Archive for the ‘Fun Stuff’ Category

It’s been almost two months since we last gave you a reason to enjoy the Internet. With the most recent news cycle, it seems a good time to find more lighthearted, uplifting content.

Tired of the same old-same old? Wake up to the cutest content on Twitter!
Image by Pixabay via Pexels

Today, we focus entirely on Twitter. Here are the Great Eight Twitter accounts we think you’ll love —

Humor and Animals: “The Feel Good Page Of The Year”

We Rate Dogs: “Your Only Source For Professional Dog Ratings”

Awwww Cats:Adorable photos and videos from all around the world”

pup: “Providing the best pup pictures and videos of all puppies & animals”

The Animal Fight [Ignore the misleading name — these videos are adorable!]

In Otter News: “The very best Water Sausages from around the world”

Good doggos: “Some dogs are Doggos, some are Puppers, and some may even be Pupperinos. But they are all Good Boyes.”

Baby Pups: “Love puppies” [Features kittens, too!]

Go ahead and click on a few — we think you’ll be hooked, and you’ll love going online again!

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8 TIPS FOR TAKING A ROAD TRIP WITH YOUR PET

Posted on May 15, 2018 under Dog Articles on PetsBest.com

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

Imagine driving for three days, staying at two hotels and covering 1,383 miles with a 60-pound dog and a meow-happy cat. And, then a week later, repeating this trek to return home. Does that sound like your dream road trip? Surprisingly, it was for me!

Latest national pet surveys indicate more than 70 percent of people take their dogs – and yes, even some travel-savvy cats – on road trips.

Photo by Vladimir Kudinov via Pexels

8 TRIED-AND-TESTED TIPS FOR ROAD TRIPPING WITH PETS
To keep your sanity and to keep your pets safe during those long hours of driving, here are 8 tried-and-tested tips. Plus, be sure to download your Pet Road Trip Checklist to help you prepare for the journey!

1. Pack with a purpose

Keep pet travel essentials in your vehicle. My must-have list include a water bowl, bottled water, extra leash and collar with identification tags, poop bags, an old towel, pre-moistened wipes, a basic first-aid kit, necessary medications, a copy of health records, bedding, treats, one or two favorite toys and at least a 3-day supply of food inside resealable plastic bags or containers.

2. Don’t be a road warrior

If you are traveling by yourself, take a break every couple of hours and check if your pets need a bathroom break or water. I limited myself to eight hours behind the wheel each day and always left an hour or two before the morning rush hour.

3. Select hotels that that don’t take a big bite out of your wallet

Book hotel stays in advance by using pet-friendly websites like BringFido.com and GoPetFriendly.com. But be sure to call the hotel directly, too. You may save a bit by booking direct.

4. Park your pet while you drive

Do not allow your dog to ride in the front passenger seat or in your lap or allow him to stick his head out the window. An unrestrained 60-pound dog becomes a 2,700-pound projectile in a sudden stop or an accident at 35 miles per hour. Depending on the size of your dog, fit him in a pet safety harnesses securely clipped into a seatbelt in the middle seats or place him inside pet carriers, also fastened in place. In our trip, my dog was harnessed in the back of the SUV and my cat was inside a well-ventilated cat carrier tethered to a seat belt in the middle seat.

5. Purchase pet insurance

Nothing takes the fun out of a vacation like an unexpected expense or injury. Treating a broken leg can cost $2,000 to $5,000. Pet insurance helps you prepare for the unexpected. The best part is that you can use any vet in the U.S. with Pets Best coverage. So if you’re just passing through and an emergency happens, you don’t have to worry about using a different veterinarian.

6. Tap into technology

With the swipe of your finger, you can obtain instant access to your pet’s medical records, locate the nearest emergency veterinary hospital and receive step-by-step audio and print instructions for pet first-aid by downloading the Pet Tech PetSaver App or other similar ones. Pets Best customers can access their policy’s included 24/7 Pet Helpline for questions and tips for keeping their pet’s healthy during road trips too!

7. Dine at odd times

Try to dine at pet-permitting restaurants and outdoor cafes during off peak times, such as mid-morning or late afternoon. Weekdays are usually quieter than weekends. Be sure to have exercised your dog with a brisk 30-minute walk before dining to help calm him down. Request a table in an out-of-the-way corner. Tether your dog’s six-foot or four-foot leash securely under one of your chair legs to keep him from disturbing other diners.

8. Paw it forward

Set a good example for the next person traveling with his or her pet. Have your dog be in a sit-stay when you check in at the front desk. Abide by the pet rules and always leave a generous tip for the housekeeping staff – especially if you have a shedding dog like mine. These gestures create a positive impression that will benefit other pet lovers.

[Bonus tip: Make sure a lost pet can be returned you by protecting him or her with a permanent microchip ID, like a HomeAgain microchip.]

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If you love animals and you’re in need of positive vibes from the Internet, we’ve found some places you can visit to feel much, much better!

