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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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Dining on the Historic Murfreesboro Square

 

If you love dogs and food as much as I do, and if you live in or ever venture out the way of the 'Boro, then you'll be happy to know there are no shortage of pooch-friendly dining patios to enjoy with your furry best friend. The Square in downtown Murfreesboro is a quaint little historical area with a plethora of unique shops and restaurants. The streets are elegantly lined with lampposts and potted flowers. benches line the sidewalks, providing plenty of spots for resting, people-watching and soaking in the sun. It's also a great way to meet other dogs and their people who are out and about...

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Nashville's Pet-Friendly Patios

Woofs and wags, readers! I’m Willie Fitzgerald, arguably the most pampered Pug on the planet, and if you’ve been around many Nashville Paw events, you’ll know that I’ve become the magazine mascot of sorts. Yes, I’ve done it all, from delivering magazines up and down West End Avenue with my mom to staffing event booths to appearing on More at Midday with publisher Heather Davis last year to promote our Canine Summer Splash. (Want proof? You can see the video here!) I have my own headshots, business cards and Facebook page. And now, as it should be, I have my very own column...

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Fido Feng Shui

Pet hair in your sofa cracks. Bones and toys scattered everywhere. That comfy but not-so-pretty dog bed in the corner. It’s no secret that living with pets can take its toll on a household, and your home can quite literally go to the dogs in a short amount of time. How many of us have looked around the house and wondered, “Where does my space come in? The one that looks like that room in Southern Living?”...

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2011 Readers' Choice Awards

Meet the winners of our 2011 Readers' Choice Awards! It’s no secret that Nashville has gone to the dogs—and cats. As pet lovers, we have the best in bakeries for Bowser, pet-friendly patios, doggie daycares and mobile groomers. We’ve got amazing mutt-friendly hotels, beautiful boutiques, dedicated animal welfare groups and bountiful dog parks...

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The Local Green List

So you’ve gone green: you recycle, carpool, filter your own water and buy recycled paper. But is your pet green? After all, with our natural resources at stake, it’s important to reduce the carbon paw print, too! Fortunately, it’s easy providing natural and earth-friendly products for your pet pals thanks to the vast variety of eco-friendly beds, toys, leashes, grooming products, litter and more...

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