Animals have always been an important part of my family. My first puppy, a gift when I was a baby, turned into a fine hunting dog for my grandfather, who trained him. He also became my devoted companion for the next 16 years.
I’ve never been without a pet. These days, our home is ruled by a quartet of orange feline siblings taken in after their mother died and hand-fed by my children. Now 2 years old, these animals have absolutely no idea that cats are supposed to be aloof. All four crave attention, and I love it when one climbs onto my lap or snuggles close while I read or watch TV.
Reason To Get Active
Most cats don’t take kindly to being walked on a leash. Dogs, on the other hand, usually love it, and you can get some great exercise by taking your dog on regular walks. Before heading out, be sure your pet has a properly fitted collar with identification and a sturdy leash. Shorthaired dogs are especially susceptible to cold, so sweaters or other coverings will keep them warm and ward off health hazards such as hypothermia.
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