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  • Dog Rescued After Being Frozen to Ground

    Photo of Peanut provided by the Dubois County Humane SocietyBy: Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell |

    A dog named Peanut in Jasper, Indiana, is expected to make a full recovery after sheriff's deputies found him frozen to the ground in sub-zero temperatures.

    "He has some sores on his feet where he was pulled from the frozen snow," said Mary Saalman, executive director of the Dubois County Humane Society, which has been caring for the dog. "Other than being underweight, he seems very happy."

    Dubois County Sheriff's Department responded to an anonymous call of animal neglect on Monday night when the temperatures dipped to 6 below zero with wind chills as low as 25 below.

    According to Stuart Wilson, a sergeant and spokesperson for the sheriff's department, a deputy found two dogs, one chained to a pole out of reach of a barrel used for shelter and another dog, Peanut, described as a Shetland/Jack Russell mix, in a small pen with no food and frozen water.

    The dog had been there, with only an unlined barrel for shelter, long enough to

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  • 10 "Manliest" Dog Breeds

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    We all know a dog is a man's best friend, but determining exactly which type of dog fits the "manly" mold can be a bit trickier. Here are our picks for guy-friendly breeds, all of which have varying degrees of courageousness, intelligence, friendliness and skills in the field to make the perfect companion for you or the man in your life.

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    10. English Bulldog
    A short yet powerful breed with a heavy build and lots of wrinkles, English Bulldogs are also easily recognized by their short muzzle and distinctive under bite. Perfect for less active homes, Bulldogs love to eat and sleep and are recognized for their gentle, easygoing dispositions. Having an English Bulldog by your side is a surefire way to win over the ladies on your next trip to the dog park.

    9. Bernese Mountain Dog
    Strong, agile and intelligent, the Bernese Mountain Dog originated as an Alpine working dog and is used today as farm dog and family

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  • 10 Signs of Cancer in Pets

    Image of dog and vet/via ShutterstockCancer is the #1 Disease-Related Killer of Pets
    Many people do not realize that cancer is not just a human condition; it affects our pets as well. In fact, cancer is the number one disease-related killer of dogs and cats. According to Dr. Lorie Huston, she tells her clients to be on the lookout for the following signs. While these symptoms are not purely indicative of cancer, if a pet begins to exhibit them you should visit your veterinarian immediately. Just like with people, the earlier cancer is caught the better.

    #10 Lumps and Bumps
    Not all lumps and bumps on or under your dog or cat's skin will be cancerous, but there is no way to know for sure without getting your veterinarian involved - this is especially important if the lump is not resolving itself or is growing in size. A needle biopsy is commonly done and a veterinary pathologist can let you know if the cells are cancerous or not.

    #9 Abnormal Odors
    Offensive odors from your dog or cat's mouth, ears, or any other

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  • 10 Dog Breeds Who Love to Party

    Golden Retriever Puppy/via thinkstockBy: Carol Bryant |

    All dogs, in their own way, add a party to our lives: Their attitude, demeanor, ever-faithful presence, and unconditional adoration of us.

    Some dog breeds, however, are the life of the party simply by their sheer presence and the way they light up a room like a box full of holiday lights. Kick off 2014 the right way with these 10 breeds who go the extra mile in the "party like there's no tomorrow" department:

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    1. Beagle:
    One word: Snoopy. Any Beagle parent can attest that this stately and super fun hound is always up for either an expedition, attention, or perhaps a little of both. Known for their keen nose, watch the party snacks when this self-assured canine is nearby.

    2. Collie: One word: Lassie. People just seem to want to touch this gentle herding breed. Intelligent and kind-hearted, the breed is generally easy to train and good with children.

    3. Lakeland Terrier:
    Intelligent and inquisitive

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  • Puppy Preparedness: Must-Haves for First Weeks

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    Buying the Right Puppy Supplies
    Few events are as exciting in life as the addition of a new furry friend. With a new pet comes great responsibility, and great mountains of puppy supplies. Preparation is the key to a successful transition - having some of the items you know you will need ready to go before Fido arrives will make the process go much more easily! Make sure you have these puppy checklist items on hand before you're distracted by a licking, happy ball of fur in the house.

    Dog Toys
    Teething puppies have an intrinsic need to chew. If you don't have an adequate supply of chew toys on hand, you can kiss your shoes, purses, and furniture goodbye. Inappropriate chewing is annoying, expensive, and possibly even dangerous, so set your puppy up for success with dog-appropriate chew toys.

