My blog is called Bunny’s Blog, and it is dedicated to my rabbit Bunny Jean Cook, who was my companion for 9 years. I would like to share some information with you about adopting a rabbit as a house pet.
If you would like to add a rabbit to your family, first do your homework! Rabbits make wonderful house pets, but they are different than owning a dog or cat.
I recommend you visit the House Rabbit Society website, which is a great resource for prospective rabbit owners. I also recommend reading the House Rabbit Handbook by Marinell Harriman, which I used as my go-to guide. Once you’ve learned about the proper care and feeding of house rabbits, make sure you have a safe place to keep your bunny. You will need a cage big enough for your rabbit to stand up and move around, but bunnies can’t constantly be kept in a cage. Read More on “Rabbits as House Pets” »
Studies suggest that up to 40% of our pet dogs are overweight or obese. The statistics are similar for cats, and in both species, the effects of excess weight can be debilitating. Arthritis can make their daily walk uncomfortable, and they may find it hard to jump onto the couch for a cuddle. Overweight dogs and cats are more likely to develop diabetes, and they can suffer from infections in the folds of excess skin. Overweight dogs have a shorter lifespan than than their leaner counterparts so they don’t share their owners’ lives for as long as they could.
Causes of Obesity
There are some medical conditions that can cause weight gain in dogs, such as hyperthyroidism or Cushing’s Disease. However, an Australian study found that only 3% of dogs had such a reason for their generous waistlines. Most of them were overfed and/or under-exercised.
Cats are carnivores, and a high carbohydrate diet will lead to weight gain. It’s not easy to encourage a cat to exercise; after all, you can’t put a leash on them and take them for a run. Weight loss in cats is therefore more of a challenge than in dogs.
So you keep seeing posts on Facebook and Twitter for BarkWorld, but you have no idea what it is and how to get involved. BarkWorld Expo is a Pet Social Media Conference in its sophomore year of existence. This conference was founded by Denise Quashie, an award-winning event producer and public speaker.
BarkWorld is the perfect conference for people who tweet or blog about their pet (or AS their pet) to pet related business owners and all pet people in-between. Topics on the agenda at BarkWorld include how to brand your business, which social media platforms are best for your business and how to use them, and creative tips and tricks to grow your business. Representatives from big names in the pet world including Petco, Dogster and Catster are usually in attendance, as well as internet moguls like Yahoo and Bing, with a handful of TV stars thrown in for good measure.
Although BarkWorld is a pet friendly event in which dogs are welcomed to take part in the workshops as much as their pet parents, the information learned can be used across a wide variety of non-pet based businesses or hobbies. For instance, one of this year’s workshops was called “Pawtography On All Fours: How to Take Great Photos of Your Pets”, presented by Nina Parker. We learned how to take great photos without expensive photo equipment. We learned what some of the settings on a ‘point and shoot camera’ mean and some great tips about framing and lighting your subject. Guess What! I’ve taken all the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the weekend and used it on my human subjects! (Shhh! don’t tell anyone!) Most of the BarkWorld workshops and presentations can transcend species and industries.
For those people who enjoy writing or blogging, BarkWorld is wonderful for networking. Most attendees are happy to help a newbie get started on their newest project. Not to mention rubbing elbows with representatives from Yahoo or Bing is pretty nice as well!
For more information or if you are ready to pack your bags and come to Atlanta for the next BarkWorld, check back with www.barkworldexpo.com frequently for updates on BarkWorld 2012. As of now, it will take place in the fall of next year. Follow @BarkWorldExpo on Twitter for more information throughout the year.
It’s the talk of the town. On October 1, 2011 after a 6 month world-wind romance, Stedman married his love, Phoenix. The wedding was a beautiful engagement on the terrace at Loews Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Twinkle lights casted a soft glow over the bride and groom as they took their vows on the altar. The guests were well-groomed and well-dressed. As the ceremony progressed, photographers and videographers took plenty of snapshots and footage of the couple, a Beagle and a Papitese.
After a fabulous weekend of learning about social media and how it relates to pets, the conclusion to Barkworld 2011 was a dog wedding for Stedman, the Beagle and his now wife Phoenix, the Papitese. The pet parents spared no expense to lavish their beloved dogs with a ceremony that tops many human weddings. For their human guests, there were appetizers, a pasta bar, a cash bar, and parting “doggie” gift bags. The band played elegant background music for both 2 and 4 legged friends to greet and intermingle with one another.
Since the parents of the groom were Jewish, the groom and the best man wore a Kippah, the traditional head cover of Orthodox Jewish men. After the joining of paws and the exchanging of rings, the Rabbi blessed and broke a Kiddush cup shaped doggie treat. At the end of the ceremony, the bride and groom ate the wedding cake together.
