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KattenKabinet Cat Art Museum

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When you think Amsterdam, your first thought could be many things    bikes, canals, coffee shops    but it's probably not a museum dedicated to cat art. This little museum is a delightful glimpse into and homage to cats and how they've inspired artists from Pablo Picasso to Rembrandt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to Corneille. Located at Herengracht 497, 1017 BT Amsterdam, Netherlands (quite close to the lovely Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam's famous floating flower market), this unusual museum is worth the visit. A dining room laden with cat paintings, statues, and red decor. The museum is housed on the first floor (the piano nobile , if you want to feel fancy) of a classically furnished Amsterdam home that was built in 1667. The building went through many different inhabitants and owners before it became the KattenKabinet, or Cat Cabinet. A former Amsterdam mayor, Jan Calkoen, lived there during his mayorship. Former American president John Adams stayed there once as well. An outst

The Canine Good Citizen Test

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Have you ever met a dog who's just a ray of sunshine to be around? They always have a smile and a happy wagging tail, and they're well-behaved around children and other dogs. Some dogs are naturally quite amiable, and all dogs have the potential to behave this way! How is that, you ask? Well, the Canine Good Citizen Test is a good place to start. Image by Lum3n from Pexels What is the Canine Good Citizen test? The Canine Good Citizen test (CGC) is an evaluation designed and run by the American Kennel Club (AKC) to help people train their dogs to have good behavior. It's just as much about the people as it is their pets, though! It's important for pet owners to look out for their animals and make sure that they can be happy and comfortable in how they move in the world. As a pet owner, you are largely responsible for your pet's actions in public spaces. The safety of you, your dog, and other folks and creatures is imperative, and the CGC test can help you and your d

What Makes a Dog House a Dog Palace?

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Have you ever wondered what exactly makes Dog Palaces stand out from the crowd? Search no further, you've found the right corner of the web to find out! Our Spokesdog, Hank ASL Solutions has been around for over two decades. That's given us a lot of time to refine our products into the wonders of engineering they are today. We continually make improvements and tweak our products to make sure they're the best they can be, and they're pretty darn awesome. All of our houses are fully insulated (yes, even the door), windowed, have raised and gently sloped floors, and are thoroughly durable. Check out our features in more detail below: Three Sizes Our houses come in three sizes: The DP Hunter, which is sized for small dogs or cats; the Dog Palace, for medium-size dogs; and the CRB, for large dogs or cohabiting dogs. Not to mention that we've had many happy reports from customers who use our houses as habitats for other animals ! The CRB, Dog Palace, and DP Hunter, respe

Adoption Options: Buying Animals Online

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between an animal shelter, a rescue, and a breeder? Have you heard of puppy mills but don't know what they actually are? Wondering if it's safe to buy a pet online? Are you considering bringing a pet into your family, but don't know where to look? This series is for you! Welcome to part 5 of our 5-part series, Adoption Options. So, what's the big deal with shelters vs rescues vs breeders vs buying animals online? Many people have strong opinions on this topic, but we aren't here to convince you one way or the other. We're just here to provide information on the subject. This series is here to educate people about the main forms of obtaining animal companionship so folks can make their own, educated decisions on what's the best fit for their lifestyle, family, and situation. Buying animals online Image by Fran Patel from Pixabay Is it safe to buy an animal online? Buying animals online is like the Wild West of pet

Adoption Options: What are Puppy Mills, and How to Avoid Them

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between an animal shelter, a rescue, and a breeder? Have you heard of puppy mills but don't know what they actually are?  Wondering if it's safe to buy a pet online?  Are you considering bringing a pet into your family, but don't know where to look? This series is for you! Welcome to part 4 of our 5-part series, Adoption Options. First things first: We're not here to shame you for buying a puppy from a puppy mill. We're here to explain what they are and why they're harmful, not berate you for a decision you made in the past, regardless of whether or not you knew the situation of the puppy. This series is here to educate people about the main forms of obtaining animal companionship so folks can make their own, educated decisions on what's the best fit for their lifestyle, family, and situation. Content warning: this article will acknowledge animal abuse Puppy mills Photo by Skitterphoto from Pexels What are they?

Adoption Options: All About Breeders

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between animal shelters, rescues, and breeders? Have you heard of puppy mills but don't know what they actually are?  Wondering if it's safe to buy a pet online?  Are you considering bringing an animal companion into your family, but don't know where to look? This series is for you! Welcome to part 3 of our 5-part series, Adoption Options. So what's the big deal with shelters vs. rescues vs. breeders? Many people have strong opinions on this topic, but we aren't here to convince you one way or the other. All options are giving animals who don't have a home, a home, and that's a wonderful thing. This series is here to educate people about the main forms of obtaining animal companionship so folks can make their own educated decisions about what's the best fit for their lifestyle, family, and situation. Animal Breeders Hank, our spokesdog, is from a breeder. What are they? Animal breeders are people who breed an