Dog crates don't have to be eyesores
Usually, the apex of dog-crate decor is draping it with a tablecloth and trying to fake an end table.
But here's a stylish iteration: The door and internal frame of the "Pet Residence" are made of wire, but the exterior is a woven resin that looks for all the world like rattan.
It's not recommended for teething puppies, a major point when you consider the price range: from $155 for the small size to $295 for the extra-large.
Available from www.frontgate.com or call (800) 626-6488.
Site gives tips on caring for disabled pets
Ours is an age of disposability, and animal advocates struggle with getting across the idea that "broken" creatures needn't be thrown away. If your animal is blind, deaf, an amputee or otherwise disabled, a visit to www.specialneedspets.org is in order.
There, you will find links, resources and reinforcement of the idea that just because something isn't "perfect" doesn't mean it's not precious.