pets 

When parenthood turns your pets into pests

Before I was a parent, I was a pet lover. In addition to the two cats that I had brought into our relationship, my husband and I also adopted a dog and another cat. The menagerie was totally manageable... then our kids were born. In an instant, they ...

A Little More: Surprises of the green kind

A remarkable thing happened, here in our little valley where nothing much seems to be going on most days, where the grasses have grown tall and the seed-heads keep them heavy and nodding, sleepy, especially in the late afternoons....

Would you vote based on pet ownership?

A single friend of mine tells me that his marriage-minded dates are often quite impressed by the fact that he has a dog. This, they reason, is proof positive that he is kind, loving and responsible - all important traits in a potential husband and fa...

Backyard safety tips

I envy those of you with a backyard. Really, I do. Some of you have cookouts, some of you have pools. Some of you engage in a random game of horse shoe or lawn bowling. For those of you with kids, though, have you thought about just how safe your b...

Owning a dog may prevent childhood allergies

When it comes to avoiding allergies, my kids weren't dealt a good genetic hand. I have asthma, and my husband has fairly severe seasonal and year-round allergies. Needless to say, we're hyper alert when watching for signs that they're developing alle...

Pet trends: how about a hedgehog?

If you are looking to add a pet to your family and want something a little different, consider the hedgehog. The African pygmy hedgehog is fast becoming the 'it' pet for busy Brits who appreciate their nocturnal habits. These hedgehogs will sleep all...

The yelling house

Last week we got a puppy. One of the boys' favorite books is Audrey Wood's The Napping House. In it, a peaceful, sleeping house is transformed by a flea, a wakeful flea! And us, too. We've been transformed by 10 pounds of wiggling puppiness. He'...

Pre-teen puts homeless critters on the web

Eleven-year-old Jennie Lupkin loves animals. She loves them so much that she helps out at her local animal shelter and has built a website to convince people to adopt the dogs and cats she helps care for. Her plea for a home for Baby Face, a dog awai...

Rescued pup rescues family right back

With the exception of our fancy French dog, all of our pets were either adopted from a shelter or found wandering homeless. Abandoned and abused animals need love too and often repay their rescuers with unconditional and unwavering loyalty. Clearly, ...

Cat saves family from fire

A little black cat in Allendale, Michigan likely saved the lives of the Busscher family when a fire broke out in their garage. That garage is where the cat sleeps at night and the sudden appearance of flames and smoke sent it into fits of howling and...

AKC releases top 10 list

It was a big week for bulldog fans (the dog breed, not the sports team.) For the first time in 72 years, the bulldog has wiggled its way back on to the top ten list of most popular dog breeds in America. "The bulldog is both docile and adaptive and ...

Moving with baby

Well, we've finally outgrown our little one bedroom here on the park and are officially looking to make a move. Our landlord, who is lovely, had no choice but to finally raise our rent, and it seems ridiculous to pay even more money for a space tha...

Cringe-worthy pets

Yesterday, Ellie and I were at the grocery store when she said, out of nowhere, "I want a fish." Well, it wasn't exactly out of nowhere. We were in the pet aisle and she was looking at fish bowls. But still, I was a little surprised and a lot resista...

Literacy going to the dogs in New York

We're lucky in that not only is Jared an excellent reader, he loves reading to Sara. They'll sit together in the hallway, in their little reading corner, in a laundry basket, and he'll read book after book to her. Not all kids are that confident abou...

Running over the family dog, not a good scene

Last Friday I was driving home with my younger two children, Cassidy and Devon, in the car. My daughter was out of school on a half day and my youngest was off for the entire day. We were doing what we always do in the car: I was driving while half l...

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