Posts Tagged ‘animal welfare’

Halloween Hazards Part 1

Halloween Hazards Part 1

Posted by Pia

Take a moment and imagine how Halloween must feel from the perspective of our furry friends: For starters, their humans often outfit them in silly costumes and parade them around the neighborhood… (Check out some Martha contest submissions from Halloween’s past…)
As if that’s not enough, our animal companions suddenly find themselves facing a barrage …

Debunking the Myths about Multiple Cat Households

Debunking the Myths about Multiple Cat Households

Posted by Pia

Once again the animal lovers at Purina are hard at work, debunking the myths about those of us who live with more than one feline. While 71% of US domestic cats in homes live in a multi-cat household, misguided assumptions still persist about such homes. Tidy Cat’s “Campaign To End Cattiness” is informed by some …

Giggly Humans...

Giggly Humans...

Posted by Pia

So it’s that time of year when doting humans like to dress their furry family up in costumes. My friend Faye, whose firefighter husband saved the glue trapped gopher, has a special knack for ‘costuming’ her cast of rescued pooches.
Even the most serious among us can get all giggly over a get-up for Fido. …

This Little Piggy Has Wheels

Posted by Pia

Our companion animals have a knack for breaking through barriers on many levels. While they challenge us on a personal level — reminding us to live in the moment and to offer compassion freely — they can challenge stereotypes on a broader level as well.
A colleague recently sent me this lovely, compelling video about April …

Animals as Inspiration

Animals as Inspiration

Posted by Pia

There is no doubt that our companion animals inspire us in many ways. They bring out our protective and nurturing natures. They provide perspective when we need it most. They can frustrate us when learning a new skill, but then quickly fill us with pride as we see them master it. …

Sweaters Needed for Shelter Animals

Sweaters Needed for Shelter Animals

Posted by Pia

While we humans may welcome the change of seasons with a favorite fall cardigan or cozy up with a blanket knitted by grandma, we must not forget that dogs in shelters get cold too. Many shelter animals are kept in outdoor kennels or uninsulated enclosures. While this may be comfortable for most months, the …

Canine-Feline Relations 101

Canine-Feline Relations 101

Posted by Pia

Our best friends can be each other’s best friends too!
For those of us who have the good fortune to live with both felines and canines, it may not come as a surprise to learn the following; More often then not these two species get along swimmingly well!
A survey by Tel Aviv University of …

"Ancient Chinese Secret"

Posted by Pia

Having furry kids is not always smooth sailing, but I guess that is what parenting is all about, really. My little Minnow whom you recently met has what seems to be some discomfort in her lower back and legs. Needless to say we have been to every specialist under the sun and Minnow …

Your Stories of Adoption

Your Stories of Adoption

Posted by Pia

In recent weeks I’ve shared some of my own very happy adoption tales — first Pickles, then Minnow.  This week I’d like to call your attention to some great ones sent in by our very own DW readers!
You can read more in our Stories of Adoption gallery and add your own! Please send us more …

Minnow Saves Guppy

Minnow Saves Guppy

Posted by Pia

Last week I had the pleasure of introducing you to my new little rescued girl, Minnow. Well this week I get to report on another little dog whose life was drastically changed for the better as a result of that post! As I was writing about Minnow and
searching my emails for the original photos that …