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Christy Powers, All About Pets Columnist

Stories by Christy

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Hope you and your pets had a fun Valentine’s Day, and I do trust that you were able to keep the pups out of the chocolate!

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February is Pet Dental Health Month sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Last week, we had a brief discussion about new beginnings after the loss of a precious pet.

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Never, ever, do you replace a dog or cat. Each one is an individual.

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Having heard from several people recently who, sadly, have lost their dogs, I want to discuss those final-decision issues: How to deal with letting go.

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I was most eager to share that my BoJay passed the initial testing to become a therapy dog, but I left out a few steps in the process toward his final certification.

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In Friday’s Courier, there was a most interesting front page story about a fellow who managed to successfully register a beehive as a service animal.

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Assuming that we and our pets all survived Christmas, already it is time to ring in the New Year.

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On this day before Christmas, we hopefully are all ready for a wonderful celebration with family and friends.

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Tis the week before Christmas and all through the house, every creature is stirring and hustling about.

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about nail care. I neglected to mention dewclaws.

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Have you ever imagined that a cat could be handed a gift for which to be ever grateful, a few days before Thanksgiving?

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Our biggest holidays of the year are just ahead. And while this means good times for us with friends and family, this probably means long hours away from home and away from our pups and kitties.

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On to a new subject: nail clipping for our dogs and cats.

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As was mentioned in last week’s column, several readers have reminded me that cats are very capable of providing comfort. I have also been reminded that I have not written very much about cats in these pet columns.

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Hopefully, we all had a safe and healthy Halloween. Hopefully, we were able to keep our pets heads out of the candy bowl!

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How fast time flies, whether you are having fun or not. All of a sudden the leaves are changing color and falling. As the dogs and I were walking this morning, I was noticing the many colors of leaves that were huddled along the side of the road. Red, orange, yellow, brown and green.

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In my October 1 column about aging dogs, I had a photo of my dog nephew, Walker, age 13, perched in the back of the van ready to make the trip back to Massachusetts He had a ramp making it easier for him to get in and out. Just last week, Walker died. Turns out he had a tumor on his spleen which resulted in internal bleeding.

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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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An amazing event took place at the courthouse plaza on Saturday: many people with their pets wandering around checking out the many booths with a huge array of goods to taste, smell, wear or from which to learn.

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One year ago, on July 31, my very first “All About Pets” column appeared in The Daily Courier. Now, 52 weeks later, I am still here, writing the column and hoping that many are reading and enjoying it. I have shared a lot of information but also, I have come in contact with some most interesting people and their pets. And when you take on a task like this, one is forever learning.

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There was a report on the news recently about a litter of eight puppies that were found stuffed in a duffel bag and thrown into a dumpster. Three of them survived. Just heard an update that those three now have permanent homes.

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In case you have not noticed, it is quite hot outside! Not a great time to be out throwing a ball. The inclination is to be sitting inside with the AC running and reading a good book, but our dogs are bored so I have been trying to find fun games to play with them inside. Scent training and hide-and-seek are two favorites, but also, some fun tricks can keep those brains working.

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The busy Fourth of July holiday is behind us. I do hope that all the pets that were frightened are now able to relax. Hopefully, none ran away. Such a frightening time for them. In my neighborhood, we heard no fireworks except on television!

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A few months ago, I wrote about the Abert’s Squirrel who was visiting in my yard and tearing up my dog’s toys. We still see him scurrying around the neighborhood quite regularly, and I think there are a few new family members.

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The 4th of July is probably the most troublesome holiday for our pets.

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June is Emergency Preparedness Month according to the Human Society of the United States. Last week’s column was about traveling with pets. Preparations for an emergency are similar, but there are some important differences.

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Vacation planning is underway and hopefully, it includes the family dog or cat.

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No one appreciates having a neighbor who has a non-stop barker. And in writing about this subject, I do not attempt to claim that my dogs do not bark.

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Once again, I just returned from a busy, exhausting few days in the valley celebrating a high school graduation.

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The basics for this column were put together by me a few years ago, but the facts still hold true. And the message is loud and clear - The ingredients do make a difference.

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Recently, I wrote a column titled, “One question: Do you really want a dog?” It is certainly something to consider seriously before acquiring a dog.

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A group from Pet Partners of Prescott will be walking around the courthouse plaza with their partners beginning at 1 p.m. today.

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It is always wonderful to get feedback from those who have read this column.

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Arriving at the Courthouse Square recently to walk with my ever eager pups, I quickly noticed two young women pushing their babies in strollers and accompanied by a very sweet looking Pitbull/yellow lab mix, Miya.

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The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that there are approximately 78 million dogs in US homes.

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The temperature is rising and the trees are budding. Our pets are shedding like mad and hair is flying. 'Tis the time for a thorough grooming for both dogs and cats.

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Two weeks ago, I wrote in this column about an Abert’s Squirrel, which appeared in my yard, tore apart my dog’s toy and ran off with a mouthful of the stuffing.

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Spring is coming, we hope! And it is a time when lots of families begin to think that it would be great to have a dog. And certainly all the adoption agencies are eager to welcome you.

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Sage Lewis is a Tellington TTouch Advanced Practitioner for companion animals and people.

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Today I have a tale, not of a dog or other pet, but of a most fascinating creature, the Abert’s Squirrel.

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