This was an amazing event. I don’t think I will ever see another doggie wedding and if so, not to this extent. It was a beautiful and memorable day. Congratulations to Stedman and Phoenix and Mazel Tov!
Paws In The City
With a passion for saving animals, Paws in the City has grown from a couple of volunteers, to a large number of volunteers and sponsors ready and willing to help when the need arises. Paws in the City is on a mission to end overpopulation, neglect and abuse of cats and dogs in the Dallas, Texas area.
During the summer of 2005, Paws in the City began their mission to save those dogs and cats from the City of Dallas shelter on the verge of being euthanized. Some of these dogs and cats were being killed because they were old, had a illness (although some were treatable) or because there was just not enough room at the shelter. But before their first adoption event in September, the horrific natural disaster known as Hurricane Katrina hit. Paws in the City co-founders Becky Haisma and Tara Harper sprung into action to help evacuate cats and dogs from no-kill shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Your pet’s skin is the largest organ of their body, and has many important functions. It acts as a barrier, shielding their insides from infection and dehydration. Temperature and pressure sensors in the skin give them information about the world around them. The hairs that grow from its hair follicles keep them warm.
There are a number of medical conditions that affect the skin of both dogs and cats. What can you do to keep your pet’s skin in good health, and reduce the chances of them needing veterinary care for a skin disorder?
Here are four things that you can do, that will keep your pet’s skin and coat looking and feeling good.
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I had been grooming pets for about six years. Most of that time was spent at a veterinary clinic in a fairly upscale neighborhood in my city. I groomed between six and 10 dogs during my eight-hour day. These clients were very nice, but also particular as to how they wanted their dogs to look. I groomed poodles (toy to standard), cocker spaniels, Westies, Soft-coated Wheatons, and Yorkies.
I did not know what I was getting myself into when I applied for the open animal groomer position at the Nebraska Humane Society. Eighteen animals a day, on average, are bathed, dipped, trimmed and shaved in my grooming room there. Most of my days are filled with matted fur, fleas, ticks, ringworm and other coat and skin issues. I groom dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets, and an occasional goat. It is a great job filled with surprises and rewards daily. But there is sadness there each day as well. Animals arrive in deplorable condition, matted and emaciated; their eyes sad but their tails still wagging.
Our dogs and cats are carnivorous, and their teeth are designed for the raw meat diet of the wild canine and feline. Their sharp canine teeth grab at their prey, while their premolars tear it into bite sized pieces. The large molars in the back of the mouth are very effective at crushing hard food such as bones or dog biscuits.
As adults, dogs have 42 teeth. Cats only have 30 permanent teeth. Even though pets eat processed pet foods and their teeth are less critical to their survival, a healthy mouth is still very important to their well being.
Dachshund Rescue, Education, Awareness, and Mentoring
The Dream Rescue foundation was started and operates with one mission: to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dachshunds in need. An all volunteer staff works tirelessly to ensure the welfare of each Dachshund they bring in, no matter the circumstances. Working primarily in the Metro Atlanta, North Georgia, and Savannah regions, their goal is to make a “deep, direct impact in a limited geographic region rather than a small impact in a large geographic area”. Through the rescue of Dachshunds from shelters and animal control centers that routinely euthanize their dogs, Dream Rescue is able to give these Dachshunds a new lease on life. These volunteers are not only the rescue organization managers, but also are the primary transportation to the vet for any necessary medical procedures and foster parents for the dogs available for adoption. At least 90% of the donations and proceeds for the organization go back into vet care, while the other 10% is used to host events and fundraisers for rescue awareness like the HowlOWeenie, this year on October 1st.
As with most non-profit rescue organizations, most of their money is obtained through private donations or fundraisers and the upcoming HowlOWeenie event is the perfect way to show your support and have fun at the same time. Featuring Costume, Howling, Face Kissing, Tailwagging, and Bobbin’ for Weiners contests along with the ever-popular Daschshund Races, to live bluegrass music, hotdog lunches and cold beer and T-shirt sales, this event is sure to be a good time for dogs and owners alike. Micro-chipping and nail clipping services are also featured, with a wide assortment of prizes available for the contest winners!
Most veterinarians would agree that allergies are being diagnosed more frequently in their four legged patients. These conditions make life miserable for dogs and cats, and their constant scratching eventually becomes annoying to their owners too. Who likes to cuddle up on the couch with an itchy, fidgeting companion?
Your dog’s immune system is designed to protect him from bacteria and other invaders, and it does this very well. However, sometimes it gets it wrong and over-reacts to substances that are harmless, such as pollen, or an ingredient in his kibble. The result is an allergic reaction.
The main allergies in our dogs and cats are flea allergy, food allergy and atopy.