This Week On Babble Pets: Tiny Puppies and Sweet Lion and Doxie Love!!

Writing about animals is joy and very often I get to put together adorable slideshows of puppies and dogs so cute that they make you happy just looking at them. This week's "Sweetest Puppies: Tiny, Teacup, and Toy!" is definitely one of them. 

Here is a photo from it below, but every one if a must-see in my opinion.

Another heartwarmer is the beautiful story of a 500 pound lion named Bonedigger who suffered from a degenerative bone disease that left him mildly crippled, "So Sweet! Lion Forms Inseparable Bond With Three Dachshunds (Video)"

Holidays Hazards And Your Pets: Tips To Keep Them Safe!

From munching on colorful holiday light bulbs to ingesting chocolate treats intended for human consumption, pets are exposed to a variety of dangerous objects during the holiday season. In 2012, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) policyholders spent more than $24.3 million on medical conditions commonly associated with the holidays. 

As the season approaches, VPI reminds pet owners of the potential dangers presented to our four-legged companions. 

Below are the most common holiday hazards for pets:

This Week On Babble Pets: Get Ready For The Holidays!

I am getting in the Christmas spirit and even though it's not quite Thanksgiving, and I am stressing thinking about the many to-dos that need to get done over the next 4 weeks, I am still looking forward to it (and trying my very best to enjoy it and NOT STRESS!). As with anything that stresses me, I turn to my pups who calm me down and teach me patience and tranquility.

This week, I had a ridiculously fun assignment: check out what Petco and PetSmart are offering up for the holidays. Is there any quicker way to destress than by perusing cute little outfits and toys for dogs, cats, and even hamsters (yep, they are that small!).

Petco’s New Holiday Collection Is A Must For Pet Lovers! It has everything you could want as a pet lover.

Safety is #DiamondNaturals Priority (Just Like Ours!), Plus Big #Giveaway!

The top priority of pet owners when it comes to food is making sure that what we feed our pups is safe. With the recent and scary outbreak of dog deaths due to jerky treats (in which they still can't identify a specific culprit), food safety is at the forefront in the minds of many pet owners. And then we naturally consider nutrition.

When a pet food company clearly identifies their ingredients, and they are natural and pure, it is a big plus in my book. With my chihuahua, Hayley, entering her senior years, it is even more important that we feed her the most natural ingredients. You might recall we decided on Diamond Naturals Grain Free food a couple of months ago. I'm happy to report that the food definitely does seem to be helping Hayley's digestive issues.

When it comes to safety, it puts my mind to rest to know that the company has developed a comprehensive food safety system in which "every aspect of the manufacturing process at Diamond Pet Foods is tested and monitored. 

For example, in each of the company’s facilities, over 1,300 microbiological tests are conducted every week, including finished product tests, in-process tests and sanitation-verification tests." They also have a "test and hold" program where food samples are collected and tested, and then kept for the whole shelf life of that product, which typically runs for 12 months. I don't understand why more pet food companies do not instill these strict procedures, especially when what a dog ingests has the potential to kill an animal.