Everything You Might Want to Know about Sensory Enrichment

Enrichment provides pets ways to engage in natural behaviors. It improves their physical and mental health, alleviates stress, increases the number of normal behaviors, decreases the number of abnormal behaviors, and improves the ability of animals to cope with challenges. … Continue reading Everything You Might Want to Know about Sensory Enrichment

How to Keep Pets Safe During Easter

Easter is full of traditions that, while enjoyable for us, may prove harmful to our pets. Some of these traditions include chocolates, Easter baskets, and certain flowers. The practice of preparing special meals and working on our garden can also pose a risk to our pets. Read on to find out how to keep our four-footed friends safe during this annual holiday. What is Easter without chocolate? Unfortunately, if our pets eat it, chocolate can cause gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, and diarrhea. Because chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, chocolate can also cause hyperactivity, increased thirst and urination, rapid heart rate, and … Continue reading How to Keep Pets Safe During Easter

Review: Understanding Animals as Pets by Rita Vandivert

Understanding Animals as Pets by Rita Vandivert influenced my childhood love of animals. Thanks to this book in part, I grew up wanting to own a variety of pets. Published in 1975, it remains as fresh and relevant as the day I first read it. Alas, it’s also only available as a used book. Why then I am talking about it? First, you need to understand that I grew up in a small town without much exposure to pets beyond dogs and cats. My hometown, with a population of less than twenty thousand, did not have a pet store. My … Continue reading Review: Understanding Animals as Pets by Rita Vandivert

Review: The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught her to Fly by Luis Sepulved

Titles intrigue me. Consider for example: The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught her to Fly. Immediately, the title prompts all kinds of questions: How can a cat teach a seagull to fly? I’d like to know, wouldn’t you? Or when is the last time I have read a book about a seagull? Books abound about dogs and cats, to a lesser extent about mice and rats, but not so much about birds. Among those, when is the last time I have read a book that is not about a lost or stranded animal seeking its owner? … Continue reading Review: The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught her to Fly by Luis Sepulved

Review: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

The older I get, the more disinterested I become in classics, despite having grown up with them. They feel too long-winded, old-fashioned, and dull. Or as if they were childhood things which I’d been forced to enjoy. Nothing could be farther from my experience but, nowadays, it still takes the right book to remind me of how pleasurable and rich the experience of reading a classic can be. When my husband recently pointed out that Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck features a poodle, I pushed past my prejudice and fell in love with a good book. When Steinbeck was … Continue reading Review: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

Teach a Cat to High-Five

Not only is it fun to teach your cat to do tricks, it can also be practical. For example, teaching cats to high-five can give them a way to interact with strangers. It can also help them become more comfortable with having their paws handled. As with all training, teaching cats can boost their confidence and increase their bond with you. Before you start your training sessions, figure out what most motivates your cat. Do they come running the quickest for treats, toys, or attention? Training works best when the new behavior is reinforced with the thing that most motivates … Continue reading Teach a Cat to High-Five

Cozy Cat Mystery Author Liz Mugavero

Liz Mugavero has been writing stories since she could hold a pen. Before that, she would tell them to anyone who would listen. After deciding early on she would write books for a living, she practiced by writing poems, short stories and even a storyline for a soap opera–all by age 15. She never wavered from her goals, obtaining a master’s in writing and publishing as well as spending time in journalism, public relations, communications, and marketing. She’s confident that writing IS the way to make a living. She’s best known for her Pawsitively Organic Mysteries. The first book, Kneading … Continue reading Cozy Cat Mystery Author Liz Mugavero

Review: H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Pawsome Reads Book Club is an online Facebook book club for like minded pet owners and animal enthusiasts who appreciate the bond between humans and their animal companions. A friendly community, the only rules are nominated books must relate to pets or animal/human and that members must treat each other with kindness. Featured books are discussed by sharing of thoughts and findings with no personal details of members shared. This post carries reviews from host Catherine Smith and from member Marcy Graybill of the club’s featured reads H is for Hawk. CATHERINE’S REVIEW H is for Hawk is a beautifully crafted … Continue reading Review: H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Online Pet Scams

If you’re thinking about adding a new pet to your family, be on your guard against online pet scams. According to a study conducted by the Better Business Bureau, as much as 80% of paid advertisements about pets may be fake. The BBB Scam Tracker has 907 reports on pet scams, and the Federal Trade Commission has 37,000 complaints involving pets brought online. The BBB says that it’s understandable why pet scams are so pervasive. Pet ownership has been growing in popularity, with the selection of a pet being viewed as the first step toward bringing a pet into the … Continue reading Online Pet Scams

Review: The Book of Joe by Vincent Price

For dog lovers, The Book of Joe is quirky little book with lots of personality. It’s written by Vincent Price of Hollywood fame who starred as a villain in dozens of macabre horror films. Far from being scary, however, The Book of Joe is a light-hearted and humorous account of Price’s life with pets. An orange-brown-black haired mutt who came into an empty moment in Price’s life is the star of this memoir. Price referred to him as “all dog”. At one moment, Joe could dutifully put up with hauling and yanking of a five-year-old boy (Price’s son), and in another moment … Continue reading Review: The Book of Joe by Vincent Price