Greetings Clients,

Just a lighthearted reminder that your Pet Care Pack stays as green as possible -- paperless billing, digital document maintenance, and (except for the COVID-19 era) routing walkers in an efficient way that guzzles less gas.
It's become very dark these days, so we thought we'd lighten things up a bit! While you're purging documents and rediscovering photos, please send some of your beloved pets for us to post in the near future. That will surely brighten our days, because we view them as part of our family, too!

We'd also like to thank you for your patience during these times. Our walkers are taking on different walks, filling in for each other. They will always make their Time Block (Morning, Midday, Afternoon, Evening), but they might not make very specific times due to the current state of walk routes. Thank you for your unwavering understanding. They're doing their best, and we're doggone proud of them!
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Can the feared anthrax toxin become an ally in the war against cancer? Successful treatment of pet dogs suffering bladder cancer with an anthrax-related treatment suggest so.

Anthrax is a disease caused by a bacterium, known as Bacillus anthracis, which releases a toxin that causes the skin to break down and forms ulcers, and triggers pneumonia and muscle and chest pain. To add to its sinister resumĂŠ, and underscore its lethal effects, this toxin has been infamously used as a bioweapon.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/researchers-harness-the-deadly-anthrax-toxin-to-treat-bladder-cancer-in-dogs/
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Any dog guardian who truly understands their canine companion knows that these animals are the most selfless and amazing creatures. Dogs routinely put their person’s wishes above their own needs. It’s this desire to please that is best demonstrated in the sport of agility where dogs are guided through a dog obstacle course such as jumps and weave poles in a particular order within an allotted timeframe.

Dogs inherently want to please and agility training allows them to connect with their handlers at deeper level. Once a well-trained dog completes an obstacle, his/her head will turn to see where her owner is directing them next. Of course, there are many ways to bond with your dog, but the depth of communication between dog and handler in this team sport is remarkable.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/top-five-reasons-why-the-sport-of-dog-agility-is-awesome/
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Dog's Name and Age: Buttercup, 3 years

Nicknames: Houdini gets used often—she is an escape artist!

Adoption Story: Buttercup was seen roaming and scavenging in trash cans around the city for about a week—dodging traffic and humans who tried to catch her. Someone told my husband about her, so he set off to find her. Once he caught up with her, it was love at first sight. Of course, we had her scanned and we made posters and all the rest, but when no one claimed her... we decided to keep her with us (despite already having 10 dogs at the time!) We have a lot of land next to Mark Twain National Forest in Southwest Missouri, and since we are ex-zookeepers who do a lot of wildlife rehab as well as rescuing, it seemed natural to bring her into the fold. We
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/smiling-dog-buttercup/
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There are often patterns in the dogs we choose

Picture a lean, healthy dog that reminds you of a Golden Retriever but has a black coat. It is full of vigor and bounciness with very shiny fur. Add one or more random white splotches on the chest, feet or tip of the tail. Imagine that this dog is playful, athletic and that it has warm amber eyes. That picture in your head is a dog I’m sure to be drawn to. What can I say? I don’t know why this type is so appealing to me, but again and again dogs like this pull me in, even though I love all sorts of dogs. It’s not unusual for people to be drawn to a certain look, type of behavior or a combination of both, in a way that goes beyond just favoring a particular breed.

I used to work with a trainer who couldn’t resist a foxy dog. Pomeranians, American Eskimos, Finnish Spitzes, Keeshounds and Shiba Inus were among her favorites.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/what-traits-draw-you-to-dogs/
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While ear infections are pesky conditions that affect many species, dogs are especially at risk for ear infections because of the shape of their ear canals.

Dr. Lori Teller, a clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, says that diagnosis and treatment should always be handled by a veterinarian, but dog owners should still be informed on the nature of this condition to keep their furry friend in tip-top shape. “There are multiple causes of ear infections (otitis externa), including allergies (most common), ear mites, a foreign body (this can include polyps or neoplasia), excess hair in the ear canal, anatomic changes in the ear canal, excess moisture in the ear canal, injury, immune-mediated diseases, endocrine disease, and excessive cleaning,” Teller said.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/hard-to-hear-the-facts-of-canine-ear-infections/
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The Bark’s advice columnist answers readers’ questions about canine behavior.
Dear Bark: We live out in the woods, and sadly, people often dump their animals on our lonely road. Recently, a beautiful young Husky appeared and seems to have adopted us. We named him Buck, and we feed him, give him lots of encouraging vocals and so on. At first, he would not come closer to us than about 30 feet, but now, after we’ve worked with him, he will come to within about 10 feet. On occasion, when our three dogs are gathered around us, he’ll join them and get close; once, he even licked my hand! I try to avoid direct eye contact with him, as I know that dogs can perceive this as threatening. Do you have any ideas/advice on how to get him to actually let us pet him?
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/how-to-connect-with-a-skittish-dog/
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Dog's name and age: Sonny, 2 years

Nicknames: Sonny Bunny

About Sonny: Sonny is an incredibly loving dog and he will forever have the heart of a puppy. When work and chores are finished, he's always ready to take a nap on your lap. He hums and gives of a content happy noise when shifting around in a comfy position and Sonny favors sleeping on his back when in bed. Before Sonny we adopted his older sister Roxie, she is six-year-old dog that generally low-energy and full of sass. When we brought Sonny into our family her attitude changed and now she can be found making leaps and bounds after her brother.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/smiling-dog-sonny/
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...and Make Life Harder for People Like Me Who Rely on Service Dogs

In 2017, Marlin Jackson boarded a cross-country flight. When he got to his row, another passenger was already in the middle seat with an emotional support dog in his lap.

