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When You Must Rehome Your Dog: What to Do

When You Must Rehome Your Dog: What to Do

Relationships

What would you do if you had to give up the dog you purchased from a breeder? Hint Number One: Forget leaving the dog at a shelter or asking a veterinarian to euthanize him. Hint Number Two: Contact the breeder first. We talked to some conscientious breeders about loving ways owners can find a new […]

Want a Pedigree Cat? Here’s What to Know

Want a Pedigree Cat? Here’s What to Know

Kittens & Puppies

More than 30 years ago, I said to my husband, “Someday I’d like a gray kitty – a Russian Blue.” Armed with an issue of Cat Fancy, he found a breeder in New Jersey and we traveled two-plus hours to pick up Ashley, my first Russian Blue. Thus began a love affair that continues to […]

What’s in Your Cat’s DNA? Tests Are Fun but not Definitive

What’s in Your Cat’s DNA? Tests Are Fun but not Definitive

Health

Cats are enigmatic and mysterious, but DNA testing kits are helping us to learn more about them. Here’s what you can find out about your fine feline, from ancestry to health. Interestingly, no DNA kits can precisely identify a cat’s genetic makeup in the same way the dog DNA tests can. That’s because dog breeds […]

New Puppy? Socialization Starts Now!

New Puppy? Socialization Starts Now!

Kittens & Puppies, Training

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy skittered into class and ducked under a chair, trembling. It was Pip’s first night of puppy kindergarten, and he was terrified. After class, I chatted with his parents. “Your puppy is really shy,” I said. “Sixteen weeks is the latest we’ll take a puppy into this class, and he’s […]