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Finding a Dog Sitter

Black dog with leash over noseI don’t know about you, but I’ve never felt comfortable leaving my dogs with anyone else. I tried a couple of dog boarding places over the years with mixed experiences.

One (a veterinarian boarding facility) was the worst experience of all. Another, a woman who had a great setup on her farm, was great for several years, but she closed up shop a few years ago.

And there’s one woman who has come to our house to sit–who is fabulous–but you have to book her months in advance. We never know what we’re doing next week, nevermind months in advance.  All of this has meant that Andrew and I […]

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By |2018-11-12T10:14:34+00:00November 30th, 2018|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|0 Comments

2018 Top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

Having just talked to a shaken friend who recently got bitten by a Dachshund, it made me wonder who the bad boys are in the bite world now. As I came across this info, it doesn’t look like much has changed in the last 20 years.

In the mid-1990s The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted its first study into the dog breeds involved in deadly U.S. attacks between 1979 and 1996. During that time, the Pit Bull was involved in 60 fatal attacks, the Rottweiler was recorded in 29 and the German Shepherd was in 19.

According to the most recent research, the breeds responsible for most fatal attacks have remained the same. DogsBite.org compiled a 

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By |2018-09-14T17:00:47+00:00September 28th, 2018|Dogs in General|0 Comments

Cait Has Serious Puppy Hunger

Cait has intensely wanted her own dog for a couple of years. She knows she can’t have a dog right now— it wouldn’t be fair to the dog. So she does the next best thing and spends hours looking at cute puppy photos and funny puppy videos. I must get at least one of these a week from her. This is the latest. (You’ll have to click thru to post to watch video. No way to set it up to play in excerpt view, sorry.)

I must admit, it did give even me a twinge. Boy, do I miss my Aussie girl.

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By |2018-09-09T12:55:00+00:00September 9th, 2018|Dogs in General, Funnies|0 Comments

What Makes a Mutt? DNA Tests Can Tell.

Dog DNA test kitDNA testing has come a long way from the days when tests were exorbitantly expensive and results could take months to get. Today, you can order an inexpensive DNA test that can tell you what your mixed breed dog’s heritage is.

In an AP article, Nate Jenkins tells of how one woman did just that. She wanted to know the origins of her dog, Rascal.

“Rascal’s mom looked like Lassie. His dad? Well, that’s a good question.

Rascal’s ears make it clear he was the product of something besides a Collie, but his owners couldn’t say exactly what. So Kathie Svoboda of Lincoln dabbed a swab in her pet’s mouth, mailed […]

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By |2018-08-10T09:04:24+00:00August 10th, 2018|Dogs in General|5 Comments

Why Do Dogs Bite?

sheltie growling at maleGiven the right circumstances — all dogs will bite.

Oh no, you say. Not my little Fluffy! Never!

If little Fluffy hasn’t bitten someone so far, it’s because little Fluffy has been lucky enough not to be put in a situation that causes little Fluffy to bite. And maybe little Fluffy will continue to be lucky for the rest of her life. Let’s hope so. Upwards of one million dogs — and, therefore, people — a year aren’t so lucky (roughly the number of reported dog bites per year).

What Causes Dogs to Bite?

There are, in fact, many situations that may cause a dog to bite: Dogs are most likely to bite […]

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By |2018-08-01T17:48:13+00:00August 1st, 2018|Dogs in General|18 Comments
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