Family Pets: Infant

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Guinea Pig or Hamster?

Ever since my 6 year old daughter visited my sister and fell in love with her chihuahua, she has longed for a dog she can have on her lap and carry around. She begs for one almost daily. We already have a dog (an older, grumpy border collie who's definitely not a cuddler), and often have my mom's dog over here due to her health problems. Hubby has refused to consent to another dog. So the compromise is either a guinea pig or hamster. Which is more tame/affectionate/cuddly, and is one "easier" than the other? I'm fully aware that I'll be...


Hamster or Guinea Pig

My little ones are saying they are ready for a pet. I thought we would start...

Boarding Pets

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Looking for a Reputable Dog Kennel

My family & I have to leave our dog w/ someone other than family for the first time for vacation this year. Looking to find a reputable kennel that will take all sorts of breeds for a week long stay. He's up to date all shots & is in good health. Thanks!


Dog Boarding in OP

Recently moved near 135th and Quivira and am looking for a new place to...

Death of a Pet

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Telling the Kids About Having to Have Our Dog Put to Sleep

Our wonderful dog whom my husband and I got together 12 years ago has been diagnosed with stomach tumors that are inoperable. We have no choice but to have her put to sleep. It is hard enough on my husband and I but we don't have any idea how to tell our girls - ages 2 and 5 years old. They know that Kita has been sick and they are sad about that. I just don't know how to tell them that they won't ever see her again.


The Death of a Pet

How do you tell children that their pet(cat) is child is 5...


Death of Pet

We are in the process of finding out our dog may have cancer. In order to...


Death of a Pet

We have several animals and two of them are getting up in age and have...

Dog Training

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Dog and Baby

I have a crawling one year old and a big dog in an apartment. We do have a tiny "yard" which is mainly a deck shared by my neighbor. My dog usually sleeps in a dog bed in the living room, although I have another dog bed in my bedroom. Now that my daughter is more aware of the dog, she is constantly going to the dog and "bothering" her (the dog is female). My dog is great with her but constantly licking the baby. It's ok for awhile but becomes quite annoying after some time. With constant curiosity in my daughter to pet the dog every 3...


Dog or Not?

Hi moms, Been trying to get a dog for my daughter. To be her best friend...

Housebreaking Dogs

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Seeking Suggestions on Housebreaking Beagle Puppy

I just got a baby girl beagle;she is a little over two months old. This is my first dog and I really don't know how to housebreak the dog. I live in an apartment on the 4th floor so I am not sure how to teach her to do "her business" only in the designated area. EX: on the training pads or in the litter box. It is just hard to bring her up and down all the time and it seems that at this stage she might have an accident on the way outside. Any suggestions on how to housebreak and discipline the pup would be greatly appreciated. Thank You


Baby Vs. Pet

Hello moms. So I'm new here but thought I'd jump right into the pit by...


Rehoming Our Dog

Moms - I need some advice. We took in a lovely little dog a few months ago...

Pets with Children

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Toddler and Dog

I need some suggestions. My toddler gets very exctied around our ten year old dog and is very rough with him. Thank goodness our dog has the patience of a saint. Every time I catch him playing or petting him rough, I give him one verbal warning. If he continues, I put him in time out for one minute, then after time is up, bring him back to the dog and show him how to pet the dog nice. This is not working fast enough. I'm afraid he is really going to hurt the dog - today he poked him in the eye so hard he cried. I need help!! Any other...


The Perfect Pet

I am in search of the perfect pet for my soon to be 7 year old daughter. ...


The Death of a Pet

How do you tell children that their pet(cat) is child is 5...


Dog or Not?

Hi moms, Been trying to get a dog for my daughter. To be her best friend...


Getting a Pet

Hi All, My eight year old has been wanting a pet for a long time now, and...

Traveling with Pets

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Weekend Getaway That's Baby-friendly and Dog-friendly?

My husband and I were huge travelers before our daughter came along, and we don't want to completely sacrifice this love of ours! We're a bit nervous about it, but we want to take our first trip with our infant daughter in late December or early January. We'd like to bring our well-behaved dog along as well. Does anyone have any lodging recommendations that are both baby-friendly and dog-friendly? We prefer heading north (wine country, Mendocino) or south (Carmel, Big Sur or maybe even as far as Santa Barbara). Driving time under 4...


Seat Belts in an RV?

We're considering getting an RV this summer. For those of you with an RV, do...

Vets & Animal Hospitals

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New Vet Needed!

I just can't go to the Falls Road Animal Hospital anymore. they are so incredibly expensive, and I was there for TWO AND A HALF HOURS to get a heartworm test and a check for worms [for the new dog]. And yes, I had an appointment. While I know they have great care and they will always be my go-to for emergencies, I need another city vet with reasonable prices and a reasonable wait time, and less sense of entitlement. Any suggestions? I have a year-old puppy and a very naughty cat, and with the baby on the way money is going to be very...