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8:45 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Autism and Pets

Xena checks out what Jonny is reading.
Credit Xena the Warrior Puppy Facebook page

For years people believed that interaction with companion animals was helpful for children with autism, providing them with unconditional love, nonjudgemental friendship, and social interaction.  A new study shows that dogs can provide very real benefits for these children.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Fire Dog Wins Monument Madness

Sadie with her likeness at the National Fire Dog Monument
Credit State Farm

The arson dog training program, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, has put more than 300 dogs to work in over 40 states and several Canadian provinces.  These special animals are an arsonist's worst nightmare and a firefighter's best friend.  Readers of the Washington Post agree, voting the National Fire Dog Monument as the top monument in Washington, DC!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Book Buddies

Book Buddies in action
Credit Animal Rescue League of Berks County [FaceBook]

Research has shown that interaction between humans and animals can make learning a positive experience for children.  That's the basis behind the Book Buddies program that started late last summer in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, near Reading, PA.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 8, 2014

A Pet's Nose

A dog's nose - so functional, and so unique!
Credit jarapet [Flickr]

Large or small, round or pointed, long or short - a pet's nose is a finely tuned instrument that  the animal uses to gather a wealth of information about its surroundings.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Dogs Afraid of Thunder

Spanky is calm in his Thundershirt!
Credit DiamondBonz [Flickr]

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Does your pet become anxious in response to loud noises (like thunderstorms)?  Most animal experts recommend not cuddling and hugging an anxious pet lest you reinforce the negative response.  So what's a caring pet owner supposed to do with a cowering, trembling furry friend who is obviously afraid of the noise?

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 15, 2014

And the Winner Is...

A handsome Labrador Retriever, ready to play!
Credit saly9258 [Flickr]

It may be a Wire Fox Terrier that won the hearts of the judges at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this week, but it's the Labrador Retriever that has won the hearts of people all across the country.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Mutts at Westminster?

Dog and handler running an agility course
Credit Dave Hamster (David Merrett) [Flickr]

Westminster Kennel Club has a tradition that goes back more then 130 years, but in 2014 it's not the purebred dogs that are capturing news headlines but the mutts that are making a showing in the WKC's   first time ever agility competition.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Pet Dental Health Month

My teeth are so pretty it makes me smile!
Credit marinetank0 (Tom Williams) [Flickr]

When we think of a smiling cat, we might think of the Cheshire Cat, whose beautiful smile was the only thing visible when he disappeared.  Sadly, for the majority of both cats and dogs kept as pets, their teeth are not so healthy.  It's up to you to make sure your pet's smile is bright and clean!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Cold Weather Protection for Pets

Sung and cozy!
Credit CelloPics [Flickr]

Smart idea, even for a cat, to have a shelter that is raised up off the ground.  The animal is protected from bitterly cold winds, too, in a well-build dog (or cat) house!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Pet-friendly Home

Hanging out on the nice smooth floor!
Credit Jennie Faber (Flickr)

Having pets may mean you have to work a little harder to keep the house clean, but smart some choices will make things easier.  And less cleaning may mean more time with your furry friend!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 28, 2013

End-of-year Giving Opportunities

At the Adoption Center
Credit Sonia Su (Flickr)

Although Christmas might be over for this year, we can still keep that spirit of giving alive by making a contribution to one or more of our favorite charitable organizations.  And if we do it before the end of the year, we get to take a tax deduction when we file our tax returns in the next few months!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 21, 2013

The Animals at the Manger

The Animals at the Manger

Sharing this holiday with all members of our family, including the four-footed ones, is not a new idea.  In fact, when we think back to how it all began it seems only natural that they should be a part of our Christmas celebration.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Pets as Christmas Gifts - Pros and Cons

Surprise!

Giving a pet as a gift can be a wonderful idea, even better if you adopt it from a shelter.  But as a surprise for the recipient?  It just might backfire on you and on the poor animal, too.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Home for the Holidays

Can I please go home with you?
Credit Ian M. Phillips

This Christmas, you can add some joy to your life by adopting a homeless pet from your local animal shelter.  You get the companionship only a pet can offer, and in return your pet will enjoy the comfort and security only a loving home can bring.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Looking a Lot Like Christmas

Peek-a-boo Kitty at Christmas
Credit Aranami

'Tis the season to deck the halls, but do it carefully - make sure your holiday decorations don't pose unnecessary risks for your furry friends!

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