Dear Dogs and Cats:  The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food.  The other dishes are mine and contain my food.  Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it  becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack...  read more »
Q: Should I recommend canine leptospirosis vaccination to my clients?
A: For outdoor dogs with direct contact with riparian environments, particularly in northern Arizona do not need to be vaccinated for leptospirosis, such as dogs living in the Sonoran desert areas for Arizona, with no contact with riparian areas.  While not considered a core vaccine for most dogs, the following factors sho...  read more »

By Chino Valley Animal Hospital

Rattlesnakes live in a variety of habitats. They are found in wetlands, deserts and forests, from sea level to mountain elevations. Rattlesnakes are most active in warmer seasons, from Spring to Autumn. In southern latitudes they are occasionally found year-round.
Dogs can encounter a rattlesnake anytime they are in rattlesnake habitat....  read more »

Arizona Living
Brian A. Barbour
The Arizona Republic
Ellen Bilbrey, spokeswoman for Arizona's State Parks, nearly all of which allow dogs, as long as they are on leashes. "You can't let them dehydrate. Indeed, heat and dehydration are top dangers dogs face on the trail, according to Kristen Zimmer, of Petsmart. "Early morning is the very best time to hike with your pet...  read more »

Some products to help you enjoy your hike with your four-legged buddy:

Doggie Packs: Lets your dog carry its own supplies. Packs come in different sizes for virtually any dog and can carry water, food, first-aid kit or waste. "We usually recommend that dogs not carry more than about 20 percent of their body weight," says Paul Reinshagen of REI...  read more »

Stacey M. Ewert
Staff Writer

It's the dog days of summer, so you're heading out of town in search of a cooler climate. But what about you’re furry friend, your faithful companion, your precious pooch? He or she doesn't enjoy 100-plus degree temperature any more than you do, especially with that fur coat. Doesn't the little (or big) guy who...  read more »
Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:
1. They live here. You don't.
2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.  That's   why they call it 'Fur'-niture.
3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
4. To you, t...  read more »
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