Surviving the Loss of a Pet

Losing a cherished pet can be a devastating and traumatic experience. In order to heal, it’s important to give yourself the space and time to grieve.   My calico cat Murphy was 18 when I lost her. I’d adopted her from a shelter when she was 2....

Thinking About Getting Goats?

A common creature on farms is the goat. Ranging in size and personality, there are a myriad of breeds one can choose from. Often times, uses for the goat are also taken into consideration prior to purchasing. Maybe you want a small, stocky goat like...

Bird Watching Can Offer Calming Effect

Neighborhood walks and backyard lounging are the new normal as we isolate at home, and many people are finding that watching birds has a soothing effect and is helping them cope during this stressful time. Editor's note: We pause to acknowledge that not all people find...

Help Your Pet With Stress After Quarantine

Pet caregivers who have been working from home for months due to the pandemic may find that when they return to their workplaces their furry friends begin acting out because of separation anxiety. Dog Anxiety Rover.com reports that 97% of survey respondents say they’ve bonded more closely...

Avoid These Plants That Are Toxic to Pets

Pets and plants don’t always go together. Some of the most popular house and garden plants and flowers are poisonous to dogs and cats, and several are poisonous to humans as well. Being informed is the best way to protect both your furry friends and...

How to Read Your Pet’s Body Language

Because our pets can’t talk to us, they give us signals to let us know how they are feeling. But are you sure you can read those signals? “Most conflicts that arise between animals and humans are due to miscommunications,” said Dr. Kimberly Krug of the...