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Oh, the Naughty Things Pets Do During the Holidays!

naughty pets rickBy Langley Cornwell

Ho Ho Ho. Christmas is almost here! Many of us are decking the halls, breaking bread with friends, and having a gay old time. Our pets, however, don’t really understand what’s going on. All they know is that things are a bit different around the house and they’re not sure why. Some pets respond by retreating to the bedroom or hiding under the sofa, but many want to be right in the thick of it all. In fact, I’ve heard tales of pets who like to wreak a little havoc this time of year. So let’s sit back and enjoy the woes of other pet owners, while our own perfect little darlings curl up on the sofa beside us as we’re sipping egg nog in front of a roaring fire.

Tree Transgressions

Amanda’s cats have adopted an unusual holiday tradition. They have apparently decided her Christmas tree needs a little sprucing up (sorry, bad pun) so they keep stealing the family’s laundry and putting it on, under, and all around the Christmas tree. They even steal towels off of the racks, open dresser drawers, and raid the hamper for more um, decorations. Just this morning she woke up to six socks, a shirt and a potholder hanging on the tree.

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Two Dogs Dish about the Holidays

Frosty and Al 1By Frosty and Al Cornwell

Frosty’s point of view: We’re squarely into what we call “the holiday season” around our house. My crazy humans like to celebrate, so things are a little different in Casa Cornwell from around Halloween until the beginning of the New Year. That’s okay with me. It means more people are coming and going. My very big younger brother and I make a good greeting committee. We welcome everyone that enters the house with loud hello barks.

Once they have been properly greeted, the sniffing begins. Some of the people have been here before (I can tell by the way they smell). I also remember the ones who like us and the ones who wish the humans would lock us in the back room. My humans know how to handle things. I hear them give the people that don’t like us instructions so things always stay calm. They ignore us and we ignore them. No big deal. My brother and I always know we are safe, so everything is okay.

I don’t give those types of people much attention anyway, but I accept the extra snuggles, scratches behind the ears and pets on the top of my head from the nice people who like me. Then, once all the loving is dispensed, I’m out. Truthfully, I can only take so much of the extra activity. I usually find a place to lay down where I can see everything but where I don’t have to be involved in all the hustle and bustle.
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Dog Breed Profile: The Massive Neapolitan Mastiff

Neo TimBy Langley Cornwell

When it comes to choosing a dog that exudes strength and power, few breeds are more impressive than the Neapolitan Mastiff (or Neo). Besides being a powerhouse, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a very affectionate and peaceful breed that is social and enjoys being with people. While these dogs have many positive characteristics, it’s important for potential Neapolitan Mastiff owners to know the ins and outs of sharing their life with such a large dog.


The Neapolitan Mastiff is a rectangular looking dog with a wide flat head. Their expressive, deep set eyes are buried in the folds and wrinkles that this breed is known for. Because of their impressive power, a Neapolitan Mastiff may be a bit much for an inexperienced dog owner. Obedience training and an assertive owner are important to help this breed live up to expectations.

Grooming is an easy task on this short haired dog. The breed comes in gray, blue, black, chocolate, mahogany and tawny coats. They can also have brindle and white markings. This giant dog is a joy to look at.
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What Determines a Cat’s Eye Color?

cat eye dawnBy Langley Cornwell

How many of us have stared into our cat’s eyes trying to read their minds, attempting to understand their innermost thoughts or simply appreciating their catness? You know I have! And as my cat and I are making earnest eye contact, I always marvel at the gorgeous color of his eyes. They are a deep, rich emerald green.

Cat eyes can be a number of colors including light brown, yellow, orange, green and blue. And each of these colors comes in a variety of intensities and hues. This is why it appears that there are so many different feline eye colors. To further complicate the matter, some cats even have odd colored eyes.

A feline’s eye color is determined by many factors, and it’s not always related to the animal’s coat color. In fact, the major contributors to the ultimate color of a cat’s eyes are blue refraction, iris pigmentation and breeding.
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Why Do Cats Grind Their Teeth?

cat teeth ianBy Langley Cornwell

While tooth grinding is generally considered to be a human problem, cats also do it. In fact, tooth grinding in cats even has a special name – it’s called Bruxism. Have you ever seen or heard a cat grinding his teeth? It’s not a pretty sight and it sounds downright painful. Any loving cat owner who has heard this sound will want to know what’s causing this behavior. They’ll also want to know how to make their cat stop doing it.

With cats, tooth grinding is not usually a habit or a “tic” like it can be with humans. If your cat is grinding or gnashing his teeth, there is likely a root cause and the Bruxism is simply a symptom. Here are some possible causes.

Oral Pain

If you’ve ever watched a cat play, you know they will put just about anything in their mouths. This could lead to dental problems, abscesses, burns and jaw problems. When your cat grinds his teeth, especially if the grinding is accompanied with drooling or excessive salivation, it’s likely that he is experiencing some kind of oral pain. If you can, check your cat’s mouth for sores, broken teeth or any inflammation. You may need to visit your veterinarian to safely and thoroughly check the cats mouth and throat, after all those teeth and claws can do some damage.
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How to Recognize and Prevent Canine Car Sickness

car sick grantBy Langley Cornwell

Most dogs love to ride in the car, no matter whether it’s a short trip to the dog park or on a long road trip. The key phrase here is “most dogs.” For those of us who have dogs that get motion sickness – also called car sickness – it can be a challenge to even take the dog to the vet when necessary. If your dog does not do well in the car, you’ve probably driven past happy dogs with their head sticking out of a car window enjoying the wind, and thought: wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do that with my dog? So, why do some dogs enjoy car trips while other dogs get sick riding in the car?

Fear and Anxiety

If your dog is not accustomed to riding in the car, he may become anxious and essentially work himself up into being sick. Many times, especially in the case of anxiety motion sickness, it can take about 15 minutes before the dog vomits. To alleviate fear and anxiety and help your dog enjoy trips in the car, you will have to train the dog to associate the vehicle with good things.
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