Why We Shouldn't Blame Cats For Destroying Wildlife

Why We Shouldn't Blame Cats For Destroying Wildlife

A number of conservationists claim cats are a zombie apocalypse for biodiversity that need to be removed from the outdoors by “any means necessary” – coded language for shooting, trapping and poisoning.

The Role of Animals in Our Lives

The Role of Animals in Our Lives

Domestication, for an animal, means not being completely free to roam or to even eat as they please. Pets therefore align with their humans for only one of two reasons: either by their own choice or from a place of surrender. When they do, they have a powerful impact on our lives.

Animal Perspectives on the Corona Virus

Animal Perspectives on the Corona Virus

In this post, I share a few of the communications and transmissions from some of the non-human wisdom teachers I’ve connected with about our global situation, and in particular, the crucible of the novel corona virus in our human experience.

Awakening to the Miraculous Results of Energy Healing

Awakening to the Miraculous Results of Energy Healing

By the standards set by modern medicine, healing shouldn’t work. However, we know that it does. We don’t quite understand how or why, but when we witness the miraculous results of simply the laying-on of hands, of herbal remedies or of...

Do Dogs Really See In Just Black And White?

Do Dogs Really See In Just Black And White?

While most people see a full spectrum of colors from red to violet, dogs lack some of the light receptors in their eyes that allow human beings to see certain colors, particularly in the red and green range.

How To Stop Your Dog Getting Heatstroke

How To Stop Your Dog Getting Heatstroke

Summer is a great time to get out and about with your dog. But dogs don’t tolerate the heat as well as their owners. When people get hot they start to sweat, but dogs are only able to do this through the pads on their paws.

15 Ways To Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy

15 Ways To Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy

To protect our native wildlife, who never evolved with such an efficient predator, it’s imperative we keep our cats contained – all day, every day.

Animals 'R Us: All Who Inhabit This Earth Are A Part Of Us

Animals 'R Us: All Who Inhabit This Earth Are A Part Of Us

Your pet can tell you a great deal about yourself because the animal takes its cue from you when interpreting life. Yes, whether you have a dog, a cat, or a canary, their disposition will mirror your own. If you're fearful, hostile, or aggressive, the animal will accordingly reflect timidity, anger, or will attack you.

Animals As Love-Detectors: The MAN Who Didn't LIKE CATS

Animals As Love-Detectors: The MAN Who Didn't LIKE CATS

You've heard of watchdogs who let people know when danger is near, but our yellow Labrador retriever, Taylor, lets us know when love is lurking. Linda began to notice that when Allen was away and called home, Taylor often knew about it in advance. About a second before the telephone rang...

Why You Should Keep Your Cat Indoors

Why You Should Keep Your Cat Indoors

We know feral cats are an enormous problem for wildlife – across Australia, feral cats collectively kill more than three billion animals per year.

What Do We Know About COVID-19 And Pets?

What Do We Know About COVID-19 And Pets?

Because COVID-19 is a new virus, it’s critical for humans to take extra precautions around animals and pets, says veterinarian Annette O’Connor.

Karmic Animal Connection: From Attachment to Detachment

Karmic Animal Connection: From Attachment to Detachment
Throughout my life, nature, along with many animals, has played a wonderful and intense part of my evolution. All this has taught me so much about them and about myself, including the marvelous connection that we have to each other's evolution, which in turn, involves the group soul of the species.

How to Live with More Than One Dog

How to Live with More Than One Dog

Living with more than one dog can be a rewarding experience. Dogs love the company of other dogs. Knowing how to prevent problems and teaching dogs how to share resources so they do not bully each other, or pester you, is pivotal to having a harmonious...

8 Things We Do That Really Confuse Our Dogs

8 Things We Do That Really Confuse Our Dogs

Dog behaviour is extraordinarily flexible – this is why we can keep them in our homes and take them to cafes with us at the weekend.

How Wildfire Smoke Affects Pets And Other Animals

How Wildfire Smoke AfHow Wildfire Smoke Affects Pets And Other Animals

Catastrophic fires across the globe are increasing in both frequency and magnitude. The bushfires in Australia, fuelled by heatwaves and drought, have burned more than 10.7 million hectares, an area larger than Iceland.

Accepting The Possibility Of Animal Communication and Healing

Accepting The Possibility Of Animal Communication and Healing
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of animal communication. You may have even asked an animal communicator to work with your animal, and it’s changed how you think and the way you interact with animals.

What’s The Value Of Your Dog’s Life, And Why It Matters

What's The Value Of Your Dog's Life, And Why It Matters
Americans love their pets, spending more than US$70 billion last year on their beloved companions. This far exceeds the $7 billion spent on legal marijuana, and $32 billion on pizza, just for two examples. 

Why Britain Is A Nation Of Pet Lovers

Why Britain Is A Nation Of Pet Lovers
Britain was the first country in the world to start a welfare charity for animals, as early as 1824. Now, almost 20m cats and dogs have a loving place in the country’s homes, and almost one in two households is accompanied by a furry, scaly, or feathered friend.

