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  • Handling a Dog Attack on Walk

    Years ago, I was walking my dogs, Malachi and Aquilla, down my neighborhood street when out of the blue, we were attacked by a large dog. It was a terrifying moment and one that could happen anywhere at any time. It also made me very aware of the problems with off-leash dogs and runaway dogs, and is one of many reasons why I started this website so many years ago.

    With two large wolf hybrids at my side, there wasn’t much I feared in my early twenties. We walked down the street together, as we had done thousands of times before, when the hair on the back of my neck stood up. I suddenly felt that we were being stalked, and as I was very unaccustomed to being stalked, I really didn’t know what to do.

    My dogs felt it too and kept turning around to look behind us. The street was empty, but that nagging feeling wouldn’t go away. Finally, Aquilla turned and growled, holding her ground as she scanned the road behind us. She refused to move forward despite my plea.

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    Dogs & Their People is a delightful book from Bark & Co that has truly captured the spirit of modern day dog ownership and the amazing bond between people and pets.

    The book is filled with inspiring community-sourced photography that are fun to view and resplendent with stories that are even more entertaining to read. Some are from celebrity dogs and others are just from people who love their pets (and frankly, we’re far more inspired by the “regular” folk who go out of their way to make sure their dogs are cared for in some truly creative ways.

    This is a coffee table book for sure - you’ll want to leave it out to inspire guests and encourage them to tell you about their dogs. It’s filled with images of dogs, fun quips that every animal lover will relate to, and plenty of humor.

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    • Variety of Colors
    • LED-light is bright
    • USB Rechargeable lithium ion battery
    • 3 Modes: Fast Flash, Slow Flash, Constant On
    • Great for walking or in yard
    • MSRP $29.99

    Way too many dogs are killed by cars at night because they escape from a yard and are nearly invisible in the dark. The 4PawsTech collar ensures you can see them during the day or on the darkest night.

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    There’s been a battle brewing for years against feral cats, and some of the more hateful humans are setting out to kill them all (yes, this has been proposed by some quite unscrupulous people).

    When it comes to cats, you’re going to hear everything from feral cats killing billions of birds a year (if that were true, there would be no birds - at all) to feral cats giving people rabies or even plague (also not true).

    The truth is, feral (aka community) cats are an important part of our ecosystem. They minimize rodent problems, they fill the gap that humans created after hunting other animals (like the bobcat) that they deemed a threat. A properly managed colony can stabilize the influx of stray cats into a neighborhood and help minimize problems with rodents.

    National Feral Cat Day is observed on October 16 every year and we’re proud to take part in this annual tradition.

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    What surfactants do is break the surface tension of water, and allows it to wet things more uniformly. The other important part of what they do has to do with the molecular structure.  One end of the molecule is attracted to water, the other to dirt and grease.  This means that surfactants help water grab onto grime, break it apart, and carry it away as you wash.

    The washing step is important during disinfection.  If you think about using a public restroom, the antibacterial sanitizer comes AFTER the soap step. This is the same way you are always supposed to clean anything. The cleaning step is extremely important because as I learned the other day that dirt can inactivate bleach!

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Dogs that can't Swim and Some that just aren't very good at it

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Disaster preparedness with pets

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Keeping Aquariums Alive During Summer Blackouts

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Keeping Pets Safe from Coyotes

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5 Questions to Ask Before Getting Chickens

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TrackR Uses Crowd GPS To Locate Your Pets

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If you have a cat, you've no doubt experienced hairballs. We curse them as we step out of bed with bare feet, warn our dogs not to eat them, search out holistic and homeopathic remedies to make the cats stop producing them... But hairballs remain a fact of life. For this reason, it seems completely normal to us that there would be a day commemorating them.

This year, National Hairball Awareness Day falls on the last Friday of April. So today we’re going to talk about a few things you may not be aware of. For example,

We’re going to tell you in this article because I’m sure you’ll agree that these are all critical pieces of information you need to know...

Hairball Museum Exhibits

Now in it’s sixth year, the National Museum of Health and Medicine offer a very specific exhibit: The Hairball Exhibit

The annual exhibit features both animal and human hairballs (also called trichobezoars). Trichobezoar is a word derived from the Persian word “Bezoar” which means, “Protection from poison.”  Bezoars (hairballs) were once thought to be a universal antidote against poisoning and were used in 11th century Europe for various ailments. China still uses ground-up cow bezoars as a medicine to prevent mouth disease. The exhibit contains 3 human hairballs and several pet hairballs. We think a visit to this museum would be well worth your time!

15 Things You May Not Know About Hairballs

Take a look at the Top Fifteen Things you Probably Didn’t Know about Hairballs.

For example, did you know that the average cat consumes 173 grams of cat hair each year? That’s the equivalent of 86 Ruby-throated hummingbirds. Or $7.50 in quarters!

10 Creative Uses for Hair (and hairballs)

As part of our tribute to hairballs, we’ve created a list of 10 Creative Things You Can Do with Hair & Hairballs. These range from making special insulated bird nests for your feathered friends to selling your most distinctive cat hair ball on Ebay or ETSY...

Ways to Prevent Hairballs

Cats ingest hair because their tongues are covered in tiny barbs (papillae) that act like brushes when they clean themselves. Many things can result in excess hairballs forming in your cat, including boredom, health problems and poor diets. You can help your cat by brushing long-haired cats daily and short-haired cats at least once per week. For this reason, we've brought you an Insider's Look at Cat Grooming. Nutrition is the single biggest external factor for animals and for hairball problems the right diet can pay dividends.  Feeding your cat food with a perfect balance of fatty acids promotes a healthy skin and coat which means your pet will shed less.

A Fun Way to Pass the Time

Want to learn more about hairballs (and have some fun at the same time)? Visit the Hairball Battle and get your hairball war rolling... It's even more entertaining than Candy Crush!

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Author: stacymantle
About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.

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