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March 18

The cat went out on a chilly night

My friend wants to re-home her beautiful young indoor/outdoor tom cat, because he terrorizes and traumatizes her other cat with aggressive play. The other cat's a shy, skittish female and my friend is more bonded to her than to the tom. [more inside]
posted by flourpot at 8:02 AM - 21 answers

March 17

Looking to adopt a puppy! Now what?

Mr. sutel finally said we can get a puppy! Yay! I have not had a dog since I was a teenager and I would like some advice on how to go about this. [more inside]
posted by sutel at 7:53 AM - 12 answers

March 15

Can you train a dog to stop scratching the ground after pooping?

Can you train a dog to stop scratching the ground after pooping? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 4:35 PM - 5 answers

March 13

Mefites who don't want kids: did you ever go puppy-crazy?

Thirty-two year old female who has absolutely never wanted kids. But I'm going puppy crazy and really want to get a dog now. Has anyone ever gone through this? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 7:26 PM - 31 answers

Help finding lost dog in unfamiliar rural area

I lost my dog in a somewhat rural area. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 4:48 AM - 19 answers

March 12

Should I get a cat? A question from the formerly (?) cat-averse

I've never ever wanted a cat until about a month ago, but now I can't stop thinking about it. My husband likes them, my kid adores them, and I'm pretty sure I'm allergic. Should we try fostering a cat to see how it goes? Or just take the plunge? [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 5:55 PM - 24 answers

March 10

Feline Feeding Logistics

I have a new cat and he is great but what's not so great is how he eats half of my previous cat's food. Complication - previous cat is extremely NOT food-motivated. [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 6:23 PM - 15 answers

March 5

Adopting a three-legged cat- are there considerations we're overlooking?

My partner and I lost our beloved kitty of many years, and after taking some time, we're starting to think about adopting a new cat. Today we visited a local shelter and met a sweet, loving 1 year-old kitty who is missing one hind leg. We know that "tripod" cats tend to get along quite well and we'd take care to provide steps and a good soft bed. But my partner and I are both usually gone during the day, and we're wondering if a three-legged kitty might be more prone to falling, and whether she might be better off with more supervision than we could provide. Are we worrying too much?
posted by brackish.line at 4:58 PM - 19 answers

Dog farts. Noxious, noxious dog farts.

The best dog in the world (foreground) is now a middle aged (7 year old) lab mix, and as his little doggy muzzle turneth gray, he has a problem. A stinky dog fart problem. What should we try, and in what order? A very friendly dog who gets sad when no one wants him in the same room as them thanks you. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 1:12 PM - 14 answers

Looking for a dog rescue organization in Washington DC area

My brother is looking for a companion animal, specifically a dog that weighs 25 pounds or less (due to his apartment's regulations). Can anyone suggest a rescue organization in the Washington, DC area that he could connect with? Thanks.
posted by sacrifix at 9:33 AM - 7 answers

March 3

Questions about getting my dog's teeth cleaned under anesthesia

Are the benefits of dental cleaning worth the risk of putting my 10-year-old lab mix under anesthesia? What should I be aware of and what questions should I ask my vet before making this decision? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 3:27 PM - 11 answers

March 2

What was the working dog of the Native Americans on the Great Plains?

Before the introduction of the horse, some tribes in what is now the central and western United States used dogs as beasts of burden. For example, dogs hauled the travois, a type of sled used by North American Indians to carry goods. What breed was the dog, and is it still in existence?
posted by A. Davey at 11:25 AM - 7 answers

Dog Trainer/Behaviorist in Phoenix?

Can you recommend a dog trainer or behaviorist in the Phoenix area who can help my little pup with barking issues? [more inside]
posted by meese at 10:37 AM - 2 answers

February 27

The etiquette of tying your dog up outside

I live less than a mile from where I run most of my errands and I would like to start walking to these places instead of driving. I always bring my pup with me for the ride. I'd love to bring my little guy with me to the bank, grocery store etc and leash him outside at these places but I never see it done, so I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 7:06 AM - 47 answers

February 24

How to help a 15 month old child deal with the loss of a pet?

We have one pet: a 12 year old black lab. We have one child: a 15 month old girl. To our great sadness, the dog doesn't have much time left with us. This is going to be hard enough on my wife and me, but our daughter adores the dog like a sibling and I have no idea how to help her understand when he's gone and doesn't come back. Anyone gone through this before? [more inside]
posted by jermsplan at 9:25 AM - 16 answers

February 23

Improve my cat's litter box experience (and my own...)

I've read such glowing reviews that I'm considering getting a Litter Robot, but I thought I'd ask the experts here whether they think my particular problem with my cat's litter box methodology will be solved by it before shelling out nearly AUD$900. [more inside]
posted by eloeth-starr at 10:40 PM - 29 answers

How do you train a dog to fully empty their bladder on command?

How do you train a dog to fully empty their bladder on command? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 2:59 PM - 13 answers

How to be the most well-prepared for a puppy?

We have about two to three months before we bring home a puppy. When you got a puppy what were the most helpful links, books, or resources you found? What is your best new puppy advice? [more inside]
posted by Marinara at 9:08 AM - 19 answers

February 22

Lost Basset Hound on the Run! Where do they go?

Last night our 5 year old female Basset Hound took off. Breed owners or experts, where do they go? Do they wander off forever? Do they find their way back home? Straight line or circles? More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 9:23 AM - 17 answers

February 21

Teaching a small 5 year old dog to only pee/poop outside

Crazy cat lady here. I am taking care of a 5 year old chihuahua/terrier dog while his owner is in the hospital for an extended period (weeks? months?). Poor boy has mostly done his bathroom business on pee pads in the bathroom. I would like to learn how I can train him out of this behavior, at least while he's with us. Help a clueless and grieving dog novice! [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway at 9:14 AM - 15 answers

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