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Dogs Helping Disabled Humans

Dogs Helping Disabled Humans There have been many occasions when I’ve happened upon a service dog and its human and I’ve had to fight the urge to bestow praise and affection. But that’s exactly, I’m told, what is expected of me (and you). To draw attention to the dog...

How Old is Your Pooch, Really?

How Old is Your Pooch, Really? You've probably heard the old adage about the age of a dog being equal to human years by a factor of seven. Well, there are a few theories out there about that that I wanted to explore. So I did a Google search on the topic and here's...

Keep Your Pooch and Kitty Safe for the Holidays

Keep Your Pooch and Kitty Safe for the Holidays Anything roasting on the open fire, chocolate-covered goodies everywhere, tiny tots hand-feeding Fido some raisin confection lovingly made by Aunt Wilma. and Christmas floral arrangements as far as the eye can...

Doggy Bad Breath Should Not Be Ignored

Doggy Bad Breath Should Not Be Ignored Would you be willing to brush your dog’s teeth every day? Like their human counterparts, dogs can be plagued with the perils of tooth decay and gum disease. If your pooch’s breath makes you cringe, it’s time to talk to your...

Too Much Heat and the Dog Days of Summer

Too Much Heat and the Dog Days of Summer The summer weather here in Upstate New York and New England can be deadly for our pooches and other four-legged friends if precautions are not taken. In Part 2 of a two-part series titled Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer; Heat...

When the End is Near

When the End is Near I had a tortoiseshell cat named “Koko” who was the most precious friend that ever came into my life. From the moment I adopted her until the dreaded day more than 18 years later when I had to say good-bye she was my cherished pet soulmate. Even...

Jingle Bells song by Pooches was Groundbreaking

Jingle Bells song by Pooches was Groundbreaking You either love it or hate it. There's really no in-between. I'm referring to the classic holiday version of Jingle Bells that was first performed more than five decades ago by what sounds like a pack of dogs....

People Food for Pooch in a Pinch

People Food for Pooch in a Pinch Is it ever a good idea to feed your dog the same food you eat? Suppose, for whatever reason, you find yourself home alone with your pooch and there’s no dog food to be found. Chances are, living in Upstate New York ' s Capital...

The Right Way to Check Your Dog for Ticks

The Right Way to Check Your Dog for Ticks As mentioned last week, the arrival of Autumn and its accompanying cool days and nights is not a deterrent for ticks and other outdoor pests. Ticks are not going into hibernation. In fact, according to a study from...