Author: Dina Magdovitz

Breed of the Week: The English Mastiff

Origins: There are Egyptian monuments dating back 3,000 years that depict Mastiffs. It is not certain where the dogs in these paintings originated from, but the English Mastiffs as we know them were bred in England and used as guard dogs and war dogs for 2,000 years. When Cesar went up against soldiers in 55 B.C.E. in the land we now know as England he noticed the bravery and ferocity of the Mastiffs that fought alongside these men. He brought a group back to Rome where he used them in the Gladiator pits. In later centuries English Mastiffs became...

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DOs and DON’Ts for Bathing Your Dog at Home

  Let’s face it: Fido likes to get filthy. Whether it’s swimming in a lake, running through the mud or playing in the outdoors in general, our dogs have a tendency to get dirty and smelly. It’s nice to take them to the vet or to the groomer for full baths, but who has the budget to do that on a weekly basis? Not me, that’s for sure. Follow these DOs and DON’Ts for effective dog bathing in the comfort of your own home. DO remove matted fur before bathing. Once your dog’s coat is wet, matted spots will...

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Doggy Diary: Entry #1

  Dear Doggy Diary, Last night I was unceremoniously kicked out of the bedroom. My unforgiveable crime was snoring, although I think my humans overreacted a bit. I was left to sleep in the cold, empty expanse of the living room. Oh well, at least there was good TV. That Animal Planet channel really knows what they’re doing! I have to change the channel, though, when they show Big Cat Diary. There’s just nothing all that exciting about watching giant cats yawn in the Savannah. On occasion they go hunting, but then that just makes me hungry. My food...

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Five Ways to Keep Aging Dogs Healthy

Even at their absolute best, dogs do not live as long as we do. As much as we’d like for Rex or Spot to live forever, fifteen years is the average lifespan for most dog breeds. Some will live longer and, dare we say it, some will live shorter than that. Medium sized dogs are considered to be seniors when they’re around 7-8 years old. Larger breeds pass into senior status even younger than that. Genetically dogs age quite rapidly, reaching adulthood at only 2 to 2 ½ years of age. As our beloved pets and best friends age...

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Breed of the Week: Border Collie

Origins: These herding dogs were originally known as Scotch Sheep Dogs due to their keen ability to help shepherds maintain large flocks of sheep. They later became known as Border Collies (BC) since they originated from the border country that rests between England and Scotland. Border Collies as we know them today have been around for 100 years, but their ancestry may date back even further in Scotland. Breed Information: Border Collies are often referred to as workaholics. The well-developed thought processes and intelligence of these dogs lends to their resourcefulness and likability factor. Whether it is sheep or...

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