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DO YOU KNOW YOUR SHIH TZU?

~ by Nomi Berger The Shih Tzu may have several names, including Chinese Lion Dog, Lion Dog and Chrysanthemum Dog, but they all add up to the same thing. One very adorable, personable, often stubborn but always loyal and loving companion. With his sweet-natured temperament, the Shih Tzu is less demanding and less yappy than most toy breeds. Alhough solidly built and lively, his

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Boston Terriers vs French Bulldogs

~ by Nomi Berger Identical twins or kissing cousins? At first glance, these two small, frisky breeds may seem the same. But in spite of some similar personality traits, they’re as far apart as Massachusetts is from France. The history of the Boston Terrier as a breed began in the late 1800’s in Boston, Mass. They were the result of crossing a white English

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BLOAT IN COONHOUNDS

Article written by Nomi Berger Coonhounds, like other deep-chested breeds, are at the greatest risk for bloat or gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), which is second only to cancer as the main killer of dogs. There are many theories as to why GDV happens, but there are still no clearly defined causes for the condition, which can occur in two stages: the first being gastric

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MAKE MOVING EASIER FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG

By Nomi Berger Dogs, like humans, are creatures of habit. Once comfortable in their surroundings, they are unnerved by change. And trading a familiar home for an unfamiliar one can cause fearfulness and stress. Unless you, the conscientious dog guardian, plan ahead with all the precision of a successful military campaign. Logically, then, moving from one place to another should consist of three stages:

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Adopt a Senior Pet Month

The TAGS adoption process takes a couple of weeks. First, you submit your application, and then, upon approval, you will have your “Meet and Greet,” hopefully within that week. Next comes the Home Visit, where TAGS volunteers interview you in your home, and then, presuming everyone would like to continue with the application, you will have a 1-2 week “Extended Visit.” This stage is

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Dog Park Etiquette

By Nomi Berger The lure of the dog park is inescapable. That wide expanse of lush, green grass. Trees, bushes and rocks everywhere. A high, wire mesh fence for added security. The scent of freedom in the air. As inviting as the scene may be, it’s essential that both you and your dog pass the test in proper dog park etiquette before you even

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