BLIND CAT LOVES HIKING WITH HER OWNER

meet-stevie-my-blind-rescued-cat-who-loves-to-go-hiking-6__700Stevie the cat loves to go hiking with her owner Patrick Corr. While other cats love the sights outdoors, Stevie is most interested in the sounds and smells. That’s because Stevie’s blind.

But that doesn’t stop Stevie from enjoying her time traversing the countryside by her family’s home in Cork, Ireland.

According to Bored Panda, Corr adopted Stevie four years ago and have been best friends ever since. “We’re inseparable!” Corr says.

Stevie walks with Corr on a leash or balances on Corr’s shoulders. But, Corr said, Stevie really prefers to explore by herself. She can explore with confidence knowing Corr is nearby and follows the sound of his voice when they are outside together.

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I live one county over from Gadsden County, FL. Conditions have not improved. There us no public adoption. It is merely a hold and die or kill facility.
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#PawPromise Adoptable Dog of the Week: Victoria

Hi! My name is Victoria, which means “victory.” I’m hoping to win the heart of a forever pet parent. Will you help me? Please tell everyone you know that I’m a three-year-old…



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Rosh Hashanah (Happy New Year) Wishes from a Furry Friend of Mine… Frankie!

Frankie Wishes all L’shanah tovah

FRANKIE HAPPY NEW YEAR

Wondering what your Jewish Pet Parents are celebrating? Here is a Rosh Hashanah “cheat sheet” written by Wendy Thomas Russell on PBS Newshour.

Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

Pronounced: ROE-sha-SHA-na

Religion represented: Judaism

Date: The 1st and 2nd of the month of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar. In 2015, the holiday starts at sunset Sept. 13 and ends at nightfall Sept. 15.

What it is: The Jewish New Year

Not to be confused with: Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days later.

How important is it?: I asked my friend and former editor Jason Gewirtz. Here’s what he said: “Rosh Hashanah is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur the next week is only slightly bigger. [On a scale of 1 to 10], I’d say Rosh Hashanah is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur a 10. There’s nothing bigger than the two of them. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year… It’s said that on Rosh Hashanah, you’ll either be written in or out of the Book of Life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”

The good stuff: Foodwise, this holiday is associated with apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet new year), as well as pomegranates and challah (braided bread). Also, in lieu of stupid hats and tasseled squawkers, celebrants sport the traditional yarmulke and blow a cool-looking horn called a shofar.

Conveying meaning to kids: At dinner [a few years ago], I explained to my daughter that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflecting on your life and challenging yourself to become a better human being. I served apples and pomegranates and asked Maxine to come up with one way that she might improve. Coincidentally, she had been reprimanded for “being silly” in her kindergarten class that morning, so her idea of self-improvement was to better follow her teacher’s instructions. I said my own resolution would be to spend less time looking at my phone. (Then on Yom Kippur, we checked in with each other about how well we did. The results? Well, a bit meh on both accounts. Luckily, we’re not religious…) As for children’s books, I recommend “Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays” by Judi Gross and Bari Weissman.”    Read full story

May you be Inscribed in the Book of Life!

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

Lori

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Brace Yourselves, GOT References are Coming

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Keeping Dogs Warm and Safe in the Cold

As pet owners, we are responsible for maintaining our pet’s health. Part of that is ensuring that they are safe and warm during the cold season. Jordan Walker, the lead content curator of Coops and Cages, shares tips on how you can accomplish this.

Dogs like the winter season just as much as their owners do. In the same way, however, they are also affected by the cold when they are outside frolicing in the snow. In addition, not all dogs are used to the cold and have sufficient fur for protection. As such, it is important to think about their well-being when the cold season starts. Here are some ways you can protect your dog from the cold.

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Keep Them Indoors
Technically, the best solution to a cold draft is to keep your dogs inside the home. In order to keep them from bustling with energy, take them out for exercise and walks, but never leave them outside, especially when the temperature drops.

Food and Water
Keeping oneself warm takes a lot of energy. With that, dogs are expected to need more food and water for such occassions. The water should be checked regularly as it can freeze over time, leaving the pet thirsty and unable to help themselves.

