New Puppy Checklist

Bringing a new puppy home is such an exciting time! Everyone is giddy, and there are SO many seemingly important decisions to make: What will we name him or her? Where will they sleep? What supplies do I need to buy? In this post, I will help you make everything easier, by providing you a “What to Get” checklist. There are some very important, as Dr. Ian Dunbar calls them, “Developmental Deadlines” you MUST meet in order to have a puppy reach his full potential. Along with these deadlines are some ‘tools’ that you will need to pick up, ideally BEFORE you...

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Everything Has Both a Beginning and an End

Everything Has Both a Beginning and an End   Life transitions can be extremely difficult and painful, understandably so. Why would we want something that is enjoyable, comforting, something we like, to come to an end. I had a dream just the other night about my two ‘girls’… Minnie and Delilah… who are my two dogs that passed away over the last few years. It was a beautiful dream where we were all together again, and having a wonderful romp in the park. Once I awoke, I shed some tears… when I remembered that they were no longer with me in my...

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Unspoken or Unsaid?

What is the difference between Unspoken and Unsaid? This is a question posed in the novel I just finished by Neil Abramson, called “Unsaid”. I don’t often read fiction.  Perhaps it’s because I’m more of an information-gatherer type of person, however this novel really captured me.  Perhaps it’s because of the focus on animals, or perhaps it’s because of it’s scientific side. (I’m a sucker for science-speak — I guess that’s my ‘nerdy’ side.) Regardless, I would say it was well worth the read.  I got a little of...

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Is Your Dog Potty Trained Enough?

This is a guest post from – House Training a puppy or adult Dog is such an essential issue for its owner that even a single exclusive tip turns out to be extremely helpful. The first step in making your Dog fit for polite company would be to potty train him. Some see this training as a hassle and some as a challenge. For me, it is part of bringing up a pet. Click here to subscribe to a FREE course on housetraining puppies and dogs. There are a few things you need to know before you actually start potty training a puppy or adult Dog. I enumerate these below: You need...

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Visit An Animal Shelter If You Want A Pet

If you have made the decision to add a pet to your family, first check your local animal shelter. They not only have dogs and cats, but other animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils. Pets end up in an animal shelter for many reasons. These animals would love to be adopted and brought home to become part of a family.

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12 Tips of Christmas

Everyone has heard of the 12 Days of Christmas… well I decided to have some fun with it, and use each ‘day’ as inspiration for giving you an important safety and sanity tip for this year’s holiday season.   I’m certainly not a doom-and-gloom kinda person, however, just like we teach in Pet First Aid… prevention and knowledge is always key to having confidence and in keeping your pet healthy for your long life together. I hope you enjoy how I managed to make each tip correlate (some… very loosely) with the traditional 12 days of Christmas. I...

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