Do you live in an apartment or condo in a large urban area? Would you like to have a dog but are unsure of what breed would do best in your environment, or if having a dog is even feasible? Urbanhound.com is your source for help in owning a dog in the city, including health advice, walkers, sitters, day care, dog events, message boards, and a canine community. According to Urbanhound:
urbanhound: the city dog’s ultimate survival guide is the definitive source of information for urban dog owners. Covering topics that matter to people who care about dogs, urbanhound gives practical advice, makes informed suggestions, keeps up-to-date directories and data bases, and alerts you to hound happenings. urbanhound’s experts—a veterinarian, an animal-right lawyer, and a dog trainer—help dog owners solve problems efficiently and intelligently. Above all, urbanhound is a community where dog owners can meet, exchange ideas and discuss canine concerns.
There are specific editions of Urbanhound for Chicago, New York, and San Fransisico, but most of the information is relevant for all dog owners living in large urban areas. Urban hound is divided into the following sections: your hound, hound talk, hound play, hound health, hound manners, hound law, hound finder, and hound services.
Do you love your pet(s) and think they’re the cutest thing ever? Do you think your pet could win a cuteness competition? Would you like to interact with other pet owners? Cuteness.com is an online pet community including pet profiles, cuteness competitions, product recommendations, interaction with other pet owners, and much more. According to Cuteness:
Cuteness is a fun community and shopping site made exclusively for pet people. It’s a place where your dog, cat, fish, or anything else for that matter, can have their very own pet profile. You can also pick the cutest pet in the 24/7 Battlezone, win fabulous prizes going head to head in the Thunderdome, ask pet-related questions, find a shelter, donate to pet charities, rate products, and buy products recommended by fellow pet people.
Cuteness is organized into four sections: a Community section where you can create profiles for all your pets, post status updates, post photos, and more, a Shopping section where you can rate and review pet products and browse reviews and ratings from other pet owners (links to Amazon are included if you wish to purchase a product), a Cutewars section where you can vote and enter you pet in various cuteness competitions, and a Dog Park section where you can chat with other pets and pet owners.
Would you like to get a dog but have no idea what breed you want or where to start looking? DogGuide.net is website that posts all the information you need to choose a dog breed in a fast and easily understandable format. According to The Dog Guide:
The Dog Guide is intended to provide concise but highly relevant information to common folks looking for a family dog. As you may know, many dog websites on the internet give you a lot of information aimed at experts. But we know that families looking for a new dog want to cut right to the chase and discover what makes each dog breed unique. Our dog guide focuses on those characteristics of each breed that are most important to the average person: personality, skills, energy level, color, exercise requirements, living conditions, health issues, life expectancy and size. By cutting out most of the fluff, we allow you to quickly hone in on the perfect dog and get on with the business of finding a breeder and making the puppy a member of your family.
The Dog Guide has information sections on: Dog Breeds, Puppies, Dog Training, and Health. There is also a section with reader submitted dog pictures and a blog called Dog Reflections. Think your dog is the cutest thing ever? There is a dog photo contest with a chance to win prizes. Have questions that aren’t covered on the site? You can submit them to “Ask The Dog Guide!” and get answers.
Is your pet exhibiting any strange symptoms? Are you unsure if the symptoms are serious enough to require a trip to the vet? VetHelpDirect.com is an interactive website that provides pet advice from real veterinarians. According to Vet Help Direct:
Designed and run by vets, Vet Help Direct’s interactive questions direct you to personalized first aid advice and clear guidelines about when to contact the vet. Easy and fun to use, Vet Help Direct is the online source of reliable advice for concerned pet-owners. You are just a few clicks away from practical advice from specialist vets, tailored to your pet’s unique symptoms.
Pet categories include: Dogs, Cats, Horses & Donkeys, Rabbits, Reptiles, Birds, Small Furries, and Farm Animals. Vet Help Direct also includes a blog.
PetTube.com is website that posts nothing but videos of pets. Pet videos can be browsed by Most Recent, Most Viewed, Top Rated, Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets. There is a section on pet tricks and coming soon a how-to section on pet training. Think your pet is extra cute or really talented? There is a weekly video contest that you can enter and vote on. Want to talk about your pet with other pet owners? There is also a Pet Talk discussion forum.
Are you thinking about adopting a pet but don’t know where to start? Petango.com is a one stop pet adoption website that is both a pet finding site and pet information site. According to Petango:
Petango is the newest and most comprehensive adoptable pet search site to date. Petango offers a wide range of content-rich options for potential adopters, shelters and anyone who wants to learn more about pet adoption. It is the one-stop destination for anyone looking to adopt a pet from an animal welfare organization in North America. Petango is designed to serve both potential adopters and shelters.
Pet searches can be done by any combination of type of pet, location, breed, gender, age, size, and color. Shelters can be searched by location. There is also an “Adopting and Owning a Pet” information section, a “Pet Community” with forums, an “Ask a Pet Expert” section and more.