Outdoor Care
If you feel that you must leave them outdoors, there are certain requirements needed in order for them to brave the cold. Ideally, the ceiling of their outdoor shelter should be 2 to 3 inches taller than the dog’s sitting height. Likewise, it is advised to have an interior that is 36 square inches for every 1 inch of dog height. It would also do to have the entrance off-center. This way, the dog can curl up in one corner, far away from the opening.
If there is another building on the property, such as a garage or shed, that would make a better place to house the shelter rather than the bare ground.

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Keep Them Indoors
Technically, the best solution to a cold draft is to keep your dogs inside the home. In order to keep them from bustling with energy, take them out for exercise and walks, but never leave them outside, especially when the temperature drops.

Food and Water
Keeping oneself warm takes a lot of energy. With that, dogs are expected to need more food and water for such occassions. The water should be checked regularly as it can freeze over time, leaving the pet thirsty and unable to help themselves.

Outdoor Care
If you feel that you must leave them outdoors, there are certain requirements needed in order for them to brave the cold. Ideally, the ceiling of their outdoor shelter should be 2 to 3 inches taller than the dog’s sitting height. Likewise, it is advised to have an interior that is 36 square inches for every 1 inch of dog height. It would also do to have the entrance off-center. This way, the dog can curl up in one corner, far away from the opening.
If there is another building on the property, such as a garage or shed, that would make a better place to house the shelter rather than the bare ground.

Protect Vital Body Parts
When walking them around the neighborhood or even when indoors, dogs can still feel the cold, especially if they are not accustomed to it. There are a ton pet aids you can use to downplay the cold they are enduring. Here are some of them:
Foot wax – Dogs paws are always in contact with the ground. During winter, it becomes all the more important to protect these. Foot wax or paw wax is a great way to keep their paws soft and pain free. This is especially helpful when the dog is always mobile, such as during walks. On the other hand, pet safe salt should be spread across the driveway if the dog is simply at home.
• Coats/sweaters – Dog coats and sweaters are really nifty to have. During regular days, you can use them to accessorize your dog when taking them out for walks. For the cold season, these make great buffers between them and the extreme cold.

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There are numerous ways to tell if a dog is suffering from hypothermia. The biggest telltale sign is that their temperature gets really low and they start shivering. Also, their pupils start dilating and their breathing visibly slows down. When this happens, be sure you are there to warm your dog up right away. If you need to be away, be sure you leave them blankets and towels so that they can help themselves.

Author: Jordan Walker
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is matched with his passion for “attempting” to play the guitar. If you would like to catch more of him, you can visit his Google+ or Twitter accounts.


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10 Great Spring Wreath Designs

10 Great Spring Wreath Designs // Bubby and Bean
1. Preserved Fern Circlet Wreath Trio, Terrain  //  2. Blooming Spring Wreath, Wayfair  // 3. Forsythia Wreath, ElegantWreath on Easy // 4. Larkspur Garden Wreath, Terrain  // 5. Peony Hydrangea Wreath, Target  // 6. Farmers’ Market Herb Wreath, Williams-Sonoma  //  7. DIY Tulip Wreath, Life Love Larson  // 8. Dogwood Wreath, Crate & Barrel //   9. Living Succulent Wreath, Succulents and Sunshine  //  10. DIY Lavender Wreath, The Pin Junkie

I have admittedly never hung a wreath on my door for anything aside from Christmas (you can check out our 10 Great Holiday Wreath Designs post right here), but I’ve been feeling extra festive about springtime this year, and I’m itching to translate that into some seasonal decor. There is also the fact that since we’re house hunting right now, I’m feeling a little less motivated to plan for our garden – which bums me out a little, but also inspires me to focus on other ways to bring some springtime to our current home. So I decided to search for some ideas for pretty spring wreaths, which led me directly to this edition of 10 Great, guys. I feel like it’s been quite a while since I’ve done a DIY project at all, and I can’t think of a better reason to get back into it than spring. (P.S. I might just buy one and dress it up a little. Don’t tell anyone.)

Are you working on anything fun for spring in terms of home decor or gardening?

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Sisters

Sisters – and a bag to match.
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The New Doc

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