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To date, I've owned 7 dogs, all of which have lived into old age. Having cared for them in all stages of life, I feel I can offer sound advice to other pet owners, and people considering getting a dog. I am knowledgeable about the AKC (American Kennel Club) dog breeds, training and exercise, caring for sick and elderly pets, feeding, as well as many holistic treatments pets can benefit from. My only request is that you write me using standard English and punctuation.

Experience in the area

My life experience in this field is more like "on the job training" rather than an actual degree in animal welfare. You may benefit from my experiences over the past 30 years. Aside from the dogs I've owned, I'm also involved in "breed rescue" and have fostered several dogs, all of which have been adopted to wonderful "forever homes". I find helping people who want a dog very rewarding.


Real life experience, based on over 30 years of dog ownership.

What do you like about this subject?

What don't I like about dogs!!? I love dogs. I am committed and dedicated pet owner, and animal lover!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Of course I hope everybody who writes to me will have their questions answered in a satisfactory way.

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2017-02-01 puppy deworming dosage:

 Hi Lana,    Congratulations on getting a puppy!    Small breed puppies can be more sensitive to vaccines than larger breed puppies. They can be more susceptible to adverse reactions, such as anaphylactic

2017-01-31 training my 7 year old maltichon to use wee wee pads:

Hi Walesca,    I understand your problem of being able to paper train (same as using the pads but much cheaper) your seven year old dog. Just be aware that the drawback to this is, it's allowing your dog

2016-12-21 My dog is scared of her bowl:

 Hi Melisssa,    If this were my dog, I'd very slowly put something irresistible, such as bits of hot dog, or cheese, or whatever your dog REALLY loves, and put tidbits of these treats into the feeding

2016-09-17 The best dog for children?:

Hi Micile,    Small, delicate, and potentially snappy dog breeds aren't usually recommended for small children (under the age of 10, or so) because they are a lot more delicate, and could get hurt if a

2016-09-13 scratching:

 Hi Marina,    I know you said you've treated your dog for fleas, and you may not ever see fleas. You should still check for "flea dirt", the tell-tale calling card that fleas leave behind, before you


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