From Great Danes to guppies, horses to hamsters, pets come in all shapes and sizes. Whether your pet has fur, feathers or scales, the new Pets Neighborhood has the information you need to choose and care for your companion. Designed to bring together all relevant resources, the Pets Neighborhood is a one-stop place for up-to-date and useful information for pet owners or those considering owning a pet.

Recent Pets Posts

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Reading Inspired by Local Events: Mariachi Festival and Paws in the Park

I enjoy keeping up with the local events around town and I find that many of them inspire me to read books related to what I just experienced.  This weekend the downtown area will be celebrating Mexican heritage with the Kansas State Mariachi festival and over at Gage park animal lovers will be enjoying Paws […]

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Loose Leash Walking

Most dog trainers have a canine behavior that irks them more than others. Personally I don’t enjoy walking a dog who constantly pulls on his leash. I like a dog with polite leash manners, but I won’t resort to punishment-based tools like choke collars, prong collars, or shock collars to get this behavior.

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Pet Safety Program at the Library

Find out how to keep your dog or cat safe year round.

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Helping People and Pets

It’s the time of year when donation requests start pouring in from nonprofit organizations, including animal shelters and pet rescue groups. Here are some fun events you (and your dog!) can participate in to help raise money for your favorite charity: October 1 – 7 is National Walk Your Dog Week.  Walk with your dog, meet new people, get fresh air exercise, […]

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Hiking With Your Dog

Break the dog walking routine this summer.


Adopted Zoo Animals: Bumi and Athena

Meet Bumi, a Bornean Orangutan who resides at the Topeka Zoo and is one of Library staff’s adopted animals!  Bumi was born at the Zoo and will soon celebrate his first birthday on February 25. How much do you know about Bornean Orangutans? –Orangutans live in the tropical rainforest on the Southeast Asian Islands of Sumatra and Borneo. They are the […]


How to Choose the Right Dog

A certified dog trainer offers advice for choosing your canine companion. Discover the ways the library can help you narrow your choice and live happily ever after with your new pup.


All I want for Christmas

I want a dog or cat for Christmas.  How many have you seen this on your child’s wish list? Though I’m one to say every child needs a pet, this is one time of the year I would say wait.  The Holidays can be a very stressful time of year for two legged creatures and […]

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New Pet DVD’s

If you are looking for videos that are entertaining and informative, check out the Pets Neighborhood.

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Cat Daddy

Jackson Galaxy, host of the Animal Planet show My Cat from Hell, has written a memoir which tells about how he went from drug addict to cat trainer extraordinaire.

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Paper Pups—A Book Review

You love your dog. Why not commemorate him or her with a “paper portrait”?

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My Poor Cats—Thanks, Instagram.

Thanks to Instagram, my iPhone, a bunch of free apps, and books from my library, taking pictures of my pets is fun again.


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