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Feb.05.2012
  Greetings and salutations, it's that time of the week for a roundup of CAT SCHTUFF, DOG SCHTUFF, WRITER-ICITY and more! FURRY FRIDAY: SILENT COMMUNICATION--SAY WHAT?! This past week has been a strain–on my emotions and my communications. I’ve over-used and abused my voice, and the strain...
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Jan.27.2012
It's time for my weekly round up of various and sundry writer-icity and fur-centric projects and doin's. These days you wouldn't want to be my calendar. It has so many highlighted colors for emphasis it looks like a peacock exploded. Ah, the life of the busy freelancer. *s* My boss always knows...
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Jan.13.2012
Friday here at Red Room is a "blog-icity roundup" of the past week from my Bling, Bitches & Blood blog. I don't want y'all to miss any of the awesome dog and cat content, or the writing schtuff, so have it on my calendar to post a mash-up. I've been AWOL from RedRoom (my bad!) because of...
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Dec.26.2011
People fight the cold with heavy coats, long underwear and wooly mittens. And if it's too cold for people, a fur coat won't protect pets from weather extremes, either. Just like people frostbite and human hypothermia, pets also can suffer from cold weather dangers, including frostbite and...
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Dec.12.2011
Holiday homes become pet playgrounds at this time of year. Cats delight in un-decking the halls and climbing the tree. Dogs eat decorations and baptize the tree. The result is a holiday that's anything but merry. My latest Paw Nation article addresses some of the most common holiday safety issues...
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Dec.09.2011
It's been too long since I posted, and I don't want y'all to think I'm twiddling my furry fingers. So from now on I plan to post a sort of weekly "recap" of blog-icity to stay in touch. MONDAY MENTIONS--MASHUP OF AWESOMENESS Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and...
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Nov.17.2011
  When November rolls around each year we take time to celebrate the many blessings we've enjoyed. Pet people of course give thanks for their animal companions. This time of year, the holidays can prompt yearnings to adopt a new furry wonder. Nothing beats puppies and kittens for fun. But...
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Nov.10.2011
It doesn't have to be the holidays for us to want to treat our dogs. We love to indulge ourselves-and them-and are careful to avoid poisoning pets with high-risk foods like chocolate, macadamia nuts, avocados, or raisons/grapes. Artificial sweeteners keep owners lean, but any goodies sweetened...
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Oct.24.2011
Next Monday is Halloween--are you and your dogs ready? What about your kids? Sure, you and your kids are comfy around your own pets, but what about the strange dogs they'll meet while trick-or-treating? Many dogs enjoy the holidays. Nonstop doorbell rings and visitors showering attention may be...
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Oct.17.2011
Early people honored animals with cave paintings, worshipped them as gods, and felt awed by their mysterious ways. Even though dogs have become our partners and beloved companions, a mournful howl or puzzling behavior still can shiver your spine, especially around Halloween. These 10 blood-chilling...
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Oct.12.2011
Dogs cared for throughout their early years live longer than ever before. It’s not unusual for Toy-breed dogs to live into their mid-to-late teens and even big dogs today enjoy a decade or more of happy life with a loving owner. A longer life, though, can leave your dog befuddled when canine...
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Sep.30.2011
While your veterinarian diagnoses and prescribes for your dog's health issues, canine first aid as well as minor problems may benefit from human medicines. Let's face it, Fido rarely tears a claw or eats something iffy during regular clinic hours, so it's helpful to know how to use your pantry...
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Sep.20.2011
Owners fill bowls with nutritious food to keep dogs healthy. So why do dogs eat weird, disgusting and even dangerous stuff? Dogs use their mouths the way we use our hands. They pick up objects and explore their world by mouthing, tasting, and chewing. That sometimes gets them into trouble if...
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Sep.12.2011
The thought of our canine companions having worms is more than disgusting, especially when the parasite is deadly. It becomes even more scary if treatments to keep dogs safe don't work, or become unavailable. Heartworm, a type of roundworm parasite, was first identified in 1922 and are found...
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Sep.04.2011
Studies prove that pets provide physical health benefits, offer stress relief and detect or predict health challenges. Some pets now are used prior to health tests like MRIs to reduce patient fear. How can that be? Pets help keep us emotionally healthy. They keep us connected to the world and other...
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