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Christy Powers, All About Pets Columnist

Christy Powers is a freelance writer whose passion is studying and writing about pet health, nutrition and training. She can be reached at: cpowerspak@gmail.com.

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Recently, I was asked to assist in the judging of a writing competition sponsored by the Dog Writer’s Association of America. My assigned category to judge was books about rescue dogs. One of the books was a series of stories about different dogs that had been rescued. The other three were entire books devoted to one particular dog. They were all true stories.

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We, the fortunate ones who live among the trees, get to see wildlife constantly. Primarily, it is the deer rambling up and down the hills around us, some with new babies at their side. Then there are the javelina and the skunks — the ones we are less excited about encountering.

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As with all of us, age is a factor we must deal with. It is not an easy situation either for the people in our lives or when it concerns our dogs.

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We have been having rather severe thunder outbursts recently. I love them because it usually means that rain might be forthcoming. My dear Lacy girl is not quite so thrilled with the sound and sight of thunder and lightning.

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A few months ago, I wrote a column titled: Do you really want a dog? Because if you are not sure, it might be best to wait until you are sure. But another question may be, do you really want a puppy?

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Have you ever been kept up all night by a pup who urgently needed to go outside every hour or so and, fortunately, made you aware of her need? I just was and I am certainly grateful that she let me know, but it was painful.

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An article in a dog publication recently stated that 40% of all our dogs are obese. This puts an extra burden on their joints and backs and can lead to hormone-related diseases like diabetes.

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The Blackpak and I just returned from an educational and stimulating event in Tucson. Debbi Decker came to town to show us all how to teach our dogs to do wonderful tricks.

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My friend, Bob, called the other day, saying that he had a visitor and he and his cat were not quite sure what to do with it. A fellow working in the yard found this tortoise (pictured). Bob was hoping that I might have an answer for him. I did not.

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During these hot summer days, getting involved in some interactive activities with our pups might not be at the top of our to-do list; but, they are begging for some stimulation.

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