May is a bittersweet month for Rochelle. Thirteen years ago, on May 7, she adopted a shelter dog named Baby. “She was a cute little chiweenie,” Rochelle said, “and I couldn’t have asked for a better friend through the hard times.” By hard times, Rochelle is referring to her years in an abusive relationship. Baby brought laughter and happiness into Rochelle’s otherwise unhappy life. Rochelle giggled as she recalled, “One day Baby jumped into a police car to say hello to the cops. I was embarrassed, but they laughed and gave her love.” Rochelle also has a favorite memory involving … Continue reading Thank You Baby
“Who rescued who?” is a well-known sentiment in the animal rescue world. Indeed, the Center 4 Research points to studies that have found people who have a pet are less depressed, stay home sick less, and make fewer visits to … Continue reading Who Rescued Who?
If you are creative and care about the welfare of animals, what can you do? Valerie Ingram and Alistair Schroff wrote children’s picture books. Both Nobody’s Cats and Out of the Cold are based on true stories from northwest British Columbia and profits from the sale of the book go towards the care of animals in that region. Nobody’s Cats tells the tale of a boy who saw a tiny black cat shivering in the snow by an old shed. The cat was just one of many that had been born or abandoned there. A few of the neighborhood boys … Continue reading Review: Nobody’s Cats & Out of the Cold by Valerie Ingram and Alistair Schroff
As part of volunteering with Husker Cats, I followed online groups that took care community cats. One day a post appeared about a picture book that had been published on the topic. The book was by Valerie Ingram, co-founder of Lakes Animal Friendship Society. Since that time, Valerie has become an inspiration to me in my animal welfare goals and a dear friend. Valerie and I both share a passion for pet education. This spring, she contracted me to write ten articles for Lakes Animal Friendship Society that could be run in local newspapers. My life this upcoming year will … Continue reading Interview with Author Valerie Ingram
The ten-week-old Shih Tzu-poodle trembled in the arms of her owner, Carolina Sabatka. “Cupcake is so freaked right now,” said Whitney Fritzinger, co-owner at Smarty Dog Training. She suggested that the family sit in a quiet space to give Cupcake … Continue reading Puppy Explorer Class at Smarty Dog Training
The decision to adopt a dog in 2012 changed Whitney Fritzinger’s life. With her husband, she foster around 40 dogs between 2013-2016 for local dog rescues. Fostering this many dogs not only taught Whitney a lot about dogs, but it … Continue reading Training Dogs to Save Them
Enrichment for dogs makes their living space more interesting and enhances their quality of life. It’s beneficial because it stimulates their mind and even their body. In doing so, it also wards off boredom that can lead to bad behavior. Enrichment can be one of the most fun parts of being a pet owner. Many pet owners enjoy dreaming up new ways to engage their pets and seeing the reactions of their pets. What follows are examples from pet owners whom I interviewed online about low-cost pet enrichment they have provided their dogs. DISCLAIMER: All information is this article came … Continue reading Low-Cost Fun for Dogs
In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell cat from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: How do … Continue reading Cinder’s Advice: Introducing a Cat to a Dog
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. Dogs Are More Than Stereotypes, first published in 2016, was one of our most … Continue reading Dogs Are More Than Stereotypes!
When our pets are reluctant to go outside in the cold, we’d be wise to listen and not make them stay out longer than necessary. For the sake of their health, follow the tips below this winter. Inside, make sure … Continue reading Tips to Keep Pets Safe In Winter
I lived with Sage for more than 11 years. The black and white, wispy-coated springer spaniel delighted all who knew her. She possessed a pleasant personality, a gentle spirit, and a flag-like tail—and she was blind. My husband and I … Continue reading Guest Post: Decade+ of Life Lessons Living with a Blind Dog
My dog chewed from teething and/or from boredom.—Kerry Copas I have two young dogs who naturally love to chew. One of them likes to chew on my computer cords. The other one chews anything she can find and especially loves … Continue reading How to Keep Your Dog From Destructive Chewing