We Love Our Pets – Photo Project

If you live in or near Portland, sign up and participate in this wonderful project by Charles Waugh, who founded Charles Fine Art Portraits. He’s begun a new photography project called We Love Our Pets.

If you want a professional photo of your pet or of you and your pet, all you need to do is sign up and pay $250. The price includes a copy of the book and all the proceeds go to the Oregon Humane Society. Your photo session is an hour long and during that time Charles will take several photos of your pet and will gladly add on a family session to that time frame as well, so take advantage of that! After the photos are taken you’ll see all the pictures and select which one will go into the book.

It’s a great project for a great cause so hurry and sign up for a session!

Oregon Humane Society is the largest and oldest humane society in the Pacific Northwest. OHS is not affiliated with any other humane society and relies entirely on private donations.

Charles Waugh has been photographing for years and lives with 2 dogs, 2 cats, 7 ducks and he loves and understands the love that owners have towards their pets. This project is a labor of love and we can’t wait to see the book!

Did you sign up, let us know!

Chicks and Ducks As Presents Are Not A Good Idea

Rabbits tend to be Easter pet presents but the care, money and time needed to take care of them can become more of a hindrance than a present if you are not 100% prepared to own one. There are many reasons not to get a rabbit as a present.

Chickens and baby ducks also tend to be given as gifts to children on Easter and as springtime birthday presents, but before you go to your garden supply shop, there are many considerations to be aware of in the care of these pets.

6 Reasons Chicks and Ducks Should Not Be Easter Presents

  1. You will be taking care of them, not your kids. Like many pet presents, once the fun and newness wears off the care and responsibility tend to fall on the shoulders of the parents. If you aren’t willing to clean up after the chickens and ducks, pay for food, care, and other supplies, and see if you need a permit from your county, then avoid these fellas as presents.
  2. Chickens and ducks are not solitary and prefer company, some places only sell them in pairs. They get very stressed out and lonely and can become troublesome or loud without a friend.
  3. They need warm, dry places to sleep that are also safe from predators such as raccoons, opossums, and cats. A heat lamp, bedding that is changed weekly or more, and close monitoring is necessary to make sure they thrive.
  4. Chickens and ducks can carry some bacteria but it’s more likely they can get sick from us. They can contract E. coli from humans and pass that on. Handwashing would need to become a must after handling them.
  5. Because of their physical build, walkways, ramps, and other structures that lead up to their sleeping and living area should have traction. A rubber mat works well to prevent them from slipping and breaking one of their soft bones.
  6. Also keep in mind, chickens and ducks can grow to be quite large, can escape a fenced yard, and may be a nuisance to your neighbors. Instead of getting your children a pet for Easter, how about some more candy and maybe a trip to the petting zoo?

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6 Great Christmas Gifts for the Rabbit Lover

Rabbits are common pets for families and they deserve the best for Christmas. They are cute, really funny, and clever. For the rabbit lover in your life, if you’re looking for holiday presents, why not checkout these 6 great gifts. Some are for the rabbits and some are for the owners.

6 Great Christmas Gifts for Rabbit Lovers

  1. Rabbit Silicone Bunny Case For iPhone 5 – this case is cute and has little silicone ears and a fuzzy tail. It fits perfectly over the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. All the ports are available for use without having to remove the case.
    Buy it on Amazon
  2. The Christmas Bunny Movie – This is sure to become a holiday classic. The Christmas Bunny is about a foster child who finds an injured rabbit on Christmas Eve. An incredible bonds forms between the two and along with the bunny who is healed, the foster child also finds love and is healed. Keep a box of tissues nearby.
    Buy it on Amazon
  3. Rabbits 2013 Wall Calendar – Bunnies, bunnies, and more bunnies! A great calendar for the rabbit lover in your life.
    Buy it on Amazon
  4. Bunny Sterling Silver Charm Necklace – very cute design of a rabbit made from sterling silver. It comes with a 16 inch chain and is sure to make the bunny lover in your life smile.
    Buy it on Amazon
  5. Woven Grass Pet Bed – this is a great present for your bunny. A woven grass pet bed that your rabbit can sit in, sleep in, and chew! It can be used as a coating between the cage floor and your rabbit’s paws if you use a wire cage.
    Buy it on Amazon
  6. Rabbit Hutch with Sloped Roof – This is sure to make your rabbit feel like it is in heaven. The hutch is 2 stories with a no-slip ramp to make it easy for her/him to hop between the floors. For the rabbit owner, there are several doors to make cleaning the hutch easy. The hutch is made from sturdy pine and glazed to keep out moisture.
    Buy it on Amazon

