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Speaking of Pets with Mindy Norton is for people who care about pets and about humane treatment for animals in general, and who want to celebrate that special relationship between us and our animal companions. On Alabama Public Radio Saturdays at 8:59

Published: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:22:09 GMT

Copyright: Alabama Public Radio

Mayor Stubbs

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMT

The mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, is celebrating fifteen years on the job, which is pretty much his whole life.

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Unchain Your Dog

Sat, 14 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Keeping your dog on a chain might seem like the responsible thing to do, but it may be kinder and safer to find another way to restrain your best friend.

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Hot Weather and Your Pet

Sat, 30 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMT

As the mercury rises to unseasonably high temperatures, the heat can cause problems for our pets!

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Cat Training

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Training a cat? Okay, maybe your cat won't do parlor tricks, but it is possible to train your cat for some basic good behavior.

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Cats Vs. Fleas

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMT

The battle between cats and fleas turns into a minor skirmish if you use the right product to help your pet fight those bothersome little parasites.

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The Making of a Great Pet

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMT

In order to have a great pet, you have to invest in it, but you are almost guaranteed to get a great return!

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Lessons From Cats

Sat, 02 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMT

You may think of your cat as your pet, or your friend, but teacher? Turns out you can learn a lot about life by watching your cat (so pay attention)!

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Memorial Day Pets

Sat, 26 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

There are lots of great things for pet owners to do this weekend, including the Dog Bowl in Frankenmuth, Michigan, but even in the midst of all the fun and games remember to keep your animal's safety in mind.

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Keep It Clean, Keep It Healthy

Sat, 19 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Keeping your pet safe and healthy includes making sure you follow good practices for keeping eating and drinking utensils clean.

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More Pet Food Recalls

Sat, 12 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Once again salmonella is in the headlines as tainted pet food is posing a threat to both animals and their owners.

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Genesis Awards 2012

Sat, 05 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

The 26th Annual Genesis Awards have been handed out, and you can watch to see who receives the honors for helping improve conditions for our animal friends.

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Ready for a Disaster

Sat, 28 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

It can be painful to remember the devastating images after last year's tornado, but it's important that we take steps to be prepared for future disasters, for our sake and for the sake of our pets.

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Alternative Pets

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Not everyone can have a dog or cat as a pet, but there are other choices that may fit better with your situation or lifestyle.

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Pet's Tax Return

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

With the deadline looming for reporting individual income tax, you may wishing you could claim your pet as a dependent. What if your pet had to file its own tax return?

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Easter Goodies May Not Be Good For Pets

Sat, 07 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Like small children, pets love to sneak a forbidden treat. If that treat is in an Easter basket, your best friend could end up with a tummy ache - or worse (much worse)!

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The Easter Duck

Sat, 31 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Almost everyone finds the idea of holding a soft cuddly bunny or chick appealing, but taking one into your home as an Easter pet brings with it responsibility that lasts well beyond the holiday.

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Losing a Pet

Sat, 24 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMT

When we grieve the loss of a pet, we are grieving the loss of a special friend and companion that shared our life.

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Irish Pets

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMT

On St. Patrick's Day it seems everyone is at least a little Irish, but the Emerald Isle has given us more than a day - it has given us some great pets that are worth celebrating!

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Spring Break Getaway

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Heading out for Spring Break? If so, make plans for the care and well-being of your best friend while you're gone!

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Million Pound Pledge

Sat, 03 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Overweight pets suffer from the same problems as a result of the extra pounds, just as we humans do. But if you take the pledge and get motivated, you could have a healthier pet - and probably a happier one, too.

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World Spay Day 2012

Sat, 25 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

With the mild winter comes an early spring. In the animal welfare world, that means more litters of pet animals and still not enough homes. World Spay Day reminds us to make sure our pets do not contribute to the continuing tragedy that is pet overpopulation.

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Winner at Westminster

Sat, 18 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

It seems impossible to select one dog to be Best In Show from among 2,000 dogs of all shapes, sizes and colors, but the judges at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show make it look easy - and of course, they have a system that has worked for more than 100 years!

