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  • 8 Dogs Breeds Surprisingly Good with Kids

    By Grieves, Deidre | Pet 360

    If you have children in your family, choosing the right dog to play nice with your little ones is a big decision.

    Although some breeds like Golden Retrievers, Labradors and Collies are known for their loyalty and affection towards youngsters, there are other dog breeds that are surprisingly good with kids.

    Here are eight breeds that will surely be your kid's best friend.


    Bull Terrier

    Because of their stocky builds and pointed snouts, Bull Terriers often get wrongly stereotyped as aggressive animals. But this breed was actually bred to be a companion animal and is excellent with young ones. Because Bull Terriers have a high threshold for pain, they are well matched with rambunctious children who might be learning not to pull on tails or jump on a dog's back. This breed is also extremely loyal and will be protective of you and your family.

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    German Shepherd

    Since they are often used as police and

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  • 10 Signs You like Your Dog More Than People

    By Dorri Olds | Pet360

    There are dog people. And there's that special breed of pet parent so dogged about dogs that the "people" part is sometimes an afterthought…if a thought at all.

    You may know them for taking selfies that always include their pooch (so much for technically rating as a "selfie). You may know them for going to work and having more separation anxiety than their dogs.You may know them by looking in the mirror.


    Here are 10 signs you may love your dog more than people:

    1. You love watching horror movies. But you're horrified if a dog gets hurt.

    2. You dread being invited out because you'd rather stay home and play with your dog.

    3. You get annoyed when people aren't tidy. But it's adorable when your dog's toys are scattered all over the place.

    4. If a friend ignores your dog…No repeat invites or holiday cards again.

    5. You're happiest when you can't move because your dog is asleep in your lap.

    6. You don't like sharing your food with anyone

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  • Dog Aids Boston Marathon Bombing Victims' Year-Long Recovery

    By Grieves, Deidre | Pet360

    JImage Copyright: Marcio Jose Bastos Silva ShutterstockImage Copyright: Marcio Jose Bastos Silva Shutterstockessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were two runners severely injured during last year's Boston Marathon bombings. They each lost a leg and had to go through multiple surgeries and painful rehabilitation sessions just to get back into the swing of doing basic tasks. But, according to a report from NPR, their road to recovery was made more bearable with the help of an 80-pound service dog named Rescue.

    Kensky, whose right leg was also mutilated during the terrorist attack, struggled with regaining mobility. When she heard that a Massachusetts nonprofit called NEADS was offering service dogs to any marathon-bombing victim with a permanent physical disability, Kensky immediately signed up and started working with Rescue.

    Rescue helps Kensky keep steady when she walks on her crutches or with her prosthetic leg, but he also helps her open doors, retrieve her phone, or pick up her keys if she drops them. Rescue has helped keep Kensky and Downes active. On

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  • 10 Oldest Dog Breeds Known to Man

    By Jessica Remitz | Pet360

    Image: Zelena via ShutterstockImage: Zelena via ShutterstockWhile the origins of our beloved pups may be contested among historians and dog lovers alike, some breeds are can trace their roots from ancient Egypt to the first Americans. We've asked Certified Animal Behavior Consultant Steve Dale to share the oldest breeds known to man.

    "Not only have these dog breeds been around a long some, some listed in this group have spent far more of their history as nomads rather than living with people," said Dale, who is also an editor of "Decoding Your Dog," with Dr. Debra Horwitz and Dr. John Ciribassi, authored by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

    Basenji

    Sometimes referred to as the Congo terrier or Zande Dog, the Basenji was developed as a pack hunter and watchdog of native tribes in Africa. Though the breed was prized for its skills in Africa, it's thought that Egyptian Pharaohs owned the first Basenjis. A clever, independent and somewhat cat-like breed, the Basenji wasn't successfully introduced

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  • After Found Partially Skinned, Cat Goes from Rescued to Rescuer

    By Paris Permenter

    Every rescue cat has his or her own story, a previous life history that's often unknown before landing in the hands of a shelter or rescue. While little is known about the early life of now four-year-old Zeki, a Turkish Van mix, one terrible fact stands out: as a kitten she was partially skinned with a hunting knife by an unknown assailant in Dallas. Found by a Good Samaritan, the road to recovery was marked with surgery and recovery.

    Eventually Zeki (Turkish for "clever and courageous") found her way to the home of Arden Moore, pet author, radio host, and pet expert who also teaches pet safety. But Arden doesn't just teach pet safety using models and dummies. She calls on her fellow teaching teammate: Zeki.

    Whether teaching a class at the Cat Writers Association or delivering a cat behavior talk at the Pet Sitters International Conference, Arden works side-by-side with her cat, who Moore says "has never met a stranger or been in a strange place. She is

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  • 10 Secrets Pet Parents Revealed

    By Samantha Drake | Pet360

    Mike Licht/via FlickrMike Licht/via FlickrWe're competitive.

