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Purrfect Pranks For April Fools’ Day (GALLERY)

(CATS AND DOGS/ANIMAL PICTURES) April Fools' Day is finally here! Celebrated by many cultures, far and wide, the holiday is famous for the practical jokes and hoaxes people play on one another. But as it turns out, humans aren't the only animals engaging in pranks. Cats also have a special love for mischief—especially when it involves tricking a dog. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious kitty antics! — Global Animal

7 Basic Commands Every Dog Should Know

(DOGS/PET CARE) Our furry pals are an infinite source of joy and love, but no matter how much affection we share with them, it's critical to implement certain house rules and set behavioral expectations. After all, you want your pooch to be socialized, friendly with people and other animals, and you'll want to prevent any potential behavioral issues as they grow up. Of course, it’s best to start training as early as possible and teach them essential commands from early puppyhood, so they can develop a strong bond with you and understand your expectations early on. Take a look at these seven essential commands to teach your beloved pet from day one. -- Global Animal
Manatee, Conservation, Wildlife, Oceans

15 Amazing Manatee Facts For Manatee Appreciation Day

(INTERESTING ANIMAL FACTS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Manatees--sometimes referred to as the cows of the sea--are now considered to be a vulnerable species given there are less than 10,000 mature manatees left in the wild. They are a loving, adorable species who need our help. Check out these fun facts and see how you can help keep this species alive and well. — Global Animal

How To Camp With Your Dog

(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Camping and hiking trips are so much better with man's best friend. But before you decide to take your dog with you, make sure to do the proper research so it will be a safe and enjoyable trip for all. Continue reading for helpful tips on how to camp with your dog--including researching where dogs are allowed, scheduling a pre-trip vet visit, as well as what you'll need to pack--from medical supplies to pick-up bags. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Asparagus Risotto

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Now that spring has finally sprung, enjoy recipes that make the most of this season's freshest ingredients like asparagus, carrots, greens, and beets. Made only with rice, asparagus, garden peas, some staples and herbs, this Vegan Asparagus Risotto is a healthy and easy spring dinner that your whole family will love. Sometimes simple food is the best food! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Why Are Brachycephalic Breeds Banned From Traveling On Airplanes?

(DOGS/PET TRAVEL) Traveling long distances can be much easier via air. But as a pet parent, you'll need to know about certain airline policies when it comes to boarding the plane with your furry friend. This is especially true if you have a cat or a dog who is considered a Brachycephalic breed. -- Global Animal

Springtime Means Amazing Butterflies! (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES/BUTTERFLIES) Springtime is here, and along with the beautiful weather it brings...butterflies! Feast your eyes on this photo gallery of amazing winged beauties--from the most common to the rarest of butterfly species. These wonderful photos are sure to make you float like a butterfly, or at least stop and smell the roses! — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Rice Paper Rolls With Sriracha & Soy Sauce Tofu And Peanut...

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday, here's a recipe that you'll come back to again and again. These Vegan Rice Paper Rolls are filled with fresh, crispy vegetables and flavorful strips of tofu seasoned with sriracha and soy sauce. Simply roll 'em up and dip them in sweet and spicy peanut sauce, and voila! Eating fresh veggies has never been so easy and delicious! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Wonder, The Dog Who Broke My Heart

(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Author Wade Rouse tells the story of his beloved dog, Wonder, whom he rescued after finding him starved, bloody, and blind. Make sure to have a box of tissues handy while reading Rouse's story. -- Global Animal
dogs, puppies, yawn, animals

Why Does Your Dog Yawn?

(PETS/DOG BEHAVIOR/PUPPIES) Many pet parents become concerned with the amount of yawning displayed through their dog or puppy's habits. Is it possible that dogs are that tired all the time? The article below reveals the meaning behind dogs' yawns, and explains how yawning can actually be a form of communication between you and your pet. — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: One Pot Vegan Pasta With Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Make your Mondays a little less messy with this One Pot Vegan Pasta recipe. Penne pasta is cooked in a spicy sun-dried tomato and roasted red pepper sauce then covered in sliced tomatoes and buttered breadcrumbs, quickly broiled to perfection. This is easy dinner at its best. Buon appetito! -- Global Animal

The Big, Barking Business Of Dogs

(DOGS/PET CARE) Did you know there are almost 90 million pet dogs nationwide? That's more than a quarter of the entire U.S. population! But as we all know, dogs are more than just pets--they're part of the family. So it really comes as no surprise that Americans spent a whopping $72 billion on their pets last year alone. Read on to learn more about the big business of dogs--from what pet parents would give up for their pets, to how people are prioritizing their dogs' health more than ever before. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: BBQ Couscous Bowl With Tofu

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Who doesn't love a good, vegan bowl? Especially when they're filled with curried couscous, broccoli, crispy tofu, and a tangy vegan BBQ sauce. This recipe is an easy lunch that's great to take to work or school. It's rich in protein and you can mix and match the veggies, too! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Go Wild For World Wildlife Day!

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/PICTURES) March 3 is World Wildlife Day, a day to celebrate and appreciate all that Mother Nature has to offer, from plants to wild animals. On December 20, 2013, the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General assembly proclaimed March 3—the day the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted—as World Wildlife Day. — Global Animal

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