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CONTENTS Publisher/Editor Maybi Perez Iglesias Contributing Writers Laurren Darr Kimberly Blaker Maya Author Copy Assistant Tony Iglesias Distribution and Circulation Martha Gonzalez Graphic Designer Melissa Blanco Silva melissa@sprinklesmagazine.com

8 5 Benefits of Raising Pets with Children

Social Media Director Maybi Perez Iglesias Marketing/Sales Maybi Perez Iglesias maybi@boomerpetmag.com

29 Why a Cat Tree is Good for Your Cat 3 Things You Should Never Do as a Cat Owner..............7 Letter to Santa................................................................. 10 The Secret World of Animal Sleep..................................12 Bringing Home Your New Cat or Kitten....................................................14

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Editor’s Pick...................................................................... 16 ‘Bone Up’ on Wise Winter Weather Practices for Your Pet..................................................... 20 Holiday Picks....................................................................22 Finding a Dog to Fit Your Family’s Lifestyle: Plan Ahead to Reap the Rewards of a Loving Family Pet.....................................................24 Petlandia.............................................................................31 Top 15 Cat Quotations.................................................... 33

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18 Holiday Pet Safety


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And just like that, the HOLIDAYS are here!

A B E T T E R W AY TO W A S H Y O U R P E T !

Its like a rerun every year. Getting ready for winter break, last minute gift shopping, decorating the tree, getting ready for Chrsitmas Eve and looking forward to the New Year. But what really makes every year a little more special? For me, its the memories we take with us. The family trips, pictures and experiences we gather. Saying good-bye to whats in the past and hello to the future, that is really what its all about.

the best out of it. The kids are older and they need to be entertained which is why the mountains is always a good idea. No matter where we stop on the way there, our last stop is always way up on top of the North Carolina mountains in our cozy little cabin. Our fur baby also enjoys going up to the cozy weather and playing outside in the snow. Although the car ride is not his favorite thing, once he arrives he is good to go.

Like every year, we celebrate our winter break with new adventures. A family vacation during this time is planned in advance and we make sure to make

I want to wish you all a warm and fun holiday season and a fabulous New Year with lots of love, happiness, health and good fortune!

M. Iglesias M. Perez Iglesias

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3 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO AS A CAT OWNER

If you are a cat owner, listen attentively. There are top three things that cat owners like you should never do:

1 ALLOW YOUR CAT TO ROAM AROUND

This advice is the most controversial one on the list. In the US, many veterinarians and cat behavior experts believe that cats should be kept indoors. A large percentage of cat owners allow their cats to roam around (It is interesting to discover that in the UK, it is regarded as unusual to prevent cats from wandering and others would even go to the extent of saying it is abusive). Unfortunately, more than enough cats get poisoned, get hit by cars or they are attacked by dogs and coyotes, either by accident or on purpose. This means that you can possibly shorten the life of your cats when you allow them to roam freely. The quality of a cat’s indoor life can be complemented with enrichment tools when including toys, climbing trees and scratching walls in their indoor space or letting him play in areas that are protected with cat fencing as you watch out for potential predators.

2 SCARE OR PUNISH YOUR CAT

The fastest way to destroy your relationship with your cat is by shouting at him, scaring him, hurting him or giving him a bad impression of you. In other words, punishment is not the solution to changing a cat’s behavior, with the exception of one thing. You will be remembered as a horrible being he should stay away from. This just means that if you plan to get a cat, you can shape his behavior with the help of praises and treats. This is considered a health tip, since frightened cats are stressed, and stress is associated with a number of health problems. Cats like peaceful, predictable surroundings, with people who allow them to be cats. A happy, good-tempered cat is healthier and will make you happier as well.

3 OVERFEED YOUR CAT

You may think that veterinarians sound just like a broken record when they nag about the weight of their clients’ pets. They admit it, and they are trying to convince their clients to stop overfeeding. When they give more food than required, this makes the lives of their pet miserable - and shortens them too. Vets have been trying hard to make pet owners understand this. They want to pull out their hair in frustration. Lots of overweight cats suffer from feline arthritis associated with their weight. When cat owners cannot handle the care of their diabetes stricken pets, they ask their vet to perform euthanasia. They say they have tried everything, but the vets can help them find other solutions. The best way to counter this problem is to limit their food intake. Cats cannot open their canned foods, kibble bags or the refrigerator to get some leftovers. As a cat owner, you have the control over their food intake to maintain their good health. It is all up to you to use your authority. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Matt_McWilliam/55850 Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9646353

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5 BENEFITS OF RAISING PETS WITH CHILDREN HOLIDAY/WINNTER

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PETS ARE CONSTANT COMPANION Your child is bound to get bored and lonely. This happens most when you are raising a single child. However, having a pet around helps your child to have a constant companion in the house. Pets also can match the energy and excitement level of a child. A human adult can never match the energy and enthusiasm a pet, in the form of a dog, has. The pet can keep your child busy and engaged. It can be your child’s constant playmate without getting bored.

