For the past few months I’ve been working towards my goal of becoming a cat behavior consultant. I’ve had business cards printed, I’ve hosted a cat education table, I’ve been accepted as a client by our local university’s law students, and I’m pursuing certification through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultant. With regards to the latter, I won the Rebecca Park Scholarship which covers the cost of the Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice course from IAABC. I’ve just started this 12-week course, which will go a long way towards fulfilling the requirements for certification. The course has been … Continue reading What is Animal Behavior Consulting?
P.S. I Love You More Than Tuna is a project by Sarah Chauncey. It will be the first illustrated gift book for adults grieving a companion cat, but has also taken on the form of a website and a supportive … Continue reading Interview with Author Sarah Chauncey About Pet Loss
How you do talk to a child about pet loss? I’m privileged today to share a guest post by Betty Carmack on this topic. She is both a pet counselor and the author of the book Grieving the Death of a Pet, which means she is well-qualified to talk about how to best support young people who lose their furry companion. Helping Children Grieve a Pet’s Death By Betty J. Carmack, R.N., Ed.D. In a recent conversation with a friend, she recounted her experience, as a seven-year old, of her cat, Tippy, dying because of an automobile accident. Her description was … Continue reading Guest Post: Helping Children Grieve a Pet’s Death
Years ago, I bought Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack because the topic interested me. When I lost my cat of eight years, I picked it up again to once again find comfort in it. The first few weeks after Lucy’s death, the personal stories of owners who had also suffered loss filled me with such uncontrollable grief that I had to put the book back on my shelf. Eventually though, I was finally able to read Grieving the Death of a Pet in its entirety. In the chapter about love, Carmack addresses the bond that develops between owner … Continue reading Review: Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack
Therapeutic Paws of Canada is a non-profit organization of volunteers providing animal resources for human needs (physical, mental, educational, motivational, socialization) through regular visits to hospitals, residences, schools, etc. Spencer Place, a volunteer with TPOC, answered my questions about the … Continue reading Therapeutic Paws of Canada
This week Lincoln Pet Culture is rerunning its three most popular interviews. The first is an interview with Scott Lowry, who became an animal control officer in 1997 and is now Field Supervisor. Coincidentally, animal control appreciation week falls in … Continue reading Interview with An Animal Control Officer
No matter what pet you are getting, you should consider how much of your time it will require. In this article, I’ll cover the numerous ways a pet owner can expect to spend time on a pet. I’ll also share stories from pet owners of some of the more rewarding and the more challenging ways can pets fill our lives. A ROUTINE SCHEDULE How much of your time will a dog require? At a minimum, you’ll need to take your dog out to potty every few hours, and you should feed him at least twice per day and change his … Continue reading How Much Time Does Pet Care Take?
The cost of pet ownership is something everyone needs to carefully consider. In this article, I’ll cover the minimal cost of owning a pet, share stories of unexpected expenses, and suggest some cost-saving measures. THE MINIMAL COST OF PET OWNERSHIP Let’s start with the cost of owning a pet. What follows are two tables. The first lists the initial costs of bringing a dog or cat into one’s family, while the second lists the annual costs of keeping a dog or cat. For the purchase of a dog or cat, I listed the lowest local adoption price I found. If … Continue reading The Real Cost of Pet Ownership
Like pretty much every trainer and behavior consultant I talk to, I’d definitely say my career path has been a little labyrinthine, and there’s no way I could have seen around the corner and known where I’d end up.—Jesse Miller, editor of IAABC Journal Working on an animal welfare publication is one way that creative people such as Jesse Miller can help better the world for animals. In 2016, Jesse saw a post in the Facebook members’ forum of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants asking for a volunteer managing editor of the group’s new journal. As soon as … Continue reading Interview with An Animal Journal Editor
One can either give into or rise above terrible circumstances. Sam Franklin is an animal lover and rescuer who has chosen to rise above. Despite losing her basset in 2009 and despite being a victim of domestic violence, she persevered … Continue reading Lost Pets & Shelter Me
In honor of Lincoln Pet Culture’s new look, we are rerunning our three most visited and our three most overlooked articles over the next two weeks. 30+ Ways To Help Our Animal Village, first published in 2017, was one of … Continue reading 40+ Ways to Help Our Animal Village
In honor of Lincoln Pet Culture’s new look, we are rerunning our three most visited and our three most overlooked articles over the next two weeks. 10 Animal Picture Books, first published in 2016, was one of our most overlooked articles. Although most of us grow up reading picture books, part of the maturation process seems to involve letting go or getting rid of so-called childish things, including beloved picture books. Yet there’s also a time when one rediscovers them. For some, that time is when they become parents. For me, that time was when I became a teacher. Below … Continue reading 10 Animal Picture Books On My Shelves