Leaving our furry friends alone at home can be heartbreaking and stressful. But it is also stressful coming home to find the garbage all over the floor, the couch legs in splinters and an angry note from the neighbors on the door (‘Your dog was howling again!’).

Even the most sweet-tempered, well-behaved dog can suffer from separation anxiety. So what’s the deal?

Why Do Dogs Suffer from Separation Anxiety?

Dogs are pack animals. Therefore, when they are separated from their families, they’re deprived of important social interaction. Particularly, dogs that are apprehensive or fearful to begin with (or have been re-homed) are at risk of developing the destructive symptoms of separation anxiety.

It’s important to note that separation anxiety can manifest after a traumatic event: an injury, death of a loved one, or even bringing a new baby home. All of these disrupt the daily routine of doggy life and can trigger excessive attachment to their humans.

Recognizing the Symptoms

The most common sign that a dog is experiencing separation anxiety is the destruction of objects within the home. This might be accompanied by howling, …

We all know that pets make us happier. We feel it in our gut whenever we give their ears a scratch and see an answering wagging tail or hear a contented purr. But it isn’t just a gut feeling at all! Behold an infographic of empirically-supported facts that confirms what we already know in our hearts — our lives are made better by our furry friends. You might even learn something new (check out the surprising tidbit about robot dogs — I didn’t know that!), so have a look!

Thanks to the fine minds at Happify for sharing this with us!

Why Pets Make Us Happy

It constantly amazes me how many different types of dogs there are out there. All of the wonderful varieties of dogs we have today come from having had characteristics and traits bred to meet specific needs, goals or preferences of their human counterparts.

Some breeds were created in order to alleviate human burdens. Examples of these include:

  • Rottweilers were bred to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat and other products to market.
  • Border Collies and Heelers are used to herd and organize sheep.
  • German Shepherds find use as police dogs, due in part to their obedience and strong bite.
  • Hound dogs have a wonderful nose and loud bark, making them the ideal hunting companion.

Selective breeding has also been utilized to create traits that stand up against different weather and geographical conditions.

  • The Pomeranian became popular as a toy version of the Spitz breed of dogs – historically used to pull sleds ­– due to Queen Victoria’s penchant for breeding smaller and smaller sized dogs. The exhibition of her small red sable Pomeranian, Windsor’s Marco, caused the smaller type Pomeranian to become

It is camping, hunting, swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, fun in the sun, time of year! And for me, this means that I will be doing all of these summer activities with Cooper!

Some pet owners are afraid of taking their dogs on long trips, especially into the wilderness. They fear that the dog may be eaten by bear or trapped by a cougar hunter (is that a thing?) or, I have even heard, fear that the puppy will be sunburned! For me, though, Cooper is family, and family goes on vacation together. However, I do watch him closely; similarly as I would if we brought a young child on our family camping trips. If a bear were chasing Cooper (heaven forbid), he probably has a stronger chance of outrunning the bear than a small child, or even me!

The way I see it, dog is man’s best friend, and because of that, dogs have been participating in these activities for hundreds of years (well, maybe not the boating), and the wilderness is where my Cooper seems to feel most at home. He smells, licks and …

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