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Feeding Frenzy: The changing landscape of the pet food industry

Many pet lovers have special memories of furry friends and the time they spent together in their youth. One of my fondest memories centers on spending the summer with my Grandma’s retriever, Red. He had such a loving personality and a coat tinged with auburn of Auburn. My favorite time of the day was just after dinner. That is when Grandma would help me scrape together the leftover chicken and vegetables for Red’s meal...

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Behind the Scenes at Glitter + Glam

It’s official: I’m haute stuff! In July, yours truly strutted the catwalk (more like dogwalk) at Agape Animal Rescue’s Glitter & Glam fashion event to support canine rescue. Hosted by actress/singer Jana Kramer and the AntMan (a DJ at The Big 98), the fundraiser was held at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Posh pups (like moi) and stylish humans sported nifty designs by the legendary country fashion designer Manuel Cuevas...

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Suspected Dog Fighting Operation Uncovered in Cheatham County

On Black Friday, Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) received an urgent call from Cheatham County Animal Control. During a brush fire on a wooded property, firefighters came across a troubling surprise: that the blaze was rushing toward more than 60 chained and penned dogs. Uncovering this suspected dog fighting ring was somewhat ironic. Says ARC founder Scotlund Haisley, "The fire that almost killed them has actually saved their lives."

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Safe + Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

I've always been good about not giving table scraps to my dogs, but I just can't help wanting to let them share in our annual Thanksgiving feast. After all, they're family too, so why not let them celebrate? However, many of the foods we enjoy during this holiday are actually harmful to our pets. Keep the following tips in mind to keep your furry family member safe and healthy during your holiday gatherings... then read on for some yummy noms you can share with them!

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Capturing the Last Moments of Life

You may have seen his photos circulating the internet recently: stark, honest images of dogs lost and unwanted in this world. Many folks online have been criticizing Taiwanese photographer Tou Chih-kang for taking photos of shelter dogs just moments before euthanasia, saying he should put those skills to use in trying to find them adoptable homes... However, I see Chih-kang's work as a devoted ministry; a heart-wrenching labor of love to tell the stories of the dogs who have been cast aside by society, to let the world know that they were here...

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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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Faux Fur: The Battle of K9 Couture

Every war begins with a single act. This one is no different. Perhaps the first blow was struck when Paris Hilton introduced the world to her fully clothed pampered pup on the hit series, “The Simple Life.” Maybe people took sides when national retailers such as PetSmart began selling cat costumes. To be honest, I’m not sure when the battle began. But my house became a home divided when I walked through the door in December 2009 to find my buddy dressed in a Santa suit, fit for a puppy. That day, the proverbial line in the sand was drawn and my lovely wife stood squarely on the other side. So I pose this question: is it okay to dress up your pets? 

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