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The Best Way to Prevent Cat and Dog Deaths

In a recent column, I mentioned that kitten season is almost here. Kitten season is the time of year all animal rescue organizations and shelter dread, as the facilities will be flooded with mama cats and their kittens – needing food, medical care, safety, warmth and if they’re lucky, homes. Many shelters commit to finding [...]

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Life on the Streets

Earlier this week, a local man, Cody Edward Daigneault, was convicted after pleading guilty to animal cruelty for shooting his neighbor’s cat with an arrow. Daigneault received a sentence of three years’ probation but will be sent to prison for 18 months if he violates any terms of his probation. Probation terms include that he [...]

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Meet the Foster Puppies

These adorable little pups are Angus and Lolly. My husband and I fostered them for the Jackson County Shelter for three weeks, to help them socialize to people and start learning how to be part of a family of both people and other dogs. They’ll soon be spayed and neutered, and then they’ll be looking [...]

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National Train Your Dog Month!

I just learned that January is National Train Your Dog Month! So to celebrate, let’s talk about dog training. The fact is that most dogs living in homes have had no training. When I hear people complain about their dogs, or when I watch dogs jumping on people and practically knock them over, I know [...]

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Get the New Year off to a Great Start

I read recently that about 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Did you? How are they going so far? I went to my gym this morning and it was full of new people – all those resolution-makers trying to get in shape or lose weight, I bet. If fitness and weight loss is one [...]

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Last Minute Gifts for your Critters

I read recently that some 70% to 80% of pet parents get their fur-babies gifts for Christmas. I just love that! My furry girls get treats and toys in their stockings every year, too. I learned recently, though, from certified assistance dog trainer John Drach that some toys can pose a danger to dogs, and [...]

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Silent Night

I’m enjoying this whole Christmas Carol theme I have going on here. I hope you are, too. I think I’ll milk it as long as I can . . . Over Thanksgiving, I had a house full of both people and related dogs. In addition to my fur babies, my mom brought her little Shih-tzu, [...]

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Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire . . .

dog in kitchen

If there is one thing that everyone loves about the holidays, it’s the delicious foods.  Fudge, cookies, egg nog, turkey!  The holidays just aren’t’ the same without a little indulgence.  And while your pets may beg for some Christmas goodies, you have to be careful.  Some people food is deadly to pets.  The following list, [...]

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year . . .

Ah, the holidays. The time of year we fill our homes with decorations, festive foods, gifts and guests. But the things we love most about the holidays can sometimes pose a danger to our furry friends. But with a little awareness and some simple precautions, we can make sure that our pets stay healthy through [...]

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    Dee Perez is lifelong animal lover and animal welfare proponent. She developed and taught a year-long series of university-level classes called Two-Legged and Four-Legged: Exploring Human Relationships with Animals that explored myriad issues around ... Read Full
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