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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| April 10, 2013
Active, retired and disabled military service members and their families will be connected with adoptable dogs and cats, and the pets will receive a second chance at life thanks to a new partnership between Pets for Patriots and the Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC). Through the partnership, service men and women will receive a discount on the normal adoption fee. Any member of any branch of the United States armed forces is eligible at any stage of their career, up to and including retired or reserve.
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By Samantha Iacia and For The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Nutritional studies and an increase in consumer knowledge have put the benefits of organic and all-natural foods in the national spotlight. If simpler ingredients are proven to be healthier for humans, should we consider the same standards for our pets? Bark! Pawsitive Pet Food thinks so. What makes Bark! remarkable is its dedication to humane, eco-friendly sourcing for products, whether it's organic food and treats (all made by American brands) or beds, leashes and toys crafted from recycled materials.
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By David Tayman, D.V.M | March 20, 2013
Q: Dogs and cats are commonly perceived as showing affection to owners. Are other types of pets -- birds, hamsters, rabbits, snakes -- capable of such affection? A: That's a great question. The dictionary defines affection as “fond attachment, devotion or love,” which certainly implies an emotional component. We know that many animals we consider intelligent -- including dogs, cats, primates, elephants, marine mammals, horses -- certainly have and display what we'd call emotions.
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By Linda Burkins and For The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Step into Baron's K9 Country Store, and the official “greeters,” Louie and Drake, will welcome you. The two dogs are successors to Baron, the departed golden retriever once owned by proprietors Stacy Martin-Duffy and John Duffy. Located between the Hickory Bypass and Route 23, Baron's K9 Country Store is off the beaten path but well worth the trip. The all-natural pet products store evolved from Martin-Duffy's pet-sitting service and her interest in holistic health.  “I would see an issue with a client's dog or cat, and I'd refer them to places on the Internet for products.
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By David Tayman, D.V.M | April 6, 2012
Q: What do we do if our pets get sick or injured when our own vet is closed? A: Great question! Like kids, pets don't time illness and injury to regular business hours. We actually have three emergency vet clinics in and around Howard County. Keep this information handy -- it could save your pet's life: Emergency Animal Hospital 10270 Baltimore National Pike (Route 40 West) Ellicott City, MD 21042; 410-750-1177 www.ellicottcityemergencyvet.com Open weekends, holidays and nights 7 p.m.-7 a.m. Emergency Veterinary Clinic 32 Mellor Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228 410-788-7040; www.evccatonsville.com Open 24 hours, 7 days Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic 808 Bestgate Road, Suite 111  Annapolis, MD 21401; 410-224-0331 www.aavec.com ; open 24 hours, 7 days 
FEATURES
September 21, 2012
What's the best way to deal with seasonal allergies? Pets react to airborne allergies just like humans do. But when they inhale these potential allergens, instead of just sneezing and sniffling, they get very inflamed and itchy skin that can become infected. It is important to treat any secondary infections or underlying conditions before starting to treat seasonal allergies. The idea of treating seasonal allergies is to make the skin less reactive. Here are some of the agents used to treat or manage allergies for pets.
HEALTH
February 18, 2010
Air travel seems to get harder all the time. The latest threat to the traveling public comes in the form of four legs and fur. According to an editorial published this week in the Canadian Medical Assocation Journal, it's time for humans with pet allergies to take back the skies. So many people today are flying with small pets in the airline cabins that people with pet allergies are being put at risk, state the authors of the paper, who represent the journal and the University of Ottawa.
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By Kim Fernandez | January 18, 2013
Labragator in the house, ready to cheer on the Ravens this Sunday. Truth be told, she was less than amused at being dressed up in people clothes for a photo. When kickoff finally gets here, though, I have no doubt she'll be more than ready for some of our gameday snacks. And while I'll be tempted to share (those big brown eyes get me every time), the experts say I'd better be careful -- not all people snacks are OK for our pets. Trainer and T.V. star Cesar Millan says there are some treats that are fine for man and canine, including peanut butter, cooked chicken (if your dog isn't allergic -- Molly is, so this is off our list)
NEWS
November 4, 2013
Grace United Methodist Church in Aberdeen recently held a Blessing of the Pets during two of its Sunday morning worship services. The animals were blessed by the church's pastor, Dr. Robert T. Clipp.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2010
In what lawyers believe was a first in Maryland, a judge recently ordered a divorcing Calvert County couple to split custody of their dog, a recognition, experts say, that pets stand apart from other property. Once rare, post-breakup disputes over who keeps the pet have grown more common in the past two decades. At the same time, some couples, many choosing not to have children, are lavishing attention on their pets and are willing to spend thousands of dollars in legal fees fighting for custody of Rover.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Think you're excited for some Orioles playoff action? Consider Trufflz, who may be more excited than anyone else in town. Trufflz is a 4-year-old shih tzu owned by Caryn Green, who lives in Mount Washington and works at Glarus Chocolatier in Timonium - hence the pup's name. She has an impressive collection of orange and black toys that Green collects every Halloween and is spending much of her time this week in an Orioles tutu and hair bow. “We are waiting for our Orioles to triumph in the post-season and hopefully bring that World Series trophy back to Baltimore,” says Green, who's also a life-long fan of the team.
