5 Lessons to teach kids about dogs

September 18, 2015

Children often don’t know how to act/treat a dog without learning from an adult first. It’s important to teach kids about body language and interactions to aviod any accidents. In the media, dogs are seen being hugged and kissed with their faces close to their human owners. In real life, however, this may not be the case. By explaining what is and is not ok, you can help ensure your child will always have safe interactions with dogs.

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Easy peanut butter pumpkin dog biscuits

September 17, 2015

Dogs love treats, it’s a fact. This fall instead of buying a bag, try making your own. This easy 3 step recipe is sure to leave your dog begging for more! Happy baking!

What you will need:

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (can use Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Stir in the flour 1/4 cup at a time just until dough is no longer sticky.

3. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan. Or roll into 1 inch balls and place on parchment paper.

4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. LET THEM COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE SERVING TO YOUR DOG!

5. Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

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20 products elephant lovers should own

September 10, 2015

Elephant lovers rejoice, there are products for you! Happy shopping!


This unique throw pillow.

Find it here


This adorable mug.

From World Market


These cuddling salt and pepper shakers.

Get them here


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Fall weather fashion for pet lovers

September 10, 2015

Sweater weather is almost here! For the animal lover, this can mean finally being able to break out your favorite over-sized cat sweater. Check out these fun animal inspired prints.

1. $35 Macy’s

Dog Sweater

2. $21 Amazon

3. $32 Ali Express


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Dogs take measures to keep their paws warm

September 10, 2015

Despite the recent heat wave, fall is fast approaching and temperatures are sure to drop. Take a look at these pups who have their own socks to keep their paws warm during the cold.


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Top 10 toxins in the kitchen

September 9, 2015

1. Chocolate

2. Xylitol (e.g. sugar free gum and candy)

3. Grapes, raisins, and currants

4. Caffeine (coffee and tea)

5. Fatty scraps

6. Onions, garlic and chives

7. Macadamia nuts

8. Unbaked yeast bread dough

9. Alcohol

10. Table salt

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Top 10 toxins for cats

September 9, 2015

1. Topical spot-on insecticides

2. Household cleaners

3. Antidepressants

4. Lilies

5. Insoluble oxalate plants (e.g. dieffenbachia, philodendron)

6. Human and veterinary pain relievers

7. Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol)

8. Glow sticks

9. ADD/ADHD medications

10. Mouse and rat poisons


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Top 10 toxins for dogs

September 9, 2015

1. Chocolate

2. Mouse and rat poisons

3. Vitamins and minerals

4. Human pain and veterinary pain relievers

5. Heart medications

6. Cold and allergy medications

7. Antidepressants

8. Xylitol (e.g. sugar free gum)

9. Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol)

10. Caffeine pills

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Top 10 human medications that are toxic to pets

September 9, 2015

1. Pain relievers

2. Vitamins and minerals

3. Cold and allergy medications

4. Antidepressants

5. ADD/ADHD medications

6. Anticonvulsant medications

7. Anti-anxiety medications

8. Heart medications

9. Muscle relaxants

10. Sleep aids

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Cat Questions Explained By Science

August 28, 2015

John Bradshaw, noted cat scientist and author of Cat Sense (Allen Lane, 2014) answers some questions relating to cat behaviors.

1. Why do cats like sitting in boxes?

"Why do cats love sitting in boxes so much?"

It’s all about security and getting a good vantage point. “When a cat rests it basically wants to feel protected, but it also needs to have some way of looking out,” says Bradshaw.

He’s actually conducted experiments at animal shelters to find out what kind of box cats that had recently come into the shelter liked best. Turns out upside-down boxes with holes cut in them are the most preferred. “The cat will go in and peer out for a period of time,” says Bradshaw. “When the cat gets more confident it may actually rest on top of the box, especially if the box is in a corner.”

Boxes are often new and temporary additions to your cat’s territory. “It’s their natural instinct to explore anything new, so they’ll jump straight in and settle down in it.”

2. Why is my cat obsessed with my feet?

9 Of Your Questions About Cats, Answered With Science

“Feet and hands are about the size of other cats,” says Bradshaw. “So you find that a lot of kittens will get fascinated by them, especially bare feet, and will pounce on them and attempt to play with them almost as if they were another cat.” Some cats grow out of this, and others get discouraged by their owners who don’t want to be constantly scratched up – but some keep the habit into adulthood.

Although it is a possibility that because of a cat’s developed sense of smell, they are attracted to the smell of feet, it is most likely the wriggliness.

