Your Pet’s Sun Sign Characteristics

ARIES (Mar 21- Ap 20)

Aries cats and dogs are always full with energy. They love attention, petting and cuddling and are never shy. It may be very hard to keep up with these hyperactive animals. Quick tempered, they are not the type to back down from a fight. They are easily embarrassed, so don’t scold them in public. Reward good behavior with a special snack. Strong flavored and spicy treats are their favorite. The most difficult aspect of keeping an Aries pet is to get them to obey you.Firmness, a schedule, and repetition is what is needed.

TAURUS (Ap 20- May 20)

Taurus pets are quiet and passive and are the easiest in the Zodiac to train. However, if they are provoked into fighting you have to watch out.These animals never give up a fight. They are cautious about meeting new people, but when they like you, you are a friend for life. They will always remember your “scent.” These animals love to be outdoors, but may prefer sleeping to playing. They love to eat and may develop a weight problem. They are possessive and will guard their food and toys fiercely.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)

Gemini pets are curious, friendly and loaded with energy. These dogs may bark a lot. If possible, get a playmate for these animals as they hate to be alone. They are fast learners and can be trained well. Remember to always keep the door shut, or they will be off in a flash, exploring and looking for new friends. With both people and other animals, Gemini pets rarely have favorites. They just love the company of everyone.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)

These little pets are very sensitive creatures and hate to be upset. They do not like loud noise or yelling. They are easily irritated by others and thrive on a calm and peaceful environment. Any change in their routine, or if a stranger is in the house, can cause them to retreat and be gone for hours and even days. Cancer pets are cautious about meeting new people. Once they trust you, though, you’ve made a friend for life. They do not like sharing the home with any other animals, as they want your undivided attention. They do not like to be left alone, and can tend to become a bit destructive if left alone for too long.

LEO (July 23 – Aug 22)

Your Leo pets feel as if they are King or Queen of the Castle. They move around with Royal Grace. They love a good adventure and will roam as far as you will let them. They are born leaders and may soon have a pack of friends following them. They are quite curious and consider nothing off limits, which is a fitting attitude for King or Queen Of The Jungle. Leo animals love children and make perfect pets. They are very protective and would gladly give their lives for yours. Leo pets have a long memory and tend to have a long life span. Treat them kindly and they will remain friends for life.

VIRGO (Aug 23- Sep 22)

Virgo pets are wonderful companions and make great friends. A sixth sense lets them know when you are unhappy or sick, and they are always there to comfort you. They are shy animals, preferring their own company, and are content to play by themselves. They are reserve and won’t show their affections easily. Don’t expect your Virgo pet to come running to you when you get home. They will gladly spend entire evenings lying at your feet or resting their head on your lap. They are fussy eaters.

LIBRA (Sep 23- Oct 22)

Libra pets are easygoing and like lots of attention. Like the scales of justice that represents this sign, these pets divide their attention equally among all members of the family. They make wonderful companions and hate to be left alone. These pets love good food and soft music. Put music on when you leave home and they will remain mild mannered with a gentle disposition. They can be stubborn at times, and may disappear to sulk. Libra’s will eat just about anything, combine this with a tendency to be lazy, and they can put on a lot of extra weight. Be sure to give them plenty of exercise.

SCORPIO (Oct 23- Nov 21)

Scorpio pets are extremely loyal. Kindness shown to these animals at an early age will come back to you for the rest of their pet life. If they are mistreated early in life, gaining their trust back will be a long and involved process. They tend to snap or nip if they have been mistreated. Scorpio pets are intimidating to other animals. Rarely will they back down from a confrontation. They are full of pent up energy and need to run around a lot to release it. Keep a close watch on them, however, as they are possessive and have a tendency to fight.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Sagittarius pets are the fun loving clowns of the animal world, and they are always eager to please. They love the outdoors, so be sure to give them plenty of room to roam. If you keep them inside for long periods of time, you may tend to break their spirit. They are intelligent animals but may seem to lack common sense. When they get over excited they become quite forgetful. They are one of the most loving pets in the Zodiac, so expect a face full of wet kisses when you walk through the door. As they tend to be forgetful, you must be firm when you discipline these animals. They will respond well.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Capricorn pets stay young forever and tend to act like little puppies or kittens well into old age. They have endless endurance and will play happily hours on end. They make the best playmates for children. They can be moody and tend to sulk if they don’t get their way. Be patient when training these pets as they tend to be slow learners. These pets are more than loyal to the family. They are always determined to please and your patience will be well rewarded.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20- Feb 18)

