LIFE WITH PETS

All About Our Connection To Pets: Dogs, Cats, Puppies, Kittens, People & Pets, Animal Psychology & Pet Behavior, plus much more

Developing A Spiritual Connection With Your Pet

(PETS/HUMAN ANIMAL CONNECTION) You love your pet, but are you connected spiritually? Read how you can become connected, and learn how pets help people create better connections with each other. -– Global Animal

Animals Say ‘Happy Birthday, USA!’ (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES) It's the 4th of July, and even animals are celebrating Independence Day with a birthday party! Check out the adorable photos of these patriotic pets. And a very happy birthday to You-S-A! — Global Animal

Young Han & Chewie: May The Force Of Cuteness Be With You

(DOG PICTURES/PETS) Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! Photographer Rocio Preciado takes us back to a galaxy far, far away, when Han was just a boy and his fateful companion Chewie was just a young Dachshund. If the original Star Wars trilogy is ever remade, at least we now know who should get the roles of Han and Chewie; this adorable little kid and his equally adorable pooch. See more of young Han and Chewie in the gallery below and be sure to see more of Preciado's work at Cuije.com. — Global Animal

A Pinky Promise: Imprisoned Pup Finally Freed

(DOGS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Fighting for animal rights is one of the best ways to help our furry friends. When Pinky, a mixed breed pit bull made a mistake, her punishment was unusually cruel. Luckily, animal welfare activist Diane Helmers stumbled upon Pinky's story and knew she had a duty to save this dog from “bureaucratic purgatory.” Read on to find out more about Pinky's story and how the love for one animal can start a movement. -- Global Animal

Hooch For Pooches? Using Pot To Ease Pet Pain

(PETS/ANIMAL WELFARE/MEDICINE) We love our animals and will do anything to stop their pain, but what if your beloved dog or cat was diagnosed with cancer and the vet’s medicine wasn’t enough? What would you do? Now with the growing acceptance of medical marijuana, many pet guardians are using the drug to ease their furry friends’ suffering. There are many stories of animals including dogs, cats, and even horses who have had their health restored by marijuana treatment, but since marijuana is classified as an illicit drug, veterinarians aren't legally allowed to prescribe cannabis to our pets. As a result, research on the the medical benefits of marijuana for animals is non-existent. With many states now legalizing the use of medical marijuana for humans, the question remains: should veterinarians also be allowed to legally prescribe marijuana to our pets? Read on for more about this controversial subject, and let us know what you think in the comments’ section below. — Global Animal
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Dog’s Last Day On Earth Will Bring You To Tears (GALLERY)

(DOGS/ANIMAL PICTURES) The Roberts family knew it was time to put down their beloved black lab named Duke after cancer began to take over his body. But first, they gave him the best last day on Earth a dog could ask for. The day was filled with love, family, friends and all of Duke's favorite activities. Relive Duke's last day in the moving photographs below. Tissue alert! — Global Animal

Why We Must Let Dogs Be Dogs

(DOGS/PETS) Have you ever noticed that dogs rarely get to be dogs? Think about it. In movies, they're often cast as furry human replacements who can talk (Cats & Dogs, Homeward Bound, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and excel at human activities like professional sports (Karate Dog, Soccer Dog, and Air Bud). Whereas in GIFs and memes shared across the Internet, they're dressed in clothes, ascribed human emotions and desires, and posed as if they're taking a phone call or eating at the dinner table. In the article below, Alexandra Horowitz, a dog behavior and cognition researcher, examines how dogs are largely misrepresented and overly anthropomorphized. Continue reading to learn more on how we often diminish these complex creatures into objects of our imagination by transplanting our human story onto them. -- Global Animal
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Bunny Fever! 9 Questions Before You Take The Hop

