Is There a Problem? When to Report Dog Abuse or Suggest Someone Rehome their Pet


In a time where it’s socially encouraged to “mind your own business”, seeing a problem and wondering what to do about it becomes an issue. You might see something going on with a pet in someone’s home or in passing that has you wondering if you should speak up- either to authorities, or to the pet owner themselves. How do you know what problems are worth the risk of speaking up to the owner or contacting authorities?

The 5 Best (and 5 Worst) Pet Ideas for Kids

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Most kids around the ages of 6 and 7 start begging for a pet of their own, even if you live in a home full of animals like on a farm or a hobby homestead. Kids start to feel competent and independent, and want to care for something on their own, not help mom and dad care for the animals in their lives. Kids usually begin begging for a pet like a dog or a cat. Some enterprising children have {Read More}

Best Chicken Breeds for City Backyards


City by city, more metro areas are implementing a friendlier stance on keeping backyard poultry within city limits, usually with fairly extensive regulations but permitting them nonetheless. This stems from an influx of immigrants from countries where keeping chickens, even in the middle of the city, is standard practice. Relying on their backyard flock for eggs, meat, and garden cleanup is an everyday and basic necessity of home life. Another factor for the change has to do with people, even {Read More}

How to take Great Photos of Black Pets

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If you have a black dog or cat, you may have noticed that it’s particularly difficult to take clear photos of them. They seem to turn into flat shadows of themselves in photos; with eyes glaring in laser gold’s and greens from the reflective corneas they have. This has created some fairly hilarious internet memes, but usually pet owners with black pets simply just want a good photo of their dog or cat. It does take some special consideration and {Read More}

Affordable Fencing Ideas for your Pet

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It’s not always necessary to spend thousands of dollars on a fence around your property that may not even keep your dog in your yard- especially enterprising dogs that are able to dig under, chew their way out of, or even jump over traditional expensive fencing options. There are safe, affordable alternatives to keeping fido from running the neighborhood every time you let him out to use the bathroom in your yard. Here are some affordable fencing ideas for your {Read More}

Pets That Do Double Duty – Practical Pets For Anyone

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In the past, animals that lived with people not only offered enjoyment and pleasure, but most often times served a basic purpose. Dogs are one well known example. Dogs were often bred for specific jobs- shepherding dogs were used to keep flocks of sheep together and moving to different areas. Protection dog breeds were bred for just that, and often performed their tasks in times past. Hunting dog breeds were bred for specific game- dachshunds were designed for following game {Read More}

Fantastic Pet Alternatives to the Dog and Cat That You’ve Never Thought Of

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While dogs and cats certainly fit the bill for great pet options to suit any personality or lifestyle, some people may be wondering if there are other pet options out there. We’re not necessarily talking about lizards and snakes. We’re talking about perfectly happy, cuddly, fun loving and easy to care for adorable alternatives to the dog and the cat, which may even suit your lifestyle and personality better (not that there is anything wrong with lizards or snakes). What {Read More}

Rehoming your Pet- A No-Guilt Guide to Doing It

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One very stigmatized aspect of pet ownership- knowing the right time to relinquish ownership of your pet, and how to do it. And, when you ask questions regarding how you should safely and responsibly go about this painful decision, you’re looked down upon and seen as irresponsible and unable to stick with a commitment. The reality is, as you know, quite different. You love your pet enough to offer it a better chance at a good life, which for many {Read More}

The Ultimate Guide to Pet Food

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What we feed our pets has spurred a lot of debate and questions, especially in the light of recent year’s food recalls from major pet food brands (specifically for cats and dogs) due to contaminants that do serious harm to pets. Pet food retailers are constantly changing their food formulas and marketing techniques to make their food sound like the best option out there for your pet, but is it always the best option? How do you know what your {Read More}

A Foolproof Way to Naturally Get Rid of the Pet Urine Smell

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If you’ve ever owned a cat, you probably already know that cat urine is a weapon of mass destruction. It forms an unpleasant stench that’s nearly impossible to get rid of. Dog urine is slightly better, but it still wrecks havoc on any surface it touches, including carpet, clothes, and furniture. Unfortunately, dealing with pet urine in inappropriate places is one of the costs that come with pet ownership. At least if your pet urinates on your clothes or a {Read More}