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Domestic Violence and Animals E-mail

We cover a lot of topics here on PetsWeekly, not all of them super serious. My reasoning for this is that believe if we dwell on positive things, we’ll attract positive readers. But the fact is, life isn't all sunbeams and unicorns.  This topic, if it reaches only one person, will be worth the time it took to write about it - because domestic abuse is something that affects not only the spouse, but the family, the pets, and everyone else the abuser comes in contact with.

In my time doing animal rescue, I’ve witnessed many women (and men) who were giving up their pets because they were finally ready to leave their abusers, yet, they knew the abuser would take out their anger on the pets. In fact, that is how I wound up adopting Aquilla, one of the most terrified dogs I've ever had. I’ve seen dogs and cats that were killed after the abuser threw them against a wall, I've heard of cases where the dogs or cats were hung, choked, beaten or stabbed. I’ve seen a horse with its tendons cut  - all because some cowardly, miserable excuse for a human was seeking to punish a spouse who left.


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Bunny Love: A True Story E-mail

This is a guest post by author Cate Holly. Please help me make her feel welcome and check out her new book, Bunnies & Kitties: A Cuddly Collection of Fur and Friendship, available everywhere.

A few years ago, on a lovely sunny day during Easter week, I went to take the cover off the sandbox that’s built into the very cool play structure that my clever husband built in our backyard. Much to my surprise—and the delight of my toddler, Luke—I lifted the lid and saw a little nest of tiny, newborn bunnies right there in the sand.

First reaction: OMG, how cute!

Second reaction—arriving approximately ¼ second behind the first—OMG, PEARL!

Pearl is our black retriever/mutt who considers it her supreme duty to chase squirrels out of her queendom…our backyard. She had been idly sniffing at a dandelion or something a few feet away when she saw or sniffed the new mysterious interlopers on her turf.


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5 Ways to Save Your Lawn from Pet Urine E-mail

If you have pets, and sometimes even if you don’t have pets, you may find that your backyard smells more and more like a dog kennel or litter box than a freshly cut lawn or a garden of beautiful roses.

It doesn’t have to be that way... There are many ways to take care of your yard without hurting the lawn and without impacting your pets health.

Pet urine can overpower even the healthiest lawn. There are many theories on why dog urine (and cat urine) effect common lawn grasses, and why some types of lawns don't seem to have much of a problem resisting urine (fescue, perennial ryegrass are two examples). But, if you're seeing brown spots on your lawn, we have solutions for you.


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An Open Letter to Animal Rescuers E-mail

Dear Animal Rescuer,

This letter is to acknowledge the hard work you do each day keeping animals safe. I want you to know that your work has not gone unnoticed and I want to say thank you.

I know how many nights you've spent in your car, waiting for a stray cat to make the decision to enter a metal cage for a bite of food. I know that you are the first ones on the scene of disasters, long before HSUS shows up with their cameras. I know how many dogs and cats you've picked up from County at the twelfth hour, minutes before they were going to be euthanized, and I know how you often pay boarding costs out of your own pocket to give them a chance at life. I know that you spend hours late at night searching Craigslist for "free to a good home" ads because you are one of the few who realize these animals will be picked up and sold as lab animals, or used as bait animals for illegal dog fights, or worse...

I know how frustrated you are with humans, and that you are often called “crazy” or “eccentric” or “unbalanced” for your allegiance to animals. Please don’t worry… most people are not emotionally equipped to see the potential beauty of a mangy dog, or keep their compassion for a cat that has just bitten them. There are many humans who will never understand you.

But, I do...


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Dressing Your Pet for Special Occasions E-mail

If you know anything about me, you know I’m not a huge fan of dressing up my pets. It’s just not something I grew up doing. I’ve spent most of my life with large dogs. Wild breeds, like wolf hybrids and coyotes and big pits and shepherds. To have dressed these dogs up would have been like making a teenage boys wear his hair in pigtails.

But, then I got Bree and Brock, both of whom are very keen on being dressed up in cold weather.  These dogs pull blankets off the couch to cover themselves up when I have the air conditioning too low.

I wrote a couple of stories on pet fashion for several industry publications and during my research, I interviewed Ada Nieves about her pet fashion projects. I learned the New York Fashion Institute even has a course tract designed specifically for pet fashion, and I discovered that I may have been wrong all these years.

There are “levels” of dressing up pets that don’t require you or your pet to look snobbish. And let’s face it – playing dress up can be fun on occasion. And we love the simpler looks for our cats!


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