Pets And Animals Blog by Rebecca West (To Be Edited)

Welcome to Rebecca West's Pets and Animals Blog.

Image via the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Facebook
Posted on August 19, 2017

The demand for therapy dogs has increased significantly over the last few decades, and the range of jobs they perform has increased with it. Find out how they're helping us now.

Cures4Cats Day 2017
Posted on August 18, 2017

The Winn Feline Foundation is having its inaugural Cures4Cats Day this October, and support of it will go a long ways towards the care and treatment of felines everywhere.

traveling with cats
Posted on August 17, 2017

Most cats aren't exactly the perfect travel companion. For some ideas on how to improve the experience, read these simple tips for traveling with cats — you and your pet will be glad you did.

Image via Muttville Senior Dog Rescue Video Screen Shot
Posted on August 16, 2017

Looking to adopt a pet? Consider a senior dog and make their final years happy. And, while you're at it, get in a workout with what's known as Muttsercise. (VIDEO)

Nubby, the special needs dog, while different, is not disposable
Posted on August 15, 2017

Animal rescuer Lou Robinson knows one simple truth about life, and that is that "different is not disposable." For one adorable special needs puppy that attitude has made all the difference. (VIDEO)

10 plants for indoor use that won't make your pets sick
Posted on August 14, 2017

So many seemingly innocuous plants are actually harmful to animals. Here's a list of 10 houseplants that you can safely bring into a home shared with pets.

debunking myths about snakes
Posted on August 12, 2017

Snakes are one of the most misunderstood of all creatures, due in large part to their high creep factor. Find out which three myths concerning snakes aren't necessarily true.

Spotting illness in fish
Posted on August 11, 2017

Spotting illness in any living creature as soon as it presents itself can mean the difference between life and death. If your fish change in behavior or appearance it's time to be concerned. Learn what to look for right here.

Dogs can experience separation anxiety once school starts
Posted on August 10, 2017

In some parts of the country school is getting ready to begin, while in others it's already in session. Dogs can have a difficult time adjusting to this sudden departure of playmates.

Two-legged dog survives crash (image YouTube screen shot)
Posted on August 9, 2017

Missing for 17 hours, one extremely lucky dog that is no stranger to celebrity managed to survive relatively unscathed after being ejected from a truck that impacted with a bison! (VIDEO)

Flying Fur Animal Rescue (image via Paul Steklenski)
Posted on August 8, 2017

A military veteran in Pennsylvania has taken to the skies to help shelter animals in desperate need of adoptions. Read how his selfless acts of love have saved more than 700 animals in just two years.

Many canine breeds came to us from Europe
Posted on August 7, 2017

Scientists have mapped out the largest canine evolutionary tree to date, giving us fascinating insights into just how far back many breeds date and which breeds include genes from "New World" dogs.

Dachshund study leads to improved human treatments
Posted on August 4, 2017

Dachshunds at the center of research centering around a rare and deadly form of epilepsy offer clues to future treatments for animals and children.

The Pups for Patriots Act pairs dogs with returning vets
Posted on August 3, 2017

Service or therapy dogs for returning veterans suffering from PTSD are an effective tool for helping them cope.

Brick from the great ziggurat of Ur
Posted on July 31, 2017

You think your pets have mucked up your construction projects? Don't sweat it. They've been leaving their imprints on them for thousands of years.

Cat saved from poisoning by vodka (image via RSPCA)
Posted on July 30, 2017

Here's one for the books: a cat in Brisbane exhibiting signs of antifreeze poisoning was miraculously pulled back from the brink of death by a quick-thinking nurse and a bottle of vodka.

How to Play with Cat Toys the Right Way
Posted on July 29, 2017

Got a kitty who doesn't like to play with toys? Maybe you're giving them the wrong toys or you're not playing with them right. Find out what you're doing wrong.

Greek Rescue Dog Survives  (Screen shot via The Orphan Pet)
Posted on July 28, 2017

Watch the truly amazing transformation of one sad, sick and lonely puppy rescued in Greece as he survives, thrives and then ultimately flourishes due to the kindness of strangers. (VIDEO)

Cats eyes
Posted on July 27, 2017

Learn about how a cat's eyes function and just how well their eyesight measures up to ours. You just might be surprised at what you find out.

Deciphering guinea pig behavior
Posted on July 26, 2017

Are you hip to the lingo describing your guinea pig's actions, sounds and often times inexplicable behavior? Here's a breakdown of the terminology that deciphers it all.

Adopt a potcake from the Caribbean
Posted on July 25, 2017

Vacationers in the Caribbean can now volunteer to spend the afternoon playing with puppies on the beach. It sounds like grueling work, but somebody's got to do it. (VIDEO)

Dog rescues drowning fawn
Posted on July 24, 2017

"Here I come to save the day!" Those could have been the words of a golden retriever that instinctively dove into the water and saved a young fawn from drowning. (VIDEO)

BFFs Audi & Messy (image via Oranit Kittragul)
Posted on July 23, 2017

Two neighborhood dogs in Thailand that had only communicated through barks became BFFs after finally getting a chance to meet face to face, and the result was just too darn sweet!

Your cat's tail could be sending you a message
Posted on July 22, 2017

What tales are your cats' tails trying to tell you? Check out these six communication signs every feline owner should know.

Cats can be antisocial creatures
Posted on July 21, 2017

Got an antisocial kitty that you wish was more of a cuddler? Read these tips for socializing felines and your wish just might come true.