(PETS/EASTER/BUNNY RABBITS) Easter is just around the corner, and pet stores are filled with rabbits just waiting to hop into your Easter basket. So you and your children-–especially your children-–may be hoping for a bunny. But like the rush to buy a dalmatian after 101 Dalmatians was a big hit, it can be a different story when the rabbits (or chicks) come home to roost. Unfortunately, 90 percent of rabbits brought into American households for the spring holiday end up euthanized. Want to be part of the solution instead of creating a problem? Adopt a rabbit instead of buying. And before you do anything, read what the experts at 3 Bunnies Rabbit Rescue say you should consider before bringing home a bunny. – Global Animal

The French Bulldog Fad & The Cost Of Being Cute

(DOG BREEDS) There's no denying French Bulldogs are irresistibly cute, but these dogs are far more fragile than they appear. Despite being the sixth most popular dog breed in the U.S., health problems often plague their lives. This became a point of concern after Kokito, a 10-month-old French Bulldog puppy, died aboard a United Airlines flight upon being stored in overhead storage compartment. While placing any animal in a storage bin can lead to overheating and asphyxiation, the risk is particularly serious for “brachycephalic dogs,” or dogs with flat, wide heads. Read on to learn more about the health risks associated with overbreeding French Bulldogs. With so many great dogs in need of homes, we must steer away from this designer dog breed infatuation and always remember to adopt, don't shop! -- Global Animal

Why Do Dogs Go Crazy After Bath Time?

(DOGS) Have you ever noticed how dogs like to run around like crazy after being bathed? Whether your furry friend likes bath time or not, there's just something about it that gets them riled up, causing them to speed through the house, often stopping to rub all over the bed, couch, carpet--you name it! But the question is, why? Read on for four reasons why dogs get so hyper after having a bath. -- Global Animal

Animals Ready To Shamrock For St. Patty’s Day (GALLERY)

(CATS AND DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) Who needs a pot of gold when you have this much cuteness? Check out these photos of animals who are ready to shamrock this St. Patrick's Day! — Global Animal

How Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Shut Down A South Korean Dog Farm

(ANIMAL RESCUE/DOGS) While Olympic snowboarder Maddie Mastro rescued a dog named Jadu from a South Korean butcher's block, Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy also made a significant impact for animals in South Korea. After rescuing street dogs during the Sochi Games in Russia and returning home with them in 2014, the freestyle skier repeated a similar mercy mission during last month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Once again with the help of Humane Society International (HSI), Kenworthy and his boyfriend, actor Matthew Wilkas, rescued 90 dogs from a South Korean dog meat farm, which has since been shut down. Most of the dogs are being flown to Canada where they'll eventually be available for adoption, but one of the dogs (affectionately named Beemo) is going home to the U.S. to live with the Olympian himself. Read below to learn more about Kenworthy's "heart-wrenching" trip to one of South Korea’s 17,000 dog meat farms. -- Global Animal
Infants living in homes with pets are less likely to have health issues. Photo Credit: Solosana/Dreamstime

What Costs More: Pets Or Babies?

(PETS) Whether you're having a baby or adopting a fur-baby, there are a number of financial implications to anticipate. From food and formula to carriers and cribs, adding a new member to the family can add up quickly. SafeWise calculated the numbers indicating which costs more: pets or parenthood? Take a look at the average costs below. -- Global Animal

Olympic Snowboarder Rescues Dog From South Korean Meat Trade

(CELEBRITIES/DOG RESCUE) While competing in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, U.S. snowboarder Maddie Mastro made it a point to visit a South Korean meat farm to rescue a dog slated for a dinner plate. While the SuperPipe bronze medalist already has three rescue dogs in her home and cannot take in another, the playful Korean Jindo named Plum (or "Jadu" in Korean) will soon be available for adoption at the Barking Lot Rescue in San Diego County. Jadu is just one of the thousands of dogs harvested for meat in South Korea and other Asian countries, and the Barking Lot Rescue has helped bring in over 200 dogs from the dog meat trade alone. Thanks to Mastro's compassion in action, not only is Jadu's life saved, but she will soon have a loving forever home. Continue reading and view the video clips below for more on this heartwarming rescue story. -- Global Animal

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