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

Welcome to Rebecca West's Pets and Animals Blog.

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.

Birds are extremely susceptible to fumes
Posted on July 20, 2017

If you own birds, chances are you have most, if not all, of these harmful products in your home without ever giving them a second thought. Check out this list before you do anything else.

Dog straining at the leash
Posted on July 19, 2017

Tired of your dog leading you around on walks? Besides obedience training, there are a few products on the market that can help you get the situation under control. (VIDEOS)

Does your cat suffer from seasonal allergies?
Posted on July 18, 2017

'Tis the season — for seasonal allergies, that is. If your cat suffers from allergies, you'll want to read up on the best ways to handle them right here.

Provide your rabbit with plenty of shade this summer
Posted on July 17, 2017

Rabbits don't tolerate heat as well as other animals. Find out what you can do to make them more comfortable during summer months with these five simple tips.

Keep Things Fun and Safe at the Dog Park with Proper Etiquette
Posted on July 14, 2017

Learn these seven dog park etiquette rules before you take your best bud for a little outdoor fun. By doing so, you'll ensure that everyone enjoys the experience.

Senior prom dog with tiara (image via MCACC Facebook)
Posted on July 13, 2017

Older dogs and cats sometimes make better pets than puppies and kittens, depending on your circumstances. Regardless, they definitely deserve a shot at adoption, just like their younger counterparts.

Dog shares blanket with homeless street animal
Posted on July 12, 2017

Dogs have a capacity for far more compassion than we often give them credit for. Here are two wonderful examples of caring pups that will warm your heart. (VIDEO)

Missing dog found alive in Idaho (image via Sheriann Harris)
Posted on July 10, 2017

A 12-year-old dog miraculously survived 9 months on her own in the rugged mountains of Idaho before being found collapsed on a ranch. Thanks to an animal rescuer and social media, she's been reunited with her family.

Extremely poisonous water hemlock plant
Posted on July 8, 2017

Few plants in North America are as poisonous as the water hemlock. Find out what dangers they pose to your pets and your family.

Sea Wolf of BC (image via Ian McAllister)
Posted on July 7, 2017

Dwindling numbers and infrequent sightings make the rare and beautiful sea wolf a delight to espy. Learn more about these amazing predators and their habitat now.

Caring for Aquarium Fish While You're Away
Posted on July 6, 2017

Preparing for a vacation can be a lot of work, but caring for your fish while you're away doesn't have to be. Check out these helpful tips for out-of-town feeding and tank care before taking your next trip.

Chart for interior car temperatures without running AC
Posted on July 5, 2017

Most people are clueless when it comes to just how quickly the interior of an automobile can heat up when the AC's not running. If you travel frequently with your pets, you need to read this, now!

Lambie Baa Baa & Ruby the dog at Edgar's Mission (image via EMFS)
Posted on June 30, 2017

Unusual animal pairings are always fun to hear and read about, but this dynamic duo are just too darn cute. Find out how they became friends and where you can follow their progress right here.

Nextdoor app used to find Julia Roberts dog
Posted on June 28, 2017

Community sharing of information is increasingly leading to the joyous return of lost pets everywhere. With the touch of a button on a mobile app, your pet can be returned home safely, too.

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.