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Christmas Card Canines
Are your dogs in the family photo?
Christmas photo holiday portrait dog cat pet
  Every year, I insist that our dogs and cats be included in our annual Christmas portrait. (Who else would want to see a photo of just me and my husband, our parents aside?) This particular holiday tradition annoys my spouse to the point where I question if i am indeed a sadist. But the explanation is simple; this is my family. Do you include your pets in your Christmas photo? A few friends send...
News: Karen B. London
Puppy Heaven
Oh, how I love them!
Whatever part of the brain is supposed to make you see a baby and long to have another one of your own seems to have died when I turned 40. Yes, my heart melted at the sight of my own babies, and continues to do so when I see pictures of them back when they were small. I still like babies and enjoy holding them or making faces to make them smile, but I do not long for another anymore. Puppies,...
News: Karen B. London
Loving Dogs is for Life
Then, now, always
As a child, I loved dogs. I wanted to play with any dogs I encountered—those in the neighborhood, the ones at the park, dogs of friends. They always had my attention, even when perhaps I should have been focusing on something or someone else. If I could pet a dog, happiness was assured. I wrote about dogs for school assignments during the day and dreamed about them at night. I thought about the...
News: Karen B. London
Paw Prints in the Snow
Dogs bring joy to winter weather
With almost two feet of snow last weekend, many of us in Flagstaff, Ariz. spent oodles of time shoveling our walks and driveways. Being outside in cold, wintery weather guarantees that you will be visited by a number of dogs who are blessed to have guardians willing to take them out for walks in any condition. The ones who stopped by our house were all incredibly jubilant about the snow. Their...
News: JoAnna Lou
Bringing Comfort to Newtown, Conn.
Therapy dogs help a grieving community
No words can describe the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday. As we try to make sense of the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, most of us can only begin to imagine what the Newtown, Conn. community is going through right now. People around the world have offered to help in any way they can, including a team of therapy dogs from Illinois. Nine Golden...
News: Karen B. London
Some People Have a Lot to Say
Naturally they mention dogs
The sayings of the world’s most often quoted people contain many references to dogs. If people have clever things to say on any manner of subjects, they are likely to share observations and opinions on our canine companions. Mark Twain (writer, humorist and satirist) penned some of the nation’s best-known phrases, with my favorite being, “It is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to...
News: Guest Posts
Pit Bull "Round Up" Part of Problem
BSL promotes ignorance and intolerance
Imagine the outrage if towns decreed that all dog owners must purchase a large outdoor kennel, liability insurance, and muzzle their dog while out in public. Should they choose not to comply, or cannot afford to do so, their dog will be seized and impounded; no exceptions. Dog lovers would not simply roll over and submit. So why do pit bull owners in Sikeston, Mo., and many other cities...
News: Editors
A Special Child and Very Special Dog
On the heels of that  tragic story from Connecticut, a friend sent me this video. Hopefully it will bring you a moment of peace as it did for me.
News: JoAnna Lou
Puppies for Rent
College student makes dogs available to fill a void
I missed my pets so much when I was in college, especially when I was stressed out during exam time.  After graduation, I volunteered with Nemo and other therapy dogs to visit students at a local university during finals.  It always made me wish I had visiting pups to cheer me up during those stressful nights. After seeing how many students at Bringham Young University were craving a pet fix,...
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Ten Tips for Winterizing Your Pets
Oh, the weather outside is frightful! Winter weather is rapidly approaching and you’ve likely begun layering your clothing and weatherproofing your car. When organizing for winter, don’t forget to think about your pets. They too are deserving of special treatment this time of year. Here are ten tips for keeping your pets cozy, comfortable, and healthy this winter: 1.  Just as arthritis can be...