2020 Halloween Safety for Your Pets

By Steph Selice 2020 Halloween Safety for Your Pets As the October issue of Old Town Crier goes to press, we all continue to live with COVID-19 and its effects and remain unsure how the pandemic will play out. Halloween will probably still be celebrated by many families this year; others will choose to sit […]

The Bird is the Word

The Bird is the Word The perennial question – whether dogs or cats are the more popular pet – continues.  In these times, however, more people are looking at other options including fish, smaller animals such as gerbils, guinea pigs and hamsters, and birds.  A 2017-2018 survey showed that out of a total of 393.3 […]

The Joys of Adopting a “Hard to Adopt” Pet

By Angela June Ohm The Joys of Adopting a “Hard to Adopt” Pet This title doesn’t refer to show breeds: it refers to those pets who seemingly nobody wants.  Who languish in foster homes and shelters while younger pets, healthier pets, and those who just plain “show better” metaphorically fly off the shelf. According to […]

Tired of being cooped up?  Your pet may be as well.

By Cindy McGovern Tired of being cooped up?  Your pet may be as well. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been profound, with more than 100,000 American lives lost and over two million infected.  From stay-at-home orders, to social distancing, telework and school closings, the past few months have been stressful for everyone.  It’s […]

End of Life Decisions

By Carolyn Cockroft End of Life Decisions Thanks to advances in veterinary care and improved diets, pets are living longer. The pleasure of enjoying our pets for additional years, however, comes with age-related conditions. Cats and small dogs are considered geriatric at the age of 7, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Larger […]

Mother Knows Best

Points on Pets By Lisa Velenovsky In China, a new mother cradles her tiny baby constantly, giving her the care and attention a helpless newborn needs. Another mom, this one in Africa, gets a much-needed break when her women’s group watches over her baby while she rests. A hungry mom-to-be in the Pacific is fully […]

Think twice before adding a live animal to your Easter basket!

Think twice before adding a live animal to your Easter basket! By Cindy McGovern Sure, it’s adorable; an Easter basket with a baby rabbit, chick, or duckling peeking out.  Who wouldn’t want one?  Well, once the novelty and initial cuteness wear off, many people. According to the House Rabbit Society, rabbits are the third most […]

Starting the New Year Right for Your Pets

Starting the New Year Right for Your Pets By Steph Selice We all greet every January with high hopes and the best of intentions, and many of us resolve to ensure this new year will be the best one ever. To rephrase Mark Twain’s famous quote, instead of paving hell with annual good resolutions to […]

Winter Weather Challenges Are On the Way…Be Prepared

By Cindy McGovern Winter Weather Challenges Are On the Way…Be Prepared As summer fades to fall, the challenges you and your pet face from the heat and humidity of summer fade as well.  You may take longer walks and your pet may be more energetic.  Don’t forget, though, that winter is just around the corner […]

Hard at Work:  Service, Emotional Support, and Therapy Animals

Hard at Work:  Service, Emotional Support, and Therapy Animals By Cheryl Burns I have a coworker who never fails to bring a smile to my face. She has this remarkable gift — an amazing ability to make every person feel like they are special, important, and loved. The unsaid message seems to be: “You! It’s […]