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Shiny Happy Pets Issue

sHINY HAPPY (SH ne hape pets) n.: the wagging, purring, grateful, gleeful glow that radiates from healthy furry friends PETS If the title of this issue immediately calls to mind the R.E.M. song that inspired it, you’re in good company — our fetch! editors and designers have been humming the tune all spring as we’ve been putting the issue together. When we think of “shiny happy people,” a picture of peace and love (and lots of colorful clothes) appears — and it is in this spirit that we created “Shiny Happy Pets.” Providing for our pets’ physical, mental and emotional needs is a 24-hour job, but keeping the peace can be a piece of cake if you know how to help pets cope with emotions. In the following pages, we’ll dish the recipe for happy pets, including foods to keep coats shiny (Chow Down, page 38), tips on finding the sweet spot for training sessions (Health Tips, page 12) and the purr-fect solution to helping your cat make peace with her carrier (Ask Our Experts, page 46). When it’s necessary to weather life’s storms — like depression, grief or anxiety — we pooled our veterinary experts to offer some pointers for restoring balance (“Weathering the Storm,” page 30). And when everything’s changing, we map strategies for keeping tails wagging through transitions (“Brave New World,” page 56). Of course, Mother Nature also bestows a bounty of soothing solutions to pet anxiety; we dig into the many natural fixes for fraught friends who need help keeping calm (“Keep Calm and Carry On,” page 48). Finally, we turn our tails to focus on pets and people who are making the world a brighter place. You’ll meet Rumor, a Rhodesian Ridgeback who inspires smiles at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Paws for Reflection, page 64), and Jon and Gila Kurtz, the delightful duo behind the apparel and gift company Dog is Good (Pet Person, page 60). You’ll also get a glimpse inside the minds of service dogs, and gain insight into how they’re matched up with those who they’ll guide through life (“Sights Set on a Match Made in Heaven,” page 40). The Dalai Lama once said, “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” We hope this issue gives you all the tools you need to keep paws prancing and hearts dancing. ‘Til next time, welcome from the editors Photo of Chris and Natasha by Peter Olson. Photo of Wellington and Montgomery by Amanda Jones. Chris, Natasha, Wellington Montgomery 6 the shiny happy pets issue


Shiny Happy Pets Issue
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