Pet Tips and Tricks

When I was a kid, we traveled every summer from my hometown, San Francisco, to my mother’s hometown, Spokane, to stay for three months with my great-grandfather, who had homesteaded on the South Hill. He was down to about three acres of land by the time I was a teen—woods and lawn, a huge vegetable garden, grape arbor, fruit trees. We always brought our family’s two cats with us, rather than leave them “home alone” with my father. Our lucky city cats spent all summer being lucky country cats, and they seemed to love the experience. To transport them safely on [...]
Thu, Nov 20, 2014
Happy Tales Pet Tips n Tricks
No live animals as gifts for the holidays? I agree! What can I give to my fellow pet lovers? Education Training classes at a local business you’ve checked out ahead of time Books, DVDs, magazine subscriptions—for adults and for children Visits to a local zoo or wildlife rescue with photos of the fun you have Equipment Dogs—beds, bowls, leashes, collars or harnesses, crates, toys Cats—beds, bowls, scratching posts, climbing trees, litter boxes Ferrets—cage accessories, beds, hammocks, tubes and tunnels Birds—cage accessories, perches, chew toys, interactive toys Treats—seasonal, home-made, mixes, cookie cutters, containers Food—supplements, frozen raw, canned, kibble, special mixes Care—grooming equipment, trip to the groomer, grooming products Personal Services Kids—walking well-behaved dog, drop-in visits during owner’s [...]
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
Happy Tales Pet Tips n Tricks
First and foremost, your pet should have a microchip—it’s the only ID that can’t be lost. (Tattoos were used by breeders and rescues before microchips became widely available, but they’re used very rarely now that microchips are so popular and easy to get.) Once microchipped, your pet can be identified by any veterinary clinic or animal control officer with a microchip reader. Your job is to update the information on file with your pet’s microchip registry if you move or get a new phone number. In most areas, if your pet is lost, with a microchip she can be identified . . . eventually. [...]
Thu, Nov 06, 2014
Happy Tales Pet Tips n Tricks