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  • Therapeutic dog training program UNC PAWS launches

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    Monday October 20th, 2014 at 04:51 AM

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    Heather Nash is a client at the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Health. She is participating in the second session of a new program called UNC PAWS, in which clients are providing training to a group of shelter dogs to help them land in a permanent home.

    PITTSBORO As other trainers worked to teach dogs commands for sit and heel in a backyard at a therapeutic farm in Pittsboro on Thursday, Heather Nash petted a playful, energetic beagle named Rosie.

    Rosie seemed to be resisting...

  • How to choose the right dog food

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    Wednesday October 15th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    If youve ever gone to the pet store and stared, mouth open, at all the different options, you know how hard it can be to settle on a dog food. There are so many different choices, some of which you probably never would have even thought about. Of course, add the online dog food stores and there are hundreds and hundreds of options in front of you. So how do you choose? Here are a few things youll need to consider.

    1. Cost Having a dog at all is expensive. Dog food is one of the major costs...

  • Campus Life: Drexel uses therapy dog at rec center

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    Wednesday October 15th, 2014 at 03:03 AM

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    A therapy dog named Jersey has found a job across the river in Philadelphia.

    Drexel University has become the first in the country to host an on-site therapy dog in its recreation center year-round.

    Colleges are beginning to use therapy dogs to help students cope with stress, but few have dogs on campus full time. Studies show dogs can reduce blood pressure, lower anxiety and aid with depression in students.

    I wanted to show that you can come here and relieve stress by exercising or petting a...

  • Gluten-detecting dog a lifesaver for Michigan woman

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    Monday October 13th, 2014 at 03:00 AM

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    Last Christmas Eve, Dawn Scheu set a bag of groceries on the floor of the kitchen in her Gregory home and got busy putting them away.

    Her dog immediately started pawing at the back of her legs.

    Willow, quit, Scheu admonished the German shorthaired pointer. From the other room, her husband yelled: Is she indicating?

    Scheu froze. Is that what was going on? Was her service dog warning her that something in her grocery bag contained gluten?

    Scheu, who suffers from celiac disease, called Willow back...

  • How to Locate Dog Friendly Hotels

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    Friday September 26th, 2014 at 06:22 PM

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    It is really important to travel as an entire family from time to time and this does include the dog. The good news is that there are many pet owners that love dogs and that want to travel with them. Because of this, many different dog friendly hotels appeared on the market. The problem is that travelling is a challenge and you need to be sure that you find locations that are actually dog friendly. This is not as easy as you may believe. Here are some tips to help you locate such...

  • We Made the Top 50 Pet Blogs

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    Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 at 08:13 AM

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    An infographic by the team at Rebates zone

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  • 9/11 Ground Zero search dog still lends a helping paw

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    Monday September 22nd, 2014 at 03:00 AM

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    Denise Corliss is pictured with her search dog Bretagne at Ground Zero in New York City in September 2001. It was their first deployment together.

    Some heroes boast muscle and brawn. Others possess steely nerves and impeccable timing. But this hero is a little different.

    This one has feathery fur, a sunny smile, a calm nature and for a dog an uncanny ability to zero in on the people who need her most. Shes a 15-year-old golden retriever named Bretagne, and shes one of the last surviving...

  • How A Dog’s Smile Can Change Your Life

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    Thursday September 18th, 2014 at 04:43 AM

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    There are moments in life in which you know you need to do something. And along the way, you discover that you actually love dogs when you have no idea that this was the case.

    This is exactly what happened just a few weeks ago. I was walking with a friend and in the middle of the road we saw a dog that seemed to be laughing. You know the type: the one that always wiggles his tail and seems to have a smile on his face even with a closed mouth.

    We stopped and we pet him for around 10 minutes. I...

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