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  • 7 Signs You Love Your Dog More Than Your Spouse

    By Melanie Kramer |

    ThinkstockYou really can't compare the love you have for a spouse or significant other to your love of a dog -- the two are very different. But it can be easy to get in the habit of showering your adorable canine with love and attention. Dogs actively seek and expect affection, while a loved one may not. This might sometimes leave your partner with a sense that you love the family pet more than you love him. Before you jump into marriage counseling, take a look at our list to see if you truly do love your dog more than your spouse.

    1. You greet your dog first when you come home.

    You walk through the door after a long day or a trip away and shower your pup with hugs and kisses but don't give the same treatment to your significant other. While your spouse might not need or want immediate cuddle time, be sure he knows you missed him just as much.

    You also need to beware of causing behavior issues when greeting your dog. Trainer Mikkel Becker advises that you

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  • Dog Rescued from Washington Mudslide Debris

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres |

    Buddy was saved after being trapped in the Washington mudslide, but his owner is still missing.The McPherson family lost a lot in the devastating mudslide in Oso, Wash., on Saturday. Helen and Irene McPherson are still missing their sister, Linda, and their family home and farm of five generations was washed away.

    But Monday brought a glimmer of hope when Irene's grandson, Quinton, heard Linda's chocolate Labrador Retriever, Buddy, whining in the rubble. He was freed and cleaned up, and is recovering from the cuts and bruises he suffered.

    The family thinks the shaken dog was carried about 100 feet in the mud. "We needed a win," said one grateful family member. At least 14 people have been confirmed dead in the mudslide, and 176 are still missing. - Watch it at USA Today

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  • Guide Dogs Lead Owners to Love

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres |

    Guide dogs Venice and Rodd were ring bearers in the wedding of their owners, Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey.Last year, we told you the sweet story of how guide dogs Venice and Rodd fell in love while they were training at a school in England, and led their owners to become inseparable, too.

    On Saturday, with their dogs at their sides, Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey got married. "Our dogs were the class love story," Johnson said. "Everyone used to joke about how Mark's dog Rodd and my dog Venice were meant to be together."

    Johnson and Gaffey got to know each other during training with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and discovered that they lived only 1.5 miles from each other, so they continued to get their Labrador Retrievers together, and ended up falling in love themselves. "I have no doubt that our guide dogs brought us together and helped me find my true love," Johnson said. "Much like our two guide dogs, we really are best friends and soul mates." - Read it at the U.K.'s Mirror

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  • 9 Great Big Dog Breeds for Families

    By Shayna Meliker |

    When searching for the right dog to add to your family, your first instinct might be to bring home a tiny little thing that your kids can cradle in their laps. But we're here to remind you that the best dog for you may be a larger breed.

    Big dogs like Labrador Retrievers and Saint Bernards can become a child's protector, adventure buddy and best friend. Check out our photo gallery to see nine large breeds that can be good for families.

    SEE ALSO: 18 Best Breeds for New Dog Owners

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    There's a reason the iconic Labrador Retriever has been America's most popular dog for 23 consecutive years - any Lab lover will tell you that they can be the perfect family dog. A Labrador tends to become everyone's devoted best friend, especially when you tire him out with daily walks and games of fetch.

    Standard Poodle
    Many families may overlook the Standard

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  • Do You Allow Cats on Kitchen Counters?

    By Kristen Seymour |

    ThinkstockAs the self-appointed rulers of households everywhere, cats lay claim to all parts of their home (or kingdom). But do they belong on the kitchen counter? We wanted to know how our readers felt and whether veterinarians felt the same. We polled cat owners and veterinary professionals[i], and the results may surprise you.

    When asked if their cats were allowed access to the counter, 21 percent of veterinary professionals who responded answered "yes," 13 percent answered "rarely" and 54.5 percent answered "no." ("Other" was also an option, claiming 11.4 percent of veterinary professional votes.)

