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

Welcome to Rebecca West's Pets and Animals Blog.

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.

Gerbils as pets, how to keep them healthy
Posted on May 23, 2017

Having a gerbil as a pet can be great fun, but do you know how to keep them healthy? Read our tips for gerbil owners on the best ways to extend longevity in "desert rats."

More & more jails & prisons are instituting animal care programs
Posted on May 22, 2017

New therapeutic "MASH" unit in central Arizona puts inmates and shelter animals under the same roof, with life-changing results.

Breeder dogs are often kept caged up
Posted on May 21, 2017

Another Georgia town has enacted a pet sales ban geared at undermining kitty and puppy mills. Is your town among the other 200+ cities nationwide to enact a similar ban?

The Adventures of Otitis the Cat (image via Molly Lichtenwalner)
Posted on May 20, 2017

A special needs kitty resembling a blue eyed snow seal has become a hit on Instagram and is the inspiration for a children's book. Find out who he is and how he ended up with his unusual look.

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne's Doggy Daycare (image via Kelly Osbourne Instagram)
Posted on May 19, 2017

With all the makings of a reality show in the works, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have a new pet project: a doggy daycare in the U.K. on their Buckinghamshire estate that will take up to 30 boarders a day.

Dogs have a calming effect on kids
Posted on May 18, 2017

The "K9th Circuit Court" is now in session in Florida, and it's helping kids overcome the trauma that comes with testifying. (VIDEO)

Do you understand me?
Posted on May 17, 2017

A new study has shown women recognize dog communications more readily than males. Are you surprised?

Juniper and Moose (video screenshot via the dodo)
Posted on May 16, 2017

A foxy little lady named Juniper has fallen head over heels for a handsome Husky by the name of Moose. You have to see their love story to believe it.

Bardo Brewery in D.C. is opening a dog park
Posted on May 15, 2017

Fans of baseball and dog lovers in the D.C. area have a new dog park to look forward to at Bardo Brewery near Nationals Park.

engorged tick
Posted on May 13, 2017

Each spring and summer sees an uptick in ticks and the spread of Lyme disease. A handy new map can help you determine your risk levels for the area of the country you live in. (See Map)

Lana, the "saddest dog in the world"
Posted on May 12, 2017

Once dubbed the "saddest dog in the world," Lana the rescue dog is returned to the shelter and facing euthanasia in a matter of days if someone doesn't adopt her or offer to foster parent her.

Frankie the rescue dog & two blind kittens (image via Sherry Stewart)
Posted on May 11, 2017

Shedding their tough dog images, two rescue pit bulls nurtured three sightless cats back onto the road of relative independence one gentle nudge at a time.