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

Welcome to Rebecca West's Pets and Animals Blog.

Service dogs improve lives
Posted on April 19, 2017

Victims and witnesses are routinely subjected to a legal process they are ill equipped to handle. To compound matters, many of them are small children. Find out how canine companions in the courts are making a difference. (VIDEO)

Homeless Veterans & their Pets (image via TDP Facebook)
Posted on April 17, 2017

A homeless veteran desiring to bring awareness to the plight of tens of thousands of vets currently living with their pets on the street is riding cross country on a bicycle towing his dog. Find out how it all came about right here. (VIDEO)

Choosing the right Betta
Posted on April 16, 2017

Bettas are beautiful fish that come in rich vibrant colors. But what do you know about picking one out? For tips on how to choose the healthiest Betta available, read on!

Automated pet feeder makes dogs & cats work for their food
Posted on April 15, 2017

An aspiring geek and cat lover has come up with his own automated pet feeder that forces animals to work for their food. Find out more about how it works here. (VIDEO)

The Houdini Factor: Is Your Small Pet An Escape Artist?
Posted on April 14, 2017

Small pets are natural escape artists on the level of Houdini himself. Learn how to find them, get them back in their cage and keep them from escaping again.

The impact of pet food on the environment
Posted on April 13, 2017

Do you know the cost of the eco footprint your high-protein pet food leaves behind? You might be surprised, but will it stop you from feeding it to your pets?

The health benefits of owning an aquarium
Posted on April 12, 2017

Did you know that having an aquarium can offer the same health benefits as owning a dog or a cat? Read about all the different ways watching fish can improve our lives. You might just be surprised.

National Pet Day
Posted on April 11, 2017

It's National Pet Day, a time for showering your best buddies and little pals with even more attention than usual. If you're stumped on the best ways to observe it, we've got some great ideas for you right here.

Tips for Preparing Cats for Group Gatherings
Posted on April 10, 2017

Got a skittish kitty? Even the calmest of cats can get stressed when their routine is broken. With Easter just around the corner, now's the time to read up on five tips for readying cats for holiday parties and group gatherings.

The Truth About Hamsters: Sorting Through the Myths
Posted on April 7, 2017

So, you think you know a thing or two about hamsters or maybe you consider yourself an authority on the furry little fluff balls. Sharpen your hamster facts right here with a quick review of four hamster true-or-false questions.

10 fun facts about felines you probably never knew
Posted on April 6, 2017

What do you know about cats? Probably not as much as you think. Check out our 10 fun facts about felines and discover just how much you really know about your own putty tat.

Dog Chained to Car for 6 Years (image via Norica Prigoana Harmony Fund)
Posted on March 31, 2017

Whether you call is animal neglect or animal cruelty, a small dog in Romania was chained in a backyard for six whole years before being rescued. Find out how it came about and what she's doing now.

Tua Plu, street dog brings gifts for food (image via Orawan Kaew)
Posted on March 30, 2017

Adorable terrier mix in Thailand that found himself on the street offers a humble gift in exchange for each meal, showing that animals know how to barter, too.

4 More People Foods that are Dangerous to Dogs
Posted on March 29, 2017

Add another four things to your Do Not Feed list for the dogs, because while you may be hip to most of the potentially toxic no-nos out there, you may not know them all. Check and see which four we've added.

National Puppy Day is March 23
Posted on March 28, 2017

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert and the North Shore Animal League of America have partnered up for animal adoptions, and the results couldn't be funnier when celebrity guests lie about the qualities that make these pets most lovable.

Virginia Passes Laws Regarding Puppy Mills
Posted on March 27, 2017

New laws in Virginia regarding dogs sets the bar for other states to follow. Find out what they are and how they might impact you.

Mini cow Moonpie thinks she's a dog (image via RRR Facebook)
Posted on March 24, 2017

If you thought the lonely pony in the Amazon commercial could make you go "Ohhhh" and melt your heart, wait until you meet Moonpie, the rescued calf adopted by a dozen dogs.

JFK's the Ark opens in New York
Posted on March 23, 2017

Airports and airlines have long offered VIP sections for travelers of the human variety, but now New York's JFK is offering a section for animals to chill in in style.

How to Calm a Stressed Cat
Posted on March 22, 2017

Stress isn't just for people, animals feel it, too. If your cat were to exhibit signs of stress, would you know how to minimize it? Read our tips on how to calm a stressed cat and find out.

Fill your garden with nectar-bearing plants this spring
Posted on March 21, 2017

Spring is here for much of the country. With declining honeybee populations, learn which plants you can get a head start on in your garden for providing nectar-bearing sustenance for Earth's pollinators throughout the growing season.

The Water Garden Aquaponic System
Posted on March 20, 2017

Not sure if you want the commitment of a fish tank? Looking for a place to keep a small, indoor herb garden but don't know where to put it? Enter the Water Garden and both problems are instantly solved.

Keeping Pets Safe from Common Indoor Hazards
Posted on March 17, 2017

It's not just the great outdoors that can pose dangers to our pets. Find out which indoor hazards could be putting your pet at risk for potential harm before it's too late.

A cat's coat is a window to its health
Posted on March 16, 2017

Did you know the condition of your cat's coat can signal to you a number of different ailments that you might not otherwise catch? Find out what it means when your feline suffers hair loss, lesions and even acne right here.

Hounds are floppy-eared dogs
Posted on March 15, 2017

Certain breeds of dogs are more prone to ear infections than others. Do you know which they are, why it's important not to ignore the problem and how to avoid the scenario in the first place? Find the answers here!

Observing K9 Veteran's Day
Posted on March 14, 2017

What are the best ways to observe K9 Veteran's Day? To find out the answers to that question and a brief history of the noted event throughout the ages, read on.