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Seizures in Pets, Part 2

Sat, 11 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Recognizing what's happening when your pet has a seizure is one thing, but at least as important is how you respond during and after the seizure.

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Seizures in Pets

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

When a pet has a seizure, it can be a scary experience for both the animal and the humans who love it.

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Cats Strut Their Stuff at the Cat Show

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT

It's showtime for the cats as they compete in the Birmingham Feline Fanciers Annual Cat Show!

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Sleeping With Your Pet

Sat, 21 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Sharing your life with a pet can bring a lot of rewards - companionship, comfort, even entertainment. But should you share your bed, too?

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A New Baby and Your Pet

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT

If you will be bringing a new baby into a home that already has a pet, a little planning and pet-training will help to make the introduction smooth and safe for everyone.

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Aging Dogs

Sat, 07 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT

As our canine companions get older, they often become more dear to us, even if they may require a little extra attention and consideration

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New Year's Resolutions - Pet Style

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

While you're considering what you can do in the new year to improve your life, there may be something you can do for your pet, as well!

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Animals at the Manger

Sat, 24 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Sharing Christmas with our pets is one way to help us remember the very first Christmas!

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Holiday Stress for Pets

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

A lot of us get stressed out during the holidays, and that goes for our pets, too!

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Pet Gifts

Sat, 10 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Is it a good idea to include your pet on your Christmas gift list? If you do, you're not alone.

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Home for the Holidays

Sat, 03 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

You could make this a very special Christmas for a homeless pet by adopting a dog or cat from your local animal shelter - and in return, you'll get a faithful companion to make your seasons bright all year long!

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Decorating for Christmas

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Christmas decorations that make us feel merry and bright can pose risks for our pets.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Sat, 19 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Many of us see our pets as family members who just happen to be furry and four-legged. But we may not be doing them a favor when we share our Thanksgiving feast with them.

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National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Sat, 12 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Animal shelters provide an invaluable service to their communities, and this week has been a time to recognize and appreciate their contribution to our society.

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Daniel the Miracle Dog

Sat, 05 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The shelter had more dogs than it could hold, and the mixed-Beagle stray was one of those selected for euthanasia. By some miracle, he escaped, unharmed, and is destined for a new home. So whose fault is it that this great pet almost lost his life?

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Halloween and Your Pet

Sat, 29 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Halloween can be a spooky time. Just make sure your pet is not the one that gets spooked!

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Exotic Pets? Not a Good Idea!

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Too often we humans try to keep animals as pets that are not domesticated - and it is usually the animals that suffer the consequences.

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Pet-Friendly City

Sat, 15 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

St. Francis is the patron saint of animals, so it stands to reason that the city which bears his name would be a great place for pets to live!

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And the Hero Dog Award Goes To...

Sat, 08 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

After months of online voting, one special dog is chosen to receive the Hero Dog Award!

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Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month 2011

Sat, 01 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

All my canine friends are so excited because today is the first day of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month!

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A Cat's (Reunion) Tale

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In 2006, a New Yorker on a ski vacation in Colorado found a stray cat and took it home. Now in 2011, that cat is reunited with its original family, all thanks to technology the size of a grain of rice!

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Shortage of Heartworm Medication

Sat, 17 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Protecting your dog or cat from heartworms has always been a good idea, but now it could save your pet's life. After all, just one mosquito bite could infect an unprotected pet.

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Inexpensive Cat Toys

Sat, 10 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

For a cat, playtime is more than just entertainment. It can be good exercise, and help to keep your feline buddy mentally alert.

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Evacuating With Your Pet

Sat, 03 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In a disaster situation you may have to make the the decision to evacuate without much notice. Advance preparation for both you and your pet can be a big help!

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Hero Dog Awards, Part 4

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Eight working dogs have been named as finalists for the Hero Dog Award. In the spotlight this week are two dogs that definitely have made a significang contribution to their owners' quality of life.

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Hero Dog Awards, Part 3

Sat, 20 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

You wouldn't think a military dog would have much in common with a therapy dog, but how about a military dog that trains therapy dogs? That's just one of the finalists for the American Hero Dog Award.

