Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

About The Author

Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in The Mighty. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and human rights. Elise lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She's also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous.

Disaster Preparedness for Pets – The Time to Start Planning is Now

Between hurricanes on the East Coast and New Orleans and wildfires in the West, hundreds of thousands of people — and countless dogs, cats and other animals — have been displaced from their homes in the United States in just the last decade or so. Even a severe thunderstorm can render you without power for a while and cause injuries and deaths. Everyone should have an emergency plan that includes your pet! Be as prepared as possible with a plan and a disaster kit. This guide will help you out. First, consider what kind of disasters might occur in your area and strategize to...

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30 Dogs Rescued From A Korean Dog Meat Farm and Sent to San Diego

For some lucky dogs in South Korea, a miracle occurred this week. The San Diego Humane Society rescued twenty-one adult dogs and nine puppies from a dog meat farm there, in coordination with the Humane Society International. These very fortunate pups are receiving medical attention and will be placed in loving homes. There are thousands of atrocious dog meat farms in South Korea. Canines are raised for consumption in small, filthy cages. They aren’t sheltered from inclement weather and denied water, exercise, medical care, and companionship. They can’t even step out of their prisons to walk on the ground. Often...

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Dog Cafe: Sip, Snack, and be Smitten

Can you imagine not being gently nudged awake by a dog snout or cat tongue reminding you that it’s breakfast time? Living with an animal is mandatory for many of us; but some animal lovers aren’t able to have a pet because of their living situation, long work hours, family members with allergies, and other tragic reasons. In an effort to keep those people from stocking up on anti-depressants, the first cat café opened in 1998 Taipei, Taiwan. The cafe was a pace for people to visit after work and unwind while being amused by kitty antics. Cat Flower Café...

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The Evolution of Dog Names – Most Popular Picks, Then and Now

Choosing a name for your furry new family member can be a challenging process. You don’t know what their personality is like yet, and want a name that you won’t tire of yelling out to the backyard for years. There’s pressure these days to choose an interesting moniker — now that children are called Apple, North West and Reign, the name game has ratcheted up. A whopping 94% of people say that their dogs are part of their families. As family members, today’s dogs have special names that reflect how their family feels about them. Monikers are often borrowed from pop...

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Drop that Cheeseburger if you Want Cheaper Insurance Premiums

Being a vegetarian is its own reward for those who choose not to eat meat for health reasons or ethical beliefs (or both). You attain your objective daily through your diet. Now there’s a surprise benefit for vegetarians and vegans: Some Insurance companies are discounting premium rates for them. This idea makes perfect sense, yet no one had connected the dots until somewhat recently. Several insurance companies have decided to capitalize on the vegetarian/vegan market because they are often healthier than carnivores and may not need as much insurance coverage as their meat-eating counterparts. Of course there are people who avoid meat and/or dairy and binge...

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