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INCREASE YOUR CHILD’S ACTIVITY LEVEL In the era of smart-phones and tabloids there are chances that your child might become less active. However, a recent study has shown that the kids, who own a dog, exercise eleven minutes more on average, than non-dog owning kids. Eleven minutes might sound quite less but also when you add up the figure in terms of weeks and month you realize the benefits. A pet in the form of a dog really helps your child to walk the extra mile and keep him/her active.

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GROWS RESPONSIBILITY Children with pets become more responsible than the others. It keeps them alert whether the dog or the cat got their share of food or water. They also tend to share more than the other kids.

The kids learn to be accountable of someone else. In that way they grow up to be more responsible adults. They learn fast that how the pets are dependent on the human beings and from that understanding, the attachment develops.

MAKES THEM EMPATHETIC Pets also teach your children to become empathetic and kind towards others. Kids without any kind of pets tend to become cruel or repulsive towards other animals. However, kids having pets like dogs or cats tend to care more for others.

The responsibilities of owning a pet makes them accountable and their self-esteem also increases. They grow-up to be dependable adults than kids who don’t own a pet. By keeping in mind their pet’s feeding and grooming routines, they also learn to keep track of their own routines.

MAKES THEM HEALTHIER Studies have shown that there are also certain health benefits of having pets. Babies who are being raised near pets tend to fall less sick than the babies who are not. Pets, especially dogs, carry certain microbes from outside into your home. These microbes tend to help your baby by improving their immunity. Interaction with pets also helps in releasing the dopamine hormone in your child. This makes them more cheerful than the others.

Holly Gough is a life long owner of pets, from Dogs, Cats, Pony’s and Birds to name a few. You name it Holly has grown up with them, from rescue pets to special breeds, Holly has a wide range of experience with animals. She also helps run a website were they sell a wide variety of training tools, fun agility kits for great inter action between kids and their best fury buddy, or just simply toys for fun interaction. Why not visit the site today http://www.petproductspro. com have a browse around, great prices and always free shipping! Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Holly_Gough/2425596 Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9752172

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Dear Santa Paws, My name is This year I have been: Naughty Nice (but i can explain!)

This year I would like: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Merry Christmas! Love,


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THE SECRET WORLD OF Animal Sleep


Siestas are key, especially in the fast-paced lives of some of the world’s most active animals. The fascinating sleeping habits of the animal kingdom hint at a complexity humans are only just beginning to unlock. From birds that take micro-naps mid-flight to dolphins who half-snooze while underwater, Smithsonian Earth examines the myriad ways animals sleep with the new animated, short-form series, THE SECRET WORLD OF ANIMAL SLEEP. Narrated by journalist and science communicator Cara Santa Maria, this new series offers a captivating glimpse into the way animals restore energy and get ready for their next day or night on the prowl - all through a series of beautiful picture-book, hand-drawn animations. The premiere episode, SLEEPLESS ON THE SAVANNA, is now available for free at SmithsonianEarthTV.com/Sleep. The five additional episodes will be available on Smithsonian Earth tomorrow, November 3rd. Smithsonian Earth is available on Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, Android(TM) and SmithsonianEarthTV.com. Episodes of THE SECRET WORLD OF ANIMAL SLEEP are:

1. SLEEPLESS ON THE SAVANNA The higher up on the food chain you are, the more sleep you get. Thats why prey species like giraffes can only afford mere minutes of sleep at a time, while lions revel in over 20 hours of luxurious slumber a day. Take an eye-opening look at sleep as a survival strategy.

2. DOZING DOLPHINS

Marine mammals like dolphins need air to breathe, but what happens when they rest? The solution is a fascinating form of halfsleep that allows them to emerge for air without waking up. Dive

into the weird world of underwater slumber.

3. ASLEEP ON THE WING

When birds need sleep, they do it on the fly quite literally. Theyre able to enter a special kind of half-sleep state that lets them rest midair, which is especially important for migratory birds, like the Alpine swift, clocking thousands of miles at a time. Glide into the astounding world of avian sleep.

