By Michelle Miller, Charity Coordinator on August 17th, 2012

Learn more about Joan, our recent winner of Free Pet Food for a Year contest!

Many of my customers have athletic dogs that run by their side for miles, are the fastest dog at the dog park, and at the end of the day still have an abundance of get-up-and-go. These energy burning fur balls need to be fed properly to maintain their vigorous lifestyle and keep us on our toes! Here are a few focus areas sure to fuel your pet’s inner Olympian:

When you live in North Texas, “varmints” are a part of life. In the best of all possible worlds it would be safe for my cat Seren to explore the rose garden and hunt butterflies and munch grass. But our 13 acres are also home to a variety of wildlife, and we’ve routinely had visits from bunnies, skunks and raccoons—and even cat-munching coyotes—right outside the back door. That means Seren-kitty ONLY goes outside when safely on a halter and leash.

By Amy Robinson, Certified Dog Trainer on August 5th, 2012

Mac’s tail sweeps the floor as we sign in. He stamps his feet in anticipation. Anyone in a wheelchair, which is just about everyone here at the senior care center, is targeted for potential petting. He pulls me toward a smiling woman, plops his big head in her lap, and sighs deeply.

One pet is fun. Adding another can really double the love. But simply dumping the newcomer into your existing pet family may cause problems for the resident critters as well as the new kitten or pup on the block. Before falling head-over-paws for that big-eyed, needy stray, take into consideration your current pets, your living conditions, and how best to match a new cat or dog to the pets who already share your heart and your home.

Kelly Merritt, experienced city dweller shares her top ten picks for helping your pets thrive in the urban jungle. Are you an urban dog owner? How do you and your pooch navigate the concrete jungle?