A: Crows

Q: Things Widget hates on TV?

We bet he’d really hate a three-eyed crow.

Plastic dog bowls done right

We looked everywhere for safe, durable plastic dog bowls that didn’t look like a circus.

And then we found Felli Pet.

Designed by one of the largest manufacturers of acrylic canisters in the world, these clear plastic bowls are strong, stylish and non-toxic. Plus, they come in a bunch of fun colors – what’s not to love?

Check them out >

Save the earth one poop at a time

Ah, one of the lovely benefits of having a dog: The poop.

So. Much. Poop.

Luckily for you, your yard, your neighbors and the whole wide world, we’ve found some fantastic dog pickup bags that are 100% certified biodegradable: Greenbone waste bags. We’ve tested these suckers and they really work. (That part is important.)

Pick some up for your dog >

Can kissing your dog cause tooth decay?

Good question! This tweet had us running for the mouthwash…and doing some serious research. And the answer is: Smooch at your own risk.

Japanese researchers have found that dogs have all sorts of gross bacteria in their mouths, like Porphyromonas gulae, Tannerella forsythia and Campylobacter rectus. Yum. And the more bacteria you have in your mouth, the more at risk you are for cavities. However, if you have generally good oral hygiene, the likelihood of you actually getting cavities from these bacteria is pretty low.

But keep in mind that dogs also do a little something called “self-cleansing.” That’s right, when you let your dog lick your face, you’re setting yourself up for a possible infection due to eating (how do we say this politely…) fecal contaminants.

So…if you decide to kiss your dog, it might be a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth beforehand and brush your teeth afterward.

Seems like a lot of work? Maybe just stick to hugs.

Sources:

New York Daily News

Dr. Ernie Ward

fastcodesign:

Nice Nosing You is the rare set of photographs that can turn an ordinary dog into an abstract piece of art, just by finding a novel angle. 

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Don’t make these new dog owner mistakes…

Do you have a new puppy at home? Megan the vet shares some common new owner slip-ups:

Veterinarians are often the first people that get to interact with your new puppy, and we get to see what new puppy owners commonly struggle with as they travel through puppyhood. Here are a few of the common pitfalls of puppy ownership and how to avoid them:

Not making plans for socialization. Socialization is the process of introducing your puppy to all the things she should expect to encounter in life. The window for socialization is short and only lasts from about 8 weeks to 16 weeks of age. Puppies should meet many (healthy, friendly) dogs, as well as a range of people (from babies to geriatric people), animals, vehicles, sounds and smells within this window. Consider the time and effort necessary to properly socialize a puppy, and time your puppy’s adoption when you can accommodate this extra work. Getting a puppy just before the holidays, for example, can make socialization a real challenge, and puppies can’t put their socialization window on hold until your schedule allows for it. Poor socialization is a major cause of anxiety and fear-based behaviors in dogs, and one of the major causes of dogs getting rehomed due to behavior problems.

Waiting until a puppy is fully vaccinated before bringing him out of the house. Some puppy owners, cautious about exposing their puppies to infectious diseases like parvovirus, choose to keep their puppies away from other dogs until they are fully vaccinated. Because puppies aren’t fully vaccinated until 16 weeks of age, you can see that this approach misses the socialization window completely. I recommend starting vaccines around 8 weeks of age and avoiding areas where lots of dogs congregate, and encourage puppy owners to have their puppies play with healthy, dog-friendly dogs as soon as they’ve had their first distemper/parvovirus vaccine.

Hoping that puppies “grow out of” bad behaviors. Nipping, jumping up, barking and whining are all very normal behaviors for puppies. However, even as young as 8 weeks of age, puppies can start learning which behaviors are appropriate and which are not. Politeness doesn’t come from growing up; it comes from training!

Believing that a puppy is parasite-free because he was dewormed by his breeder or the shelter. Parasites such as roundworms are extremely common in puppies, and due to the life cycle of parasites, it usually takes a few rounds of deworming to completely clear them of these infections. All new puppies should have a stool sample examined to ensure they are truly parasite-free, especially because some of these parasites can be spread to humans.

wired:

Aw, don’t fall off!

Dogs and cats are individuals. They’re our friends. Some of us even consider them family. They’ve come out of the wild and into our living rooms, an extraordinary evolutionary and sociological journey that now raises profound questions about what it means to be a person.

[MORE: Dogs and Cats Are Blurring the Lines Between Pets and People]

wired:

Aw, don’t fall off!

Dogs and cats are individuals. They’re our friends. Some of us even consider them family. They’ve come out of the wild and into our living rooms, an extraordinary evolutionary and sociological journey that now raises profound questions about what it means to be a person.

[MORE: Dogs and Cats Are Blurring the Lines Between Pets and People]

(Source: Wired)

We’re going grey…and loving it

Looks like grey is the new black.

It’s on the 2014 “Color Hot List,” according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute, a leading source of information on interior color and design. “It’s the hot new neutral, a sleek and sophisticated color option that adds refinement to almost any room,” says Zimmer.

Want to sport this on-trend color in your home and on your dog? No worries: From smoky to silver, we’ve got you covered.

Check out our grey collection >

findmomo:

Here’s some Momo in motion for ya! The Pet Collective contacted me in the fall to film this awesome little short to their Memed series. Momo and I were stoked to play along! Check it out!

Lights on, everyone

FINALLY. The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer…it’s time to play outside with your dog!

However, the sun still sets relatively early; stay safe after dark with ultra-bright Adventure Lights LED Dog Lights. They attach easily to dog collars and can be seen for up to three miles.

Get an Adventure Light for your dog >