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Can I Come Over and Ride Your Horse? E-mail

There’s a split second of time that exists after every horse owner meets someone new, or is getting to know someone better, that they dread.  It’s that second after you mention you have horses and the person’s eyes light up like a princess-obsessed pre-schooler who just learned she’s going to Disneyland.

“You have a horse?!?  OH MY GOSH!  I rode one at camp/took lessons/rode on a trip once.  I LOVED it!  Can I (or my kids) come over and ride your horse or can I (or my toddler) come over and pet your horse?”

All The Time

This happens to me every single time the horses come up in conversation. It’s as common for me as saying “I’m married”, which is inevitably followed by the reply of “Oh my gosh! Are you Pregnant? Do you have kids? How many kids do you have?”.

I understand people’s desire to bond over commonalities but the question strikes fear into the heart of horse owners, just as questions about kids has the potential to upset folks who are having infertility issues or just, gosh darn it, just don’t want kids of their own. It’s a perilous ground you have to tread when answering the question...

Photo by Josh Engroff

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Catifying Your Home: Design for the pampered cat E-mail

 photo IMG_2167800x533_zps154f0ed6.jpg As you all know, we're big fans of feline design (also known as "catification"). This is a story that merges not only a household, but some creative design from Mountain Cat Trees!

When Eliza and Tiffany bought a home together in early 2014, they had to merge households. Eliza brought in her four cats (Agnes, Monkey, Judd and Naked) and a dog called Nora. Tiffany brought along her cats, Encore and Pluto, as well as her two dogs, Nova and Bebe.

That's a big menagerie in anyone's book. Needless to say, the couple was concerned about how this “Brady Bunch” of animals would get along. They enlisted Mountain Cat Trees, makers of highest-quality, natural wood cat trees, scratching posts and cat shelves to help “catify” the new house to make it easier for animals and people to make the transition (read Mountain Cat Trees Inspire Felines to learn about their beautiful products!)

Today, we're going to show you an entire gallery of their beautiful home and show you how simple it is to create your own home designs.


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10 Ways to Travel Safely with Your Dog This Summer E-mail

Summer fun is just around the corner—and a big part of that fun is summer vacation, a chance to get out and explore the world with your two-legged and four-legged family members.

Whether your summer vacation plans call for a series of staycations in your own hometown, weekend getaways to the lake or beach, or a multi-day dream vacation, safety is always a top priority. You can help make sure the memories you bring home from your travels are good ones with these easy tips for summer dog travel:

1.    Buckle up. Just as you buckle your children in the car, dogs need to be safely restrained in the car as well. A safe dog travel study by Kurgo and AAA revealed that only 16 percent of dog lovers are restraining their dogs in the car, but it’s very easy to secure your dog with a car safety harness that utilizes your car’s seat belt system. Along with buckle systems, other safe options include crates and carriers as well as booster seats for small dogs.


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Spider Bites in Pets: Black Widows E-mail

black-widowIt’s that time of year again and with all of the recent weather events we’ve had these days, it’s more important than ever to keep an eye out for spider bites on our pets.

Spider bites can be very difficult to spot and manage in pets. And unfortunately, pets are also very susceptible to getting bit. Cats in particular can obtain easy access to dark, quiet places that dogs often can’t manage. These are the very places that spiders love to hide.


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Plants that Naturally Repel Fleas and Ticks E-mail

There’s been a lot of research done on plants that naturally repel fleas and ticks. Garden plants can be a great way to keep flea and tick invasions to a minimum, but you have to be cautious that what you plant is not something that will cause harm to pets or wildlife.

Beware of common toxic plants

Many of the common herbs used to repel fleas are also toxic to pets, including the popular “Flea Bane” (Pennyroyal). Other plants that have been used successfully to repel fleas are citronella, geranium, Eucalyptus, fleawort, wormwood, tansy and Sweet Bay. However, all of them are toxic to animals and should be avoided in the yard and garden. The good news is that there are many other options available for natural flea and tick control that are also safe for pets should they get into it. Here they are, in no particular order.


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