Stuck in the Mud

By Lara Joseph “Almost all aggressive behaviors I have seen in pigs have started out with the pig defending himself from humans or another animals. The signs of fear are subtle and the aggression that follows is preventable.” © Lara Joseph Mini, pocket and teacup are all adjectives used to…

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Choosing The Right Cat Collars: A Guide To The Best Cat Collars

Check, and you won't find any rule that mandates putting a collar on your cat. Then you can also think about how daunting it is to successfully wear your cat its first collar, mainly if it's a kitten or adult without previous experience of wearing one. These factors can make you hesitate to purchase a cat collar. Maybe you have never thought…

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Thinking Outside the Shelter

By Melissa Taylor  (Left to right) Owner Kate, Blake the dog, and behavior volunteer Laura practice cooperative vaccination, reducing stress associated with the procedure and making restraint unnecessary © Friends For Life Like many shelters, my shelter, Friends For Life Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas, relies heavily on volunteers to…

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Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program…from Scratch

By Melissa Taylor and Alese Zeman One of the duties of BV2s, like Beverly Burns, is carrying out matching assessments to help adopters find the right fit © Friends For Life There’s no way we at Friends For Life Animal Shelter can handle all of Houston, Texas’s feline behavior needs,…

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Playing It Safe

By Andrea Carne A study by Cecchetti et al. (2021) found that cats who engaged in play with their guardians using a wand toy for just 5 to 10 minutes a day brought home 25% fewer prey animals © Can Stock Photo / adogslifephoto “Play with your cat more –…

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The Porcine Phenomenon

By Lara Joseph Milo stationing: Pigs are intelligent animals who learn new things very quickly © Lara Joseph As we all know, animals are fascinating, especially when it comes to their ability to learn and their individuality. I am attracted to intelligent animals who learn quickly and are able to…

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Thunderphobia in Dogs

Thunderphobia is the fear of thunderstorms and it can be severe enough to make a dog’s life miserable.  It may be more common than you know. At least 20% of dogs suffer noise phobias including thunderphobia, according to ethologist Dr. Karolina Westlund, Ph.D.  There are about 80,000,000 dogs in the United…

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#PPGSummit 2015: The Future Is Now

Panelist and presenter, Chirag Patel, meets Zoey, owned by summit attendee, Alyssa Buller (not pictured) At times, with all the cruelty and destruction in the world, it can seem disheartening for pet professionals who are trying to make a stand for animals, to be their voice and ensure they get…

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