According to Mr. Jackson’s attorney, “The approximately 50-pound dog growled at Mr. Jackson soon after he took his seat…and continued as Mr. Jackson attempted to buckle his seatbelt. The growling increased and the dog lunged for Mr. Jackson’s face…who could not escape due to his position against the plane’s window.” Facial wounds requiring 28 stitches were the result.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/emotional-support-animals-can-endanger-the-public/
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My favorite police officer on television is smart, empathetic, attentive and brave. He’s also incredibly handsome. I’m talking about Rex, the fictional police canine played by the German shepherd Diesel vom Burgimwald who co-stars on CITY TV’s hit show Hudson & Rex. It’s not prestige TV, but it is a well-made, diverse, thoughtful and unapologetically Canadian police procedural with an impressive four-legged officer.

As the show wraps up its second season, it’s clear that Rex/Diesel has charmed audiences. His work also invites us to think more about animals’ minds, work and contributions to our shared communities.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/hudson-rex-canine-actor-challenges-us-to-look-at-animal-labor/
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Dixie loves meeting new people and their dogs while out for a good walk. Her short legs don't keep her from galloping down the walking trail...it is quite a sight to see! She also enjoys taking frequent breaks on her walks to sniff just about everything.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/meet-dixie/
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Lulu loves to visit her grandparents to help cheer them up with her goofy smile. She plays ball often and loves to go to the park to watch the ducks.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/meet-lulu/
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Southeastern Guide Dogs Take the Lead

Southeastern Guide Dogs will be holding "virtual" dog Walkathons and not their "in-person" in the parks typically events. See how you can join in.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/dog-walks-virtually-in-the-time-of-covid-19/
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Wishing you always—
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you
And all that your heart might desire!

Stay safe out there!

From our family to yours, Happy Saint Patrick's Day.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/happy-saint-patricks-day-from-waggy-walkys/
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It’s a win for dogs, but people need to be smart about it

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people are working from home or not leaving home at all. Though that’s distressing in various ways, it’s undeniable that it's a win for dogs to have their people home all day. I urge everyone who suddenly has unlimited time with their best friend to take advantage of it, but also to be aware of the challenges this change presents. Here are some specific things to keep in mind.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/at-home-with-your-dog-courtesy-of-coronavirus/
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Little Dante is a guardian. He will stalk his person everywhere she goes, even to the bathroom! His favorite day is Sunday when he gets the best treat, cheese!
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/meet-dante/
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Analysis of 13,000 Finnish pet dogs offers insights into behavior

If your dog exhibits behavior problems, she is in good company. A recent study of over 13,000 pet dogs in Finland found that nearly three-quarters of dogs have a behavioral issue. The study almost certainly underrepresents the percentage of dogs with a behavior problem because this study focused on just seven of them: noise sensitivity, fearfulness, compulsion, fear of surfaces or heights, inattention/impulsivity, separation related behavior and aggression. It did not investigate destructive chewing, jumping up, digging, counter surfing and many other behaviors that are common and considered problematic to the people in their lives. Additionally, because the data came from guardian surveys, assessing its reliability is challenging.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/study-reveals-just-how-common-behavior-problems-are/
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It was late January when the Mesa Fire Department in Arizona rescued two Shar Pei puppies from a car that crashed and caught fire. According to news reports, the crash happened at gas station just before midnight on January 29. After losing control and slamming into one of the pumps, the driver fled, leaving the two pups alone in the burning vehicle.

Mesa Fire Department was able to rescue the two puppies and put out the fire. After the rescue, Mesa Police seized the two dogs who were transferred to an overnight clinic before being sent to the Arizona Humane Society's Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ for further evaluation.

AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ and Cruelty Investigators performed more than 7,700 cruelty investigations last year. Almost 12,000 animals a year receive medical care and treatment in AHS’ Trauma Hospital.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/puppies-get-a-second-chance-after-being-rescued-from-a-vehicle-fire/
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Learn to Train Your Dog to Stop Barking on Walks

Does uncontrollable dog walks including lunging and barking sound familar? Wonder what is going on? Leash reactivity. Walks should not be stressful for you, and should be enjoyable for your dog. Learn to train your dog to stop barking on walks.
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/how-to-manage-leash-reactivity-in-your-dog/
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A contrasting perspective to the recent article in the NYT

First it was that clickbait title—“Actually, Dog Parks Aren’t All That Great”—that grabbed our attention. Could The New York Times have crafted a slightly less emphatic, all-encompassing headline? As our colleague Marc Bekoff, PhD noted “this is a terribly misleading sensational piece. Of course, all dog parks are not the same and these sorts of over-generalizations are pure fiction ... there is no ‘the’ dog park.”
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https://www.waggywalkys.com/dog-parks-can-be-great-places-for-off-leash-activity/
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