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Keep Your Aging Cat Feeling Young

Keep Your Aging Cat Feeling Young

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Did you know that cats are considered senior citizens at the age of 11? But getting older doesn't mean that they have to lose their spark. 

Wendy Diamond, "Animal Fair" editor-in-chief and national television pet lifestyle contributor, has some great tips for making your favorite feline's twilight years golden ones. 

Assess Your Cat's Age 

Pet Connection Announces Plans for 2012 Special Events

Pet Connection Announces Plans for 2012 Special Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, has announced plans for several major fundraising events taking place in 2012.

The annual Pre-Mother's Day Chicken Dinner and Concert will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Marilla Fire Hall, located at Two Rod Road and West Avenue. The event will include a huge Chinese auction, great door prizes, a visit from Mr. No — the Balloon Guy, and musical entertainment by the Easy Street Big Band! Tickets are presale only and priced at just $15 per person. Call 652-0192 today to reserve your place. 

Bringing Home Puppy: Tips for a Successful Introduction to the Family

Bringing Home Puppy: Tips for a Successful Introduction to the Family

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

There’s no doubt a new puppy brings joy to millions of families each year. However, while bringing home a new dog is exciting, it can also be quite an adjustment period for both the puppy and his new owners. 

According to veterinarian Dr. Brent Mayabb, manager of education and development at Royal Canin USA, pet parents can help ease the transition with some simple steps to ensure healthy growth and development for our four-legged family members. Here are some tips to help make your new puppy’s transition easier for both pup and the family:

‘Tis the Season to Pamper Your Pet

‘Tis the Season to Pamper Your Pet

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

The holidays aren’t just for indulging children; family pets could use some pampering, too. 

In fact, a poll conducted by Petside.com reported that 53 percent of U.S. pet parents intended to get their animal companions a present during the holidays. 

To help you get in the spirit of the season, here are some gift ideas for the furry friend in your life: 

Santa Claws Is Coming To Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue, December 17th from 12 Noon-4:00p.m.

Santa Claws Is Coming To Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue, December 17th from 12 Noon-4:00p.m.

It’s that time of year again…Santa Claws is coming to town!

December 17th from 12 Noon-4:00p.m.

Have some inexpensive holiday fun while helping BP&SBR raise much needed funds to rescue, vet, foster and find furever homes for the doggies of Western New York.

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Lifesaving Tips from the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY…

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many people will be hosting backyard barbecues. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to follow important fire safety tips so that they can enjoy a safe summer season. 

“The outdoor cookout season will soon be in full swing.  Unfortunately, a barbecue grill could start a fire if certain safety rules are ignored,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President David Jacobowitz.  “It’s important to position the grill far away from siding, deck railings, trees and other flammables. When gatherings involve children, it’s critical that a child-free zone of at least three feet is established around the grill.”

Dog Park Safety

Dog Park Safety

Dog parks are great places for dogs to play and socialize with other dogs. Unfortunately, the fun can sometimes turn violent. Without proper knowledge, a dog and its handler are both subject to injury.

Robin Bennett, an author and trainer with All About Dogs in Woodbridge, Va., believes that in order for dog parks to be safe, dogs need to be properly supervised. This means that dog owners must know what to watch for if problems arise between the dogs.

“Early warning signs indicating that a dog is stressed include lip licking, yawning, half moon eyes, stiffening and avoidance,” Bennett said. “These signals all happen before things get too far out of hand.”