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Behind the Breed: The Noble Basset Hound

September 29, 2022

Arguably no breed of dog cuts a more distinctive profile than the basset hound. Their short stature and long ears are as identifiable as it gets. The breed name is also descriptive. “Basset,” is derived from the French word “bas,” which means “low” (as in “to the ground”), and “hound” conveys that their sense of …

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How to Train Your Puppy to Walk on a Leash

September 22, 2022

You’ve brought your puppy home, which means it’s not too early to start going on walks. Which also means that leash training is essential! It’s an exciting adventure that you’re about to embark on with your new pup. Training your puppy to walk on a leash won’t be quite as easy as simply picking up …

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Is Your Cat Happy?

September 15, 2022

By now you’ve probably seen the trending videos of doggos bouncing to “I’m a happy guy, just a happy, happy guy.” But what about the cats of the world? Are they bouncing happily about, too? If you’ve ever owned a cat, you’ll know it’s likely that they are not bouncing around like a bunch of …

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How to Choose a Pet Boarding Facility

September 8, 2022

You’ve booked the flight. You’ve requested the time off. And now you’re daydreaming of mai tais while relaxing on the beach. But wait … there’s one more step before jetting off on some kinds of trips: determining who will take care of your furry friend while you’re away. If you don’t have a trusted friend …

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Can My Dog Eat That? Eggs

September 1, 2022

Welcome to “Can My Dog Eat That?,” our new series that answers some obvious (and not-so-obvious) questions about what your dog can and can’t safely eat. Read on! It’s no yolk — dogs can eat eggs! They need some kitchen prep first (i.e., cooking), but eggs can be a nutritious snack for most dogs. A …

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Behind the Breed: Golden Retrievers

August 25, 2022

One of the most popular dog breeds in the United States for decades, golden retrievers have a rich history that originates in the Scottish Highlands. The golden retriever is a highly adaptable and all-around sporting dog known for their affectionate temperaments and luxurious golden coats. In the late 19th century, Sir Dudley Marjoribanks, who later …

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Why do puppies and kittens bite?

August 17, 2022

Your puppy or kitten is all snuggles, at least until they’re not. Why do the cuddles from young fur-babies so often lead to bites and nips? If you’re trying to determine why your new puppy or kitten is biting you, fret not. Fido and Mittens are probably not biting to be mean or malicious. In …

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Five Benefits of Taking Your Dog on Vacation

August 10, 2022

It’s about doggone time to shut down the computer and mute the work notifications, isn’t it? Unplugging from work and heading out on vacation can boost your happiness, decrease burnout and improve your overall mental and physical well-being. But did you know that your dog can benefit from a vacation as well? It’s true! We’re …

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Can My Dog Eat That? Tomatoes

August 4, 2022

Welcome to “Can My Dog Eat That?,” our new series that answers some obvious (and not-so-obvious) questions about what your dog can and can’t safely eat. Read on! If your dog’s eyes are saying “Please throw that red, juicy, ball-looking food my way,” the good news is you can! Ripe tomatoes (either raw or cooked) …

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