How Can You Tell if Your Cat is Happy?

by Kathy Green  •  December 13, 2012
Do cats smile? Many cat owners would say unequivocally 'yes'. But researchers disagree. Since they are mammals, we share many things in common with them. Smiling, however, is not one of them! When a cat shows its teeth in a way that may look like a smile, it is probably in pain, trying to pick up odours or angry. But there are some universal 'Happy Cat Clues". There are facial features that cats exhibit when they are happy. Some of these include: • Relaxed cheeks that are not pulled...
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Top 10 Names for Dogs

by Kathy Green  •  December 06, 2012
Spot and Fido just don't do it any more!! We spend endless hours and give a lot of thought into selecting just the right name for a much-anticipated new family member. Pet owners are favoring more human-like names for their animals — Charlie and Chloe, anyone? Or how about pop culture-inspired picks such as Bella from the Twilight series? So what are the naming trends for our dogs over the past ten years? It turns out that the names we select for our pets say a lot about our culture — an...
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An Infinite Moment

by Kathy Green  •  October 24, 2012
Two weeks ago I wrote a blog on Petsitter.com about the healing effect that therapy dogs can have on the elderly and the ill. Today I had the privilege of witnessing this first hand. A very dear friend of mine is very ill and is bravely facing her last few weeks in a palliative care unit. Tonight, as I was standing at the nurse's station I turned around when I felt a soft brush against my leg. There beside me was a beautiful golden retriever, with her gentle brown eyes and her friendly...
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Therapy Dogs and the Elderly

by Kathy Green  •  October 02, 2012
Whether your elder is getting care in a hospital, nursing home, mental health centre or retirement home, therapy dogs can visit them. These dogs can do many things from lifting the elder's spirits to assisting with physical therapy. A dog may stay with a patient for as little as five minutes or as long as an hour, depending upon the patient's need. Therapy dogs can be of any size and breed from a large golden retriever to a tiny chihuahua. Temperament is key to being a good therapy dog. ...
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Loving Your Pet to Death

by Kathy Green  •  September 12, 2012
It is amazing in the human realm how emotions of all types are connected to food. Birthday and anniversary celebrations are often marked by cake, ice cream and other 'treats'. When we want to have a romantic dinner we plan our menu carefully, often cooking multiple courses of special food. When someone is facing hardship or is grieving we bring food to their home as a token of support. Unfortunately, this display of affection with food often spills over in our behaviour toward our pets. We...
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Children Need a Pet

by Kathy Green  •  September 04, 2012
Animal lovers are a different breed themselves. We love our animals and provide care for them in a way that those who have never had a close relationship with a pet can not understand. Indeed, they often believe that we are excessive in our spending and our affection. As an animal lover, I believe that, short of allergies, all children should grow up with a pet of some kind. This experience provides so many positive things for both younger and older children. They have the opportunity of le...
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Cats Are Better Pets Than Dogs

Cats Are Better Pets Than Dogs

by Kathy Green  •  July 05, 2012
Now before you start howling, calm yourself and listen to some facts. Catsare loving, constant and comforting. They are easy to care for, cheap to feed, and if given a clean and accessible litter pan, are very clean animals. They are creatures of habit and like routines, which is another plus for the owner. Cats do not tie you down like dogs. This is a huge plus! You can leave them for the weekend with water, kibble, and litter box with no worries. Moreover, for longer holiday their care b...
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