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Dog vital signs – what is normal?

by | Monday, February 4, 2013 |

Photo by Kathleen Riley: The Beej, a Chinook dogWhat Is Normal? As dog owners, we can usually tell if something is wrong with our companions by the symptoms we observe. Vomiting and diarrhea are pretty obvious signals that the gastrointestinal system is off. Other signs that something is wrong are coughing, watery or mucousy (gooey) eyes and nose are signals that something is wrong. Loss of appetite and listlessness or sudden behavioral changes are warning signs that something is not right...

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Praise your pooch

by | Monday, February 4, 2013 |

Artwork by Kathleen Riley Praise is the most important tool you have to train your dog, and is also the hardest thing for people to remember to use during a training session. One of the most significant motivators for dogs is praise, but what is praise? Praise is not a pat on the head or a droning monotone good. Dogs are too smart for those approaches. Verbal praise should be heartfelt and sung out in high pitched, happy tones at the exact moment the dog has succeeded at the task or command....

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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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