Author: Jeanne Bennett

When you die, what will happen to your pets?

When planning for your pet’s life after your death, you have a range of options – from making simple, non-legal arrangements or a complex trust, to leaving your pet with an organization dedicated to taking care of pets after an owner’s death. To make any of these arrangements, you need to find a person or organization that you trust to care for your pet. And that person or organization needs to be willing to do it. So no matter which option you choose, have a candid conversation with your pet’s potential caretaker about how to care for your pet...

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Calling to support and salute K-9 veterans and their work

National K-9 Veterans Day is celebrated on March 13th on the official birthday of the U.S. Army K-9 Corps, formed in 1942.  Joseph White, a retired military working dog trainer, originated the idea for the day. A lot of things changed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Oil, leather and rubber were rationed. Men were drafted. Women rolled up their sleeves and built war supplies and dogs were called to duty. During the First World War, the United States took notice of the European use of canines as sentries, message carriers and several other duties. “Dogs for...

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There may be more to the ‘purr’ than meets the ear

If you are thinking of getting a cat as a pet because, except for the occasional meow when they want something, they are quiet, think again. Cats have been known not only to meow but to chirp, yowl, purr and engage in random gibberish. Cats will often actually communicate information about her world and about how she feels toward you. The good news is that if you listen closely, you just might begin to understand what all the meowing is about and use that understanding to your advantage. Next to birds, cats possess the widest range of vocalizations of...

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Good manners makes a great puppy wonderful

Getting a new puppy can be a very fun and exciting time for a family. After all, who doesn’t like a puppy? Unfortunately, the answer to that could be napping in your living room as you read this article. The answer is your current pets. Puppies are full of energy and if you haven’t already, you soon will figure out that they can be super annoying. Puppies spend their days playing by jumping, biting, and tackling relentlessly. It’s normal, but it can be too much for your resident pets to handle. Your cats or older dogs probably long for...

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A hanging tongue can lead to big problems…or not

A dog with its tongue sticking out is cute, especially when it’s a puppy. Log onto Facebook and you will easily find a meme of a dog with its tongue hanging out with a funny caption. Most of the dogs we see competing in the World’s Ugliest Dog competitions always seem to have their tongue hanging out between their teeth. However, a dog’s tongue sticking out all the time could be a condition called “Hanging Tongue Syndrome (HTS),” and it can cause the dog pain. HTS is a condition where a dog’s tongue hangs out of it’s mouth all...

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