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Christy Powers, All About Pets Columnist

Stories by Christy

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Powers: Canine musical freestyle — for the fun of it!

The Blackpak and I just returned from a Canine Musical Freestyle National competition in Tucson. Folks from several states came with their pups to compete for ribbons and titles.

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Powers: Responsible dog ownership

All About Pets

Owning a dog, or any pet, is a huge responsibility, one that must be taken very seriously. According to the American Kennel Club, “Owning a dog is a long-term emotional and financial commitment.”

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Powers: Mental communication a natural for our animals

Most of us dog folks, cat folks too, feel that we communicate with our pets.

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Powers: Erasing puppy mills is a group effort

Consumers need to help humane societies by avoiding suspect breeders

There was a time, not that long ago, when pet stores sold adorable puppies. The great majority of these puppies were from puppy mills. And as more puppies were sold, naturally, that raised the demand.

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Powers: Healthful and helpful hints for your pets in preparation for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner. Fun time for the kids. Bad time if the pets get into the loot.

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Powers: Kongs a great stimulator for dogs

My dogs remind me every evening after dinner that dessert comes encased in a Kong. Kongs are magical. They provide a limited amount of entertainment, depending on how quickly the guys are able to remove the contents.

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Powers: What to look for when choosing a pure bred dog

All About Pets

Purebred dogs, puppy mill dogs, backyard breeders and rescue organizations: all of these produce adorable and irresistible puppies. But there are a few other things to consider besides cuteness.

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Powers: Pets need companionship

Our dogs and cats, certainly most animals, just like people, crave and need companionship. It is fascinating to watch how my two guys interact with each other, read each other.

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Powers: Training your dog: Keep it simple, keep it fun!

Whether we are gone all day or we are home most of the time but busy, our dogs are leading a rather boring existence. They are not out protecting our sheep or herding the cattle. While we are reading the paper or watching the news, they are napping.

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Powers: You get what you pay for — read the label

Whether it is for the people or pets in your household, when choosing any food, it is very important to read the label on the bag, box or container.

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Powers: Less food, more exercise is good advice for our pets, too

In a recent discussion with my veterinarian — asking if she is seeing more obese dogs and cats, she answered — yes, but she added that the pet owners are often heavier also.

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Powers: Make mealtime special

Do your dogs sit and watch you fix their meals? Mine do. They want to make sure I do it right. Mealtime is special at our house. I think it should be. But if it is going to be special, it has to be good, and healthy!

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Powers: Importance of crate training

After hearing non-stop about the devastating fires in California and the massive numbers of people and their pets being evacuated, I am reminded of the importance of crate training.

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Powers: Exercise and training

Exercise — we all need it, right? But do we all get it — and do our dogs get enough of it? Particularly when it is so very hot. Also, many dogs are left alone all day out of necessity

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Powers: All About Pets is an exciting new venture

I am excited to begin this new adventure. This is the very first pet column, written by me, for The Daily Courier.