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Think “Two by Two” when Choosing the Best Dog Food

March 15, 2016

When I adopted my Labrador Retriever through a local rescue group, I could tell she had seen better days. She was clearly 15-20 pounds overweight and her fur was quite sparse. She had been abandoned, after living with a family for over five years, so I knew she needed to be loved unconditionally and…

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Protect Your Pet from These Common Toxins

March 4, 2016

The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center in Illinois received over 180,000 calls about pets being exposed to poisonous substances. The most common, and at the top of the list since 2008, are prescription medications meant for humans.

As you do your spring cleaning this year, be sure to watch fo…

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Great Games to Enhance Kitty's Playtime!

February 24, 2016

There’s nothing more fun than hanging out and playing with your kitty! Kittens demand this, but older cats can sometimes get forgotten. No more! Here are some fun ideas on ways to play with your kitty, of any age.

Elastic is your best friend! Tie one of your cat’s favorite toys to the end of sh…

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Autism Service Dogs Amaze!

February 16, 2016

“A child who connects to a dog, connects to the world,” says Autism Service Dogs of America. This group, and others like it, provides a unique and valuable service to families affected by this condition. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined by its leading advocate, Autism Speaks, as “a group of compl…

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Recognizing & Treating Feline Depression

February 2, 2016

When “Bear,” a sleek black cat, lost his two companions, Calie and Moose, he quickly changed. Over-eating, constant meowing, and a neediness developed that Christie and Dave Black had not seen before. Physical symptoms of depression followed, including hair loss and faded brown spots in his fur. “Be…

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How to Make Easy Tied-Fleece Blankets for Pets

January 14, 2016

Making a comfort blanket for a pet living in an animal shelter, does not need to be expensive, difficult, or require a lot of time. There’s also no need to take up knitting or crocheting. Tied-fleece blankets are loved by the shelters and pets alike. They are soft & thick, bright & colorful and easy…

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Keep out of Reach of Pets!

December 12, 2015

We’ve all learned to keep medications out of our children’s reach, but do we also take precautions with our pets? Between 25% and 50% of calls to animal poison control centers are for pets who have accidentally taken human medications. Some of the most dangerous are also medications found in most ho…

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How to Help Black Pets

November 15, 2015

I think we can all agree that judging anyone on the color of their skin, rather than the content of their character, is pretty appalling. It looks like this tendency in some humans, extends unfortunately, to our four-foot companions. Yes, “black dog/cat syndrome” is real, and real disgusting (I say …

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The Blessing of the Animals

October 17, 2015

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a blessing of the animals at a friend’s church, a few years ago. Though a lifelong Christian, I had never even heard of this ceremony, which in itself is wonderfully simple.

It’s conducted in memory of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. This …

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Foster Care Heroes

September 14, 2015

Comfort for Critters loves to support any group that is working to improve the lives of companion animals. Often these are animal shelters, but sometimes they are not “shelters” at all, but simply a group of private homes, which together create a foster-care system. These typically start with a real…

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Ten Great Reasons to Adopt an Older Pet

August 24, 2015

The idea of a newborn puppy in your arms is irresistible. A pile of cuteness, with two ears and tail. But if you can look beyond those oversized eyes, you may see some great reasons to put the puppy down and give the older dog (the one in the back) another look.

There are many great reasons to co…

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Austism Service Dogs - Rock!

July 24, 2015

“A child who connects to a dog, connects to the world,” says Autism Service Dogs of America. This group, and others like it, provides a unique and valuable service to families affected by this condition. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined by its leading advocate, Autism Speaks, as “a group of compl…

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Mental & Physical Exercises to Help Your Dog

July 19, 2015

As the companion to a large dog, I know firsthand that a bored dog can quickly deteriorate into a naughty dog! The gold standard in dog care is a minimum of one long walk each day. This exercises their body to be sure, but it also exercises their mind. As they sniff their way along from mailbox, to …

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Helping Just One Pet?

June 12, 2015

I’m going to admit something right up front. I’m not proud of it, but I often size people up based on their reaction to Comfort for Critters. When I meet someone new, after they ask the mandatory “do you have kids?”, they usually ask “what do you do?” I’m often tempted to answer “not enough”, but th…

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Wabi-Sabi

May 14, 2015

Every so often people will question my logic in giving beautifully crafted blankets to pets who will likely knead them, chew them a bit and have the occasional “accident” (poop-happens, after all). They warn me that our creations will look worn and ragged in no time. Of course my short reply should…

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Lessons from our Pets: Selflessness

April 15, 2015

It’s important to care for something that gives nothing in return – Here’s what my son’s snake “Monty” taught me (and yes, it’s a python). Though I love all God’s creatures, snakes are truly not the most cuddly. You can feed, stroke and care for a snake, but they will never so much as slink over t…

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Lessons from our Pets: Caring

March 19, 2015

Let’s face it, our pets do very little to care for themselves. I often joke that if I believed in reincarnation (I don’t), I’d want to come back as one of my pets. Their food is bought and prepared, their beds are fluffed and cleaned, their toys are arranged “just so.” Every day. Every stinking day.…

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Lessons from our Pets: Patience

February 9, 2015

As I tell my kids all the time, life is all about learning. Learning what works, learning what to never, ever do again. We learn a bit from our success, but far more from our painful failures. Maybe it just helps me deal with the wrinkles and expanding waistline, but I consider myself far wiser with…

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Pets Enhance our Humanity

January 22, 2015

I firmly believe pets make us more human, which is to say they make us better people. Maybe it’s just me, but given the animal shelters which struggle across the US and the pet store aisles filled with treats and toys, I have the feeling I’m not alone.

As a Christian I worship a God which I s…

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Lessons from our Pets: Beauty

January 13, 2015

Beauty is defined by what’s inside me, not inside the magazines – Have you ever looked into the eyes of a Shar Pei or Mexican Hairless dog? I have, and it never fails to make me smile. Their beauty comes from looking just exactly how God intended, and doing a brilliant job of it. Beauty, being in th…

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