The Hoop Harness is clever idea for helping blind dogs navigate without running into things. It works similar to the way a vision-impaired person’s walking stick lets them know there’s something in front of them. The page provides good instructions on how to make one for your dog–including materials and tools needed, and how to size one for your dog.
Raccoons killed many of the box turtles in my parents’ backyard and left one turtle missing a leg. And I know of two cases where raccoons attacked and/or killed cats–in one instance drowning them off the the side of a house boat.
If you have trouble with raccoons, we found marshmallows to be the best bait for trapping them instead of trapping neighborhood cats. Many baits (tuna, bacon, meat fat) suggested by pest control specialists are just as likely to lure cats.
Need to get rid of the Mean Reds or the Monday Morning Blues? The concentrated cuteness of The Daily Kitten is sure to help with its daily photos of, you guessed it, kittens.
A traditional jazz funeral procession was held in New Orleans for all the pets lost to Hurricane Katrina.