Next time you are over at Target, you will be able to splurge on gourmet treats for your best buddy. The Shops at Target will launch this Sunday, May 6 at all retail locations and online, lasting for six weeks only, with prices ranging from $1 to $160. The shops include Polka Dog Bakery Pet Items, a Boston, MA treat and pet product boutique for dogs.
The other boutiques are The Webster House (clothing store, Miami, FL), Privet House (home accessories shop, Warren, CT), The Candy Store (San Francisco, CA), and The Cos Bar (cosmetic shop, Aspen, CO).
Want to involve your pet in social networking and meet other friends who have a lot in common? There are Facebook applications for your your cat or dog to join just as you have.
Create a profile for your pet, upload as many pictures as you like, create a profile, find friends. You can link your dog to other dogs of similar breeding, locate local dog parks, compare toys and connect with other owners through themed groups.
What I'm trying to say is, before you get a pet, it's worth it to genuinely assess whether you can really, actually afford it. Think about it: $5,500 in three years. That averages out to about $150/month. More than a cable/HBO/high-speed Internet bundle!
...As I said, this all adds up to about $4,550 in vet- and health-related bills in just under three years. The remaining grand was spent on travel to and from the vet and/or general cat things, like kitty litter, generic dry cat food, cat bed, scratching post, things like that. Fun fact: $1,000 over 36 months actually comes out to $27/month, which is pretty much what I initially guessed, way back in 2009, when I was predicting how much owning a cat would cost me. Sigh.
Researchers have established links between owners' personality traits and the breed of dogs they preferred. The Press Association reports that the Kennel Club assisted the research conducted by scientists at Bath Spa University. Their findings:
Breeds were split into seven groups: gundogs (eg golden retriever), hound dogs (eg greyhound; beagle), pastoral (eg German shepherd; border collie), terrier (eg Staffordshire bull), toy (eg Chihuahua), utility (eg bulldog) and working (eg Doberman).
In particular, owners of pastoral and utility breeds were more extroverted, gundog and toy dog owners were more agreeable, and owners of utility, toy and gundogs were more conscientious. Owners of hound dogs turned out to be more emotionally stable, while owners of toy dogs were more open to new experiences.
To find out what kind of dog matches your lifestyle and personality, read more at Dog Breeds
Many of us struggle with our weight, any why not? It's so fun to eat and there's always plenty of food around. And it's no different for our pets. The Costs of Having a Fat Dog or Cat | NYTimes.com cites a recent study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention that found about half of all dogs and cats in American homes are overweight or obese, a slight increase from 2010.
Why be concerned? People likely realize their pet is overweight but won't always grasp the consequences. Seeing animals suffering from health conditions secondary to their obesity is a common situation according to vets. This means animal suffering, higher vet costs, increased pet insurance premiums, inability to walk or self-groom, and sometimes even putting the beloved pet to sleep.
But before you subject your pet to a drastic diet or start an exercise regimen, check with your vet. That too can have negative health consequences.
But getting a portly pet back into shape can carry risks of its own. Hammering the pavement with an overweight lab or boxer that also happens to be arthritic can worsen the condition and cause cruciate ligament tears, akin to an A.C.L. injury in humans, which can happen all too easily in dogs, said Dr. Carol McConnell, chief veterinary medical officer for VPI Pet Insurance.
Pet owners should consult with a veterinarian before putting a pet on a diet. Putting a cat on a strict diet without medical supervision is risky, because cats' metabolism cannot handle calorie restriction. Unlike dogs, which evolved to hunt as packs and can go days without eating, "cats are usually single predators," Dr. McConnell said. "They nibble, they eat whatever they can find. They don't do too well with starvation."
In cats, severe calorie restriction can signal the body to send stores of fat to the liver, where they can be converted to glucose. But over time, the liver is deluged with fat deposits, crowding out the normal cells of the liver and causing hepatitis.
No more worry about filling and refilling outdoor water dishes for your pet. Attach this Doggie Water Fountain to any hose or faucet, and your best buddy gets a fun new outdoor water source. When he or she places a paw on the fountain, a fresh supply of water bubbles up.
This will bring tears to your eyes. Watch this just-released Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog Movie Trailer, the tale of a young Labrador retriever training to be guide dog in Japan. In the process he helps a lonely man discover friendship.