    We really,
    really want to win that pet costume contest. We'll go to any length to come out on top, and subject our dog to whatever humiliation is necessary. Then we'll share the photos on every form of social media we can get our hands on.

    We take risks.

    We dress up our cats even though we totally know how wrong this is. Secretly, we don't care and want to try a costume out to see how it looks. We know there will be consequences for the fashion show but we can't help ourselves.

    We overshare.

    We like to share snacks with our pets, no matter how unwise it might be. Our pets want to eat something yummy, too! The fact that our dogs and cats fully expect to share our treats is irrelevant.

    We're weak.

    We give in to our pets' begging behavior a lot more than we would like to admit. We just want them to be happy and it's so hard to say no! Yes, we know we're pushovers. Don't judge us.

    We're cowardly.

    Still, there are

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  • 10 Quirky Cat Breeds

    By Jessica Remitz

    Image: DavidTB via ShutterstockImage: DavidTB via Shutterstock From breeds that look like they've stepped off the pages of National Geographic to those that are known to exhibit behaviors of an entirely different species (fancy a game of fetch or a walk on the leash with your dog AND cat?), some cats are in a wonderfully wacky league of their own.

    We've asked Emmy-Award Winning Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber to help us select some breeds that are highly unusual, either in their appearance or behavior. While some of these breeds might be just perfect for your home because of (or despite!) their wacky-ness, it's also important to learn as much as you can about a potential pet's behaviors, temperaments and certain medical conditions before making a commitment to one.

    Ragdoll

    A sweet-tempered, polite cat with a strong desire for human affection, Ragdolls will-rather strangely-go completely limp in your arms the moment you try to pick them up, hence the breed's name. A personable, friendly breed, Werber's Ragdoll has been

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  • How to Protect Your Pet This Easter

    By Sid Kirchheimer | Pet360

    Easter may be joyous for you but it can be deadly for pets. Among this weekend's common holiday traditions that are dangerous for dogs and cats:

    Easter Lilies

    Any part of this white, trumpet-shaped symbol of Easter and spring - leaves, flower or pollen - can be toxic to cats, says Food and Drug Administration (FDA) veterinarian Melanie McLean. Kidney failure can result with just a few mouthfuls, or even by licking pollen grains from their fur.

    Vomiting usually occurs soon after consumption, which may gradually lessen over two to four hours, says McLean. Within 12 to 24 hours, cats may start to urinate frequently. Then, if kidney failure sets in, expect that the cat will stop urinating. Untreated, death could occur within a week.

    Lilies of the Valley, meanwhile, can cause abnormal heart rhythms in cats, while Calla and Peace lilies irritate their mouth and esophagus. So even if you suspect your cat has consumed any part of a lily, seek emergency

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  • 5 Ways Your Dog Embarrasses You

    By Dorri Olds | Pet360

    Does Your Dog Embarrass You? Break These 5 Bad HabitsDoes Your Dog Embarrass You? Break These 5 Bad HabitsWhen you're home alone, it's easier to ignore some of your dog's embarrassing behavior. But when guests come calling - or even in public?

    Whether it's leg humps or unwanted jumps, you may be left stumped for solutions...and certainly red-faced.

    Darlene Arden, animal behaviorist and author of "Rover, Get Off Her Leg! Pet Etiquette for the Dog Who Pees on Your Rug, Steals the Pot Roast and Poops in Improper Places," offers these tips on changing the five most embarrassing dog behaviors:

    Leg humping

    You might say to your mortified guest, "You should feel flattered, he really likes you!" But what can you do to nix the behavior?

    Enlist a friend's help to ring the bell, or knock - greeting you but not the dog until his feet and butt are on the floor. With that achieved, your friend can acknowledge the dog with a pat and a happy "hello" and you can reward him with a treat. "The dog will learn that if he sits patiently he will get rewarded. This will

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  • 10 Travel-Friendly Cat Breeds

    By Pet360.com

    Image: Ysbrand Cosijn via ShutterstockImage: Ysbrand Cosijn via Shutterstock

    Hoping to hit the road with your favorite feline in tow this spring? While some cats head for the hills-or the nearest closet-the moment they spot their carrier, there are other breeds that truly enjoy exploring new places and traveling with their owners.

    Get the top 10 breeds that travel well and get expert tips on how to make any cat more comfortable when traveling right here.

    Persian

    Sweet and docile, Persians make wonderful traveling companions. An affectionate breed that loves to play, Persians have a relaxed and adaptable nature and can be easily harness or leashed trained, said Joan Miller, chair of outreach and education for the Cat Fanciers' Association.

    Persians can travel easily in cars, motor homes and airplanes, Miller said, and are happy to be confined in a carrier or small space. One Persian Miller placed with a couple happily toured the country with its owners in a motor home and happily wore a harness and leash on the road, she said.

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