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    Human Foods that Can Harm Your Cat

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    Cats are famous, or infamous, for their curiosity. But what happens when their sense of adventure and exploration extends into your kitchen or pantry? Then your kitty can go from intrepid to in trouble. There are certain human foods that can harm your cat; which items should you make sure[…]

    All About Service Dogs

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    Man’s best friend. If you own a dog, you know that this is much more than a cliché; it’s a fact that your pooch proves again and again. But sometimes, the relationship between man and dog extends beyond friendship. Service dogs empower people with physical, emotional, and mental disabilities live[…]

    Dogs and Worms: What Pet Owners Need to Know

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    There are the snuggles, the cuddles, the looks of love and loyalty. Then there’s the not-so-pleasant side of dog-ownership. The messes, the accidents, the eau de skunk et garbage… and the worms. Canine worms can create a host of health problems for your pooch. And, well, they’ve definitely got the[…]

    Tips for First Time Cat Owners

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    “Time spent with cats is never wasted.” Sigmund Freud The old cat person vs. dog person rages on. But cats, dogs, we love ‘em all! Cats, though, have a special place in many hearts and minds. Figuratively and literally. Owning a cat can reduce your risk of fatal heart attack[…]

    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[…]