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Arthritis and Your Hiking Companion

Arthritis and Your Hiking Companion

With the passing of every day, we all get older. Sometimes it feels that if you blink too quickly, your new puppy will start to develop silvery gray hairs along his muzzle. For those of us who hike frequently with our dogs, one of the first signs of old age is a dog who is slowing down on the trail. Or perhaps he runs hard all weekend, only to end up stiff and limping after a night of sleep. These…

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Hixon Forest: The Gem of La Crosse, WI Hiking

Hixon Forest: The Gem of La Crosse, WI Hiking

Glia and I have lived in La Crosse, WI for about 3 years now, and our favorite part of the city is the hiking opportunities. We have several trails that we frequent on a regular basis( see 5 best dog-friendly hiking trails in La Crosse, WI). From trails inside the city limits to exploring the local state parks (like Perrot State Park in Wisconsin and Great River Bluffs State Park in Minnesota), we love hiking the bluffs and river. Of all of these…

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Tips For A Petacular Halloween

Tips For A Petacular Halloween

The end of October is fast approaching. Soon it will be October 31st and Halloween will be upon us. Read on for my tips and tricks to enjoy a petacular Halloween! Petacular Halloween Costumes This wouldn’t be a proper petacular Halloween post if I didn’t start off with a paragraph about pets in costumes. The resident pets at my house have suffered through a few costumes over the years. Just like harnesses and collars, it is important that costumes fit…

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The Complete New Puppy Checklist

The Complete New Puppy Checklist

So you have finally made the big decision to add an intrepid puppy to your life. Congrats! This is an exciting decision and one that will change your life for roughly the next 10-15 years. Mostly in a great and wonderful way, I promise. However, before you pick up your furry new addition, it is important to make sure that you (and your home) are ready for a puppy. Use this new puppy checklist to make sure that you aren’t…

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The VOHC Seal and Your Pet

The VOHC Seal and Your Pet

What is the VOHC seal? The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) concept was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Veterinary dentists recognized that there were many products being marketed to improve the dental health of pets. However, there was not an objective means of recognizing which products actually worked. As a result a panel of veterinary dentists and representatives from several veterinary organizations agreed upon a protocol for testing effectiveness of plaque and calculus retardants in dogs. (Note…

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Peanut Butter – Apple Dog Treats

Peanut Butter – Apple Dog Treats

Fall is here! It is time to hike through fallen leaves and pull out the fall sweaters. Besides visiting all of my favorite local La Crosse, WI hiking trails, one of my favorite fall activities is apple picking. There is something special about the taste of a crisp apple picked straight from the tree. Luckily for me, there are several apple orchards within an hour of La Crosse. As a result, my house is currently overflowing with apples, so even…

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Dog-Friendly Hiking at Perrot State Park

Dog-Friendly Hiking at Perrot State Park

Beautiful fall weather is starting to arrive here in Wisconsin. This is one of my favorite times of year for hiking with my dog, Glia. The weather is crisp, but not cold. The summer bugs are reducing. And if you time your hike right, the fall leaves are stunning. One of my favorite local places to hike, is Perrot State Park. Why do I love taking my dog hiking at Perrot State Park? Read on to discover some of the…

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Health Certificates and When Your Pet Needs One

Health Certificates and When Your Pet Needs One

Pets travel on a regular basis. Whether it is a flight to an international country or a drive across state lines, pets cross borders for a variety of reasons. such as vacations with their human families, shows, trials, hunting, or even to find new homes. Regardless of the reason for travel, it is important to know the rules and regulations that pertain to each trip. In my experience, most pet owners are aware that international travel and anything involving planes…

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The Gentle Leader: Is it right for you and your dog?

The Gentle Leader: Is it right for you and your dog?

When standing at a pet store, it can feel like there are endless options for collars, leashes, and harnesses. Choosing the best product for you and your dog can be a chore. While there is no perfect option and the right choice depends largely on the activities you are hoping to perform with your dog, one of my favorite devices for initial training is the Gentle Leader. And you don’t just have to take my word for it, as the…

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National Parks and Your Pet

National Parks and Your Pet

“Our national parks system is a national museum. Its purpose is to preserve forever … certain areas of extraordinary scenic magnificence in a condition of primitive nature. Its recreational value is also very great, but recreation is not distinctive of the system. The function which alone distinguishes the national parks … is the museum function made possible only by the parks’ complete conservation.” – Robert Sterling Yard, 1923 The national parks system in the United States, encompasses a total of…

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