Dogs Really Can Chase Away Loneliness

Dogs Really Can Chase Away Loneliness
Feeling lonely? A dog may help. Our research out today confirms what many dog owners already know: dogs are great companions that can help you to feel less lonely.

Is Raw Food Safe For My Dogs And Me?

Is Raw Food Safe For My Dogs And Me?
Raw food for dogs is a growing trend, but drug-resistant bacteria in the raw food can transfer to the pets—and to humans, too.

Interspecies Bond: Animal Connection and Healing Technique

Interspecies Bond: Animal Connection and Healing Technique
Connecting with animals involves so much more than petting, grooming, rewarding, or feeding. Connecting in a profound way strengthens the inseparable bond we already have with our ani­mal friends. For me, the deep bond enables me to understand animals better, on every single level: behaviorally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Training My Dog Taught Me That It's People Who Really Need Training

Training My Dog Taught Me That It's People Who Really Need Training
As I watched my hunting dog standing off the lead and lined up with all the other Kleiner Münsterländers, awaiting her turn to swim out and bring back the dead duck (an important training item) thrown into the deep water, I felt a sense of pride.

What Bugs Can You Catch From Your Pets?

What Bugs Can You Catch From Your Pets?
Household pets are often a great source of joy and have positive effects on our mental well-being. For most of us, this outweighs the risk of coming into contact with any bugs they may carry.

Lunar And Solar Eclipses Make Animals Do Strange Things

Lunar And Solar Eclipses Make Animals Do Strange Things
For most animals, the structure of their day – and indeed their year – depends on the light-dark cycle. These regular and rhythmic cycles in the length of days tell animals when they should be foraging, when they should be asleep, when it’s time to migrate and when it’s time to breed. Animals can tell all this from how many hours of daylight they experience, but the moon’s cycles also strongly influence their behaviour.

How To Avoid Mistakes When Adopting A Dog

How To Avoid Mistakes When Adopting A Dog
Psychologists who study how people pick their spouses have turned their attention to another important relationship: choosing a canine companion.

Why Animals Can Help Us Crack Alzheimer’s

Why Animals Can Help Us Crack Alzheimer’s

For almost as long as modern science has been around, the idea that animals can remember past experiences seemed so preposterous that few researchers bothered to study it.

Are Cat Muzzles Cruel Or Useful?

Are Cat Muzzles Cruel Or Useful?

It’s not unusual to slap a muzzle on a dog if it’s being aggressive or not keen on being given an injection, but a muzzle is not part of your average cat’s wardrobe.

Dogs Teach Us To Listen, Even After They've Died

Dogs Teach Us To Listen, Even After They've DiedOne day not long after Brio passed, I was driving on the highway, alone in the car. I’d been thinking of Brio and a few moments later heard clearly the sound of the metal tags on his collar clinking from the backseat, where he always rode. There was nothing else there that would have made that noise.

Healing Is Love – A Simple Loving Connection

Healing Is Love – A Simple Loving ConnectionNo matter what we have experienced in our lives, tucked within each and every one of us is love. To me, healing is defined as a pure loving connection; it’s as simple as that. To demonstrate healing is to give love: unconditionally. Love is healing, healing is love.

The Dangers Of Your Pet On Pot, Or Even CBD

The Dangers Of Your Pet On Pot, Or Even CBDMy family and I were on vacation in Florida recently and took advantage of a free afternoon to do some gift shopping for local memorabilia – not your ordinary T-shirts and key chains.

Why Zebra's Stripes Are A No Fly Zone For Flies

Why Zebra's Stripes Are A No Fly Zone For Flies
Zebras are famous for their contrasting black and white stripes – but until very recently no one really knew why they sport their unusual striped pattern.

How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Marijuana Poisoning

How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Marijuana Poisoning
When cannabis was legalized in the parts of the United States, there were substantial increases in marijuana-related visits to children’s hospitals and calls to poison control centers. Pets are just as vulnerable — just like our human family members, pets are susceptible to getting sick.

Is Winter Miserable For Wildlife?

Is Winter Miserable For Wildlife?While the weather outside may indeed get frightful this winter, a parka, knit hat, wool socks, insulated boots and maybe a roaring fire make things bearable for people who live in cold climates.

Do Cats And Dogs Understand Us When We Miaow Or Bark?

Do Cats And Dogs Understand Us When We Miaow Or Bark?There’s been a lot of research about communication between people and domestic animals like dogs and cats.  We don’t know what cats and dogs think or if they understand us when we use their noises.

When Pets Are Family, The Benefits Extend Into Society

When Pets Are Family, The Benefits Extend Into SocietyThere is a growing global trend to consider pets as part of the family. In fact, millions of people around the world love their pets, enjoying their companionship, going for walks, playing and even talking to them

When Your Pets Behave Outside Their Nature

When Your Pets Behave Outside Their NatureWhen a dog behaves unnaturally in response to any neurotic, chaotic, or disruptive energy taken on from humans, he tends to look confused because he has nowhere to put the energy that is reverberating within him. He doesn’t really know why he is acting out, nor does his behavior make the least bit of sense to him.