They are truly the comedians of the Zodiac. They are gentle and loving with children and will bark or meow just to hear the sound of their own voices. They are extremely intelligent and unbelievably brained. You need lots of patience when you train them. They do not obey orders easily and the more you push them, the deeper they will put their paws into the ground and refuse to budge. Sometimes these pets don’t want to be cuddled or petted, but remain aloof. Aquarius pets are curious and inquisitive and will literally push their noses into everything.

PISCES (Feb 19- Mar 20)

Piscean pets are the gentle, peace loving pets that hate shouting and fighting. They are sensitive to your moods and will plant themselves securely at your side if you are sick and upset. If your Pisces pet needs discipline, be very careful how you go about it. They tend to be quite intuitive and can sense when you are angry or upset. They don’t need a lot of wide, open space and are good pets for people living in apartments. They also love music.

Stellar Blessings both to you and your pet(s)!

Happy Holidays With Your Dog

The holiday season can be a fun and hectic time for the whole family, and just like young children, your pets will feel the effects of all the excitement. Cooking, shopping, relatives visiting and traveling will disrupt your pets comfortable routine. He will need to have his place, whether it be a crate or a room out of the way, where he can feel safe and secure. Remember, not all your guests will like dogs and your dog may not like all your guests! If your dog is going to be able to mingle with family and friends, ask them not to feed your dog any treats. Rich, spicy food, chocolate and fatty foods, can all cause gastric upset.

All the pretty ornaments and decorations can be very tempting for your dog, either to play with, chew on or eat. Keep live greens and plants off the floor and out of reach. It may be a good idea to tie your tree down so it cannot be tipped over. One year we had a 13 foot tall tree and while we were out, our Lab knocked it over…what a mess! Use unbreakable ornaments on the lower branches of your tree and avoid using tinsel or garland where your dog can reach it. Of course the best solution is to train your dog to stay away from the tree, but it may just be too tempting for even the most angelic of pooches.

If you have children opening presents with lots of parts, make sure they keep all the pieces together and off the floor. There are any number of toys or even socks and gloves that your dog can ingest. The last thing you want to do on your holiday is make a trip to the emergency vet. Another potential danger is your dog escaping out the door as guests are arriving or leaving. Be aware if your pup is likely to make a run for it and keep him safely secured.

If you are going to travel with your best furry friend, make arrangements well in advance. Have a copy of your dogs vaccination record and make sure he has a collar with a tag listing your name and phone number. Bring his bed or blanket and favorite toys. The best way for your dog to travel buy car is in a harness or in his crate. You should have his crate with your so he can sleep there or just hang out there if he needs quiet time. If you are not staying with family, there are now many hotel chains that are pet friendly. Look online and call ahead to find out the specifics. Do not plan to sedate or medicate your dog for travel unless your veterinarian recommends it.

Air travel with your pet has become easier, especially if you have a small dog that can travel in the cabin under your seat. Again, check with the airline for their rules and restrictions. Remember no one wants to hear your dog barking all the way to grandmothers house. If your dog needs to fly cargo, your flight plan will need to be made based on the airlines live cargo restrictions. Call ahead or look online for the airlines information on flying your pet in cargo. We have sent puppies to different parts of the country and have never had a problem. The airline we use is extremely capable and well organized and take good care of the pups. Size restrictions on the crate as well as temperature restrictions can impact your flight plans.

With some extra care and planning ahead, your holiday season can be safe and enjoyable for the whole family, four-legged members included.

What Do Hermit Crabs Eat?

Many people in this country and in others have pets, and the most common pets tend to be dogs, cats, birds and sometimes fish. However, a growing number of people are looking more toward exotic and unique pets to provide companionship and entertainment. Hermit crabs are becoming more and more popular as an interesting pet that is fairly easy to feed and to care for. Compared to a large dog or even to a cat, Hermit crabs do not eat very much, but there are some things that you should be aware of in regard to the proper feeding of your Hermit crab. Owners who take the time to learn the correct feeding techniques will have a much better and longer experience with their crabs.

