Hilary Braaksma

Hilary Braaksma is a freelance writer and crazy cat lady living in Des Moines, Iowa. When she's not working, she loves relaxing with family and her incredibly handsome domestic shorthair, Cake.

You wear a life jacket when on the water, so should your four-legged pal wear one, too?
He might be young, but Niklaus Reilly is already dedicated to improving the community for his furry and feathered friends.
Let your pup know you're thinking about him with a few treats from miles away.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Siamese cats are social, affectionate, clever animals who make loving and loyal pets. Described as being "dog-like," these kitties mesh well into most families.
Which finalist is your favorite? The frog? The alpaca? What about the goat?
Yes, your dog definitely needs a birthday bandana for their special day!
Say goodbye to stressing over muddy paw prints, potty training messes, and other pet stains.
Make sure your spring cleaning spree is good for everyone in the house.
A local energy company employee saved the day, helping Meowzer down (and into the arms of his new owner).
The 10-week old golden retriever might save us from the snow, but she's stolen our hearts!
This sweet pup was found trapped in a silo nearly 20 miles from home.
Keno the four-year-old husky-shepherd mix went missing in late January.
The online retailer has discounted dog beds, cat trees, automatic litter boxes, crates, and more.
Sandy’s owner is working with a local missing animal organization to help bring more pets home safely.
A heartwarming video shows rescue crews as they save Brady from a storm drain in the city's Northwest quadrant.
How do our own characteristics affect our pets? A recent study says it may have more of an impact than previously thought.
Cadbury’s contest winner gets $5,000—and the candy company is pledging $15,000 to the ASPCA, too.
Willow’s family trip took a seriously scary turn. Find out how she made it home.
We sat down with the star to talk about the ways pet parenting can bring joy to our everyday lives.
This pit bull puppy’s story is a true "Miracle." Get the tissues ready.
Toys, treats, training pads, and a few other things you might not have considered.