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Small in Stature, Large in Personality

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  The Chihuahua is among one of the most misunderstood types of dog in existence. Tiny in stature, and gigantic in personality, they are complicated little creatures. The Chihuahua's history is puzzling Folklore and archeologic facts show that the breed originated in Mexico, most likely from the Techichi, a companion dog loved by the Toltecs. There are not many written or pictorial records from before the 9th century of the Tochichi, but dog pots from Colima, Mexico, buried in tombs dating back to around 300 BC are thought to depict the Chihuahua relative.  It is most likely that earlier ancestors similar to the Chihuahua...

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How to Avert a Roommate War, or Introducing Your Dog to His New Feline Best Friend

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There is a common phrase out the world that has been bandied about for ages: “fighting like cats and dogs”. Where it comes from exactly is a mystery, because in a majority of homes, dogs and cats share living quarters quite amiably. In fact, it is often more difficult to introduce a second female cat or a second male dog to a household than it is a member of the other species. To make a successful inter-species introduction in the average household, the only real prerequisite is a dog who understands a few simple commands and a sturdy baby gate to...

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Get Out of My House! Maybe.

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Cats are animals for whom first impressions make a difference. And those first impressions will make all the difference to their future relationships. The first impression formed when a new comer meets a resident cat is critical. If two cats display aggression during their first meeting, this may set the mood for their future life together. Before introducing cats, make sure they are healthy. Many cats from shelters or other homes come to their new home with upper respiratory infections and should be separated in another room behind closed doors for a few days as a health precaution to not get...

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Did Someone say Road Trip?

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For some pet owners, a trip is not a true family vacation unless the furry members of the family come along. However, traveling can be a stressful endeavor, both for you and your pets. If you’re planning to take a trip with your favorite pets here are a few tips to help, ensure that your next vacation is a safe and comfortable journey for everyone. An important step to take before your trip, in fact a step everyone should take regardless of the destination, is to make sure your pet is microchipped for identification and wears a collar and tag...

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A Day at the Cat Spa or Just Marking Her Place?

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To some people, the idea of massage for animals may seem odd. But the benefits of massage are clear, whoever the recipient. Physiologically, massage stimulates the body’s nerves, muscles, circulatory system and lymphatic system. By enhancing the range of motion, the supply of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells is increased and muscle spasms are often relieved. Massage often helps flush away toxic compounds, such as lactic acid, that cause pain as well.  Massaging your cat will create a positive relationship between the two of you as well as offering an all-natural way to soothe and relax her stiff joints...

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Puppy Feet

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As dog lovers, we know the basics of keeping our dogs safe in summer: bring lots of water with on walks, watch for the signs of overheating, and never leave a dog in the car — even on days that don't seem that warm. However, it might come as a surprise that the pavement beneath your dog's paws could be sizzling hot. And hot pavement can have gruesome and painful consequences. Pavement, asphalt, wood, sand and the surfaces of cars or trucks become very hot during the summer. These materials absorb the heat from the sun and stay hot for hours...

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