Most recently published stories in Petlife.
My Last Day As Bernie The Dog
Euthanasia, that is all I heard other than my families tears rolling from their cheeks. I wanted to beat this cancer and live at least another 3 years.
The Complete A-Z Guide to Being a Cat Owner
Despite the common misconception that cats are completely independent, cats actually take a lot of work. But it doesn't have to be difficult to keep your cat healthy and happy.
A Different Kind of Pet: the African Dwarf Frog
Just a little background: I first found out about African Dwarf Frogs (or as they're sometimes referred as ADF's) about a year ago. I saw them first on the internet as a compatible tank buddy to betta fishes. If you've never had a betta fish, they can sometimes be extremely aggressive so they normally need to be by themselves. My betta, named Alpha, is a pretty calm fish. He never flared up (they will puff up their gills), so I figured I could get him a little roommate and it wouldn't be an issue.
Leopard Gecko Care
Tank Temperature The tank heating should be roughly 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the cool side should be around 73 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to keep a watch on the temperature to make sure it is not too cold, nor too warm for the gecko.
11 DIY Cat Houses You Can Easily Make
We all know that feeling—we spend a ton of money on buying our cat the most beautiful, soft, expensive cat house we can find, only to see her more interested in an empty cardboard box than the $100 cat house you were convinced she would love. Now you've wasted money and your cat still doesn't have a nice place to call her own. Sure, that empty cardboard box is cool, but if your cat is anything like mine, she'll get excited about it and play with it for a day, then never touch it again. It's just one of those weird things your cat might do. Your kitty wants a warm place to snuggle, but if your lap is occupied, what can she do? Rather than keep spending money to find out which house may strike her fancy, make one of these DIY cat houses all your own! If she doesn't like it, it's not a big deal, since it took very little time and effort to make. And if she does, well, it's a win-win!
5 Benefits of Getting a Puppy
1. Lowers Stress Interacting with a puppy is scientifically proven to reduce stress; even simple acts such as petting the dog can lower stress-inducing hormones and instead increase feel-good hormones. Owning a dog also assists in lowering the feeling of loneliness by filling our need for touch and support.
An Honest Review...
Recently, my family and I got ourselves a new, four-legged addition to the family. Our "Beast" (which is what we named him) is now 130-pounds of ruff, and he's only 1.5 years old. So you can imagine how much money we had "budgeted" into their food cost (like... $20). Working in the veterinary field has opened my eyes to what veterinary professionals consider good quality food versus "you don't know what you're really getting" food. I can talk about this subject for four more posts, but I promised (in the subtitle) to keep this relatively short(er).
Best Dog Training Books Every New Owner Should Read
When I first adopted my puppy, I knew that I wanted to start training him. I always hear that it's better if you start training your dogs at their earliest age, because they'll grow up to become masters in everything they were trained in. So, I gave it a shot. I looked up a few pet training methods and strategies to begin with. Even though I was following what the Internet was telling me, my puppy couldn't entirely understand what I was trying to tell him. At this point, I didn't know what else to do. I knew my puppy was at the perfect age where he begins to understand things. Even his breed is the type of breed that can easily pick up on tricks. However, it wasn't my puppy and his learning ability that was the problem, it was what the Internet was showing me.
Peanut Butter Doggo Treats
My dog, a sweet little ten-pound terrier, was nearly out of treats (GASP!). I do not currently have a car, so grocery visits are limited to a need basis when it comes to forking out for a Lyft. I debated ordering via Amazon Prime, but I often read recipes online for dogs, and decided to try my hand. Worse case scenario, they suck and I order them anyway, right?
Is the Grand National an Outdated Part of Our Culture?
Every year around this time there is endless debate about one horse race in particular: the Grand National. On one side, you have those who want to watch horse racing because they enjoy the sport—because they enjoy the adrenaline of watching such a tense race, and because they believe that it is ingrained in our history that the Grand National is a tradition we must upkeep. However, there is an equal or perhaps even larger amount of people on the other side—those who believe this sport is cruel, unnecessary and against animal rights. This side makes the argument that surely a developed country like the United Kingdom is past using animals for sport, and thinking nothing of killing them in the process, all in the name of sport.
The Eastern Timber Wolf
I volunteered at the Timber Wolf Preservation Society (TWPS) from 2012 to its closing in 2014. As a tour guide, I learned things I never thought I would. My first-hand experience showed me that much of what I thought I knew about wolves before was false. They are a beautiful species that I think everyone can learn from.
Three Ways To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting Your Demise
We all know cats are highly intelligent creatures. Sometimes they are too smart for their own good. We also know that they are extremely independent, which is why they are such a popular pet choice. Cats do fine on their own; they only tolerate their owners. An owner allows them to get cuddles and gives them food that lets them be lazy (hunting for your meal is hard work).