Peaceful Pets Aquamation: A dignified eco-friendly alternative to cremation

One of the most difficult things every person faces during their lifetime is saying goodbye to a loved one. This includes our pets. Our dogs and cats hold a very special place in our hearts. For many they are our children. Discovering the appropriate aftercare services for your pet can be daunting because so many

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Elcuse Wines Sheltor Dog blind dog

Toby: A blind dog’s journey

Every once in a while I come upon a story that is so inspiring and moving, it really resonates with me.  Such is the case when I was visiting Ecluse Winery and met Toby, a blind dog that is the inspiration for the winery’s second label, Blind Dog Wines.  It is not the wine but

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Paso Robles: A dog-friendly weekend escape

San Luis Obispo County is a very pet-friendly area. This article is the first in a series showing the virtues dog-friendly California. I will begin with Paso Robles, as this was my first stop in my journey discovering fun places to visit with a dog. My canine companion on this excursion was my Saluki, Zoe.

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I Took My Dog to Greyhound Fest — Not Knowing It Would Be Our Last Weekend Together

The event known as Greyhound Fest in the Southern California city of Solvang had special meaning for me this year. It was the last weekend I spent with my beloved Parker, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge at age 7 on the Wednesday after the weekend event. I had planned our weekend together because I spent

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Sydney Tibetan Terrier by Cori Solomon

Sydney Was Supposed to Die — Not Win Awards at Dog Shows

This is the week of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which ended last night. Exhibitors find this prestigious show a great honor and privilege. Those who watch on television see some of the beautiful dogs, but there’s more to the competition and the event behind the scenes. Last year was my first visit to

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Parker, a Saluki

I Enabled My Saluki’s Midnight Rabbit Hunt — By Accident

It was time for the last walk of the evening. My husband was sprawled out on the bed, so I took on the midnight task of getting that last potty in. I strolled outside clad in my pajamas and a long heavy overcoat, thinking, “Let’s hope they do their business quickly as it’s freezing outside

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Gabe, a Military Labrador

We Interview the People Behind the First U.S. National Monument to Military Dogs

MonumeIf you watched the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, you probably saw the Canines with Courage float dedicated to military dogs. It was sponsored by Natural Balance Pet Food and modeled after the Military Working Dog Teams National nt, scheduled to be dedicated in the fall. The float and monument honor American military dogs

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Rosario Mission Cat

Rosario’s mission in life: The Cat of Mission San Antonio De Padua

In California, the Missions were a significant part of our history. One Mission,  San Antonio De Padua in Monterey County has a hidden secret with a special gem, a black cat named Rosario. Mission San Antonio De Padua is hidden away in on the grounds of Fort Hunter Liggett. It is the third Mission to

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