4. SLEEPING LIKE A BABY

Owls and foxes are born with undeveloped brains. To grow, they need a special kind of

deep sleep known as REM, or rapid eye movement a state marked by brain regeneration, memory development and a lot of movement. Take an intriguing look into the role of sleep in helping different species develop into adults.

5. MYSTERIES OF HIBERNATION

Arctic ground squirrels survive harsh Canadian winters through skilled hibernation. Entering a state of controlled hypothermia, their body temperatures drop to 27°F the lowest ever recorded in a mammal. This suspended animation isnt sleep exactly, but its an equally vital part of their unique survival plan.

. STRANGE SLUMBER

All animals sleep but few do so in exactly the same way. Horses snooze standing up and snakes sleep with their eyes wide open. As for some species of jellyfish, they sleep despite lacking a brain. Uncover some of the more unusual features of animal slumber, many of which still remain a mystery.

Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer and podcaster. She is the creator and host of a weekly science podcast called Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria and cohosts the popular Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast. She is a founding member of the Nerd Brigade and cofounded the annual science communication retreat #SciCommCamp. Smithsonian Earth is a subscription streaming video service specializing in original nature and wildlife programming shot in stunning 4K Ultra HD resolution that’s available through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, and at SmithsonianEarthTV.com. Smithsonian Networks(TM) is a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Networks operates Smithsonian Earth, through SN Digital LLC. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel, the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. To learn more, go to www.smithsonianchannel.com.

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BRINGING HOME YOUR NEW CAT OR KITTEN BRING A NEW CAT OR KITTEN INTO YOUR FAMILY CAN BE A VERY EXCITING TIME. YOU CAN CHECK OUT DIFFERENT BREEDS TO FIND OUT WHAT TRAITS APPEALS TO YOUR LIFESTYLE. ONE THING TO CONSIDER IS THAT MOST CATS HAVE A LIFE EXPECTANCY OF 15 TO 20 YEARS. IF YOU GET A CAT FOR YOUR CHILD, BE SURE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT WHEN THEY GO OFF TO COLLEGE OR IF THEY MOVE AND ARE NOT ABLE TO TAKE THE CAT WITH THEM. ANIMAL SHELTERS ARE A GOOD PLACE TO FIND A NEW FAMILY MEMBER AND SOMETIMES YOU CAN EVEN FIND A PURE BRED PET. BY ADOPTING FROM AN ANIMAL SHELTER, YOU ARE ALSO SAVING A LIFE AS THEIR TIME THERE IS USUALLY LIMITED.

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When you are ready to adopt a new cat or kitten, the important things you will need to have are food and water bowls, a litter box, bed, grooming tools and plenty of toys for them to play with. Scratching posts and cat trees are a great way to train your new family member where they can use their natural instincts like climbing, scratching and jumping. It will also save your furniture. Another thing to consider when looking for a new pet is to be sure your have the means to care for them. This would include food, litter, a professional pet stylist if you are unable to handle brushing and bathing and the most costly could be veterinarian visits. Veterinarian visits may only be an annual

exam or if it is an older cat or has medical issues veterinary visits will be more frequent and costly. One thing that can help with this is pet insurance if you decide to purchase it. By being a responsible cat owner it is very important to have your cat micro-chipped and spayed or neutered. By doing this, it helps cut down on the number of pet that end up in the shelters. Most shelters and rescue groups include this in the price of adoption so it will be taken care of before you bring your new furry friend home. If you adopt a kitten it is easy to train them to be indoor only but older cats can also be trained, it is just a little harder sometimes. Cats can be sneaky so having a collar

with a breakaway buckle and ID is always a good idea. Cats need to be exercised so having toys to keep them moving and in shape. having laser pointers and feather teasers you will be able to interact with your cat which will strengthen the bond between you. Cat proofing your home is extremely important to avoid any nasty accidents or worse results.. Electric cords need to be kept out of their reach. All medicines, chemicals and cleaning products need to be kept in a cabinet they cannot open. Sometimes a child proof lock is necessary to ensure their safety. Appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers should be