Great Gifts For The Traveling Pet Lover

Holidays are coming and as much as we love shopping for friends and loved ones, sometimes it’s so hard to find something they will really like and use. If you have a friend or relative who takes their pet on vacation, having items for their pets that are portable, durable, and easy to pack up is very important.

Have a friend who loves to take their pet on adventures? Check out these great gifts!

Pet Gear for Cars

Pet Gear Signature Pet Car Seat


For cats and smaller dogs, this Pet Car Seat will keep them safe and secure while you drive, not to mention keeping them out of your lap.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Waterproof Hammock Seat Cover for Pets


This Pet Car Hammock is especially handy if your road trip will include any stops at lakes, rivers, or the ocean – or if you might encounter rain along the way. It’s much easier to remove and wash this sturdy hammock than it is to get your car’s upholstery cleaned!
>> Buy it on Amazon

Bergan Pet Travel Barrier


Keep Fido in the back seat – for his safety and your comfort – with this Pet Travel Barrier. It’s easily removable for those times when you don’t mind doggy breath on your face as you drive.
>> Buy it on Amazon

The AAA Petbook


The folks at AAA know a thing or two about road trips – and that includes road trips with your pet. The book “Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA Petbook” is updated every year to include more than 14,000 pet-friendly hotels, campgrounds, attractions, parks, and even animal clinics around the United States, along with tips about making sure your pet is ready for a trip either in the car or on a plane. It’s a handy resource to bring with you when you aren’t sure whether you’ll have internet access along the way.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Pet Travel Gift Basket


Le Bone Appetit has put together the essentials for any dog hitting the road. Healthy snacks, doggie bags, and a travel bowl are just some of the items in the gift basket. You can also add more items or create your own gift baskets.

Pet Gear for Planes

Petmate Airline Travel Kit


This Airline Travel Kit for Pets includes the “Live Animal” sticker you’ll need to put on your pet’s carrier, an absorbent pad to give the carrier a quick clean on layovers, and a couple of small dishes to hang from a carrier’s cage to give your pet easy access to food and water when you’ve only got a few minutes to spare.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Bergan Disposable Pet Pads


These Disposable Pet Pads will help keep your pet more comfortable if he or she has an “accident” mid-flight, and they make cleaning out the carrier on layovers much quicker, too. There’s an adhesive strip to keep the pad in place in the bottom of the carrier.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Argo Airline Approved Pet Carrier


This chic Pet Carrier is perfect for cats and small dogs who will spend the flight under the seat in front of you. Always make sure you check with your airline’s pet carrier requirements before purchasing a carrier for your flight.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Sherpa Sport Duffle Airline Approved Pet Carrier


This Pet Carrier is another that will work for cats and small dogs that you intend to bring on board the plane and stow under the seat in front of you. Always make sure you check with your airline’s pet carrier requirements before purchasing a carrier for your flight.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Rolling Convertible Pet Carrier


If you plan to bring your cat or small dog on the plane with you but you’d rather not haul the bag around on your tired shoulder all day, then this Rolling Convertible Pet Carrier may be ideal – you can roll it or carry it like a backpack. Always make sure you check with your airline’s pet carrier requirements before purchasing a carrier for your flight.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Pet Food Travel Containers

Travel-tainer


This Travel-tainer by Vittles Vault makes it easy to keep a supply of kibble plus two bowls – one for food and one for water – handy at all times. It works for long car trips when the bulk of the pet food is packed away, or for plane trips so you can offer food and water on layovers.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Heninger PortablePET WaterBoy


