A Little Bird Told Me

Amigo, green cheek conure

Amigo – Green Cheeked Conure
After dogs, cats and fish, birds are America's fourth favorite pet. But are our "feathered friends" really friendly? I have a ten-year old parrot (a green-cheek conure) and ruefully, I have to say, "Not mine!" I have been unable to train him to do a single thing.

Before You Bring Home an Exotic Pet

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.

Doggy Diarrhea

Sick Puppy

One of the most frustrating aspects of having a dog is that he can't tell you when he is sick. In fact, a lot of dogs are pros at hiding illness until their symptoms become physical. These tell-tale signs of illness are often, well … funky. For instance, diarrhea. Even after it starts, the why of it can remain a mystery.

Ode For Furball


Lost: Gray cat with brown collar.

Answers to “Cat.” May answer to “Furball.”
(Depending on his mood)

The Case Against Docking and Declawing

puppy and kitten

Some practices that we once considered standard and traditional we now see as intrusive and hurtful. In the United States, both the tail-docking of dogs and the declawing of cats are two practices that are still all too common.

Saving Blooper

The day was hot. August hot. The kind of hot when watery mirages shimmered in the road ahead. The kind of hot when the weight of the Chevy pushed new furrows into the worn asphalt that covered the country road.

Kitty Lifting

kitten in female hands

Does your kitty go ballistic when you pick her up? The problem could be in how you are lifting her.
If you lift your kitten by the “scruff of his neck” please stop. Some people think that is how mothers carry their kittens, but really — it isn’t.

Feeding Your Dog

dogs discussing food

Many dogs will eat just about anything, but, just as you don’t let a child eat everything they desire, you don’t feed your dog everything he will eat. Feed your dog the best food you can afford within your dog food budget.

Puppy Bites

puppy bite

No matter what we do with our dogs, they learn from it. Don’t offer your puppy your body parts as toys. Offer toys that he can chew and toys that he can tug at without worry about injury to either him or you.

Tortoise and Turtle Basic Care

Clifford, African spur (sulcata) tortoise

Before you take on turtle or tortoise care, it's best to research both animals since there are very distinct differences between these two types of reptiles. Reptiles Magazine is probably one of the best places to start learning about turtles and tortoises. As a rule, tortoises are land-dwelling, while turtles are marine.

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