Fear is an emotion we all experience. Our pets experience fear and anxiety, too. There are even more things to be afraid of for them, though. Dogs don’t understand that the loud booming they hear is only harmless fireworks, or that the person that brings the mail every day is a friend, not a foe. Keeping your dog calm during upsetting circumstances can be a challenge. It’s now possible to […]
It’s not easy to train pets not to lick and chew things they find interesting. Their senses of smell and taste help them explore their surroundings. This natural curiosity can be dangerous or destructive when pets become interested in the wrong things. Anyone who has come home to pillow stuffing scattered all over the living room can attest to that! If your pet takes an interest in an electrical wire […]
One Sunday last month, the sun had barely risen when I was awakened by a banging on my front door. As I cautiously looked out the side window I could make out my neighbor, Mr. Velez, standing there and looking quite upset. “I don’t know what happened last night, but your dog kept barking and kept us up all night, and we do have to work in the morning!” Before […]
I was recently having breakfast with a family member who told a story about a cat he had when he was a child. According to him, “Fiddle” was the most intelligent cat in the world and proved to him without a doubt that cats are smarter than any other pet. When Uncle Fred was young, his family had two houses: one in the mountains and one on the beach. My […]
Let’s face it, most dogs misbehave from time to time. While it may be tempting to correct the bad behavior with a spank, you should never discipline your dog physically. Spanking is confusing to your dog, may cause your dog to become hand-shy or fearful of you, and most importantly, doesn’t teach him the desired behavior.
In our society today, fewer people actually interact face-to-face with each other and are now more likely to communicate online. Because our social connections are becoming more impersonal, perhaps it’s only natural that people may look to their pets to fill this void, often treating them more like little people. The truth is, I’m not totally sure how I feel about this. There is a part of me that really […]
Lately on my days off I’ve been lost in the world of photography which provides me a sanctuary of peace, relaxation, and fun. Last week I went with my friend Abby to the farm of my cousin Nicole. We were on a mission to capture some great photographs of the farm and of the farm animals. After four hours with the horses, pigs, and goats, as we were walking back to the car, […]