Christy Powers is a freelance writer whose passion is studying and writing about pet health, nutrition and training. She can be reached at: cpowerspak@gmail.com.

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All About Pets: Do you want a mature dog?

A few months ago, I wrote a column titled: Do you really want a dog? Because if you are not sure, it might be best to wait until you are sure. But another question may be, do you really want a puppy?

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All About Pets: An all-nighter!

Have you ever been kept up all night by a pup who urgently needed to go outside every hour or so and, fortunately, made you aware of her need? I just was and I am certainly grateful that she let me know, but it was painful.

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All About Pets: Regulating what your pup eats every day

An article in a dog publication recently stated that 40% of all our dogs are obese. This puts an extra burden on their joints and backs and can lead to hormone-related diseases like diabetes.

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All About Pets: Tricks, treats and happy dogs

The Blackpak and I just returned from an educational and stimulating event in Tucson. Debbi Decker came to town to show us all how to teach our dogs to do wonderful tricks.

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All About Pets: Tortoise on the loose

My friend, Bob, called the other day, saying that he had a visitor and he and his cat were not quite sure what to do with it. A fellow working in the yard found this tortoise (pictured). Bob was hoping that I might have an answer for him. I did not.

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All About Pets: Summer activities for pups; they’re begging for stimulation

During these hot summer days, getting involved in some interactive activities with our pups might not be at the top of our to-do list; but, they are begging for some stimulation.

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All About Pets: Woof Down Lunch informative, fun event

An amazing event took place at the courthouse plaza on Saturday: many people with their pets wandering around checking out the many booths with a huge array of goods to taste, smell, wear or from which to learn.

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All about pets: Celebrating a 1-year anniversary helping pet lovers

One year ago, on July 31, my very first “All About Pets” column appeared in The Daily Courier. Now, 52 weeks later, I am still here, writing the column and hoping that many are reading and enjoying it. I have shared a lot of information but also, I have come in contact with some most interesting people and their pets. And when you take on a task like this, one is forever learning.

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All About Pets: Spay and neuter, so vitally important

There was a report on the news recently about a litter of eight puppies that were found stuffed in a duffel bag and thrown into a dumpster. Three of them survived. Just heard an update that those three now have permanent homes.

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All about Pets: Hot weather games can ease boredom, stimulate brains in animals

In case you have not noticed, it is quite hot outside! Not a great time to be out throwing a ball. The inclination is to be sitting inside with the AC running and reading a good book, but our dogs are bored so I have been trying to find fun games to play with them inside. Scent training and hide-and-seek are two favorites, but also, some fun tricks can keep those brains working.

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