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Fire Prevention Week Pet Tips from Petplan

Home fire safety and emergency evacuation plans have become a staple in American households but many plans might not account for every member of your family. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 40,000 pets die each year because of fires. In honor of Fire Prevention Week from October 5-11, Petplan pet insurance tapped three Pet and ...

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7 Virtuous Behaviors to Learn From – and For – You Dog

By Dobie Houson Like people, dogs are complex, sentient creatures. They feel love and joy, sorrow and pain. They have thoughts and emotions, and hopes and dreams. And they care as deeply about their needs and desires as we, as human beings, care about ours. As an animal communicator, I work telepathically with dogs, often to help humans, whether at ...

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What Would You Do if You Saw a Dog in a Hot Car?

A newly released poll by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today revealed that good intentions don’t always equate to action when it comes to rescuing dogs in parked cars on hot days. In a nationwide telephone survey, an overwhelming majority ̶ 93 percent ̶ of adults who have never encountered a dog in ...

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Outdoor Activities You can do with Your Dog

Dogs love the outdoors, and dog owners who engages in outdoor activities with their pets not only keep their dogs happy and well behaved but can also improve their own quality of life. Researchers from Michigan State University found that two thirds of dog owners went for regular walks with their pets, and that 60 percent of those who took ...

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Water Safety Tips from Trupanion

Most dogs can swim, but not all dogs are good at it or like it. Flat-faced dog breeds, like French Bulldogs or Pugs, not only have short snouts but are also top heavy with big chests. If they get too tired trying to stay afloat, they can quickly sink. When bringing your canine companion along to join the fun on ...

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Best Cars for Dog Lovers

According to the Humane Society, the citizens of America own 83 million dogs. Chances are good that at least some of the time we’ll want to bring our four-legged friends with us in the car. From taking our pooches on camping trips to including them on scenic drives around the area, it can be a real joy to take them ...

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The Benefits of Dog Companionship for Senior Communities

By: Karen Acton, Vice President, Resident Care, Sunrise Senior Living As people enter their retirement years, it’s important for them to maintain the special bonds they’ve shared with dogs. This is especially important to help make the transition easier for those moving into an assisted living community. The companionship of a dog encourages residents to stay physically active, promotes socialization ...

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A Painted Pet: The Finished Portrait

This is the fifth and final installment in a series documenting Ollie’s portrait process. Nearly 14 years after I first contemplated commissioning a portrait of my first fur baby Ollie and now it’s finally complete. To be clear, the actual portrait process took less than two weeks. It just took me that long to place the order. Todd Belcher, of ...

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A Painted Pet: Week 4

Pet Portraits

This is the fourth installment in a series documenting Ollie’s portrait process. Ollie’s portrait is nearly complete! I’m still in awe of the intricate details captured by the artist, Todd Belcher, of Jimmydog Design Group. It is true that an artist can really capture the soul of your pet. Normally, the artist would not be giving me a play-by-play update ...

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