February 1, 2011 - I came home on Sunday evening and played the messages on my answering machine. I instantly recognized my sisters voice. She was sobbing. Though I could barely understand her words, I knew what had caused her such pain.
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January 25, 2011 - The sun finally came out in my part of California, on the northeast edge of the great Sacramento Valley. I had a number of invitations from friends hit the trails and I accepted almost all of them. As a result, Im stiff and muscle-sore and my dog, Otto, is sleeping like a log.
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January 18, 2011 - This has been a rough month or so for my dog-loving friends. Dempsey the Boxer lost his fight with cancer just before Christmas. His owner summoned a veterinarian to put him out of his pain, but said that there was barely a flicker of life left in him by the time the vet arrived.
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January 10, 2011 - Whole Dog Journal Training Editor Pat Miller wrote an article for the January issue about why and how to teach your dog his or her name (Say My Name). She mentioned in the article how important it was to pick a good name for your dog, and shared the story of how she and her husband named a few of their dogs.
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January 4, 2011 - I dont know anyone who is a perfect dog owner. I know people who do an amazing job with their dogs from a training and behavior perspective and who feed their dogs really crummy dog food. And conversely, I have friends who spend a fortune on top-quality food for their dogs that is, their terribly under-socialized, untrained dogs. It seems like we all have an Achilles heel when it comes to managing our dogs emotional, intellectual, and physical health (or our own, for that matter! But thats another story.).
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December 23, 2010 - When I brought my dog Otto home from the shelter, I knew he was a killer. He had at least one murder on his rap sheet. His cage card said, Kills chicken. (It was a typo
I assume he either killed one chicken, or will kill chickens.)
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December 21, 2010 - Outside of a dog, said Groucho Marx, a book is mans best friend. Inside of a dog, its too dark to read. If youre looking for best friends of the book variety, here are five that belong on your gift list and on your own bookshelf.
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December 13, 2010 - Twas a few weeks before Christmas, and all through the house, The Miller family was heading for bed, including the spouse. I carried Scooter upstairs with care, Because his tiny Pom legs cant carry him there. I returned downstairs for the rest of the crew, Knowing they wanted to go to bed too.
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December 6, 2010 - Back in 1998, we were a happy one dog family, made complete by the light of my life dog, Axel, a grand Bouvier des Flandres. So why did I have to mention in passing to his groomer, a woman active in Bouvier rescue, that maybe wed like to add another?
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November 30, 2010 - I worry about using the topical flea and tick treatments. I hate the idea of applying a deadly pesticide to a dog’s skin – a substance so toxic that it can kill fleas for a month. And yet, the bites of fleas and ticks are awful. The itching caused by a flea bite can cause a dog to literally tear her skin open and infections can set in.
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November 15, 2010 - For years, Ive been begging the powers that be who own this magazine for the resources that would enable the production of videos that would accompany articles in the magazine. My concept was that people learn differently, and while some people can read about something (and look at the photos and captions) it wont make sense to other people until they can see it acted out video!
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November 8, 2010 - It was the inevitable; Nancy has taken in yet another foster dog! As outlined in her blog, with the right socialization and behavior modification, virtually all shelter dogs are adoptable. The key ingredient is the dedication of the foster parent.
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November 2, 2010 - Why are you taking an agility class? Isnt Otto agile enough? Thats my husbands question. Otto is plenty agile; I am much less so. But thats not why Otto and I are taking an agility class.
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October 26, 2010 - I attended a unique canine-related event yesterday, and while I was initially reluctant to go, Im really glad I did. An acquaintance, not someone I know well, was holding a celebration of life for her Boxer, Dempsey, who has terminal cancer. She knows its just a matter of time before she has to put her very special dog to sleep.
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October 18, 2010 - I took a quick look at a list of animal-related products that were recalled in the past year due to Salmonella contamination. (I happened to be looking at the one on the website for the American Veterinary Medical Association (avma.org); its list is based on information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations Center for Veterinary Medicine (fda.gov/cvm)).
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