I didn't mean to bring home another cat. Really, I didn't. I just went to the Cat Shoppe to get a bag of Weight Management Cat Food. But, how could I help myself when that tiny orange-gold body twined herself around my leg and then locked on with both claws? I looked down and she gave me the Puss in Boots eyes and before I knew it I was leaving the store with one 15 pound bag of cat food and one 6 pound cat named Crunkers.

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Here's today's edition of interesting and fun items we have found out on the Internet.  We'll start off with an interesting annoucement from Del Monte foods.  I remember them from ketchup and other favorites but I never realized they also make a lot of pet food products.  Today they announced a name change to "Big Heart Pet Brands".  Some of their brands include: Milk-Bone®, Meow Mix®, Natural Balance®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, 9Lives® ... I don't know...
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Today we kick off our featured blog "Four @ Four".  Each day we will be sending out our top four pet "finds" of the day.  It may be stories about pets (acts of love, courage, faith, companionship, etc), or entertainment stories.  We will post health bullentins, and anything special we find related to our most loved friends. So lets get started with our four picks for Tuesday: We found this great article at globalanimal.org ... if...
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I can remember the day that I brought Lothario, my first male kitty, home from the animal shelter. He was so small he could fit in the palm of my hand and had been weaned weeks too early. His mother, a mottled calico cat, was left at the shelter with her litter of eight kittens and the kittens, so much in demand in the spring, had been separated from their mother early to give them a better chance at adoption. I didn’t come to the shelter to adopt a kitten. My other cats, Pepper and Licorice, were well into their teens and had no desire to baby-sit. But Lo instantly captured my heart with his perfect pink paws and over-long whiskers. His ears and tail were so huge compared to the rest of his kitten frame—almost as if they anticipated the eighteen pound cat that he would one day become. I picked him up and cradled him against my heart the entire ride home and after a while I could feel him stop shivering and start to purr. 

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As Thanksgiving approaches we are often reminded that we should be thankful for what we have - friends, family, home, and hearth. But perhaps we should also take stock of why we should be thankful for our pets. Our furry friends bring us such joy throughout the year. Besides the happiness (and occasional anxiety) that pet-ownership brings, there are also numerous health benefits to living with an animal companion.

Whether your pet is a dog, cat, bird, rabbit, or ferret, studies have found that people with pets have lower blood pressure and lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than the pet-less. Pets, it seems, are preventative medicine against heart attacks, high blood pressure, and a range of stress-related disorders. Pets definitely make are lives fuller and studies suggest that they could in fact make our lives a bit longer.

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It’s common for us to resolve to make changes to better ourselves with the start of a new year. Why not include your pet in your new year’s resolutions for 2014? After all, our pets are a big part of our lives. They share our day-to-day routines, our joys and our sorrows, and often our health issues. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA,) 25-40% of pets are overweight. Obesity contributes to a decreased lifespan, digestive disorders, skin maladies, increased surgical risks, arthritic and joint problems, heart and liver failure, diabetes, heat stroke, and myriad other problems. Obesity is especially dangerous for older pets who already have increased health risks. Lowering you pet's weight is one of the easiest ways to prolong your pet's life and overall health. Weight loss and dietary changes, even after years of obesity, have tremendous health benefits.

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If it isn't obvious this is a pet website and of course we really love our pets here!  We really encourage LOTS of pictures and stories about how you play and live with your pet (remember "Live in the moment!").  Today we are going to show you how to make a wonderful picture frame that's perfect for all those photos you have of your "best friend"! We went to Michael's to get started (but feel free...
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Do you dress up your pet for Halloween?

Some people go all out ... others don't bother.  What do you do?
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Sure I do! I think it's fun! (10 Votes)
27.78%
I don't bother ... it's too much trouble (6 Votes)
16.67%
Pets don't really like to be "dressed" in clothes (7 Votes)
19.44%
I think it's fun to see but I don't do it (13 Votes)
36.11%
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