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The 3 Surprising Ways 'Pet Parents' Are Treating Their Pets Like Humans

Sean Conlon | Posted 01.23.2015 | Business
Sean Conlon

Could today's children experience "sibling rivalry" -- with the family dog? As an increasing number of Americans consider their pets to be like children -- and themselves to be "pet parents" -- the concept of sibling rivalry is taking on a whole new dimension.

Never List Animals on Craigslist!

Rescue Idiot | Posted 01.23.2015 | Green
Rescue Idiot

People use Craigslist and Facebook for just about anything nowadays, even giving away pets. Don't do this! Dog fighters scour Craigslist and Facebook all day looking for pets they can use as bait. Craigslist is a gold mine to animal abusers and dog fighters.

Yellow Dog

Renee Fisher | Posted 01.22.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Thank you, Yellow Dog, for accompanying Micah on his journey into adulthood, and for being part of Micah and Janelle's first family. Thank you also for reminding us that life is always connected, that the roots of both life and love run deep, and that the connection to either is never broken.

Featured Adoptable Pet(s) of the Day

Rescue Idiot | Posted 01.22.2015 | Green
Rescue Idiot

Wilma (a chocolate lab) and Betty (a black lab) were found together, dumped on the street. They are 10-plus years old and would love a comfy home to live their last few years in.

On Losing a Dog

Will Kearney | Posted 01.21.2015 | Green
Will Kearney

There we are, stumbling through the darkness, finding our way when we see a wagging tail and we're made a simple but profound offer. "I'll come with you!" says a dog. A dog has no journey of their own, no thoughts of past or future, so they give themselves fully to us in a way no person ever could.

Your Pet Says More About Your Personality Than You Might Think

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.16.2015 | Science

Cat people and dog people really do have different personality traits, new research suggests. People who own cats tend to be more creative, adventurou...

What They Should Have Told Me Before I Rescued My Pit Bull

Ashley Gulla | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
Ashley Gulla

They said, "He's strong, about 67 pounds, and he's a puller but with some training he'll be great." Okay, I thought. Easy enough. But what they should have told me was something entirely different. What they should have told me was this: This is an adventure. Welcome to the best years of your life.

Cats: An Exercise in Patience

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 01.14.2015 | Comedy
Karen Ann Kennedy

In an odd and somewhat twisted way, this experience has been good for me. It's taught me a little bit about letting go and a hell of a lot about patience. I know I can't rush things along. I realize that I am no longer on my schedule, but on the schedule of two little furry monsters that I love so much.

The Unexpected Way a Somewhat Disastrous Dog Rescue Made Me a Better Mom

Rachel Pross | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Rachel Pross

Honey Badger was a true labor of love. He wasn't a puppy, but his "delayed childhood" more than made up for any puppy stages he'd missed out on. He gnawed on everything he could find, including flat drywall.

We've Been Wrong About Dog Play, New Study Suggests

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.14.2015 | Science

When dogs roll over onto their backs and expose their bellies, their behavior is a sign of submission, right? Well, new research suggests that we may ...

How A Single Photograph Can Help Save The Life Of A Shelter Dog

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green

For thousands of shelter animals around the world, a single picture can be the defining factor between adoption, or death. During a visit to Cyrpus...

Old Pets Die Soon and Other Aging Myths

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 01.12.2015 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Don't assume your senior pet is going to die soon or falsely conclude your veterinarian cannot help your older pet. Your veterinarian has the knowledge and skills to help you and your pet through this illness.

Lights, Camera, Action! 10 Tips for Taking Pics of Your Pet

Natasha Ashton | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

Great photos can be lifelong treasures; as Eudora Welty once said, "A good snapshot stops a moment from running away."

How To Include Your Pet In Your Wedding Day Even If They Can't Physically Be There

The Knot | Posted 01.08.2015 | Weddings
The Knot

By Simone Hill for TheKnot.com There's no doubt about it, having your pet in your wedding is super cute. But it's not always practical, especially if...

Cats vs. Dogs: Let's Call a Truce

Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M | Posted 01.07.2015 | San Francisco
Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M

Instead of sizing up cats against dogs, let's focus on appreciating and celebrating their differences just as we appreciate the differences among our friends.

Petco Pulls Chinese-Made Treats After Dog Deaths

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 01.05.2015 | Business

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Petco said Monday it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of ...

Why Are Dogs So Obsessed With Endlessly Playing Fetch?

Quora | Posted 01.05.2015 | Weird News
Quora

All of these behaviors are self-reinforcing, meaning they make the dog feel good. They don't need to be rewarded for the behavior. If you like playing football, you play football even if you don't get paid to do it. It just feels good to do it. Same is true for dogs.

My Daughter's Career Choices: Journalist, Doctor, or Pet Photographer

Al DeLuise | Posted 12.30.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I blame my grandmother on my mother's side. She's the one that started all this. Sure, she's been dead for nearly 50 years but that doesn't get her off-the-hook. She knows what she did -- she's the one that put the curse on this family's creativity.

5 Lessons I Learned From Running a Crowdfunding Campaign

Erica Swallow | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Erica Swallow

This holiday season, my mother and I hosted a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for our local Humane Society animal shelter.

Online Fame Helps Put Cats Front And Center

AP | By TERRENCE PETTY | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cats these days aren't associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little c...

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.