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

Welcome to Rebecca West's Pets and Animals Blog.

Pet parent builds rooftop viewing platform for family dog (image via Nicolas Sharrock)
Posted on June 27, 2017

A daredevil of a dog got his wings clipped from anymore rooftop excursions when his pet parents decided to curb his flights of fancy with a viewing platform that accommodates his small stature. See it for yourself.

Tips for surviving a dog attack
Posted on June 26, 2017

Sometimes pepper spray isn't enough in a dog attack. Learn how to defend yourself, as related by a former Navy SEAL, in the event of an attack. Doing so can up your odds of survival. (VIDEO)

World's ugliest dog contest 2017
Posted on June 24, 2017

There's a new ugly mug in the winner circle of the 29th Annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest, and she's not nearly as hideous as you'd think. Actually, she's kinda cute, in a wrinkled, homely sort of way. (VIDEO)

Casting call for pet calendar
Posted on June 23, 2017

Would you like to see your pet's face gracing the pages of a calendar with the potential of being seen by millions? Well, now's your chance. Find out how and where.

Search for Amelia Earhart continues with bone sniffing dogs
Posted on June 22, 2017

Scientist ready to launch new search of Gardener Island in attempt to finally solve 80-year-old mystery of the disappearance of famed aviator Amelia Earhart through the use of bone-sniffing dogs. (VIDEO)

Rawhide Dog Treats Being Recalled, Animals Fall Ill
Posted on June 21, 2017

A recall on rawhide dog treats is underway in the U.S. in connection to pets experiencing symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Find out now if you've got one of these three brands in your cupboard.

Woman mistakes baby rattlesnake for dog toy on YouTube video
Posted on June 20, 2017

A woman in California mistook a baby rattler for her dog's rope toy. What happened next was pretty darn funny, and fortunately it was all caught on tape. (VIDEO)

Why do cats knock things over?
Posted on June 19, 2017

Have you ever watched your cat seemingly purposely knock something over? What's up with that? Feline behaviorists weigh in with their views on the subject.

Eclipse riding the bus to the dog park in Seattle (image via SeattlecityMisfit)
Posted on June 17, 2017

How mobile and worldly is your dog? Could he or she navigate the city bus system and find his or her way home again not once but on a daily basis? A canine in Seattle makes it look easy.

Amazing stories about kids and dogs
Posted on June 16, 2017

If you enjoy heartwarming stories that make you shed a tear or two, boy, are you in luck, because this one's a humdinger! Warning: grab your box of tissues before you read this.

Hairnets for dogs with excessive shedding (image via Doggy Hairnets)
Posted on June 14, 2017

Doggy hairnets? No, your eyes are not blurry, and you read that right. Let the bother of shedding be a thing of the past with a garment from the PetNetPlace. (VIDEOS)

Chloe the Paralyzed Kitten (image via @KittenXLady)
Posted on June 13, 2017

When a kitten was left paralyzed from back injuries, it was unlikely she'd ever be adopted. Not only has she found a forever home, but acupuncture has helped her regain mobility.

Safety tips for swimming with dogs
Posted on June 12, 2017

Do you know the most important safety tips regarding swimming with dogs? Read up on how you can keep your canines from becoming a statistic this summer with these five simple rules.

Depressed dog cheers up after seeing her dad's face on DIY toy
Posted on June 10, 2017

Separated from her human for too long, a rescue dog started to fall into a deep, dark depression until she saw his face again — on a stuffed toy assembled by a crafty pet sitter.

2017 Corgi Races at Canterbury Park
Posted on June 9, 2017

First it was dachshunds, then it was chihuahuas, and now it's corgis racing wildly across the track in hopes of bringing home the gold — a gold plated cup full of dog treats, that is. (VIDEO)

Pesticides create increased risk of cancer in dogs
Posted on June 8, 2017

Do you regularly treat your lawn or garden with chemicals to enhance it or to kill off pests? If you do, you may want to rethink your strategy, because more evidence points to a link between pesticides and canine cancer.

Seattle Barkery Food Truck in Washington State
Posted on June 7, 2017

A food truck with a flair for canine cuisine has been driving the streets of Seattle like a Pied Piper for dogs. Based on its success, could this be a recipe for things to come? (VIDEO)

Highly contagious form of dog flu spreads among canines and cats
Posted on May 31, 2017

A highly contagious form of dog flu has surfaced in Florida, which is capable of infecting both dogs and cats. If you live there you need to take precautions, as it's able to spread quickly.

German Shepherd sings "We Are the Champions"
Posted on May 30, 2017

James Cordon's Carpool Karaoke has nothing on a singing German shepherd and his mom as they drive and belt out their version of a Queen hit even Freddie Mercury might have been proud of. (VIDEO)

Memorial Day Celebrations & Pets
Posted on May 29, 2017

Like any holiday where fireworks and gatherings are the norm, keep your pets safe this Memorial Day by following these tips for a worry-free celebration.

Snakes as pets
Posted on May 28, 2017

So, you're thinking about getting a reptile as a pet, either for yourself or a family member. Before you take the plunge, take a moment to consider their diet before committing to the idea. You may not be up to it.

Sweet kittens need proper nutrition
Posted on May 27, 2017

Growing bodies need proper nutrition, no matter what species they are. Kittens are no different. Check out these tips on kitten nutrition, along with a fun fact or two.

trimming bird nails
Posted on May 26, 2017

Should you or shouldn't you attempt to trim your bird's nails yourself? What about their beaks? Read our tips for grooming your pet birds and learn what to tackle yourself and what to leave to the professionals.

Small pets with particular diets
Posted on May 25, 2017

Small pets can come equipped with impressive appetites, but they need to be given the right foods, if they're going to stick around and enjoy your company for long. Do you have one of the small pets on our list?

Keeping Reptiles as Pets
Posted on May 24, 2017

If you're keeping reptiles as pets, there are some things you need to know. Up their odds for survival by reading these 5 important tips for creating the right environment for your reptile.