I love my dog, but I don't like him anymore. I used to be able to look past his constant barking, awful separation anxiety that leaves us un-wanted surprises when we get home (we've tried medication and behavior modification), and tendency to knock over our toddler often. I used to get angry with my husband when he would talk about not liking our dog, but now that I'm pregnant with our second, I find myself in the same boat. I don't want my dog to be gone, I just want to enjoy him like I used to.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of Pets posts.
We know that sometimes a home just isn't a home without a pet, and oftentimes pets have their own sets of needs, perks and home-enhancing features. These posts cover our furry, scaley, winged, offbeat friends.
When I moved across the country last year, I was mildly worried about how my husband and I would settle into a new place and new jobs. However, I can honestly say I was afraid of how our dog, Gidget, would adjust to living in a 700-square-foot apartment. Fortunately, our worries were unfounded and months later she has become the perfect apartment dog. Here's what we did to help make the transition easier on all of us…
This is my cat, Oliver Star. He was named after our favorite cow. True story. No, no — don't adjust your screens. He's a hairless kitty! He's just like regular kitties, except he ain't got no hairz! Oliver's good looks usually garner one of two responses – either "awwww, look at de bebe!!" or "OH MY GOD!!! WHAT IS THAT?!?!?! SEND IT BACK TO HELL!!!!!"
Poor guy. He has feelings, too!
Most charities ask that you give up either a little time or a little money to support a worthy cause. But there’s one form of aid you can give that doesn’t really require either of those, at least if you already have a pet. It’s animal fostering, and it is such a roller coaster ride I had to write about our experiences in the hopes of encouraging folks to foster, and to emotionally support those who already do.
There’s no better testament to how much owners influence the behavior of their dogs than the vastly different experiences that Aaron (that guy I married) and I have taking our dog Jackson to the vet. Here's why I'm never taking our baby boy to the vet again…
How many people have heard that cloves can be used as a natural pest repellant? I personally have never tried it but a lot of people I know swear by it. Or are you decorating with cloves this holiday season? Here's a little known fact about cloves: they are harmful to cats! I found out from first-hand experience…
My boyfriend moved into my house almost a year ago. Today he's my fiancé, and soon he will be my husband. Somehow, though, the most exciting new title he recently earned seems to be that of pack leader with my three dogs.