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Dog-human link is similar to that of parent-child

The bond between humans and dogs has been going strong for thousands of years, and according to a new study, the relationship is similar the deep connection between parent and child... more

Wondering if it's really worth getting pet insurance?

I really didn't think I was that person - the person who forks out over $3000 for a sick dog. But, as I discovered this week, I am. I totally am. And if the bill were triple, I'd pay with a smile ....more

Bet you didn't know THIS about your pet...

Domesticated pets are complex creatures. Have you ever wondered why they do some of the things they do? Your cat seems smart, but how sharp is his memory? Why is it your dog can always outrun you? Here are some interesting facts bound to keep you guessing ...more

Dog vs. toddler...just who is smarter?

That question is up for debate, according to a leading dog behaviour researcher. He has found that most dogs have the intelligence of a 2-year-old human, capable of learning 165 words and counting to four or five.

The top 20 percent of the smartest canine breeds in North America, led by border collies and poodles, can learn as many as 250 words and signals and perform basic arithmetic, according to psychologist Stanley Coren, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and author of dog behavior books. ...more

The key ingredients for a happy & healthy cat

Imagine life under house arrest, with only one type of food, and for entertainment nothing more than a small handful of DVDs that you've already seen multiple times. Now you're getting an idea of what your cat's life is like if you haven't changed her food or bought her any toys recently.

As any cat owner knows, cats are naturally curious and will devise all sorts of ways to entertain themselves. But the same home environment can get boring even to a cat. A bored cat can become stressed and just like a bored, stressed human become out of shape, act-out and even get depressed. Happily, your cat doesn't need much in the way of an entertainment center, and there are some steps you can take to make sure your cat is adequately stimulated without spending a lot of time or money. ...more

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