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HOLIDAY PET SAFETY

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We all know how easy it can be to get distracted during the holidays with all the shopping, planning and our busy schedules. During the holidays it is important to put some pet safeguard in place and not forget about the safety of our fur babies. Somethings to keep in mind regarding your furry family include: Identification tags and microchips reunite families. Make sure your pet has proper identification with your current contact information – particularly a microchip with up-to-date, registered information. That way, if they do sneak out, they’re more likely to be returned to you. If your pet isn’t already microchipped, talk to your veterinarian about the benefits of this simple procedure. Store wrapping supplies away from pets.Pets who ingest ribbon or tinsel can develop a foreign body obstruction. Foreign body surgery can be traumatic and expensive. Keep ribbon and other string and tinsel put away and pick up loose wrappings quickly. Safeguard Kitchen Hazards. Keep holiday foods that can be toxic to

pets well secured in your pantry when not in use. Raisins, baker’s chocolate, certain nuts, and other foods you might not have in the house the rest of the year can all be dangerous for pets.Keep pets out of the kitchen when those foods are actively being used. You’d be amazed how many raisins a motivated pet can snarf down when your back is turned. Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a petsafe bouquet. Keep chocolate out of reach. Chocolate contains some ingredients and caffeine, which can be toxic to dogs. Make sure chocolate candies left out for guests are kept away from your dog.

Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract. Be Safe in the Car. Make sure you use some form of pet restraint in the car – crates, pet seatbelts, etc. Put copies of your pet’s vaccination records in the glove box of your car. As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, if ingested, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. And remember that many pets are also scared of fireworks, so be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area as midnight approaches.

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Cats have been known for seeing a Christmas tree as the ultimate climbing tower. Make sure your tree is securely anchored to avoid a serious fall. If you have a real tree, it’s important to keep pets away from the tree water, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria, not to mention toxic depending upon the tree food you use. There are several recipes online for creating your own non-toxic tree food to keep your tree lasting throughout the holiday season. Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating. Ornaments can cause hazards for pets. Broken ornaments can cause injuries, and ingested ornaments can cause intestinal blockage or even toxicity. Keep any homemade ornaments, particularly those made from salt-dough or other food-based materials, out of reach of pets.

Candles are attractive to pets as well as people. Never leave a pet alone in an area with a lit candle; it could result in a fire. The holidays are stressful enough and the one thing we don’t want is for our canine babies to get hurt or poisoned during the holidays. Covering up when you’re not home is a good way of avoiding any accidents with your pets. Lets keep these safety tips in mind so that everyone can stay safe, including Fido.

Happy Holidays!


Ring in the Holiday Pet Fashion by Laurren Darr

‘Tis the season for parties with friends, galas, and get-togethers to celebrate the holidays and another year. We’re featuring some of the most festive looks for your furry fashionista. Going to a glamorous gala to support your favorite pet rescue? Your pup can be the belle of the ball in a meticulously crafted gown (Photo 1) designed by Dawn Kelsey of Pampered Pooch Couture. Or, cloak your pint-sized princess in a richly regal sequined shawl (Photo 2) by Designer Jan Ben of C’Mimi. If you’re looking for wonderful way to embody the spirit of a beautiful snowy scene, Designer Lola Tiegland says, “White is all the rage…” She’s designed her ‘Winter White Christmas’ look (Photo 3) for her Lola and Pooch line that’s a standout winter wonderland ensemble. Ada Nieves of Ada Nieves for Pets says, “…metallics are in for the season!” Classy canines won’t be left out in the cold with the perfect metallic look (Photo 4) like the one she created that incorporates a bodacious blue and gold harkening the class and style of the 1950s. In talking to Erin Breig of Rubie’s Pet Shop, we found that they revamped their “entire holiday line to be of higher quality.” Rubie’s is the largest supplier of pet costumes to retailers of all sizes worldwide. Quality and durability is of

the utmost importance because pets of all sizes can be rambunctious at events where they’re meeting new furry friends. Costume parties are their specialty— from quirky like the Gingerbread Man (Photo 5) to traditional costumes like Santa (Photo 6) and Mrs. Claus (Photo 7), they have you covered. For pets going to a casual cookie exchange preferring a simple celebratory look, Rubie’s Pet Shop offers a traditional plaid scarf (Photo 8), bowtie (Photo 9), or even tutu (Photo 10). No holiday season would be complete without ugly sweater parties. Fido can be the winner of that ugly sweater (Photo 11) contest with a plethora of options. Company parties are a mainstay this time of year. For pet-friendly parties, your plus-one can be swathed in merry colors and patterns. Designer April Magdalena of Petquisite offers a stunning piece (Photos 12 and 13) embellished with a colorful tutu and a decorated Christmas tree on the back. Four Footed Fashion’s Designer Barbara Fowler Kenyon has created a magnificent dress (photo 14) with a bodice pattern of ornaments and tied with a bow making your dog the perfect present. That’s a wrap of jolly pet fashion options to keep you in a jovial spirit for all your holiday affairs.

