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Today is National Puppy Day 2012 | Time to Celebrate

Today is National Puppy Day 2012 | Time to Celebrate

National Puppy Day is a special day, recognized on March 23rd annually, to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it's a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills, as well as further our mission for a nation of puppy-free pet stores.

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Healthy pets, healthy people

Healthy pets, healthy people

When patients are diagnosed with infectious diseases, it’s common for doctors to ask questions about their lifestyles and recent travel to help identify points of potential exposure. Included in the investigation is an inquiry into whether the patient is a pet owner.

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Allergies in pets | Finding the cause and easing the pain

Allergies in pets | Finding the cause and easing the pain

Dogs, cats and other pets can suffer allergies that show up as itchy skin, runny eyes, ear infections, sneezing, snoring, upset stomach and inflamed paws. Here's a look at some of the allergens

By SUE MANNING

The Associated Press

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Congress is Going to the Dogs

Congress is Going to the Dogs

During the heated presidential campaign, dogs seem to have taken center stage.  Mitt Romney can't seem to live down the controversy over the rooftop ride that his dog Seamus took during a family vacation. And you just never know where the ever-popular Bo Obama is going to pop up.

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Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell

(AKA: Paris Hilton's chihuahua)

After surviving a kidnapping from Paris Hilton's home in 2004 (during a botched robbery), Tinkerbell has once again stolen the spotlight from her diva-ish master. Dubbed "Accessory Dog," Tinkerbell has been to dozens of A-list events, including galas like the recent benefit for Pets of Bel Air.

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Bo Obama

Bo Obama

(AKA: President Barack Obama’s Portuguese water dog)

Bo may be new to the fame game (after his recent adoption by the First Family), but we’re sure we’ll be seeing a lot of him in the upcoming press. Already, there’s a Bo Beanie Baby, water bowl and teddy bear — and he just recently posed for his first official White House photo.

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Tips for House Training Your New Dog

Tips for House Training Your New Dog

One of the advantages of adopting a dog vs. a puppy is that the adult dog is already housetrained.  However, many dogs that enter rescues or shelters have never been allowed indoors, and will need to learn basic house manners and housetraining.  While the principles are the same for an adult dog as they are for a puppy, it is often much easier to train a dog or an older puppy who is old enough to have developed bladder control.  In addition, the adult dog and older puppy have longer attention spans and are more readily able to learn the principles you are teaching them.

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New Insights Into Dog Rescues

New Insights Into Dog Rescues

Unique case study examines the world of pet adoption.

Cody, the golden retriever, has fit easily into life with his new family, Andrei and Kiki Markovits. To see a picture of him cuddled on the couch, no one would guess this dog had ever known cruelty. But, in fact, Cody, who is believed to be between 3 and 5 years old, was saved because an animal control officer discovered his previous owner kept him chained outdoors and almost starved him. The officer took Cody to a shelter. From there, Cody went to a golden retriever rescue, which ultimately placed him.

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