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The Annual Dog Meat Festival

This year, on 21st June, a town in the GuangXi region of China called Yulin, celebrated a traditional festival. But this was no ordinary celebration of feasting and carousing.

It takes on a macabre and grotesque twist because the focus is the feasting… on dog meat. Thousands of dogs are massacred, sometimes inhumanely, for their meat.

In 2011, the festival was cancelled after a huge outcry and protest by animal rights advocates. This year, however, it has re-emerged in Yulin, prompting many activists and animal groups to once again take up the banner.

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One such group is http://www.notodogmeat.com/, which has written a petition addressed to the Chinese goverment about this festival.

There are also numerous Facebook pages dedicated to bringing awareness and opposition to this cruel tradition.

As I write this, I am keenly aware that the festival has already started, and perhaps hundreds of dogs are being slaughtered, right at this very moment.

While it may be too late to stop this barbaric tradition this year, we think that every bit of awareness helps, and eventually we may be able to unite enough voices to stop it once and for all.

Please help to spread the word and lend support to the cause in China.

Trimming Your Pet Nails

How often do you trim your pet nails? Do you bring it to the groomer for trimming? Or do you Do-It-Yourself? Do you know that nail trimming is an important part of a regular grooming routine? Let us share with you what are the benefits of trimming your pet nails.

Trimming Pet’s Nails: Take Proper Care Of Your Pet

By Jeremy Foster

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Nail Clipper for trimming your pet nails

Mobility – When a dog’s claws are allowed to grow too long, basic tasks such as running and walking become painful and more difficult. This may even become a problem for very young dogs with a lot of energy. Dogs in particular, enjoy running and playing and by keeping their nails short, you can increase their comfort level while performing these activities. Keeping your pet’s claws correctly and neatly trimmed can help ensure that he never suffers the unnecessary pain long nails can cause.  Continue reading

How Often Should You Bathe A Pet

Bathing your dog or cat is an important part of pet ownership. Regardless of your pets’ breed and coat type, shampooing promotes cleanliness and a healthy skin and coat. Frequency of bathing varies greatly between breeds and individual pets, and how often your pet should get a bath depends on the needs of your own dog or cat.

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Cats and dogs may share many things, when it comes to baths and bathing techniques, cats and dogs couldn’t be more different. Cats are fastidious self-groomers, and many cats can go a lifetime without requiring a true bath. This is generally a good thing, because most cats aren’t big fans of the bathing process, and bathing a cat is generally not for the inexperienced cat owner, or the faint of heart.

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How To Select The Best Pet Boarding Facilities

dogAlthough most people would prefer it if their furry friends could accompany them wherever they go there are times when the family dog or cat needs to stay behind. Everyone who needs to leave their pet while they are away wants to find a great boarding facility that will take good care of their cat or dog. Most kennels assure pet owners that they provide excellent care but unfortunately, this is not always the case. This is why it is so important for pet owners to find out whether the pet boarding facility they are considering lives up to its claims.

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The Reality Of Pet Adoption

Adopting a pet may be one of the happiest moments of your life and you should really look at the possibilities. There are plenty of great animals waiting at hundreds of shelters throughout the country, and you do not have to pay a lot of money to add another member to your family. It is however necessary to understand what you are getting into when you decide to adopt a pet. That knowledge is not to discourage you; in fact it is so that you can be certain that you will have a great experience when bringing your new pet home.

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Simple Tips On Cleaning A Pet Cage

Cleaning your pet’s cage is one of the keys to keeping your pet healthy at all times. It will make your pet’s living space free from germs and foul odor, making it a comfortable environment to live in. It can also minimize the chance of bacterial and fungal infections to your pet.

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Cleaning a cage can be hassle free too!

Cleaning cages is not a fun chore, but doing it as organized as possible will make the task less of a chore. Here are some simple tips when cleaning an animal cage:

Being systematic is really the solution to a much hassle-free cleaning process. Whenever you need to clean your pet’s cage, better transfer your pet to a safe place where he or she can feel comfortable during the cleaning time. You can put your pet in another cage while you are doing the cleaning. Bringing him or her in the yard or any confined space would be a good idea to avoid getting distracted.

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Cat Vocalization – What Are They Really Saying?

catSome say that if humans could understand cat vocalization, they may either be a little more scared or intrigued by their feline friends. After all, does anyone really know what they’re thinking as they sit there watching you sleep? They really do have quite a large vocabulary but who knows if they are telling you off, telling you that they love you or letting you know that the vacuum sucked up their favorite toy?

Expert suggests that cats are so complex that they communicate with you, other felines and other animals in very unique ways. Of course, in addition to their vocalization skills, they also communicate through a broad range of body postures as well. These are often easier to interpret than their meows are.

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Pet-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

Lunar New Year is coming! The Chinese believes that before the New Year celebration they should give their home a thorough cleaning and the cleaning sweeps away the bad luck of the preceding year and makes their homes ready for good luck. Do you have trouble removing tough pet stains? Or trying to get rid of those awful urine smells? Read on!

We are aware that some cleaning products contain harsh chemicals, which may be toxic to our beloved pets and put everyone at risk. Even if not poisoned, some animals can develop allergies to these chemicals. Many owners look for pet-friendly cleaning tips and products to keep their homes clean and eliminate germs. You will be amazed that there are quite a number of common household agents that is suitable for pet-friendly cleaning.

 

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A diluted vinegar-and-water solution will make the bathroom fixtures shine. Wipe up the floor with diluted vinegar. If your dog licks it, it will not hurt him. It has been reputed to have strong antibacterial properties. For removing pet stains from carpet, you can mix white vinegar and water and put it in a spray bottle.

The bonus of using vinegar is that most pets often don’t like the scent of vinegar, so it can keep them away from that area of your house. Spray the area and blot it dry with a cloth.

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