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‘BONE UP’ ON WISE WINTER WEATHER PRACTICES FOR YOUR PET Notwithstanding their fur coats, pets can feel the cold just as humans do. So it’s up to you to ensure that your furry friends stay safe and warm during the colder months. HOLIDAY/WINNTER

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To help, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, offers these tips: • Know your pet. Different pets have different levels of tolerance for cold. When going out for walks, a short-coated, elderly or frail dog may need a jacket to weather the elements. • Forgo haircuts. Let your dog’s winter coat protect him against the chill. Save shearing for warmer months. • Check ears, paws and tails regularly. You’re looking for signs of frostbite or raw spots from ice and snow. Remove any clumps of frozen debris from between the paw pads each time your dog goes outside.

• Wipe down your pet’s belly, legs and paws. Have a clean towel ready each time your dog comes inside to remove ice-melting chemicals, which can irritate and cause serious illness if licked or swallowed. • Clean up antifreeze spills. Due to the sweet smell and taste, pets will lick or drink antifreeze if they find it puddled on sidewalks or garage floors—but antifreeze is toxic to cats and dogs. Clean up spills and consider using a brand made from propylene glycol, which is less toxic.

• Keep the water flowter. It’s always best to ing. Dry winter weathleave your dog at home er can be dehydrating, when you’re running as well as freezing. errands. Keep a fresh supply of water inside for your • Keep them leashed. pet and break up any More pets get lost ice accumulation on during the winter than her outdoor water bowl. any other time of the • Provide a warm place year. Snow covers fato rest. Winter days miliar scents, making can be drafty and cold, it harder for your dog so ensure your pet has to find his way home. plenty of elevated placKeep your dog on a es inside to warm up. leash when you’re out A cozy pet bed works and about and make beautifully. sure his tag and microchip information are • Leave Fido at home. up-to-date in case he You’ve probably heard escapes. a lot about the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car during the summertime, but the practice can be just as hazardous in the win-

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“Our TurfMutt environmental education stewardship program encourages people and pets to get outside, and my dog Lucky loves to romp in fresh snow as much as the next dog,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI. “But during the wintertime we have to be careful about when and how we expose our pets to the elements. Even though pets must go outdoors periodically to do their ‘business’ and get some exercise, no pet should be left outdoors during the winter months—if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet.”


FINDING A DOG TO FIT YOUR FAMILY’S LIFESTYLE: Plan Ahead to Reap the Rewards of a Loving Family Pet by Kimberly Blaker

EVERY YEAR THOUSANDS OF DOGS ARE TURNED OVER TO ANIMAL SHELTERS BECAUSE THEY WERE GIVEN AS A GIFT WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING THE GIFT RECIPIENT – OR FAMILIES DISCOVER THEY BROUGHT HOME A BITER, BARKER, DIGGER, OR JUMPER. WHEN PETS ARE GIVEN AWAY, THE PETS, THEIR OWNERS, AND CHILDREN ALL SUFFER. SO BEFORE SELECTING YOUR DOG, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. WITH A LITTLE PRE-PLANNING, YOU CAN FIND THE DOG THAT MOST CLOSELY FITS YOUR FAMILY’S OR GIFT RECIPIENT’S LIFESTYLE. LIKE WITCHES, GHOSTS, AND PUMPKINS ARE ALSO PERPETUALLY COMMON. HOLIDAY/WINNTER

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Variety of dogs, variety of nuisances Dogs can create many nuisances. Some of these are more common in particular breeds. A barking dog helps protect against intruders. But excessive barking can become a problem. Some breeds known for their barking include the Alaskan Malamute, American Water Spaniel, Bassett Hound, Finnish Spitz, Fox and other Terriers, Great Pyrenees, and Miniature Schnauzer. A playful, energetic puppy can make a great playmate for your child. But as your puppy grows, that hyperactivity could become overwhelming. High-strung dogs often jump on people and tear through the house. Certain breeds tend to maintain that high energy level well into their adult size bodies. Such breeds include Airedale Terriers, Boxer, Brittany, Cocker Spaniel, Dalmatian, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, Jack Russell Terrier, Labrador Retriever,

