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.

Pet Squirrel Saves the Day by Ferociously Fighting Off Burglar

We all know burglars can be deterred by security alarms and dogs with booming barks. But it turns out that a little squirrel with razor-sharp claws can be just as effective in protecting a house. Joey, a domesticated squirrel who resides in Idaho, is testament to that. He may look cute and innocent, but he won’t tolerate uninvited guests snooping around and taking things. Adam Pearl is Joey’s human “dad.” Pearl took Joey in six months ago when a friend found him abandoned in a garden. Joey was so young that his eyes were closed, and Pearl had to feed...

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Does Your Company Offer ‘Pawternity’ Leave?

You’ve spent weeks (maybe months) searching for the perfect pet to fit into your family and lifestyle. Your car trunk looks like you’ve robbed a pet supply warehouse. Food, toys, a leash, a bed, treats, bowls, a collar, a brush, and more have been carefully selected for the new family member. Perhaps you’ve even started an adorable wardrobe. A weekend isn’t really enough time to settle your new fur baby into your life and home, especially if you have a child and/or other pets. Some people might take a few days off from work. Now, several companies are offering...

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They’re Lining Up to Adopt Feral Cats in Chicago

Did you know that building excavations in cities often result in colonies of rats losing their nests and running rampant through the streets? Case in point: The Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago was demolished last year, and mischiefs (groups of rats) began teeming around the city. Other demolitions, as well as a warm winter, have created a surge in the rat population, with residents scrambling for a solution. The solution, it turns out, is 100% natural. Warehouses, restaurants, homeowners, and others have been “hiring” feral cats to drive out the rats and keep them away with their scent and...

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Medical Marijuana: Not Just For Humans Anymore?

Cannabis has been used for centuries as a holistic medicine for multitude of health issues. The first recorded medicinal use of cannabis was in 2,737 BC China. Cannabis is know to combat aches, arthritis, cancer, seizures, psychosis, immunity problems, gastrointestinal tract issues, depression, mobility and joint challenges, neurodegenerative disorders, itchiness, old age-related health issues, and pain. If cannabis can’t actually cure a health issue, it does often make the patient feel more comfortable. Twenty-eight states and Washington, D.C. have legalized medical marijuana for humans. Can pets and other animals benefit from the medicinal properties of cannabis as well? Cannabis contains dozens...

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Cats on the Prowl at the Westminster Dog Show

In an impressively inclusive move, The Westminster Kennel Dog Show invited cats to their 141st gathering. The kitties joined the canines on February 11th for the “Meet The Breeds” segment of the show.  The Meet The Breeds event consists of individual booths adorned with decorations from each breed’s native country and their origin. Some felines even sported costumes of their heritage. Forty breeds of felines and two house cats were included. Meet The Breed was an educational experience and perhaps a way to introduce dog lovers not yet smitten by kittens to the adorable Felidae Species. Attendees learned about...

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