• Acclimating Your New Fish

    Acclimating Your New Fish

    Bringing home a new fish into an already established tank can be tricky. Fish can become aggressive, stressed or ill when proper steps are not taken to ensure a smooth transition to a new tank. Whether you are a saltwater …Read More »
  • These 3 Snake Breeds Make Amazing Family Pets

    These 3 Snake Breeds Make Amazing Family Pets

    The perfect family pet isn’t always an aloof housecat or jubilant dog. Nor is it always a chipper songbird or gossamer bunny rabbit. For many families, snakes and reptiles are the house pets of choice, and it’s easy to see …Read More »
  • Caring For Elderly Dogs

    Caring For Elderly Dogs

    Whether you’ve been together since you were both pups or you met somewhere later down the line, you and your dog are family. Caring for your dog into their old age is a sacred commitment every pet parent gets to …Read More »
  • 3 Simple Ways To Practice Dog Park Etiquette

    3 Simple Ways To Practice Dog Park Etiquette

    Gresham is a dog lover’s town. We’ve got several of Portland’s favorite dog parks housed within our borders, and many of our public parks have leash-free areas designated for supervised canine hullabaloos. We love our dogs, you can see it …Read More »
  • Finding The Best Low Maintenance Pet For Your Teenager

    Finding The Best Low Maintenance Pet For Your Teenager

    Learning responsibility is a huge part of growing up, and in those in-between years, when hormones are dictating their behavior, sometimes a pet can be uniquely grounding for young teenagers.  Choosing the best pet to bring your teen back to …Read More »
  • The Best Pets For Elderly Adopters

    The Best Pets For Elderly Adopters

    Companion pets for the elderly have some of the most important jobs in animal kind. Designating a pet as a pivotal emotional support pillar for an elderly friend or family member takes time and consideration. As there is no one …Read More »
  • Introducing Your Newborn To Your Pets

    Introducing Your Newborn To Your Pets

    Bringing home a new baby is a singular joy, but to your pets, it can be a stressful time full of uncertainty and chaos. New babies, admittedly are chock full of uncertainty and chaos, but that’s no reason for your …Read More »
  • Choosing The Right Dog Breed

    Choosing The Right Dog Breed

    Dogs differ so much from animal to animal. The personalities they develop, their unique habits and quirks, all of these things endear them to us absolutely. It’s just as possible to have a tender, loving pit bull as it is …Read More »
  • Breeding Rare Pets

    Breeding Rare Pets

    Breeders of rare and exotic pets are often lifelong enthusiasts and virtual experts on the animals they attempt to breed. While the breeding of dogs and cats for monetary gain is certainly discouraged while so many lovely animals await forever …Read More »
  • Choosing Companions For Your Lonely Pet

    Choosing Companions For Your Lonely Pet

    When you have multiple pets who are very close, losing one is incredibly difficult. Both you and your living pets will experience a range of grief that could be debilitating. For some families, adopting a new pet is a natural …Read More »
  • The Best Pets For Toddlers And Small Children

    The Best Pets For Toddlers And Small Children

    Bringing a pet into a home with a small child takes a considerable amount of time and deliberation. There are many variables to consider; many pets get along beautifully with small kiddos and others might not be the most affectionate …Read More »
  • Choosing The Right Reptile Pet

    Choosing The Right Reptile Pet

    Adopting a new reptile into your family is a fun and exciting way to learn about a different animal species. Reptiles can be extremely affectionate companions, with their own personalities and verve. Choosing the right reptile pet for you and …Read More »
  • Caring For Your New Rabbit

    Caring For Your New Rabbit

    Welcoming a rabbit to a new home takes some time and effort, but can be immensely rewarding. Rabbits are lovable, easy-going animals that typically get along great with other domestic pets and even better with small children. Bringing a rabbit …Read More »
  • Caring For An Elderly Adopted Pet