Always have a handy water supply for your pet – and a built-in bowl from which to drink it – with this PortablePET WaterBoy. It holds up to three quarts of water, has a carrying handle, and a water bowl built right in.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Bamboo Silicone Pop-Up Travel Bowl


Pressed for space? These Pop-Up Travel Bowls collapse to be stored flat when not in use, and are available in 1-cup or 3-cup sizes.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Zen Bed Roll and Bowls


Camping? Bringing along a canine buddy? Then this roll up bed and portable bowl set from PetZen is perfect. The bed is washable and the bowls are leal-proof. It even comes with an adjustable carry strap.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Portable Travel Pet Beds

Animal Planet’s Fold And Go Portable Pet House


Made from soft foam, with fasteners for quick assembly, this portable dog house is great when going on a trip. Keeps pets warm and comfortable and folds flat for easy storage.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Eco+ Buttercup Bed


This is the perfect bed for the green living friend and their pet. It’s a polar-fleece bed that is not only cozy but made from post-consumer plastic bottles. It’s also soft, warm, and easy to toss into the car when packing for a vacation. The drawstrings pull up the sides to create a nice little cozy bed.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Canine Hardware Travel Dog Bed


This cozy Travel Dog Bed squishes down to almost nothing for packing, but is fluffy and comfy for your pet when you need it to be.
>> Buy it on Amazon

K&H Travel/SUV Pet Bed


Do you want to let your pet ride in comfort and style in the back of your SUV? Then this SUV Pet Bed is for you.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Folding Travel Dog Bed


Zipped up, this Folding Travel Dog Bed looks like just another bag. Unzipped, it’s a comfy bed for your pooch.
>> Buy it on Amazon

Bike Accessories for Pets

Snoozer Sporty Pet Bike Basket


This Sporty Pet Bike Basket comes equipped with storage pockets for things like leashes, treats, and clean-up baggies, and it folds flat for easy storage.
>> Buy it on Amazon

DoggyRide Mini Dog Bike Trailer


If Fido can’t keep up with you while you’re biking, you can still bring him along with this Mini Dog Bike Trailer.
>> Buy it on Amazon

3-in-1 Bike Basket


In Style Dog knows that pet owners and their dogs love to be active. For smaller dogs who may not be able to keep up with their owners, there’s a bike basket for them to sit in while their owner rides for miles and miles. Fleece padding, meshed pouches, and zippered pockets make this the perfect seat for their canine companion.

Best Gifts for Pets (and the People Who Love Them)

Looking for great gift ideas for pets and the humans who love them? Here are our recommendations for excellent pet gift ideas.

photo by MARCZERO1980

12 Great Gift Ideas for Cats

The holidays are the ideal time to splurge a little on loved ones – and for those of us whose households include cats, that means finding gifts for them, too. We all know how finicky cats can be, so picking the perfect toy or treat may not be easy – but with this selection of gift ideas for cats you’re sure to find one that’ll suit your feline friend.

>> And don’t miss these excellent gifts for people who love to travel with their pets!

Fantastic Gifts for Cats


Peek-a-Prize Pet Toy Box

This is a great toy for cats. Hide toys, catnip, anything in there and watch your fuzzy friend jab and smack through the holes as he tries to fish them out. 
>> Buy it on Amazon

Cat Dancer
My cats have this toy and they LOVE IT! It’s a simple cardboard rolled up piece on the end of a wire that’s similar to a hanger. It swings, waves, and simulates the way a fly moves around. It’s a great deal of fun for your cats and easy to engage your cat for a good 15 min of play.
>>Buy it on Cat Dancer

Petmate Crazy Circle Interactive Cat Toy
Fun interactive toy with a ball enclosed in the plastic ring. Openings on the side allow your cat to paw the ball around.
>>Buy it on Amazon

PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge
This is a 2 in 1 toy, a scratcher and a lounger. Your cat can tear at the cardboard and then take a nap without moving an inch.
>>Buy it on Amazon

Peek-A-Prize Balls
These balls are great to use with the Peek-A-Prize Pet Toy Box or alone to roll around the house. Your cats will chase and bat them around the house.
>>Buy it on Amazon

Mylar Balls Cat Toys, 4-Pack
I’ve been buying these toys for the 16 years that I’ve had my two cats. They love them. Light and easy to bat around the house and yet made of mylar so they make a crinkly noise that keeps the cats stimulated.
>>Buy it on Amazon

KONG Beaver Refillable Catnip Toy
Refillable plush toy that will last for years. Pop some catnip inside and watch your cat go nuts.
>>Buy it on Amazon

Foam Soccer Cat Balls
Light weight and silent when being tossed around the house, these are great and last for a while. They are also bouncy so you can also throw off the wall and watch your cat jump to try and catch them!
>>Buy it on Amazon

Multi-Level Cat Climber
Don’t have too much room in your apartment but your cat keeps jumping on your furniture? Then check out this multi-level climber that hangs off the back of a door. It’s stable, has sisal posts for scratching, and fits on most doors.
>>Buy it on Amazon

KONG Swizzle Bird Cat Toy
I have one of these for my guys and it’s a great toy for when you are too tired to move but your cats are ready to play. It’s like “fishing” in your living room. Your cats will chase and try to hold and bite onto the end and if your cat is like mine, pull the rod right out of your hand and run away with it!
>>Buy it on Amazon

Lounge-shaped Cardboard Scratcher
This cardboard scratcher is designed to allow cats to stretch and flex as they scratch as well as nap if they want to afterwards. It’s a fun tiger print on the sides. Scratchers are great toys for maintaining claws, exercise, and training devices to help cats learn to scratch appropriate toys and not your furniture.
>>Buy it on Amazon

Angry Birds Birds Gone Crazy
Did those pigs and birds drive you crazy? Well, let your cat get revenge for you as he bats them all around the house. These plastic balls are designed to look just like the characters from that addictive game. Perfect for indoor play and they don’t mock you.
>>Buy it on Amazon

What treats or toys are you getting your cat this holiday season?

PetCube – Play With Your Pet (Remotely) Anytime, Anywhere


Spending a day at work away from your pet can be tough on them. They may get lonely, whine, and when you come home they will bounce off the walls wanting to play and spend time with you. Now, there’s a new way to interact with your pet while you’re gone, it’s called Pet Cube.

Pet Cube is a new gadget that connects with your smartphone and lets you talk and play with your pet anytime you’re not at home, and anywhere you have a data connection. On your phone you can move a laser around on the floor with a joystick on the touchscreen, call him/her over to the cube in your house, and if you want, share your interactions on your social networks!

For those of us who have pets that may be super playful, this could be a fun midday play session and allow you to see how they are doing. It is also a good way to see if your anxious dog, who is in the crate, is doing well, and if needed, you can speak and soothe him/her. However, some pets might get more anxious if they hear you but can’t see you. So that could be a pet-based call.

However, the great part of Pet Cube is it also has a public option for each cube, allowing anyone to play with a pet. Shelters and rescue groups, for example, who have Pet Cube would mean you could play with a room of kittens or puppies and get to know them. It might let you know which furry friend you want to take home before you get to the shelter.

If you are interested in learning more and buying a Pet Cube, check out their Kickstarter project here.

Image from Petcube.net

Great Android Apps for Pet Owners

For those of us who have Android phones instead of iPhones, there are many apps available that are useful and fun for us and our pets. If you have an Android phone, the following apps can come in handy when traveling with your pet or just home but need some information at your fingertips.

