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Happy National Dog Day!

August 26, 2014

shutterstock_128673815This is the 10th anniversary celebration of National Dog Day, which occurs annually on August 26th. Here’s what the official website has to say about this important day:
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Tuesday Top Ten: Breed-Specific Insurance Rates

August 26, 2014

shutterstock_89404294Many homeowners insurance carriers are loathe to provide insurance to homes that include certain breeds of dogs that they deem more likely to bite and cause injuries. Although the laws in many jurisdictions are finally reflecting the fact that it’s not necessarily the breed so much as the way the dog is raised, insurance companies still, in many cases, use breed-specific rating systems to either deny insurance or to require a higher premium, regardless of the individual dog’s behavioral history.
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Parvo Outbreak in Lowell, Massachusetts

August 25, 2014

shutterstock_151837820In a chilling reminder of just how important it is to keep your dog’s vaccines up to date, 20 dogs in the Merrimack Valley area of Massachusetts have died recently from parvovirus, and officials expect the death toll to climb before the outbreak is contained.
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Shelter Sunday: Enchantmutts / Albuquerque, NM

August 24, 2014

Shelby EnchantMeet Shelby! Shelby is 3-years old and is living in foster care in Albuquerque, New Mexico, courtesy of Enchantmutts. Here’s what their website has to say about this pretty girl:
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K-9 Inca of the Massillon, Ohio Police Department

August 23, 2014

If people outside of northeastern Ohio have heard of Massillon at all, it’s usually because of their high school football team, the Massillon Tigers. Turns out this town that is just down the road from me is also notable for something else: the only Dogo Argentino in the US certified as a police K-9.
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Saturday Survey: Is your dog overweight?

August 23, 2014

We all know that obesity is bad, but it’s sometimes tempting to spoil our dogs with “just a little” treat now and again. So, how’s your dog’s waistline looking these days?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Keep Your Dog Safe from Kidnappers

August 21, 2014

shutterstock_135827198According to the American Kennel Club, dog-nappings are on the rise. Over 600 dogs were stolen in 2013, a 33% increase over 2012. In 2014, the breeds most often kidnapped are pit bulls and pit mixes, Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Rottweilers, German shepherds, bulldogs and Shih Tzus. Much like with human kidnapping, the crime is often based in greed. You will get a ransom call saying that your dog will be returned when you pony up some money.

What can you do to keep your dog safe?
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Olympic Diver Greg Louganis and His Dogs

August 20, 2014

0809141235-1I was recently privileged to attend a luncheon where the keynote speaker was Greg Louganis. You may remember him as a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. Or you may just remember him as the diver who hit his head on the springboard during the 1988 Olympic prelims. But did you know he is also a dog person?
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Dogs and Obesity

August 18, 2014

According to a recent story in the Daily Mail, the worldwide obesity epidemic is also affecting our dogs. (Which they call “Broader Collies” and “Flabradors” – LOL)
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Shelter Sunday: Doggie Protective Services Rescue / Las Vegas, NV

August 17, 2014

Chinook NVMeet Chinook! This beautiful boy is living in Las Vegas, Nevada courtesy of Doggie Protective Services Rescue. Here’s what their website has to say about this handsome Husky.
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