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Should I Get a Mini Australian Shepherd or a Regular Standard Australian Shepherd? What Are the Differences?

Mini AussieI cannot tell a lie. I’m wavering. I’d initially wanted to wait at least a year before bringing another dog into my life. I’m blaming it all on my daughter, Cait.

She’s been having me look at Aussies in Rescue and Shelters for her. She’s thinking she wants a Mini Aussie with a tail. Specifically a Mini Aussie Blue Merle. This is the girl she has her heart set on. She’s also thinking smaller is better for apartment living.

Looking … Read more

How to Tell if Pavement is Too Hot for Your Dog’s Paws

When Are Sidewalks and Roads Too Hot for Your Dog’s Paws?

The Seven-Second Test

There’s a simple seven-second test to check whether the pavement is too hot for your pet’s paws. Just touch the pavement with the back of your hand for seven seconds.

temperature sign

If you can’t hold your hand there for the full seven seconds, then it’s also too hot for your dog’s paws. Same difference, if you walk barefoot and can’t tolerate the pavement heat, neither can your … Read more

How to Save Yourself a Trip to the Emergency Vet

Can’t tell you how many times over the decades and decades that I’ve lived with my animals that I wished there was a stop-gap measure before having to rush off to the Emergency Vet on nights or weekends. It would have saved me thousands of dollars.

Now there is an online service and app that may just do the trick. Fuzzy is a telehealth service for pet people with 24/7 access to customized pet care and product recommendations from vet … Read more

Dogs Can Recognize Their Owner by Voice Alone

A new study from the researchers of the Department of Ethology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Hungary reveals that dogs can recognize their owner by voice alone, and they make use of some of the same voice properties as humans do. The study is published in Animal Cognition. Read the full article »

I never cease to be amazed at how many dog studies done by scientists are completely self-evident to anyone who actually lives with dogs.… Read more

There’s a Cold North Wind Blowin’

Temps are in the sub-zeros for the next few days. And it feels like it!

But we’re ready! Wink’s getting good use out of his new winter coat this year. Oh, the extra rugs everywhere? Wink can’t handle wood floors anymore without his legs going out from under him. Getting old is hell.

dog wearing coat

If your dog is in need of a new coat, I just reviewed my top 5 picks for winter coats here »Read more

Because We All Could Use a Feel-Good Story

Dog Is Hailed as ‘Real-Life Lassie’ After Leading Police to Truck Crash

shepherd outside on snowy dayExcerpted from The New York Times: Two men lay unconscious on a frigid Vermont night until Tinsley, a led the authorities back to the site of the wreck.

At first, the officers were simply trying to catch Tinsley to get her out of … Read more

My Dog Ate Cat Litter-What Should I Do?

dog eating cat litter I know, I know. It’s gross. But your dog is in good company. Eating cat and, well, actually any other animal poop is not uncommon. And there are almost as many reasons as there are kinds of poop that dogs will eat. But that’s a subject for another post.

But the cat poop’s already out of the bag or I should say litter box. You know your dog has already been snacking. Now you want to know what to do. … Read more

5 Best Winter Coats for Dogs

Dog running in snow Should Your Dog Wear a Winter Coat? Short Answer—Probably Yes.

Different breeds have different tolerances to cold. Northern dogs (like Huskies and Malamutes) and Labradors have developed special physiological adaptations for coping with the cold. But many other breeds and individual dogs benefit from an extra warming layer in cold weather including: 

  • Dogs with insufficient fat stores to keep them warm
  • Short-haired dogs and/or breeds accustomed to warm temps
  • Immune-compromised dogs
  • Older dogs, especially those in poor health

In short, … Read more

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