Author: pet-care

I’m feeling a little stiff so I roll my shoulders to dispel the tension bunching my trapezius muscles. Then I take a deep breath, insert a magazine full of nine millimeter bullets into the butt of a Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistol, rack the slide to chamber a round, and point the muzzle at my target. “Just like I taught you,” my friend Phil says. “Remember – sight picture, trigger control.” “Squeeze the trigger so it’s a surprise when it goes off,” I reply. “You got it.” I grasp the pistol in a two handed grip, line up my sights, take…

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#1 – A one year old dog is as mature, physically, as a 15 year old human. #2 – The average “city dog” lives 3 years longer than “country dogs”. #3 – 87% of dog owners say their dog curls up beside them or at their feet while they watch T.V. (in an independent survey) #4 – Dogs can be trained to detect epileptic seizures. #5 – Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic – a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese. #6 – An estimated 1,000,000 dogs in the U.S. have been named as the primary beneficiaries in…

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They can be eccentric, slow afoot, even grouchy. But dogs live out their final days, says The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten, with a humility and grace we all could learn from. Not long before his death, Harry and I headed out for a walk that proved eventful. He was nearly 13, old for a big dog. Walks were no longer the slap-happy Iditarod’s of his youth, frenzies of purposeless pulling in which we would cast madly off in all directions, fighting for command. Nor were they the exuberant archaeological expeditions of his middle years, when every other tree or hydrant…

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I found your dog today. No, he has not been adopted by anyone. Most of us who live out here own as many dogs as we want, those who do not own dogs do so because they choose not to. I know you hoped he would find a good home when you left him out here, but he did not. When I first saw him he was miles from the nearest house and he was alone, thirsty, thin and limping from a burr in his paw. How I wish I could have been you as I stood before him. To…

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What Prompts that Guilty Look? bad-dog ScienceDaily (June 11, 2009) — What dog owner has not come home to a broken vase or other valuable items and a guilty-looking dog slouching around the house? By ingeniously setting up conditions where the owner was misinformed as to whether their dog had really committed an offense, Alexandra Horowitz, Assistant Professor from Barnard College in New York, uncovered the origins of the “guilty look” in dogs in the recently published “Canine Behaviour and Cognition” Special Issue of Elsevier’s Behavioural Processes. Horowitz was able to show that the human tendency to attribute a “guilty…

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Free to good home. Excellent guard dog. Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as there are no more drug pushers, thieves, murderers, or molesters left in the neighborhood for him to eat. Most of them knew Jethro only by his Oriental street name, Ho Lee Schitt.

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I’m taking my joint custody dog Buster for his morning constitutional when he spots a woman standing in the street waiting for the bus. Being territorial he races towards the woman causing her to emit a loud scream. “Are you okay Miss?” I ask. Since Buster’s on a leash he fell short of the woman by ten feet. As he wags his tail the woman gives me a look designed to reduce my body into subatomic particles. It doesn’t work. I smile reassuringly. “It’s only a small dog Miss.” “I don’t like dogs!” the woman says, stomping away angrily. “”Take…

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As dogs age, it is not uncommon for them to suffer from arthritis. Just like with people, dog’s joints weaken as they grow older and they can develop arthritis. Sadly, young dogs and puppies can also develop arthritis. Arthritis is a very painful disease that causes a lot of discomfort but there are a few things that you can do to help make your pet feel more comfortable. Diet: One of the most important things you can do for a dog suffering from arthritis is to avoid feeding the dog too much. Obesity adds strain on already weakened joints which…

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100 Fun Facts about Dogs 1. All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbearer of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog. 2. Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die, the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned aloud for days. 3. Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions,…

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A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the…

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