    There are plenty of age-specific dog chew toys on the market. Those designated for puppies are a little smaller and softer than the adult toys, because puppy teeth are more

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  • 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

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    Curious about the breeds of dog that can cost the most buck? While the value and expenses associated with a certain breed of dog will vary drastically depending upon your location, the dog's familial history and the type of reputable breeder you use, there are certain breeds that continuously come out on top-with one recent purchase costing over a million dollars!

    We know the unconditional love a dog gives us is priceless; however; here's a look at the most expensive dog breeds.

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    1. German Shepherd

    Cost: $3,000 - $24,000
    A breed that's both intelligent and versatile, the German Shepherd was originally developed to guard and herd flocks of sheep but today makes for an ideal companion and, among other things, police, guard, war and search-and-rescue dog. Because of their versatility and skill set, a well-trained German Shepherd can be a costly expense. The breed is a devoted family dog but can be protective andRead More »from 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds
  • 10 Most Dog-Like Cat Breeds

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    Looking for a pet with all of the low-maintenance care of a cat but the affectionate personality of a pup?

    Consider one of these breeds that'll be sure to please even the most devoted dog people with their playful, friendly personalities.

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    1. Turkish Angora
    Intelligent, loyal and vocal, Turkish Angoras are devoted to their families and love being involved in whatever you're doing. They're playful, mischievous and determined, making them well suited for a home with lots of activity. The breed is also known for its swimming skills and may even take a dip every now and again on their own terms, of course.

    2. Manx
    An affectionate, friendly breed, the Manx loves to be around people and is known for following their owners all around the house. Normally-but not always-tailless, the Manx also enjoys a good game of fetch and can even be trained to learn the command "no" and come when you call its name, just

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  • 5 Foods that Could Kill Your Dog

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    Which Foods are Toxic to Dogs and Cats?

    As pet lovers, we're bound to share food with our furry family members. However, giving our dog food during meal time is not always safe for their health. Take a look at five dangerous (sometimes even deadly) foods you should never feed your dog - and call the nearest animal hospital or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-213-6680 should it happen accidentally.

    1. Alcohol

    Most dog owners know that beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks aren't safe for them. But did you know that desserts made with alcohol are also dangerous for dogs? Homemade or store bought yeast dough should be avoided too. Even a small amount of alcohol can harm your pup, so it's best not to leave any alcoholic food or drink within your pets reach.

    2. Onions (and Garlic)
    Never feed your pet Alliums such as onions or garlic. If large amounts are consumed, it can cause the destruction of red blood cells. Symptoms of a poisoned pet include exhaustion and

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  • Puppies: The Gift You Should NEVER Give

    Cavalier Puppy/via ShutterstockBy: Samantha Drake |

    A new puppy is a lifetime commitment, requiring a considerable amount of research and preparation. Springing a puppy on a child makes a wonderful holiday morning memory, but the reality is that animals need care and attention long after the seasonal decorations are put away. A new pet cannot be put aside as easily as other gifts, yet each year, a distressing number of pets given as gifts end up being dumped at shelters.

    "Unlike with other holiday presents, owners cannot just pop in a fresh battery or put the pet away in the closet after the novelty wears off. In nearly all cases, one of the parents becomes the primary caretaker, doing the feeding, walks and all of the other chores the children once promised to do themselves," says Robin Tierney of the Partnership for Animal Welfare.

    "Furthermore, 'pets as playthings' is the wrong message to send to children. Pets are living beings that require substantial time and daily care, plus expenses for

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  • Should You Toilet Train Your Cat?

    Cat image/via ShutterstockBy: Valerie Trumps |

    Owning a cat has its ups and downs, like not needing to walk her in the rain so she can do her business; however, cleaning the litter box is another story. Some cat owners eliminate (pun intended) this chore by toilet training their cat, but is doing so as good as it seems? And if it is, how is it done?

    Arguments Against Toilet Training a Cat
    Before diving into the easily won argument of why it's such a great thing to get rid of the litter box forever, let's look at why cat toilet training may not be as groovy as it sounds.

    Cats instinctively dig a hole in which to make their "deposit" and cover it up when they're done to hide the evidence from predators. Not doing so is unnatural to kitties.

    Emotion-Caused Illness
    Acting opposite of their instinct can cause psychological stress, one of the most common causes of urinary tract problems.

    When owners remove the litter box option, their cat may completely rebel from the

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