1st Time Missouri Anti-Puppy Mill Law Enforced

Missouri has been known as the puppy mill capitol of the US, but they’re working to change that.  The Canine Cruelty Prevention Act was signed into law in April and has been used to seize 73 dogs (Cocker Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, American Eskimos, Poodles, Beagles, Papillons & Brussels Griffons) from Linda Brisco of Monett, Missouri.  She can’t legally operate a dog breeding facility for six years.  Go Missouri!

Wag.com Amazon’s New Pet E-Commerce Site

Amazon now has a dedicated site for pet products—Wag.com.  I wonder if this will have an effect on the specialty pet sites (like PetExpertise.com) I like for finding progressive training tools and books.  I hope it means more people will have accesses to quality foods, tools, and information!

(Note: I’m not connected in any way to either site, other than having ordered products from PetExpertise and Amazon.)

DIY: Cat Ladder

Our cat Raven loves the ladder we use when doing home improvement projects.  If we left it for a moment, she was always sitting at the top very pleased with herself when we came back.

Most cats like high spots and here’s a tutorial on making your cat their own ladder. The nifty thing is you could move this around your house to keep things interesting for your kitty—from a bookcase to a closet to a ledge.  I bet you could modify this design so you wouldn’t have to drill holes in your bookcase, shelf, etc.  Lean the ladder at enough of an angle, rubber caps on the feet of the ladder, long brackets with a non-slip material on them, etc.

You’ll need:

  1. some soft carpet or rug (the author used a $15 Ikea rug)
  2. 1×2 boards (measure where you want the ladder to reach and add some length so you can lean the ladder at a bit of an angle, and include the number of 5″ long rungs you’ll need for the length of the ladder)
  3. drill
  4. saw
  5. measuring tape
  6. scissors, carpet knife, utility knife for cutting carpet
  7. hot glue gun plus extra glue sticks
  8. wood screws
  9. metal brackets to secure ladder to bookcase, shelf, etc.