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Saddest posts about dogs on the internet.

For purposes that I probably don't need to get into, I'd like your saddest and/or most heartwarming links / photos / stories / etc. on the internet about dogs and our relationships with them. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Sep 17, 2014 - 29 answers

What's the skinny on grain free/raw food for cats?

Bunny is a generally healthy, happy 1 year old with smelly poo the consistency of frosting. I'm thinking of switching her food out. What's the skinny on grain free/raw kitty food diets these days? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Aug 23, 2014 - 31 answers

Best agent for cat travel NYC-London?

Howdy! We're relocating from New York City to London at the end of this year, and of course we're taking our cat Olive with us. What we're having a little bit of a hard time with is figuring out just *how* to bring her, and we're hoping you can help us. [more inside]
posted by adamgreenfield on Nov 11, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I get our cat to bury her poop?

I am not a cat person, but my wife likes cats, so we have one. Our cat consistently uses the litter box (which is much more than I can say for the last cat we had). However, she almost never buries it, and the odor is, of course, offensive. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Aug 9, 2013 - 41 answers

Help Me Clone My Cat

I want to clone my cat. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Dec 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Psychoanalyze my cat

Calling all amateur Jackson Galaxy-wannabes: why is my cat such a jerk toward guests, when he's a bundle of love the rest of the time? [more inside]
posted by apostrophe on Oct 7, 2012 - 3 answers

How to train a dog to come, stay, and heel on command?

I want to train my dog to stay, come, and heel (or, "come in closer, but you don't have to come right up to me"). How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Games to play indoors with a Husky-cross puppy

I have a beautiful, fun and energetic puppy. A Husky cross (we don't know what the other half is, but it must have been small). She loves to play games. Me and my partner alternate working from home during the day. What fun games can we play with her at home, indoors, that don't distract too much from our work? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Aug 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Surviving the cat-cat-baby nexus

Introducing a very stupid and quirky cat to another cat, a baby, or possibly both. Bad idea, or worst idea ever? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Feb 13, 2012 - 11 answers

London Puppy Buying: The Pitfalls

Looking to buy/acquire a puppy in (North) London. I am worried about vaccinations etc. and have some questions about ethics of the whole thing. Can I get a puppy from a shelter? Or should I feel happy about paying for one from a 'good' home through a website? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Jan 9, 2012 - 22 answers

How can I keep my sick dog healthy?

My dog has cancer. Am I hurting him if I spoil the heck out of him the next few months? [more inside]
posted by werty on Oct 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Wailing and gnashing of teeth

Cat adoption filter: should we take in a young feral who seems to have adopted us, or should we find a different kitten to bring into our home? Complicating details inside. Bit of a novella, apologies in advance for the length. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jul 6, 2011 - 56 answers

Breakup, who gets custody of a disputed pet?

How to deal with a question of custody of a pet after a breakup? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 on Jun 28, 2011 - 15 answers

Where to go after my dog tests heart worm positive?

My dog was diagnosed with heart worms this weekend even though he has been on preventative! Can anyone offer any words of wisdom on successfully dealing with the treatment course, and where to go after?! [more inside]
posted by Quincy on May 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Supporting a friend who may lose a pet

How to support and comfort a friend through the illness/loss of their pets? What helped you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2011 - 19 answers

Help find a suitable toy for Oscar the Destroyer

Seeking recommendations for stuffing-free plush dog toys that don't have any "removable" parts. [more inside]
posted by elpea on Dec 1, 2010 - 6 answers

How can we get 3 pets, 1 with issues, across the country?

How can we get our pets across the country? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2010 - 14 answers

but my chickens actually *improve* the quality of the house's garden and cats are good for sanity

Need help finding relevant California Tenant law information. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Sep 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Moving my kitty to a (not so) deluxe apartment in the sky

I'm moving my 14 year old cat to my new apartment this weekend. How can I make this transition go as smoothly as possible? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 9, 2010 - 12 answers

What's it like for cats having teeth extracted?

Vet says cat's tooth extraction surgery will be difficult and painful. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Jun 24, 2010 - 29 answers

I don't want to have blood on my hands

My parents are always manipulating me, and I need to break away. Long story inside. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Jun 12, 2010 - 30 answers

How can my dog and my brother and his kids get along?

Recently I got a dog. He's doing great, I'm doing great, it's been nearly 3 months since I got him from the shelter. Problem: He's meeting my brother and his kids, in a few weeks (family reunion weekend), and my brother has a strong fear, maybe even a phobia of dogs. What can I do to put him at ease, navigate the situation and help everyone get through this unscathed? [more inside]
posted by Elfasi on Mar 17, 2010 - 28 answers

How do to a home exchange with pets?

What do you do about your pets during an international home exchange of 1-3 months? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Feb 15, 2010 - 3 answers

Help with a Cushing's Dog?

Our dog has Cushing's Disease. Now what? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Feb 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Dog Barking & Separation Anxiety Issues

How do I get my newly adopted 2 year old dog to stop whining & barking when I'm gone at work? [more inside]
posted by cuando on Jan 4, 2010 - 18 answers

What's up with our cat?

Cat gone crazy? If so, what to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2009 - 17 answers

Should I get a dog?

Help me find consensus from the hive mind. I have been wanting and preparing and planning to get my very own dog, my first dog, for years. However the question that keeps raising its head, is should I, given my personal circumstances? [more inside]
posted by Elfasi on Apr 2, 2009 - 37 answers

What kind of pet should I get?

