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All About Pets: Consider adopting a rescue dog to keep as a pet or pair with another

Recently, I was asked to assist in the judging of a writing competition sponsored by the Dog Writer’s Association of America. My assigned category to judge was books about rescue dogs. One of the books was a series of stories about different dogs that had been rescued. The other three were entire books devoted to one particular dog. They were all true stories.

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All About Pets: The amazing wildlife around us

We, the fortunate ones who live among the trees, get to see wildlife constantly. Primarily, it is the deer rambling up and down the hills around us, some with new babies at their side. Then there are the javelina and the skunks — the ones we are less excited about encountering.

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All About Pets: Life with an older dog

As with all of us, age is a factor we must deal with. It is not an easy situation either for the people in our lives or when it concerns our dogs.

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All About Pets: Tips for helping dogs with fear of thunder

We have been having rather severe thunder outbursts recently. I love them because it usually means that rain might be forthcoming. My dear Lacy girl is not quite so thrilled with the sound and sight of thunder and lightning.

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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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All About Pets: New pet food warnings have hit the shelf

The busy Fourth of July holiday is behind us. I do hope that all the pets that were frightened are now able to relax. Hopefully, none ran away. Such a frightening time for them. In my neighborhood, we heard no fireworks except on television!

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Powers: A short bird story; a view from the kitchen window

All About Pets

A few months ago, I wrote about the Abert’s Squirrel who was visiting in my yard and tearing up my dog’s toys. We still see him scurrying around the neighborhood quite regularly, and I think there are a few new family members.

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Powers: Be prepared for July 4th noise

All about pets

The 4th of July is probably the most troublesome holiday for our pets.

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Powers: Preparing for an emergency is no fun, but it’s necessary

All About Pets

June is Emergency Preparedness Month according to the Human Society of the United States. Last week’s column was about traveling with pets. Preparations for an emergency are similar, but there are some important differences.

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Powers: Planning a vacation? Hopefully it includes your pet

All about pets

Vacation planning is underway and hopefully, it includes the family dog or cat.

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Powers: Barking dogs: a little goes a long way!

All About Pets

No one appreciates having a neighbor who has a non-stop barker. And in writing about this subject, I do not attempt to claim that my dogs do not bark.

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Powers: Summer heat requires extra precautions

All About Pets

Once again, I just returned from a busy, exhausting few days in the valley celebrating a high school graduation.

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Powers: Pet food ingredients: What it all means

All About Pets

The basics for this column were put together by me a few years ago, but the facts still hold true. And the message is loud and clear - The ingredients do make a difference.

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Powers: Your dog’s companionship is vitally important

All about pets

Recently, I wrote a column titled, “One question: Do you really want a dog?” It is certainly something to consider seriously before acquiring a dog.

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Powers: Recognizing the amazing things therapy animals do every day

All About Pets

A group from Pet Partners of Prescott will be walking around the courthouse plaza with their partners beginning at 1 p.m. today.

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Powers: Some thoughts — food and feeding

All About Pets

It is always wonderful to get feedback from those who have read this column.

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Powers: National Dog Bite Prevention Week is April 7-13

All About Pets

The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that there are approximately 78 million dogs in US homes.

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Powers: Spring shedding means spring grooming

All about Pets

The temperature is rising and the trees are budding. Our pets are shedding like mad and hair is flying. 'Tis the time for a thorough grooming for both dogs and cats.

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Powers: Wildlife around us!

All About Pets

Two weeks ago, I wrote in this column about an Abert’s Squirrel, which appeared in my yard, tore apart my dog’s toy and ran off with a mouthful of the stuffing.

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Powers: One question: Do you really want a dog?

All about Pets

Spring is coming, we hope! And it is a time when lots of families begin to think that it would be great to have a dog. And certainly all the adoption agencies are eager to welcome you.

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Powers: Tellington TTouch Method - A Gentle Approach to Dog Training

Sage Lewis is a Tellington TTouch Advanced Practitioner for companion animals and people.

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Powers: A nature tale!

All About Pets

Today I have a tale, not of a dog or other pet, but of a most fascinating creature, the Abert’s Squirrel.

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Powers: Positive reinforcement training – dogs love it

All About Pets

Animals love learning with positive reinforcement.

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Powers: The microchip — pet identification

All About Pets

The microchip is an identification system that is implanted at the back of the neck under the skin of our pups.

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Powers: Cold weather tips for your pups

All About Pets

It’s a bit chilly out there — but the pups still want to walk. Should they wear boots and coats? Lots of things to consider.

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All about pets: February is National Pet Dental Health Month

I cannot believe it is already February, but this is the month when we need to focus on our pet’s oral health. Some of us brush our pet’s teeth; many of us do not.

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All About Pets: Allergies: Our pets have them too

As with people, many dogs, cats as well, have allergies. Mostly we notice that the pet is constant-ly scratching or chewing on his leg or foot.

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Powers: 10-minute training sessions for fun and entertainment

All About Pets

Particularly when it is colder outside and a little sloppy, our dogs still crave entertainment and exercise.

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All About Pets: Therapy dogs bring lots and lots of smiles

Objective: To provide a positive social experience for YRMC patients.

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Powers: Here’s to a fantastic New Year

All About Pets

Wow! 2019! How about some New Year’s pet resolutions? Better to start late than not at all!

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Powers: Merry Christmas – relax, guard the food

What does one say in a pet column that appears in the paper on Christmas Day besides “Merry Christmas”?

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Powers: Working dogs: Lives depend on them

Imagine walking beside your dog when suddenly she is attacked by a loose or unmanaged dog. Now imagine that you are totally blind.

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Powers: Canine Good Citizens - AKC test a great training opportunity

All About Pets

The Canine Good Citizen training and testing program is a very basic program that tests dogs and handlers in very simple behaviors that all dogs should possess.

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Powers: A Wheelchair Dog! And a law or two!

Most of us have walked around the Courthouse Square a time or two or 100. You may have seen Thomas Gabaldon walking with his dog, Chica, in her wheelchair.

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Powers: Responsible pet ownership, Part 2

Since writing that first column about responsible pet ownership, I have had input from readers and discussions with dog trainers. There are interesting points to consider.

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Powers: Canine musical freestyle — for the fun of it!

The Blackpak and I just returned from a Canine Musical Freestyle National competition in Tucson. Folks from several states came with their pups to compete for ribbons and titles.

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Powers: Responsible dog ownership

All About Pets

Owning a dog, or any pet, is a huge responsibility, one that must be taken very seriously. According to the American Kennel Club, “Owning a dog is a long-term emotional and financial commitment.”

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Powers: Mental communication a natural for our animals

Most of us dog folks, cat folks too, feel that we communicate with our pets.

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Powers: Erasing puppy mills is a group effort

Consumers need to help humane societies by avoiding suspect breeders

There was a time, not that long ago, when pet stores sold adorable puppies. The great majority of these puppies were from puppy mills. And as more puppies were sold, naturally, that raised the demand.

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Powers: Healthful and helpful hints for your pets in preparation for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner. Fun time for the kids. Bad time if the pets get into the loot.

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Powers: Kongs a great stimulator for dogs

My dogs remind me every evening after dinner that dessert comes encased in a Kong. Kongs are magical. They provide a limited amount of entertainment, depending on how quickly the guys are able to remove the contents.

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