How Bad Pets Make Good Kids

How Bad Pets Make Good Kids

We wanted our kids to learn one of life's abiding truths: Instead of punishing creatures when they displease us, sometimes we must simply take them as they are, knowing that to love them means accepting them at their worst as well as at their best.

How to Choose the Right KONG for Your Dog

How to Choose the Right KONG for Your Dog

Not only can a KONG help reduce the chances of your dog chewing on things he shouldn’t be, but it’s also a fun way to give your pet dog treats. But first thing’s first: What KONG should you get your dog?

Do you look like your dog? Canine-human lookalikes in pictures

Do you look like your dog? Canine-human lookalikes in pictures

Gerrad Gethings says: “Certain breeds would be essential because of their unique characteristics: Afghan hounds, poodles, pugs, bulldogs etc. Many of the subjects I stopped in the park or on the bus, and had to find a tactful way of saying you look exactly like a poodle, can I take your photograph?

Wanted, cat whisperer: the job ad that went viral

Wanted, cat whisperer: the job ad that went viral

When Joan Bowell, founder of God’s Little People Cat Rescue, posted her job offer on the shelter’s Facebook page last month, she asked for others to share the post “far and wide”.

Why April the Giraffe will say goodbye to one calf before another arrives

Why April the Giraffe will say goodbye to one calf before another arrives

April the Giraffe, seen here cleaning her then-new calf Tajiri after giving birth in 2017, is expecting once again. While Tajiri has stayed close to mom — and dad, Oliver the Giraffe — since birth, he won't stay by her side forever at Animal Adventure Park.

Cute moment dog rescues girl in the sea after thinking she’s in trouble

Cute moment dog rescues girl in the sea after thinking she’s in trouble

The loyal dog did his best to drag the little girl to safety (Picture: Jukin Media) Matyas didn’t stop until the girl was safely on the beach (Picture: Jukin Media)‘How clever is he as soon as the waves washed over her.

This Famous Dog Is a Posh Style Icon -- and He Probably Makes More Money Than You

This Famous Dog Is a Posh Style Icon -- and He Probably Makes More Money Than You

The golden-haired charmer’s name may be Bodhi, but his 354,000 (and growing) Instagram followers know him best as @MenswearDog. People come for his top-dollar looks (bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in a Brooks Brothers bow tie, pensive in a black Ermenegildo Zegna suit, smize-ing in a Levi’s jean jacket), but many stay for his cheeky captions (“The Dog Next Door,” “Breaking necks with my good looks since 2009,” “Crisp air, Crispier outfit… Tag a lumber-gent”).

Dog hilariously photobombs couple's wedding photo

Dog hilariously photobombs couple's wedding photo

Boone stole the show at Angie Blumberg and Jayce Conway's July 28 wedding ceremony at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge in Big Sky, Montana. Angie Blumberg and Jayce Conway, both 30, married in Big Sky, Montana, on July 28 with their Labrador retriever, Boone, standing dutifully by their sides.

TODAY's puppy with a purpose, Sunny, is celebrating an anniversary

TODAY's puppy with a purpose, Sunny, is celebrating an anniversary

Sunny has been paw-fecting his skills with his Guide Dog Foundation instructor, Olivia Poff, and they both appeared on the show Monday to recap his time on TODAY. TODAY celebrates 6 months with Sunny as he graduates to next level in guide dog training

We live in an age of anxiety – and we can’t blame it all on Trump | Arwa Mahdawi

We live in an age of anxiety – and we can’t blame it all on Trump | Arwa Mahdawi

Barnes & Noble recently announced that US sales of books related to anxiety are up more than 25% from a year ago, leading the retailer to hypothesise that “[Americans] may be living in an anxious nation”.

Why do dogs wag their tails? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Jules Howard

Why do dogs wag their tails? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Jules Howard

Tail wagging, I tell her (as she climbs me like a tree upon seeing a hamster-sized bichon frise puppy approaching at our local park) is a good indicator of the friendliness of a dog.

Paw outcome? New Zealand council proposes banning all cats

Paw outcome? New Zealand council proposes banning all cats

A regional council in New Zealand has proposed banning all domestic cats in an attempt to protect native animals. The South Island council’s new “pest plan” calls for all domestic cats in the Omaui region to be neutered, microchipped and registered.

Fish owner tells how cleaning out tank released deadly palytoxin that poisoned family and led to closure of entire street

Fish owner tells how cleaning out tank released deadly palytoxin that poisoned family and led to closure of entire street

A man has revealed how coral in a fish tank poisoned him and other family members while he was cleaning it. The following day the entire family suffered flu-like symptoms, and even their two dogs became ill.

Keep boredom at bay

You can add variety to this game by hiding treat under cups or objects and ask your dog to choose the right cup by pawing or nudging. Once your dog knows how to retrieve a toy, you can add variants to the game by adding more commands or tricks to it.

Small-sized dogs live longer than large breeds

For example aversion of long fur can be one of the reasons a lot of people prefer dog breeds like Labradors or Beagles. A Great Dane (one of the largest dog breeds) has a life span of 8-10 years and a Chihuahua (smallest dog breed) can live up to 18 years.

Pet and the single child

Charu Bhoj, mother of a six-year-old, says, “When I introduced her to the dog it was like she had a child of her own to take care off.” Keeping a pet teaches the kid to be responsible about the needs of the pet.

Welcoming kittens at home? Here’s a guide

Growing up is very energetic business and the young kitten needs up to four times as many calories per kg of bodyweight compared to an adult cat! Ideally, the day that you bring your new kitten or cat home, you should make her aware of the location of the litter tray.

Cat survey reveals feline influence over Australian states

Cat survey reveals feline influence over Australian states

Now a survey of feline influence over each Australian state reveals things haven’t really changed all that much.The fresh look at Australian attitudes reveals the subtle differences in attitude and behaviour human staff have towards their furry overlords.The survey was part of a marketing campaign by Fancy Feast to coincide with the launch of a new collection of ‘premium cat accessories’, designed by Australian fashion designer Leona Edmiston.And it actually seems they’re on to something.RELATED: Never double-cross your cat.

Four things you need to know about dogs

Four things you need to know about dogs

But sometimes the problems can occur when owners do not understand the dog’s normal social behaviour.Here are four things people need to know when it comes to dogs.PUNISHMENT IN TRAININGIn the past we used to believe that because dogs are ‘pack animals’ that they need to understand who is “boss” or dominant.

Why do cats poo in the house and bring in dead mice? What cats are really thinking

Why do cats poo in the house and bring in dead mice? What cats are really thinking

Butters the naughty kitty.Source:SuppliedCHANGE THE ENVIRONMENT, NOT YOUR CATDr Kendall said that many of the physical symptoms and problem behaviours she sees in cats are caused by underlying issues relating to the way they’re being looked after.

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