Kristi Valentini

Kristi Valentini writes health and lifestyle articles for pets and people, often with her pup Penny by her side. A huge animal lover, she’s been known to bring home lost kittens, foster puppies and even have a baby goat sleep over – much to the dismay of her husband and delight of her children. Her work has also appeared in publications including Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Oprah Magazine and Woman’s Day.

Spice up your dog's squirrel-chasing, grass-sniffing backyard routine with just a few of these household items.
The sport challenges dogs to learn new moves, perfect for brainy pups who need to burn physical and mental energy.
Because your canine athlete might want more than a walk around the block.
If your dog whizzes around your backyard and is always up for a game of fetch, flyball may be pure heaven for your pooch.
Not just anyone can take care of Fido's every need! Here's how to find the perfect person to take your pup out on a mid-day adventure.
Training experts and pet parents who’ve been-there-done-that share their candid thoughts on how you can make the most of this precious time with your new furry pal. 
We checked with a board-certified veterinary surgeon to answer common questions like whether your pup can still go for walks or if she will need surgery.
We asked a pet lifestyle expert about a dog sitter's average pay per day and what amenities and services make the price go up.
Figuring out what your kitty is saying is easy with this handy guide that explains the ways cats express themselves.
Like dogs, cats can learn to respond to visual cues…it’s just a matter of whether they want to. Find out how to get your kitty genius on board.
Because your pup is panting for a reason.
Not every pup enjoys dog parks. Here’s how to tell if your pooch would rather skip it. 
Because you want your furry pal to be in capable, caring hands.
How much dog grooming costs depends on a few factors. Learn what makes a difference and how you can save money.
Not all doggy daycares are created equal. Find out what to consider when choosing a play place for your pup.
Factor this number into your vacation budget!
Ear infections are pretty common in dogs. Make sure you know how to identify when your pooch has one so you can get them feeling better fast.
Is your cat scratching his ears like crazy? It could be an ear infection. Find out what causes them and what you can do to help your kitty feel better fast.
Use these dog park etiquette tips to make your adventure fun and safe for you and your pup.
Get off to a great start with your new fur-ever friend with these helpful tips.
You already knew Fido is the perfect sidekick—now there's new research to support it.
These mementos honor the bond between you and your late pet.
Opting for a home setting can make your pet’s passing more peaceful.