The Pet-less Years – What Pet Love Reveals in its Absence

By Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The silence is what I remember most. Then, the feeling of being alone.

That’s what it’s like to be pet-less after years of sharing your home with a pet (or pets).

As an adult, I’d never been without a pet until 2009 when Paul and I had to say goodbye to our beloved Buck and Tank, just a few months apart.

Those first few weeks were overwhelmingly quiet and lonely. We don’t have kids, so the absence of pets made for an unfamiliar emptiness at home.

Sometimes we experience pet less years because of a life transition.

Jackie Walker found herself dog less as a result of a divorce. Moving to Chicago, she didn’t have the heart to uproot Wrigley and Maddie (her two Shih-Tzus) from the home they’d always known, and from her ex-husband, who loved them as dearly as she did.

In today’s episode of Pet Living TV, I show you how those pet-less periods allow us to assess life with and without animal companions and to appreciate and leverage the benefits when time comes to adopt a new pet.

Curtailing Vet Bills—2 steps to managing costs for great care

By Wednesday, September 10, 2014

As a pet parent, I’m sure you know that veterinary care typically represents your biggest chunk of pet expenses. As a matter of fact, American’s spent approximately $12.2 billion on veterinary care last year, according to the American Pet Product Association.

Also, the most frequent complaint I hear from pet parents is about expensive or unexpected vet bills.

I can totally relate! Having had 18 pets over the course of my adult life, I’ve had our fair share of veterinary bills!

But honestly, I can’t think of money better spent than the dollars we put toward our pets’ health and wellbeing. We all want them to be healthy and to live as long as possible.

In today’s Pet Living episode, I show you how, with some thoughtful planning, you can afford to provide your pet with both the routine veterinary care and the unexpected or emergency care they so deserve.

Fitness Friends—How Tricia and Her Dog Louie Lost 142 Pounds Together

By Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Did you ever think of your pet as a weight loss partner or a fitness partner?

Perhaps you should.

America’s obesity epidemic continues to expand. As a matter of fact, we now rank #1 in the top ten most obese countries in the world, according to a recent U.S. and World News report.

Sadly, our pet’s waistlines are growing too.

In today’s Pet Living TV episode, Tricia Montgomery, founder and president of K9Fit Club explains how she and her dog, Louie, lost weight together and embarked on a new lifestyle AND career as a result!