Do Hamsters Make Good Pets for Kids?

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. So, you're considering a hamster as a pet for your child? A hamster is a classic. They are cute and relatively low maintenance, and are generally thought of as great starter pets for kids. As with any type of pet, it is important to do thorough research before diving in. There is nothing worse than getting a pet and then soon realizing that it is not a good fit. This is especially true when kids are Read More... {Read More...}

The 10 best animal apps for kids

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Our kiddos are using more apps on more devices than ever before. Sure, there’s a lot of junk out there, and when it comes to animal-themed apps, there are too many to count. Some of the apps offered are educational, creative, and fun for preschool children through age twelve (and beyond). These awesome animal apps pack a lot of punch at minimal cost, and some are even free. Here’s an in-depth look at my ten Read More... {Read More...}

10 Summer Activities for Dogs and their Kids

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Summer is upon us! School is out and the kids are looking to beat that summer boredom. It's likely that your pooch is thrilled to have the kids around, so why not plan fun things for them to do together? Whether it is a quick project at home or an extended pet-friendly vacation, there are lots of fun summer activities for dogs and their kids. 10 summer activities for dogs and their kids 1. Enjoy outdoor Read More... {Read More...}

Pool safety for dogs

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Summer is quickly approaching, and it's time to hit the pool! We think and talk all the time about pool safety for our children, but we may overlook the fact that if our dogs are around pools, they are in danger, as well. Pool safety for dogs is important. Wait. What? Don't dogs naturally know how to swim? Yes and no. Unlike humans, all dogs are genetically programmed to paddle in water. It's a survival Read More... {Read More...}

How to help your child deal with the death of a pet

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. A child's first experience with death is often when a pet passes away. Children have difficulty understanding death, so it can be a confusing time. As parents, we are often at a loss for how to speak to our children about it. Much of what we say to our children will depend on our religious and spiritual beliefs, but there are some overarching things we can all think and talk about with regard to the death of a Read More... {Read More...}

Bed-sharing with your pet, is it okay?

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Pet owners often have strong feelings one way or another about bed-sharing with your pet, most commonly a cat or dog. There are those of us who wouldn't dream of allowing their furry companion to invade the bedroom, and there are those of us who can't imagine not snuggling up with our animal pals. Is bed-sharing with your pet okay? In our household, it's more of a family affair. Our dog, N.A.S.H.A., will Read More... {Read More...}