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Do Dogs Really Love Us?

I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine from church yesterday about how we perceive our animals’ affection towards us. He had told me he’d read an interesting article from a scientist who hypothesized that what we humans have it all wrong. That “love” we feel from our four-legged friends...
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Top 10 Worst US Cities for Dog Attacks

If anyone can tell you which cities are the worst for dog attacks, you’d expect it to be the Postal Service, whose mail carriers occasionally find themselves facing a snarling canine blocking the way to the mailbox. The Postal Service has released a list of the 10 worst locations for...
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The Big ‘One’

Today, Scotty is a year old. I’m told that for larger dogs, puppyhood still continues a little past that first birthday, and that’s fine with me. Even a 72 pound dog can still be a “baby.” Scotty has this amusing habit of letting me know when he’s hungry or thirsty:...
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Scotty’s First Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, Scotty and I spent the day with the folks — mine, not his — and he got his first taste of a big Thanksgiving dinner.  He didn’t get a lot of people food, because I’m doing my best to keep him on as strict a dog food...
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Scotty’s Big Saturday

Scotty, who now weighs 69.4 pounds and hardly looks like a “puppy,” still is, but not for much longer. Today, he turned 10 months old. But he also completed the second round of obedience school, his intermediate class.  In addition to the basics of “sit,” “stay” and “shake,” he also...
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No Time for the Snooze Button

I hate getting up in the morning. So what I have gotten used to doing over the years is setting my alarm clock to go off about a half-hour early, so that I can then hit the wonderful snooze button on the alarm clock and gradually adjust to the notion...
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One Flu Shot Down, Another to Go?

I got a flu shot at work on Wednesday, after surviving last year’s flu shot — my very first — with no complications.  So now that I’m supposedly protected from the swine flu and whatever else was in that little vial, I’m now hearing about the importance of getting your...
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Scotty Update

Over the weekend, I mentioned that my puppy, Scotty, has been suffering some dizziness.  The best guess was that there was some kind of inner ear issue, and the vet gave him some steroids and antibiotics hoping to heal any infection or inflammation that might be affecting his vestibular system....
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Scotty’s Mystery Illness

For the past week and a half, I’ve had a sick puppy on my hands, and we’re still trying to figure out exactly what the problem is.  The best guess at the moment is some kind of inner ear infection, the kind that isn’t necessarily easy to diagnose just by...
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Woman Caught ‘Trashing’ Cat Now Charged

Remember that British woman who dumped a cat into a trash bin, trapping it there for 16 hours? She has finally been charged with animal abuse. As if, despite her protestations about “the fuss” over her actions, there was any real doubt that what she did amounts to abuse. She...
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The Newest Member of the Class of 2010

It was graduation day at Scotty’s obedience training, and while I was a little nervous about him being able to perform everything without getting distracted, Scotty didn’t disappoint. He got his diploma for his Beginner Obedience class. And I got a photo with him wearing his little mortar board. He...
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