Yes, you read that right. Under consideration tonight by San Francisco's Commission of Animal Control and Welfare is an ordinance that would make it illegal to sell pets within city limits! This stems from a growing number of animals of all kinds abandoned or in shelters facing euthanization. While I most definitely agree with cutting down on puppy mill dogs, for example, this law would ban the sale of any "companion animal" — including dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, and lizards — other than rabbits or ferrets (which are already illegal) and fish.Believed to be the country's first such ban, on the one hand I think of the poor conditions of some animals in pet stores, and on the other I'm imagining a "black market" for small mammals.
Ugh, let's take a minute to talk number two. I've just moved, and it's been a struggle to get my pooch to go potty on concrete. He strongly prefers dirt or a patch of grass as his preferred toilet and keeps sniffing around for a familiar smell as I try to hustle him along so I can go to work. I know all about marking and picky pee places, but does anyone else have a pup out there that is finicky for just the poo?
I definitely don't hide my pup's love of peanut butter but personally stock two separate jars at home, one for the furry fella and one for the people. That being said, I still don't let him lick the sticky stuff straight from the tub, even his own stash.While it's definitely hilarious (for humans) to watch dogs try to eat PB with all the lip-smacking and licking involved, a less-than-hysterical recent case in South Florida caught my eye. Three cops in Ft. Lauderdale let a pooch eat some peanut butter from a jar . . . then put the jar back where other, unsuspecting employees could later take it. While I'm sure we can all agree that's a rotten thing to do, the real question here is how rotten, as the officers in question may face criminal charges for this act.
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As my friend was checking out, I noticed the pooch made his way behind the counter to try his best to get something from a box underneath one of the registers. I snapped my fingers and said "No! Stop!" in a loud, firm voice which caught the dog's attention and he trotted off to sniff elsewhere. Finally, the owner walked out — without buying anything! — and the pooch dashed out after her, knocking his wagging tail into a couple passersby in the process.
While I didn't approach the human, I thought it was odd that I seemed to be the only one concerned about what his nosy nose was getting into? What would you do in this situation?
While some dogs have favorite colors themselves, I've been known to lean towards a collar for North in a color combo that I personally love. We've never taken it so far as sporting identical patterns, and I'm not sure how I feel about the prospect although this matchy matchy Mulberry set is pretty sweet in theory. Would you share your passion for a particular brand or pattern with a furry friend as well?
This story begins with a pooch (not shown here) who was tossed out the window from six stories up by
an insane person her owner. She was rescued by the ASPCA's Animal Cops, treated for her broken bones and other injuries by shelter's hospital, and named Oreo.
While I certainly don't want to see any animal suffer (or die), this does raise some questions for me — namely, what happens if the rescue then cannot "fix" or home the animal? Do you have an opinion about this legislation? Share your reasoning in the comments below.
Although I think guinea pigs and goldfish are commonly found in kids' classrooms or bedrooms, I owned a dwarf hamster in my 20s, have a pal in his 30s with a hermit crab, and remember that awesome Ikea-hack-turned-rodent-home? All of those counteract my own opinions. Are there certain animals you associate with younger people and/or have you ever owned a pet that you don't think fits your age range?
According to Hal Herzog, professor of psychology at Western Carolina University and author of the upcoming Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It Is So Hard to Think Straight About Animals:
People tend to gravitate toward the animals they were raised with. Cat owners tend to be raised in cat families, and dog owners tend to be raised in dog families. In fact, one study found the animal you like is the one your grandparents lived with.
Do the pets you own now correspond with those you had as a child? And if you know the pets your grandparents had, share that in the comments below!
In my mind, the pet or name debate rivals the chicken and egg one: what comes first? While catching up on some TV after North's photoshoot, I picked up on a funny scene from the latest episode of How I Met Your Mother.
The sometimes neurotic Ted dreamed about his doomed future without Cindy (guest spot by real-life animal lover, Rachel Bilson), saying “Bye bye, triplet schnauzers ‘Frank,’ ‘Lloyd’ and ‘Wright.’” Not only was it a silly dramatic thought, it got me thinking about pets with matching names. Since I'm in no rush to add to my family . . . even for a pup named South, I'm asking have you (or would you) ever name pets as a group?
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Since I wasn't there, I can't guarantee there was no fur flying at any point, but the kitties surely looked so patient every time the audience was panned. Would your cats enjoy a trip like this or are they solely homebodies?