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    Dog Breeds
    Looking for a New Dog After a Loss
    Looking for a New Dog After a Loss Sometimes it's hard to imagine ever loving another dog as much as one you've loved and lost. We're all different in our need for time to grieve, and even in how we grieve. You will have to decide what's best fo...
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    Dog-Assisted Therapy
    Dog-Assisted Therapy If you and your dog both like people and enjoy volunteering, you might enjoy dog-assisted therapy work. Therapy dogs come from all walks of canine life, from the tiny to the tall, from stock dogs and hunting dogs to conforma...
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    Dogs with Other Pets
    Dogs with Other Pets Dogs can and do live peacefully with all sorts of other pets, from white mice and bunny rabbits to parrots and ferrets, as well as with cats and farmyard critters. The secrets to a peaceable kingdom are patience and caution...
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    Bringing Doggy Home
    Bringing Doggy Home Finally! Your new friend is coming home! Let's see what we can do to get him settled quickly and smoothly. The Forty-Ninth-Day Myth Some people believe that a puppy must come home at exactly seven weeks of age or he will nev...
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    Pedigree
    What's a Pedigree?
    What's a Pedigree? If you're interested in purchasing a purebred puppy, the breeder should provide the puppy's pedigree before you make a commitment. I've heard of buyers being told that they can have the pedigree when they buy the pup. That's c...
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    Choosing the Right Dog: Age and Gender
    Choosing the Right Dog: Age and Gender If you're like most people, when you think of getting a new dog, you think first of puppies. And why not? What's cuter or sweeter or funnier than a little puppy? Before you rule out an older dog, though, b...
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    Choosing the Right Dog for You
    Choosing the Right Dog for YouWhen it comes to dogs, size does make a difference. Most big dogs don't belong in an apartment, or with people who can't manage them physically. Of course, energy and temperament also enter into the picture, but thi...
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    Purebred vs. Mixed Breed
    Purebred vs. Mixed Breed Doggerel A cross-bred dog is the offspring of two purebreds of different breeds. Mixed-breed (also called random-bred or, less flatteringly, a mutt or mongrel) usually refers to a dog with more than two breeds in its ba...
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    Do You Really Like Dogs?
    Do You Really Like Dogs? The dog you bring home will hopefully be a part of your life for a decade or more. If you have never had a dog, or haven't had one or been around dogs for a long time, you might want to take a little time to be sure you ...