Category Archives: Dogs

Life Lesson #2: Be Present. As taught to me by my dogs.

In the past eight years my weight has fluctuated between 112 and 128 pounds. Okay, 130.   My fightin’ weight is somewhere at the low end of that scale. That’s where I – I was about to say – comfortably run … Continue reading

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Life Lesson #1: Is it fair? As taught to me by my dogs.

Is it fair?  For me, that’s a concept best left to children and poker dealers. Kids can bicker over who got the biggest cookie, why everyone did or didn’t get a trophy, and how toys should or shouldn’t be shared. … Continue reading

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Opt for Top Five. Choose Dog Treats that Meet these Criteria

If you’re one of those pet parents with a dog who will do back flips for a cucumber or carrot slice, consider yourself lucky. Very lucky. If your dog is a discerning sniffer then you need to keep it interesting … Continue reading

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What’s Cookin’? Ever Wonder What Happens to Dead Animals? A Look at Baltimore’s Only Remaining Rendering Plant Explains By Van Smith

NOTE:  What appears below is an electronic version of an article written by Van Smith and appearing in Baltimore’s City Paper on September 15, 1995.  It highlights the practice of rendering roadkill, decayed animal materials, euthanized pets and wildlife from … Continue reading

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Chinese Food: What’s in the chicken jerky that’s poisoning our pets?

In China, over 80% of people worry about food safety. Excessive pesticide use, illegal additives, diseased livestock, and “gutter oil”are their primary concerns.[1]  If one billion people are scared of their country’s human food supply, then this US pet parents … Continue reading

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Top 10 Things To Look For In Dog Food

With the recent Salmonella contamination at Diamond Pet Foods’ plant resulting in the recall of 14 (or more) brands, some of us may be wondering how to select a good, safe, nutritious food for our companions. Below is a list … Continue reading

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Salmonella Contamination Causes Widespread Recall of 14 Brands of Dog Food.

Big commercial dog food companies outsource their production.  And when there’s a problem at a manufacturing plant – like salmonella contamination – the brands it affects tumble like dominoes.  There’s been a widespread recall of dog food due to Salmonella … Continue reading

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