Pointer, and Schnauzer. Dogs dig for many reasons—to bury a bone, to escape from a fenced yard, to keep cool, or out of boredom. A torn-up yard can be the last straw for many dog owners. The following breeds tend to be diggers: Fox Terriers, Norwich Terrier, and Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. Dogs can be aggressive for a variety of reasons. Poor breeding, physical abuse, and even disease can cause aggression in a dog. Certain dominant breeds can also tend toward aggressiveness if not handled by a firm and skilled handler. These dogs should be chosen with caution and the understanding they require strong leadership: Akita, American Pit Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, Siberian Husky, and Weimaraner. Grooming is another consideration. While it may sound painless, the upkeep of certain breeds can be over-

whelming. In addition to keeping claws trimmed and an occasional bath, some dogs require lengthy daily brushing to remove tangles or trapped fur in double coats. High maintenance breeds include the American Eskimo, Cocker Spaniel, Collie, Great Pyrenees, Llaso Apso, Old English Sheepdog, Poodle, Schnauzer, and Terriers.

Traits to look for in a family dog

Many unforeseen problems can be avoided by finding a dog that’ll be easy for your child to handle so your child can assist in training. Easy trainers include American Water Spaniel, Australian Shepherd, Bichon Frise, Cocker Spaniel, Irish Setter, Italian Greyhound, Maltese, and Shetland Sheepdog. Calm, gentle breeds are important for families with small children. Keep in mind size alone doesn’t dictate these traits. Gentle breeds you might consider are Bassett Hound, Beagle, Bearded Collie, Chinese

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Crested, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland, and Mastiff. Playful and energetic puppies work well for older children who won’t feel threatened by the dog’s full-grown size. Consider an American Eskimo, Bloodhound, Brittany, Dalmatian, Golden Retriever, Irish Wolfhound, Labrador Retriever, Pointer, Poodle, Saint Bernard, or Schnauzer. There are many other traits to consider in choosing a new dog. Before bringing home your puppy, read a book or articles about the breed that interests you to determine if it will fit your family’s lifestyle. For personalized assistance in choosing a breed, go to http://www.selectsmart.com/DOG/ or one of the many other breed selection sites. You’ll be guided through a series of questions and receive a free personalized list of matches.

Special considerations The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 800,000 people, mostly children, are

No matter how careful you are in selecting your pet, chances are, your puppy will develop a problem or nuisance behavior.


bitten annually severely enough to require medical attention. Infants and small children shouldn’t be left alone with a dog. It may be difficult to picture your lovable Fido as capable of hurting your child. But even the gentlest dogs have been known to bite. Little kids sometimes get too close to a dog while it’s eating or chewing a bone or startle a dog while it’s sleeping. Sometimes, small children hang on dogs, pull their tails, or threaten a dog’s safety. This can lead to injury to either the dog or your child. In addition, dogs view their family as part of its pack. A properly trained dog should view adults and older children as alpha (top dog). But a dog isn’t likely to view a small child in this light and may wield its authority when no one’s around. Apartment living is another consideration. The size dog you choose is important to both your dog’s well being and to maintaining your sanity. High energy and medium to large breeds generally need large areas to

romp. Without it, your apartment could become a round-the-clock racetrack. Planning regular walks for these dogs may not be sufficient. You’ll tire long before your dog. Also, there will be occasions when you just won’t be able to accommodate your puppy’s need to exercise. The costs of pet ownership should also be weighed out. First, there are the obvious costs such as purchasing pet food and annual vaccinations. Other expenses include licensing, monthly heart worm pills, chew toys, damaged belongings, fencing, training, unexpected veterinary expense, grooming, kenneling, and more. If your family has members with bad allergies or asthma, check with your doctor before bringing any furred, feathered, or finned pet into your home. Finally, keep in mind no matter how sincere your child’s intent to care for his new pet, it’s a big responsibility. Ultimately, parents take the brunt of the work. Also, the holiday season may not be the best time of year to

Certain breeds tend to maintain that high energy level well into their adult size bodies. bring home a new puppy. Families are generally too busy during the holidays to give a new pet the attention it needs. Choose a season when you’ll be able to spend plenty of time with your new dog as it adjusts to its new home.

