Getting Ready for Puppy Bowl VIII

Posted by SusanStokes on February 5, 2012

Puppy Bowl VIII airs today on Animal Planet

This is a very special day.  While all the human sports fans out there are getting ready for Super Bowl Sunday, I am joining all my pet enthusiast friends to watch Puppy Bowl VIII on Animal Planet.

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National Pet Dental Health Month

Posted by SusanStokes on January 30, 2012

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Pets need dental care just like humans.  I know that for a fact, as I did have an unfortunate dental experience with my senior cat many years ago, and I do agree that looking after your pet’s teeth is of utmost importance when establishing a pet wellness routine.

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National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day

Posted by SusanStokes on January 22, 2012

Are you listening to your cat today?

Check your calendar, folks. Today is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day.  That’s right.  The one day of the year that your feline friend gets your undivided attention and you tell it like it is. 

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National Train Your Dog Month

Posted by SusanStokes on January 14, 2012

January is National Train Your Dog Month

This month there are lots of activities online to help you learn more about your dog, and even your cat and rabbit.  I had the opportunity to connect with Mychelle Blake, MSW, CDBC, Executive Director, The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and following is what I was able to publish in my Examiner column with regard to this subject.

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Fun with New Years Resolutions

Posted by SusanStokes on January 3, 2012

Looking at the brighter side...

Ok. It is time to make those resolutions, and I have been procrastinating - reading others’ thoughts, pondering what to resolve.  One gentleman interviewed on TV said he does not keep resolutions, therefore he does not make them anymore.  Another brand consultant tweeted that resolutions should be made every day of the year, not just at year-end.  So I decided just to have some fun.

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Yoga and Pets

Posted by SusanStokes on December 28, 2011

Asanas for Animals and More

I was always interested in fitness, dancing, and the Eastern way of thought, so incorporating a regular yoga practice into my life was a natural progression as I searched for different ways to stay physically fit and healthy.  Lucky for me, yoga has become very popular in our Western world and classes are easy to find.  But lately I have noticed another trend, and that is combining yoga practice with pets and to benefit pets.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...

Posted by SusanStokes on December 18, 2011

Is Your Christmas Tree Safe for Pets?

I love everything about the Christmas holiday: the lights, the glitter, the gift exchanges, the parties.  But most of all, I love the Christmas trees.  All of them - every shape, size and color.  But so do my cats.  To them the Christmas tree is like a toy box full of fun and surprises.  But is it safe play?

Hero Comes Home, A Recap

Posted by SusanStokes on December 8, 2011

Hero - What is All the Controversy About?

While watching ABC news last Friday evening, I was lucky enough to see the story highlight about Hero, the “miracle dog."  My initial reaction was “this is a heartwarming story, but is that the original dog?”  I actually glossed over the sunbeam issue myself, chalking it up to expert photography and being in the right place at the right time.  But later, in watching the online videos and reading the comments back, I was amazed at the controversy this story stirred up.

Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month

Posted by SusanStokes on November 30, 2011

Celebrating Senior Pets

As November Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month draws to a close, I thought I would take one more look at how shelters in our area and around the country strove to create awareness for the benefits of senior pet ownership.  Here’s a look at a few:

Thanksgiving Giving Thanks

Posted by SusanStokes on November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks for our Pets

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, like so many others I feel compelled to think about what I am thankful for this holiday season.  Alley Cat Allies had a nice idea to offer out their "Thanksgiving Gallery" opportunity to give supporters a voice and chance to display their special cat photos.  I took that opportunity myself, so I hope to see my post very soon.  In the meantime, I decided to highlight here in more detail what I give thanks for with regard to my pets.

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