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Making a Guide Dog

By Audrey Pavia

It's easy to be impressed when watching a guide dog at work. The dog's ability to concentrate on his job, ignore distractions, and provide both safety and comfort to his sight-impaired handler is amazing. The correct breeding, selecting, and training of a guide dog is an art in and of itself.

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Breed All About It: British & Exotic Shorthair

By Stacy Hackett

Have you ever wondered where Lewis Carroll drew his inspiration for the Cheshire Cat in his beloved book, "Alice in Wonderland"? Or what happens when you cross a Persian with an American Shorthair? Learn about the British Shorthair and Exotic Shorthair cat breeds and find out if they're the right match for you!

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Little Dog Syndrome: Keeping Small Dogs Safe at the Dog Park

By Tony Johnson

Small dogs have lots of advantages - less food, medicine costs less, less shedding and they are easily portable for trips with the family. One potential problem with small dogs, however, is their tendency to not look in the mirror and realize that they are small - they have big hearts, full of canine courage and can sometimes take on a foe many times their size with disastrous results. Learn how to keep your pocket pooch safe at the dog park and around town.

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Breed All About It: Himalayans & Persians

By Stacy Hackett

Year after year, the Persian tops the list of the most popular cat breeds. Why? This cat's adorable face, combined with her lovely long hair and sweet, mild personality, create an irresistible feline package that makes many people fall in love immediately. And while at first glance the Himalayan may look just like a Persian, look past his smooshed "pansy" face and his long flowing hair to his brilliant blue eyes and pointed coat. This sweet cat has just enough Siamese in his background to make him just a bit different from his Persian cousin.

Pit Bulls Aren’t Scary

By Stacy Hackett

What do you picture when you hear the term "pit bull"? In today's culture, it seems those words have come to represent an aggressive, bad-tempered dog, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The dog breeds that can be considered "pit bulls" (as there is no single "pit bull" breed) represent some of the hardest working, most loyal animals in the dog world. Here are 5 myths about pit bulls and the real story about these dogs.

Black Cat Syndrome: Fact or Myth?

By Stacy Hackett

Do black cats and dogs get passed over at animal shelters in favor of their more colorful counterparts? It's a theory based on anecdotal evidence, a phenomenon vouched for by veteran shelter staff, and the impetus for special "black cat" and "black dog" adoption events. But is it true?

Breed Info: Poodle Hybrids

By Jim Tedford

Thinking of adding a poodle mix to yoyur home? Learn about the strengths and weaknesses of these breeds.