Most recently published stories in Petlife.
Bipolar Therapy Cat
It might sound ridiculous to think about how animals can be the only ones who truly understand mental health disorders. But I'm beginning to think its true. I suffer from psychosis-related bipolar 2 disorder, along with generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Anxiety seems to be the most common mental health problem today, so when it comes to dealing with help for that I have a few people in my life who can at the very least relate to my struggle. However, my bipolar disorder is completely foreign to most in my life. There are a couple people in my family who also suffer from bipolar disorder, but one is undiagnosed and the other two are bipolar 1 and are much much older then myself. So, really, no one has the same disorder as myself.
A Dog Named George
I have been a Correctional Officer for twenty seven years. In 2003, my little jail closed and I was relocated to a new jail an hour away from my home. Compared to my former jail, this one was huge, which I found a little overwhelming. That first year was a hard one. My marriage ended, I was suspended from work exactly one year later, in January 2014, and to make it that much more difficult, the day after my suspension, I moved to a new town of 2,500 people knowing not one of them. It was just myself, my two cats, a litre and a half of red wine every night, and my anger. Then depression set in for the first time in my life. I found myself staying in bed all the time.
My Neighbour’s Cat
It was a warm day in April when a small ginger cat jumped over the fence into our garden. The way the cat approached my brother and I was strange. He had confidence like no other cat we’d ever been faced with before.
A Pet Owner's Journey (Pt. 13)
If you've ever owned a pet you know that they are a bit of a mystery. It's hard to get inside of their heads and figure out what is really going on. We can look for subtle hints and signs, but sometimes there is really no road map to understanding your pet.
The Real Stories of Buying from Breeders
This story begins when I decided I wanted to add a special needs cat to my family of two cats, unborn child and myself. It was posted on Facebook that there was a blind pure bred Siamese kitten that needed a home and I knew she would be the perfect fit. When I got her, she was about 10 weeks old, blind, and about a month behind in her growth. This is when my work started. I knew the extra work that was going to be involved in a blind cat and was ready to get her as healthy as possible. We were unsure of her sight prognosis at the time and just knew we needed to do what we could to help her.
Gharials - The Best of the Crocodile Grins!
The first successful breeding of gharials (Gavialis gangeticus) in Europe took place at Protivin Crocodile Zoo in the Czech Repulic this year, an incredible achievement—congratulations! Following this, I decided to dedicate this entry to the urgent plight of the gharial and take this opportunity to nerd out about what are hands down my favourite species of crocodilian.
My Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are some of the most elegant and majestic dogs around. The way they run brings about fierceness and strength to their stature. However, despite these facts, Huskies are also some of the goofiest and sassiest dogs you'll come across.
The Emotions of Birds
Small birds are surprisingly emotional. It is common knowledge that dogs and cats have various emotions, but what about the birds? I am a new bird-mom to two male cockatiels. I had no idea that they would have such varied emotions. Because the internet is LITTERED with videos and blogs about the emotions of dogs and cats, I thought that my birds would be as emotional as my floral wall paper. Nothing could prepare me for what I discovered with both of my little birds.
Why Do Cats Do That?
For as long as cats have been a wonderful family pet in our home, there is the age old question that runs in everyone’s mind:
Whales Should Not Be Held Prisoner
We take a sum of about ten to twenty dollars and pay our admission to the zoo to watch animals for our own entertainment. Many zoos encompass the United States and are often visited. We see and analyze monkeys, birds, lions, tigers, and bears and we observe the adventurous animals. Children seem to love to see the animals in "habitats" but, in reality, the "habitats" are not what they should be. We wholeheartedly take kids to these places in order for them to see and witness creatures they would not, unless taken to the zoo. One animal that really stands out are whales. Whales are huge, beautiful creatures that are extremely intelligent. Although whales are extravagant, they should not be held in captivity in places like SeaWorld because they are dangerous to keepers, their living space is too small for their instinct, and they do not work particularly well with other whales swimming around.
- Top Story - December 2017
10 Reasons Why Pets Are Amazing
Bruce Cameron wrote, "When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude."
A Pet Owner's Journey (P.12)
As I said in my last entry, Roxy is rather smitten with my partner. She has taken to him almost to the point of ignoring me completely. I have almost been replaced, but the key word there is "almost."