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Swallows may be worth cohabitation

It begins with a dab of mud in a discreet corner, easily passed by without drawing attention, yet over the course of a few days, the mud slowly builds upon itself and takes shape,... — Updated 6/4/2018

 
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Car no place to leave pet in summer

At the end of a long workday, nothing adds insult to injury quite like climbing into an oven for the ride home — the steering wheel and gear shift burn hands, the hot air is hard... — Updated 5/29/2018

 
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Taking pets to college not to be done lightly

It was an exciting weekend, full of celebrations, family get-togethers and time with close friends — all begun by donning a cap and gown and taking those steps 12 years in the... — Updated 5/22/2018

 
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Important to understand canine boundaries

Having the closest relationship to humans of all those in the animal world, it’s easy to understand why dogs are known as “man’s best friend.” But that’s not to say the... — Updated 5/15/2018

 
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Take steps to keep pets insect-free

Poor darlings, with their dense fur, proximity to the ground and penchant for laying in dirt and thick grass. They just can’t help it; they’re magnets for trouble. Nothing... — Updated 5/7/2018

 
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Hard-luck shelter pets still need homes

With rows of eyes staring longingly from behind wire gates and a deafening chorus of barking and cries that reverberate off concrete floors, few places are as tough to visit as an a... — Updated 4/30/2018

 
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Response plan better bet than pet

Animals are often credited with superior senses that allow them to intuit danger — from atmospheric changes to storms, tornado and even earthquakes, stories of changes in the... — Updated 4/23/2018

 
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Bonds with pets can change diets

Throughout the course of a lifetime, a person may have the fortune to enjoy not only several pets, but several types of pets. It may start with something small and easy to care for... — Updated 4/17/2018

 
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Lemur popularity tied to mental skill

For many societies, beauty and brawn are preferred attributes and can influence where an individual lands in social circles. What defines “cool” for humans differs from one... — Updated 4/10/2018

 
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Happy birthday to pioneer Jane Goodall

Images of primates dunking sticks into termite mounds and pulling out tasty snacks — the monkey version of fishing — are common enough, but they haven’t always been. Indeed,... — Updated 4/3/2018

 
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Plenty of ways to keep pet safe in car

Road trips can be great — wind rushing through open windows, favorite tunes on the stereo and an abundance of scenery to take in — and having a happy, slobbering pooch riding... — Updated 3/26/2018

 
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Pets could be in for rough spring

If the version of spring you imagine includes frolicking with the pooch on balmy days with fresh green sprigs of grass under paw and the smell of new blossoms drifting on light... — Updated 3/20/2018

 
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Snakes have strong St. Patrick's Day ties

Little bearded men in top hats and stockings, shamrocks, an over-abundance of green and painful pinches in its absence — St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays saturated... — Updated 3/13/2018

 
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Pets aren't the solution to every problem

The differences couldn’t be more profound — walking on four legs vs. two, full-body fur vs. bare skin, a tail, oversized ears, and, not to be understated, vastly different bathi... — Updated 3/5/2018

 
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Retailers target millennial pet owners

If you love your pets dearly, count them as family members, and you’re between 18 and 33, there’s something you deserve to know — you’re being targeted. As the leading cash... — Updated 2/27/2018

 
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Pet's benefit depends on person

The power of pets may seem obvious — they’re always glad to see you, provide unconditional companionship, they listen yet impose no judgment or criticism on their people and the... — Updated 2/20/2018

 
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Give your pets a little extra pampering

As the sun rises on Wednesday, one might notice a slightly rosy tint washing over everything — metaphorically speaking anyway — when people the world over commence the sharing... — Updated 2/12/2018

 
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Dental care important to pets' health

Savory, sweet, spicy, hearty, fresh and light or rich and full of flavor, an integral part of our survival, food can be an even bigger part of what we enjoy about life – and that... — Updated 2/5/2018

 
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There are reasons your dog will even eat that

While humans may refer to their dogs as fur babies, it’s undeniable they have some distinctly non-human habits — very thorough tongue bathes, social derriere sniffing, and perha... — Updated 1/30/2018

 
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Take care with essential oils around pets

With the touch of a button and a couple drops of oil, a large space can quickly be infused with the refreshing scents of citrus or soothing herbs — a steady stream of fresh,... — Updated 1/23/2018

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices

Pets deserve protection from the flu

It’s nothing short of sheer misery — a collective onslaught of fever, aches, runny nose, coughing fits and a slew of other uncomfortable-to-agonizing symptoms. Making... — Updated 1/15/2018

 
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Collaboration versus competition in the animal world

As a general rule, collaboration is a human thing that the majority of animals aren’t exactly known for. Sure, there are familial species that work together and situations in whic... — Updated 1/9/2018

 
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Rare treat for bird enthusiasts

There are a lot of reasons bird enthusiasts brave the December cold to count birds every year — to contribute to national understanding of species and populations and to commune... — Updated 1/2/2018

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices

Keep pets and family safe during holidays

As today dawns, the hectic pace of the Christmas holiday is behind us, yet in its afterglow, is the mess, piles of presents to be put away, decorations to be disassembled and... — Updated 12/26/2017

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices

A look at the animals of Christmas

The Christmas season is filled with symbolism from the top of the tree all the way to the dining table, and among icons of the season, animals are well represented. One theme that c... — Updated 12/18/2017

 

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