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It’s National Mutt Day! 5 Reasons These Dogs Rule

Growing up, we called them Heinz 57. The American Kennel Club calls them All-American Dogs. No matter what your preferred name is for mixed breed dogs, people who have adopted mutts all agree that the…

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What Your Cat’s Mealtime is Missing

I was captivated by a recent NPR interview with veterinarian Vint Virga, a specialist in animal behavior. Virga emphasizes that we should try to view the world from our companion animals' senses. The …

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Do You Favor One of Your Pets?

Friends frequently ask me which of my dogs I love more, Sanchez or Gina. It's a funny question, as I doubt many people ask parents of human children which child they love the most. But, by appearance …

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How NOT to Hold a Leash, Unless You Want to Land in the ER

A friend of mine recently became a pet parent for the first time and adopted a big, beautiful rescue dog. Her dog wasn't trying to cause harm -- she just went into reactionary mode when she saw anothe…

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5 Lessons I Learned About Aging from My Senior Dog

I've been noticing some subtle behavior changes in my 11-year-old Lab, Sanchez, as he matures. He definitely is more set in his ways and seems to have a different agenda in his senior years. Every tim…

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Woman Eats Dog Food for 30 Days. You’ll Want to Know Why

A Washington State pet store owner is going to extreme lengths to prove that all of the dog and cat food in her Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium stores are fit for human consumption. She's eating nothing bu…

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Do You Call Yourself a Pet Parent?

I have to admit, up until now I've resisted the term "Pet Parent"... that is until last night. Previously, I considered Sanchez and Gina my canine companions, not my children. Yet, the events of last …

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Uh-Oh, I Was Caught Hitting My Dog!

I admit it. My friend yelled out "Lisa, why are you hitting your dog?"... during a game of tug with Gina. I wasn't punishing my beloved dog; I was rewarding her and building her drive. Tugging is n…

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Prozac for Pets Grows in Popularity, How Sad is That?

When my dog, Sanchez, was recovering from a slipped disc in his neck, for a short time he was on some of the same medication that my mother takes for her back pain -- gabapentin and tramadol. Fortunat…

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Want More Affection From Fido? There’s a Drug for That

Often referred to as the "love hormone" or "cuddle chemical," oxytocin plays a strong role in bonding us with our loved ones. Our pituitary gland naturally releases the hormone during special loving m…

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Laura is a Care2 Causes Senior Editor. She graduated from Pitzer College with Honors in English and World Literature and a minor in Music. She’s... more

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LOVEEEE Muts! They are not only beautiful but very unique in every aspect.

Having someone else prepare these foods, transforming them into yummy meals (except for salmon) woul…

I love broccoli, and the others except salmon.