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Keep out of Reach of Pets!

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

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

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

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

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!

“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

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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Wabi-Sabi

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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Great Ideas to Attract Butterflies to Your Yard

Spring is such a glorious time of renewal. Plants which have withered to nothingness, burst forth again with life and beauty. There’s really nothing like it, and it makes enduring a Midwest winter almost worth it. Almost.

One of the sure signs of warmer weather is the return of the butterflies.…

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Top Tips to Keep Your Pets Fit!

Keeping our pets in shape can mean a longer life for them, something every pet owner would love! It doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated. A few easy changes can make a big difference over the years. Some may even help the human half of the partnership to enjoy a better life alongside their an…

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Is Fospice Volunteering Right for You?

Being involved in the world of volunteer work and shelter pets, I run across numerous ways caring people can help homeless pets, animal shelters and their community. Most of these volunteer options are fun to do, require less time than you’d expect and offer rewards aplenty. A new way to help pe…

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Great Knitting & Crochet Websites – Just in time for the holidays!

One of the great things about the Internet is the amount of free stuff which can be found. I especially like to hunt around for great craft patterns, since you can easily see the finished product, find clear and free patterns and even see an occasional YouTube video on how the item was specifically …

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Helping Just One Pet?

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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“Heal” Boosts Hope for a Cure

I fell in love with dogs the first time one surprised me with a lick of my face. I fell a little bit more after reading this book. Didn’t think that was possible.

“Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures” by Arlene Weintraub is an amazing journey into the science, art and im…

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Add Pizzazz to Your Pet Blankets!

One of the many great things about making pet blankets is that you can be so creative! You can try out new stitches, combine wacky colors and test if you can master a new technique, without making it a massive project. One of my favorite ways to be creative is to use novelty yarn to add a splash of …

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Choosing a Veterinarian - How to know if they're a good match for you

Helping our pets to have the best life possible, often means teaming up with a great veterinarian. Finding the perfect match goes a bit further though if you want to help not just your pet, but all those you can’t adopt (but would like to!).

I’ve been taking my “Noah’s Ark” of animals to the sa…

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How to Make a Crunchy Cat Mat!

Cats like a lot of things, but there are a handful of treasures they simply love! Combine the soft feeling of yarn, a crunchy grocery bag and a handful of catnip, and you have a wonderful toy they will play with, sleep on and all around cuddle!

It’s so easy to make, you may want one for every…

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Autism Service Dogs Amaze!

“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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How to Make NO-TIE Fleece Blankets

Tied-fleece blankets are a great group project, and fun to make. Even the youngest of volunteers can master them quickly. However, all that tying can get tedious. Here's the solution....make a NO-TIE fleece blanket and comfort a homeless pet today!

Start with two pieces of fleece, cut to be the s…

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How it all began...

Comfort for Critters began as a small idea, and that’s being generous. To say I thought all this up is greatly overestimating my abilities. It was simply a quiet tap on my shoulder by God, amongst the meows at my local animal shelter. I was given the idea that, “it might be something I should do.” G…

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