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Firehouse dog – the Dalmatian

by | Thursday, January 31, 2013 |

When most people think about firefighting and dogs, the Dalmatian is the most recognized mascot.   The true origin of the Dalmatian is unknown, although it is believed to have originated in India. Paintings and figures of spotted dogs have been found in ruins as old as 5,000 years. Numerous written references to spotted dogs occur throughout history. The modern Dalmatian, notwithstanding his name however, was developed in Great Britain.   The Dalmatian weighs between 25 and 55 pounds...

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How to safely shop on-line

by | Saturday, January 26, 2013 |

Image and article by Kathleen Riley-Daniels Online shopping is like Las Vegas – always open. The Internet offers up stores from around the world at your fingertips, 24-hours a day, 7-days a weeks, 365-days a year. You can order pet supplies, art work, exotic spices, handcrafted goods and so much more. Online shopping lets you take advantage of lack of brick-and-mortar with greater savings, sometimes heavily discounted pricing and safe payment methods. It really does bring the world right into...

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Understanding Pet Food Labels – Natural, Organic, Holistic, Human Grade, Clinically Proven

by | Thursday, January 24, 2013 |

Image by Kathleen Riley-Daniels There are so many things to consider when look at a bag of pet food — today we are looking at the terms natural, organic, holistic, human grade and clinically proven.  “Natural” is a legal definition in the pet food world and requires a pet food to consist of only natural ingredients without chemical alterations. Like most rules, there are exceptions and in the “natural” category the exceptions are for vitamins, minerals and other trace nutrients.“Organic”...

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AAFCO – what does that alphabet soup mean to pet owners?

by | Monday, January 21, 2013 |

What is AAFCO? AAFCO is an acronym for the Association of American Feed Control Officials which is a not-for-profit organization that sets the standards for pet, livestock and animal feeds in the USA. What are AAFCO pet food nutrient profiles? AAFCO sets nutritional standards and pet foods that want to be marketed as “complete and balanced” must meet those guidelines. The nutritional adequacy standards are 1) growth and reproduction – which means the food will support puppies and pregnant or...

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