We got a dog about a year and a half ago. We did our research beforehand but after 10 months with the dog we decided it was a poor fit (chewed up everything, played too rough with our young kids, was supposed to be a hunting dog but had no hunting instincts, not fully housebroken) and the breeder refunded our $. We waited about 6 months and put a deposit on a puppy. In the meantime we had th... More
My 9-year old daughter who has always been an animal lover is now suddenly being very rough with our 13-year old cat, Kiki. This has started in the last 6 weeks - basically, the start of summer break. My husband works from home, but since he is working, he probably isn't giving her as much attention as she would like. I think she's bored, but since I'm at work M-F for about 10 h... More
I have a 13 month old that thinks pulling on the dog is funny. The more I try and say no to pulling on the dogs feet, tail etc the more she thinks it’s funny and goes back for more. I have tried to implement petting nice and being kind to the dog from day one with her. Any advice to correct this behavior would be welcome
We have an older jack russell who has become become aggressive with our 10 month old baby. They have their moments when they are great together. But lately the dog goes off or snaps at the baby for dropping or reaching out for a toy. That is nowhere near her. The baby knows how to pat her gently. But the aggressive behaviors has me worried that it could become worse. The dog was adopted. Sh... More
Our poor cat has really struggled with anxiety since our daughter was born last year. Ultimately, we’ve decided that the kindest thing we can do for our kitty is to find a new, child-free home for her where she can get the attention she needs! We’d like to make this transition as smooth as possible for her. Any practical tips? Has anyone had to re-home a pet after having a baby? Thank you!
My son is 7 years old. Only child. I’m thinking about getting him a dog but I want to here other peoples opinions about having a dog (pros & cons).
Our cat Miss Peaches has cancer and is nearing the end of her life. I'm looking for ways to start talking to my almost 3 year old about what's going to happen. He knows she's old and we've talked about her being sick, so at least we're there already. He's very gentle with her and loves her very much. Now she probably only has about 2 months left and we're planning on... More
We just moved to our new house and we found out that our neighbor's dogs will come by our yard and roam all the way down the street completely unleashed and without their owner ... They have destroyed our path lights and they poop and pee in our yard... They are two very huge German Shepherds. I’m so scared because we have a nine month infant and he will probably be walking by summer. The ... More
Between both parents working full time opposite shifts, having too many pets (4 of them, took them in from the streets and don’t know what to do with them now) (not trying to take them to a shelter either) a toddler. How to not go crazy taking care of pets when I should just be focused on my kid. Sounds terrible but these pets drive me crazy. Love animals, hate having pets. And keeping the hous... More
im worried that my son is allergic to dogs. We have three at home that he absolutely loves and they love him. He dosent break out when they lick him or hes playing with him. However he does rub his head alot and has a horrible cough (which got noticably worse after crawling on the carpet) and a tendency to rub his eyes. Hes only a year old, how do I know if hes allergic? And could it be asthma?
If anyone is dealing with the loss of a family pet and wondering how to comfort their children during this process the book “Dog Heaven” is great to help them grieve and somewhat understand the loss of their pet. Also what helped us to communicate the death of our dog to our 3-year-old was to be honest and upfront, use the words “he died,” and say it’s ok to be sad or mad about it.
We have a 4.5 month old and want to be able to spend more time with her at her grandparents. They have a high energy curious golden lab and for now she stays in one of our arms, but as she starts wanting to play and roll and later crawl and toddle we aren’t sure if we should lug the pack and play to their house, or dedicate a play blanket just for their house (the rugs have plenty of dog hair) ... More
I know this isn't about kids but I need help... Does anyone own cats that can give me some advice on getting the smell of them out of my house?!? I have three [fixed] male cats. The litter box has gotten away from me sometimes (Lesson learned!) and they have peed elsewhere . I have tried, carpet powders, sprays, and my own Bissel Carpet Cleaner (which actually made it worse. Because unknowi... More
Hi all! So I’m a young mom of 15 month old twin girls. I’m single and don’t really have much of a social life (which I’m ok with) but I’ve become sort of lonely and isolated especially since I just moved from a neighborhood I was comfy in. I want to get a dog to keep me company and make me feel a since of security especially at night. I have really bad anxiety from past trauma, so at night is w... More
I have two big dirty dogs that roll in the grass (and who knows what else), eat dirt, and then come in our house. I’ve recently kicked them off our furniture except for an area on our couch with a blanket but I’m starting to freak out since my son can’t stop sucking on his hands. Once he starts really picking things up and moving around I’m just worried about what he’ll be putting in his mouth.... More
My LO is 5 Months and has started interacting with our pets. Typical infant, when I try to teach her to pet the cat or dog she grabs a huge chunk of their fur. My furbies (lol) are pretty amazing and just take it, I also understand that this is a baby thing and she’s still learning. Any advise on how to teach her to interact with them appropriately as she grows?