Pets

Children and Pets

A Challenging but Joyful Combination by Daneille Areco Raising children and pets is not easy, but if you are up for the challenge, there are a few tips to consider. Parents and children should be involved on this decision. While all kinds of pets can bring a child pleasure, it is important to choose a pet that is right for ... Read More »

Pets as Ethical Eaters

by Kim Hawkins More and more consumers are making life choices to become “ethical eaters”.  Ethical eaters strive to choose foods that minimize harm and are protective of the environment, consumers, farmers and all those involved in food production and distribution. Educated consumers are growing in number and taking a stand against factory farming—choosing to eat as an ethical eater, but ... Read More »

Non Toxic Flea and Tick Prevention

By Lara Chapin Some days it seems as if ticks are taking control of our backyards. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes a growing list of diseases that are carried by ticks. In addition to Lyme, there are now 12 other tick-borne diseases identified in the United States and the areas in which the deadly ticks inhabit ... Read More »

Mobile Pet Adoptions

Meet your new furry family favorite on neutral turf and take them home, without ever setting foot in a shelter. Adopt Force 1, the Washington Humane Society’s mobile animal adoption vehicle, will be at a place near you with adoptable cats and dogs. All available fluffy friends have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and are ready for their forever home. The vehicle ... Read More »

Sushi’s Luau Fundraiser

It is a party to celebrate life, love and healing for us all, including a dear little cat named Sushi Yoki. This fundraiser will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on June 21 at Chico’s Pet Depot in Falls Church. There will be lots of fun events and enlightening workshops. The community is coming together to continue helping assist ... Read More »

The Pros and Cons of Feeding a Raw Diet

By Dr. Pema Choepel Mallu A raw diet is advised by many holistic veterinarians for both dogs and cats. Dogs and cats are carnivores and have teeth that are designed to tear meat and grind bones. They do not have grain-grinding teeth in their mouth. The majority of commercially prepared kibble is high in carbohydrates and grains. Many also have ... Read More »

Whole Pet Central

Whole Pet Central is your one-stop destination for all things natural regarding your pet’s nutritional and grooming needs. Shop online or visit one of their stores in Rockville at 1306 East Gude Drive, Ashburn at Ashburn Farm Market Center, 43330 Junction Plaza, or Herndon/Reston at BB&T Center,304 Elden Street in Herndon. Visit them at: wholepetcentral.com Read More »

MoCo to Vote on Ban of Puppy-Mill Sales

Last October, Montgomery County Council President, George Leventhal introduced legislation, Bill 50-14, which would ban pet stores from selling puppies or kittens bred in large-scale commercial breeding facilities, also known as puppy mills. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), a puppy mill is a “large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given ... Read More »

Kim Hawkins and the Rural Dog Rescue

By Robin Fillmore Since 2011, Kim Hawkins has been fulfilling a deeply held mission to save as many of the abandoned, neglected and broken dogs as she is able. So far, that would be more than 725 dogs, and counting. It was that same year when she saw on a friends’ Facebook page the photo of a puppy that was ... Read More »

When Your Pet Passes

A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing  by Julianne Hale A pet’s love is extraordinary because it is unconditional. It doesn’t have expectations, pass judgment or try to leverage guilt. It is rich in loyalty, trust and adoration. Domestic pets provide warmth, companionship and love, as well as purpose, fun and conversational gambits for family members. For lonely hearts, they ... Read More »