Lowcountry Paws

River (and ocean) dogs: Three tips to raising a water-loving canine

Lowcountry Paws, Spring 2017

From the ocean to countless lakes, rivers and creeks, water is an integral part of life in the Lowcountry. And who better to share in the great outdoors than man’s best friend? With warmer weather upon us, here are some helpful tips for encouraging your dog’s natural affinity for water with safety and enjoyment.  Read more...

Ready to Pounce? The South's first cat cafe curls up in Charleston

Lowcountry Paws Magazine, Winter 2017

Prior to opening its doors in December, Pounce Cat Cafe had already amassed a large following on social media with the Lowcountry feline-loving community. What began as a Kickstarter campaign nearly a year ago, is now a full-fledged brick-and-mortar café located on Meeting Street in downtown Charleston. Read more...

Unique furry friends

Lowcountry Paws Magazine, Fall 2016

Many Lowcountry residents are enamored by exotic pets and rightfully so—they’re fascinating. For those who live in cramped apartments, have pet allergies or just like to march to the beat of their own drum, traditional pets, like a dog or a cat, aren’t an option. Exotic mammals, however, can still provide owners the same love, companionship and satisfaction that any other pet could offer.

From hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs to sugar gliders, chinchillas and potbellied pigs—there’s no shortage of exotic pets to choose from. With their unique behaviors and amusing social interactions, both with each other and their human companions, there’s a lot to be learned from these exotic mammals. Read more...

Sweet as sugar Dental assistant falls for mini marsupial

Lowcountry Paws Magazine, Fall 2016

While doing some holiday shopping at West Ashley’s Citadel Mall in 2012, Debbi Hawkins’ curiosity got the best of her. The mother of three and grandmother of six, who had never owned more than a goldfish or gerbil, found herself instantly smitten with a sugar glider at a pop-up shop. Even though she had no intention of purchasing a pet that day, Hawkins arrived home a short time later with the newest member of her family in tow, a critter she fondly named Gigi. Read more...

In the canine line of duty

Lowcountry Paws Magazine, Summer 2016

It’s no secret that dogs and humans have had a relationship dating back thousands of years. But long before dogs became primarily companion animals, they had important jobs. Today, working dogs continue to serve in vital roles that are essential to the safety of their communities. Despite being tremendously useful to the military, law enforcement and search and rescue teams, working dogs are often unsung heroes.

Military working dogs serve tours of duty just like service members and typically work from the age of 2 until they are 8 or 9 years old. These dogs share all the hardships, dangers, trials and tribulations their human handlers face, including injury and the ultimate sacrifice. Read more...

Battling the buldge

Lowcountry Paws Magazine, Spring 2016

Many people exercise their four-legged companions to maintain or reduce weight. But a good diet, socialization, mental stimulation and being part of a loving family are all equally as important as exercise for keeping your pet fit.

Although weight is only one component of your pet’s overall fitness, it is an important piece of the puzzle. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Read more...