How to pick up a cat so that it won't murder you in your sleep

 There's no guarantee that the cat in your life won't cut you at the drop of a hat, but learning the correct way to pick one up might make it think twice before breaking off a shiv in one of your vital organs. Read the rest

Folex is the best stain and spot remover I've found

Years and years of pet ownership have led me to declare Folex as the absolute best for cleaning up messes on a carpet or piece of upholstered furniture. Read the rest

Water keeps my dog moving on long trail hikes

My Great Pyrenees gets thirsty on long hikes. This dog-walking water bottle keeps him peppy and moving, cause when he decides to stop walking things get rough.

Great Pyrs do this thing when they get tired of walking where they become one with the Earth. My 120lb buddy, Nemo, just lays down and hugs our planet when he wants a break. Usually, he is thirsty, warm and just wants to cool off for a bit. I want to keep walking. Giving him a few laps of water from this portable dog watering bottle often does the trick, and he will slowly get back up and we get on our way.

Before I figured out Nemo wants water there would be very long, very frustrating for me but hilarious for other hikers, sessions of begging him to get up and go.

The Gulpy is easy to use.

Gulpy Water Dispenser, 20 oz. via Amazon

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This hog ain't no pig – watch how he tidies up the room

Paul is a VERY good pig. Watch as, at his owner's behest, he cleans the heck out of his belongings, putting them back in his toy box, where they belong. I'd give so much if I could teach my dog to do this. Read the rest

Beautiful art made from ashes of euthanized shelter animals

For her Stardust and Ashes project, Shannon Johnstone wanted to memorialize local shelter animals "with nobody to mourn their passing," so she used their ashes to make cosmic cyanotypes. Read the rest

Cute puppy cries each time little boy cries, then cheers him up

Roxy the dog lives in Riverton, Australia. Read the rest

Data shows bulldogs are by far the most overrated breed

David McCandless meticulously charted dog breeds by six scores: intelligence, costs, longevity, grooming, ailments, and appetite. The big loser: bulldogs. Read the rest

The best cardboard cat scratcher is the cheapest cardboard cat scratcher

My cat absolutely loves these $8 cardboard cat scratchers. They go straight into the recycling bin, so why spend a penny more than necessary?

I tried one of the $25 lounger-style cardboard cat scratchers and my picky cat wouldn't go near it. I put out a simple, flat and cheap one? Scratch city. My furniture and carpets are mercifully left alone while these get torn up every 4-6 weeks.

Last night, as I was rubbing the catnip into a new scratcher, my cat decided he wanted to be pet. He ended up pretty covered in catnip and rocketing around the house for 20 minutes.

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Cat prison backpack

This portable cat prison (Amazon) fully incarcerates your feline friend and you can throw it on just like any other backpack.

From the product description:

Take your pet out to the ballgame, on a plane, or to the vet in your choice of colors and budget friendly designs. Small pets, such as cats and rabbits can be difficult to keep in carriers. Semi-sphere Design: semi-sphere can stop them from escaping and keeps them safe in your care.

Great tips in the Q&A section:

Question: What do i do if my animal needs to use the restroom Answer: Take the cat out

I did not photoshop a screaming kitten into the product image. That is the one they market it with. Read the rest

Chews that work for both my big dog and the little one

These healthy chews are made of salmon, and come in sizes and consistencies that both my dogs can enjoy! Read the rest

Dog that looks like a mop gets the perfect Halloween costume

If your dog looks like a mop, you can clean up at Halloween contests. Covington, Kentucky's Mainstrasse Paw-Rade had many worthy entries, but Keki the Hungarian Puli getting pushed around in a mop bucket was the crowd favorite. Read the rest

Nearly impossible to destroy large dog chew toy

Nemo, my Great Pyr, tends to not like chewing on fake stuff. He's loved this Galileo Nylabone for years, however.

Nylabones cover the spectrum of dog-chew toughness. Puppy softchews are like plastic gel caps to my big dog, This hard bone is barely scored by his massive teeth.

The flavoring seems to last a long time, or Nemo just got used to chewing this bad boy for comfort. Sometimes I'll put a bit of peanut butter on it, if I just want him to settle down and leave me be.

Nemo is a 120lb chewing enthusiast. This bone, however, holds up.

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How to care for your introvert

A somewhat-recent trend has had each of us questioning whether we are an extrovert or an introvert. If you've figured out you're an extrovert, good news, other people energize you. Functioning in society is a breeze, at least compared to an introvert.

But, being that outgoing and expressive might mean that you need a little guidance in caring for the introverts in your life. That's where this cute instructional video by YouTuber exurb1a comes in.

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This Cockatoo woke up with a serious case of bird attitude

“Yes, human, I knocked over your cup. What are you gonna do about it? Nothing." Read the rest

Husky puppy's first howl

Awooooooo! Read the rest

Boxer dog derp dump: here are some of the many reasons Boxer dogs rule

Boxers are one of the derpy-est dog breeds. And that's why we love them so. Read the rest

I was lucky to have a friend like Lu

I used to pretend to cry, whenever I was down, just so my dog Lucy would run up and comfort me. This worked well for a little over 16 years.

I have lived my entire life with dogs. I have been lucky enough to know several really special ones. Lucy Patterson was, from the very first day we got her, up until the minute she left, a dog that opened up every heart around her -- and then stole their food.

Lucy was a glutton. She once ate an entire 3lb bag of "Bit o' Honey" off my kitchen table. Lu proceeded to crap corn syrup and wax paper for days. I doubt she regretted it.

Lucy took a point blank shot in the face from a skunk, and in her suffering somehow decided to run back into the house and roll around in the clean laundry to try and get the stink off. She, and the house smelled for months.

Lu chewed the gear shift lever in every car she could.

When Lucy was 12 her cardiologist told us she had 3 to 6 months to live. Lucy did not hear this.

Mad at a member of our family, Lucy once took a dump at their spot on the dinner table.

Lucy would sleep on my feet, and I'd call her 'LuLu Shoes' -- when she'd sleep on my head it was known as a 'PatsPats Hat.'

Lucy trained Calliope to be a near perfect dog, but Zuul really became her mini-me. Read the rest

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