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'It Takes a Village'

'It Takes a Village'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It’s time for your pets to shine!

Enter our photo contest and submit those adorable photos of your furry friend, your friend's pet, or any dog or cat you think is photo-worthy. (Visit the Little Rock Animal Village. There are lots of great photo subjects there!)

Seven Photo Categories: Two Winners in Each Category (1 dog, 1 cat), 14 Category Winners Total
Category Prizes: An enlarged canvas print of your photo and a dog or cat gift basket.

Two Grand Prize Winners
Best Dog Photo: $200 Gift Certificate from Bedford Camera & Video (our co-sponsor)
Best Cat Photo: : $200 Gift Certificate from Bedford Camera & Video (our co-sponsor)
Accepting Entries: February 14 - April 30, 2012

Joey's prints for sale

Joey's prints for sale

One of the brightest moments of my professional life at Today's THV was when Joey The Garden Cat found his way into the Weather Garden.  It didn't take long to recognize he was a show stealer with his adorable antics, photogenic features and commanding attitude. 

The introduction of Facebook helped launch his popularity…not only in Arkansas but all over the world.  And then when Animal Planet featured him in a segment of "Must Love Cats" -- well, Joey's appeal became electric and his fans demanded more.

So, as his primary caretaker I took on the role of Momma/Agent and what a treat it is to hear from and interact with his fans.

The Theba Thing: Horseback Riding

The Theba Thing: Horseback Riding

The Theba Thing: Stepping out of my comfort zone, meeting new people and trying the things that have been on my mind and heart.

My dad had a horse when he was younger and shared sweet stories of their relationship, so I always wonder what it would be like to learn how to ride, because I have such an appreciation for those magnificent creatures.

One Sunday, I was out riding bicycles at Two Rivers Trail with my mom and we saw a beautiful sight coming towards us - a line of horses with riders.  Later, I noticed they were taking a lunch break and so I pedaled up to them, knowing here’s my chance to start the ball rolling on something that was on my mind.

Furry stocking stuffers

Furry stocking stuffers

Furry Stocking Stuffers

 

Planning to add a pet to your family this holiday season?  Puppies and kittens do make wonderful presents, but there are a few things you should consider before taking this step:

 

  1. Will this be a welcome gift?  You may think your loved one will be overjoyed with a new pet, but please be sure this is the case.  Having a pet is a long-term commitment that should not be taken lightly. 
  2. Is this the right choice of pet or breed?  Research characteristics of your chosen pet before you purchase or adopt.  Make sure the pet will fit your lifestyle and planned activities.  For example, a basset hound may not make an ideal jogging partner!
  3. Are you prepared?  As I mentioned, a pet is a long-term responsibility.  In addition to love, a commitment of both time and finances is required.  Are you ready for potty training?  Monthly puppy/kitten vaccin