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Litter Training 101

Litter Training 101

ZOOTOO  Mon, May 12

If you are thinking of adopting a kitten for the first time, you're probably aware of all the responsibilities that go along with caring for your new addition. Next to food, litter training is likely at the top of your list of things to take care of after bringing home a kitten. Luckily, litter training a kitten is a relatively simple task, and our friends at Tidy Cats have these tips to help you get started: Cats are instinctively drawn to "go" in litter-like areas, so chances are, ...

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Romeo's Simply Adorable Wake up Tactic

Romeo's Simply Adorable Wake up Tactic

ZOOTOO  Mon, May 12

When waking up one’s human staff, it’s good to be as cute as possible whenever you have the opportunity. When I can combine adorableness and wake up tactics I find it highly efficient and effective. Sometimes it’s just too easy. For example, this morning I was meowing at the female staff manager to wake her up for my BREAKFAST. This was not just any meow. It was what I like to call a purr-meow. Here’s how it works: I turn my motor on high volume and purr. ...

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Happy Tail: Martha chases away dark thoughts

Happy Tail: Martha chases away dark thoughts

ZOOTOO  Fri, May 9

Martha was abandoned, and no one stepped forward to adopt the four-year-old dog for some time. Life wasn’t too grim, however, because she was at a no-kill shelter, the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge . She was a people dog and didn’t get along with others of her own species so was allowed to roam about at the facility. Then her lucky day arrived: she was adopted. Originally she was a Father’s Day gift for a Fair Lawn, NJ, man from his daughter Lori, but soon it became clear ...

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Happy Tail: French bulldog finds her human soul mate

Happy Tail: French bulldog finds her human soul mate

ZOOTOO  Tue, May 6

Melody Simmons had decided to adopt a dog. Not just any dog, but a French Bulldog , preferably brindle colored. The Miami, FL, woman began searching on Petfinder . About 100 French Bulldogs are listed on the site at any one time, so the odds seemed slim of finding one in her area. Meanwhile a drama had been playing out for a French bulldog mix and her two full-grown pups. Their owner had died, and they had been practically forgotten in a dusty yard in South Florida. They sweltered in the ...

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May is National Pet Month!

May is National Pet Month!

ZOOTOO  Mon, May 5

This month, it’s all about “Pawing it Forward” for pets, with or without forever homes. In the spirit of National Pet Month, here are some ways you can Paw It Forward for homeless pets: Adopt:  The best way to help a pet waiting on a forever home? Be that forever home! If you’re looking to add a pet to your family, please consider adopting through your local shelter or rescue. You’ll get a lifelong friend in return! Donate: Every bit counts! If you aren&# ...

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Romeo's Bulldozer Wake up Tactic

Romeo's Bulldozer Wake up Tactic

ZOOTOO  Mon, May 5

In my line of work, persistence pays off. This morning, I stood behind the female staff member’s slumbering head and pushed my head into the back of hers. Again and again and again. This is one powerful noggin. She thought she was being sly by pushing her head back in order to thwart my efforts but I know all of her tricks. I continued pushing my head against her head, only stopping when I had to sneeze. Which, by the way, is extremely helpful when one is trying to wake up one&# ...

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Finding dog parks can be a challenge

Finding dog parks can be a challenge

ZOOTOO  Sat, May 3

When my husband and I travel, our dog is usually with us, so we often look for dog parks where he can get some off-leash exercise. Two new dog parks have popped up in my area. Dog lovers in Eureka Springs, AR, recently broke ground for a Bark Park. Rachel Brix, a relative newcomer to Eureka Springs, spearheaded the project. Rachel Brix breaks ground at the Eureka Springs (AR) Bark Park. Joplin, MO, has a new dog park, too. Becee McNally and others had been lobbying for one for years, ...

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2014 BlogPaws Conference

2014 BlogPaws Conference

ZOOTOO  Fri, May 2

BlogPaws is Pet Friendly! Get excited, it's that time of year again! It's the annual BlogPaws pet-friendly social media and marketing conference . BlogPaws is an "inclusive, global community of pet enthusiasts who write about and support pets via social media." Their annual conference, the largest of its kind, brings together hundreds of pet parents "seeking information that will help them polish their blogging, social media, SEO and online publishing skills." Petfinder is thrilled to ...

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My Dog is a...Poop Eater

My Dog is a...Poop Eater

ZOOTOO  Fri, May 2

By Eric Gillaspy CPDT-KA   There, I said it. Coprophagia, or poop eating as it is commonly called, is a gross, disgusting, and relatively common behavior. It is especially common in puppies: I know because my puppy was a poop eater. I think it all started because she was in a new environment with an abundance of poop. There are three dogs in our household so there are lots of opportunities for it. Thinkstock There are a lot of theories about why dogs display this behavior. ...

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Pit Bull Parent: Size vs. Training

Pit Bull Parent: Size vs. Training

ZOOTOO  Thu, May 1

I’ve always had larger dogs, even as a child. As a young child, we had shepherds and retrievers. When I was 16, I brought home a stray beagle. He was about 22 lbs and was the smallest dog that my immediate family had ever kept, until, just last year, when I adopted a senior poodle. I never gave the size of a dog much thought, but, recently, I realized that size does matter. I’m going to get rather personal here. In fact, this may be the most personal article that I’ve ...

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