young puppy

How to Crate Train a Puppy

Denning is a natural instinct for dogs – just watch a dog afraid of a thunderstorm.  The first thing they do is hide behind or under something to feel protected.  For puppies, crate training is most often associated with house breaking, but a crate can be a friend for life when needed.  A crate is [...]

our feral cats

Caring for Feral Cats: Bitty Kitty and Tom

Seems like we always have a couple feral cats hanging around.  Feral cats, different from stray cats in that they were never owned by anyone, and are wild and untouchable, and not adoptable.  Maybe we only catch them on a trail cam outside, but occasionally we see them.  Right now I have a couple  feral [...]

It’s Fall – and Ticks are out!

Ticks are common throughout much of the USA as well as the rest of the world.  They prefer fairly humid conditions but it must be at least 45F/ 7 C degrees to survive and reproduce.  In really cold or hot weather they are less active.  So in the fall, I see more of them after [...]

Border Collie

How Can I tell If My Pet is Sick?

Sometimes it is obvious when your pet is not feeling well, but other times it may just be a feeling you have based on your pets behavior.  Trust you instincts.  As a pet owner, you know your pet better than anyone else.  If you think your dog or cat is “just not right”, chances are [...]

Cat Aggression with other Pets and People

There are two major categories of cat aggression – aggression against people and aggression against other cats Aggression with People Cats may demonstrate aggression toward people for a couple of reason.  One is the they have not been socialized well.  If they are afraid of being handles and touched, they may react out of fear [...]

Deaf dog

How to deal with a Deaf Pet

Our male Border Collie Speck is deaf.  Never having had a deaf pet before, it took me a bit of time to figure it out. For starters he seemed very stubborn as a puppy.  He never listened to me.   Occasionally my husband's deep and louder voice would get his attention.  He seemed willing to learn, [...]

Senior Pets for Senior Citizens

I caught this story on line - what a great idea.  I can only hope more places would "adopt" the idea.  Pets give a senior citizen a reason to get up in the morning, to have a purpose, namely to care for another leaving being. Older pets have shorter lifespan, and so a senior person [...]