2012年8月31日 星期五

Pet Obesity - Are We Killing Our Pets?

Obesity was once only considered a condition affecting the health of adult men and women, who for some reason or another, didn't take care of themselves properly. Statistics indicate that the severity of obesity has far more reaching implications than impacting on basic fitness quality. Obesity kills approximately 280 000 adults in the US alone.

This would be an alarming concern on its own, but research has proven that obesity also affects children. A survey has revealed that the rate of childhood obesity has grown rapidly in recent times with 4.2% of children aged between 6 and 11 years of age in 1963 to a staggering 17.5% in 2004. (CDC.gov.) In reflection one might even determine that these statistics are not completely surprising given that children today are not performing the same physical activities as they were in the 1960s. This is true.

The roles of domestic animals have also changed through the years. At one time it was considered an affluent novelty to care for a pet in the home, especially if the animal did not perform some necessary task on the property. Latter as companion pet ownership became more usual the job of the pet typically changed to involve more "play time", accompanying the children as they ran and played, or being a companion to its master in the duration of daily events. Then being rewarded at the end of a long days "work" with a hearty meal (it is strongly recommended that dogs should be fed two smaller meals a day, and even skipping 1 day a week).

As the usually daily tasks of our lives have changed, so have the duties of our four legged companions. As with humans pet obesity has become a major health issue. An estimated 25-40% of dogs in the United States are obese (*1). Pet obesity is not an issue involving dogs alone, cats and all domestic pets are at risk from this potentially fatal condition.

Pet obesity is a major health concern. Overweight pets suffer more physical ailments and do not live as long as animals of recommended weight. Obesity often reduces a pet's enjoyment of life. Health risks associated with weight gain include: Heart and respiratory disease, diabetes, liver disease, joint diseases such as arthritis and spinal disc problem just to name a few

As with humans the lack of physical activity is not the only contributing factor to health issues related to obesity in our pets. There are in fact a number of causes, and indeed a number of ways we can works towards in improving the quality of life for our companions.

Our first question should be "are we killing our pets with kindness". Diet plays a significant role in contributing to pet obesity. While we should consider physical activity as a changed circumstance over the years, we should also consider reevaluating the food we feed our pets.

Instead of examining the changed daily routine of our pets, and altering their diets to suit. We have either neglected to serve an appropriate diet, or over compensated for physical activity with the issuing of treats often with little or poor nutritional quality.

While we are well aware that fast food is bad for our kids, few of us realize that fast food is also bad for our pets. You might be wondering what fast food for pets is. Simply fast food for pets is a tin of dog food. Take the time to read the label on a tin of manufactured dog food and you will discover that it is packed with processed this and processed that and a whole variety of weird and wonderful additives.

Not all tinned foods are the same; surprisingly many of the more expensive and well known labels are not ideal. I am sure my children will eat heartedly if I fed them McDonald's every night, but I certainly would not do this simply because it is not good for them.

There are many good quality pre-prepared pet foods available on the market that do contain good healthy ingredients. Shop for your pet with the same concern you would when you shop for the human members of the family.

Alternatively preparing your own healthy meals from fresh ingredients is surprisingly a cheap and easy option.

Keep in mind that treats are just that, treats!

And my favorite health routine for both myself and my pet, make time. A walk or play each day will not only improve your pets health, it is just what the doctor ordered for you also. A daily walk or play will improve health and wellbeing of mind body and soul for you both.

(*1) Wolfsheimer, KJ. Obesity. In: Ettigner SJ, Feldman EC. , editors. Textbook of veterinary internal medicine. 5th edition. WB Saunders Company; Philadelphia (PA): 2000.

Lauren a.k.a "The Pet Steps Lady" loves pets and is concerned about their health in today's world. She helps injured, elderly, and post-surgical pets with her quality dog and cat steps [http://www.allpetsteps.com/PetSteps_s/2.htm] and is now looking to reach out to help those pet owners who have overweight and obese pets. Lauren is the proud owner of her dog Mollie B, her cat Pumpkin, and the newest addition to her family kitten Kingston.

Choosing a Pet? Things to Consider Before Choosing a Pet

First, lets think about why we are thinking about choosing a pet. Is it because the children have been bugging your forever to get a new puppy or kitten? This is something most know but I feel I have to say it again just for the few that have not had the experience. Your children begging you to choose a pet is not, in itself, a good reason for getting one. Children need to be old enough and mature enough to care for the pet puppy as an example.

Consider whether you have time for a pet. They look to you for their food, water, veterinary treatments and love. If your children cannot or will not care for the pet, do you have time to do it. Did you know that in over half of households the female spouse or family member ends up taking care of the family dog or pet.

Now this is pretty much common sense but you should think about whether you are allowed to have a pet where you currently reside. Check the regulations if your are a tenant. If pets are allowed are you prepared for the extra amount of deposit money that will be required. Are you prepared for the carpet cleaning necessary when you move? These an other questions should be considered if you are a renter.

How many years are you willing to commit to this new pet? A pet can be a lifelong commitment depending on how old you are when you choose a puppy or other young pet. Personally I had a Dachshund that was with us for 17 years. Cats can live from 10 to 20 years subject to certain medical issues. Other pets like horses, turtles, parrots and other types of birds can live quite a bit longer even 30 to 40 years.

None of us have a crystal ball so we do not really know when we will get married, get divorced, relocate sometimes to another country, have children or maybe have grandma move in with us, you know, the one that hates animals. Do your best to look into the future to where a pet will fit in. Once adopted your pet becomes part of the family or to him, the pack. Later separation is hard on everyone.

If you should decide to choose a puppy or any type of young pet please know that younger animals require a lot more time to learn the ropes than adult dogs do. Plus, younger animals, especially dogs, do not appreciate being left alone. This is one way separation anxiety develops.

Younger animals need to be taught how to behave in the family or the pack. This cannot completely be done if the house is empty all day. Just as with children, traits developed at the younger ages are traits that stay with them most if not all of their lives. Proper training and interaction at the younger age will pay great dividends immediately and in later years.

Believe it or not there are many more considerations when choosing a pet. Those I will touch on in a different article. For now let me leave you by strongly suggesting that you make the decision about choosing a new pet a family decision.

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Tools For a Child Grieving the Loss of a Pet

As the mother of two very curious young children, I often find myself in the difficult position of answering my now 4-year old son's questions about death, heaven, the cemetery up the road, etc. It's been a real struggle for me. I want to be, most importantly, honest with him, but I don't want to scare his literal mind either. For instance, when he first asked me what the cemetery was, I was hesitant to tell a 3-year old that people get buried in the ground. At the same time, it's also quite easy to fall into the trap of underestimating children's intelligence.

I feel that I've slowly been learning that it's okay to not have an answer either. I don't really know what heaven is like or where it actually is. How do you explain what a soul or a spirit is to a child? About a week after not really being able to explain some of these things to my son, my husband got a GREAT laugh when my son informed him that "mommy really doesn't know very much." I have to admit that I laughed too. Okay, we both laughed really hard.

I try to remember back to when I was 4 and lost my mother to breast cancer. I'm told that while I was at my Grandmother's house with my Great Aunt Kate, while the rest of the family was at the funeral, that I told my Great Aunt Kate that my mommy went to heaven on a couch on wheels. I'm guessing that this came from the fact that she was laying on the couch resting at home 90% of the time, and that I saw her in the hospital on a bed on wheels. My little mind put all of these elements together and sent her to heaven. It was the resolution that I was able to come up with to comfort myself.

Often a child's first experience with death is when a pet dies. So how we help them handle that and memorialize the pet becomes really, really important. Here are a few tips to help you through this.

1. Be honest. It isn't necessarily easy, but it is more helpful to the child in the long run.

2. Take a piece of paper and fold it in half. On one side of the paper, draw a picture of your family before you lost your pet. On the other side of the paper, draw a picture of your family after you lost your pet. It's helpful to share your picture with someone who will understand. Ask them to just listen as you and your child explain it to them.

3. It really helps to talk about feelings, instead of bottling it all up inside. Have someone who loves your child (a grandparent, sibling or friend) ask them the following questions:

a. My favorite thing to do with my pet was . . .

b. The naughtiest thing that my pet ever did was . . .

c. The funniest that my pet ever did was . . .

d. What I miss most about my pet is . . . .

e. If I could talk to my pet, I would tell them . . .

4. Attempt to explain that the spirit or soul of their pet will always be with them. This can be very comforting to a child. They might not quite understand what that means right away, but they will think about it and try to make sense of it.

Talking about their feelings is the best way to help children to work through their grief. It is important to keep gently opening the lines of communication with them, to continue try to keep them talking. In addition, there are other very effective ways of helping children to express their feelings - through art, music, dance and simply playing.

It is very important for children to be supported in adapting to their loss. Sometimes it's appropriate to focus on getting a new cat, dog, rabbit or horse right away, and sometimes it's better to wait. Have a conversation with your child to see what they would like to do. It should be a family decision with everyone's input.

Always be honest regarding the death of a pet. You do not have to discuss all the details, but the child needs to understand what's going on. A child will find out the truth in the end and may become less trusting of the parent or feel betrayed if not told the truth. The child should be able to participate in the arrangements. If your pet is to be buried, the child should be given the option to be there. Burying your pet without the child's knowledge can, again, make the entire grieving process more difficult, and make the child less trusting at a time when he really needs them.

