Dog Food for Thought

If you're like most dog parents, you're probably astounded by the ever-increasing amount of choice when you visit your local pet supply store to purchase dog food. There are so many brands, product lines and price points from which to choose. Whether you are selecting food for a new pup or changing your dog's diet, this article provides some informative guidelines to follow in making your selection.

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Aquariums

So you finally decided it is time to explore the hobby of keeping an aquarium. Among the many questions you need to address before you begin is whether you want a saltwater or freshwater aquarium.

Saltwater aquariums can be complex, beautiful ecosystems with fish, live rock, corals and invertebrates such as shrimp, crabs or snails. The diversity and colors of marine life are amazing- from fish, to sharks, to shrimp, to coral, to jellyfish; if it is in the ocean, many times it can be found in a saltwater aquarium.

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Everything You, Your Dog and Your Community Will Love!

Sally and Henry's Doghouse Bar & Grill is not just about offering an upscale drinking and dining experience at an affordable price, it is stylish and fun. Adding to the mix, the bar and grill features an exterior dog-friendly patio and dog park area to introduce a Hillcrest first. There are many ways the owners are making big contributions to pet lovers, their dogs' furry friends and the community.

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One Paw at a Time

Furry Friends

Two great events took place this summer, Hounds for Hope sponsored by Furlocity and Doggie Street Festival. Hounds of Hope was a fun-filled event helping raise funds for canine cancer awareness & wellness while Doggie Street Festival, California's largest pet adoption focused on helping place dogs and cats in loving homes.

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Hippity Hop

Bunnyfest

Bunnyfest was held at Balboa Park featuring an open-air fair with veterinary information booths, grooming services, bunny-themed apparel and more. Proceeds benefited rescue, education, spay/neuter and adoption of abandoned domestic rabbits through San Diego House Rabbit Society and local shelters.

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The Homemade Pet Food Revolution

By Dr. Ken Tudor

More and more pet owners are choosing to feed their dogs the same quality food they eat, and with good reason. The massive pet food recall due to melamine contamination in 2007 caused many pet owners to question the quality of commercial pet food. Smaller, yet constant, recalls still fill pages on the FDA recall website and create doubt that the quality of commercial food has improved since then. Realization that pet food is made from agricultural scraps from the meat, grain and food processing industries has led others to consider the homemade alternative for their pets. And other pet owners are drawn to homemade for pets after experiencing dramatic results for themselves with healthier dietary choices. And still more enjoy the flexibility to choose organic, free-range, preservative free and environmentally friendly choices not available with commercial pet food.

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On The Hoof

Celebrate National Day of the Horse

In 2004, Congress recognized the Official National Day of the Horse as December 13. This year marks the 10th official celebration of horses and the equine industry throughout the U.S
Some interesting horse facts:

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Open Arms Rescue

Giving dogs a new start at a happy life

Open Arms Rescue is a non-profit dog rescue focusing on dogs in high kill shelters across Southern California that are in need of medical attention or have run out of time and would otherwise be put to sleep. They strive to keep these loving pets alive.

They also focus on Mexico where the number of suffering dogs is frightening. These dogs are typically starving and they provide medical treatment and then place them into foster homes. Being located close to the Mexican border, they travel to Baja at least three times a month on rescue missions.

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Paws for Thought

Helping Animals in Need

MEET LUIGI. His owner moved away and abandoned Luigi outdoors to fend for himself. Kindly neighbors, who were feeding him, noticed that he was always squinting. Luigi suffered from entropion, a condition in which a portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward against the cornea. Eyelashes constantly rubbed his eyes so that it hurt to open them. If not corrected, the damage to the cornea could eventually leave him blind. The neighbors called East County Animal Rescue (ECAR), a grassroots network of volunteers who are passionate about helping animals in need within the San Diego community.

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Paw-Vention

Teaching a Not-So-Old Dog an Important Lesson

When I made the decision to start my own pet care business, I knew that my work would encompass activities other than dog walking, pet sitting and in-home visits. Given my extensive background in corporate education and adult learning, it is also important that my business be a credible informational resource for pet parents.

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Building Your Own Koi Pond

You have been eyeing that empty corner of your yard for years thinking how beautiful it would look with a pond full of "living jewels," or Koi fish, aquatic plants, streams and waterfalls. Though the project is easy to do, proper planning and construction require effort and concentration. First, join a Koi club and go visit other ponds, learn and get an idea of what you want to create, and then begin to plan your own dream.

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