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How To Choose a Dog Trainer

By Nancy Fedelem | Aug 24, 2021
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Choosing a dog trainer doesn’t have to be complicated Legitimate trainers have a certification from a reputable organization like CCPDT There are many questions to consider when interviewing various trainers, and the technique they use is essential Many folks during the pandemic brought dogs and puppies home but didn’t have opportunities to socialize and train…

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Help detoxify your home with safe plants that purify your air

By Nancy Fedelem | Jul 30, 2021
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Plants that detoxify the air Many non-toxic plants help purify indoor air for pets Wildfire smoke causes a lot of problems for our pets, especially those with respiratory illnesses In addition to plants, there are other ways to increase indoor air quality for your animals, including keeping the windows open Your animals are exposed to…

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Small Pets could be a consideration for adoption this Summer

By Nancy Fedelem | Jul 19, 2021
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The latest research shows that 5.4 million U.S. households own a small animal. Not only do dogs and cats improve people’s moods, control blood pressure, and stave off loneliness but so do rats! There are many small animals like rats and guinea pigs at local shelters waiting for forever homes. Our rescues need families to…

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Broody Orpington Chicken

What to do when you have a broody chicken

By Nancy Fedelem | Jun 22, 2021
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Every June, our Orpington (yellow) chicken goes broody. This has happened every year since we adopted her, and she goes ‘broody’ almost the same day towards the middle of the month! It’s also contagious behavior as another hen typically starts to go broody a few days after she watches the yellow chicken’s temperament and behavior…

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Dog Anxiety During Summertime – Top Techniques

By Nancy Fedelem | Jun 8, 2021
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July 4th Fireworks Are Around the Corner According to Chinese medicine, some dogs during summer may feel out of balance! For example, flowers are blooming now that may cause allergies, spring storms (although not as prevalent this summer so far), holidays with fireworks occur, and many dogs are plain hot and uncomfortable on regular walks.…

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What to do with baby wildlife found in your backyard?

By Nancy Fedelem | May 26, 2021
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Or near your house or in a nearby green space? What if a baby animal is in your yard and is injured or orphaned? Or what if a bird shows up and lays eggs in your hanging basket? There are some rules and tips so you can decide what action to take if this happens.…

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Oregon Native Plants Can You Grow

Oregon Native Plants You Can Grow including SW Washington

By Nancy Fedelem | May 14, 2021
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There are many beautiful native plants that are easy to grow in the region Important pollinators help our fruit and nuts grow  Consider planting wildflowers native to the region  Invasive plants compete for space with our native plants  Gardeners love the month of May. Our staff pulled together a list of native plants, plants that…

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Get Help From a Professional Pet Sitter

By Nancy Fedelem | May 10, 2021
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We all deserve and need vacation time, but it can be stressful deciding on care for your pets while you’re gone. Boarding facilities can be a fantastic option – but the best ones are understandably often booked far in advance. A professional pet sitter can be a lifesaver and give you peace of mind when…

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How to Hydrate a Cat

By Nancy Fedelem | Apr 30, 2021
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Cats drink little or no water by nature as they are from dry regions of the world Water is essential for a healthy cat There are five hacks to encourage cats to drink more often Keep Your Cats Hydrated Cats need one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day, and typically, felines…

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