If at all possible, prepare the child ahead of time for the death. Mementos can be very important for children, and they may want some pictures with their pet, a plaster cast of your pet's foot, etc.

Creating some kind of ritual will be very helpful, and not just to your kids. Rituals are vital to human beings. We create them around everything in our lives - births, weddings, graduations, and certainly around death. Surely, in the case of a death, ritual creates the support that the living need to grieve and say good-bye - this becomes even more important with kids. Kids don't have that button inside that says with pets we're "supposed" to be okay when they die. They just know that their pet is their friend, and part of the family - and the space they leave is palpable.

Creating loving rituals and memorials (as found on http://www.Peternity.com) to mark the death of a family pet can make all the difference in the grieving process, and it can be a tool that the child takes with them and uses to help process loss and grief their entire lives.

Colleen Mihelich
Owner, Peternity . . . honoring your pet for eternity

2012年8月30日 星期四

Five Things to Consider When Choosing an Exotic Pet

Owning a pet can be a great extension to your family situation, whether it be a kitten, dog or something else. Some people like the thought of owning a pet which is a little bit out of the ordinary like a snake, gerbil or Madagasca hissing cockroach. Exotic pets like those three examples come in all shapes, sizes and habitats. If you would like to own an exotic pet then you need to look at these five things to consider when choosing an exotic pet.

!. What kind of pet owner are you?

You may be a person who likes a pet you can interact with and pick up, hold and cuddle. Or you may be a person who likes to just watch and observe a pet without much physical contact.

2. What are the needs of the pet?

Exotic pets need a whole range of different habitats and space requirements depending on the pet type. Therefore you have to consider if they would comfortably fit in your home space. These pets have varying degrees of expense to cater for their needs, so choose a pet which you can afford. Some exotic pets may not be able to live in your area and so this needs to be checked out when considering a purchase.

3. Does this pet fit into your lifestyle?

You need to ask yourself this question to every pet you are considering having taken account the above details. You can write a list of possible choices, of which there are many, and put a tick or cross by them depending on your thoughts. You will end up with a short list.

4. Is the pet suitable for small children?

You need to look at you family make up and decide if the pet is actually suitable for all members especially small children. You need to take note of the pets which are dangerous, the pets that are interactive or not very interactive and so on. Write the information beside the pet choices on your short list.

If you have very young children then a good exotic pet starter could be a tank full of fish and other dwellers. These creatures are great to observe as the swim around and make use of any fish tank accessory which may be around for them. And they require a minimum amount of care for them to be healthy and happy, which could be a good thing as young children seem to take up lots of your time. And you do not need to spend huge amounts on the tank, although if you are keen then there are plenty of fish and fish related products you can purchase.

5. Have you found out enough information?

You need to find out as much information as possible with regards to your likely short listed candidate or candidates. You can get information and advice from the internet, your local veterinarian and legal, knowledgeable dealer. You need to know what to expect from the creature and if your local vet ia able to deal with it or them. The vet and pet dealer should be able to give you good advice.

After considering the above points, have you narrowed your choice of exotic pet to one?

Maybe you are still unsure of whether you really want to go for exotic pet type or the standard cat or dog. Take a look at this to help in your decision making.

Whatever your choice I am sure you are interested in getting a safe pet for your family situation

Are Ferrets Good Pets For Children?

People prefer to have ferrets at home since they are very adorable and pleasing. However, over the years, there have been so many misconceptions regarding the safety of the house when a ferret is present. There may even be stories which tell you that a baby can be seriously injured or even killed when left in the presence of a ferret.

However, much understanding of their behavior is truly needed for you to realize that it only takes responsibility and dedication to take care of your ferret. Also, given that you have children in your family, then it only entails you to further train your pet ferret into becoming a best friend to your children.

It is known that most ferret owners are indeed responsible individuals. Since unlike other animals, ferrets may have different needs especially when it comes to their nutrition and activities. It is therefore a requirement for owners to know exactly how to take care of them. In addition, given the proper care and training, indeed ferrets can make good pets even with children.

Aside from ferret proofing your house, you should also give them the appropriate opportunities for exercise, training and attention. However, the question remains if indeed ferrets are good with children. It is already known that ferrets do bite and at times even cause injuries when their bite becomes too rough. So, if you want have children at home and you want to own a ferret, then it is advisable for you to be thoroughly careful with the two aspects. Especially if you have infants at home, then it is required for you ¬to take additional precaution when it comes to taking care of them. Always remember not to leave them alone unattended. Always supervise their play so as to make sure that your ferret will do no harm to your child.

It is also advisable that you train carefully your ferret. Not only train him with regards to his cleanliness around the house but also train him to be more aware of his surroundings. Although it may take up a lot of time, it is best to train your ferret not to bite and let him realize that biting actually hurts you and your children. This way, even if your ferret is playing with your children, you are content that he may do no harm to them.

However, much older children who can already be gentle and aware of their surroundings can definitely be in close contact with your pet ferret. It may even come to a point that they are truly enjoying each others company. Although, make sure that your children are already aware how to take care of your ferret. Some children have the tendency to be rough on animals especially if they are as small as ferrets. So to prevent such things in happening, you can teach your children the proper way of handling ferrets and even teach them how to train them. This way, they will be able to understand just how much important it is to take good care of ferrets. In turn, it will not lead to any accidents or injuries for both your children and your ferret.

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Finding a Pet That Meets Your Needs and Lifestyle

The key to enjoying the healthiest and most satisfying relationship with a pet is realistically choosing one whose needs are most compatible with your lifestyle. It's easy to fall in love with a cute puppy or kitten you might encounter, but the realities of pet responsibilities may present unforeseen challenges. Determining what type of pet is right for you is the first step to settling into a fulfilling life with a fuzzy new friend. Learn how to make an educated decision about pet ownership, and start reaping the many benefits of animal companionship!

Finding a pet that meets your needs and lifestyle Pets are treasured as members of the family by millions of people around the world. Numerous studies have shown that people who have pets tend to be happier, more independent and feel more secure than those without pets. But what type of pet is best for you? You'll benefit most from having a pet whose needs are compatible with your lifestyle and physical capabilities. Lifestyle considerations that influence your choice in a pet

- Little outdoor activity - If most of your time is spent at home, consider pets that would be happy to stay with you in that environment. You may enjoy playing with or cuddling a cat or a bunny; watching fish or reptiles; or talking or singing along with a bird.

- High activity level - If you're more active and enjoy daily activities outside of your home, especially walking or running, a dog might be right for you. Canine companions thrive on outdoor exercise, keeping you on the move. Plus, the social element of doggie outings encourages interaction with other people you meet along the way.

- Small children and the elderly - Families with small children or elderly living in their homes should consider the size and energy level of a pet. Puppies and kittens are usually very active, but delicate creatures that must be handled with care. Large or rambunctious dogs could accidentally harm or knock over a small child or adult who is unsteady on their feet.

- Other animals in household - Consider the ongoing happiness and ability to adjust of the pets you already have. While your cat or a dog might love to have an animal friend to play with, a pet that has had exclusive access to your attentions may resent sharing you.

- Home environment - If a neat, tidy home, free of animal hair, occasional muddy footprints and "accidents" is important, then a free-roaming dog or long-haired cat may not be the best choice. You may want to choose pets that are confined to their quarters, such as fish, birds, or a turtle/

- Landscaping concerns - With certain pets, your landscaping will suffer. Many dogs will be tempted to dig holes in your lawn, and dog urine can leave yellow patches - some say unaltered females cause the most damage.

- Time commitment - Finally, and perhaps most importantly, keep in mind that you'll be making a commitment that will last the lifetime of the pet - perhaps 10, 15, or 20 years with a dog or cat; as many as 30 years or more with a bird. Choosing between a dog or a cat. Dogs and cats are the most common household pets. While on occasion, you'll see someone walking a cat on a leash or a dog that uses a litter box, typically the needs and natural behaviors of dogs and cats are different:

If you have trouble deciding whether to choose a dog or a cat, consider the old adage: A dog will be delighted to serve you; a cat will consider you its servant.

Choosing the perfect dog

If you've decided a dog is the right pet for you, you have another important decision to make: what kind of dog? There are a number of factors to consider. One size doesn't fit all What size dog fits your lifestyle? Even though it seems logical that a smaller dog would be happier than a larger one in an apartment or a condo without a yard, that isn't necessarily true. All dogs do need daily exercise and outdoor activity, but some need more than others. For example, oversized Newfoundlands actually prefer lounging around home and taking leisurely walks. And the tiniest of terriers can be extremely rambunctious and need lots of exercise and outdoor stimulation.

Puppy or mature dog?