Where to find your dog The Humane Society, an animal shelter, or an accidental litter of pups is a great place to find your dog at an affordable price. Giving a home to a dog that might otherwise be put to sleep or caged indefinitely and not contributing to the over population of dogs are good reasons to go this route. Furthermore, you’ll more often find mixed breeds through these methods. Mixed breeds are less likely to inherit the diseases and disabilities often common in pure breeds. Keep in mind though, sometimes these dogs are strays or weren’t properly cared for by their original owner. If a dog didn’t receive proper vaccinations, it could be at risk for disease. A dog that was abused by its previous owner could also pose risks. Ask the animal shelter what is known about the dog’s history. Another way to find your new puppy is through a breeder. Taking home a puppy whose history is known and hasn’t been exposed to a poor environment is a plus. But caution should be used even when buying from a breeder. While most are in the business for their love of the breed, there are exceptions. Some breeders are only interested in profits and have little knowledge or concern for good breed-

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ing and proper care of pups. This can lead to dogs with poor temperaments, genetic disorders, or disease. Ask plenty of questions, request references, and ask to see the puppies in their normal environment. According to the American Kennel Club, some things to watch for when selecting your puppy include: a runny nose, watery eyes, fever, or disease in the litter. If any of these conditions are present, look elsewhere. Avoid a puppy that trembles and is shy or one that shows a bad temper. Also, understand that a kennel designated “AKC Reg.” doesn’t mean it has the American Kennel Club’s stamp of approval. It simply means the dogs have been registered. Finally, keep in mind that puppies shouldn’t be removed from their litter before 6 weeks of age, and preferably 8.

Training Tips No matter how careful you are in selecting your pet, chances are,


your puppy will develop a problem or nuisance behavior. Prevention is the first step. Around 6 months, your puppy will be old enough for an obedience course. Teaching your puppy the basics will make it easier to manage problem behaviors. If you can’t take a class, purchase a dog-training manual and stick with it. If your dog shows signs of aggression, talk with a professional trainer or your veterinary. Depending on the cause, there may be a simple solution. But if your child’s safety becomes an issue, your only option may be a new home for your pet. Whether your dog ends up with a new owner or in a shelter, make sure you explain the reason for giving your dog away so it ends up in the proper environment. For other problem behaviors, there are several good books to help tame your dog. When Good Dogs Do Bad Things by Mordecai Siegal and Matthew Margolis provides many helpful techniques. Contrary to popular belief, never hit, kick, or swat a dog with a newspaper. This can lead to aggressiveness or increase already aggressive behavior. Most importantly, try to understand and accept your pet’s imperfections and adjust your home accordingly to reduce aggravations. In time, your dog will accept the household routine and become a part of it.

TRAVELING WITH PUPPY For some families, going on vacation without puppy is like leaving a family member behind. Therefore, hotels are beginning to accommodate families who travel with pets. Try one of the following that offers pet friendly services at some or most of its locations:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites by Marriott (800) 228-9290 Best Western (800) 528-1234 Hilton (800) 445-8667 Doubletree Hotels (800) 222-8733. Embassy Suites Hotels (800) 362-2779 Holiday Inn (800) 465-4329

Comfort Inn (877) 424-6423

WHEN PUPPY MUST STAY BEHIND Therefore, hotels are beginning to accommodate families who travel with pets. Try one of the following that offers pet friendly services at some or most of its locations:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Are kennels heated and cooled? Are they indoor, outdoor, or accessible to both? What kind of food is provided? Is one-on-one playtime or leashed walks offered? What vaccinations are required?

Sources: http://www.channel2000.com/news/health/stories/news-health-990412-193535.html The Complete Dog Book New and Revised 18th Edition Official Publication of the American Kennel Club

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WHY A CAT TREE IS GOOD FOR YOUR CAT

CATS NEED SPACE TOO

CHOOSE THE BEST SIZE FOR YOUR HOME

Cats have lots of energy. They are naturally curious, too. Keeping them in an area where they can’t climb, scratch, play and explore can leave them very frustrated. This can cause them to use your furniture and shelving as scratching posts and climbing spaces. We all know what that means, shredded furniture and picture frames or decorations on the floor. Not to mention how many times have you come home to find your cat on top of the kitchen cabinets. Give your cat a place to exercise and play away from your furnishings. Cat trees offer the best solution for that. They allow your cat to feel like they have a space that’s all theirs.

Cat trees are available is lots of heights and sizes. Smaller units are great if you have limited space while larger units offer more perches and hiding spots. Don’t be afraid to buy a larger unit. Keep in mind that your kitten is going to grow. As it grows, it will also want more space to explore as well as new heights to reach. Taller cat trees offer the height your cat seeks while only taking up the floor space of a smaller unit. Most units offer sisal wrapped posts and carpet or plush lined condos. While older cats tend to nap more, remember younger cats will be looking to play. Many cat trees offer dangling toys for playful pets as well as the condos and climbing tunnels. Be sure to get one with a couple scratching areas. Once your cat has chosen one of these areas, they should start to leave your furniture alone. If you have multiple cats, look for one with more levels and hiding spots so they all can play and relax together. No matter the size of the cat tree you choose, your cat will be sure to love it.

