Dog Trained to Sniff Out Deadly Disease

C diff CliffIt’s no mystery that dogs can sense things about humans, their moods, character, and more. When I have an ill child, or one of us is having a rough day, our dogs and, even the cat, take note and snuggle up close. But now dogs have been trained to use their sense of smell to detect disease, specifically the highly transmittable Clostridium difficile, (C. difficile, C. diff) a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, affecting an estimated 14,000 people in the U.S. annually. Continue reading

Meet the Breed: The Beagle

I have particular fondness for the Beagle as our family raised them, and I learned a lot about these amazing dogs as we grew up together. We had a non-show-quality female who was extremely headstrong. She was also extremely bright, knowing how to get what she wanted, be it food or attention.She could definitely have auditioned for the part of Snoopy!

We also had the privilege of sharing our lives with a very dignified National Bench Champion with impeccable manners. It was fun to witness the broad spectrum of the beagle personality. If your life has been touched by a beagle, it is likely that they imbedded themselves into your memories! Continue reading

Health Problems of Popular Dog Breeds

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There’s a reason pet stores are still in business and pure-bred adoption agencies have grown; people just can’t seem to get enough of pure-bred puppies. One of the number one reasons people pick a pure bred over a mix is because they think they know what they’re getting when they are able to choose the breed. It’s believed that when you get those AKC papers, your pup is perfect.

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