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The Munchkin Cat: Short Legs But Long on Fun

by Ronald A. Rowe December 22nd, 2016| Cats, Spotlight
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
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Labradoodles: The Best of Both Worlds

by Ronald A. Rowe December 15th, 2016| Dogs, Spotlight
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
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3 Things to Know About Cat Health

by Lori Sciame December 8th, 2016| Cats, Health
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
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Dogs In Bed

by Ronald A. Rowe December 1st, 2016| Pet Pointers
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
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Dogs and Thunderstorms

by Ronald A. Rowe November 22nd, 2016| Pet Pointers
Some dogs are terrified of thunderstorms while others are unfazed by the atmospheric phenomenon.  Many people will tell you that they know what makes one dog a trembling mess every time it storms while others are unbothered, but I would take those claims with a grain of salt.  I
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3 Reasons Dogs Chase Cats — And How to Stop Them

by Marnie Bii November 17th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
You might be alarmed at your docile dog's sudden primal response at the sight of a nearby cat. Your dog may growl, bark, raise hackles or even start to give chase. Some dogs work up into such a frenzy, they try to catch or kill the cat. Understanding the
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Do Cats Miss Their Owners?

by Lori Sciame November 10th, 2016| Behavior, Cats
Last weekend my cat, Joe, followed my every move.  He watched me vacuum the living room, shake out throw rugs, clean the kitchen sink and floor, do piles of laundry, and even blow dry my hair.  When it came time for a much needed nap, he nestled into the
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Winter Care for Cats

by James Maynard November 3rd, 2016| Cats, Health
Cats who spend time outdoors need special care during colder months, especially those who live in northern climates. These needs include changes in diet, exercise and body care.

Most important, it is vital for a cat's health to have their time outside limited during cold weather. It may
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Safety Lessons for Kids and Dogs

by James Maynard October 27th, 2016| Pet Pointers
Children and dogs can make a wonderful match in nearly any home. However, it is important to teach children a few simple safety tips to keep in mind to keep both family members safe. First, dogs are pack animals, so it is vitally important that each person
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4 Tips For Taking Your Dog To The Pet Store

by Marnie Bii October 20th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
If you want a well-adjusted pooch, you need to focus on intense socialization while he or she is still firmly in the puppy stages. Upon reaching the fear imprint period in the sixth month of age, dogs begin developing phobias that will last a lifetime without intense
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Behaviors That Signal Trouble in Cats

by Lori Sciame October 13th, 2016| Behavior, Cats
Cats are mysterious creatures.  Many times they will act aloof, even calculating, yet other times they will demand attention -- especially when their owner is getting ready for work.  (At least that's what happens with my kitties!)

Although they can exasperate their owners with their unique behaviors, cats
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Essentials in Cat Care

by Lori Sciame October 6th, 2016| Care, Cats
Owning a cat is a huge responsibility.  Your new pet doesn't just need food and shelter; he needs to be cared for in many other ways - ways that you might have never dreamed of.

Maybe you have never owned a cat, but you are considering bringing one
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