A First-Time Dog Owner Seeks Her Perfect Match

Adopting your first dog in midlife is, depending on which friend I ask, outrageously idiotic, exceptionally courageous - or brilliant. Arf. Despite the fact that most of my friends tend to fall into group 1 ("You're too old to learn new dog training tricks!"), I am persisting. I've experienced the heartbreak of visiting animal shelters, the frustration of attempting to find a dog on Craigslist and the bewilderment of reading an abundance of books on dog adoption, dog breeds and dog training. And then there's Petfinder, which has become more addictive than chocolate. ...more

Holiday Gifts For the Family Pet

Holiday gifts for the family pet can be so much more than a standard chewy raw hide for poochy or a jingly mouse for kitty-cat. These days, the growing fur (and not-so-furry) baby marketplace caters to pet parents of every style and budget. Everything from the silly to the serious to the downright adorable can be found for your companion with a few clicks of the mouse. Here's just a few of the more fabulous selections out there to choose from for the naughty (or in household's case, VERY naughty) to the nice on your list....more


By: Stanley Popovich There are many advantages to adopting a dog or cat. Adopting a pet can be a great way to reduce our every day stresses and anxieties. In addition, there are many other reasons why adopting a dog or cat can be important in your life. For instance, pets can help us to relax and help us to focus on the good things in our lives. This can be very helpful when we are overwhelmed by the stresses and anxieties of our lives....more

How Our Pets Can Reduce Our Stresses And Anxieties

By: Stanley Popovich Animals and our pets can be a great way to reduce our every day stresses and anxieties.  It is not easy to deal with our fears and anxieties, however, spending time with animals can makes us feel better.  Here is a list of ways of how our pets can help us to better cope with our fears, anxieties, and stresses and why its good to own a pet.Spending time with your pets can be a great source of companionship....more

Don’t Take Your Anxieties And Stresses Out On Your Pets

By: Stanley Popovich Everybody deals with stress and anxiety, however some people sometimes take it out on their pets. Instead of taking your problems and frustrations out on your pets or other animals, here is a list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their stress, anxieties, and fears.When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with anxiety, the first thing you can do is to break the task into a series of smaller steps. For example, changing careers can be a stressful situation....more


By: Stanley Popovich Many people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues sometimes have a difficult time taking care of their pets. Here are some ideas on how to take care of your pets while you deal with your mental health needs. Focus on doing what is most important in taking care of your pet. Feeding your pet, making sure their health is ok, and making sure they are living in a safe environment is what is most important....more


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What an incredibly beautiful post, and I LOVE the pictures...we have visited Sedona, and this ...more

This is Why We Can't Have a Pet

I'm one of those people that couldn't keep a goldfish alive. Seriously, my parents bought us ( my brother and I) goldfish when I was about five years old. There were seven little goldfish, and they lived exactly one week. Apparently we over fed them. ...more
@Karen Ballum  Agreed. Their mouths are constantly moving - how can one tell they want to eat??more

Adopting a Shelter Dog

Back in August, I had the pleasure of helping organize the BlogHer ’12 Pet Fashion Show, partnering with PetSmart and the ASPCA. The best part of the experience was seeing all the cute pups that participated and hearing their adoption stories (which you can read more about in my recap post)....more
I love coming across reading other people's joy of adopting animals from shelters. My family ...more

Dobermans: great photo models

Dobermans make beautiful photo models.  They stand quietly and gracefully, alert about everything that's going on around them, and yet calm and peaceful.  They are naturally beautiful dogs, and their personality makes it easy to reflect their beauty on the photographs.  Starting today, 2nd day of NaBloPoMo, I will be regularly posting photos of my 2 dogs. Only the photos that I find worth sharing: beautiful, funny, or otherwise interesting. ...more