There's no denying that puppies are adorable, but along with the cuteness comes added responsibility. Puppies require more time and attention for housetraining and behavior training, which may include patiently tolerating "accidents" and chewing phases. For these reasons, people who don't have time to meet a puppy's needs or prefer not to deal with training, often decide to adopt an older dog. Additionally, small children or elderly adults in your family may not have the patience or ability to manage a puppy's exuberance. Purebred or mixed breed dogs Another choice may be between a purebred or mixed breed. Some people prefer purebred dogs because they enjoy participating in dog shows, or are drawn to the "look" or characteristics of a particular breed. Other people prefer mixed breed, "one-of-a-kind" dogs. Adopting a dog that needs a good home, whether it's a puppy or mature dog, can be very rewarding. Some people say adopted dogs exhibit a special bond and appreciation for their owners. Whichever type of dog you prefer, there are advantages and disadvantages to consider:

Matching a dog's "happiness factors" with your own There are over 150 different types of purebred dogs, and an exponentially larger number of mixed breeds. You can narrow down your choices by realistically matching a dog's "happiness factors" with your own. Hang around dog parks and talk to other dog owners. They can give you clues as to whether a certain type of dog will be happy with what you are able to provide. Keep in mind that dogs were originally bred to serve specific functions. Kennel Clubs have divided dog breeds into seven different groups, based on those origins:

1. Herding dogs (Collies, Old English Sheepdogs, Australian Shepherds) thrive on a farm with animals to herd. To be happy and well-adjusted in an urban setting they need lots of exercise, a job to do, or to be involved in a sport such as agility or obedience.

2. Hounds (Beagles, Bassets, Greyhounds) naturally track other animals - and humans - by smell or sight. Sight-driven dogs move quickly, their speed and stamina making them difficult to catch if they get away from you. Smell-driven dogs move more slowly, but are prone to wander off to track a scent. They can be very vocal, howling or baying.

3. Non-Sporting dogs (Chows, Dalmatians, Poodles) seldom serve their original purposes - for example, Poodles hunted truffles, and Dalmatians were "coach dogs". Non-sporting dogs are popular family companions when their individual activities levels and needs are a good match for those of family members'.

4. Sporting dogs (Pointers, Retrievers, Setters, Spaniels), bred to dash around all day finding land and waterfowl for their masters, are active, alert and require daily, invigorating exercise. They like to be around people, getting lots of attention. Labrador and Golden retrievers, both members of the Sporting group, are two of the most popular family pets.

5. Terriers (Westies, Fox Terriers, Wheatons) are energetic, tenacious, brave and determined... and they love to dig! Developed to hunt and kill rodents and foxes that raided farms, terriers are a feisty breed. Quite independent, they're difficult to train. Although they can be friendly, loyal and stable pets, some may be "yappy" and will nip boisterous children.

6. Toy dogs (Cavalier King Charles, Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers) are bred as companions - they only want to be with you! But even lapdogs need exercise. Small and fragile, they can be excitable and yappy, and can easily get under foot. Children and the elderly must take extra care around them. Loyal and intelligent, they love to learn tricks.

7. Working dogs (Akita, Boxer, Doberman, Great Dane, Newfoundland) are born to "work" at a specific physical job, whether it be guarding, hauling, rescuing or sledding. Many are not ideal as family pets, but can be with proper socialization and obedience training. Independent, strong willed and physically overpowering, they must be kept under control and gets lots of appropriate exercise. Where to find the dog of your dreams

Once you've narrowed down your choices, where do you find the dog of your dreams? Purebreds are usually obtained through breeders, pet shops, and breed specific rescue groups, although they can also be found at animal shelters. Mixed breeds are abundant at shelters and rescue groups. You'll have a very different experience when visiting each of the sources for your new dog.


Breeders are the place to look for a purebred dog, as well as "designer" mixed breeds, such as Labradoodles (Labrador Retriever/Poodle mix). Responsible breeders will encourage you to visit their facilities - often a home - to meet and interact with their dogs. Reputable breeders want to make sure that their animals are a good match with the people purchasing them and that they will be living in a healthy, loving environment. Advantages: You'll get to meet the parents of the puppy, and get a health guarantee, instructions for care and follow-up advice on training and behavior problems. Disadvantages: Can be costly. If animals are confined to cages, conditions are unsanitary, and many different breeds are produced, the breeder may not be reputable.

Pet shops

Pet shops that sell dogs usually keep them in individual cages or in a confined area, but will often allow you to handle and play with animals you are considering purchasing. By doing so you get a sense of whether the animal is healthy, engaging and playful. Unfortunately, some pet stores get their dogs from "puppy mills" (breeding facilities that churn out purebred puppies with improper care, and inbreeding, often leading to health and development problems in the animals). One warning sign is if the young pet shop animals are extremely shy, anxious or fearful. Pet shops usually won't admit it if their pets do come from a puppy mill. Advantages: Offer purebred dogs with "papers" and health guarantees. Disadvantages: Often highly expensive. You also may not know the puppy's origins.

Rescue organizations

Rescue organizations literally rescue "homeless" dogs. Many come from animal shelters. Although some rescues have facilities where the animals are housed, most shelter their dogs temporarily in foster homes, at boarding facilities or veterinary offices. In these places the animals are screened and observed for health and behavioral problems. Rescues hold adoption events, usually on weekends, to give the public opportunities to meet available dogs. Some rescues have websites with photos and descriptions of their animals. Advantages: The health and behavior of dogs are screened; rescues may know if the dog is friendly with kids, other animals, strangers, etc. Adoption fees (donations) vary from nominal to costly. Disadvantages: A rigorous screening process of the prospective adoptee, and an adoption agreement/contract, are often required.

Animal shelters

Animal shelters are funded and operated by a city, county, or a private organization (usually nonprofit).. Shelters are a wonderful place to find an adult dog - and sometimes puppies are even available. Visiting an animal shelter can be depressing, with so many dogs kept in less-than-ideal conditions and confined in cages because of budgetary constraints and overcrowding. Many of the animals, fearful and in shock, will not exhibit exuberant personalities. But shelters can be a treasure trove of unpolished gems. Usually time can be spent with dogs outside of their cages, giving them an opportunity to show you how much love they can give. Advantages: Nominal adoption fees; spaying/neutering and vaccinations are often included. Volunteers often assess dog's behavior and friendliness with other animals and people, and may be available to assist if problems arise after adoption. Disadvantages: Shelters offer no health guarantees; the history of the dog's previous care and treatment is often unknown.

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2012年8月29日 星期三

How it Affects Your Children and What You Should Do When Their Pet Dies

Many times the first contact with death for your children happens when their pet just died. Most of the times they can't comprehend where their pet has gone and why is not back yet. The children need to be explained a few things, however they also they need extra love, support, consolation and a display of deep affection. They won't understand many things at a tender age and particularly if they are up to 5 years old only, they will think that the pet will return to them eventually.

Between the ages of 6-8 they will start to somehow grasp that the pet might not come back afterall, and they will realize to a lesser extent the seriousness of the subject of death and dying. Only a bit later on, from around the age of 9-10 they are fully aware that death is permanent and once gone, the pet will never return.

Many parents face the difficult decision on having to tell their kids that the pet diet. They find it quite hard to express their words in a way that the child will understand. This is why it is useful to get the kids quite comfortable by using a soft and kind voice and hug them, make them feel loved at all times. One thing you need to do is telling them the truth. No matter what, you can't lie to your kids. Even if you think you are protecting them by lying, it is wrong and it might backfire by creating mistrust, anxiety and unneeded panic.

Of course there will be many questions asked by your child, such as 'Why did the pet die' and 'When is coming back', and 'When will I see the pet again' and some children might also feel that it's their fault somehow that the pet is gone. You have to make sure that any feelings of guilt are immediately put to rest by the children, else they might grow up with that feeling inside them and that might cause them harm in the long run.

Of course the children will feel anger, sadness, pain, grief and that is normal. Take note that they might even feel jealousy towards other kids that have pets, so watch out for any such signs. But usually these will pass eventually.

One of the best ways to help your children heal is to let them help in your search for the best pet urn. If needed be, go online, search at Amazon and go with them through the various pictures of the displayed urns. This way they will feel that they have contributed somehow to keeping alive the memory of their most beloved pet, and will start to heal faster.

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How to Deal With a Death of a Pet With Children

The death of a pet can be very sad. It's made more difficult with young children because they have a hard time understanding death. Explaining it can be tough. If you tell your five-year-old their cat has passed on they might be clueless as to what "passed on" means. "Lucky, passed on where, Mom? Did she go across the street?" Even if you use the word death, young children have a hard time grasping how long death is. If you explain to your child that death means a long period of time you still might get, "Does that mean Spot will come back in three weeks?" Three weeks is a long time to a five-year-old. At age six I still couldn't understand how long summer was. My older brother showed me a calendar and flipped up three pages saying that's how long it was. That helped. Some. At least I knew it was for a long time. You actually have to tell your child their beloved pet will not be coming back. You can't pussy foot around death. Death is final. You do not want your child to think an animal is coming back if it's not. Please do not tell your child that Pickles went to live on a big farm in Idaho if Pickles died. This is a lie and serves no purpose. And your lie can be exposed. However, if your family's belief system is that there is an afterlife you can tell your child you believe Fluffy is in Heaven. This is a belief. It differs from "Pickles went to live in Idaho." This statement is a lie because you're purposely being deceptive. It's a deliberate falsehood. You know Pickles did not go there.

Children grieve in different ways. One of your children might sob, another could pester you with questions, and your last child might get real quiet and refuse to talk. Each child has their own personality. And because of that each had a different relationship with the deceased pet. Moreover, one child could have been closer to the family pet than another. Did the pet sleep in bed with them? It won't anymore. And that's sad. Be kind. Don't brush away your child's feeling and tell them to buck up. If you offer to take them for ice cream to cheer them up, do NOT renege on it if they say no. They might be feeling so heartsick they can't eat right now. Take your child in a week.

