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Pet Word of the Day: Moulting

Skin, fur, and feathers are routinely discarded in a process called moulting or shedding. Your hair falls out and new hair emerges, just as a bird moults and drops old feathers to allow glorious new feathers to emerge. Stay tuned for info on a very special feather recently moulted by Ruby, the store mascot.

Pet Word of the Day: Newfoundasset Hound

A cross between a Newfoundland and a Basset Hound. Highly desired by financial advisors to sniff out client’s financial resources.

Pet Word of the Day: Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs are not from Guinea and are not pigs but do squeak and eat like little pigs. Feed your guinea pigs lots of hay and fresh grass so they do not get fat like little pigs.

Pet Word of the Week: Friendship

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. – Bern Williams

Pet Word of the Week: Friendship

Isn’t it wonderful how dogs can win friends and influence people without ever reading a book. – E.C. McKenzie

Pet Word of the Week: Friendship

Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend. – Corey Ford

Pet Word of the Week: Friendship

“A dog has lots of friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue.” – Anonymous

Pet Word of the Week: Friendship

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. – George Elliot

Pet Word of the Week: Friendship

If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer. – Alfred North Whitehead

Pet Word of the Day: Friendship

The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.  – Doug Larson

Pet Word of the Day: Friendship

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

Pet Word of the Day: Friendship

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man. – Mark Twain

Pet Word of the Day: Night Owl

Night Owls are humans who stay up late surfing the internet. Good pets for night owls are hamsters, rats, cats, hermit crabs and other nocturnal critters.

Pet Word of the Day: Bird

Everybody knows that the bird is the word! So said the Rivingtons in 1963 with a hit single “The Bird’s The Word”. The song is about a dance, and it’s a great choice to sing and dance with your pet parrot, especially while taking out the Trashmen.

Pet Word of the Day: infundibular cleft

An “infundibular cleft’ is an opening in the middle ear of birds which helps  equalize pressure. High-flying birds need to pop their ears in flight by yawning or chewing gum. (The Valsalva maneuver is too difficult without opposable thumbs.)

Pet Word of the Day: Xylitol

Xylitol is a common ingredient in sugar-free chewing gum, candies, pediatric elixirs and more. Safe for humans; deadly for dogs. One pack of chewing gum can kill a large dog. Read ingredient labels.

Pet Word of the Day: Chiweenie

A cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund is a Chiweenie or Mexican Hotdog. Do they want tacos or frankfurters for dinner?

Pet Word of the Day: Litter

Please don’t litter; spay your critter.  We don’t want people to litter (dumping trash inappropriately), and we don’t want your dog or cat to have a litter who might end up dumped at a shelter.

Pet Word of the Day: Smell

We hear this a lot; “my dog smells.” Of course he does and what’s more he smells better than you do, and so does your cat/rabbit/and hamster. If you detect a stench from the litter box, please clean it; imagine how bad it is for your pet with their superior noses.

Pet Word of the Day: Grass

Grasses are technically graminoids and include grains (rice, wheat, barley), bamboo, lawn grass, papyrus, and many more. Pet rabbits and guinea pigs are primarily grass-eaters (graminivores) and need a steady supply of fresh or dried grass (i.e. hay).