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Too Many Strays —Too Soft a Heart

abondoned dog

Country life was the cat's meow—. Really! It was everything we expected and a lot we didn't expect. Day to day, we never knew who we would find at the end of our driveway, on our doorstep, or even tied to a tree. During the years we lived in the country, there was a steady stream of tail chasers and tail waggers that were dependent on the softness of our hearts.


Adoption Jitters

Shelter Dog
Photo Caption: Arcaion

For many dogs, the animal shelter is the only place they have found a measure of acceptance, comfort, and stability. The car ride that will be such fun later was a worrisome thing today as you drove away from the place he felt safe. He has no idea what's in store for him next.

Before You Bring Home an Exotic Pet

Clifford
Clifford may live to be 80 years old and will continue to grow for as long as he lives.(Quarter on his back to illlustrate scale.)

Reptiles may come to recognize you and acclimate to your care, but they will never bond with you like a mammal would. However, it isn’t just because they are cold blooded. It has more to do with what is in their brain from birth than the temperature of their blood.



The Case Against Docking and Declawing

puppy and kitten

We do certain things for our pets to protect them. We vaccinate our pets to thwart diseases like rabies, parvo virus, and distemper. Recently, micro-chipping pets has become popular so that if our pets become lost they may be more easily returned to their home.

10 Reasons to NOT Get a Dog

'bulldog

Puppies are cute. Puppies grow up. Some grown dogs are not cute. After the puppy breath is gone, the bad breath remains as does the slobber and the dog farts. Dogs are not embarrassed by their "imperfections". Adult dogs think they are as cute as any puppy.



Before You Adopt A Dog

dog

Before you begin searching for a dog to adopt, do a little "soul searching". Start by taking an inventory of your life style.



The Truth About Low Maintenance Dogs

Low Maintenance Dogs

If you frequent pet-centered forums, you've probably seen at least one question inquiring about which breeds of dogs are low-maintenance. I've come to the conclusion that these questioners mistakenly think that getting a dog is like deciding between Android vs. iPhone.


Ball Python: A Snake You Can Warm Up To.

Normal Ball Python

Snakes are not slimy as many people believe. They are cool, dry, and very smooth to the touch. They,who keep snakes, say it's very calming to handle them. The ball python is a good starter reptile for the beginning snake keeper and a favorite even among advanced snake breeders.



The Bearded Dragon: The Perfect Exotic Pet

bearded dragon  on a rock
By Greg Hume - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The perfect exotic pet, the Bearded Dragon is a good starter lizard for either beginner or advanced reptile keepers.

Beardies are friendly and funny.

They are more gregarious than some other species and unlike the green iguana, which can get quite large, they are a medium sized lizard, seldom growing to over 20 inches long, nose to tail tip.

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