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The Farm at Natchez Trace

Meet our April/May 2014 Issue Sponsor, The Farm at Natchez Trace!  The Franklin-based luxury pet resort celebrates its 10th anniversary and more...

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It's Good to be Green

One of my favorite things about our annual Green Issue is highlighting local pet businesses that are taking action toward a healthier planet. After all, we each have a responsibility to care for the earth which sustains us and the animals we love, whether in our personal lives or business practice.

I am especially excited to feature our friends from Nashville Veterinary Specialists and Animal Emergency. You know them from our back cover, and you may know Dr. Trey Calfee as a leading orthopedic veterinary surgeon in Middle Tennessee. However, what you may not know is that this is one business that is serious about being green.

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My Second Home Pet Resort

Meet our Feb/Mar 2014 Issue Sponsor, My Second Home Pet Resort!  The award-winning pet resort announces new offerings and continues to help animals in need...

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Happy Retales Announces Support of Six Rescues in 2014

In 2014, the store is expanding their support to new organizations to spread the love further than ever before...

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Nashvillian Raises Support for Service Dog

For Nashvillian Andrew Booker, a service dog named Rex could literally save his life. Andrew lives with Epilepsy, Type 1 Diabetes and in recent years has been diagnosed with Autonomic Autoimmune Ganglionopathy (AAG), a disorder of the autonomic nervous system. All of this means that Andrew cannot be left alone. With Andrew's wife, Alicia, needing to work, Rex, a Labrador Retriever from Retrieving Independence´╗┐, is his answer to safety and freedom...

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Restoring American Treasures

Mike Wolfe is not only the television star of the hit show American Pickers and the owner of Nashville’s own Antique Archeology, but he’s also a dedicated animal lover. That’s why he didn’t hesitate to step up when we invited him to participate in our new campaign to bring positive awareness to America’s most abused and misunderstood dogs: pit bulls.

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Restraining Rover on the Road

The only thing my dog Dodger loves more than riding in the back of our SUV is leaping back and forth from the rear cargo area to the backseat. That type of system probably won’t land me on a top ten list for safe travelers, yet I was never bothered by Dodger’s acrobatics nor thought much about it—that is, until the birth of my son, Alex. The arrival of the baby in February brought Dodger’s free-wheeling road style to an abrupt end.  Although Dodger is fond of his new riding buddy, he hasn’t yet adjusted to the car seat I’ve unwittingly situated in the exact place he uses as a springboard. However, Dodger is not one to be deterred by an obstacle as small as a sleeping newborn, so he promptly began leaping over Alex in an effort to maintain his reign over the former doggie domain. That’s when I decided it was time for a canine restraint harness...

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Weighing the Benefits of Pet Insurance

A co-worker of mine is famous for sharing the amusing exploits of her rambunctious cat, Teddy. However, I am saddened to learn that a kidney condition recently landed Teddy in the hospital. Fortunately, Teddy’s veterinarian diagnosed the problem and developed a recovery strategy rather quickly. Of course, veterinary care can often come with a hefty price tag. Of course, for most of us, it’s a small price to pay for the health and happiness of our best animal friends, but what happens when we simply don’t have the funds for those urgent pet emergencies?

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Planet of the Apps

My dog Dodger is a bit of a softy despite my best efforts. He is scared of tricycles. His coat tends to dull when he doesn’t eat high quality dog food and he recently developed a rash on his paws. The latter of which prompted my wife to take him to the vet. So, over the years we’ve created an ever-growing accordion file to help us manage Dodger’s medical history, pet insurance and miscellaneous documents. But I knew we needed a new system when I found myself wading through stacks of paper after dealing with his most recent ailment. That’s when I did what any self-respecting American consumer would do: I turned to my iPhone for a solution...

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Fear of a Black Cat?

I’ve always thought we were incredibly lucky to find Dodger. Though we were convinced that we wanted to adopt a pet, my wife’s fear of animals forced us to visit shelters for months while looking for just the right forever friend. We were leaving the shelter after another failed pet interview when I spotted a four-month-old pitbull mix with the perfect amount of playfulness and friendliness needed to ease my wife into a pet-loving place. According to the kennel tag, the puppy had been at the shelter three weeks. A volunteer told us that puppies were typically there for a few days before being adopted. So, why has this little guy been left homeless while others hit the jackpot? At the time, I never considered that his black coat might be the reason...

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