The death of a family dog can be very upsetting to a child. Especially if it was an indoor dog. House dogs interact with the family more. Therefore, children will get more attached to them. So be there for your child. Have a shoulder for them to cry on. Let them know it is okay to grieve. Even if you as a parent weren't particularly close to the family pet be empathetic. Give extra hugs. Ask your child if they would like to create a photo album of Shaggy. Write near each picture the occasion, what's happening, and with whom. On the last page you can attach a note with something like, "We love you Shaggy! Thanks for being our dog and loving us. You were much appreciated." Or "Shaggy, you'll be missed. You'll be in our hearts always." Or your child can write a personal letter to their dog and sign their name. They can put the letter in a picture pocket of the album to be shared years later. Remember dogs give unconditional love. They love you whether you're rich, poor, short, tall, dress well, or are unkempt. There is maybe one string attached to their love, which is "be kind to me." Unlike humans they don't have worldly "expectations" of how you should be. They love you just as you are. And older children know this. Their dog loved them just as they were. If your child had a particular hard day and was naughty, and you punished them, Shaggy was still a ready friend. He was ready to give a consoling lick on the face. On the worst of days a child really needs a cuddle. Shaggy was there to be hugged close and to listen to grievances against you. He didn't judge. He just loved.

Some children like to have a small memorial service for their pet. I've been to many pet services in backyards. Fish. Hamster. Rat. Turtle. Lizard. Depending on where you live, bigger pets, such as dogs or cats, have to be buried in a pet cemetery or be taken to a place to be cremated. You should check. You can still have a small memorial service. The memorial can be just sharing good memories. "Remember how Rover would lay down low and sneak over to the counter and steal pizza?" Then it was a pain, now it's a funny memory. Maybe one child will draw a picture of good times with Rover. Another child might read a poem they wrote. A memorial service provides closure. Which is important. That's why saying your pet went to live in Idaho when he didn't is wrong. There is no closure.

Jay Marie has a B.A. in the Behavioral Sciences, Sociology. She is a Former Nanny to children with parents in the Entertainment Industry. Find parenting programs to help you and your child at Harmony in the Home [http://www.Foundit-4u.com/Harmony-in-the-Home.htm]

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2012年8月28日 星期二

Pet Loss - Helping Your Child Get Through the Grief

It is always difficult to deal with the loss of a pet, but it can be even more devastating to a child. Children often find it hard to understand what happened to their pet, and older children who do understand are often distraught. When you have to help your child deal with this loss, it can be a bit more difficult for you. Not only do you need to help your child with this loss, but you also have to cope with it yourself. It is natural for your child to grieve. To help you give your child the help that they need, here are some ideas that you can use to help your child get through this time of grief.

Encourage Discussion About the Pet

The first thing you can do to help your child get through the grieving process for your pet is to encourage discussion about the pet. Allow them to talk about their pet. You should be open about your pet as well. Encourage them to talk to others about their pet too. Discussing the pet can make them feel closer to their pet, even though the pet is gone. Grieving is all about openness and talking about the pet can be very helpful to children who are grieving.

Share Your Own Feelings

Another important thing you can do to help your child deal with pet loss is to share your own feelings. You need to let your child know that you are upset as well and that you feel the pain of loss and sadness. Sometimes the best thing you can do to help your child is to shed some tears together. They will feel like you are there with them, feeling the same pain, which will help them get through this.

Try to Answer Questions Honestly

You also need to try to answer questions honestly with your children if they ask you about the loss of a pet. Sometimes for smaller children, this can be a bit more difficult. Consider the age of your children and do your best to give honest answers that are age appropriate. It may not be easy, but honesty can help them get through this time, even though it is difficult.

Take Time for a Memorial to Your Pet

Taking time out to have a memorial to your pet is a wonderful idea if you have kids that are grieving over the loss of their pet. Whether you simply have a time of silence in the back yard, you bury your pet, or have them put in a pet urn, a special memorial can help your child have a sense of closure. When you formally grieve the pet, it can help your child get through this process, feeling that they have taken the time out to grieve their pet.

These are just a few ideas that you can use to help your child as they go through pet loss with you. Use these tips to help them deal with the loss and make sure that you take time to grieve your pet as well.

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Safety & Security Ideas on Camping With Babies, Toddlers and Children of All Ages

At the end of this article is an answer to a note left regarding the article. The article begins here;

Bringing the whole family on a camping trip is one of the most creative, interesting, and natural things that you can do in your lifetime. You have come to the right page if you want to be as safe and as secure as you can be on any camping trip. First - safety and security begins with having the proper equipment and tools for your camping trip. There are certain rules of safety and security that you need to follow when you are camping out with babies and children. There are some tools and some equipment that will make your vacation easier and more fun.

Camping with baby:

If you are bringing a baby along on a trip, prepare ahead of time and buy a baby tent. This is a small enclosure that will hold one baby - with one baby infant seat. The enclosure is not really a "tent" but it is more a screen enclosure that you will use inside the tent or outside the tent. This will make your baby insect-proof. Your baby will be free from mosquitoes and spiders and their bites. Bring a sleeping bag for baby (for inside the tent, when the baby is not inside the baby tent. This kind of sleeping equipment will make your baby feel more secure than a regular blanket. Remember that your baby is not at home and might feel some apprehension about its' new temporary quarters. Use the sleeping bag at home for a few nights before you go on your camping trip. This way, your baby will be used to it and will be familiar with it on the trip. Bring bandages, over-the-counter medicine, bottled water, a ball, some toys and whatever else is familiar to the baby.

Location: When camping with babies or young children, try the "family" campsites first or the private campgrounds to see how the baby or children will react to the outdoors experience. Camping at a private campgrounds or family campgrounds offer many amenities that state parks might not offer. For example, at the private campgrounds, you might find a kiddie pool and a regular pool, an indoor store for necessities, internet connections, game rooms for children, golf carts, abundant water spigots and fountains, and many other items that make camping with children more fun. After choosing your campground, the next mission is to chose the best site for children and babies. You will want to choose a site that is near the bathrooms, near the public phones (bring a cellular phone too), and or near the store or the more trafficked areas of the campgrounds. When choosing a site near the bathrooms, choose the right one, not one too near it.

Important Timely Note: **This note added, March 19, 2008: Wow! At least once a year, you have a perfect location to camp at with your children, especially if you are beginning campers. This year, and most likely every year thereafter, there will be camping (for families) in NYC for one night. Most times throughout the year, there is no camping in Staten Island, New York. However, over the past month or so, I read that they are going to be camping out for one night in High Rock park. Reservations are needed and on March 24, they are going to accept the first reservations. (If you have missed it for this year, save this information because it will be helpful to you next year). You call up and reserve your space. Tell them that you have no tent and they will supply a tent to you for the night (as long as supplies last). You can also camp out with them that night if you have your own tent but you must still register to take part in this. You supply your own food and beverages but they will supply the campfire to roast marshmallows and cook your hotdogs. Sounds like an awesome night in people in New York, for beginning campers. This is your opportunity to get used to camping in a safe environment with expert supervision. (You must be of legal age to register). Look up park rangers or High Rock park on the net to find the details). This is only happening once a year in in this particular area, so be sure and telephone be March 24th to register.

A few years ago, one of the news items that did not make it into the newspapers, but did disturb the campgrounds, happened at Hecksher State Park in New York State. One night an RV family came into the campgrounds very late, after dark and proceeded to back into a water fountain. The driver of the RV did not look behind him as he parked and his RV landed right on top of a water fountain. The water fountain tilted and tipped, flooding the surrounding area with water. Thankfully, no human being was hit in this accident. But think of what a close call that was. . This campsite was the one very nearest the restroom and the area all around it was flooded. Good that no one had camped out there, so the only ones affected were the park rangers and the camper who ran the RV. So choose one close to the restrooms but not too close. You might want to choose a site that is near other family campers. Perhaps the children can play together in the daytime. Sometimes as an added safety precaution, campers put lights on the outside of their tents, and sometimes they use special camping blinking lights. If any campers near that water fountain had those lights on their tents that would have been an added protection for them that night when the RV ran over the water fountain.

Rules: Sounds simple? Most everyone knows the rules of the campgrounds if they have been camping in the past. But newcomers and children generally do not know the rules. One of the most important things that you can remind your children about are the vehicle and road rules. Remind them that the lanes in between the rows of tents are just like city roads. Cars and sometimes huge RVs travel those roads, so if the children are playing at the campgrounds, they must look both ways before crossing these innocent-looking lanes at campgrounds. So many times during the camping season, you will see children running and playing in or near the campsites roads. This is a very dangerous thing to do as there are many cars going back and forth even if you do not see them right away. Remind all children that roads are roads even when the roads are in campsites. Remember that RV that hit the water spigot and knocked it over ? That could have been a child. Luckily it was just a water spigot. You need to instruct the children on the road rules before you leave your vehicle and stress the importance of obeying all rules, including the road rules.

