Hairballs: A Blog

Emery and Jena, of Nature's Select Kansas City, help pets with premium pet food and through the support of non-profits

Good Food for A Good Cause

We have spent some time getting to know Jena and Emery, the owners of Nature’s Select Kansas City, ever since they created Kibble 4 A Cause, a fundraising effort through their Nature’s Select pet food business. Their idea was to use Nature’s Select pet food to not just...
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Pets help make us better humans. And more homes for pets means fewer homeless pets.

Friendship Is For Life

When I walk in it’s absolute chaos. It can’t be helped though. Vanessa’s house is not a big place so when Maggie and Bella – each one large enough to hog an entire loveseat alone – get moving, they cover ALL the territory very quickly. “Maggie looks like...
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A woman and a dog watch a sunset.

Friends with (Health) Benefits

Sure, sure; we know that pets do good things for us. They’re our companions, they bring joy to our lives, and share some of our darkest moments eagerly and without complaint. But there are actual tangible benefits to owning a pet. Baby Days Let’s start from an early...
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The human animal bond does a lot of things to transform the health of both.

Moe’s Going Home

Sometimes, in this “business,” you just have to sit down by yourself and feel the hurt pressing down on your chest like a heavy boot. There are good days, though. More than you’d think, really. The kind that bring tears of a different kind and remind you why...
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A man and woman crouch down and pet their dog.

In For a Penny

In May of this year, in a small Oklahoma town, a seventeen year old young woman named Natalie was killed by a driver while sitting at a stop sign in broad daylight. This tragedy, senseless and cruel, devastated her family, especially her sister Cait. Cait and her husband...
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A black cat looks into the camera lens.

Pain in Dogs and Cats

Pain is one of the fundamental aspects of how we interact with the world, and with our own bodies. As humans, we are generally capable of saying NO OUCH NO or something similar when we feel pain (or yelling, or crying, or tossing out a few choice curse...
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When a pet needs help we strive to be a resource for the community.

It’s Good to be Lucky

You might not think Lucky is actually that lucky. Then again, this is really more about what’s being preserved versus what’s been lost. It’s about friends, and keeping family together, saving the relationship even though things have to change — maybe even dramatically — to do it. And...
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Mandatory spay neuter laws actually increase the number of animal deaths in a community because of increased impounds and reliinguishments.

A Mandatory Spay Neuter Law Will Hurt Animals

In terms of pets, Kansas City has come a long way in the last 20 years. The numbers alone tell the story. At one point in time, we killed more than 20,000 animals each year just for space. These days, thanks to a strong push by our animal...
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a black cat looks into the camera

The Truth About Black Cats

August 17th is National Black Cat Appreciation Day. Now, confidentially, that’s pretty much every day for us, but we like celebrating it because it’s extra important. Why is that? Well, in part it’s because cats tend to be adopted at a lower rate than dogs from shelters, so...
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a woman looks at a young puppy as the vet tech holds the puppy still for examination.

Vaccinations

Ever since a country physician by the name of Edward Jenner administered the first documented inoculation in 1796, vaccinations have become an incredibly important, incredibly necessary part of our society. Not only did Jenner’s idea directly prevent millions of people from dying from smallpox, which had already claimed...
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A Day in the Life: Surgery

Once upon a time we looked at surgery check-in and what that process looks like for us and our clients. Now let’s take a look at what happens on the other side of those mysterious surgery doors… Check-in is in high gear by the time 8 o’clock rolls...
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Healing with A Little Help from Some Friends

Necole has a full house. Five kids, ages 3 months to 15 years. And then there are the four dogs, including two puppies. It gets crazy, she admits. But to her way of thinking, at a certain point the chaos couldn’t get much more… chaotic. “Life is already...
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