Most recently published stories in Petlife.
Traveling with Pets
As we move towards the holidays it is important to keep our pets ever present in our minds. I know this can be difficult considering you have a billion other things to think about. Presents, dinner, scheduling, decorating - the list really goes on and on. But don't forget about your pets when you think about your holiday plans.
My Very First Pup
It all started on a nice day in September 2011, when I got a puppy. My very own puppy, no one else's. I was about 12 or 13 years old, and my friends cousin had puppies that they couldn't keep so I offered to take one. I was so excited, I was determined to be the best owner I could ever be! I decided to name her Hershie, as she looked like the color of a Hershey's bar when she was smaller.
Siberian Husky Myths
Siberian huskies are probably one of the most recognizable and widely known breeds of dog of the planet. Sadly, however, this popularity of the breed has paved the way for many myths and lies about their temperament and overall behavior. So here are some of the biggest myths known about Siberian huskies, and the explanations of why these thought-to-be-facts are actually just works of fiction.
The Day My Puppy Died — My Biggest Regret
I remember it like it was yesterday, rather than many years ago. My puppy — I refer to her as a puppy, because she was only five years old — had been acting strange. I don't remember how it all happened, I just remember her laying on my bed, not moving. We all thought she was sick and that, if we gave her a few days, she'd be back to her energetic, fun-loving self again.
Blacklisted: The Tale of Animal Cruelty
When the topic of animal cruelty presents itself in conversation, what first comes to mind? Animal testing? Abuse? Endangerment? Though these things are considered valid forms of animal cruelty, the qualifications for cruelty fall deeper than one would expect. In the documentary Blackfish, an orca in captivity is closely observed to prove that whale captivity is cruel and inhumane. The facts presented in this documentary lead one to consider the following: why does society need to be aware of the politics of animal cruelty and captivity, and what does society gain from this knowledge?
The Rescue Dog
Over a year ago now, my partner and I met and he had a beautiful Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Bullseye, Bulls for short. I found out from my partner that he was a rescue dog. Myself personally I love dogs, but Bulls was different to any other dog I'd had.
The Issue With Horse Slaughter
I want to preface this blog post by saying that NO horse deserves to be slaughtered. I despise those who participate in this business and want nothing more than for it to be shut down permanently. Inhumane slaughtering of any animal is detestable. Now, here is where it gets controversial.
A Pet Owner's Journey (Pt. 10)
When you get a dog, you usually look into what kind of breed you are getting so that you can learn a little bit more about what to expect from the pet joining your life. Or, at least, you should do this. It is essential to choose a pet that fits your lifestyle.
Pig Hops and Pet Shops
Popcorning is the term given to when a young guinea pig does a little electrified hop with excitement and happiness. It's intense, adorable, and a great way to know you're doing a good job as pig parent. If your pig suddenly stops popping for his favourite things, you know something's very wrong.
A 'Pug'-tual Personality
Sometimes I think to myself, "Is this normal? Are other pugs like this?" After doing a little interweb searching I found out that he isn't the only wacky pug.
How a Craigslist Puppy Changed My World
In the summer of 2016, one week away from my twenty-second birthday I was prematurely going through my mid-life crisis. On the outside looking in, everything was good. A newly purchased home, a career with opportunities for advancement. On my own, I thought I could conquer the world. But in truth anxiety was beginning to creep in and destroy my confidence. I was lonely, my only friend was about to move to Scotland. My family lived thousands of miles away, and my social life revolved around going to work. One day on lunch I began perusing the local Craigslist for the area where I lived. An ad for free puppies caught my attention. They were four months old, hound-mixes, needing good homes ASAP. I began evaluating my abilities to care for a dog. I lived alone in the middle of the country, with a large fenced in yard. My job was Monday through Friday and allowed me weekends and evenings at home. As an animal lover since childhood I immediately called the number without a second thought.
Lost In A Fire
Preface: Our house burned down on February 20, 2016. Since that time, I have been almost completely unable to write anything of substance.