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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.

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Has anyone tried composting their pet waste?

I've been thinking about alternative methods to dispose of my dog's waste. There seems to be some controversy over the best disposal method. Has anyone tried composting pet waste? Is anyone aware of the environmental impacts of composting pet waste compared to throwing it in the garbage?

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Human-toilet training my cat

Recently we moved to the country and for a variety of country reasons, I didn't want our cat Atticus venturing outside (ticks, snakes, disease, wild dogs, backyard chickens, environmental damage). But as Atticus is a poos-outside cat and I like it that way, I wasn't too keen about cleaning up kitty litter for the rest of my life (sigh). Happily, one of my Facebook friends shared that their cat had done their first poo into the toilet and intrigued, I internet searched how to achieve this. And achieve it we did!

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How we made our DIY wall-mounted cat tree

We recently moved and had to ditch the old cat tree after two years of love and abuse. It plain fell apart in the process of moving so we started the hunt for a new tree. We wanted something sturdy, affordable, and something that wouldn't take up too much room. Problem was, the cat trees you typically find on the market are made out of cheap plastic and particle or composite board. After some research, we decided to use the wallspace to the side and above our couch to create a wall mounted cat tree using a mixture of shelves and including a scratching post.