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Christy Powers, All About Pets Columnist

Stories by Christy

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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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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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Powers: A nature tale!
All About Pets

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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Animals love learning with positive reinforcement.

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The microchip is an identification system that is implanted at the back of the neck under the skin of our pups.

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It’s a bit chilly out there — but the pups still want to walk. Should they wear boots and coats? Lots of things to consider.

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I cannot believe it is already February, but this is the month when we need to focus on our pet’s oral health. Some of us brush our pet’s teeth; many of us do not.

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As with people, many dogs, cats as well, have allergies. Mostly we notice that the pet is constant-ly scratching or chewing on his leg or foot.

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Particularly when it is colder outside and a little sloppy, our dogs still crave entertainment and exercise.

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Objective: To provide a positive social experience for YRMC patients.

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Wow! 2019! How about some New Year’s pet resolutions? Better to start late than not at all!

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What does one say in a pet column that appears in the paper on Christmas Day besides “Merry Christmas”?

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Imagine walking beside your dog when suddenly she is attacked by a loose or unmanaged dog. Now imagine that you are totally blind.

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The Canine Good Citizen training and testing program is a very basic program that tests dogs and handlers in very simple behaviors that all dogs should possess.

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Most of us have walked around the Courthouse Square a time or two or 100. You may have seen Thomas Gabaldon walking with his dog, Chica, in her wheelchair.

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Since writing that first column about responsible pet ownership, I have had input from readers and discussions with dog trainers. There are interesting points to consider.

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

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