Food: Food rules are the next important. If you have decided to camp out in a state park, you need to stress the importance of food rules. Most times children do not understand why they cannot eat inside the tent (especially in bad weather). If you camp out anywhere in the wild or in state parks in any state, you must not have any food in your tent, not even cookies or cookie crumbs. Trust us on this one. Even at the most civilized camp sites, if you bring any food inside your tent you are asking for big trouble. There are state parks where there are no bears, but still the food rule should be number one on your list to remember. We camped out at Hecksher State Park in New York once or twice. We knew the food rule so we never brought any food into the tent and we did not leave any food on the picnic table either. That's almost a guarantee that you will have no animal visitors during the night. That's almost a guarantee but not a real promise. Even when you are diligent about camping rules and regulations, what your neighbors do will affect your stay at the camp. Sometimes your neighboring campers will forget food outside and that will be enough to bring raccoons and little animals and insects into your campsite. That happened to a friend of ours. While he was careful about camping and careful about his food, his neighbors left food out on the table - overnight. All through the night, the pesky raccoons kept pushing through the campsite going into everything they could find. They kept everyone up at night be their scavenger hunt for more food. Our friend found out the hard way that any food left out, even your neighbor's food, will attract small animals, raccoons and insects into his own campsite. He found out the hard way - by having the raccoons keep him up all night. You can learn the easy way, by just taking this advice. If your neighbors are inexperienced campers, tell them about the animals and raccoons that spill through the campgrounds at night. They will be glad you told them and you will have a good night's sleep. (Raccoons are creepy at night in the dark at night -especially since they are so bold). Good thing to remember is that some raccoons can carry or have rabies. So, store your food inside your car. Raccoons do open coolers up. Funny thing is that the one thing they could not do was open the zippered cooler.

Restrooms: Another important rule is that no one goes to the restroom alone after dark or at night. In the daytime also, accompany all children to the restroom. This is an important safety rule for our state parks in NY, and probably everywhere else also. If you think that this is "too safe" , think again. In some of our state parks, there are homeless people camping out; in others, there might even be newly-released inmates, and in others there might even be perverts. Yes, this might be shocking to you and it is something that most people do not think or want to think about. But the truth is -that is the truth. So, watch the children when they go off to the bathroom in the daytime and if they do not come out quickly, go and check on them. And, after dark or near dark, the rule must be that no one goes to the rest room alone. You can wait outside for the older children and you go inside the restroom with the younger ones.

Don't Feed or Pet Wild Animals: You need to instruct children to not approach and to not pet wild animals, no matter how cute they look. Remind the children that some wild animals carry or have rabies. Some of the bold raccoons at Hecksher and some other parks will approach you and the children if you leave food out at night. So the best way to avoid this is to keep all food in plastic containers and keep them in your car. Keep the family pets at home (find pet sitters for them). Family pets attract wild animals and insects. Besides, if you are on vacation, you will want to leave them home and enjoy their company when you return. If you MUST bring family pets, the best place to go is to family campsites that advertise that they welcome pets. There are one or two state parks that accept animals. Do the research online and find out where these parks are.


There is a difference between a storm and a rainy day. If you are prepared, relaxed and intent on enjoying your camping experience, even rain will not ruin your camping vacation. It is an interesting experience. That's really roughing it. That's camping! However, with babies and children, the wet camping experience is different and less fun. So here's how to handle weather. Bring a solar-powered radio and solar-powered flashlight. Having a radio on stormy or rainy days makes all the difference in a camping trip. Tune in to the weather station and you will find out if the storm is temporary or will last for days. You can plan - that is so much better than just having bad weather happen to you. If the rainy weather is just going to last for an hour or three, you can rough it out and outlast the rain. So , do not pack up and go home. Having that radio makes a big difference.

Rainy Days: These are great fun days and a great excuse to sit in the tent and get to know each other better. You can talk, chat, play games, share stories, and read. READ? Who ever heard of reading on a camping trip. Yes, you can read. Bring enough flashlights for the night. You can wait out the rain and you can play and read until the rain stops. If it is a light sprinkle, this is great for blowing bubbles in the rain (no thunder, no lightening). Stay away from the trees for safety. Kids love to splash in puddles and why not? It's vacation . It's time to do things you would not normally have them doing. You can cook out, so you can take a short trip to the local fast food place ( Many fast food places have play rooms), so your rainy camping day will turn out to be a fun success instead of just another day in the rain.

Stormy Weather: With the storms or prediction of storms while you are camping, use the malls to your benefit. During the worst part of the storms, pack it all up (not the tent) ; bring the kids and put them in the car and drive to the nearest mall stores. You can spend hours there going to the movies, browsing the bookstores, having lunch or dinner, and you can party-out the storm.

First things first, get away from the trees and out of the rain. Hop into the car or RV. You don't have to drive right away. Sometimes a storm can last ten minutes other times ten days. Knowing is being informed. Listen to your radio. Once at Hecksher State Park , all of a sudden it began to pour, lighting and thunder. It rained so hard and thundered so loud it sounded as if Noah would have to rebuild the ark. Most of the campers thought it best to leave the campsite for a while since the thunder was getting louder and louder. . There are malls not too far from Hecksher State Park, a short drive away. So, many times when the weather gets stormy, some of the campers pack up and spend a few hours at the mall instead of spending the entire day or night in the tent listening to the rain. If this happens to you, you can go to the mall, spend hours at a bookstore, have lunch in a fast food restaurant or at a pizza place and then head back to the campgounds after the worst of the storm is over. Everyone will be happy, entertained and feel that even the stormiest camping outing can be a total success. The rain will eventually lighten up, and you can experience your first rainy day camping but you will come away with a fun experience, not a griping holiday. Attitude is everything! Creativity is everything while camping. So many other people were there that same day - camping out through the storm but they were not as happy as as the campers who chose to leave the campgrounds and head to "CAMP MALL" . That's the difference between planning a great camping trip and being surprised by something that you did not expect. Plan your trip, plan for a storm and then you will know just what to do when the storm hits if the storm does hit. So, be prepared, be wise and you will have a wonderful camping trip, no matter what the weather.

Restrooms and Showers: Always accompany children to the restrooms. Never permit anyone to go alone to the restroom after dark or near dark, that includes adults. One of the things that people do not think or or remember is that whatever is out in the world is at your campgrounds too. Somehow people think that camping is a 'different' world just because they feel safe and peaceful in the woods and outdoors in nature. And that false sense of security is what puts many children and adults in danger. Take the same safety precautions that you would take if you are in a large city. Everyone goes to the rest rooms in pairs or in groups. Even in the middle of the night. Tell your children if they need to go to the restroom in the middle of the night, they need to wake you up. You will all go together. When you first arrive at the campgrounds remind your children what the rules are and let them know that these rules are for their safety and protection. Children should never go into any stranger's tent. And you need to remind each child that every other camper in the place is a stranger to them. At campgrounds, strangers and neighboring campers are always very friendly and after a day or two it can seem or feel like you all know each other. You need to remind your children that all over campers are still strangers and they shouldn't go into neighbor's tents at all -without you. Following this rule can keep children alive and safe. Keep the same rules that you keep at home. When at home, you don't allow your children to go home with strangers or go into strangers' homes. So when camping out - those tents are people's homes -even if only for a night or two. The tents are temporary homes so do not let any of the children to into any strangers' tents. Hecksher State Park has electrical outlets in the restroom. These are convenient to charge up your cellular phones, or other batteries needed. Stay with your equipment while it is charging. No state park is secure from thieves. Although the parks are serene and full of nature, you need to remember that in our country, thieves go on vacation also. So, protect your equipment, even in the state parks.

Hot, Hot, Hot! No matter what, always pack sunscreen, sunblock and insect repellent. These are essentials. If you don't have these, don't bring the children or babies camping. Bring a screen hut. This is an open-enclosure. It is open on two sides, closed on two sides. These go for around forty dollars, but we picked one up for ten dollars at a dollar store. This is a great tool to put over the picnic table. It brings you less mosquitoes and insects over your plates and food. Plus, it is fun for the kids. They enjoy sitting under it. Part of the enclosure is screened and part is cloth, so it provides some shade on hot and sunny days.

Those are just some of the basic essentials of camping out with babies and children. Some of our upcoming articles will focus on tents and choosing the right tent for you. There are many more ways to be safe and secure.

Thank you for leaving your note regarding camping with children. I read that the article scared you a little, which was not the intent of the article. But rather, the intent of the article is to bring some things to the attention of moms, dads, guardians or others who will bring babies, tots and children on camping excursions. As far as being scared, I am sorry to hear that it scared you. But as with all life, having some fear is a natural thing. In fact, it is our fear that usually protects us from other dangers. Imagine a child without fear? That child might get into serious trouble that the natural fear might not allow. For example, if children were not afraid of fire, they could be more easily burned and more often burned. But once they are told, and made aware of the dangers of fire, those children lead healthier lives and they are protected from third-degree burns and even in some cases --read the news-- protected from death. I am changing the title of the article to be more specific and more revealing about the actual topic that I am writing about, which is safety and security.

And it is in that spirit that I wrote the article about camping. I wrote it to reveal things that people would not ordinarily think of when they are about to go camping with children, babies or toddlers. And yet the things that I wrote about are actual things that have happened in campgrounds. For example, the big RV that backed up into the fountain, that actually happened. And, luckily there were no children around the spigot at that time of night. No one was hurt, just the water fountain was hurt. Before seeing that happen, I never, ever would have expected that a large RV would back up--without the driver looking out for what was behind the RV. Who would think that? But obviously that happened. So I pass on this information, not to scare, but to inform and to remind people of the dangers that really are around some campsites.