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Hero Dog Awards, Part 2

Sat, 13 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Whether searching for survivors or helping to catch lawbreakers, this week's award nominees have definitely earned the right to be called heroes.

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Hero Dog Awards

Sat, 06 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

A hero can come in any size or shape, but the American Humane Association believes they often come with four legs.

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Hero Dog Awards, Part 1

Sat, 06 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

A hero can come in any size or shape, but the American Humane Association believes they often come with four legs.

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Education Is Important - Even For Pets

Sat, 30 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

You've probably heard that it's important to get a good education. Well, that goes for pets, too. It not only makes your life easier, it makes for a better pet - which makes for a great relationship.

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Education Is Important - Even For Pets

Sat, 30 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

You've probably heard that it's important to get a good education. Well, that goes for pets, too. It not only makes life easier for you, it makes the animal a better pet - which makes for a better relationship.

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Who Is That Behind the Wheel?

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The driver of that car may have a license but not the kind you need to operate a motor vehicle.

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Warning ? Sugar-Free Can Be Toxic for Dogs

Sat, 16 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Feeding your pet a sugar-free treat may seem like a healthy alternative to other snacks, but if that treat contains xylitol it could be very UN-healthy.

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They Just Keep Coming

Sat, 09 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It is estimated that during the course of one year, four million pets are euthanized in this country. That's a statistic, but when you look at any one animal that is a victim of pet overpopulation, it's a tragedy.

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Patriotic Pets

Sat, 02 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It may seem un-American to exclude your pet from your Fourth of July festivities, but be careful - fireworks are not pet-friently.

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Dusty the Cat Burglar

Sat, 25 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Cats are hunters by nature, and often bring their trophies home as gifts to their humans. But Dusty is in a class all his own!

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Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month 2011

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

More cats and kittens are surrendered to animal shelters in the month of June than during any other time of the year. And this year? Some shelters have more than their share already due to several natural disasters.

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Foster a Pet - and Save on Taxes!

Sat, 11 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Many people who have tender hearts are willing to help, no matter the cost; but it's nice when they also benefit from their act of kindness.

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Summer Safety for Pets

Fri, 03 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Seasons change but our pets still need our help to keep them safe and healthy.

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Celebrate the Heroes

Sat, 28 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Americans celebrate Memorial Day to honor the heroes who have served our country. For some, those heroes may have four legs instead of two.

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Plan for Disaster

Sat, 21 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

One of the best ways to survive a disaster is to decide ahead of time what you can and will do to keep yourself and your best friend safe.

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Tuscaloosa Storm Pets

Sat, 14 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Despite the fact that thousands of people and pets displaced by the tornadoes in Alabama, it is still possible to reunite owners and their furry friends.

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After the Storm

Sat, 07 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In the confusion left by the tornadoes that caused such devastation all across the southern United States in April, it can be difficult to match up those who can help with those who need it - especially when it comes to pets.

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Pet Safety in a Tornado

Sat, 30 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

When you know a storm is coming, the best thing you can do for your pet is to be prepared!

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Easter Dangers for Our Pets

Sat, 23 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Easter is such a pleasant time, but like most other holidays there are things that could pose dangers for our furry friends.

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Tax Deductions

Sat, 16 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

If you're feeling the pinch of taxes this year, you can do something now to help pets and also help on next year's taxes!

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Pet Allergies

Sat, 09 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

People have allergic reactions to all sorts of things, especially during pollen season. Well, guess what - so do our pets!

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Fleas Are More Than a Nuisance

Sat, 02 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In the Spring lots of things begin to proliferate, some of which are not so welcome - like fleas!

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Genesis Awards 2011

Sat, 26 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

When talent and creativity combine with courage and compassion for animals, that's something to celebrate - and to be recognized and rewarded!

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A Pearl of Great Value

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Everybody loves a Cinderelly story, going from rags to riches - but this special dog went from homeless to hero. It seems this Pearl was a real treasure.

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What's on TV?

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Think your pet doesn't notice what's on TV? Think again - your best friend may actually be watching it right along with you!

