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December 8, 2016

Dog suddenly vocal, but only with her sitter. Why?

I have an ideal support system for my rescue dog in the form of a wonder dog-sitter. She walks Huggy every weekday at lunch and when I am away, boards her. They are clearly fond of each other. Last weekend I was away, and the sitter let me know Huggy was starting to act out and be much more vocal with people and other dogs. Not aggressive, just reactive. That change has continued into their daily walks. The dog never acts that way with me. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 3:31 PM - 7 answers

December 5, 2016

The strange matter of my cat's fur

This is my cat, Daisy. She produces little clumps of matter in her fur. Her veterinarian is stumped, so I’m asking the Hive Mind for help. [more inside]
posted by bryon at 9:29 PM - 8 answers

How do you coax a cat out of the crawl space?

Last Monday (11/28), my cat got outside and went under the house into the 117-year-old crawl space. I went in the crawl space on Tuesday and Wednesday, saw/heard/smelled no sign of him, and we assumed he was out in the neighborhood. Then the weird under-house sounds started, and it took us until about Friday/Saturday to be mostly sure he was under there. [more inside]
posted by coast99 at 6:41 PM - 24 answers

December 4, 2016

Indoor decorating for Christmas with a big jerk cat?

We need indoor holiday decorating ideas that can survive our cat's whirlwind of curious destruction. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 11:37 AM - 18 answers

December 3, 2016

Denver Dog Wash

I have a very frail, elderly dog that needs a bath. She is also terrified of water. I need some recommendations for a pet groomer in the Denver, Colorado area who I can trust will be very gentle and make the experience as less traumatizing as possible. Thanks!
posted by LilithSilver at 1:39 PM - 8 answers

I think we could all use another round of "Name That Cat"!

A lovely new cat has joined my home, and I need help naming her! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 1:04 PM - 47 answers

December 2, 2016

Dr. House my foster kitten!

VETERNARIANS OF METAFILTER: I've been fostering an 8 week old baby through a shelter for 3 weeks, there's been some improvement but I'm afraid there's something seriously wrong, the shelter vet is an overworked outside guy who deals with the shelter babies on the side and I'm trying to help her out. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika at 3:20 AM - 11 answers

December 1, 2016

A nonstandard question about the interaction of cats and Christmas trees

How do I get my cat to stop chewing on my (plastic and metal) Christmas tree? [more inside]
posted by quaking fajita at 8:29 PM - 4 answers

November 26, 2016

"Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-UhUh" and "wooWOO" - Mammal, Bird or Amphibian?

In early summer 2015, while hiking in western Washington in the North Cascade Mountains, I recorded the calls of a couple of animals. Can anyone identify the animals?:
  1. "Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-UhUh"
  2. "wooWOO"
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posted by ShooBoo at 8:37 AM - 7 answers

November 22, 2016

What is this pig-nosed jungle animal?

Screenshotted from the Jungle episode of Planet Earth 2 and would love to know what it is! It appears on screen for only seconds.
posted by threetwentytwo at 5:28 AM - 5 answers

November 21, 2016

*Bark* *Bark *Bark* *Bark*

Parent's dog won't stop barking/marking territory. Help me help them. [more inside]
posted by morning_television at 8:16 AM - 12 answers

November 20, 2016

wolf research

Some time ago, I read an account by a researcher (possibly in Michigan's Upper Peninsula) on wolf behavior. The gist was the researcher had thought the stories of wolves cunning, audacity and violence were overblown, until (I hazily recall) a particularly hard winter, when the wolves started coming into the fields and farms. I'd like to read it again. Does this ring any bells?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:00 AM - 5 answers

November 19, 2016

Tips to keep our 9 month old puppy entertained during physical recovery?

A veterinarian has diagnosed our 9 month old sheltie puppy with a soft tissue injury in her front leg. In addition to a regiment of anti-inflammatory medication, the vet advises against running, jumping, strenuous play, and outdoor walks for the next 2 weeks. How do we keep our pup entertained during this duration? [more inside]
posted by kiki_s at 12:08 PM - 9 answers

November 14, 2016

Dog for a day?

Does anyone know of any places near Portland, OR where you can just play with or hike with a dog for a day? Like this program they have on Kauai: Shelter Dogs On Field Trips. [more inside]
posted by FireFountain at 4:55 PM - 9 answers

November 13, 2016

Emotional Support Animal Letter Online

I am in California and would really like an emotional support animal (a small, older dog). My PCP office's policy is not to write letters recommending them at all. I am seeing a new therapist at the end of the month, but in the meantime, I looked at Certapet. Question: Has anyone gotten a letter for an ESA online? If so, how was the process for you? Anything to be aware of, or any specific sites your recommend/don't recommend?
posted by bookworm4125 at 6:17 PM - 3 answers

November 12, 2016

What kind of bug is this?

Can you identify what type of critter this bug is? Photo 1, Photo 2
posted by willnot at 3:20 PM - 6 answers

Drowning in Dog Dirt

Small house + "yard" full of dirt + two hairy rambunctious dogs = HELP [more inside]
posted by raspberrE at 10:14 AM - 17 answers

November 8, 2016

Cat driving us batty; we have twins--help!

Our twin boys are 9 weeks old. Awesome! Sweet little Zoe hunts pacifiers and nipple shields relentlessly and desperately wants to be an outdoor cat. She's also attempted to jump into the bassinet a few times. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by eggman at 11:27 AM - 24 answers

What should we name our rescue orginization

Were looking to officially and legally start a rescue organization for mainly dogs. Cats may be in the picture in the future, but this group will mainly focus on hard to adopt dogs, such as older dogs, dogs with medical issues and mothers with their pups that have been dumped. These are all selected from high kill shelters from the South and transported to the East Coast. So, were looking for an official name for the paperwork that sounds like us and sounds credible, but not insanely saccharine. [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla at 10:50 AM - 14 answers

November 7, 2016

Help me transfer a tiny comet goldfish to a 20 gallon tank, please!

My 3 year old and I have recently become fish parents to Green One, a two-inch long comet goldfish. I'd like to transfer him from the 1.5 gallon tank where he's lived for the past 3 weeks to a new 20 gallon tank without murdering him (and also prove my mother wrong in the process). [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 3:49 PM - 9 answers

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