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Doggie Paddle

by Bea January 12th, 2017
I did not get a chance to try to train Gracie to fetch the newspaper for our family because we went on a spontaneous vacation. I will have to save that challenge for another time, but in the mean time, I do
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5 Signs of a Fever

by Lori Sciame January 5th, 2017
Many cat owners wonder, "How can I tell if my cat is ill?"  Unlike children, whose foreheads offer immediate feedback on temperature, cats can be much more difficult when it comes to information on whether they have a fever or not.  Read this post for tips on how to tell if your cat is running a temperature which may indicate illness.

What Constitutes a Fever in Cats?

Cats can be said to be running a fever when their body temperature hits
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The Munchkin Cat: Short Legs But Long on Fun

by Ronald A. Rowe December 22nd, 2016
The term “munchkin” is most closely associated with the little people from the land of Oz. There’s a new and cuter munchkin in town these days: the Munchkin cat. The Munchkin is a comparatively new breed of cat that was first officially recognized in 1995.

The modern lineage of the entire breed can purportedly be traced back to a short-legged cat whose owner irresponsibly allowed him to run the neighborhoods unneutered. The area soon saw an influx of kittens with
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  • Labradoodles: The Best of Both Worlds

    by Ronald A. Rowe December 15th, 2016
    Labradoodles have become a highly sought after breed.  The combination of a labrador’s lovable temperament and a poodle’s compact size sounds on the surface like an unbeatable combination.  The reality is that the labradoodle is not exactly that desired mixture but it is a wonderful, loving, smart, and social animal.

    There are actually two, entirely distinct, breeds of labradoodle.  The American Labradoodle is a hybrid.  Exactly as the name would
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  • 3 Things to Know About Cat Health

    by Lori Sciame December 8th, 2016
    I recently took my two 10 year-old cats to the vet for their annual check ups.  Although I can't refer to the experience as being fun, it certainly was educational.  It seems that no matter how long I've owned cats, I always have more to learn about issues surrounding cat health.  This visit, three particular health concerns caught my attention.

    1.  A Cat Needs Oral Health Care

    The first health concern
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  • Dogs In Bed

    by Ronald A. Rowe December 1st, 2016
    When I was first asked the question of whether or not it is OK to let a dog sleep in bed with you, my immediate answer was “no”.  End of story.  Why would anyone even consider it such a thing?  But, as usual, there are two sides to every story.  It turns out that the answer to “should I let my dog sleep with me?” is a definitive, unequivocal,
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