What kind of pet should I get? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es on Jan 12, 2009 - 25 answers

Pet vet on the 'net yet?

For minor pet health questions: suggest websites that are comprehensive & user-friendly? I'd like to avoid unnecessary vet visits. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Oct 30, 2008 - 10 answers

Vet for a bunny in Los Angeles?

Vet for a bunny in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on May 28, 2008 - 8 answers

Is my kitty sick or in need of a nose job?

Does my cat have a chronic respiratory infection, or is it possible she just naturally has poor breathing passages? Ever since my partner and I adopted her and her sister in August she has had periodic coughing and hacking fits that have been relatively unaffected by three separate rounds of antibiotics. Now I wonder if maybe she just has the equivalent of a deviated septum, or whether it's time for hospitalization. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 13, 2007 - 13 answers

human remedies for dogs

My two dogs were playing and the 70lb german shepherd mix started yelping repeatedly like a car alarm... [more inside]
posted by NoMich on Nov 22, 2007 - 8 answers

How can I get my adult dog to poop where I want, when I want?

How can I get my adult dog to poop where I want, when I want? [more inside]
posted by thatgirl on Oct 28, 2007 - 15 answers

Dog-Friendly Getaway Spots Near Chicago

Do you know of any dog-friendly places for a weekend getaway within about 3 hours drive of Chicago? [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch on Aug 14, 2007 - 4 answers

My Dog, The Obsessive Licker

My dog licks himself --a lot. The Vet suggested a very expensive (and possibly inconclusive) allergy test. Before spending $700-1000 so the Vet can tell me she has no idea I thought I would consult the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on May 1, 2007 - 17 answers

How do I find a cat behavioralist?

How do I find a cat whisperer/pet behavioralist in Santa Barbara, CA? Is there some sort of association or something out there? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Mar 15, 2007 - 10 answers

Dog with mysterious pain -- what should I expect?

Dog in sudden, mysterious pain. Going to see the vet as soon as possible, but want to be as prepared as I can be. [more inside]
posted by treepour on Jan 25, 2007 - 13 answers

So I wanna get a ferret.

So I wanna get a ferret. Am I making a mistake? Should I get a kitten instead? [more inside]
posted by kzin602 on Oct 18, 2006 - 23 answers

Can dogs eat beef bones safely?

Can dogs eat beef bones? My dog loves them (the raw discarded sort from butchers or rib joints) but when I give him one he goes crazy, actually consuming the bone and digging into the marrow. It worries me, but I've heard the marrow is good for them. But every time I've given him one I've had to take it away because he just gets too crazy. I know they can't have chicken bones (obviously, ow!) but what are the risks of giving him a beef bone as an occasional primal treat, even if it means he'll likely chew the whole thing up?
posted by Peter H on Jan 25, 2005 - 19 answers

How can I find a home for a troubled pet?

How can I find a home for a troubled pet? [more inside]

I am at my wit's end and don't know what to do. The problem started when my girlfriend moved in over two years ago, bringing two adult cats along. My two adults did not get along with hers, and we've tried just about everything to get them used to each other. Eventually, we had to just separate them, but it broke my heart to have cats barricaded in my basement, so we decided to just open the basement door to let the cats come and go. It's been like that for about a year without many problems, and I thought I was making some progress when one of my cats started coming upstairs willingly and tolerating the others (being able to sit in the living room with the other cats while we watch TV).

The past month or so has been different, though. My cat started peeing (and worse) on our bed. I draw the line there, because I cannot afford to buy all new bedclothes and mattress pads every couple of weeks.

I would like to find this cat a new home, because I think the basic problem stems from having too many cats in a small space. I know if I take her to the animal shelter, they will have trouble adopting her out, given her past and her age (nine). I doubt an ad would work because she's very skittish (and I cannot in good conscience give a cat away without telling someone about her problems).

Does anyone have any suggestions?
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2004 - 13 answers

XOR cat gate

Pet door. One cat gets to come and go as he pleases. The other cat isn't allowed to use it. Question: How? (more inside, of course...) [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Aug 18, 2004 - 22 answers

Cat Eating Habits

My cat almost always shows an interest in people food - until you offer it to her, upon which, almost invariably, she will sniff it and look disappointed. This happens even with uncooked chicken and tuna from the can. Also, whenever we open a can, she runs frantically into the kitchen and tries to see up on the counter - she eats dry cat food, and I've tried to serve her wet food, but no dice on that. Do cats really remember a specific food from the past? Is she hoping for something gross I would never buy, like canned pigs feet or something? Or was she perhaps posioned by people food and distrusts it now? She came from a shelter a couple of years ago (found in a motel) so I have no idea what her background is.
posted by agregoli on Feb 6, 2004 - 30 answers

I desperately want a cat, and my S.O. is slightly allergic.

I desperately want a cat, and my S.O. is slightly allergic. Does anyone know if there are any breeds of cat that are less likely to provoke an allergic reaction? Any suggestions for keeping his allergies from being a problem, other than a HEPA vacuum? Also, he wants a ferret. Is a ferret likely to cause him any problems? Am I likely to have any problems raising a ferret and a cat together?
posted by stoneegg21 on Jan 5, 2004 - 34 answers

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