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Monday, March 29, 2010

Maybe a Bunny is the pet for you . . .

Okay, so it's the season of the bunny rabbit...I know we all think they are cute. But did you know they make great pets? I only got my rabbits, Cotton and Noah, about a year ago. I am smitten....they are great pets. I will say, my rabbits are outdoor rabbits and that limits our family interaction with them but....if you have an indoor rabbit....they can be great house pets just like a cat!

Did you know that rabbits can pretty easily be littler box trained? Even though our two males are outdoor rabbits, living in individual hutches, they are both litter box trained. It makes cleaning up their hutches much easier. Bunnies are VERY clean by nature, self-grooming all the time. It is rare that your rabbit would need a bath, in fact it is recommended to not ever submerge a bunny in water. They do frighten easily so take care to slowly get to know your rabbit.

I spent a good amount of time handling my bunnies. They are comfortable with me and allow me to hold them. I even get Bunny Kisses - a special show of affection - only when a rabbit has bonded with you. Noah is the only one to give those to me....Cotton is not quite there yet. The more time you spend with your rabbit, the better you will know him and themore he will trust you.

If you choose to get a rabbit as a pet, regardless if male or female, if you plan for it to be a house pet, plan to have it spayed or neutered. Mine are not and so theneed for separate hutches...we have 2 males and they fight! A female rabbit is called a doe and the male is called a buck.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak...there is LOTS more information on the internet as well as magazines and books at the library or at a pet supply store. Read up because as with any pet, a rabbit has a commitment and responsibility that comes with owning it. They can live up 7-8 years, do have some diet needs that must be met and require vet care once in a while. So you will have to be a responsible owner, there is no such thing as a completely care-free pet. Many people love their pet rabbits and I have joined the ranks of those people...I love my bunnies....

As we head into Easter this week, give some thought to a pet rabbit if you are hesitant about a cat or a dog. Ther eis still a commitment but you may find the bunny to be what you're looking for!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Walk Reminders!

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Hi everyone....

Just a quick word about your spring prepared! So we are racing right back into flea and tick seasons...oh joy! Get your pet protected! Buy now while you can get ahead of them!

So in the spring months lots of parks are newly busy with eager pawrents taking their pals out for walks. Try to remember some courtesies for your fellow pawrents and their pets. For instance, if you have a jumpy dog, please say so before someone approaches and gets 2 paws in the face. Got a growler? Please do the polite thing and step out of the flow of traffic for smaller or calmer pets to pass. Just remember, you know your dog is great but there are differnt strokes for different folks....and lets not forget that we often walk in places where there are non-dog owners walking (perish the thought!) but we must be courteous and allow them to enjoy the park without feeling any distress because of our furry friends' presence. Don't forget water, water, water...for you and your pet....stay well hydrated! and! DO not wear headphones, be alert and mindful of your surroundings, always have your pet leashed and if you are walking in a park please do a few things; tell someone where you are going to be and for how long, bring a whistle, and always carry a freshly charged cell phone! Oh yeah, a couple extra dog treats won't hurt either! After all that....HAVE FUN! HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE TRAILS!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Great visits even in lousy weather

Hey there Pawesome Pals Gang!

What a beginning to the month of March....such lousy weather but the sunny spirits of our doggies has kept us going!  Thanks so much for your continued support and your commitment to the well being of your pups!  Exercise is as critical to good health in our pets as it is to us. 

Come to think of it, it's getting to be that time of year when we are outside with our pals more and more.  A quick reminder to use the flea and tick preventative....SO important here in the South Shore area....ticks and lyme disease are prevalent in our parts.  A good friend of mine, Jessica Falzone ~ owner of A Pet's Peeve has already mentioned she finding ticks on the dogs she's grooming NOW.  Take heed...get that stuff on your furry friend now.

And when you are out and sure that your pet has an updated identification tag, secure leash and well-fitting collar.   Also think about micro chipping if your have not done so.  It generally runs about $30 to $50 per chip depending on where you get it done and then to register the chip with a company is about $15 to $20 per year, per pet.  This puts the chip into a national or at a minimum regional, database.  Many Vet's and shelters, along with Animal Control Officers, have acces to scanners and this information.  If you ever lost your pet, this increases the chances of a safe return!

We all love to be outside and go for hikes but remember to bring water not only for you but for your furry friend as well!  Staying hydrated isn't just for summer, it's necessary all year long.

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