Photo by rawpixel.com via Pexels

On Twitter: Cute Emergency https://twitter.com/CuteEmergency

On Instagram: The 10 best pet accounts (according to Digital Photography Review): https://www.dpreview.com/post/7960048854/10-pets-insta

On Facebook: Funny Pets https://www.facebook.com/ofunnypets/

By Daddy Dolls: Custom pet pillows, using your photos: https://daddydolls.com/LargePetPillow

Enjoy!

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Nature hikes aren’t just for people — your dog can also enjoy exercising in the great outdoors, beyond your yard, at Norfolk Botanical Garden all summer.*

Stock photo by Liesbeth Koopmans via Pexels

Summer Sunday Dog Days 2019 at Norfolk Botanical Garden

*Sundays in June, July, August, September & October
9 AM – 7 PM

Members and Members’ Dogs are FREE
Not-yet-members’ Dogs: $5 (human admission applies)

Know before you go: Double-check for any changes to the schedule or hours before arriving at the Garden.

Your dog must remain on a leash at all times.
Dogs are not permitted in the Children’s Garden or Butterfly House.

Watch this blog for more dog-friendly events at Norfolk Botanical Garden — located less than 2 miles from Little Creek Veterinary Clinic!

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How to Build a Safe and Stylish Catio

Posted on April 14, 2017 under Cat Articles at PetsBest.com 

By Julie Sheer, Houzz.

It’s the dilemma of every cat owner: how to let Kitty enjoy the outdoors without risk of the Great Escape. The outside world can be a dangerous place for a roaming cat, with the threat of predators, cars, poison and diseases. Not to mention the danger to wild birds, which outdoor cats kill in monumental numbers. Catios — or cat patios — are safely enclosed playhouses for felines that provide fresh air, mental stimulation and exercise.

Cats confined indoors are at higher risk for stress-related diseases, says Dr. Martine van Boeijen, a cat veterinarian in Perth, Australia. “An enclosed catio, which safely confines your cat to your property, allows your cat to have the best of both worlds.” Here is a basic guide on custom, kit and DIY options for adding a catio to your home.

Catios can be as elaborate as a custom-designed feline jungle gym or as simple as enclosing a patio with screening. Here, Rasputin enjoys one of the perches in a custom catio built in Arcadia, California.

Suggested Features
It’s important to make sure catios are escape-proof and include basic feline comforts:

  • Entry door or window, or walkway or tunnel from the house
  • Perches, ramps, steps, bridges, catwalks
  • Post or tree for scratching and climbing
  • Hiding places
  • Beds, pillows or hammocks for resting

Finish reading this article at PetsBest.com


Bonus Links 

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At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we love to give a special award to pets whose poop is free of parasites and eggs, blood, and foreign objects.

The Clean As A Whistle Award is one that nearly everyone can strive for.

[Pets with certain medical conditions may show blood in the stool, even during treatment — we totally understand!]

Here are the latest recipients of the coveted Clean As A Whistle Award:

  • Bear H.
  • Daisy W.
  • Harley Quinn K.
  • Izzy K.
  • Lucy C.
  • Maggie May M.
  • Molly H.
  • Luna M.
  • Goldie G.
  • Willy T.
  • Pulpita F.
  • Mia T.
  • Kimber F.
  • Mykah Jean N.
  • Smokey H.
  • Bindi G.
  • Lucky L.
  • Sam M.
  • Happy R.
  • Remi M.

Good job, everyone!

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Admit it: your cat has an awesome life. And now that you’ve added food puzzles and the perfect scratching post, your cat’s life is darn near perfect.

But is it possible to improve upon perfection? Your cat says, “Yes!”

Here are 4 more ways you can improve your cat’s life today:

  1. Multiple litterboxes. This is especially important when living with several cats or other pets in the house. Cats often won’t cross a “barrier” created by another cat or pet blocking the litterbox. Having extra litterboxes in different areas of the house (including on each floor of a multi-level home) gives your cats choices and helps prevent accidents.
  2. A safe space. Cats like to hide out and nap in private spots, without worry of being harassed by pets or people. Popular hiding spots include an empty box, dark closet, beneath furniture, and high up on cabinets. If your cat doesn’t have a hiding spot, try to provide one, such as a covered cat bed.
  3. Play time. Cats are natural hunters, so look for toys they can “chase.” Pick up some cat-safe toys that require your involvement, and get silly with your cat.  Bonus: Play time helps your cat bond with you and burn calories.
  4. Calming pheromones. Cats can feel more relaxed and less territorial when they are exposed to pheromones (chemical signals) just like the ones they secrete from glands in their face (which they love to rub on you and everything in their environment.) Try Feliway plug-ins to send a chemical message to your cat that says, “Relax.”

It’s your cat’s home — you’re just living in it!

Tips for this blog post are based on advice by feline care expert Dr. Ilona Rodan, via dvm360 Magazine.

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