AKC LAUNCHES NEW VIRTUAL HOME MANNERS TITLING PROGRAM

From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce the launch of its exciting new Virtual Home Manners (VHM) Program. The program is designed to help teach dogs proper manners at home. Teaching their dogs to behave at home is important for owners, mentally stimulating for dogs, and home-based training can … Continue reading AKC LAUNCHES NEW VIRTUAL HOME MANNERS TITLING PROGRAM


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Whole Meat vs. Meat Meal: How to Spot the Difference in Ingredients

Whole Meat vs. Meat Meal: How to Spot the Difference in Ingredients What’s in a name? Does it matter? Yes! There are many ways to provide essential nutrients to pets, including a variety of protein sources. Most dog and cat foods contain meat from other animals – typically chicken, turkey, cattle, pigs or fish, though

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Gray foxes coordinate attack on turkeys

This is a remarkable bit of trail camera footage from Putnam County, Florida.

Here we have two gray foxes coordinating an attack on a flock of Osceola turkeys. They are engaging in behavior I’d expect more from wolves or coyotes.  One fox harries the birds, while the other sneaks around from behind.

Although the foxes don’t catch a turkey that day, they might sometimes succeed if they keep doing this behavior.

I’ve read old accounts of gray foxes working together to hunt rabbits, but I put them away as hearsay.

After seeing this footage, I am convinced they do sometimes engage in cooperative hunting.

Gray foxes, especially in Florida, aren’t that big, and a turkey is a fighting dinosaur of a chicken. My guess is they aren’t regularly preying on mature turkeys, but they do engage in this sort of behavior to test them in much the same way wolves test elk or caribou.

Maybe I’m reading too much into this footage, but it is pretty remarkable.

I’ve always admired the gray fox. It’s a truly unique American canid, for it has no Old World congeners.

They and turkeys have been interacting for millions of years in the Southeast and Southwest, a dance far more ancient than wolf and bison in Yellowstone. And certainly far more ancient than man versus beast on this continent.

And this drama happened in the third most populous state in the union, not in some far wilderness of the West. Indeed, just a stone’s throw from the first permanent European settlement in North America.

 

 

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What should you do if you see an animal out in the cold?

What should you do if you see an animal out in the cold? As animal lovers, one of the most heartbreaking things to see is a helpless animal trapped in an unsafe situation. There has been growing awareness and media attention to dogs, in particular, left in vehicles in hot weather. There doesn’t seem to

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Shelter Sunday: Chica / Loving Companions Animal Rescue / North Pole, AK

Meet Chica! Chica, a young Husky mix, had her babies and was an excellent mother. Now she’s ready to find a home of her own. She’s a beautiful husky, very shy and sweet, just overall a beautiful soul. She is house trained and good with other dogs and children. She is currently in the care … Continue reading Shelter Sunday: Chica / Loving Companions Animal Rescue / North Pole, AK


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Which Dog Breeds Need the Longest Dog Walks?

How long should you walk your dog every day? That’s a question that has a lot of variables–your dog’s age and condition, the outdoor temperature and, of course, your dog’s…



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Remember Me Thursday Honors Shelter Pets–Don’t Miss #RememberMeThursday Contest

“All of the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” A time to take the words of Saint Francis of Assisi to heart, Remember Me Thursday is a day to light the…



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9 Boho Dresses I Love for Fall

9 Boho Dresses I Love for Fall
1. Rose Print Maxi Dress ($ 168)   |    2. Black Tiered Midi Dress ($ 118)   |   3. Floral Babydoll Dress ($ 148)   |   4. Brown Floral Maxi Dress ($ 168)   |   5. Navy Floral Maxi Dress ($ 168)  |   6. Pink Velvet Midi Dress ($ 198)   |   7. Black and White Floral Tiered Maxi ($ 228)   |   8. Corduroy Tiered Midi Dress ($ 168)   |   9. Wine Tunic Dress ($ 198)

I have sort of a summer uniform that consists of one of two looks. The first is cut off denim shorts, a band tee or tank, and a kimono. The other is one of a dozen floral boho dresses. (I joke to my other 40-something friends that I dress like a 22 year old going to Coachella. Age is just a number and all that, right?) Anyway, once fall arrives, I usually get sad, because my summer dresses become too lightweight for the weather, and all of my fall dresses are solid and just, well, uninspiring. So this fall, I decided I’m going to treat myself to a nice, high quality autumn dress or two that will specifically work for the cooler months. And these are some of my favorites. I’m especially leaving toward #1 or #3. I’ll share what I end up getting over in my Instagram Stories soon.

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