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Full Belly for the Holidays
PetParadise coordinates a three-state food drive for needy pets
In March, I wrote about the emergence of pet soup kitchens, whose numbers are growing amid the current economic state. Unfortunately, not all communities have this type of resource available for those in need.  The multi-state pet boarding and daycare resort, PetParadise, noticed that, across the board, many people were struggling to keep their pets, while donations were down for area rescues. As...
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Pets and Holiday Gatherings
Create a safe space to keep the pups jolly.
With the holidays approaching, the increase in good tidings unfortunately also comes with an increase in potential hazards. Earlier this month, Karen wrote on the dangers of poisoning, choking, and fires, as well as tips for holiday travel.  If you’re hosting a holiday gathering at your home, don’t forget to consider your dog’s comfort though the commotion of visiting relatives and boisterous...
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Relocating Homeless Pets
California's unwanted Chihuahuas move east
Blame it on movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Legally Blonde, popular celebrities like Paris Hilton, commercials for Taco Bell, or on the economy, which has been increasing homeless pets across the board.  Whatever the reason, California is seeing an overwhelming number of Chihuahuas filling their shelters. In the past, the majority of unwanted dogs tended to be Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes...
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Hungarian Super Pups
A training method that focuses on the whole dog.
You may have already seen the viral You Tube video of a group of dogs decorating a Christmas tree, or the recently posted sequel of the same pack setting up a beach scene.  These incredible videos have been leaving many animal lovers wondering who trained these dogs, particularly if you don’t speak Hungarian. The group behind these well-trained pups is dog club, Népszigeti Kutyaiskola. The...
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Doggies in the Windows
Macy’s features adoptable animals in their Christmas displays.
As Christmas approaches, cities are full of people flocking to department stores to see the festive displays. Being in New York, I see plenty of beautiful windows, but often it seems a little extravagant and perhaps a waste of money. The Union Square Macy’s in San Francisco, Calif. has found a way to use their beautiful windows to benefit a good cause year after year by teaming up with the SF/...
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Getting the Perfect Shot
Tips for taking a holiday photo of the furry kids
With the holidays quickly approaching, I decided that it was time to take our annual portrait of the dogs to send out with the Christmas cards. Not only is it fun to give our friends a cute photo, but it's nice to look back at the dogs over the years. This time we were inspired by an old childhood picture of a friend and her trusty pup dressed up for the ski slopes.  To get a good shot, it...
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Fur Is the Best Medicine
Pet therapy helps to reduce the need for pain pills.
As a pet therapy team, my Sheltie, Nemo, and I have visited patients at the hospital and read with kids at the library. Nemo loves children, so he’s always excited about the reading program, although sitting in one place for 15-30 minutes can sometimes be a challenge! But my favorite place to visit is the hospital. I love bringing some canine sunshine into the dreary rooms and chatting with the...
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Cast Your Vote
The polls are closing for the top dogs in pop culture.
In honor of the American Kennel Club’s 125th anniversary, the AKC has teamed up with AOL’s PawNation.com to compile a list of the Top 125 Dogs in Popular Culture decided by pet lovers around the world. There’s just a couple days left before the polls close and the final results will be unveiled on Monday, Dec. 7. From cartoons to literary characters, dog lovers can vote for their favorite pups in...
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From Timeouts to Clicker Training
What we’ve gained from studying animal behavior.
I’ve learned a lot about human behavior from my experience training dogs and always knew it would somehow influence how I raise my future kids. I often joke that I’ll corral unruly children in crates, which is usually met with nervous laughter, but in all seriousness, many of the techniques we use to modify human behavior stems from what we know about animal behavior. A recent Slate.com article...
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Collegiate Canines
Petside.com ranks the top 10 pet-friendly schools.
For high school students, the deadline for applying to colleges is quickly approaching. This means many of those students, like I did, will soon have to leave their beloved pets behind to pursue a higher education. Pets are a big responsibility, particularly for busy college students, but they can be great way to reduce stress and ease homesickness. Fortunately, more and more colleges are...

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