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Working from Home with Pets

4/2/2020 6:24 PM

Working from home with a pet can be fun.

Working from home with your dog or cat can be a lot of fun, but it also brings some unique challenges. Your pet's role as a natural stress reliever is a godsend when work demands are testing your patience. But a pet's natural curiosity and excitement can be distracting. How can you run a professional work-from-home operation with a cat or dog in the mix? The secret is focused playtime during your breaks. If you can shower your pet with affection and energy a few times a day, working from home with your pet can be a real blessing.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Keep your cat safe and secure in a carrier that buckles into the car while you're driving.

Taking a road trip with your cat can be a cherished memory that lasts a lifetime, just as long as you plan ahead. If you're wondering how to travel with a cat in a car, it's not as hard as you might think. It just involves a little preparation and a sense of adventure. The key is to take some test trips first, help your cat get used to his carrier, and provide lots of encouragement and love.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Chickens roaming chicken coop.

Once upon a time, keeping chickens was much more common than it is now. Back when most families owned a horse and perhaps a dairy cow or two, it wasn't unusual to have a small flock of chickens as well. Because of this, a basic knowledge of chicken care was woven into the fabric of American life. Today, there is renewed interest in keeping chickens, but you might have questions about the basics that you didn't learn from your parents or grandparents: How much work are chickens? What might it cost to get into keeping chickens?

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Comments | Posted in Farm By Samantha Johnson
Chickens that have access to the outdoors can handle smaller-sized coops.

If you're raising chickens, one of the first questions you'll ask is, "How much space do my chickens need to be happy?" The ideal size of your chicken coop will depend on a lot of factors. How big are your chickens? Are they fully grown? Will they have an outdoor run? In general, it's better to provide too much space for your chickens rather than too little. Chickens can become a little cranky if they're cooped up too close for too long.

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Comments | Posted in Farm By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

3/19/2020 6:27 AM

Cats look like little angels when they sleep. And sometimes they can sleep a lot.

There's nothing cuter than seeing your sweet cat curled up in a tight ball, paws over his eyes, taking a quick "cat nap." Sometimes it may feel like your little furball is napping all day long. So why do cats sleep so much? If you think your kitty's sleeping an extra-long time, you're not imagining things. Cats tend to be most active at dusk and dawn, but they can still sleep 15 hours a day or more. This is a lot more than an average person sleeps every day. The reason your cat sleeps a lot is that he's saving up his energy for big hunts or playtimes with you.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Traveling in a car with your dog can be a lot of fun.

Going on an adventure with your dog is one of life's great joys. Whether you're visiting family across the country or a state park a few hours away, taking a road trip with your dog can be a lot of fun. Unsure how best to travel with a dog in a car? Plan ahead. You'll want portable water and food bowls, a cargo or seat cover, and other little amenities that will make the journey a lot more fun. Below are some of the best dog car travel solutions.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
With the right introduction, your baby and your cat can be very happy together.

When you're having a baby, it's perfectly normal to be hypervigilant about safety. You want to protect your baby from danger, and you'll do whatever it takes to keep your little bundle of joy safe. As you cover electrical sockets and attach dressers to walls, are there other kinds of dangers you need to be aware of?

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Feral and stray cats may sometimes hang out in groups or communities.

What's the difference between a feral and a stray cat? Watching a cat running around outside without a home might just be enough to melt your heart. But sometimes all the different terms used to describe homeless cats can get a little confusing. If you've ever wondered what's a feral cat versus a stray cat, you're not alone. Some people use the words interchangeably, but there really is a difference. A stray cat is more socialized, while a feral cat is very scared of people. But it's a little more complicated than that.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks—it's never too late. Here are some tips that can help.

Is it ever too late to train an older dog? Although some adult dogs might learn more slowly, it's never too late to teach an older dog to listen and obey. Some adult dogs might even learn better because they're less distracted than when they were puppies. Whether you're retraining a dog who needs to unlearn some undesirable habits or you're training an older dog for the first time, it's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
winter pet safety tips infographic

Many people are under the impression that because their pets are covered in fur, they have a built-in protection against the cold. Unfortunately, this couldn't be further from the truth. A lot of pets simply aren't equipped to stay outside in cold weather for prolonged periods of time.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs Cats Infographics By Tamara Franklin

How to Raise Backyard Chickens

2/27/2020 6:40 AM

Woman raising backyard chickens.

You've decided to raise backyard chickens. But where do you begin? Keeping chickens in your yard is a rewarding pursuit, but before you get started, let's take a look at some of the basics of keeping chickens.

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Comments | Posted in Farm By Samantha Johnson

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