3 Simple Tips for Better Pet Photography

For many of us, pets become much more than just pets. They are companions, exercise partners, therapists, fur babies, etc. There are those who just want to share pictures of their pets with their friends and family. For others, photographing their pets becomes a valuable source of income. Here are three simple tips to help you improve your pet photography. ...more
sandyallen  I agree. Very beautiful light. I like to sleep in most mornings, though. Heh heh. :)more

Barnyard Salon: Alpaca Shearing Day

Editor's Note: Deb's account of shearing her nine Alpacas is a fascinating peek into how the animals' fibers are painlessly removed, especially the "blanket" area. The results are wrapped in paper and stored to eventually be made into super-soft yarn, hats and socks. Thankfully, along with a professional shearer, her mind-reading mom was also on hand to help: -- Heather...more
You must have some well-trained animals!  I am a spinner and a weaver, and part of the whole ...more

Dog Bans: Rethinking Breed-Specific Legislation

Over 600 cities have enacted breed-specific laws about dogs, including my former home, Denver, which banned the pit bull breed. But this blogger and dog lover cites plenty of research -- such facts from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) -- to argue against such laws. What do you think?...more

Housetraining The Dog: Patience Required

Editor's Note: Other than setting up a fresh lawn and fire hydrant in the house, how can a dog owner avoid potty accidents? Lots of training, patience and luck, it seems. Any training tips? Please, DO share. --Heather...more

Spoil the Pooch: Anti-Itch Dog Biscuits

Editor's Note: Itchy dog? Scratchy beast? This doggie mom set about finding a tasty solution and put together a tasty biscuit recipe for her pups. --HeatherSome dog breeds are susceptible to dry skin and itching. German Shepherds are one of those breeds. I sweep up a new poodle every day in GSD dog hair. There's got to be a solution. At least, I'm hoping so....more

One Hilarious Goat Birth

Editor's Note: It's close enough to the weekend where we can start sharing the funniest goat birthing stories we've ever heard, right? This one from Valentine's Day is still my favorite. --Heather...more

Rabbits Disapprove of Giving Rabbits for Easter

Editor's Note: Thinking about a cute baby bunny for Easter? DON'T, unless you are serious about taking care of the animal long-term. For an idea about what that means exactly, please read this post. --Heather: ...more
I'm happy to share this news with both Jackson and Coco. They approve...slightly.more

My Dog Almost Died From a Bee Sting

Besides our two kids, I am also a mommy to a little poodle mix named Sushi.  We got him from the local animal shelter a few years ago.  I learned last week that dogs can be deathly allergic to bees.  Here's the story:...more
@auflag Yikes!  That must have been one scary experience.  I'm glad Macy is okay now.  Dogs have ...more

Sleeping With Cats: Comfort, Not Chaos

When she was newly separated, Mary let the dogs sleep on the bed. Much to her dismay, they took over the bed and then got huffy and whiney when she tried to reclaim it for herself. Cats, she quickly realized, are a different story, specifically her own feline, Juliet: ...more

Pet Loss: And Then She Was Gone

It's never easy when a pet passes on, especially a beautiful girl like Gracie, who didn't get to stay long enough. This post includes many sweet memories and a precious video of Gracie providing a head massage to one of her freshly-washed humans - adorable: ...more
My condolences..more