Category Archives: Pets

Tips to Choose French Bulldog Puppies

120Also called Frenchies, French Bulldogs are believed to have originated from the small bulldog breed of England.

During the Industrial Revolution, workers of Nottingham is said to have introduced the first bulldog to the French soil.

The 1860s witnessed a surging popularity of these miniature dogs in France, to the extent that the breed became almost extinct in England. In France, the miniature bulldogs might have been crossed with the Terrier Boule to result in the French Bulldog. The new breed made its first appearance in the US at the Westminster Kennel Club show held in New York. This Bulldog puppies are fun companions for kids.

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Tips in Choosing a Pet Cat

Cat Ollie in his new home with owner Katie Dahlstedt in East Sussex. Ollie was just two weeks old when his mum rejected him. The little grey and white tabby kitten couldn’t fend for himself and was completely helpless. When he came to us he needed nursing day and night and slowly he began to get stronger. Ollie was too young to be rehomed so one of our foster carers took him home, bottle feeding him every three hours and using baby wipes to keep him clean. Six weeks later Ollie was unrecognisable from the timid little kitten we first met and he had grown into a strong, healthy – and rather huge! – chap. When his foster carer, Karen Pettet, took on another little hand rear kitten, Ollie took her under his wing and even taught her how to play. His story featured in one of our marketing campaigns last year and Ollie has now been adopted by Katie Dahlstedt and her family in East Sussex. Katie says: “We’d talked about getting a cat for a while and when we met Ollie we loved him straightaway and decided that night we wanted to have him.” Ollie joined Katie, her husband Timo and their two children Amelia, four, and Ella, two, in April last year. Katie says: “It’s been lovely to see him grow up and get bigger every week. He’s extremely playful and he’s very loving with Timo. At night when we’re watching TV he comes and curls up with him. He’s a daddy’s boy. “Ollie loves being outside – he goes out first thing in the morning, comes in for a nap and then he’s outside again for the rest of the day. He goes round to all the neighbours’ houses and hangs out with them. We have a playground nearby and if we go there he tries to follows us. He doesn’t like to be left out of the family activities.” Having Ollie around has really helped Amelia learn to be comfortable around animals too. Katie says: “She’s really frightened of animals but as she’s got to know Ollie her confidence has improved. “The girls love him and he can be very affectionate. When I was poorly with a stomach bug I was in bed for two days and he snuggled up on the bed with me and kept me company. “He’s definitely become one of the family.”

Like other household pets and animals, caring for a cat or a kitten is such a big commitment for pet owners and you should not deal this lightly. Once you train a cat in your households, this requires a routine veterinary consultations and treatment, caring and training attention, scheduled make-over and grooming sessions, and the most important thing is, an individualized care for around 10-20 years. Yes, 10-20 years because this is the average lifespan of cats. Thus, it is really not a joke on having a pet cat around.

At present, a number of household cats are being rescued in growing number of rescue homes hoping to be home again because of an immediate decision of pet owners to dispose them after buying the pet, and that they can no longer meet or provide the care or cope with financial commitments, wearing off and novelty of owning a household cat because of specific economic circumstances under global financial crisis related issues, sudden change in lifestyle, change in family like moving out or migration from a distant geographical location, lack of time to attend the needs of the cat and lack of care givers.

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Choices of Portable Dog Crates for Your Pet

118Portable dog crates are a good purchase for many dog owners. They may be used for several purposes and can be quite easily packed away when not in use. There are three various types of portable dog crates; they come in a soft sided collapsible version, a hard plastic version, and a foldable wire crate version. The type to select depends on the needs of the dog owner, the style of dog and the quantity of room in the house and car. One of the main advantages of most of the soft sided dog crates is that they could be folded down and stashed away when not in use. This makes them very practical for someone who doesn’t make use of the crate often or has a smaller dog. The plastic type is strong and sturdy making them a great choice for puppies that are going through their chewing phase and most of these plastic crates are airline approved.

The benefits of wire crates are: better air ventilation, divider panels that enable your dog to grow into its crate and they are typically collapsible and fold easily, which makes them easily moveable. You may use a portable dog crate when you are traveling on an airplane, camping or to crate train a puppy at your house. If you plan to utilize the crate for travel on an airplane, it’s significant that you purchase a quality crate that suits the rules of the airline. Typically, the plastic dog crates are accepted on airplanes. It is a good idea while flying with your pet to call ahead, in order to figure out the regulations of the particular airline you are flying on.

