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Guide to Hiking Etiquette with Dogs

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Cooler weather is on the way, and as the leaves change their colors to red and gold hues, it means many of us will be once again hitting the trails with our best four-legged friends.

Let's face it - nothing cleanses the soul like a relaxing hike through the wilderness. Whether you want to enjoy the rich colors of wildflowers in that remote desert valley, or just want to run a few miles through the pines, it’s important to make sure everyone out there has the same level of enjoyment as you do. So dust off the walking stick and renew your wild spirit, but make sure you follow trail etiquette when you take your pets along.

Dogs are usually naturals on the trailhead. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to watch them carefully - there are plenty of dangers in the wild - from poisonous mushrooms to cacti, and coyotes to rattlesnakes (not to mention hunters of the two-legged variety).

This is why it’s so important to understand the basics of hiking etiquette. Here's a primer to get you started...

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Catifying Your Home: Design for the pampered cat

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 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 includes a combining of households and 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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Where to Find A Pet-friendly Rental

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It’s not easy finding a rental that will allow you to keep pets without breaking the bank with pet deposits and other fees that are mostly unfair (we’ve seen children do a LOT more damage to a place than pets). But, unfortunately, not everyone loves animals.

Even if you're buying a place, you need to be aware of pet restrictions in the form of HOA restrictions and zoning ordinances. For example, as beautiful as Colorado is, I would not be able to live there due to so many cities banning pit bulls (or anything resembling a pit bull). Whether you choose to buy or rent, you need to be aware of potential problems.

To rent with your pets, you need to think outside the box. We've listed a few dozen unusual places where you can find a pet friendly rental - even if you have a lot of pets - without going broke in the process.

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Join the "Majority Project" to Help Dispel Breed Myths

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Breed discrimination has been happening for years. First to the German Shepherd breed, then to the Rottie, then the Dobermans, and now the Pit Bull. This year, Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) began The Majority Project to change the perception of pit bull owners and to fight against breed-specific legislation (BSL). As much as I hate taking a photograph, I despise BSL more, and that's why I decided to join in on this project. You're all invited to join us and I hope you'll participate!

The goal of The Majority Project is to change perceptions. Pit bull owners are not all drug dealers, gang members or fighters. Sure, those types of owners exist, and yes - they do a lot of damage to the breed, but the MAJORITY of pit bull owners are responsible, contributing members of society. We have jobs, families, and friends. We are no different than the owner of a small breed dog. Or a hunting dog. Or a lap dog. (In fact, most of our pits are lap dogs - they just weigh a little more.)

We invite you to join us on this project - here's how you can participate...

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10 Weird Things We Have to Explain to Visitors

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We love our animals. We mostly tolerate humans. Out of about 7+ billion people on the planet (which, let’s face it, is WAY too many) - I enjoy the company of maybe, I don’t know, maybe 26 of them.

Eventually, though, we all have to interact with our own species. The holidays are coming up and we’ll have to socialize and attend parties and do human stuff. And let’s face it - humans aren’t so bad when they love animals as much as you do.

When we are feeling sociable enough to allow visitors, there are invariably things that we have to explain.

If you have animals, you probably already know about these things. But if you don't, here's what we will probably need to help you understand...

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