The perils and pleasures of being a helicopter pet parent

This is really embarrassing to admit but the other day my honey and I had an actual disagreement about the intelligence of our dog, a 3½ pound 7-year-old female Yorkie called Sassy. I truly dislike the name she came with but she'd been named when we got her. She'd been returned by her previous owners who found her energy level unsuitable. I like a name that denotes gender and one that's easy to yell so I wanted 'Stella' (think Streetcar Named Desire). He couldn't come up with anything better that…

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Watch what you feed your best friend

Pet food and treats is an issue that seems to be worth mentioning again as I just read that Costco is still carrying pet treats that have been responsible for kidney failure in animals. There are a number of treats that should be avoided but the most problematic seem to be the ones imported from Asia. There are no federal controls on the content or labelling of pet foods and treats so be very careful about what you feed that special member of your family. I personally know two people…

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