Although it seemed wrong to subject an elderly pet to a painful ordeal, the price tag was a factor, absolutely. My husband and I made the rational, perhaps cold decision to preserve resources for the humans in the family.
"Where do you live? What apartment? What's your phone number?" said the middle-aged man with a wave of white hair, which appealed to me more as a potentially comfy perch than an attractive human feature. I could smell trouble as soon as he came around the corner.
Liberty Mountain Resort in Carroll Valley, Pa. has gone to the dogs! It has also gone to the possums and other pets which could enjoy trying their paws on snowboarding, or just playing on the slopes with their people.
For many dog guardians, our relationships with our dogs can be a taste of heaven. Except when the cuties start having surprising behavior that isn't so cute. Dogs are known to be stress reducers; however, for many people, their dog's behavior can be a huge source of stress.
While it is somewhat simple to pack up our son and have him tag along on our trips (keeping him entertained is another matter), we must be much more industrious when it comes to traveling with Wellington and Montgomery.
Pets are powerful allies. The devotion and caring they dole out is invaluable during the good times, but even more so during the bad. Without even realizing it, Elsie and Sophie brought me great comfort that day, as well as during my mother's illness two years earlier.
Over the course of the last two centuries, animals have become all but invisible in the American scheme of things, drummed out of the society of their myth-making companions, gone from the rural as well as the urban landscape.
Training is just a game of finding a creature's motivation and then delivering it wisely. What makes cats notoriously difficult to train is the complexity of their reward systems. They're usually not as motivated by the two big things we use to train dogs: food and human attention.
We tame our dogs and our cats by inviting them into our lives, by feeding them, by sheltering them and, yes, by loving them. By so doing we become responsible for them -- forever. Let's try not to forget that forever responsibility.
Despite the desire to give our pets the very best, dental hygiene is one of pet parents' most frequently forgotten responsibilities. But what we now know about the health implications of poor oral hygiene is a reality we can no longer ignore.
While neutering reduces suffering in general, it may well put your individual pet at greater risk of a serious disease such as cancer. It's a classic conflict between what is best for the individual versus what is best for society. Is there an alternative to routine de-sexing of pets?
No matter where you travel, or who you leave behind, the end goal is to make your pet's day consistent and routine. Select an option that will give you the greatest peace of mind. Now pack up, unplug, and enjoy yourself. Bone voyage!