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Show Dogs: Competing on the Catwalk

March 21, 2019

So much fluffing and buffing goes on behind the scenes at dog shows. And all for what? A few minutes in the spotlight in front of the judges? Perhaps. A six-figure cash prize? Not likely, since competitions like the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show generally award trophies rather than cash. As it turns out, many …

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Careers for Pet Lovers: Dog Grooming

February 28, 2019

While this blog has covered lots of different canine careers, from cadaver tracking to cancer detection, what about the people who make a career out of working with dogs? Specifically, have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a dog groomer? If you think making pets look their best is your idea of the …

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Good Hunting Dogs Are Vital Partners in the Field

January 24, 2019

Hunting dogs, it seems, like nothing better than tracking down game such as a pheasant, retrieving it with a soft mouth and obediently laying it at the feet of their owners. But hunting and fetching are two different activities! Other dogs love to fetch — almost as much as they adore the ensuing game of …

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The Virtual Vet: Consulting with Dr. Google

January 17, 2019

More than 75 percent of pet owners surf the internet for pet health answers before they make a veterinary appointment. Not a surprise, given that 80 percent of people search the web for information on their own health, according to a recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. It’s understandable. Who wouldn’t …

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