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Melissa R.

My 20-month-old pup and I just returned from our very first USDAA Dog Agility trial (United States Dog Agility Association). I have only competed in AKC in the past, but a group of friends were going to this trail so we decided to make a fun weekend of it. We headed off Friday afternoon (it […]

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A debate recently occurred on a friend’s Facebook wall, even though that was not what she intended. She had posted about how she loves her Purebred dogs, and values that she knows their bloodlines and genetic history back for ages. She had in the past owned mixed breeds – which she loved dearly… But somewhere […]

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Itchy Puppy!

by Melissa R. on July 21, 2014

Just last week my pup, Emme, starting SCRATCHING! Scratching her legs, feet, sides. Itch, itch, itch! I started to feel really bad for her, she seemed to be itching non-stop. Previous to this, she had never had any issues like this, so I started wondering what was up. She had been in the lake several […]

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Yes, my dog is on Prozac (Fluoxetine). She has been for over six months, and our lives have changed dramatically because of it. I urge all pet owners who have extreme behavior problems (reactive, anxiety, etc., ruling out health issues first) with their dogs to consider medication as early as possible. The thought of it […]

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This past winter, we unexpectedly lost our much-adored Bengal kitty, Cosmo. He was young: only 1.5 years old. Though we had not had him long, he took a piece of our hearts with him when he left. I’m not sure that hole will ever be filled. So now I ask myself nearly every day: when […]

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Emme, our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, is now 19 months old. This means she is finally old enough to compete in some agility competitions. We have been training for agility since Day 1, learning to be comfortable on new things and starting out with the right training. So I was really looking forward to […]

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The 4th of July can be a fun time for you and your pets! Family, friends, cookouts, playtime and fun in the sun. But please remember to BE SAFE with your pets during hot weather.

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I am not sure how it happened, but my “puppy” is now 1-1/2 years old! That means she is almost TWO! I wonder when I will stop calling her my puppy? Probably never. We’ve come a long way in such a short amount of time though, so let’s update. BIG GIRL! Emme is now uncrated […]

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Fun Facts: The English Setter

by Melissa R. on February 19, 2014

Enjoy some fun facts about the English Setter breed. My family has had some English Setters in the family and they were amazingly lovable dogs.

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Wow. I never would have imagined how much TIME having a puppy would mean. I tried hard to visualize what all went on with having a puppy before getting one, but I don’t think you can fully grasp the situation until you are actually there.

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Overview: Dog Training Collars

by Melissa R. on December 27, 2013

I’ve tried all sorts of training collars, with success and failures. So I though I would share my experiences.

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These are a few of Emme’s favorite things. Perhaps they will give you a little inspiration for your own pet this holiday!

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The holidays are just around the corner – dinners, parties, guests, presents, lights and much more. Does your pet have any problems during these busy times? What do you do to help them through it?

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