    Caring For An Elderly Adopted Pet

    Adopting a pet in their golden years is a great responsibility. Elderly pets need a certain amount of care and attention that differs quite a bit from the care you might expect to provide for a puppy or kitten. While …Read More »
  • How Pets Help Us Live Longer

    How Pets Help Us Live Longer

    Our pets are parts of our family, and our families are where our homes are. Our pets are representative of the unconditional love we’re all capable of. Our pets make us more relaxed, happier, gentler, and more patient, but have …Read More »
  • Quick Tips For Training New Puppies

    Quick Tips For Training New Puppies

    New pups are a joy! They’re exuberant, adorable balls of unconditional love. Training them early might seem like a good way to take the joyful wind out of their sails a bit early in life, however, getting a head start …Read More »
  • Caring For Your New Bird

    Caring For Your New Bird

    Congratulations on your new feathery family members. Learning to care for your new bird can be a fun bonding experience for your whole family, teaching smaller children responsibility, patience, and unconditional pet-love. First things first, depending on the breed you …Read More »
  • 3 Kitten Toys We Love

    3 Kitten Toys We Love

    Kittens are a singular joy — little balls of adorable kinetic energy, bouncing around your house like velvety explosions of light and sound. Kittens can be a rowdy addition to your family, and making sure they have enough engaging activities …Read More »
  • Grooming Tips For Long Hair Dog Breeds

    Grooming Tips For Long Hair Dog Breeds

    Your long-haired pooch requires extra attention — all that fluff must be maintained, not unlike the hair on your own head. Aside from cleaning, it must be trimmed when necessary and often shaved altogether, especially during the warmer months. Long, …Read More »
  • Acclimating Your New Pet Bird

    Acclimating Your New Pet Bird

    Congratulations to you on the new addition to your family. A bird companion can bring endless joy to your home, from their sweet morning songs to their pleasant afternoon chatter to their shoulder perching, neck nuzzling affection, birds make excellent …Read More »
  • Newborn Kitten and Mommy Care

    Newborn Kitten and Mommy Care

      When your beloved cat has a litter of kittens, she is going to need special care and attention while she is feeding and nurturing her newborns. If you’re a first-time cat parent to a first-time cat mother there are …Read More »
  • Finding The Best Doggy Day Care For Your Pup

    Finding The Best Doggy Day Care For Your Pup

    When choosing a day care for your canine companion, there are several things you must first consider. Every pup is different; some are rowdy, crowd pleasing, show-offs, others are timid and shy. Our dogs have wildly varying personalities, just like …Read More »
  • Bird Breeds That Flourish With Families

    Bird Breeds That Flourish With Families

    There are so many bird breeds that make great companions. Parrots with their finite conversational skills, lovebirds with their softly tinkling harmonies, finches with their melodic chatter or even a feathery coop full of sassy chickens, all these breeds make …Read More »
  • Choosing The Best Small Pet For Your Child

    Choosing The Best Small Pet For Your Child

    It’s a common adage; every kid needs a pet. Our animal companions add so much value to our lives and the lives of our children. Aside from teaching valuable lessons about responsibility, pets teach us humility, acceptance and unconditional love. …Read More »
  • 5 Portland/Gresham Area Parks and Trails Your Dog Will Love

    5 Portland/Gresham Area Parks and Trails Your Dog Will Love

      As the weather cools and our pups long for some substantial outdoor activities, it’s great to have a few dependable parks and trails to rely on for good, safe fun. Portland and Gresham are known for their gorgeous green …Read More »
  • Safe Hot Weather Activities For You And Your Dog

    Safe Hot Weather Activities For You And Your Dog

    If your high energy dog can not be convinced that it is simply too hot outside for outdoor adventures, you’re not alone. Keeping a large breed built for reckless running, jumping and exploring confined to a house day in and …Read More »
  • Three Tips To Keep Elderly Cats Cool During A Heat Wave