Is It Unethical To Give Your Cat Catnip?

Is It Unethical To Give Your Cat Catnip?As the Christmas season gets underway thoughts turn to buying gifts for the entire family. For some, companion animals are on the gift list, particularly cats and dogs who share our homes and hearts.

Becoming Open To New Possibilities: A Special Bond With A Dog

Becoming Open To New Possibilities: A Special Bond With A Dog
Many have experienced the depth of feeling that can develop between us and our four-legged best friends. What makes my story unique is that my search for a lasting and meaningful connection led me down a path that crossed over the boundaries of reason and concrete reality into the realm of the invisible. My dog Brio inspired me--a born skeptic--to investigate the paranormal.

When Man's Best Friend Feels More Hate Than Love For An Owner

When Man's Best Friend Feels More Hate Than Love For An OwnerEveryone thinks that dogs worship their owners – viewing them as gods of some sort. While that may be true in the majority of cases, it isn’t always so. As a veterinarian, I can confirm that sometimes, no matter what, a dog and his person just aren’t going to get along.

Animals Teach Us Spirituality and Heighten Our Capacity for Love and Joy

Animals Teach Us Spirituality and Heighten Our Capacity To Love and To Experience Joy
That animals touch us in a deep, central place is not a modern-day phenomenon, but one that pervades the history of the human-animal relationship. We sense that we can benefit spiritually in our relationship with animals, and we are right. They offer us something fundamental: a direct and immediate sense of both the joy and wonder of creation.

Vegan Dogs? Should They Go Meat Free?

Vegan Dogs? Should They Go Meat Free?

Over the last ten years, it’s estimated there has been a 360% rise in veganism in Britain – around 542,000 people have “gone vegan”. As a nation of animal lovers, with around 44% of homes owning a pet – and somewhere in the region of 8.5m dogs in the UK – it’s only natural this phenomenon should start to spill over into the pet food world.

How Dolphins Learn To Work Together For Rewards

How Dolphins Learn To Work Together For Rewards
Cooperation can be found across the animal kingdom, in behaviors such as group hunting, raising of young, and driving away predators. But are these cooperating animals actively coordinating their behaviur, or are they simply acting individually to accomplish the same task at the same time?

Do Dogs Really Have Feelings?

Do Dogs Really Have Feelings?

If you live with a dog you just know when it’s happy or miserable, don’t you? Of course you do. Even the scientific community, now admits that dogs have emotions – even if scientists can’t directly measure what they are experiencing.

People have had a close bond with domesticated dogs for centuries. In his 1764 Dictionnaire philosophique, Voltaire observed: “It seems that nature has given the dog to man for his defence and for his pleasure. Of all the animals it is the most faithful: it is the best friend man can have.”

How To Keep Your Power When Making Big Decisions

Keeping Your Power When Making Big Decisions
Keeping your power in every decision is necessary for your growth and for making better, clearer choices. Trusting yourself when you’re stressed out can feel overwhelming and scary.

Are You Walking Your Dog Enough?

Are You Walking Your Dog Enough?But it seems that 40% of dogs in Australia are not walked enough and that a similar percentage of dogs are overweight or obese.

How Farms Can Help Improve The Lives Of Disadvantaged Young People

How Farms Can Help Improve The Lives Of Disadvantaged Young People
A couple of years ago, I met Adam (not his real name) at a farm in Dorset. Adam was 14 and had been excluded from mainstream education due to behavioural difficulties and a disruptive home life. The farm where I met him is not a normal farm, but a social one, where the therapeutic use of farming practices and animal assisted therapy is used...

Animals As Teachers: Teaching by Example and Love

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Life surrounds us with teachers, if we are but willing to learn. Actually, everyone and everything in our life is our teacher -- they teach by example of something we'd like to attain or something we'd like to abandon. One of my greatest teachers has been my dog, Angel.

Thousands Of Years Ago, American Dogs Mysteriously Vanished

Thousands Of Years Ago, American Dogs Mysteriously Vanished
Dogs’ ancestors in the Americas likely came from Siberia, according to a new study. The study also suggests that these early dog populations almost totally disappeared, but left future generations a cancerous tumor that is still found in their canine descendants today.

A Love Letter to You from Your Animal Companion

A Love Letter to You from Your Animal Companion
Over the years, I’ve seen and felt consistent messages flow from the animals I’ve loved and the thousands of animals I’ve been honored to work with that, when embraced by their humans as truth, have made a positive, life-changing difference in both of their lives. If your animal could write you a love letter, I think it would look something like this...

Animal Pain Is About Communication, Not Just Feeling

Animal Pain Is About Communication, Not Just Feeling
If you watch kids at a local playground, sooner or later one of them will run around and fall face-first to the ground. For a moment, there’s likely to be silence. Then the child will look around, catch a glimpse of their parent, and finally burst into a deafening wail.

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