  1. Pet First Aid: The Pet First Aid app is one of those you hope you’ll never need but will breathe easier knowing you have it. It’s easy-to-use with step-by-step illustrations and detailed videos, including restraint, muzzling, CPR, bandaging, and more. The nice thing is, the videos and information are available in the app, so you don’t have to worry if you are hiking and have no reception.Pet First Aid is available for $2.99 and can be downloaded here
  2. MapMyDogWalk: Wondering how far you’ve walked? Are you working on helping your pup lose those pounds in a nice, slow way? This is a great app for tracking the distance you’ve walked, pace, and calories in real-time. It will keep you motivated to continue your routines. There are also markers letting you know of dog parks, dog-friendly places, and other things you may want to look for while out and about!MapMyDogWalk is a free to download and can be found here
  3. Puptox– A great little carry around app that will let you know what items may be toxic to your cat and dog. Not sure if those flowers you are thinking of buying at Trader Joe’s are safe? Look it up! What about the candy bar your dog just ate? You can get a rough estimate of the level of toxicity by entering in your dog’s weight, the amount of food eaten, and get an idea of how severe or how sick your dog might get.Puptox is $.99 to buy and can be found here.
  4. Tagg– A great new app that lets owners know what their pet is up to 24/7. This app uses GPS and wireless tracking to record where your pet walks, runs, and hangs out. If your pet leaves an area an alert is sent to you that will help you locate and get her/him back home. The tracker attaches to your pet’s collar and the app is on your phone. This app is best for dog owners as cats have a wonderful talent for “losing their collars” while out and about.The Tagg app is available here and the tracker is available for purchase

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6 Fantastic Books For Kids Who Love Pets

Not too long ago I was talking with a friend of mine about books for children. Her daughter is an avid reader and also loves her dog. I was talking about books that I had read as a kid that had mice, cats, and dogs in it who were heroes or sidekicks. Her daughter, Devin, told me about the books she’s been reading where animals are the main characters or they are the ones being saved by a group of children who are animal enthusiasts.

With the holidays coming up quickly, many of us may be wondering what to buy our kids, our nieces and nephews, and friends who have children. It’s hard to know which toy is trendy or what video game is best for them. Books, however, are never as tough.

Check out some of our favorite books for children who love animals. What animal books do your kids like best?

The Phantom Tollbooth


Norton Juster wrote this book in 1961. I read it when I was a kid and loved it. It’s the story of a bored boy named Milo who somehow gets a magic tollbooth and having nothing else to do he drives his toy car into it. He’s transported to a land called Kingdom of Wisdom and meets up with Tock, a “watchdog” with an alarm clock who joins him on his journey. The book has a ton of great puns and idioms. It’s a hero, who is just an ordinary boy, that goes on an adventure to save two princesses, Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason. My favorite character was The Dodecahedron, an inhabitant of Digitopolis who has 12 faces and each one shows a different emotion.

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Warriors – Series


The Warriors is a series of books broken into 4 sub series. It is by Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, and Tui Sutherland, and editor Victoria Holmes who all use the pseudonym, Erin Hunter. The books are about clans of wild cats in their forest homes. The Thunderclan, Windclan, Shadowclan, and Riverclan, and a fifth long-forgotten clan known as the Skyclan all are threatened by humans who want to build towns. They scatter and rebuild their homes in new gorge. The cats in each clan live in their own territory that they defend from the other clans. The series start off with a house kitty who yearns for adventures and meets a feral cat who is part of the Thunderclan. Allegainces shift, battles are fought, and friendships are made. Anyone who likes adventure would like this series. Start with the first series to begin entering the world of the Warriors.
Image from Harper Collins

Buy the first set on Amazon

Swindle – Series


The Swindle Series by Gordon Korman is a series of 4 books, Swindle, Zoobreak, Framed!, and Showoff. The books are about 2 children, Griffin Bing and Ben Slovak, who in each book end up on a quest or adventure to right wrongs and save animals. In the first book, Griffin wants back the Babe Ruth baseball card that S. Wendell Palomino (aka Swindle) bought off of him for well below the market price. In the second book, Griffin and Ben go on a hunt to save animals from a zookeeper who steals pets! The latest book, Showoff, has Luthor the dog who creates some chaos at a dog show and is accused of ruining the career of a beagle. Griffin and Ben want to save Luthor from the pound and end up running around New York City.

