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10 Things to Do When Your Pet Goes Missing on Vacation

July 11, 2019

What better traveling companion than a dog? They won’t complain about the accommodations, even if it’s a leaky tent. They’re happy to do anything you suggest, whether it’s hiking, swimming or just wandering the city. And they’re not fussy about where they eat. Even so, dogs have been known to wander away from campsites in …

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Inter-Cat Aggression: When Cats in a Multi-Cat Home Don’t Get Along

March 28, 2019

Maybe you adopted a new cat to give your current cat a playmate. Or you brought home a kitten to encourage your two older cats to exercise more. But now they won’t have anything to do with each other. In other cases, cats in your multi-cat home may break into “cliques,” essentially ostracizing — or …

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The New Year’s Resolutions Your Pets Wish You’d Make

December 20, 2018

Sure, you can resolve to eat less pasta and stop checking your cell phone every 5 minutes. But do you really have that much self-restraint? Instead of getting that gym membership, why not resolve to make some positive changes in your pet’s life? If you’re not sure what pet resolutions to make, your dog and …

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Is a Special-Needs Pet Right for You? (And Vice Versa)

October 11, 2018

A pet’s ability to adapt to hardship can be remarkable. A blind cat, for example, can learn to navigate the house (just don’t plan on moving the furniture often). Many deaf dogs can be taught to respond to hand signals. Even the loss of a limb won’t stop most pets from chasing a laser pointer …

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Don’t give up on your cat

You Have Options Before Giving Your Cat Up for Adoption

June 7, 2018

Cat ownership can be like marriage: It’s designed to be a lifelong commitment. But sometimes family allergies, landlord rules, litter box issues or other unforeseen problems can make the best plans go awry. Sometimes, cat owners may feel as if they only have one heart-wrenching option: to rehome a beloved cat. But don’t resort to …

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The Revealing Science Behind Pet Adoption Choices

December 7, 2017

When choosing a pet to adopt, what makes you more drawn to one dog or cat over another? Obviously, you may have a preference for certain breeds, coats or activity levels. But what else influences our adoption choices? It probably comes as no surprise that puppies and kittens have a better chance of finding a …

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Active Dogs for Active Owners

August 3, 2017

Is your garage packed with kayaks, running shoes, bicycles and other signs of an active lifestyle? Want a dog who likes to keep moving as much as you do, even on a rainy day? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here are seven breeds that have the energy to keep up with your go-go-go …

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Considering Greyhound Adoption? Here’s What You Should Know

April 13, 2017

From their long, lanky legs and lean chest to their tucked-up waist and powerful thighs, the greyhound is built for speed. As the fastest breed of dog, the greyhound can be seen tearing up race tracks across the country. But what happens when their athletic career is over? You’ll find that retired greyhounds can make …

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Why Mutts? Why Not?

July 28, 2016

Purveyors of designer dogs recently discovered what mutt owners have known all along: Amazing things happen when you mix things up. Although breeders can command large sums for crossbred dogs such as labradoodles, puggles, schnoodles (schnauzer and poodle) and chugs (Chihuahua and pug), mutts really aren’t that different — their genetic decks are just shuffled …

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What to Know Before Adopting a Former Police or Military Working Dog

January 14, 2016

Over the years, adopting former police and military dogs has increased in popularity. However, many people are unaware of what the official adoption process is like. If you or someone you know are considering adopting a military working dog (MWD), read these tips to learn more about what adoption and ownership really entails. What Is …

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