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  • How to Find the Right Collar and Lead for Your Dog

    from (dog)spired

    Tuesday December 23rd, 2014 at 03:00 AM


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    All dogs need to be walked, but not every pooch will require the same accessories a fact I know only too well. Having owned dogs all of my life, Ive had canines of every shape and size through my door, from a fluffy little Tibetan Terrier to a hulking Great Dane.

    When it came to walking them, each of them had their own specific exercise needs, different places that they liked to go, different games they liked to play. And each of them, without fail, required their own special...

  • Finding Rental Accommodation When You Have Pets

    from (dog)spired

    Monday December 22nd, 2014 at 03:00 AM


    Finding a place to rent when you have pets might seem like one of lifes many impossible tasks, but it honestly isnt. As someone whos accomplished it twice now, I should know.

    At this moment in time, I live in a lovely rental property in the middle of a major city, home to my four cats, two dogs, two guinea pigs and me. This is the second time that Ive rented property with pets. To complicate my searches, both of those times I had a Great Dane in tow.

    So how did I do it, and how can you? Here...

  • A boy and his puppy

    from (dog)spired

    Monday November 17th, 2014 at 02:25 AM


    It all began last Christmas, when two of Shybas older children, Jack and Zoe, met Santa Claus in New York and asked him for a puppy. After a few weeks of searchinglocal shelters, they found a puppy that they fell in love with Theo.

    We found him tucked together with his two siblings in the back yard of the Santa Cruz SPCA, mom of three Jessica Shyba writes on her blog, Mommas Gone City, of the puppy her family brought home last week.

    Big Bird as he was named at the shelter was the shyest of...

  • Deaf dog learns sign language

    from (dog)spired

    Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at 03:00 AM


    DIVIDE The Teller County Regional Animal Shelter is full of wonderful animals waiting to find forever homes. However, theres one dog in particular whos having a difficult time finding a new family. Its unfortunate, since most families dont know how talented he is.

    The dogs name is Connor, and he is a 1-year-old pup. Connor was born with something called Cerebellar Hypoplasia, which according to the shelter means his cerebellum never matured. Connor will forever be a perpetual puppy.

    Connor was...

  • Therapeutic dog training program UNC PAWS launches

    from (dog)spired

    Monday October 20th, 2014 at 04:51 AM


    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

    from (dog)spired

    Wednesday October 15th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    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

    from (dog)spired

    Wednesday October 15th, 2014 at 03:03 AM


    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

    from (dog)spired

    Monday October 13th, 2014 at 03:00 AM


    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...

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