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Why fostering animals is worth the emotional pain

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.

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Why I’m never taking my dogs to the vet again

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…

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Caring for the alien-looking axolotl

When I was younger, I had a book with fabulous pictures of animals around the world, and the most prized page showed an alien smiling beatifically. Okay, it wasn't an alien, but axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) certainly have a prehistoric and downright Pokemon quality to them, and what's more with a big enough tank and the right care they can live in your home.

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Make your own frozen dog treats — grain-free and healthy

During the summer months, my dog Hector gets overheated really fast. He's a Corgi-black lab mix, so no matter what the season he's got a thick black coat surrounding his stumpy little body at all times. This recipe came about after I made a large batch of stock from the remains of a roasted chicken, and it's both easy and economical.