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    Tips for the First Time Dog Owner

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    “Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.” Cesar Millan, trainer Dogs don’t care what you look like. They don’t care if you wake up with awful morning breath and a bad case of[…]

    Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

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    Yes! That’s the short answer. The medium-sized answer is that spaying and neutering is a healthy, responsible choice that can improve the life of your pet. Now, if you need more convincing, read on for the longer answer and find out why these procedures can benefit your furry friend and[…]

    Should You Adopt or Go with a Breeder?

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    If you ask dog owners whether you should adopt a dog or purchase one from a breeder, you will likely get completely passionate – and completely opposite – opinions. This is one issue in which there is very little middle ground. But that’s exactly what dog owners should find: common[…]

    Wildlife Proofing Your Property

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    What’s more beautiful – more awe-inspiring – than the Great Outdoors? Each creature is an essential part of the circle of life. But that doesn’t mean you want skunks, raccoons, squirrels, possums, bears, and other “visitors” hanging around your yard (or even worse – in your garage, sheds, or outbuildings!). […]

    Adopting Two Puppies

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    When you add new members to your family, love doesn’t divide – it multiplies. If you own more than one furry friend, you know how much joy and happiness they bring you. So does that mean adopting two puppies at the same time is a great idea? Hold your horses[…]

    Agility Training

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    Why should you consider agility training your dog? In the words of trainer, author, and shelter founder, Sue Sternberg, “I think if every dog owner engaged in agility training with his or her dog, the dog world would be a better place. Agility is that good, that fun, and that[…]

    Taking the Sting Out of Summer

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    Why do they call the period between the beginning of July and middle of August the “dog days of summer”? Because dogs love this time of year. Ok, that’s not really why, but it makes sense to any  owner whose pet rushes outside at the first whiff of warm weather[…]

    Which Collar is Right for Your Dog?

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    No two dogs – or owners – are alike. Some are high-energy; some prefer to lounge on your sofa. Some love meaty bones; others love a good carrot (really!). But there is one thing that all dogs need: love. And one more: a good collar. They allow you to affix[…]

    Going Away?

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    Finally! Some time away. Some time to just…relax. No obligations. No chores. Just leisure, good food, and maybe a little scratching behind the ears. After all, your dog needs a break every now and then, too! Whether you’re planning a family reunion or a business trip, sending your pet to[…]

    Your Cat Will Wear a Collar – Really!

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    Not only can your cat wear a collar, but she should. Just as with dogs, collars are a necessity if your cat is lost. The collar’s municipal tags and contact information will help her find her way back to you. You may be thinking, But my cat stays inside. Even[…]

    Finding the Best Dog Walker

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    That stroll through the park or jog around the block does wonders for your dog. Regular walking helps with weight control, heart health, digestion, and bone/joint mobility. But the benefits are more than physical: exercise helps curb destructive, hyperactive, and attention-seeking behaviours. But what if you don’t have time to[…]

    A Trip to the Vet

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    You know that knot you get in your stomach when you think about your next physical or turn in the dentist’s chair? You know it’s good for you – but you really (really!) don’t want to go. Now, imagine what your pets think when they go to the vet: they[…]