CAT TREES- THE SUBSTITUTE TREE

As I said before, cats LOVE to climb. They have a natural instinct to climb, just like their larger cousins in the wild. A cat tree is a great way to keep your kitty happy. And as their name states, it’s a tree built for your cat. There are many sizes and styles of trees available. Some have lots of perches and sleeping spaces while others are smaller with less hiding spots. You can even get ones with hanging toys for your cat to enjoy too. Cat trees have multiple posts for scratching and exercising their paw muscles. It also gives them a place to leave their scent. While the perches offer them the heights they seek to feel just like their outside climbing a tree.

A great cat owner knows that to keep your cat happy, you have to keep them busy. Cat trees offer your cat a playground all their own within the safe walls of your home. Make your home a cat friendly space by adding a cat tree for your kitty.

Tammy has always been a cat lover and owner. Finding ways to entertain her cats has be challenging at times. So she has a developed a passion for finding great healthy activities for her pets. This passion has led her to create a website for cat trees. You can shop the full selection at http://www.BuyCatTrees.com. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Tammy_Thomas/2347868 Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9562868

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PETLANDIA: SOCIAL PETWORKING

You’ve heard of the social network, but how about the Social Petwork for talented pets with a possible celebrity career? A global hunt has been launched to find a unique specialist to help make more pets online stars. The website Petlandia - www.Petlandia.com - which helps pet owners create custom books starring their pets in fun adventures is now scouring the globe for a “Social Petworking Coach” – a bona fide social media coach for pets/pet owners. This would not just be the first such specialist hired by Petlandia - but also the world’s first. See the job description: www.petlandia.com/usa/work-withus The successful candidate is wanted to help nurture the next generation of online pet celebrities and social media millionaires. Responsibilities of the successful applicant will include providing coaching, mentoring and training to interested pet-owners, including via

webinars and blogs, and potential one-to-one sessions. Petlandia’s job post reflects the huge and growing popularity for “social petworking” – posting about pets on social media – and the vast sums that the biggest pet celebrities and social media stars can earn. A recent study by Mars Petcare found that one in six pet-owners who are active on social media now has a dedicated social media profiles for their pet. 65% of such pet-owners post about their pets at an average of twice a week. Half of those pet-owners say that their pets get more social attention than they do. “We’re aware that a growing number of our customers would now like to go further and learn how to make their pets into stars on social media,” says Rich Keen, COO of Petlandia.

The World’s Top Pet Influencers: GRUMPY CAT

12.5M SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS

DOUG THE PUG

9.6M

JIFFPOM (A POMERANIAN DOG) 7.8M

NALA THE CAT 5.95M

LIL BUB (A CAT)

4.78M

MANNY THE FRENCHIE (A FRENCH BULLDOG) 2.83M

MARNIE THE DOG

2.69M

VENUS THE TWO FACE CAT 2.69M

TUNA (A CHIHUAHA/DACHSUND MIX) 2.19M

JUNIPER FOXX 2M

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Gain some insight into how your favorite feline actually feels about you and life in general with these enlightening quotations about cats... 1 “Dogs come when they’re called; 7 “When the mouse laughs at the cats take a message and get back to you later.” Mary Bly

2“I love cats because I love my

home and after a while they become its visible soul.” Jean Cocteau

3 “What if it was cats who invent-

ed technology... would they have tv shows starring rubber sqeak toys?” Douglas Coupland

cat, there is a hole nearby.” Nigerian Proverb

8 “It’s funny how dogs and cats

know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn’t it?” Eleanor H. Porter

9 “A kitten is chiefly remarkable

for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever, and generally stopping before it gets there.” Agnes Repplier

4 “In a cat’s eyes, all things belong 10 “There are two means of refuge to cats.” English Proverb

5 “Women and cats will do as they

please. Men and dogs had better get used to it.” Robert Heinlein

6 “Cats regard people as warmblooded furniture.” Jacquelyn Mitchard

13 “In ancient egypt, cats were

worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.” Unknown

14 “Cats are smarter than dogs.

You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.” Jeff Valdez

15 “If a dog jumps in your lap, it

is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.” Alfred North Whitehead

from the misery of life - music and cats.” Albert Schweitzer

11 “Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.” Unknown

12 “Cats are intended to teach us

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