Make 2013 the best year ever for you and your pet by including him in your resolutions. Last year was a doozy, what with a superstorm, a heated presidential election, and the highly anticipated apocalypse. So in the new year, don't lose sight of your priorities. Make sure both you and your pet are healthy, and spend as much quality time as you can with your best pal. If you're both aiming to shed a few pounds, then tackle that exercise and diet regimen together. Who knows? Maybe having a furry partner will allow you to finally stick to your resolutions.
Here at Sugar, we love our four-legged friends — maybe even more than we love celebrities. So PetSugar is taking a break from ogling Boo and Grumpy Cat to fawn over our own pets. Besides, we have our own Boo lookalike and plenty of adorably grumpy felines who deserve celebrity status. Click through and get to know 76 of our very own Sugar employees' pets.
Although those kitty eyes are open wide now, the biggest problems come when Hazel's taking her catnaps! TeamSugar is petsitting for a friend and has been sharing tales about this delightful feline . . . turns out the furball snores up a storm and keeps waking poor Team up during her sleepytime. My pooch definitely has his "old-man-who-smoked-too-many-cigs-for-too-many-years" snoring sound, as many smooshies do, how about your pets?
I spent agonizing weeks searching for pet-friendly apartments both in New York and San Francisco – it wasn't easy to find a place that welcomed my lil guy! The Dogs Trust offers these helpful tips for finding a home with your animals:
- Write a pet résumé including dog's breed, size, age, activity level, and special accomplishments or training.
- Get pet references from prior landlords, trainers, or others that know your pet well.
- Offer proof from a vet of vaccinations, neutering, and any deworming and flea medications.
- Explain his daily routine (e.g., visitors, dog walkers, daycare) to show how your pet will be cared for in your absence.
Have you ever had trouble finding a place to live that would also open its doors to your furry friend? Share your stories and advice in the comments below!
I know it's not the same thing, even if you don't call yourself mommy, but pet parenting can seem very similar to human parenting at times. You've now got a dependent who needs you for his basic needs, and there are changes that need to be made to your day-to-day lives . . . sacrifices that nonparents sometimes can't understand. From working late or grabbing happy hour drinks to staying over at a boyfriend's house or taking off on a moment's notice for the weekend, there are things that aren't always possible with furry family patiently waiting for yums or walkies. Have any of you had to make changes or explain to friends that you can't do something "because of the dog?" Please share it with all of us in your comments below – I know I can empathize!
I like to run every day and often I run on the track at my local public high school. There are way more dog walkers than joggers there! While I don't have a problem with dogs, the vast majority of them are not on leashes. Over a year ago while I was running there a dog came charging at me and I thought it would dodge or run alongside me, but it ran straight into me and knocked me over! I was fine and the owner apologized and was very concerned. What if I had been an elderly person? I could have gotten hurt.
The other problem is that most of the dog owners don't carry poop bags and there's a lot of doggy doo on the football field. I doubt the high school would be happy to get a call about the matter, but it's unlikely that they'll do anything. I sometimes want to tell dog owners to put their dogs on a leash, but that feels like it would be rude and there are so many irresponsible dog owners doing this. And there's no way of knowing which dog exactly is pooping on the field. What should I do?
I'm assuming this isn't officially a dog-friendly space, but I know from experience that makeshift dog runs turn up in the most surprising spots in places with limited fenced-in areas or safe parks – there's a tennis court near my apartment that's commonly used for this. It may be a problem for the officials, but please share any tips in your comments below.
All this talk of what the airlines are charging for the details, got me thinking about my lil detail, North. He loves being included in my life – and lets me know when he doesn't feel that way – but, boy, can the price of plane tickets get us down! When looking into a summer trip with my pooch this week, I realized a very shocking (and troubling) fact: JetBlue has doubled the price of a cabin pet from $50 to $100. I spoke with a representative from the airline's corporate communications department who shared some information on this change. Learn what I found out when you read more
Whenever my friend's pooch is feeling moody, or if there are too many people in the apartment, the dog heads straight into the bedroom and takes cover under her boyfriend's desk! During muggy summers in NYC, North loved to lie down on the cool bathroom tile floor and now, whenever I take a bubble bath, my naughty pup tries to hop up on the couch for snuggly shuteye before I can shoo him. Do your pets ever take refuge in a favorite spot . . . for better or worse? I wanna hear all about the nooks and crannies your furry friends call home in your comments below.
Even though many vets recommend that growing puppies eat three times a day, by adulthood, some choose to feed a dog once a day and some kitty owners leave just one meal out all day long. Regardless of how often dinner (or breakfast or lunch) time comes at your home, make sure you follow the directions on the bag – it usually lists portions based on daily servings. Divide accordingly for multiple meals (and don't forget to factor in the treats, too). What's this process like at your house?