3. Is my cat just looking for food or does she actually love me?

“Cats do love their owners,” says Bradshaw.

They show this in two ways: by rubbing their head on your leg (or sometimes a nearby chair leg), and by licking you. Both of those behaviors are things that cats do to other cats to show affection and reinforce a friendship – not because they want something.

4. Why does my cat run around at 4a.m.?

9 Of Your Questions About Cats, Answered With Science

The short answer is: because they want to.

“Naturally, they’re awake for a period of time during the most interesting time of day or night,” Bradshaw says. “Then they’ll nap for a couple of hours, then they’ll wake up again and do something, and so on.”

5. How and why does my cat purr?

"Where does a cat's purr come from and what is it telling me?"

There are three kinds of purr: one is very common, and the other two are rarer. They’re all created by muscles on a cat’s vocal cords that make them rattle together.

You’ll hear the most common purr when your cat is happily sitting on the sofa beside you, but the cat isn’t strictly telling you that it’s happy. “The emotion is secondary,” says Bradshaw. “They’re not telling you that they’re content, what they’re telling you is ‘Stop making sudden movements and pay attention to me.’”

In fact, that’s what the other two purrs – that have subtly different sounds – are asking of you too, just in different situations. One you’ll hear in the kitchen when your cat wants food (“a kind of urgent purr, it’s got a sort of whining noise in it, which some people find quite irritating”). The other is heard when a cat is in distress, and will be familiar to vets who tend to cats after road traffic accidents, for example. “Clearly that cat is in pain and its not happy at all,” says Bradshaw, “but again it’s the same basic message: It’s saying ‘Look after me.’”

6. What’s with the obsession over catnip?

9 Of Your Questions About Cats, Answered With Science

Catnip is a plant in the mint family with a smell that is apparently irresistible to cats. Scientists don’t know exactly how catnip works on cats, or why evolution has hung on to the version of the gene that makes them go crazy for it. Only around two thirds of domestic cats are affected, showing a combination of feeding behaviour and female sexual behaviour, and limited research shows that it affects big cats too.

It doesn’t appear to have any lasting benefits for any of them. “It probably was useful for some dim and distant ancestor of the cat,” says Bradshaw. “But now it’s just a quirk and nothing more than that really.”

7. Why does my cat tread up and down before settling down?

"Why does my cat tread up and down before settling on my lap?"

“This is the treading motion that kittens use to stimulate their mother’s milk,” says Bradshaw, and some cats never lose the idea that their owner is their mother, so they’ll tread on their owner even though they’re never going to extract any milk.

A second possible explanation is that your cat could be trying to mark you. “There are little scent glands between cats toes, and they do tread on things and scratch things to leave scent behind,” says Bradshaw.

But if they always do it just before sitting down, they’re probably just making a bed.

8. Why does my cat HATE some people but love others?

“Some cats are very fussy about who they go up to, and every cat has its own reasons,” says Bradshaw. “It’s probably something that happened to it when it was a kitten.” For example, if the cat was ill when a person who smelled a certain way was around when they were young, new people with a similar smell could get the cold shoulder, even years later.

The main thing is that chances are it’s not the person’s fault, and your cat doesn’tknow something you don’t about your friend it has mysteriously taken a dislike to.

9. Why does the neighbor’s cat stare at me but run away when I stare back?

"Why does the cat next door to me keep staring at me through the window at night, but run away when I stare back. Is it a spy?"

“Cats just stare out of the window all the time,” says Bradshaw. “I don’t think the cat is deliberately trying to stare anyone out.”

Cats interpret stares as a threat, and when two cats stare at each other, one of them will always back down. So the cat next door is probably interpreting the stare as you saying “I’m not a friendly animal”, and running away because of that.


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17 Things You Never Knew About The Animals In Your Favorite Movies

August 28, 2015

1. Marley was played by 22 different dogs in Marley and Me. 

Marley was played by 22 different dogs in Marley & Me.

The dog with the most screen time was called Clyde.

2. Since baby pigs grow up rather quickly, 48 pigs were used in the film Babe.

And 48 pigs were used to film Babe, because baby pigs grow up so quickly.

The film had 56 animal trainers on set to handle nearly 1000 animals.


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June 25th Groovin’ on the Green

June 18, 2015

If you missed us at Doggie Date night that is okay! Come see us at Groovin’ on the Green in Fairfield on Thursday, June 25th. We will be doing free toe nail trims for cat and or dog food donations for Partners in Prime


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