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July 12

Seeking beach for my dog.
We live in the Baltimore/ DC area. We want to take our two dogs on a vacation to the ocean or a lake that is dog friendly. A body of water that has a beach. We want them to play in the water and be able to relax under an umbrella with us. We are not interested in rivers. We are willing to drive around 3 hours for this experience. Any ideas.
posted by Coffee Bean at 1:25 PM - 6 answers

July 9

handling cat-care while on vacation
We are going on vacation in October and are having a minor disagreement as to the best way to handle the care of our cat while we're gone. SO thinks we should drop the cat off at his mother's house for the week, I disagree. Am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 5:37 AM - 35 answers

July 8

Cherry Eye in a puppy: Remedies? Cost for surgery?
We are curious if anyone has had luck with alternatives to surgery for Cherry Eye in a puppy (he's a maltese, shi tzu mix)? or if no, what we should expect to spend on surgery for the little guy? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 6:20 PM - 4 answers

Sexist dog? Protective dog? Traumatized dog?
Does a dog's behavior against his owner--in only about 50% of circumstances--warrant concern? The answers in this ask were helpful, particularly this one (there is much of item #3 that happens during play). But what I want to know is whether his dog's behavior around step-brother + a female might point to something from his past. [more inside]
posted by magdalemon at 10:19 AM - 11 answers

July 6

Good fences make good BARK BARK BARK BARKBARK BARKBARKBARKBARK!
Advanced dog advice, positive feedback loop edition: Looking for advice on convincing our new rescue pup not to bark at our neighbors' even barkier dogs. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 10:54 AM - 9 answers

July 5

Doggy Daycare/Boarding Hours of Operation
Is opening a dog daycare/boarding open 6 days a week weird? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie at 9:39 AM - 19 answers

July 2

My cat is TPing the bathroom! Help!
My cat keeps unspooling the toilet paper. It is mildly frustrating, not the worst thing in the world but we have tried keeping the bathroom door shut, etc, but I know there are covers for toilet paper holders - I imagine they are for situations like this?? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 10:04 AM - 23 answers

At what point on the the graph do automation and cat security meet?
I want to automate cat litter scooping, however, I do not want to frighten our cats or take away their sense of territory. Can these goals be reconciled? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 5:16 AM - 27 answers

July 1

Can we stop our cat from pissing on everything?
For several years my girlfriend's 5-year-old cat has been regularly pissing on soft surfaces, and it's getting worse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 PM - 18 answers

June 29

Bird ID
Need help i.d.ing the most likely name for a bird I saw in Singapore, on Sentosa Island. Unfortunately, I have no pics. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 10:56 AM - 3 answers

June 28

Seperating 2 dogs during move/relationship seperation?
I am moving to New York for work, and would like my dog to come with me. My husband and I are going to be long-distance for a year, and possibly more. I am the "dog person" in our relationship, and we have 2 dogs. I want to make the healthiest decision for my animals in terms of their dynamic during a seperation/move. Deets on dogs inside. [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo at 12:47 PM - 7 answers

June 27

Oh, Man, I Want to Buy a Boat!
We dream of living aboard some day, and are wondering if that day can be today*. But we have cats. Have you lived aboard with cats? [more inside]
posted by ethidda at 5:16 PM - 7 answers

My dog is dead, and I'm a mess
What can I do in the short and long-term to process and cope with my dog's death? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle at 2:40 PM - 44 answers

Homemade cat food
My neighbour would like to/needs to make her own catfood for her ageing cats. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 1:00 PM - 8 answers

Good beaches along the Hood River where I can let my dog swim and play.
I am going to Hood River for three days next week and taking my dog along. He loves to play in water but he can get frisky with other dogs. I am looking for an off the beaten path type of swimming hole or beach that will not have lots of people or tons of dogs. The public river spots on the internet all say no dogs on the beach so they are out.
posted by cairnoflore at 11:39 AM - 3 answers

June 26

Help my shivery Puggle!
I have a 7 year old puggle. He has had no health issues to speak of. Within the last week I've started noticing him shivering. It lasts for up to 20 minutes at a time and doesn't seem to have any pattern. We're in Arizona so it's definitely not cold that's causing it. We keep the house air conditioned to around 78 degrees and always make sure he has water. Any thoughts on what could be causing this?
posted by mattholomew at 4:26 PM - 13 answers

How should I clean these sandals a dog peed on?
On Tuesday, my cousin's dog let forth a deluge of pee on my feet. It was LOTS of pee. I was wearing my favorite leather sandals (very similar to these). While I cleaned off my feet, my cousin cleaned my sandals with a wet towel (no soap). I had to wear them the rest of the day, before I traveled home on Wednesday. I feel kind of icky at the prospect of wearing them again. How should I clean them?
posted by ocherdraco at 1:34 PM - 15 answers

June 25

Kid vs Cats
We have two adorable cats and an even more adorable 4-year-old son who we've just confirmed is allergic to cats. What now? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 2:45 PM - 51 answers

What is a good dry cat food for a senior (13 years plus) cat?
What is a good dry cat food for a senior (13 years plus) cat? [more inside]
posted by The locked room sockpuppet at 9:51 AM - 19 answers

June 24

My cat is messed up. Help!
We awakened this morning to find that overnight, our 14-year-old cat had vomited many times throughout the house, and had also pooped in the living room and then leaked black/possibly very dark green fluid/diarrhea throughout the house as well. We do have a vet appointment for this afternoon, but the hive is good with cat stuff, so I'm asking here as well. Details about our kitty inside. [more inside]
posted by altopower at 7:44 AM - 21 answers

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