Think Cats Can’t Be Trained? Think Again.

KITTIES YOUNG AND OLD CAN EASILY LEARN NEW TRICKS

STORY: Laura J. Moss
PHOTO: Cody Wellons

There’s a common misconception that cats can’t be trained. However, the truth is that any cat can. It’s simply a matter of understanding your pet and what motivates him or her to work for a reward.

While dogs have been specifically bred to work for praise, cats, on the other hand, didn’t evolve to […]

COOKING GOES TO THE DOGS

HOMEMADE PET FOOD IS A GROWING TREND, AND WE’VE GOT TIPS FOR SERVING IT UP RIGHT

STORY: Laura J. Moss

Nearly all pet owners—95 percent, to be exact—consider their pets to be part of the family, according to a recent Harris Poll. And with the number of pet food recalls these days and our desire to ensure that our pets aren’t only consuming nutritious food but also high-quality […]

A Walk on the Wild Side of Animal Ownership

SOME LOCAL RESIDENTS’ PETS HAVE FEATHERS AND SCALES INSTEAD OF FUR

Cockatiel Nacho surveys his domain.

STORY: Laura J. Moss

According to the American Pet Products Association, 68 percent of U.S. households own a pet, and while the vast majority of them are cats and dogs, not all of our furry friends are. In fact, many of them aren’t even furry.

Thirteen percent of U.S. households are […]

HALLOWEEN ISN’T JUST FOR HUMANS

Here’s how to find or make an un-fur-gettable pet costume

A group of doggies known as That Dood Squad donned ghostly attire for the bootiful photo, Photo: Shelby Rae Photographs

STORY: Laura J. Moss

According to the National Retail Federation, about 16 percent of American families will dress up their pets for Halloween this year. But while kitties and canines in costumes are undeniably cute, there […]

THE BEST PAWSIBLE CARE

For ailing pets, alternative therapies are on the rise

Female veterinarian treating dog with acupuncture.

STORY: Laura J. Moss

When Dr. Julia Brugliera’s 12-year-old Weimaraner, Hannah Belle, began having hip trouble and lower back pain in 2012, the Atlanta veterinarian considered every available option to treat her beloved pet. She even looked into alternative therapies such as acupuncture and herbal medicine that can be used in […]

BOARDING IN BUCKHEAD

WHILE YOU’RE AWAY, HERE’S WHERE YOUR PET CAN STAY AND PLAY

Your summer travel plans may not include the family pet, but no doubt you want your canine companion or feline friend to receive the best “pawsible” care while you’re away. Some travelers opt to leave their pets with a friend or neighbor, while others hire sitters. However, many owners— 30 million annually, according to PetMD—board their […]

BRING OUT THE ADVENTURER IN YOUR CAT

FROM LEASH TRAINING TO PET STROLLERS, DISCOVER SAFE WAYS TO GIVE YOUR INDOOR KITTY A TASTE OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS

When Sandy Springs resident Charlotte Simons takes her pet, McKinley, for a walk, her furry companion often catches the eyes of passersby. After all, it’s not every day you see someone walking a cat. And McKinley doesn’t just explore the neighborhood; he also joins Simons for hikes […]

PETS ON PARADE

BUCKHEAD KITTIES AND CANINES ARE TAKING OVER INSTAGRAM

Lucy & Holly

From Tuna, the Chiweenie with an overbite and a best-selling book, to Grumpy Cat, the furry sourpuss that boasts more merchandising deals than most human celebrities, there’s no shortage of prominent pets on the Internet. And because these famous felines and canines often get their starts on social media, the next four-legged star could […]

FOUR-LEGGED HIKES

HOW TO HIT THE TRAIL WITH MAN’S BEST FRIEND

Happy dogs and their companions on a hike in forest

It’s a great time of year to hit the numerous trails in and around Atlanta. But instead of going it alone, have you considered bringing your furry friend along? Veterinarian Alissa Stephens of The Village Vets in Buckhead loves to hike with her four dogs. “I […]

DOGSCAPE YOUR YARD

PLAN AN OUTDOOR AREA BOTH YOU AND YOUR PET WILL LOVE

Duchess the Doberman may be a digger, or perhaps Hank the Labrador likes to sprint through the grass day after day. Dogs will be dogs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful backyard that can both survive and celebrate their habits. We caught up with Buckhead dogscaping (definition: landscaping for dogs) experts for their […]