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By Lane Page and For The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Pet owners used to have just a few options when their animals went missing: Call animal control, call the microchip company or turn to an animal psychic.  In the Mid-Atlantic, we can add a fourth to the list: Call a dog. Dogs Finding Dogs, a nonprofit organization of highly trained tracking dogs and handlers formed in 2008, stands ready to assist with the search.   “We find anything that walks on the ground. We can't do birds, and I won't do snakes,” states Anne Wills, founder and executive director of the Halethorpe-based group.
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By David Tayman, D.V.M and For The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Q: Our family loves Halloween. Any tips for keeping our dog and cat safe during the holiday commotion? A: Americans spend something like $7 billion on Halloween costumes, candy and decorations annually - including more than $300 million on pet costumes. While humans of all ages have lots of spooky fun on Halloween, it may be less fun for pets. In fact, Halloween can be downright dangerous. Here are some sensible precautions. Candy Pets can smell wrapped candy, even sealed in plastic bags.
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David Tayman, D.V.M and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Q: Now that our puppy and kitten are growing up, we'd like to take them with us on car trips and driving vacations. Any pet-travel safety tips? A: The first simple rule, whether it's a short trip to the vet or a long drive to the beach: Pets should not ride loose in any vehicle. Depending on the pet and the size of both the pet and the vehicle, our furry friends should be in an appropriate carrier or crate, or harnessed in place. Why? A few important reasons: 1. Loose pets are a major cause of driver distraction.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Families and roommates share plenty — food, bathrooms, dishes. A study published Thursday adds a less visible but ubiquitous item to the list: bacteria. Households carry a common community of bacteria, populating surfaces such as doorknobs, counters and floors, and shared by humans and pets alike, the study found. It travels with us like another member of the family and quickly takes over new environments, such as a new home or even a hotel room, with a distinct signature like fingerprints.
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By David Tayman, D.V.M | August 21, 2014
Q: Howard County now has two dog parks - one in Ellicott City and one in Columbia. What do we need to know before taking our dog? A: I think dog parks are a great idea, especially in urban and suburban areas where it's not safe to let dogs run and play off-leash. Still, dog parks are only as good as the humans who take their pets to play there. It all starts with the rules, which promote safety for both humans and pets. Howard County's dog parks prohibit the following within the fenced off-leash areas: kids under age 12, smoking and eating, dog treats, glass containers of any kind, dogs in heat, puppies under 4 months old, and animals other than dogs.
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By Susan Reimer | April 22, 2010
I have the best kind of pet — somebody else's. There's Lulu, Amber and Theo. Wonderful dogs that belong to my neighbors. And Sugar, Elmo and Roxy, dogs that belong to out-of-town relatives. My pets are wildly happy to see me when I arrive, but I leave without them. I live the carefree life of someone who enjoys the unconditional love of an animal, but without any of the vet bills or the dog hair. It is a kind of pet lend/lease program. I have permission to enter the locked homes of my neighbors for a collar and a leash so I can enjoy a springtime walk with their dogs.
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By Lane Page | August 21, 2014
Rescued from a hot U-Haul truck with more than a dozen others in July 2013, 9-year-old pit bull mix Layla was so depressed in her pen that Howard County Animal Shelter workers brought her up front for some human companionship. And Katelin Rowley, contemplating a cat to buddy up with her dog, Hanai, headed to the same shelter and promptly fell for the dog "so pitiful I couldn't leave her. " Sometimes because of age, health issues, personality problems or just plain bad luck, rescued animals simply can't wait for adoption.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
The sixth annual Orioles Pet Calendar benefitting the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) will go on sale August 12, and five players will be on-hand to sign calendars at the shelter that day. J.J. Hardy, Tommy Hunter, David Lough, Bud Norris, and Matt Wieters will visit BARCS from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 12 to sign calendars bought that day. Those attending must buy their calendars on-site for autographs. There will be free parking at Lot D on the south side of M&T Bank Stadium.
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