I hope that I can relieve some of your fears by saying this-- that none of what happened or could happen is anything that would keep someone from camping out. Camping is a wonderful, relaxing experience, that thousands, if not millions do, every camping season. And some even camp out in winter too. And some of the camping problems occurred in larger cities, not in small towns, like the RV backing up. That happened at a campsite that has millions of people visiting each and every year. So, you see, real occurrences do not keep campers from attending state parks or from camping out. Sincerely, I hope you camp and camp and camp again, at as many places as you are able to.

I, as many campers do, believe that everyone should be aware of what happens in campsites and of would could happen or did happen at campsites. Being aware of these things does not put us in fear, but rather strengthens us. Everyone in the NY campsites know that most times it is always safer to accompany children to the restrooms rather than let them go alone. That is just a New York thing. If you do not have to do that in your smaller towns, kudos to you. But I guess just growing up in NY and having the all-around NY experience, we just use your common sense and our training to do what we have to do to keep babies, toddlers and children safe when we are camping out. For us, New Yorkers, camping is never a fearful experience, but to the contrary, it is a very comfortable, relaxing and usually peaceful experience for all of us. And we hope that happens for you too.

For other camping suggestions and ideas, for babies, toddlers and children, during camping excursions, I will write another article. I do appreciate your comments, questions and feedback, all of the time, whether you agree or do not agree, I welcome your remarks and emails. Thank you so much for reading and participating.

Updated May 10, 2008

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The author of this article is an experienced camper who graduated from Outward Bound School. Besides spending seven wonderful days in the wilderness in North Carolina, she received a Wilderness Survival Certificate. Her wilderness experience in game lands, in state parks and in private campgrounds adds to her expertise in the outdoors and in camping. The author invites you to write for the free camping newsletter (sent only by email).

Xia Xia Pets: One of the Newest Toys on the Market

Christmas is coming and everyone is always trying to find the newest best toy on the market. Cepia LLc may have just that toy. Cepia is the company who released the zhu zhu pets in 2009, and created a nightmare for parents who paid five times the original price on eBay to get the electronic pets on time for Christmas.

The new Xia Xia pets will have all of the children having fun. This new toy is a fun little hermit crab with moveable parts. To date there are currently four different new friends to choose from. They are Turks and Bimini for the little girls and Trinidad and Tobago for the little boys. These cute little crabs will give children or grandchildren hours of fun.

These Xia Xia pets are sold separately or can be purchased as a package. The children will love them because they are bright colors and they also can come with additional shells. They use LR44/AG13 batteries and made really cool moves.

These little pets would make great gifts or they can be purchased and collected. They will one day make great collectors' items. Each little crab is brightly colored and will catch the eye of all children. The faces on each crab are so adorable that no one will be able to resist wanting to have one as his or her own pet. Almost all children find real hermit crabs irresistible as he or she will also not want to put this new little playful crab down.

The name is a little different but that only adds to the beauty of the new pet. The name is spelled Xia Xia but it is pronounced Sha-Sha. The children will love saying the name while playing with his or her new friend. If you buy these for your children he or she may be the first one in your circle of friends to have them. Everyone else will want to come over to play with your children.

Beside the crabs and collectible shells, there are also three different habitat play sets. The confetti cottage is a cute home which can also be used as a carrying case so kids can bring their electronic friends with them everywhere. Rio de trio village play set includes three different rooms where the crabs can play. The last play set is the Copacabana play set inspired by the Brazilian life. The Xia Xia pets can slide and scurry to their heart's content. The most interesting about the play sets is that they can be connected together to create a beautiful and unique word.

If you are looking for the next great toy look no further, this little crab will give your children hours of fun. If the children are playing and having fun you will be able to do the things you need to do. This can be a win-win for everyone involved.

The author has spent a lot of time learning about Xia Xia pets and other related topics. Read more about toy crabs at Shawn Manaher's website.

2012年8月27日 星期一

Pets Benefit Your Health

People love having pets. They are loyal friends that have comforted people for years. But did you know that having a pet can actually benefit your health? For the past 25 years, research has shown that people that live with pets tend to be healthier than those who do not. Pets have been proven to do a number of things to help improve your health - including lowering blood pressure, boosting immunity, and even improving mood.

The Calming Effect

Pets help keep people healthy and active both physically and mentally. Research has reported finding pet owners to be less stressed than non-pet owners. People with less stress tend to also be more physically healthy. For example, pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure and be at a lower risk for heart disease.

One study done at the New York State University at Buffalo studied 48 male and female stock brokers who suffered from high blood pressure and no other medical disorders. The participants all lived alone with no pet for at least five years. Half of the participants were given a pet to take home and the other half were not. After six months, researchers found that the group of stockbrokers that now had pets also had significantly lower blood pressure than the stockbrokers that did not.

Allergy Fighters

Many people worry that if they bring a pet into a home where there are allergy-prone children, the children will be more likely to develop a pet allergy. However, recent studies have proved just the opposite. Children who grow up in homes with animals tend to be less likely to develop allergies and asthma. The results of one study claimed that children growing up with a dog were 14 percent less likely to develop pet allergies. They were also less likely to develop eczema, a common skin allergy. Researchers suggest that this may prove that pets help boost childrens' immune systems.

Alleviating Loneliness

Dogs have proved to be great companions for the elderly. Even if the dog is just a walking partner, they provide exercise and companionship for its owner. Research has also shown that Alzheimer patients that have pets tend to have fewer anxious outbursts. One insurance company even asks its clients over 75 if they have a pet as part of their screening process.

Pets have also been proven to help people with depression and diseases that commonly cause depression. For example, people with AIDS who have pets reportedly have lower levels of depression. Playing with a pet can raise the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These are neurotransmitters that are known to have a pleasurable and calming effect on the body.

While it has always been known that having a pet can be enjoyable, it is now also known that pets benefit your health. If you are debating if owning a pet is a good idea, use your health as a reason why a pet may be the best new addition to your life!

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What You Need to Know About Adopting a Pet

People adopt pets for various reasons. For instance, pets can give people a sense a security or a companion so they do not feel lonely, or a jogging / walking mate to help them lose weight or... Whatever the reason there are a few things you need to know about adopting a pet. Here they are.

Points to consider Before Adopting a Pet

1. Is the entire family ready, willing and able to take care of a pet?

2. Is the family in total agreement as to type of pet they would like?

3. Does the family know what to kind of pet is allowable?

For first pet owners:

4. Do you understand basic needs of the pet in mind?

5. Are you aware of the expenses involved?

6. Have you considered the possibility of allergies with family members? To test this out you visit places which have your desired pet eg friends, family, shelters and watch for reactions.

7. Have you considered how the children ( if you have any ) might react to different animals? Take them to the places where they can interact with animals and see how they behave - some children may be fearful of animals.

8. Have you thought about your dwelling and where you live? This may have an impact on what pet you consider adopting eg your lease may not allow pets at all or you may be restricted to small caged pets. Small homes and small yards will rule out larger breeds of dog and some dogs may not be suitable for children.

So do your research as adopting a pet is a long term commitment.

Where you can find a pet to Adopt?

You could buy one from a pet store or breeder or alternatively you can search out 'your' pet at a local shelter for a less expensive option.

Shelters have a huge number of pets like cats, dogs and small animals. A large proportion of these are being euthanized each day and so it could be a socially and rewarding way to find your next best friend. However some animals maybe classed as unadoptable due to signs of fear, aggression or other potential problems and are kept at the shelter. But other animals are lucky enough to find a new home forever.

Shelter Rules for Pet Adoption

Before The Visit:

Make sure everyone

1.is in total agreement to the kind of pet, breed and size you are looking for.

2.is aware of proper animal safety rules like approaching an animal correctly ~ a frightened child may equal a frightened pet which could mean trouble.

3. knows what to expect at the shelter as there are a lot of animals and you can only take one.

4. know the shelters policies for taking the pet home. eg will you need to fill out forms and wait for approval or can you take the pet home that night.

While at the Shelter:

1. remind everyone of the rules and make sure children are close to you at all times.

2. walk through and select a short list for a closer inspection on a return look.

3. ask questions of the shelter staff, including known health history, behaviour and anything else that the animal(s) have and make sure the staff know your intentions.

4. if it is allowed visit the selected pet and watch the interactions with family members.

The best adoption shelters in the country will put each pet and potential owner through vigorous examinations before allowing you to take the pet home.

After The Visit:

1. Allow everyone to discuss his or her feelings about the pet in question. Did you like it or do you think there could be a better option somewhere else?

2. Call the shelter staff and tell them of your decision.

If you have decided to adopt there are forms to fill in and fees to pay.

If you have decided against adoption then tell the shelter staff with your reasons why as they can keep your thoughts in mind when showing the pet to the next potential owner. Or if they do not have any suitable pets at the time of looking then leave your name, contact details and description of your ideal pet. Something may pop in soon.

Adopting a pet should be rewarding and it will be, as long as everyone knows what to expect from the start. And if you understand what you need to know about adopting a pet and choose to adopt from a shelter then you will save a life which will hopefully steal your heart forever.