While choosing a dog crate for a puppy be certain to consider the adult size which the puppy will become as an adult. Soft sided crates are generally utilized for small breed dogs and aren’t normally a good selection for large breed dogs or puppies. Although small enough, puppies are known for chewing and might require a crate with rigid sides. The best portable pet crate needs to be big enough for the dog to stand up and turnaround inside, without giving them sufficient room to jump around. These crates vary in cost based on the size of the crate and the material of the crate.

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Naming a Pet Turtle

117If you are looking for a name for your pet turtle then select the name that suits it most. This means, the meaning of the name should be appropriate for the nature, behavior and character of your adored turtle.

Pets are normally considered as children. As the naming of your child is important, it’s equally important to name your pet turtle. When you give a name to your turtle it shows your concern and attachment towards it. A special name gives it a special identity and makes it a part of your family. Your pet turtle’s unique feature reflects in its unique name. So, the name should distinguish it from other turtles. You must give it a unique, caring and lovely name.

The names of the turtles are divided according to their gender. Some names are for male turtles while some are most suitable for female turtles. However, there are some other names too, which are neutral i.e. common name for both male and female turtle. If you are interested in unusual names, you can go for the foreign names, e.g., African name.

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How to Select the Best Size Dog Crate

116You might have a concern about the use of a crate for your dog, whether the purchase is for the house breaking process, discouraging chewing or aiding in travel with your pet. To address this concern we need to remember that by nature, the dog is a pack animal. S/he likes to run with companions showing they still have some qualities and characteristics of their ancestors. This ancestry characteristic includes the natural need of having a den. Do not be concerned that you are putting your pet in a “cage”. The crate resembles the shelter of a small den. In the natural environment, it was a shallow hole, narrow passage that was big enough to stand up, turn around, lie down comfortably, and be protected from predators. In present-day, your pet considers you and your family their running pack and the cage a private space which offers the shelter of a small den. So when considering the purchase of a dog crate, you need to consider all of the natural tendencies of your pet.

You will find many articles explaining how to measure your dog’s height and length, dog crate size guides, and breed standard suggestions for crate size. To measure your dog’s height and length, the points on your dog are the following: For the length of the crate, measure from the tip of the dog’s nose to the base of the tail when the dog is in standing position, then add 2-4 inches. It is not recommended to measure to the end of the tail because it will make the crate too long. However, if your dog has a thick or hard tail, you do need to measure some of the tail. For the height of the crate, measure your dog from the floor to the tallest point of their nose/head while the dog is in sitting position. Again you need to add 2-4 inches to the height measurement. This will give you the shortest height of the crate. If your dog has erect ears as found in Scottish Terriers, you need to include that height of the ears. The inches added to your measurement range anywhere from a suggested 2 inches to 6 inches. One wonders why there is such a large range of additions. Some say add 2 inches for smaller dogs and up to 6 inches for larger dogs. Others say add 10%. For example, if the dog’s height is 17 inches, then 10% would be 1.7. You would add 2 inches to your height measurement. This would make the minimum height of your crate 19 inches. If the length of your dog is 27 inches, then 10% would be 2.7. You would add 3 inches, making the minimum length of your crate 30 inches. The width of the cage will naturally be determined by the height and length you have selected.

You can also go online and consult the dog crate size guides from the manufacturer of the company that makes the crates you are considering, or you can consult dog crate size guides from dog breed websites. If you consider the dog crate size guide from the manufacturer, a 25 pound dog would require a crate that is 24″L X 20″H. If I were to consider the dog crate size guide from the Scottish Terriers breed chart, the site would suggest a crate that is 30″L x 21″ H. If you considered these two recommendations along with the 30″L X 19″H suggestion from your measurements calculated above, what would you buy? You might choose a larger crate. Using too large of a crate will cause your dog to section the crate into a restroom on one end and a sleeping area on the other end. It would be beneficial to remember that every dog is different, and you need to use all methods to make an educated decision by considering measurements and charts. Even within a breed, a female Scottie would weigh 18 to 21 pounds which would put her in a smaller crate than a male that averages 19 to 22 pounds. Then there are those that do not fall into that average range. Is dog size more important than weight? This may cause you to choose a dog crate that is larger or smaller than listed. Consult all methods and come to a consensus on the crate that would make your dog most comfortable and accomplish the task for which you purchased the crate.

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