Hermit crabs eat whatever they come across in the wild, so you are able to feed them almost anything as long as it does not have preservatives in it or is spicy. Obviously, the wild hermit crab is not eating a diet high in salt or in sodium or saturated fats, so avoid giving your crab random table scraps or junk foods. In the wild, crabs will eat any small fish they can catch, small snails and mollusks, various sea plants and insects. In captivity, the crabs will eat fruits, vegetables, meats, bread and even egg shells. Raw vegetables, breads and some small fish is a great combination that will keep the crab healthy and growing.

Many pet stores will carry various food items for Hermit crabs, most of the nutritionally engineered specifically for the crabs. These food sticks or food balls are good for the crabs, but it is a good idea to supplement this with fish and vegetables periodically. Some hermit crab owners have had good luck with feeding small crickets, which are also commonly feed to pet turtles. As long as the cricket is small enough, the crab will eventually catch the cricket and eat it. It is a very good idea to remove any uneaten food from the aquarium on a daily basis to prevent the crabs from burying the food, leading to rotting and molding. Regardless, it is a good idea to change out the crab’s sand about every 6 weeks to get rid of old food particles and other debris.

Along with a proper and balanced diet, Hermit crabs have some important and specific moisture requirements. Hermit Crab Aquariums should always contain separate dishes of salt water and fresh water. The dishes should be deep enough for the largest crab to immerse itself in. While the crabs do live on land and breathe air, they need to replenish the water they carry in their shells regularly. Hermit Crab aquariums should also be kept in a room in which the temperature and humidity can be regulated. Hermit Crabs live in a temperature range of 73F to 85F and a humidity range of 75% to 85%. If the crabs are kept in an environment that has less than 70% humidity, they will slowly die.

Environmentally Safe Pet Care

You can learn new tricks, well actually old tricks to use for pet problems, getting rid of bugs and getting rid of garden pests. These ways have been used throughout generations. These techniques were used by my granny and her granny before her. These are great alternatives to using and spraying harmful chemicals.

First let’s discuss taking care of pet problems. We will start with man’s best friend, your dog. If you have a dog at home. Chances are it has had ticks before. To help loosen a tick, put a drop of mineral or vegetable oil in the tick. Then pull gently but steadily, if you loosen the tick first. You can remove it intact.

To catch fleas, put a shallow pan filled with water and dishwashing liquid in the infested room. At night time turn on a lamp right over the pan. Turn off all other lights in that room. Fleas will jump and fall into the pan. Change the pan as needed. Continue this process for at least two weeks, to catch all newly hatched fleas. To keep fleas off your dog, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to your dogs water.

If your dog chews on his paws when he’s bored, just paint the spot he chews with clove oil. It is safe for your dog, so don’t worry. To stop your dog from digging holes, crumble a toilet refresher cake and spread the pieces where the dog likes to dig. When your dog has a run in with a skunk, well let’s just say he will not smell like a flower. Instead of a messy and expensive tomato juice bath, try bathing your dog in equal parts of vinegar and water.

Now we will move onto our pampered cats. You know the old saying, you haven’t been ignored until you’ve been ignored by your cat. If you have a cat that lives inside, sometimes they have to have a bath. Most cats really hate water. Here is one way to bathe your cat, without getting clawed to pieces. Fold a towel in half and sew up 2 of the 3 sides. Put your cat inside the towel, leaving his head out. Use a drawstring or safety pins to secure the towel around your cat’s neck. Just make sure it is not tight enough to choke him Dip the cat into warm water that has shampoo in it and rub the cat gently. Take your cat out and remove him from the wet towel, and dry him off. He may not like this, and may ignore you for awhile, but he will be clean.

To cut down on kitty box litter odor, always sprinkle the bottom with baking soda. To keep your cat from scratching your wooden furniture, rub chili sauce or hot sauce on it and buff it. Cats hate anything that is hot and spicy. If your cat is urinating in your home, just dip a cotton ball in lemon extract. Squeeze out the excess and put the cotton ball in an aluminum tea ball. Hang it up by it’s hook in the spot where your cat keeps going. Refresh it once a week until your cat is trained.