Beautiful Texas Hiking Weather: What to Know About Hiking with Your Dog

Dog HikingThe majority of dogs, regardless of size, make great companions on a hike—if they are physically fit for the level of hiking that you plan to do, if they are obedient, if they are socialized among people and other dogs, and if the weather is not too hot. These are important ifs to keep in mind. Simply put, hiking with dogs takes more thought and preparation than simply starting up a trail. If you are considering taking your four-legged friend on a hike, here are a few things to keep in mind that will keep you, your dog and other hikers happier and the environment healthier, starting with determining whether you should even put your dog in the car.

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2017 is the Year of the Rooster: What We Can Tell You About Chickens as Pets

RoostersChickens are great, comical creatures that have been domesticated for thousands of years. Keeping backyard chickens was common 100 years ago, but in the 1950s the advent of factory farming and inexpensive store-bought eggs led to a decline in its popularity. However, recently there has been a resurgence of interest in keeping one’s own chickens, both for pleasure of fresh eggs and for the entertainment pet chickens offer. All domesticated chickens belong to the same species, Gallus gallus. There are hundreds of different breeds within this species. However, all chickens have the same basic requirements to remain health: a good quality diet, a clean environment and protection from the elements and predators.

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How to Maintain Long Pet Hair

yorkshire-terrier-171701_960_720If you have a pet, you know how frustrating hair can be, especially during the winter months where it needs to be kept long to keep your furry friend warm. However, keeping the fur off clothing, furniture and the floor can be a never-ending battle. Here are a few tips to maintaining your pet’s long hair.

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Christmas-Specific Poisons for Both Cats and Dogs

socks-the-cat-1084179_960_720The holiday time around Christmas and New Year is obviously a period for most individuals when much food and drink is consumed, homes are filled with more people than usual, there are often children around, and Christmas trees adorned with presents are given pride of place. All of this can create an environment in which is very easy for pets to be exposed to poisons. This article will look some Christmas-specific poisons facing your canine and feline friends.

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Breed Highlight: Corgi

CorgiIf you are looking for a smallish happy fun-loving dog breed, the Corgi may be the right one for you. The two types of Corgis include the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, both of which are similar in many ways. Here are just a few of the many important things to know about Corgis.

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Breed Highlight: Labrador Retriever

labrador-787317_960_720Good-looking, smart and fun-loving, the Labrador Retriever has a lot going for him. He is large, but not too large, he’s calm and easygoing when he’s not exuberantly fetching a tennis ball or a bird. The Lab is a do-it-all kind of dog.

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What if My Cat’s a Picky Eater?

cat-1308430_960_720Everybody has their favorite foods, but cats are notoriously fussy when it comes to what they will or won’t eat. And often times, they’ll decide to not like something — at the precise moment when you were convinced you had finally found the one food they loved. So, what’s the deal with these finicky cats?

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