
Big dog lovers are to small dogs what small dog lovers are to cats. You can't imagine having any other kind (or size) of pet and have been dreaming up names for a big, burly pooch since you were 12...
When it comes to naming your dog, you want to come up with something original. By choosing from Italian dog names, you can give your pup a name that stands out at the dog park. There are many ways you...
Are you on the hunt for the perfect name for your orange cat? If you're stumped, all you need to do is look at your furry friend's bright coat! There's no shortage of orange items and flaming-haired...
No, William Shakespeare wasn't talking about dog names when he penned the lines: "What's in a name? that which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet" but your pet is part...
Cats love to climb, and they just might turn your living room furniture into their own personal playground. But you can give your kitty a safe climbing space of her own by adding a cat tree to your home....
People always talk about the "crazy cat lady," but one could argue that dog people are equally obsessed with their pets. From the dog owner who coordinates outfits with her pet to the one who...
Are you the crazy cat lady next door? If so, you're madly, passionately in love with at least one adorable feline and proud to tell anyone (at least those who'll listen) about the awesome connection...
You've got someone in your life who is obsessed with cats -- but she already has every cat supply she could ever need! If you're wondering what to buy for her upcoming birthday, use this list of...
You're hearing all kinds of cat noises and are wondering what they mean. The range of sounds your kitty makes are called vocalizations and are part of her emotional expression, attitude and behavior....
Sometimes, cats can be sweet with their nuzzling, cuddling and purring. But other times, they can be little terrors that seem to enjoy wreaking havoc on your home.These 10 hilarious photos of cats misbehaving...
Is your canine companion always getting himself into hilarious situations? Perhaps he has a knack for getting a bucket stuck on his head or maybe he once managed to make his way into the red food dye....
Dog people vs. cat people is an age-old distinction that has probably been a topic of discussion since the first cavemen domesticated saber-tooth tigers and wolves.Here are 10 funny differences in the...
The perfect little happy kitten has found you, and you're taking her home. Today, she is a joyful little bundle of fluff, but one day, she will grow up. She might become a loner, ignoring you when...
I always say my first child is my 9-year-old Shih Tzu. She was my first stab at raising another living thing who was completely and utterly helpless without me. She taught me patience, compromise and...
What do you do when you've hired the perfect housekeeper but she's afraid of dogs? Or, perhaps your new cleaner does a great job and offers reasonable rates but he's allergic to cats and you've got three
Your dog showers you with affection on a daily basis and it's clear that you hold a special place in his heart. How can you return the favor? Well, you can do everything in your power to make sure...
You call out to your pet and you hear...crickets. You search under the bed, in the yard and down the street. Could he be gone? It's an awful feeling for a pet owner, but learning how to find a lost...
From tail wags and slobbery kisses to excited greetings and bedtime cuddles, your dog showers you with love and affection every day. So how can you return the favor? Of course, you provide your furry friend...
Cat owners have a strong attachment to their pets, proclaiming, "I love my cat!" whenever asked. But not everybody thinks of affection when she imagines owning a cat. It can be a challenge to...
Dog owners say it all the time: I love my dog! But does your dog really love you back? No matter what kind of dog you have, your pet is special to you and your family. And when it comes to showing affection,...
Kittens -- they're cute, cuddly and generally irresistible. But there's more to kitten care than offering up sweet snuggles, says Darlene Arden, a certified animal behavior consultant and the author...
The phrase 'party host etiquette' takes on a whole new meaning when you have dogs. Often, you've planned, you've prepped and you're oh-so-ready for your guests, but Fluffy and Fido...
sitter is often tense when she walks into a new home -- especially one that has animals. Pets, who can sense that tension, might not be at ease when there's a stranger in their home. To take everyone's stress (including your own) down a few notches, make sure your sitter is comfortable with your pets, and is prepared to care for them while you're away.
Pets love routines and predictability so it's no surprise that preparations must be made when it's time to bring home baby. The following tips can help smooth the transition
Dogs have long been the storied companions of children. Many of us grew up with dogs and considered them...
Having trouble coming up with cat names? Check out this list of the 51 cutest, meow-worthy monikers: Male Names FidoMix it up and use this generic dog name for your cat! MasonAccording to...
Some pet parents go to great lengths to make their dogs happy. Sure, you might get your pup some great chew toys or let her sleep on your bed, but are you taking her on vacation and buying her holiday...
If you're a cat owner, you know these mysterious creatures do the strangest things. From odd noises to chasing shadows, you never know what to expect when it comes to cats. But isn't that part...
Dogs lick their private parts and chase their tails, but some pups go beyond these typical canine antics. When taken to the next level, weird dog behavior can leave you wondering whether your pet has gone...
Dog owners often find themselves pondering many things their pets do: "There's nothing outside. What are you barking at?" Or "I just took you out 10 minutes ago. Do you really have to...
So, you've found the perfect puppy. She grabbed your attention the moment you walked into the shelter and fell asleep in your arms the first time you held her. But before you bring her home, make sure...
Social Media for Pet Owners
Cat tweets are probably the end goal of Twitter. The people on Twitter are already into being aloof, unpredictable and totally up for batting around a few catty responses. And besides, cats already rule...
Are you a fan of social media? Well, brace yourself for this news: There are some hot social media dogs who probably have way more followers than you. Don't be jealous, though. Just start following...
Have you tried the animalistic side of online social networking? No, we don't mean the fact-defying Facebook and MySpace pages of people looking for dates. We're talking about pet-related social networking...
Are you an avid follower of every tweet that comes from the paws of Lil Bub? Is your Facebook wall covered with more links to cat videos than pictures of your kids? Do you find yourself hiding the social...
Next time you decide to log on to check your MySpace page, watch out - Fido might beat you to it...
Choosing a Pet
Celebrity pets might have monogrammed carriers and only the best of toys, but the stars want the same thing you do from your animals -- to cuddle up next to a favorite pet for some unconditional love (and...
You may have had a beloved dog as a child, or maybe you wish you had one when you were growing up. Perhaps your kids are begging for a dog right now. As you ponder the question "Should I get a dog?"...
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