An Adventure for Your Bucket List with Fido

By Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Permalink

Nothing cleanses the soul more than a day of hiking in an ancient forest with only yourself and your best four-legged friend as company. Spending time in beautiful places reminds us to appreciate nature and the simple things in life.

While you may have hiked alone before, there’s no better way to bond with your dog than on a two-footed and four-footed adventure. For safety, choose your trail carefully, carry a GPS tracker, and let others know exactly where you’re going and when you plan to return.

Hiking with dogs requires only slightly more planning. Rules and regulations vary according to trailhead and park areas, so be sure to contact your local forest ranger station before taking your pets along. Start slowly and work into more intense trailheads or you may find yourself carrying an exhausted dog out in your pack.

One is The Loneliest Number. If You’re a Cat

By Thursday, June 19, 2014 Permalink

Cats crave companionship. But they’ll never admit it!

A nationwide “CAT-Panion Survey” conducted by Harris Interactive, and commissioned by Arm & Hammer Co., a few years back asked 174 veterinarians about the social inclinations of domestic cats. More than 80 percent of these vets agreed that cats are social by nature—not solitary.

They don’t like to be alone, rather they prefer the company of other cats.

Moreover, most veterinarians believe social isolation could be a contributing factor in many behavior problems associated with feline companions.

Cats need stimulation throughout the day, just like humans. When left alone, they experience the same feelings of anxiety and depression lonely people do.

“Two cats are just as easy as one,” says Dr. Stefanie Schwartz, DVM, a leading veterinary behaviorist. “Not only will they keep each other company, but owning two cats will provide a happier living environment for both cats and their owner.”

Employee Productivity to Improve, Friday, June 20

By Monday, June 16, 2014 Permalink

Work can be stressful. Pets reduce stress. Why not put the two together?

Instead of working like a dog, businesses and professionals around the world are encouraged to work with a dog on Take Your Dog To Work Day, held Friday, June 20th. The event, designed to help better the lives of shelter dogs everywhere will mark Take Your Dog to Work Day’s 15th annual celebration.

This workday-for-dogs was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1999 to celebrate canine companionship and to demonstrate to dog-less co-workers the joy pets can bring to their lives. PSI believes that through TYDTWD, people without dogs will see the loving bond their co-workers have with their pets and will consider adopting orphaned pets for their own.