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I'm With Stupid: Genetically, It's the Same Thing as a Chihuahua

Todd Hartley | Posted 12.19.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

On that note, if you are thinking about getting a wolf and you have children, you might want to make sure the wolf gets enough to eat.

101 Ways To End 2014 On A Happy Note

Tia Johnson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Tia Johnson

Below is a list I created largely based on experiences I had and questions I have asked of friends. Some of the suggestions below are solely for the holiday season leading up to the new year, while other suggestions can be applied throughout the year.

Doggone Spoiled: The World's Craziest Hotel Pet Perks

HotelsCombined.com | Posted 12.17.2014 | Travel
HotelsCombined.com

People obviously really, really love their pets, with accessories and services for pawed pals raking in billions of dollars across the globe. Sometimes, the sheer indulgence that these furry friends receive boggles the mind -- most humans don't even have it so good!

Do Bacteria Go to Heaven?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Pet owners are rejoicing, and indeed even a nonbeliever like me finds it charming. Still, I worry: does His Holiness include bacteria? He had better, because bacteria are part of who we are -- a big part.

Pet Shop Boys: Finding Your Furry Partner

John K. Herr | Posted 12.14.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

You don't have to have kids to get a pet. Some couples have been known to adopt a dog or cat as a practice family. Would Biff and Brenda make responsible parents? If they strap Ruffy to the roof of their Range Rover, probably not.

How I Became That Middle-Aged Woman Who Uses Baby Talk With Her Dogs

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 12.12.2014 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

So maybe the dogs have moved up in my affections. Maybe I spend a little more time pampering them than I used to. Perhaps they fill a hole, now that I'm not needed as a mother, the way I was for the past 24 years.

Rescuing the Dog Who Rescued Me

David Toussaint | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

I turned 50 this year, which makes me officially two years younger than DJ, the dog who came into my life when he was three-months-old. It isn't watching our dogs grow older that brands our heart with the stamp of melancholy; it's that we watch them grow older than us.

How I, a Cat Person, Ended Up With a Puppy Sleeping in My Lap

Luise Meyer | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Luise Meyer

My son got a dog because I never want to look back and have regrets about my parenting choices, at least not on the big ticket items. I want my son to have a companion for the rest of his years at home,

Say No to Table Scraps and People Food for Pets

Rescue Idiot | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Rescue Idiot

As we are right in the middle of this brutally cold holiday season, make sure to keep your pet healthy and safe by saying "no" to the following and be sure to keep "people food" of your pet's holiday menu!

5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

Laura McHolm | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Laura McHolm

Many Christmas trees are fitted with water containers to keep them fresh. This water could contain fertilizer or become stagnant over time. Prevent your pet from drinking from the tree to avoid potential complications.

Missing Dog Reunited With Owner After 3 Years Couldn't Stop 'Jumping And Wiggling'

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.10.2014 | Good News

Allen Williams got the happy surprise of his life last weekend, when a Missouri animal shelter called to tell him to come get his dog, Titan, who'd va...

94 Meaningful Gift Ideas To Make The World A Merrier Place

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact

Updated on Dec. 10, 2014; 12:00 p.m. EST Gift-giving can be tough when you're shopping for conscious consumers. There's your eco-friendly uncle, y...

23 Reasons Why Dachshunds Are the Undisputed Champions of Dogshaming

BarkPost | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
BarkPost

There's a reason why a Dachshund kicked off the now widespread trend of Dogshaming. Why? Because Doxies are mutherpuppin' mischievous, naughty-minded dogs. And I will back this statement up 100% because I am the proud pup parent of a little weenie devil.

Adorable Lip Dub With Puppies & Kittens Will Make You Want To Adopt A Pet

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact

This holiday season, you could make dreams come true for a puppy or kitten in need. And to illustrate that point, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foun...

We Looked At Airlines and Pet Incidents, And What We Found Surprised Everyone

BarkPost | Posted 12.03.2014 | Travel
BarkPost

With pet travel incidents being in the news, and the holidays coming up, we wanted to know the real story behind pets traveling on airlines. So we did a little digging, and a bunch of research, and what we found was surprising.

I'm So Glad This Animal Welfare Group Is Donating Children's Books to Domestic Violence Shelters

Jen Reeder | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Jen Reeder

The other day I heard some news that made my heart do a happy dance: the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) recently donated picture books about pets to children in over 600 domestic violence shelters across the U.S.

Goodbye, Bear

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Alessandra Macaluso

I know there's a big wide world spinning around us filled with famine and war and suffering and poverty, and real problems. But that didn't stop me from turning into a living, breathing cliché as I stood there in the middle of our suburban street while out for a walk with my daughter, sobbing uncontrollably because my cat died.

5 Ways to Soothe Anxious Dogs

Shayla R. Price | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Shayla R. Price

Dogs are man's best friends; they share many of our emotions and can experience anxiety just like us. It is normal for a dog to become nervous when life changes occur. So instead of punishing innocent behavior, seek out help to relieve their stress.

The Terrier Who Could Not Abide "Lucille"

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 12.01.2014 | Comedy
Jennifer McGaha

There have been times in my life when I have owned a single dog. However, most of my adult life, I have lived with more like a pack of dogs, four or five or even six at a time, and not well-behaved dogs, pure-bred Bichon Frises or King Charles Spaniels or the like.

(Gr)attitude

Bethany & Daniel Henderson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Bethany & Daniel Henderson

This year, we're doing something different. No forcing ourselves to muster platitudes when we really don't feel like it. No mumbling half-hearted blanket statements. No, this year, we're acknowledging head-on all that drives us crazy every day.

The Groundbreaking Study Proving Dogs Can Help Us to Be More Fully Human

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

While teaching his partner dog basic obedience, the dog opened Ernesto's heart and mind to feelings of empathy, patience, pride, responsibility, and loving affection he had not experienced in his childhood or adolescence.

Producer Michael Levitt's Cause for Paws Will Make TV History This Thanksgiving

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

When Los Angeles-based TV producer Michael Levitt isn't creating hit shows, he's driving all over greater L.A. rescuing dogs from kill shelters and placing them in loving "forever" homes. Now taking his passion one giant leap further, Levitt has created a groundbreaking TV event.

What It's Like When Your Cat Unexpectedly Dies

Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.27.2014 | Green
Arin Greenwood

My husband and I were having one of our usual arguments when we heard a thud from our bedroom closet. Figuring it was our daredevil cat up to his usual mischief, I got up to see what heavy object Derrick had decided to knock off a shelf this time.

Why Your Dog Kicks His Hind Leg When You Rub His Belly

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.20.2014 | Science

Fido just can't help himself. Each time you scratch that sweet spot on his belly, his hind leg starts kicking like crazy--but why? Ultimately, it's...

Divorce Confidential: Crafting a Creative Pet Parenting Plan

Caroline Choi | Posted 11.19.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

It's no surprise pet parents are becoming a lot more serious about pet custody. The need to divide this member of your home can be painful and hold so much more value than the division of material possessions.