Animal Life en Animal Life: Reading Your Pet's Body Language <p></p><p></p><p>We don't <em>speak</em> the same language as our pets. But it's amazing what they can communicate with their actions if we really observe them.</p><p>Recently, a Great Dane/Shepherd mix kept running from his owner's home. He showed up at our shelter several times over the course of a few months. He desperately wanted exercise and wasn't neutered. Running away was the only way he could express his frustration. Ultimately, his owner grew weary of paying fines to redeem him, and this lucky dog ended up neutered and placed in a new home with an attentive owner.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 58714 at Animal Life: The Advantages Of Adopting An Older Pet <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Older animals are often overlooked in shelters across the country. This a huge loss for animals and humans. Older pets make excellent companions.</span></p><p>Pets are defined as "older" when they've reached approximately two-thirds of their life expectancy. A standard poodle, for example, has an average lifespan of 12 years. So at 8, he or she is ready to become a card-carrying member of the AARP — that's the American Association of Retired Pets.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 58189 at Animal Life: Keeping Your Pet Hydrated <p></p><p>We all know that hydration is a key to good health. The same goes for our pets.</p><p>Like humans, an adult dog's body is comprised of about 60 percent water. For cats it's about 67 percent. When a dog loses just 10 percent of its body's fluids, bodily functions shut down; a 15 percent loss can be fatal. Cats tolerate dehydration&nbsp;a little better than dogs, but a loss of 20 percent can be fatal.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 57660 at Animal Life: What's In A (Pet) Name? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Adopting a new pet is easy. But </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">naming</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> it can be a real challenge.</span></p><p>You'll be using the name several times a day to socialize and train your pet, so there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Studies have found that our pets respond better to one or two syllable names. So it's safe to say that Ditto Dippin' Dots may not work.</p><p>Avoid names like Joe, for example, which sound very close to "no." The same goes for Sid, which has the same sound as "sit."</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 57054 at Animal Life: The Benefits Of Ear-Tipped Feral Cats <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">W</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hen I step out my front door, the first thing I usually see is a feral cat soaking up the sun. Some may view community cats as a nuisance, but these unique felines actually play an important role in the city.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 56587 at Animal Life: Turtle Or Tortoise? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My friend Cynthia was driving home one evening when she saw what she thought was a helmet in the middle of the road. But when the helmet began to move she quickly hit the brakes. It was a turtle — a box turtle to be exact.</span></p><p>She wanted to release the turtle into a body of water, but a friend informed her that they can’t swim and if completely submerged in water they’ll drown.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 55711 at Animal Life: Traveling Abroad With Your Pet <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My friends Joe and </span>Karli<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;recently relocated to Spain with their three cats in tow.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As they prepared for the move, they quickly discovered that transporting pets internationally can be quite a production.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 55195 at Animal Life: Hopping Into The World Of Pet Rabbits <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Let's play <em>Jeopardy!</em>. These four-legged animals need daily interaction with humans, lack survival instincts to live in the wild, are easily frightened by children, and love to chew on electric cords.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What are... rabbits!</span></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 54771 at Animal Life: Dogs Get Into Mardi Gras Spirit At The Barkus Parade <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years, Mardi Gras was a human-only event. But in 1992 New Orleans dog lovers formed the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Krewe of Barkus</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and every year since they've held the city's only dog-centric Mardi Gras parade.</span></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 54332 at Animal Life Presents: The Barkus Photo Contest <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every year the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Krewe of Barkus</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;takes over the French Quarter for an afternoon of costumed canines.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:13:29 +0000 Kate Richardson 54330 at