Saturday, March 8, 2008

The Pet Care Industry

"Did you know that the fastest growing segments of home-based businesses are in the Pet Care Industry?

Here are just a few statistics:

• Pet businesses are the fastest growing home-based business

• 40 million US households own at least one dog

• Americans spend $34 billion on their pets each year

• 47% of all US households own more than one pet"

"What would any pug owner like to receive? Well a fabulous pug gift of course! When people like pugs they tend to really adore and love them. Pug owners are passionate people. They think the world of their pet and would do anything for them.

Could you imagine how happy you could make your friend or family member who owns a cute little pug? The look on there face when you give them a great gift that just makes there face light up with excitement? With Pug gifts you can not only make there day but there week or even month!"

Friday, March 7, 2008

Pets and Economics

"This is no light-hearted, middle of the road offering from the coffers of Muttspace. No, this is a call to arms! It seems that the family dog is the latest victim of economic fallout. Cut down on the rawhide you say? Doable. Maybe a switch from Nutra to Purina One may help allay some food cost fears?? Surely it must, at least on the surface. What other adjustments are some Americans making in regards to the economic pressure the family dog inflicts on the budget? Well, what some responsible dog owners have taken to is the most un-American of all choices…they are giving up. Cut and run. Drop the dog at the shelter and go fill up the Hummer 2 with some petrol. Beyond Hillary v Obama, beyond WMD - doggonnit beyond Brittney for mutts sake. Is this what our country is coming to? We know about consumption and a disposable society - but c’mon. Our dogs are not disposable!!!"

"What is the simplest way to attract attention of everybody?

Adopt a rat as your pet-animal, train it to make some interesting tricks and go for a walk or visit your friends with it."

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Black Dogs

"It's not like Pamela Gregg was a stranger to helping out the underdog. She thought she knew what kinds of pooches linger the longest in animal shelters: Older dogs, abused dogs, sick or injured dogs — dogs like George Bailey, the hound mix she'd rescued after he'd been struck by a car.

But black dogs? While searching for a companion for George Bailey, Gregg was shocked to see a banner on an Ohio animal shelter's Web site that detailed how tough it is for big dogs with black coats to find homes."

Excellent tips for finding a lost pet.

Go here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Adoption: Surrender Counseling

"The Humane Society of Indianapolis says it will stop accepting stray animals and begin requiring frustrated pet owners to go through "surrender counseling" before it takes their pets.

Both changes are meant to help the Humane Society close a $200,000 annual budget deficit while reducing the number of animals for which the society must find new homes. But it could mean that Marion County's other large shelter, run by the county's Animal Care and Control agency, may have to deal with another 4,000 to 5,000 animals.
Many of those will have to be euthanized -- as it is now, the city's pound takes in about 18,000 animals a year and kills more than 11,000 of them. Last year, the Humane Society took in nearly 9,000 animals, with strays making up a little more than 2,100."

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Rescuing Ferrets

I had no idea how many ferrets needed rescuing.

"If you're surprised to learn that ferrets need rescuing, consider this: There are 1.9 million ferrets in the United States, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. And though the number is tiny compared to the 74.8 million dogs and 90 million cats kept as pets, ferrets face many of the challenges of their more popular brethren without the high profile.

More ferrets are abandoned, neglected and given up every year. Terri Noren, who started Little Dudes Ferret Ranch in North Bend in 2004, took in 30 ferrets that first year and more than 80 two years later. "We expect that if pet stores continue to sell ferrets, it won't be long before they are euthanized just like dogs and cats," says Noren, who currently focuses on hospice care for geriatric and terminally ill ferrets. "Right now, many shelters are overwhelmed."

Monday, March 3, 2008

Pet Food Challenge

I love and the new challenge that's been posted.

"More specifically, I am challenging every person who is able, to donate an amount of pet food equal to his or her own body weight. It doesn't cost a fortune, there is no tax and no shipping charges and if you do it through the Pedigree site they will match your donation . So in order to participate in the challenge you can buy half your body weight in food and let Pedigree match it to complete this challenge.

This challenge will run for the entire month of March. If you have participated in this challenge, let me know by commenting on this post. I have no way of knowing if you did it, so this part of the contest will have to rely on the honor system."

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Pets and Poodles

"If you think you want a pet, but you're not sure you can handle the responsibility of the long-term commitment, there's a solution that that could help humans and animals.

The Early Show's resident veterinarian, Dr. Debbye Turner, says people can be foster parents for homeless animals just as they can for neglected, abused or abandoned children."

"There are plenty of good reasons to make a poodle your next family pet. First, poodles are one of the most intelligent breeds of dog, making training a much easier process with these animals."