Memories & Adventures In The Making

”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain Hello Friends! And Happy Spring! Good Gawd, it's finally …

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Moments Like These

“Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity”- Novala Takemoto I hope you are enjoying a most relaxing weekend.  We sure are.  This morning I awoke to discover a soft fluttering of snow falling outside our house.  Considering the extreme lack of snow we have had in …

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Cats and Claws Belong Together!

  The title of this post was a declaration made by a brilliant and highly respected behaviorist at Positive Cattitudes. She was referring to cats who have been forced to have their digits removed. Yes, you read that correctly.   It's 2016, yet house cats, exotic cats, and other animals are still being forced to have …

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Dude, Can’t You Take a Hint?

Are you that kind of pet owner or animal lover that doesn't know when to back off?  I used to be one of those people with my animal companions at home. A few years ago I went to a workshop for Reactive / Fearful Dogs hosted by Grisha Stewart of Ahimsa Dog Training​. One of the …

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Are You Prepared? How to Evacuate with Your Animal Companion

If you believe you can accomplish everything by “cramming” at the eleventh hour, by all means, don’t lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining. ― Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Hurricane Season Begins Tomorrow, folks. Are you prepared?

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hurricane The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 until the end of November.  This year’s season is expected to be a very busy season.

Prepare Now.

Tornados, floods, fires and hurricanes, oh my!  We don’t expect them, but they do happen.  Nature can strike fast and furiously.   The Atlantic Hurricane Season is almost here.  It runs from June 1 until November 30.  This week (May 24-30) is National Hurricane Preparedness Week.   Please take a moment to mark this on your calendar.   This week is a time of the year that we all need to make note of every year, especially if you have a family, and one that includes animal companions.   Planning and preparing will save your family a load of stress, and could even save lives.   Officials advise to not wait until a storm is already in the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic…

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Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road?

World Turtle Day was yesterday, so I wanted to share this with you. I wrote this a year ago, but it’s still relevant today. In this post you will learn:
– why turtles cross roads
– when they are more likely to cross them
– how you can help them cross safely
– how we can literally save turtle species from extinction
“For if one link in nature’s chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish by piecemeal.”– Thomas Jefferson

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We are facing a turtle survival crisis unprecedented in its severity and risk. Humans are the problem, and must therefore also be the solution. Without concerted conservation action, many of the world’s turtles and tortoises will become extinct within the next few decades. It is now up to us to prevent the loss of these remarkable, unique jewels of evolution. ~ Turtle Conservation Coalition

turtle crossing roadTurtles on the road are on a mission! Help them accomplish their turtle mission!

World Turtle Day is May 23, so I wanted to remind everyone to be conscious of these very special animals that share the roads with us!  Where we live, we are surrounded by natural wetlands. But there are highways and roads that also surround these wetlands. This often means that native turtles do not fare well when they need to cross the busy roads.  I have seen far more than my share…

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Paws and Parenting: Resources for Families

Babies grow. Dogs age. We help families adjust with each stage. Recently I had the opportunity to share my insights into consulting with families.  The article, Entering a Judgment-Free Zone: Guiding Clients and the Public Through Compassionate Education (pg 50), discusses how compassionate education is a powerful tool to guide families.  I discuss how this approach guides, …

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Things That Go BOOM In The Night

Happy New Year’s Eve! Conscious Companion would like to send you and your family many well wishes for the New Year.

As we prepare for New Year’s Eve festivities, we need to plan for our pets, too. It’s very important to recognize that our animal companions have a year behind them as well; they may be less tolerant of what they were tolerant of, or comfortable with a year ago.  If you are having guests over, please consider what this means for your pets! Be sure to plan ahead: Consider what your family might need to do to help your cat, dog, bird, etc. to feel safe and secure as you welcome in 2015!

If you’d like a few tips to make sure everyone has a safe, fun night, check out this post!

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

p.s. This post is geared toward dogs, so if you are owned by cats, skip to the bottom to get kitty tips! =^..^=

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Happy New Year! This post was written for the 4th of July, but the tips and techniques in here work just as well for New year’s Eve!

Soon people all over the U.S. will be celebrating the Fourth of July and our neighbors to the north are preparing for Canada Day!  Folks everywhere are getting ready for the visual and sound Smörgåsbord paired with good food, great friends, and family.  However, most animals would probably order the food, but hold the fireworks. So while we are preparing to party, let’s prepare our pets, too.

If you have worked or lived with an animal, you know that most of them are frightened of loud or startling noises.  The fear of loud sounds is called noise phobias.  Even if your animal companion has not displayed this fear before, the sights and sounds on The Fourth of July could easily bring out their most intense fears.

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