    Three Tips To Keep Elderly Cats Cool During A Heat Wave

    Our revered old cats and their mystical, cantankerous ways — they need a special bit of care as they progress into their golden years. That rings particularly true in the warm summer months when overheating can become a real issue. …Read More »
  • DIY Hot Weather Treats For Your Pups

    DIY Hot Weather Treats For Your Pups

    Gresham, collectively, is sweating. The temperatures are rigidly adhering to their mid 90s groove, and it’s bringing out the best and the worst in our pets. Searing temperatures can mean fun trips to the river or swimming hole for some …Read More »
  • Tips To Help Keep Your Pups Hydrated in Peak Summer Weather

    Tips To Help Keep Your Pups Hydrated in Peak Summer Weather

    As temperatures reach triple digits in the Pacific Northwest, pet owners must remain aware of their pet’s water intake. Extreme heat can bring out all manner of undesirable and worrisome behavior in our pets, but staying on top of your …Read More »
  • Small Pets in Tiny Places; Choosing The Best Habitats

    Small Pets in Tiny Places; Choosing The Best Habitats

    The needs of small pets differ vastly from the needs of more common pets like cats and dogs. Hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets, and rabbits have specific habitat needs that can either see your small pet living in luxury or …Read More »
  • How Temperature Changes Can Affect Your Pet Birds

    How Temperature Changes Can Affect Your Pet Birds

    The formula for comfort in the midst of a heat wave is identical for pet birds and their people: lots of cool drinking water, good air circulation and plenty of shade. There are many domesticated bird breeds that thrive in …Read More »
  • Cool Cats; How to Keep New Kittens Safe in Hot Weather

    Cool Cats; How to Keep New Kittens Safe in Hot Weather

    First things first, congratulations on your sweet baby kitty. Kittens are such fun, frenetic bundles of electric excitement – but keeping those little buddies comfortable and cool during summer months can be a challenge. Whether you’ve adopted a kitten or …Read More »
  • Gresham’s Best Dog Parks

    Gresham’s Best Dog Parks

    The modern dog park is so much more than a playground for our beloved, slobbery companions. It’s where we connect with our neighbors and like-minded pet lovers. We make friends there, we sip our morning coffee there, we commiserate and …Read More »
  • Safely Keeping Your Pup Active During a Hot Summer

    Safely Keeping Your Pup Active During a Hot Summer

    During the hotter summer months, pet owners may be more than satisfied spending their days lazing with the AC on high, but canine companions typically need a bit more activity. When sidewalks are hot enough to burn bare paws, and …Read More »
  • How Do I Protect My Birds from the Heat?

    How Do I Protect My Birds from the Heat?

    Birds don’t have sweat glands. They actually pant like dogs and also let air flow under their wings, to cool the main arteries. Panting is the beginning sign that your bird might be overheating; more severe signs of overheating are …Read More »
  • Do Cats Overheat Easily?

    Do Cats Overheat Easily?

    Cats are capable of getting heat stroke (hyperthermia) just like most mammals. Detecting when your cat is overheating is a little tough because unlike humans who sweat or dogs who pant, cats regulate their temperature mostly by grooming. 5 SIGNS …Read More »
  • Can Dogs Get Heat Stroke?

    Can Dogs Get Heat Stroke?

    A dog’s fur is great for keeping them warm, but it can be problematic for some during the hot weather. Dogs regulate their heat by panting, but this is a limited way to control temperature. It doesn’t actively make them …Read More »
  • How Do Cats Keep Cool in Hot Weather?

    How Do Cats Keep Cool in Hot Weather?

