TRACIE HOTCHNER: SOMETIMES SAYING GOODBYE ISN’T SO SAD

I had to say goodbye to my old Collie-mix dog Jazzy this weekend. People were feeling sorry for me when I told them my vet had come to put her to sleep – but I wasn’t sad. It was such … Continue reading

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: CANINE “SURVIVAL” TIPS FOR (VERY) COLD WINTER WEATHER

We’ve been having some bitter cold days recently in parts of the country and there are a number of things you can do to keep your dog comfortable – and safe – outdoors. Do not assume they have the “common … Continue reading

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: SHELTER DOGS HELP PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES

There is a detection-dog program called Conservation Canines (CK9), part of the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology, that is putting to a brand new use the amazing sense of smell that dogs possess. These CK9 dogs are trained … Continue reading

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: WHAT IS HIDING IN YOUR DOG’S TREATS?

Dr. Donna and I recently had a most delightful participant in our Halo Healthy Weight Challenge. Lola was a chubby Pug (quite honestly I don’t think anyone has ever actually seen a slender Pug?!) whose Mom, Heather, was a champ … Continue reading

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: THE DOG FILM FESTIVAL – A DREAM COME TRUE!

When you hear “Dog Film Festival” what do you envision it might be like? Would you imagine a Gala Premiere cocktail party with dogs welcome on a Green Carpet with professional photographers the night before? Would you envision spending a … Continue reading

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: LOOKING FOR A FEW CHUBBY DOGS

Is your dog getting pudgy around the middle? Has she lost her girlish puppy figure? Did your boy once have a svelte outline when he was two years old, but now you can grab a big handful of “extra dog” … Continue reading

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: ANOTHER TRIP OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

It has been a Spring of sadness and loss in my world – my older rescued Weimaraner, Scooby Doo, gave up the ghost himself, soon after I lost my youngest Weimaraner, Teddy, to a fast and brutal death from cancer. … Continue reading

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: HAPPY DANCE FOR NEW GRAIN FREE KEEP-YOU-SLIM SPOT’S STEW!

Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 … Continue reading

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: DISPELLING SOME MYTHS ABOUT FEEDING LARGE-BREED PUPPIES

Many people believe that they need to add calcium to their large-breed puppy’s food but that is a myth. Do not try to add calcium to your puppy’s bowl (in the form of eggshells or any calcium supplement you might … Continue reading

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