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Working Together for the Animals

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Sometimes people who care about animals want to help them all. Maybe that's not possible (yet) but they can certainly help more if they work together!

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A Noble Dog, Indeed!

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Thousands of Facebook fans have watched a puppy grow up to become a beautiful adult service dog. This week he graduated from training camp to begin life with his delighted new owner!

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Spay Day 2011

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMT

After sixteen years, Spay Day is bigger and better than ever. That's a good thing, because the only sure way to prevent the birth of millions of unwanted pets is to have them spayed or neutered!

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National Pet Dental Health Month

Sat, 12 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Dental care for pets is not a cosmetic issue; it's a health issue, and one that could have serious consequences if neglected.

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Cold Weather Safety

Fri, 04 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Brrrr!! Animals may be wearing fur coats, but they still need protection from cold winter weather.

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Winning Pets

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Dog shows (and cat shows) are interesting to watch and informative, especially if you're considering adopting a pure-bred animal. But a pet doesn't need a blue ribbon to be a winner!

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Apps for Pet People

Sat, 22 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

With all the new electronic devices at our disposal, people who like pets are finding new opportunities to take advantage of technology.

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Cat Beds

Sat, 15 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Cats are known to be independent thinkers, so choosing the right bed for your feline friend may take some patience and perserverance!

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Dog Flu

Sat, 08 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Respiratory diseases spread easily among dogs, but canine influenza is turning out to be much more dangerous than veterinarians originally thought.

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New Year's Resolutions

Sat, 01 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

A new year can be a clean slate for those who want to make a few lifestyle improvements - especially those who want to include their pets!

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Home for the Holidays

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

You can be a dream-come-true for a homeless pet by making it part of your family this Christmas!

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Holiday Air Travel with Pets

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Taking your pet with you aboard an airplane can be a fast and safe way to travel, if you take a few precautions to make sure you both arrive safely.

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Hanukkah Pets

Sat, 04 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

During Hanukkah, your pet can celebrate this holiday time right along with the rest of the family!

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Decorating for Christmas - the Pet-Friendly Way

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

As we decorate for Christmas, there are some things we can do to keep our pets safe while we enjoy the holiday!

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Thanksgiving and Pets

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

So what are you doing for Thanksgiving - or rather, what are you and your pet doing for Thanksgiving?

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National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week 2010

Sat, 13 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

A lot of people think of an animal shelter as a last resort for animals, and that's true; but it's important to consider just how vital animal shelters are for both people and pets.

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Animals Win At the Polls!

Sat, 06 Nov 2010 04:00:00 GMT

There is more than one way to stand up for animal rights, and this week voters did just that.

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Halloween Can Be a Nightmare for Pets

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

We humans may enjoy this haunted holiday, but for our pets it can be intimidating, terrifying, even deadly.

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Does Your Dog Tweet?

Sat, 23 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Dogs bark, yip, whine, even growl sometimes, but now they can tweet!

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Working Like a Dog

Sat, 09 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

We may live in a high-tech society, but sometimes nothing works better than a dog.

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Reading to Dogs

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Dogs and children seem to be a natural combination; now we're finding out that dogs can help youngsters learn to read better.

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Entertaining Your Cat

Sat, 25 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

It may seem that cats are solitary creatures, but they can really benefit from a little recreation.

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Restless Pet

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

If the thing that's keeping you awake at night is your pet, there may be something you can do to remedy the situation.

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Another Kind of Hero

Sat, 11 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

September 11, 2001, changed our perspective and our definition of a hero, both the two-legged and the four-legged ones.

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And the Emmy Goes To...

Sat, 04 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

If you watched the Emmy Awards telecast recently, you probably heard the name "Temple Grandin" over and over. So who is this unusual woman who attended the ceremony dressed like a cowgirl?

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Tethering Your Dog

Sat, 28 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Tethering a dog refers to attaching it with a chain or tether to a stationary object as a way of confining it. Most animal experts do not approve of tethering an unattended animal for extended periods of time.

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Pet Food Recalls (Again!)

Sat, 21 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Keeping our pets safe is not always easy, especially when we have to protect them from the food they eat.

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