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

Welcome to Rebecca West's Pets and Animals Blog.

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.

Science dog (image Tara Howard Twitter)
Posted on May 8, 2017

Hysterical image of an adorable service dog in training donning science gear goes viral on Twitter

Tiny Dog Rides Golden Retriever Pal
Posted on May 5, 2017

Meet Hank and Bella, the odd couple. Hank is a gentle giant to Bella's tiny little sassy chassis. Whenever Bella needs a lift, Hank is always there.

The Singing Vet (image via Fox Hollow Animal Hospital)
Posted on May 4, 2017

One veterinarian in Colorado goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure his patients are as calm as possible before surgery by serenading them. Find out who he is and how it works. (VIDEOS)

New York State considers ban on declawing cats
Posted on May 3, 2017

The declawing of cats is a controversial procedure around the world. Here in the U.S. only a handful of cities have outlawed it. Now, New York is proposing a statewide ban.

Scottish Fold Cat
Posted on April 30, 2017

U.K. veterinarians are calling for a ban on a designer breed of cat known for its odd appearance and a gene mutation that renders it susceptible to "serious health and welfare problems."

The Running of the Chihuahuas (image via Cocina 214)
Posted on April 29, 2017

Love Chihuahuas and margaritas? Can't wait to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Head on over to Winter Park, Fl, for Cocina 214's annual The Running of the Chihuahuas charity race.

Pit bulls have gotten a bad rap over the years
Posted on April 28, 2017

States have begun to review their "Dangerous Dog" laws this year with an eye toward making them fairer for everybody involved and increasing pet ownership responsibility. This week, Maine joined that movement.

Are you up to the task of adopting a rescue pet?
Posted on April 27, 2017

Good intentions aside, would you have the wherewithal to adopt a rescue animal with special needs? Check out this list of important questions to answer before taking the plunge.

Intersexed Dog has Sex Change Operation (image via BBC/PA)
Posted on April 26, 2017

Another believe-it-or-not moment concerning pets has arrived, this one concerning a small dog in the U.K. that underwent a sex change operation. Find out why and how it turned out right here.

Dobie Helps Dad Wash Harley (image via YouTube Screenshot)
Posted on April 25, 2017

Some pets can't just sit back and watch all the fun without getting involved — even when they're help is uninvited. (VIDEO)

Patrick Stewart & Ginger #GetTough
Posted on April 22, 2017

Captain Picard — aka actor Patrick Stewart — has teamed up with the ASPCA to fight the good fight against animal cruelty and dog fighting. Find out how the experience has changed his views on pit bulls.

Neglected dog with permanently arched spine (image via Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)
Posted on April 21, 2017

A small, emaciated dog was recently rescued with a belly full of metal and a permanently curved spine. His name is Stewart, and he badly needs your help right now.

Mike Minnick & Bixby shatter world record (image via NBC7)
Posted on April 20, 2017

A record previously set in the Guinness Book of World Records was shattered times 3 recently when a man and his 15-pound dog put on 14,000 miles on their electric bike! (VIDEO)

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.

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.