Animals are Forever

Written by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

Throughoutrepparttar course of my life, I've encountered my own share of dogs. From early childhood days, I recall having several dogs that stayed temporarily with us until my dad's next military assignment. Though my parents took good care of our animals, military life was unsuitable for animal adoptions as in most cases, animals were not permitted to go back overseas with us; thus we were inevitably forced to find homes for our pets.

In 1983, my parents adopted our first 'forever' dog. She was a beautiful, graceful German Shepherd mix. Because my oldest sister had small children, my mom kept 'Apollo' outside inrepparttar 125747 backyard. Living inrepparttar 125748 South, my family was virtually unaware ofrepparttar 125749 risk of heartworms . In Europe, heartworms didn't exist, and unfortunately,repparttar 125750 SPCA where Apollo had been adopted did not pass out information on these dreadful predators. While our Apollo was continually outside, she was even more susceptible torepparttar 125751 deadly mosquito infestation. After a short two years with us, we learned that our beloved Apollo had heartworms and died in less than 24 hours of our perceived understanding.

Atrepparttar 125752 time, I was merely 14 years old and deeply distraught and heartbroken overrepparttar 125753 loss of our priceless family dog. It was at that time that I had consciously made an oath to never have an outdoor dog and to always seek preventative medicine so that something like this would never happen with my own, future animals.

In retrospect, I never imagined I would ever surrogate eight (8) dogs in my home - but Max, Zeus, Cujo, Hailey, Sharley, Tiny, Thor & Ozzie have become a cherished part of my family pack. Having all been neutered & spayed, annual checkups, immunizations, plenty of fresh water & food, heartworm preventative, and proper grooming - my dogs would never dream of 'escaping' their lap of luxury. Aside from having allrepparttar 125754 love inrepparttar 125755 world, my dogs lazily lounge onrepparttar 125756 sofas, get to run and play on nearly an acre of fenced yard, and even watch Television - which is usually set onrepparttar 125757 Animal Planet

One can never get me to stop talking about my dogs. They are comical, sincere, understanding, loving and in addition to beingrepparttar 125758 most grateful living things, give so much love and health benefits in return.

Many persons do not realizerepparttar 125759 profound effects that animals have on us, but most importantly, do not understandrepparttar 125760 effects that we have on them. Though puppies and kittens are adorable, soft, cudly and cute - all animals mature and take on their mature form - sometimes as big as a 140 lb rottweiler. This is when things can 'become sticky' for folks. Suddenly,repparttar 125761 cute black & tan pup is a massive bulk of clumsiness. He bumps into your living room endtable and breaksrepparttar 125762 cherished lamp;repparttar 125763 velvety kitten is now a fully-grown cat and he's decided to 'redo' your tapestry with his claws; and 'Happy'repparttar 125764 dog isn't making you 'so happy' anymore because he is too hyper and keeps escaping your paradise home. So what is one to do?

First and foremost - and I cannot stress this enough - Spay or Neuter your animals. The sure-fire way to not only calm animals, spaying or neutering is also a positive way to reinforce and strenghten bonds between animal and human counterpart; and additionally has incredible health benefits, as these cost-effective procedures help to lengthen lifespans as well.

Okay, so now you've spayed or neutered your pet - but she still wants to squeeze her way out ofrepparttar 125765 fence to roam. That's understandable. She's been escapingrepparttar 125766 yardrepparttar 125767 whole time, and spaying isn't going to stop a learned behavior. So now what? My first suggestion would be to take your pet outside on a lead. (This should already have been one ofrepparttar 125768 first training methods taught upon adopting a cat or dog) Teaching basic commands will help her to understand that she has boundaries and has to adhere to them.

Ifrepparttar 125769 lead technique still doesn't keep her at bay, a kennel can be purchased ranging from $40 - $400 (depending on size of kennel). A house kennel is appropriate for indoor animals who are exhibiting disallowed behavior such as chewing, biting, scratching, urinating, etc. These kennels cost usually less than $100 - again, depending on size of animal. An outdoor kennel, is excellent for training animals to stay inside your fenced yard. (Note: Never, under any circumstances, allow your animal to run freely.) Start by placing animals in your indoor or outdoor kennel if you have to go somewhere or if you will not be directly supervising them. Never userepparttar 125770 kennel as a means of punishment. Most animals may be a bit leary ofrepparttar 125771 kennel at first, but give them some time, and you'll discover that they love their kennel so much that it becomes a safe haven - and animals may even want to make it their permanent sleeping place.

Does the world need more cats?

Written by Marc de Jong

Arenít they cute? Yes, they are! A nest of meowing and crawling little kittens leaves onlyrepparttar fiercest cat hater indifferent. But doesrepparttar 125746 world need more cats?

A cat isrepparttar 125747 second most popular pet inrepparttar 125748 world. People love them for all kinds of reasons. Cats are social, but still have a will of their own. They have sweet faces and love to be hugged, but atrepparttar 125749 same time they are predators that donít mind about killing a bird.

In short, cats are fascinating animals. The world would be a boring place without them.

Fact:repparttar 125750 world needs cats. But how many?

According to recent figures, inrepparttar 125751 US alone over two million cats are being put to death each year in animal shelters because there are no homes for them.

Thatís shocking. And you canít blamerepparttar 125752 animal shelters for that. They do their best, withinrepparttar 125753 limits of their budget. There are just not enough people that want to take care of these cats.

So if you have a pet cat, there is no need for you to breed. Donít worry, cats will never become scarce. Professional breeders will always be happy to meetrepparttar 125754 needs of real cat lovers.

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