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Living With A Dog: Everyday Tips For Keeping Your Home Clean

(PETS) Dogs are warm, fluffy creatures full of love and exuberance. They’re kind of like kids, in a sense that, while they’re an absolute joy to have around, they don’t always have the same attitude towards messiness that we typically do. They’ll tread happily over your new carpet and leave muddy paw prints behind. There's going to be fur all over your furniture. And on a few occasions, it’s likely you’ll come home to them digging through the trashcan because they smelled something interesting. To live with a dog means you'll deal with a bit of mess from time to time, but luckily this doesn’t have to affect the overall cleanliness of your home. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure your living space is fresh and tidy every day. -- Global Animal

Superstition Leaves Black Pets Homeless

(SHELTER ANIMALS/PET ADOPTION) Black Dog and Black Cat Syndrome are real, but these phenomenons have more to do with screwy superstition than any overt 'racism.' Read why black pets are less likely to be adopted--and maybe buck the trend yourself with the next animal you adopt into your family. – Global Animal

Why Water Is So Important For Dogs

(PETS/DOGS) We all know about the importance of drinking water. Doctors and scientists can't emphasize the benefits of staying hydrated enough--explaining that proper hydration...

Tips To Make A Dog Parent’s Life Simpler

(DOGS/PET CARE) While there’s nothing quite as joyous as snuggling up with your dog, new pup parents might still find themselves a little overwhelmed at times. Between all the walking, feeding, vet visits, and training, it’s not always easy to organize your time with them, and they could need something that you aren’t even sure how to provide. But our pets are treasured family members and most people want to do a good job of caring for them, and that’s generally all you need to make the whole pet-parenting thing work. With some patience, a few helpful tips, and a whole lot of love, you’ll bond with your pup and make a lifelong friend. -- Global Animal

How Hurricane Maria Turned Puerto Rico Into “An Island Of Strays” – A Personal...

(STRAY ANIMALS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a new, definitive study determined nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the wake of the storm--a drastically higher total than the previous official death toll of 64. Without electricity, internet, and even running water for several weeks, the country transformed into "an island of strays," as one resident describes. Puerto Rico's high number of stray dogs and cats was already an issue prior to the catastrophic storm, but given its long-term impacts, an estimated 300,000 people moved away, with many leaving their pets behind. Read on to learn how one man's personal account of living through a catastrophic storm like Hurricane Maria has given him new insight into the lives of stray animals--proving that all it takes is one person to save a life. -- Global Animal

In Memory Of Sirius, Police Dog Killed On 9/11

(SEPTEMBER 11TH/ANIMAL HEROES/POLICE DOGS) NEW YORK — Today is the anniversary of that fateful day of terror. Not all first responder victims were of the two-legged kind. Sirius, a Port Authority Police Department K-9, was killed when the Second Tower collapsed. Read on about the only police dog killed in the attacks that day, the grief-stricken partner he left behind, and how this working dog—or perhaps more accurately, canine American—is rightfully honored along with other fallen heroes. Rest in peace, Sirius. — Global Animal

Portraits Honor 9/11 Search & Rescue Dogs

(DOG PICTURES/ANIMAL HEROES) Amid the chaos of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, nearly 100 search and rescue dogs were deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help find survivors at the World Trade Center and Pentagon sites. See the poignant photos of these four-legged 9/11 heroes and their stories below. What heroic faces! — Global Animal

Why Scratching Is The Best Medicine

(COWS/FARM ANIMALS) Have you ever had an itch you couldn’t scratch? You tried your best to reach it, using the corner of a wall or a long kitchen utensil, but still couldn’t quite get it. But when you finally do, it’s like heaven. What do our animal friends have to do to scratch an itch? Luckily, there’s a mechanical brush made specifically for dairy cows that helps get that unreachable itch. Read on to find out how this humane invention keeps cows happy and clean. -- Global Animal

Understanding How Pets Grieve: Tips To Help Pets Cope With Loss

(PETS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Grief is a complicated emotion that everyone processes differently. Not only do humans experience loss, but our furry friends do, as well. When...

Smile! It’s Good For Goats

(GOATS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Did you know goats prefer happy people? When researchers in the UK borrowed goats from a local sanctuary to better understand how the animals interpret human cues, they learned that goats--similarly to dogs--prefer a smile to a frown. The profound study could affect how we interact with livestock and other species as it demonstrates how animals' ability to perceive human emotions could be widespread and not just limited to pets. Read on to learn more about the details of the study, and don't forget to smile! -- Global Animal

Don’t Get Ticked Off: Protect Your Pet From Ticks

(PET CARE) Earlier this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about a rise in diseases from ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas. In the last 13 years, diagnoses of tick-born diseases alone have more than doubled. Given this increase, prevention should be everyone's priority--especially during the spring, summer, and early-fall when ticks are most active. Read the tips below to help your pet stay tick-free all year long. — Global Animal

Caring For Your Cat’s Coat: Tips To Keep Your Feline’s Fur Looking Fabulous

(CATS/PET CARE) There’s nothing softer than your cat. Their silky fur and the warm sensation of their bodies snuggling up to you is one of those little things that makes you love your pet even more, and it’s so very soothing to stroke their heads and hear them purr. But let's face it, cat fur--especially if you have a long-haired pet--is not always the easiest thing to maintain. They shed, their fur can become matted if you aren’t careful, and they get dirty very quickly if you don’t use the right products. Since we want our darling animal companions to feel good in their own fur, so to speak, it’s important that we give them the proper care and attention. If you want to know the best way to care for your kitty and make sure their coat is soft and smooth, here are some helpful tips. -- Global Animal

Pet Obesity: A Growing Problem

(PETS) Over 100 million dogs and cats in the U.S. are currently classified as overweight or obese--up from 80 million five years ago. While an estimated 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs are considered above the average weight, many would argue that dog and cat obesity in the U.S. is mirroring the human obesity epidemic. But there's not as much stigma with animals being overweight as with people. The worst part? Many pet parents find their pets' weight gain of little concern, or even "cute." It's safe to say the public is more tolerant of overweight pets than they are of thin ones. But the truth is pet obesity can bring on a number of health problems including diabetes, arthritis, liver and kidney diseases, high blood pressure, heart failure, and even some cancers. Read on to learn more on what's contributing to the pet obesity epidemic and how to stop it. -- Global Animal
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International Cat Day: Fun Facts Celebrating Our Favorite Felines

(CATS/PETS) Today, August 8 is International Cat Day! Founded by the International Fund of Animal Welfare (IFAW) in 2002, International Cat Day is dedicated to celebrating people's passion for these furry friends, while spreading awareness for cats in need. But today isn't the only holiday dedicated to cats. There's also also National Cat Day on October 29, Respect Your Cat Day on March 28, World Cat Day on February 17, and of course, every cat lover's favorite day of the week, Caturday! Read on for more on International Cat Day, and for other fun facts about our favorite felines. -- Global Animal

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