    Cats are so independent, compared to dogs anyway, so how do they moderate their temperature during these hotter summer months and what can we do to help them? First it might be interesting to know how humans and dogs cool …Read More »
  • How DO I Keep My Dogs Cool in Hot Weather

    How DO I Keep My Dogs Cool in Hot Weather

    When dogs get hot they can’t cool themselves down like humans do. Human sweat to cool down; dogs have a very small set of sweat glands (mostly in their paws). In fact, instead of cooling down, the way they regulate …Read More »
  • Essential Training for Camping with Dogs

    Essential Training for Camping with Dogs

    In an earlier post, we recommended a few commands for Camping with your dog. See the commands below. Come: Self-explanatory. Whoa: I use this for stop, freeze, don’t move. Useful for bird dogs so they don’t flush a bird when they’re …Read More »
  • How Do I Find Dog Friendly Camping Sites

    How Do I Find Dog Friendly Camping Sites

    Camping is a fantastically fun thing to do with your dogs! With Summer here the warm weather is upon us, so bring out the tents! If you are going to bring your dog with you make sure to follow these …Read More »
  • Is Your Dog Ready For Camping

    Is Your Dog Ready For Camping

      It’s the perfect time to go camping with your dog. here are a couple of tips that will help you prepare before you pack your sleeping bag and tent. You will want to assess your dog’s personality and have …Read More »
  • Summer Safety Tip #9 For Dogs

    Summer Safety Tip #9 For Dogs

    Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and …Read More »
  • Summer Safety Tip #10 For Dogs

    Summer Safety Tip #10 For Dogs

    Summer time is here and your dog can feel the heat! Picnics, beach parties, and walks in the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your dog. But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members …Read More »
  • Summer Safety Tip #8

    Summer Safety Tip #8

    Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the …Read More »
  • Summer Safety Tip #7

    Summer Safety Tip #7

    Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the …Read More »
  • Summer Safety Tip #6

    Summer Safety Tip #6

    Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the …Read More »
  • Summer Safety Tip #5

    Summer Safety Tip #5

    Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the …Read More »
  • Summer Safety Tip #4

    Summer Safety Tip #4

    Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the …Read More »
  • Summer Safety Tip #3

    Summer Safety Tip #3

    Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the …Read More »
  • Summer Safety Tip #2

    Summer Safety Tip #2

    Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the …Read More »
  • Summer Safety Tip #1

    Summer Safety Tip #1

    Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the …Read More »
  • More Tips For Keeping Your Pets Safe This 4th Of July

    More Tips For Keeping Your Pets Safe This 4th Of July

    Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the …Read More »
  • Tips For Keeping Your Pets Safe This 4th Of July

    Tips For Keeping Your Pets Safe This 4th Of July

    Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the …Read More »
  • 5 Tips Keeping Your Pets Safe From Coyotes

    5 Tips Keeping Your Pets Safe From Coyotes

    Ever pet owners worst nightmare is a predator. Coyotes are notorious for attacking homeowners pets in rural and suburban neighborhoods. Animals like small dogs, cats, and rabbits are all at risk if you leave them outside when there are coyotes …Read More »
  • Summer Pet Safety Tips #7 | Beware Heat Exhaustion

    Summer Pet Safety Tips #7 | Beware Heat Exhaustion

    We are finishing this series focusing on summer pet safety tips. Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous …Read More »
  • Summer Pet Safety Tips #6 | Water Safety Is Important

    Summer Pet Safety Tips #6 | Water Safety Is Important

    We are going to be focusing on summer safety tips for this series. Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime …Read More »
  • Summer Pet Safety Tips #5 | Being Safe About Walks

    Summer Pet Safety Tips #5 | Being Safe About Walks

    We are going to be focusing on summer safety tips for this series. Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime …Read More »
  • Summer Pet Safety Tips #4 | Keeping Your Pet Comfy

    Summer Pet Safety Tips #4 | Keeping Your Pet Comfy

    We are going to be focusing on summer safety tips for this series. Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime …Read More »
  • Summer Pet Safety Tips #3 | Cooling Off Your Pet

    Summer Pet Safety Tips #3 | Cooling Off Your Pet

    We are going to be focusing on summer safety tips for this series. Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime …Read More »