Buy the first book of the series on Amazon

Everything For A Dog


Ann Martin introduces us to Charlie, a boy who is devastated by the death of his older brother but has his brother’s dog for comfort. Henry wants a dog but his parents say no. Bones is a stray dog who would like a warm place to sleep, eat, and a few good scratches behind the ears. Their lives intertwine in very surprising and touching ways. It’s a story of growing up, facing some tough hardships, and finding companionship.

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The Rescue Dog


Emily has dreams of drowning and realizes that it might not be a dream. One night she risks her life to save the life of a stray dog. With TLC he survives and it seems that Emily and the dog are connected, not just bonded like many us are to our pets, and can feel the same things. She can see what he sees and feels his pain and determination to live. The stray is named Zack and they become best friends but also seem to be able to reach each other’s mind. Together they start helping a few of the people in their neighborhood like the older cranky woman, and Emily deals with some of her issues about being adopted.

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Marley: A Dog Like No Other


John Grogan’s memoir of his insane dog, Marley, was a hit movie and has now become a small series of picture books for very young children. This book has been adapted from the original memoir for children ages 8 to 12. It’s still the same naughty lab who ate the walls, ate clothing, and got kicked out of obedience school. Grogan has trimmed down his best-selling account, Marley and Me, leaving out considerable detail about the family but keeping all the hijinks in that made Marley so entertaining. The dog’s poignant last days are detailed as well. Anyone who has a pet will recognize the type of affection that exists between pets and their family even if the pet is a bit… well, hard to handle.

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5 of the Best Rated Dog Crates

Is it time to replace the dog crate you’ve had since your buddy was a puppy? Or did you get a new pooch and need a crate for him/her to hang out in when you can’t supervise?

Shopping for new pet items can be overwhelming. So many crates look the same yet can range in price, some may not be sturdy enough for your dog, and some may be missing things you want like a cover or the ability to be easily transported for trips. We’ve done some hunting around and have found crates that have received the highest reviews on Amazon and are the best selling on their site.

Here are 5 of the Best Rated Dog Crates

Merry Products Pet Cage with Crate Cover


With over 30 reviews, this solid wood cover comes with a metal crate turning the crate into a functional table surface, while its original structure is kept intact to keep the pet confined, without limiting the pet’s visibility or comfort. The panels give the crate a more finished look and help conceal it in the home. It can be an end table next to your couch and a great place for your dog to snooze while you’re out. There’s a plastic tray on the bottom that can be slid out to clean and you can place a bed in there or your dog’s favorite blanket.

Buy it on Amazon

Wicker Pet Residence


Another indoor pet crate that won’t clash with your furniture. It’s made of wicker that is easy to clean and won’t absorb fluids or odors. The elevated feet keep the crate from ruining your floors and it comes with a pan that can be removed to clean. It’s a great alternative to a wire crate.

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Petmate Portable Pet Home


Need a crate that can go where you go? This travel crate is perfect for you and your pup. It’s made from heavy duty canvas and has plenty of ventilation. The crate comes with 4 ground stakes for outdoor use and a carrying case. If you are a camper and your dog will love her/his own “tent.”

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NOZTONOZ Sof-Krate


This crate is very cool. It’s durable, well-ventilated, and is great for big dogs. The Firstrax NOZTONOZ Sof-Krate Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home allows you to take your best friend with you anywhere you go. Bring the portable pet crate along with you on family vacations, trips to the groomers or visits to the veterinarian. It’s perfect for quick trips and extended excursions, great for overnight hotel stays, or simply set up at home to create a quiet, safe retreat for your dog.

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Firstrax Port-A-Crate E2 Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home


This crate is another portable, lightweight one that can be folded up and taken with you on road trips. It’s made of steel and tightly weaved fabric with mesh windows that are shaped like bones. When it is folded up, it’s as flat as can be and very sturdy. There are over 200 reviews from happy customers who have bought the Port-A-Crate for their puppies, dogs, and even cats. Yes, cats.

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