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, [...]

25 things to do for your cat

Equal  time this column for cats!  We addressed dogs last time. Cats are a bit harder, because they are much more used to being alone, and doing things on their own terms.  Still, you can do some good beyond the basic needs of shelter, food and water. Cats like to investigate, crawl into things, and [...]

25 good things to do for your dog

For many of us, our pets are a vital part of the family, almost (or really) like children.  And while we may met their basic needs of shelter, food and water, I think there are a lot more things that might elevate their lifestyle. Most dogs breeds were invented for a reason, and usually that [...]

A vacuum that handles pet hair!

I haven't done a product review before, but I just have to tell you about the new vacuum I bought.  Exciting, I know... so some basic facts first. I have two long haired Border collies, 4 cats, and a husband who works in construction and outside in general.  So it doesn't take much imagination to [...]

Meet Squeeze, our Inspiration to never give up

I thought I would introduce you to Squeeze this week.  He is out partially paralyzed cat, who is an inspiration to hope, get up, try again, and never give up. Here's his story: Three years ago in February my husband called me about 10 minutes after he left for work. "Something terrible has happened!" he [...]

Should My Pets have a Microchip?

Microchips have been widely used in the USA for returning pets to their rightful owners when lost. In much of the rest of the world, they also act as the definitive identification for each pet. Microchips first came to light in 1980's with Home Again when I was working at a veterinary office.  Microchips are [...]

5 Common signs of a Pet Scam

Pet scams are quite prolific on the internet - just ask anyone in the pet industry and chances are they are aware of some or even had clients involved.  I've had clients reports scam for puppies, kittens and even parrots. My thanks to Maplecroft Studio for doing photography of my litter of Ragdolls:   Pet [...]

The Border Collies of Fox Pines Homestead

I thought this week maybe you would enjoy meeting some of our four-footed family members. Our pets are our children - I know many of you feel the same way! We have two Border Collies, Speck and Switch, featured above. First, a bit about Border Collies in general.  They are not a dog for everyone.  [...]