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2012年8月26日 星期日

How to Pick the First Pet For Your Kids

If you have children then there will come a point in time when they really want a pet as a part of their lives. Your child or kids are often bombarded by television shows that depict a pet as a novelty however as a parent you know better. You know that owning a pet is more than having a cuddly little animal to look at and think about how cute it looks. As a parent it's important to not just give in to your child's demand for a pet without thinking through which type is best suited for your family as a whole. Do you not agree?

At this point you may or may have not taken a walk around the pet store to take a look at your conventional options. Chances are that if you took your son or daughter along then you also left the store with a headache from their constant begging and whining to get a dog, fish, or any animal they saw and fell in love with.

Many children want the classic pet like a dog or cat to start with but that is not always the best decision. Especially if you are planning getting a puppy or kitten, things can become difficult as your family struggles to adjust as the young, rascal pet goes through it's growing phases like adolescents do. Chewing, biting, and tearing up your shoes and other belongings is often not expected to be a hassle but often turn out to be nightmares!

When it comes to deciding on a pet for your home, you want to first think about the size of the pet you will be housing and what type of daily care is going to be required of you to make sure that your pet is healthy and of course, happy. Nothing is more saddening than seeing a pet dog or cat neglected because their owners did not think through the costs of time and money associated with being a responsible and caring pet owner. When people become owners of pets that they cannot manage then they often feel guilty to "give them up" to an animal shelter. Or even worse pet owners begin to adopt the belief that no one but them can show care and love to their animal even though they cannot clearly provide the needed care when looked at from an outside prospective.

Do not fall into that trap! There is a way to avoid all the mistakes that others have encountered and make sure that any potential pet goes to an owner who is adequately prepared to take care and provide a nurturing environment and home. Do not focus on your emotions and past associations with animals that are your typical home types. Be willing to look at different options that will not bog you down and especially your children.

You may want to focus on smaller animals as a good start for your children. Examine pets like guinea pigs, fish, and other small critters as possible starting points to get your young children used to the chores and duties associated with keeping a pet. This is the best way to work up to the dog or cat we all really want in our lives!

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Determining the Right Pet For Me

Are you feeling lonely and thinking about bringing home a new pet? Or, perhaps you have always wanted to have a companion of some sort and now seems to be the perfect time to introduce an animal to your home. Whatever your reasoning, if you are thinking about buying a pet, there are several things you should consider when deciding upon which type of pet is right for you.

Your Lifestyle

One thing to consider when trying to select the right pet for you is your lifestyle. If you are someone who enjoys taking spur of the moment trips or otherwise staying away from home for days at a time, you will not want to buy a pet that requires daily attention or that is difficult to have someone else take care of. A pet horse, for example, is not something that can be easily taken to someone else to pet-sit for a week. Similarly, you may not be able to find someone willing to take care of your pet snake or tarantula, no matter how easy these pets may be to care for.

Your Family

If you have children, you will certainly need to take them into consideration when trying to select the right pet for your household. Obviously, you want to avoid any pet that could be potentially dangerous to your children. Therefore, the younger your children are, the fewer types of pets you will have to select from. Keep in mind that certain breeds of animals can be more dangerous and less tolerant of children. So, while a pet dog may be a great pet for you and your family, you should avoid one with a short temper or one that does not have experience with being around children.

Your Health

Certain health concerns may stand between you and owning certain types of pets. If you are allergic to pet dander, for example, bringing home a pet cat or dog may not be a good choice for you. A reptile, bird or insect, on the other hand, may provide you with the companionship you desire without the negative side effects.

Your Budget

Your budget should also be a major factor to consider when deciding on the right pet for you. Some animals can be very expensive to purchase and buying all of the necessary supplies can run the costs up much further. In addition to considering the initial costs, however, you should also think about the potential long-term cost of keeping that particular pet. While pet snakes typically do not cost much over the long run, a pet horse or even a dog can become quite expensive. Regardless of the type of pet you choose, keep in mind that unexpected medical expenses are always a possibility, so you should be prepared to bear these expenses if necessary.

Your Home

Finally, you should consider your home and living arrangements before you bring home a new pet. If you are considering an exotic pet, make sure there are no ordinances against owning that type of pet in your area. Furthermore, make certain you have enough living space to house your pet as well as those who live in the home. This way, everyone in the household - including your pet - can live comfortably and happily.

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Choosing Pets For Your Children - What Are Your Options

Parents who are thinking about getting a pet often chooses either a dog, a cat, a bird, or a fish, but they do not realize that there are many other options. Some of the popular and safe options are reptiles, rabbits, hamsters.

Reptiles are growing popular these days. They are very easy to be groomed and are very unique. Many reptiles are growing popular as pets. Some of the friendliest reptiles are lizards, turtles, and frogs. They are easy to control and to groom, so they are the perfect choice of reptile pets. Snakes are also popular, but if you are trying to buy a pet for for a child that is less than 10 years old, this pet is definitely not a choice.

Rabbits are an old time favorites. It is perfect for little children because of its friendly nature. Many children love to pet it for its soft fur, and they rarely bite. Grooming are pretty easy and similar to taking care of hamsters and gerbils, but less aggressive with others in its kind.

Hamsters are little children's favorite. They required very little care and can be a very fun pet for children. It has a very friendly nature and does not mind being petted by the children.

These pets are friendly and easier to be taken care of because they are small pets and does not mind humans. Another advantage that these creatures have are cost. They do not require a lot of money for their grooming. You definitely would not regret having any of these creatures as pets in your family.

Josiah Alexander is an exotic pet enthusiast. He's been having pets since early childhood until now. Josiah graduated from Newcastle University - Australia and has a degree in Computer Science. Josiah is a CEO in a Multinational Advertising company and now professionally advises people on choosing the best pet for the entire family - which now becomes his passion. For more information on how you should choose your pet and know more about them, go to [http://www.bestfriendlypet.com]

2012年8月25日 星期六

Doberman Pinscher - Pros and Cons of Owning This Surprising Pet

Learn the Pluses and Minuses of Owning a Doberman Pinscher for a Pet

When considering a Doberman Pinscher as a pet, you may be concerned with the fact that this dog has a reputation of having a fierce disposition. This may be especially disconcerting when you have children in your home. The fact is that you can never be sure of what type of attitude the dog will have around children or other family members unless they are trained correctly. In this article, I will address the pros and cons of owning this surprising breed of dog.


Contrary to what people believe, the Doberman is no longer as aggressive as it once was. Today, a pet Doberman can be just as loving and friendly as your average dog. The dog can be treated as another member of the family and this can help to make the dog more affectionate and loving as well as playful. If you have the time to train the dog, that will make him or her more easily manageable.

With the proper training you pet Dobe is a puppy or dog that will be very social. They will require a high level of interaction with all humans and family members in order to stay happy in its family environment. Someone in the family should pay special attention to them every day to make sure they understand they are part of the family.

Many reports state that Dobermans are great dogs for families where there are small children in the home so long as they are introduced and raised together. A high number of people have experienced fantastic relationships between their children and their Dobermans.

When you are training your dog, also consider that your children and other family members need to be trained on how to treat a Doberman. If everyone is knowledgeable and trained together, it is highly likely that you will have a great relationship with your dog or puppy for years to come. The most important part of training your pet is to make sure they know you are the leader of the pack and you'll find they tend to learn fairly easily.


Doberman Pinschers are naturally playful and because they may be bigger than your child could play a little rough without realizing it when it comes to wrestling around with them. This is why it's important to raise the dog and children together while teaching them to respect each other. If you have a puppy or child that has not had any training, you may experience difficulty with teaching either child or dog about where each of them crosses the line. Keep this in mind when considering a Doberman as a pet.

Although these dogs love children there are times when they think of them as their own and can be too protective. Make a quick movement toward one their children and you may find yourself in trouble as the pet can get quite aggressive. This was the problem with my brother-in-law's Dobe and they finally had to find another home for him.

Friends who may visit your home are often worried about whether or not your pet Dobe is vicious, which may deter friends from coming over until they understand that your pet is not a threat to their children or to themselves. This also is a catch 22 because while friends may stay away until they learn the difference, prowlers or thieves can equally be as cautious when looking for a home to break into.

One problem that can be a big one is that since a Doberman spooks easily, you may find that often times your pet going to be stressed or shy. Try not to make any quick or threatening movements around your pet to make you don't create a stressful environment situation for them. The more they are around you the more used to you they will be and eventually they will take most of your movements in stride.

All in all a Doberman is a good family dog especially if it is raised with the family. I would think a female might be better is you have small children as they probably won't be quite as aggressive when watching over the children. They are easy to train when you have established that you are the pack leader.

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Divorce - Consequences For Pet Owners

An increasing number of married couples in America are choosing not to have children. The reasons for this decision vary from couple to couple, but some couples choose instead to take care of one or more pets. Having children is a much larger commitment than some people are willing to take on, but the desire to take care of a living thing can still be there.

Even outside marriage, many pet-owners take care of their animals with the attention of a loving parent. Having a pet is much less of a commitment, in terms of time and resources, than raising a child, but can provide emotional bonds. Pet owners have been shown to have lower blood pressure and happier lives because of the presence of their pets.

