LIFE WITH PETS

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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

Comfort Dogs Bring Love & Support To Parkland, Florida

(SERVICE ANIMALS/THERAPY DOGS) They say a dog is man's best friend, and these LCC K-9 comfort dogs are proving it to be true. With unconditional love in their hearts, 19 Golden Retrievers made their way to Parkland, Florida, to comfort those affected by the tragic Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. These specially trained service dogs were dispatched to help those closest to the tragedy relax as they open up about their feelings and what they endured. Read on to find out more about these caring canines and their important mission in Florida. -- Global Animal

Uh-Oh, You’re Home Early! Dogs Behaving Badly

(DOGS/ANIMAL PICTURES) We've all heard that when the cat's away the mice will play, but look what trouble dogs can get into! Have a laugh and be thankful these little rascals don't live in your home. And learn how to stop a destructive dog from chewing furniture and other valuables. — Global Animal

Hiking Tips For You & Your Dog

(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Former wilderness ranger Ceiridwen Terrill has trekked through the woods for pleasure and for work, and she's always done it with her two Shepherd mixes by her side. In the interview below, Terrill talks about safety, guidelines, and supplies while hiking with our four-legged friends. Although Terrill's two dogs have been hiking for years, she outlines the most important tips to protect you and your dog from anything and everything the wild offers. Read on to get all the facts from Terrill and to learn about a few hiking areas that are dog-friendly. — Global Animal

Want To Live Longer? Here’s Why Pets Make The Best Medicine

(PETS/DOGS) Did you know that caring for a dog can actually decrease your risk of death? Not only do dogs encourage their guardians to be more physically active, but they also boost social well-being and immune system development. Read on to learn more on how having a dog is beneficial for your health, especially if you live alone. -- Global Animal

“Say Cheese, Fluffy!” How To Take Pet Photos Like A Pro

(ANIMAL PICTURES/PETS) Like a chocolate soufflé, pet photos are wonderful to enjoy but can be difficult to create. Wish you could take perfect pictures of your beloved pet? Check out these expert tips from a professional pet photographer. — Global Animal

Dogs: Moody As Teenagers, Smart As Two-Year Olds

(DOGS) One human year equals approximately seven dog years. Therefore, dogs should seemingly develop at a faster rate than people. But believe it or not, man's best friend typically has the emotional development of a teenager and the intelligence of a two-year old. As a result, our doggie friends can never, unfortunately, fully understand us. But much like parent and child, these limitations do not inhibit the love between our dogs and ourselves. Read on to learn more about the fascinating and emotional lives of dogs. — Global Animal

Meowna Lisa: Cats Imitate Famous Masterpieces (GALLERY)

(CATS/ANIMAL PICTURES) The Internet world loves to be amused by cats and their hilarious antics. We love to giggle at galleries of cats pranking dogs and dapper kitties posing as characters from The Great Gatsby. But as it turns out, some cats have a more artistic side. As Irish writer Oscar Wilde once said, “Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” In the spirit of aestheticism, check out this gallery of some serious felines imitating world-renowned paintings. — Global Animal

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