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Pets
8:45 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Adopt-a-Dog Month

Need a friend? I can be your BEST friend!
Credit Kazinvan

Probably one of the things that makes dogs so appealing to us humans is that they have a natural smile.  That and the fact that they make such great companions!

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The month of October is Adopt-a-Dog Month. To help celebrate the occasion, let’s consider the American Humane Association’s list of the Top Ten Reasons To Adopt A Dog From Your local animal shelter or animal rescue group.

Number ten on the list - You’ll never have to sweep your kitchen floor again.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat September 28, 2013

World Rabies Day 2013

Louis Pasteur monument in Paris
Credit couscouschocolat [fllickr]

Rabies has almost been eliminated in the United States - almost, but not entirely.  Every year there are still one or two human deaths  from the disease, and several thousand cases of rabies in animals reported. 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Dog and Owner Reunion

Golden Retriever - who could resist such a sweet face!
Credit Rob Kleine (flickr)

Golden Retrievers are popular dogs - friendly, intelligent, energetic, and very loyal to their humans.   When circumstances separated Mary Ellen Frazier from her dog, Bailey, it comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with this breed that both were anxious to find each other again.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Hero Dog Awards 2013, Part 3

Hero Dog Awards 2013
Credit American Humane Association

The 2013 Hero Dog Awards seeks to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways.  Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories:  Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Hero Dog Awards 2013, Part 1

Hero Dog Awards 2013
Credit American Humane Association

The 2013 Hero Dog Awards seeks to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways.  Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories:  Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs.

The Service Dog category includes animals that assist people with disabilities other than sight and hearing.  Most have received special training.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat July 13, 2013

The Dog House

So - fix it up or just start over?
Credit Tejas Prints (Cassandra Gallegos-Moore)

Summer is a good time to take a close look at your outdoor pet's dog house, to see if it is really an adequate shelter for your pet to get some relief from the elements.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Freedom for Pets

Patriotic Dog
Credit Randy Son of Robert (Randy Robertson)

What does freedom mean for our pets?  Even for humans, freedom does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want.  For the animals that share our lives, we can give them freedom to enjoy their lives in safety and comfort, as our best friends and loyal companions.  And that's something worth celebrating!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Summer's Heating Up!

Ooh, the grass feels so good on tender feet!
Credit Gareth Williams

A little planning and a little common sense - that's all it takes to keep your pet safe and healthy during the hot summertime!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Car Safety for Your Pet

Lots of fun, but not good for your pet!
Credit waterboard (flickr)

The wind in your face, your ears blowing back, all those smells coming at once - riding in a car with its head out the window is so much fun for your dog, but such a BAD idea! 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Pet Allergies (Not Yours - Theirs)

Allergies? What allergies??
Credit Elsie esq. (Les Chatfield)

If your pet is biting at its feet or fur, or scratching its ears, this time of year the problem may be a seasonal allergy.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Pit Bull Hero

Such a friendly Pit Bull!
Credit Steph Skardal

The Pit Bull is really not a separate breed but one of several, or even a combination of two or more.  Because they have been used and abused as fighting animals, some communities have banned them.  But people who really know these dogs will tell you what wonderful pets they can be. 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Safe At Home

Safe inside the fence!
Credit TexasDarkHorse

Keeping an animal as a pet brings with it certain responsibilities.  One of those is to make sure your furry family member is safe and protected.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 16, 2013

Of Champions and Heroes

Banana Joe (credit: Kjunstorm) / Gabe (credit: American Humane Association)

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 9, 2013

The Dogs Are Coming - to Westminster!

Westminster - Tibetan Mastiff
Credit Kjunstorm / Lori Branham

New York City is going to the dogs this coming week, as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes center stage!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Dog Flu

I don't feel so good!
Credit Laertes/John Hurd

If you have had the flu, you know how bad you feel.  You also know it can easily turn into something more serious (such as pneumonia) if you don't take care of yourself.  Canine influenza can be just as dangerous for your dog - maybe even more so because your pet probably has no natural immunity to it!

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