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How Old is Your Pet, Really?

July 20, 2022 - Some dogs and cats have lived remarkably long lives. In March, Guinness World Records named Chihuahua "TobyKeith" the oldest living dog at 21 years, 66 days old. The oldest dog ever...

 

Have you Found 'Lost' Kittens? Sometimes it's Best to Leave Them Alone

My first cat was a beautiful black and white cat named Murphy. Murphy was born at the home of the "cat lady" who lived down the block and fed dozens of cats, with no sterilization plan in place to...

 

Do Dogs Grieve?

The other night my husband and I were talking about one of our past dogs, a Great Pyrenees named Isabella, who passed away several years ago at 14 years of age. When we mentioned her name, our Golden...

 

The Do's and Don'ts of Buying a Puppy

Thirty years ago, I led an animal shelter in Topeka, Kansas and we were often called upon to assist when authorities raided illegal and inhumane puppy mills. These neglected, ill animals needed safe...

 
 By Marcia Mayeda    News    April 25, 2021

National Lost Pet Awareness Day

Sometimes the unthinkable happens and no matter how secure your home, how mindful you are, and how careful of a pet parent you are, your beloved pet may get out and get lost. Each year, thousands of a...

 

The High Costs of Pet Medical Care

In my March blog, I discussed findings from the February 2021 Modern Pet Parent Report that highlighted the importance pets have played during the pandemic. This report also discussed pet owners' conc...

 
 By Marcia Mayeda    News    March 23, 2021

What Will Happen to Pets Adopted During Loneliness of Covid as Lockdowns Ease? They'll be Fine!

We have now reached the one-year anniversary of the shutdown of society as we responded to the threat of COVID-19. However, the future is looking very bright. After a devastating holiday season with...

 

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