Review: Incredibull Stella by Marika Meeks and Elizabeth Ridley

Incredibull Stella by Marika Meeks and Elizabeth Ridley is the true story of how a family rescued a pit bull and in turn were themselves saved by her. At age 40, Marika received the stunning news that she had stage three breast cancer and only 61% chance of survival. Into her life came Stella, who not only gave Marika purpose but also helped repair her broken family. Told in first person, this fast-moving narrative reinforced three life lessons for me. The first lesson is that you never know where life will take you. Although she had been plagued by a … Continue reading Review: Incredibull Stella by Marika Meeks and Elizabeth Ridley

Holiday Pet Safety

As you prepare for the celebration of Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s important to keep in mind that the holiday season can present risks our furry companions. Below are tips to keep them safe. Keep your pets out of the kitchen during festive occasions, as it’s too easy for pets to get into trouble while you’re busy with cooking tasks and visitors. Grease or hot dishes can get spilled on pets that get underfoot, resulting in potentially serious burns. Pets can ingest fallen food scraps or pills that are toxic to them. Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and food packaging can smell … Continue reading Holiday Pet Safety

Video Series: When Cats Hate Carriers

It’s time to take your cat to the vet and your stomach is in knots. You’re wondering how long it’ll take to get your cat into the carrier, how many scratches or bites you’ll have to endure, and whether you’ll even be able to keep your appointment. In this next article in a continuing series, I’ll share videos that illustrate the steps needed to help your cat become less scared of its carrier. This first video is from a client. Her cat used to hate the sight of its carrier. Per my advice, my client replaced her carrier with a … Continue reading Video Series: When Cats Hate Carriers

Review: Foster Tail Series by Barby Keel

The Foster Tails series by prolific writer Barby Keel are about special dogs at the Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary in the lush Sussex countryside. To date, there are four nonfiction books in the series, and each one features a dog in dire straits. However, in that she also shares about her personal life including a lengthy battle with cancer, Keel’s narratives aren’t just another series of animal rescue stories. Moreover, her ability to weave an engaging story, capture a sense of place, and create an endearing hook serve as testament to her adept writing skills. Keel’s passion for animals began … Continue reading Review: Foster Tail Series by Barby Keel

When Friendly Cats Become Enemies

Suddenly your cats that used to be friends are now acting like enemies. What happened? How do you fix it? This past winter, Rainy attacked Bootsie after Bootie returned from the vet. Why? The term for this type of behavior is non-recognition aggression. It’s what happens when one cat has spent some time outside the home and is viewed by the cat still at home as a stranger and a threat. Although the most often cited examples involve vet visits, this type of behavior can also happen when a cat goes to the groomer or when a cat spends time … Continue reading When Friendly Cats Become Enemies

Guest Post: Top Tips for New Covidpreneurs Also Becoming Dog Parents by Aurora James

Aurora James believes there are no bad dogs. She created DogEtiquette.info to share her dog training tips and advice to dog owners everywhere. DogEtiquette.info welcomes and encourages anyone to use its infographics in their writing. It simply ask that you please cite and … Continue reading Guest Post: Top Tips for New Covidpreneurs Also Becoming Dog Parents by Aurora James

Video Series: Socializing Cats to People

We’re all familiar with the image of a cat that flees when a visitor comes to the home. How can you make sure that your new kitten doesn’t become a scaredy cat when it grows up? How can you help your timid cat become friendlier? A few ways to socialize cats of any age are to invite people to spend time with your cats, give them treats, and play with them. In this first article of a new series, I’ll share videos that illustrate these socialization interactions. This first video is of my visit with a student of one of … Continue reading Video Series: Socializing Cats to People