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Holiday Tips for a Happy Dog

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by Alana Stevenson, MS Author, Training Your Dog the Humane Way The holidays are quickly approaching. You may be worried about your canine crew mixing with friends and relatives for festive get-togethers—with a little planning and preparation the holidays can be more enjoyable for all. Doorway etiquette. Teach your dog polite manners at the doorway. Choose a place for your ...

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Bone Up on Wise Winter Weather Practices for Your Pet

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Notwithstanding their fur coats, pets can feel the cold just as humans do. So it’s up to you to ensure that your furry friends stay safe and warm during the colder months. To help, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, offers these tips: ...

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Every Extra Day is a Gift

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August was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in August of 2016. I opted for a course of treatment that included amputation of the affected leg followed by four rounds of chemotherapy. Amputation is really the only way to completely eliminate the initial pain of this disease and while it was a tough decision, I knew it was the only way ...

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5 Tips for a Dog-Friendly Vacation

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To help pet parents out, Nature’s Recipe® teamed up with Stefanie Michaels to share tips for planning a pet-friendly trip.   Choosing Your Adventure: Pick a destination that suits your dog’s personality. Is your pooch used to long hikes? Or being pampered at a dog spa? Either way, it’s about making sure you give your dog some fun time just ...

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Most and Least Pet-Friendly Cities

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WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2017’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities. In order to determine where Americans’ furry and slimy companions can enjoy the best quality of life without breaking the bank, WalletHub’s analysts compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per ...

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Doggy Getaway: Asheville, NC

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If you’re looking for an easy dog-friendly getaway, you can’t get much more dog-friendly than Asheville, North Carolina. I took my two pups for a quick weekend trip and everywhere we went we were greeted with friendly faces. In addition to an endless amount of hiking opportunities the city also boasts dog-friendly dining, breweries, and shopping! Hiking It would be ...

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One Day at a Time

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August was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in August 2016. I made the decision to amputate her leg immediately. As each day went by post-amputation August looked better and better. Cancer had taken her leg but not her spirit! I settled into a routine of cancer research, finding holistic supplements, and weekly vet visits. Through my limited research and advice from the ...

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A New Reality

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When August was diagnosed with bone cancer it took a few days to sink in. Maybe it wasn’t bone cancer. Maybe there had just been a mistake. If it is, maybe she will be the exception and beat this. A lot of maybes. I didn’t know much about bone cancer yet, but the common theme in all the informational articles ...

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Bone Cancer Sucks

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My 11-year-old August developed a slight limp in July of this year. I figured she had sprained her leg and didn’t give it much thought except to keep a closer eye on her to monitor the limp. She was still running and jumping like nothing was amiss, so I assumed it couldn’t be bothering her that bad and would get ...

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Dogs in cars

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I was working as a hostess at a restaurant in Wilmington, North Carolina when two ladies walked through the door. They approached the hostess stand but before they asked for a table they wanted to let me know they were concerned about a dog barking in a car. “There is a dog, in a crate, in a car and the ...

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