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Ask Nancy: So You Want a Puppy – Now What?

April 1, 2010

Why a Breeder and not a Pet Store? A breeder is the person who owns the mother of the pups at the time the breeding took place. This usually is also the person who owns the pups when they are born. This should be the person who knows more about the litter than anyone else might, right down to individual personalities of the pups. The entire purpose of breeding purebred dogs is to produce pups very much like, or better than, the parents. Seeing...
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Missing Labrador Found!

March 27, 2010
Missing Labrador Found!

Updated (Thanks to Cindy) Tater has been found.  Yesterday, almost 100 people showed up to help the owners search for Tater.  Tater was spotted close to the scene of the accident.  When one of his kennel mates was brought to the scene: “Tater Tot responded immediately to Buddy’s cries and barks, bounding over a hill for a happy reunion.” To read more about the happy reunion – ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦...
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Dr.Temple Grandin to speak in Amherst

March 26, 2010
Dr.Temple Grandin to speak in Amherst

On Saturday, May 8th, the Souhegan Kennel Club and American k9 Country are presenting an all day presentation by Dr. Temple Grandin, a world renowned expert on animal behavior. One of the most celebrated and effective animal advocates, Dr. Grandin has revolutionized animal movement systems and spearheaded reform of the quality of life of many animals. She has authored over 300 articles on animal behavior.  Her books “Animals in Translation” and “Animals Make us Human” were both on the New York Times best seller...
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Shane, a service dog

March 24, 2010
Shane, a service dog

The Bedford Journal has a story about a six-year-old boy, Nicholas, and his service dog, Shane.  Thanks to  the Manchester Fire Fighters who raised the money to get Shane and the Make-A-wish Foundation, Nicholas now has a seizure alert dog and a new friend. “But when Nicholas was diagnosed in 2008 with Batten disease, a neurological degenerative disorder that causes vision loss, seizures and is considered terminal, his parents didn’t think the addition of a furry friend would be possible. That is, until they...
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Ask Nancy: Help My Puppy is Chewing EVERYTHING!

March 22, 2010

All pups go through a chewing stage. How you handle it determines how bad it is, how many household items get impacted, and how your dog chooses chew items for life. Many people start noticing destructive chewing around 12 weeks though it can begin earlier. At 12 weeks this is still a baby puppy and with babies it takes lots and lots of repetitions before they understand what you are teaching them. Dogs do not generalize ideas well, so if you say ‘no you...
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Wednesday’s Found!

March 20, 2010
Wednesday’s Found!

Wednesday, the Puggle who has been lost since January 11th, has been found!  She was seen in the woods near the Rochester Fair Grounds; her owner was called; and now she is home sleeping on her couch. Read more of the story of Wednesday’s miraculous rescue.
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EPA Increases Restrictions on Flea Products

March 18, 2010

Due to a significant increase in adverse incidents, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking a series of actions to increase the safety of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for cats and dogs. Immediately, EPA will begin reviewing labels to determine which ones need stronger and clearer labeling statements. Next, EPA will develop more stringent testing and evaluation requirements for both existing and new products. EPA expects these steps will help prevent adverse reactions. In dogs and cats that can include...
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Ask Nancy: Are You Ready?

March 16, 2010

t’s been another winter and this year another storm hit where many lost their power for days or had damaged homes. Here, we have had the electrical work done and invested in a generator, and stored gasoline, so we can have heat and light and running (although cold) water but many here in NH and elsewhere are not quite that prepared. So are you ready if something happens, if you need to leave your home, if you have to care for your pets without...
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Be cautious about mandatory pet spay-neuter legislation

March 13, 2010
Be cautious about mandatory pet spay-neuter legislation

Periodically, a number of facts seem to fall into place, revealing a truth that might not have been apparent previously. Something like this happened to me this week. I had been wondering how it is possible for Americans to be so enchanted with dogs as pets, and at the same time, to hold beliefs that, if put into action, would actually eliminate the species in a relatively short time. Let me review the situation, and let’s see if you agree with my conclusions. Roughly 37...
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Dog Guide Users of NH Walkathon

March 11, 2010
Dog Guide Users of NH Walkathon

The Dog Guide Users of NH are looking for people to be on their team for the 7th Annual Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon to be held in Concord on June 5th. They are trying to raise $1000 to support the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. You can sign up to be on their team
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Nature’s Variety Frozen Chicken Recall Expanded

March 9, 2010

From their press release: Nature’s Variety has expanded its voluntary recall of Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for dogs and cats to include the “Best If Used By” dates of 10/29/10 and 11/9/10 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed...
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Ask Nancy: Happy Tail – What to do about bleeding tail tips that won’t heal!

March 8, 2010

To resolve this problem you need to control the tail so it has time to heal and re-grow the hair. This can be done a number of ways.  You typically need to do more than one thing to help with this.  For healing the tail tip up there are a few solutions and one of them may work for your dog. One key thing is that you do not cover the sore area up but leave it open to the air to be easily...
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