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How to have a pet-friendly Super Bowl party

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin January 31, 2013 06:43 AM

Super Bowl Sunday is here. Whether you are cheering loudly for either team or just tuning in to watch the commercials, odds are you'll be watching the game with friends. And as with any good party, there will be countless snacks to munch on and decorations to enjoy. But how safe are these for your pets? Read the tips below on how you can have a pet-friendly Super Bowl party.

Watch where you put your food. Coffee table snacks put things at pet-level. As convenient as it is to have snacks on the coffee table, it gives your pet easy access to food. And a brazen pet will grab an easy snack! Talk to your guests before hand to remind them to watch their plates.

Keep things tidy. Don't leave Solo cups around. Dogs often love beer. And if it's not a doggy specific brew, it's not good for them. In other words, make sure your friends don't behave like animals.

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Cold weather tips for pets

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin January 25, 2013 06:31 AM

It's frickin' freezing in here, Mr. Bigglesworth.

If it seems like everyone has become Dr. Evil, it's because, baby, it's cold outside! Cold weather can not only affect you, but it can affect your pets as well. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe in the cold.

Do not let cats go outdoors. They can freeze easily outdoors if they don't have shelter and become lost or stolen. What's more? "They won't have access to unfrozen water," warns Dr. Brian Collins, Lecturer, Community Practice Service at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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5 questions to ask BEFORE you get a pet bird

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin January 18, 2013 09:16 AM

The sweet lullaby of a bird whistling in the distance. Those "Polly want a cracker?" and other silly conversations we see birds and their owners have. And of course, every fearsome pirate has a parrot has a shipmate. Let's face it - we have all thought about owning a bird.

Experts say that owning a bird can be a lot of work and first-time bird owners are usually happier with smaller species such as finches, canaries, budgies or cockatiels. If possible, always adopt rather than buy as there are many birds that are available for adoption in local shelters. If you are looking to add a feathered friend to your family, these five questions will help you determine if you are ready.

Do I have enough space?

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Beer for dogs? Boston shouldn't be last to this party

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin January 9, 2013 09:43 AM

Pets seem to always get added luxuries. Toys galore. Comfy beds. Delicious treats (just for sitting down!). Dogs can now add a thirst-quencher to that list: beer.

That's right, Fido can now enjoy a brewski.

According to the Associated Press, Oregon beer-lover, Daniel Keeton, created Dawg Grog for his beloved pooch, Lola Jane.

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Is your pet making you single?

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin January 1, 2013 01:40 PM

Admit it. You clicked on this story because you were nervous I was talking about you.

Maybe it's because Saturday nights are spent in the apartment since you can't bear to leave your pet alone. You dress yourself and then accessorize your pet to match. You change the channel shed a tear every time those Sarah McLachlan animal commercials come on TV. You have more Facebook friends for your cat than yourself.

It's 2013. Many New Year's resolutions contain finding love. That it's time to stop being a "party of one", and become a "party of two."

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