Looking for a Fifi or a Fido

From Great Danes to guppies, horses to hamsters, pets come in all shapes and sizes. Whether your pet has fur, feathers or scales, the Pets Neighborhood is a one-stop place for up-to-date and useful information for pet owners and people considering pet ownership.

My dog Ned

If you’re considering a new pet, you’ll be so much happier if you spend a little time researching your new buddy before stopping at the shelter or pet store to pick one out. The type of pet that is right for you depends on how much time you have to spend with a pet, how much clean-up you are willing to do and how much space you have for them. A librarian can help you find the right resource to answer your pet questions. We even have books to help you pick a name for your new friend.

If you have a pet, you know the importance of training. We have videos and books to help you with the training process. Learn from popular dog trainers Patricia McConnell and Victoria Stilwell, and TV dog trainer Cesar Millan. To train your cat we have The Cat Whisperer by Mieshelle Nagalschneider and Total Cat Mojo by Jackson Galaxy host of the TV show My Cat from Hell. For horse training try Lyons on Horses by John Lyons and What Every Horse Should Know by Cherry Hill. From puppy potty training to pet first aid, the Pets Neighborhood offers unlimited opportunities for you to learn how to care for and teach your pets.

Shannon Eddings’s cat Barney

We can help you decide what to feed your animal amigo. If you want to do a little cooking for Canine West or Kitty Kong, check out The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook by Bubba Rose Biscuit Company, The Healthy Hound Cookbook by Paris Permenter or Dinner Pawsible by Cathy Alinovi. You can also make human treats to look like your pet with 100 Animal Cookies by Lisa Snyder.

We’ll get you started on your quest to find a pet and/or keep them (and you) happy and healthy.

Here are some books I recommend with animals as the main character or a strong supporting character.

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Ginger Park

As the library’s communications editor Ginger helps spread the word about all the amazing library resources, services and staff. Ginger has a bachelor's and master’s in communication from Washburn and K-State. She is a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters and a volunteer at Helping Hands Humane Society. She loves reading fiction and always has a stack of books waiting to be read. Ginger lives in Topeka with her husband and three dogs.