Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN
While you are busy working, running the kids to their activities and picking up groceries on the way home, there’s one member of the family who isn’t getting any playtime — your pet. With increasingly busy lives, we are spending more and more time away from home, and sometimes that means more time away from our four-legged friends.
In just a few weeks summer will be in full bloom, kids will be out of school and local family-friendly outdoor events will be in full swing. Spending time outdoors with family is tradition for Central Texas residents, and many like to include their canine companions in the festivities.
Manda Butler, animal care manager of mammals at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, said she is a natural mother to anyone or anything, especially anything helpless and defenseless. She said her mothering tendencies were pushed to the limit in 2011 when she became a surrogate mother to two Sumatran tiger cubs less than an hour after their birth.
Story by Jessica Pearce
Ooh la la! What’s this? A bite into a pig-shaped biscuit releases the flavors of crispy bacon and savory cheese as it crunches and swirls in the mouth. This may sound like the latest tasty treat, and you’re right, but it is not for people — it’s a homemade dog treat created by Jeanette Noble, 19, owner of Everything Paw Related, direct from her family’s kitchen in Killeen. This spunky entrepreneur is the baker of yummy pet treats that dogs devour, sending their owners obediently back to buy more from Noble’s stand at the Pioneer Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.
Most dog owners can attest to the fact that their furry friends provide them unconditional love, companionship or just someone who is always glad to see them. There is not a day that passes for these pet owners without the enjoyment of stroking a silky ear, rubbing soft fur or receiving affectionate canine kisses. When a dog becomes more than just a friend, though, amazing things are apt to happen, as Central Texas resident Marcy Russo was about to discover.
While you may enjoy your new tie and itchy wool sweater from Aunt Ruth, your favorite gift during the holiday season was your new puppy or kitten. Whether this is your first pet or your fourth, it is important to know what to do to keep your new best friend healthy.
The holidays are upon us and while you might be out scouring the mall for the perfect gift for your tech-loving husband, your knick-knack-loving grandma or your doll-loving daughter, don’t forget to pick up something for one of the most important members of the family — your pet.
Visions of turkey, pie and sugar plums dance in your head as you begin to plan your holiday season. While you drool over the cornucopia of food you will soon encounter and feel that childhood excitement about exchanging gifts with family and friends, your four-legged friends might be thinking, when will this be over?