When a pet-owning couple chooses to divorce, the bonds they have established with their pets may already be very strong. This can lead to questions similar to those facing a couple with children. When a couple with children get a divorce, it becomes necessary to determine how the parents are to split custody of the children. In some cases, the children live with one parent but visit the other regularly. It is increasingly common for two spouses to split custody equally between them, with the children moving between the two households.

Likewise, two spouses who are strongly attached to their pets must decide where they go. Sometimes one spouse is more strongly attached to one or more animals than the other. In such situations, the couple may decide that the pet(s) should stay with the spouse who is more attached to them. The pets may also go to the spouse who is most capable of taking care of them. For example, if one spouse has a yard for dogs to roam in, it may be best for the dog(s) to stay there.

Some couples even choose to split custody of their pets, in a situation similar to split child custody. In an arrangement like this, the pets move between the two households on a regular basis, and both of them have a stake in taking care of their pets. Even if the pets stay full-time with only one of them, the other might request to see them, or may be asked to take care of them while the other is out of town.

If you and your spouse are two pet-lovers considering a divorce, it can be difficult to decide what happens to your pets after you part ways. An experienced divorce lawyer can help you with all of the decisions a divorce requires, from separating your finances to planning child custody. By working with the Oceanside divorce lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, you can come up with a plan for your divorce that works in the interests of both of you. To discuss your case with a lawyer, contact Fischer & van Thiel today.

Joseph Devine

2012年8月24日 星期五

How Cremation Urns For Pets Can Help Children Cope With the Grief of Losing a Pet

Talking about cremation urns for pets is never easy, because it implicitly means that there was a loss of a pet in the family. Particularly if children are around, this is something very difficult to process. Children are unusually those in the family that have a strong bond to their pet and losing their dear friend is bound to affect them to no end.

When such a tragedy happens in the family, you need to let the children deal with their grief in their own time. They cannot be rushed and simply buying them a new (even if very similar) pet will not help them. Actually this might just aggravate the situation at times. So what to do when a pet belonging to your kids died, how to cope with it and how to help your kids cope with it as well?

This is where pet cremation urns can actually help as they are quite effective in helping children heal, and this is why.

First of all when you buy the cremation urn for pets, make sure that your child is involved in the process. Let them pick the urn that mostly symbolizes the pet, that mostly reminds them of the dog or cat's character, personality. This will ensure them feeling that they are part of the process somehow, that they are involved and not only pushed aside.

Also having a pet urn will convince your kids that the pet will not simply slip into being forgotten, but they will be always part of your life and your children's life. The urns should be place in a visible area (on a shelf, for example) in the house, where the kids can have easy access to always seeing it. The children usually feel comfortable knowing that the urns will always remind them of the fun times they had with their beloved pet.

Also they will have a first sense of the afterlife. This is a rather difficult concept for small ones to grasp, so having a first understanding of it will help them later on deal with their grief easier when a family member will pass away. The child might have various questions regarding the afterlife, so be prepared to answer them to the best of your abilities.

Your children can help you in choosing the best pet cremation urns either at the local funeral parlor or online at trusted shops like Amazon. There is a wide selection of these beautiful urns for ashes and your little ones will have a sense of fulfillment when they are part of something important that will keep the memory of their dear pet alive somehow.

Writing 101: Getting an Idea for a Children's Story

I guess you've noticed that children's books are often about everyday happenings. The Cat in the Hat is an exception that everyone loves. So are fairy tales involving fire-spitting dragons. But those types of stories are less common than the stories you find at garage sales.

Some writers say, "If I only had an idea." Then they go off without writing a story when they could easily generate an idea for a story if they just tried.

I was reading the newspaper classifieds a couple of hours ago. I was looking at the ads my competition were running to see if I couldn't get one-up on them by writing a better ad. I read about everything so I read the lost pet ads which had nothing to do with what I was doing.

As I looked at the ads for lost pets I could feel the pain the owner's were going through. I thought if there was only a Pet Detective to help them find their lost critters.

It immediately dawned on this old gray head that there was great story idea; A series of books for children staring the Pet Detective. I immediately sat down and wrote the following to show you how easy it is to write such a story.

Can you write a Pet Detective story right after you've read this story?

Give it a go!

Remember as you write that everything has to be made obvious to children.

Lost Pet Detective: The Firehouse Dalmatian

The Pet Detective read in the local paper that the firehouse Dalmatian in Clinton City had scampered away when the gas tank of Fred Smith's car exploded before the firemen could get the fire out.

The newspaper article said that Fred saw smoke from under his engine hood so he pulled off the farm road one mile east of town. He got out of the car and dialed 911 on his cell phone. While he was calling, the car burst into flames. He quickly told the 911 operator where the car was and then ran to the Barker farmhouse for help.

The farmer's wife, Sarah Barker, answered the door. When she saw the fire, she quickly helped Fred fill a couple of farm milking buckets with water. They saw that the fire truck was already coming from town, speeding down the road with the siren screaming. It kicked up a big cloud of dust that could be seen for at least a country mile.

Fred got to the car about the same time as the fire engine did. He realized that the water he was carrying had almost all spilled out as he ran to put out the fire. He threw what was left on the hood of the car.

George Spellman, the Fire Chief, grabbed Fred by the arm and said, "Get out of here, Fred. The gas tank might explode."

Ginger, the firehouse Dalmatian dog watched with interest from the top of the cab of the fire truck. That is where she always sat during a fire. She wanted to see what was going on.

The firemen pulled out the water hoses from the truck and sprayed water on the fire from a good distance. They were afraid that the gas tank would explode. At first, it looked like the fire was going out. That's when a great explosion roared forth knocking the firemen to the ground as well as Fred and the farmer's wife.

They were not hurt but they all watched Ginger, the firehouse Dalmatian, jump of the cab of the fire truck and run as fast as she could across the farmer's hay field.

According to the newspaper article, George Spellman, the fire chief, said, "Well, we'll see Ginger back at the firehouse."

Bill Flock, one of the volunteer firemen who had driven his pickup to the fire, said, "Well, we may not see her for a while. She's going the wrong way."

The article said that when the fireman got Fred's car cooled down enough to be safe they went back to the fire house. Fred's car was totally destroyed but the firemen knew that he would get a new car paid for by his insurance company. They were not worried about Fred but they were worried about Ginger. She was lost!

The newspaper article also said that later that evening while the firemen sat around the table in the Fire House kitchen eating sandwiches, the Chief said, "She'll be back! She is just scared." But she didn't come back that day or the next or the next.

The Pet Detective laid the newspaper down on the kitchen table and said to his wife, "Nancy, I'm driving over to Clinton this morning. Would you like to tag along?"

Nancy was towel drying a breakfast bowl that she had just washed. She said, "I would love to go but today is the church luncheon. Guess who is in charge? I know why you are going to Clinton. It's Ginger, isn't it? I would love to go but I guess you will have to find Ginger without my help. She probably ran back to the puppy farm."

The Pet Detective laughed. He said, "Well, I'll see you later!"

But he thought about what his wife said. He knew that Ginger was only about one year old. Instead of driving off to Clinton, he grabbed the telephone book. He looked under kennels until he found one that bred Dalmatians. There was such a kennel in Bradley City. He called over there and a lady answered the telephone. He said, "I'm looking for a lost Dalmatian. Have you got a stray over there?"

The lady said, "Yes, we have a Dalmatian about one year old that came here the other day. We couldn't tell from her markings who she is. I think she is one of our dogs or why else would she come here? We have been looking at our puppy photos but there are a lot to look at. We sell a lot of dogs."

The Pet Detective said, "So it is a bitch of the right age." Do you remember selling a dog to the Clinton fire house?" A bitch is a female dog. It is not a swearword when used properly.

The lady said, "We did sell a dog to a lady in Clinton early last year."

The Pet Detective said, "What was her name? Do you remember?"

The lady said, "Just a minute. I can look it up."

A minute later the lady came back on the telephone. She said, "We sold her to a lady by the name of Mary Spellman."

The Pet Detective said, "That is the Clinton Fire Chief's wife. Is the dog in good health?"

The lady said, "When she got in here she was exhausted and filthy dirty. We cleaned her up and fed her and she is just fine. I think she drank a gallon of water after she got here."

The Pet Detective said, "I'm coming over. I know who she belongs to. Will that be okay?"

The lady said that would be fine and hung up the telephone.

The Pet Detective took Ginger back to the firehouse and half the town showed up to see her. The Fire Chief thanked the Pet Detective and some of the guys got up a collection to pay for the gasoline that the Pet Detective had used to get Ginger and bring her home. The Pet Detective said that he did not want the money but Bill Flock, the volunteer firemen who had driven his pickup to the fire, said, "Take your wife out to dinner. That will make us happy and your wife happy too."

So that's what the Pet Detective did. They went to dinner two days later. Nancy said, "I guess that was some bit of detective work to get Ginger back."

He took a bite of cat fish and said to her, "Yes, it was. I had to use all of my detective skills."

Nancy spun a girl on her forehead with her finger. She said, "I can't imagine where you got the clue that solved the problem. You must have used all of your imagination."

The Pet Detective said, "I guess you saw today's paper. Did you go down to the newspaper office and get an early copy?"

She laughed and said, "I guess I did and I guess I know how you solved the case. You went right to the puppy farm. Now where did you get such an idea?"

They both laughed.

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