    Our readers were more likely than veterinary professionals to allow their cats on the counter: 28 percent answered affirmatively, 11 percent said rarely and 48.1 percent said no, with the remaining readers opting for "other." So, while veterinary professionals are less likely to allow their cats on the kitchen counter as a habit, they're actually more

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  • A Prayer for Dog Owners: A Devotional for Those Who Love Canines

    By Dr. Andy Roark |

    ThinkstockFor me, medicine has always had a deeply spiritual component. I often say little prayers for my patients and their owners, and it is for this reason that I started to think about what I would pray for if I were a mere pet owner, and not a veterinarian asking for medical miracles. Here's what I, as a dog lover, would say:

    Dear Lord,

    Thank you for the gift of canine companionship. Let me always strive to be the person my dog thinks I am, even if that level of awesomeness is completely unattainable.

    Please remind me of the innocence of dogs and of my responsibilities to those I take into my home. Forgive me if I get frustrated with my dog, feed him the occasional table scrap or make him wear a holiday costume for a few quick photos. I promise I will try my hardest to always be a good owner, friend and family member.

    SEE ALSO: 5 Once-Popular Dog Breeds That Are Missed

    Lord, during puppyhood, please help him figure out the

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  • 10 Insects and Other Creatures Dangerous to Cats & Dogs

    By Sally Deneen |

    Nearly every day, a frantic caller contacts the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center with a poison complaint relating to an outdoor insect or critter, often toads. As warm weather sees more dogs and cats venturing into the great outdoors, do you know what hazards are lurking in your region?

    Vetstreet interviewed leading wildlife and veterinary toxicology experts who identified the most common and lethal threats to your pets as well as in what parts of the country they reside.

    SEE ALSO: 8 Most Dangerous Plants for Cats and Dogs

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    You may hear a yelp from your dog and then within 20 minutes, see his face swell in size. The cause behind the swollen face may be a reaction to a bee sting. "Fatal reactions are rare, but they do occur," says Dr. Russak. Most dogs tend to have a mild reaction, and often a first-time bee sting causes no trouble. It's the subsequent stings that can be severe. "Bee stings, if you can avoid them, are

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  • Lost Dog Reunited with Family After 6 Years

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres |

    April Helland hugs her dog MaisyIt was six years ago when Maisy the Beagle followed the young boys in her family into the woods near their Tennessee home, and didn't come out.

    The Helland family searched the woods, posted flyers and prayed for Maisy to find her way back. But it wasn't until this week that Chad Helland got a call from the Young Williams Animal Center, saying that animal control had found the now 12-year-old dog out wandering and tracked down the Hellands through her microchip. "It was probably the most shocking phone call I've ever gotten in my life," Chad Helland said. Maisy appeared to have been cared for while she was away, and may have gotten away from another family. The Hellands had an emotional reunion with her, and are glad to have the senior dog back. "I feel so blessed to have her back. For my own comfort," said April Helland. "I can hold her and tell her thank you for all those years that she was good to us." - Watch it at Tennessee's WBIR

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  • 14 Puppies Who Love National Puppy Day

    By Megan Winter |

    In case you haven't heard, March 21 is a very special day - it's National Puppy Day! The holiday was created nine years ago to not only celebrate the joy, love and cuteness young pups bring into our lives, but also to help save orphaned puppies all over the world.In honor of puppies everywhere, we've found 14 precious pooches to share with you.

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  • Polar Bear Twins Make Long Awaited Debut

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres

    Fourteen-week-old brother and sister polar bear cubs made their first public appearance on Wednesday.It's double the cuteness in Germany! The 14-week-old twin polar bear cubs who made headlines with the color video of their birth and a clip of them opening their eyes for the first time, had their media debut at the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich on Wednesday.

    The brother and sister bears, who haven't been named yet, romped around in their outdoor enclosure with their mom, 7-year-old Giovanna, as about 100 reporters watched.

    "She is a very young mother and everything is excellent," said the zoo's Helmut Kern. The cubs squinted in the bright light, and put their paws into the cool water in their exhibit for the first time. - Read it and watch it at CBS News

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