Browsing: Dogs

All about dogs and the people who love ’em. Most of the contributors here have dogs and we’re happy to share our experiences – good and bad – in hopes of helping other dog owners have the best possible relationship they can have with their canine companions.

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Caring for a Dog with Allergies

It turns out no one is immune to allergies, not even our furry friends. Hopefully, your dog doesn’t have a serious problem. Some allergy symptoms are mild, like increased scratching,…

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Raising Pets to Play Nice

Growing up, I remember a time when our family cat would hiss at anybody with a baseball cap and bat at people who smelled of cigarette smoke or new perfume.…

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‘Game of Thrones’ and Huskies

 
The mega-hit HBO series Game of Thrones is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, with an impact that goes far beyond the television landscape.
 
But what happens when fans clamor to incorporate as many elements of the show into their lives as possible? The show has sparked an increased demand for Siberian Huskies, and other dogs in the Husky family, because of their resemblance to the beloved direwolf—and not always with positive outcomes. 
 
Just this week, actor Peter Dinklage (who plays Tyrion Lannister) urged fans, via PETA, to reconsider their desire to have a Husky as a pet solely because of their interest in the show. 
 
“We understand that due to the direwolves’ huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying Huskies,” Dinklage said to fans in a statement. “Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these Huskies are being abandoned—as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs.” 
 
No one understands or appreciates this sentiment more than Heather Schmidt, the founder and executive director of

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