Choosing the Right Pet for Your Home

Adopting a pet can be an immense source of joy and companionship. However, there are many responsibilities and complications that come along with pet ownership. Here are some questions to consider before you make a decision to ensure that your house is a place of harmony.


What kind of home do you live in? Where you live should play a huge role in what type of pet you adopt. If you’re living in an apartment or small house, it may be best to get a smaller breed dog, cat, bird, hamster, etc. Also consider the noise level of the pet you are adopting. Even small dogs can make a lot of noise, and you want to be sure that you will be considerate to your neighbors. Bigger dog breeds need plenty of leg room and opportunities to run, so an apartment isn’t the right environment for them. Do you rent? If so, be sure to talk to your landlord and see what type of pets are allowed and what fees come with adopting a pet in a rented space. Also keep in mind that having a pet may limit your future housing options if you continue to rent.

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Top 10 Dog-Friendly Destinations on Delmarva

One of the joys and responsibilities of being a dog owner is providing your dog with fun and adventure. If you’re looking for a break from your routine neighborhood walks, check out these dog-friendly Delmarva destinations.

1. Abbott’s Mill Nature Center. This historical nature preserve in Milford, Delaware features miles of trails for you to explore with your dog. Admission is free and the nature center is open to the public for hiking from dawn to dusk. 

2. Pocomoke River State Park. This Salisbury park offers many different trails for walking amongst cypress swamp and lush forest. It’s possible to spend hours hiking these winding trails, and would be a great adventure for dogs of all kinds. There are also opportunities for camping, fishing, boating, and much more.

3. Salisbury Dog Park. Located on North Park Drive just minutes from downtown Salisbury, this off-leash dog park provides plenty of opportunities for socialization for your dog, and even has agility equipment for training and play. The park is free and open year-round.

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D.I.Y. Dog Treats

Making homemade dog treats is a fun and inexpensive way to reward your furry friend for being a wonderful companion. Baked with love and using all natural ingredients from your kitchen, you can ensure that your dogs treats are both tasty and healthy with no additives or sketchy ingredients. Check out these recipes below for ideas and inspiration.

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Tips for Adopting a New Pet

The connection between humans and animals is a wonderful thing. Pets can bring smiles, laughs, comfort, and love into your home. However, adopting a pet is not a decision to be taken lightly. If you’re considering adopting a pet, whether it is your first time adopting or you already have a full house, consider the following before making a decision.


When considering adopting a pet, one major factor should be your budget. Too often, animals are adopted, and then given up again because their owner couldn’t care for them. Before you make the decision to adopt, be sure that it is within your means. You will have monthly expenses such as food, toys, and medication to keep up with. You must also be able to afford veterinary visits including routine checkups, shots, and whatever other health issues that might arise. Some animals cost more to care for than others, so be sure to factor that into your decision making.


Another important thing to consider is your living environment. If you are renting, be sure that your landlord allows you to have pets. Cats, rodents, lizards, and birds will do just fine indoors. Dogs require open space to walk multiple times a day. If you don’t have a fenced in back yard, this means you will have to take your dog for a walk every day, rain or shine. You will also have to pet-proof your home. Cats and dogs especially are known for eating things they shouldn’t. Anything small that could potentially be eaten will have to be kept away at all times.

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Keeping Your Pets Safe in Winter

We take a lot of steps to protect ourselves from cold weather in the winter. We have our coats, hats, and gloves, and we layer on thick when the temperature starts to drop. But what about our pets? Sure, cats and dogs have fur, but that’s not enough. Fur coats are less effective than the insulated coats we wear during the winter. If you’re cold, chances are your pet is too. So what should you do to protect your pets from the bitter chill?


Bring Them Inside. When the temperatures start dipping below 40, it’s time to bring your pets inside. Cats actually prefer temperatures around 65 degrees or higher. Some dogs can handle cold better depending on the length of their coat, but it is not recommended to leave dogs outside in temperatures below 40, especially overnight. Another danger with cold temperatures is dehydration. If your pets water bowl has frozen over, it’s likely your pet will become dehydrated. If you have outdoor feral cats and absolutely cannot bring them inside, there are still things you can do to help make the winter more bearable. You can easily craft an outdoor cat shelter out of wood, or even a storage bin. Click here to see how.

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