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Some of these articles come from previous newsletters, but they are timeless:
- Community Stories
- Courteous Canine Training Tips from Jane Finneran, CPDT
- Veterinary Advice from Dr. Sandra Black, DVM
Your pet needs regular vet care and disease prevention to live a healthy life. Here are just a few of the threats to your dog or cat.
Cats are susceptible to a multitude of viral diseases, many of which are preventable with vaccinations.
Early this year, our community lost a beloved friend to the animals. Dr. Wall spent his life taking care of furry family members at Sylva Animal Hospital, including thousands of ARF dogs and cats over the years.
To use punishment effectively, the owner has to have not only a perfect understanding of dog behavior but impeccable timing, as well.
The puppies came to us over Labor Day weekend, scabs covering their flea torn skin, washboard ribs and hard round bellies full of worms.
One way that I have found to offer some assistance to ARF is to volunteer as a driver for the transport trips. It is a great way to positively impact the lives of numerous dogs (and people), all at one time.
If you plan to adopt a dog, make sure to find a dog that’s compatible with children. Don’t make the mistake of so many adopters—looking for a puppy to “grow up” with a child.
When Sara Hatton and Jeannette Newsome called my house in the late 1970’s, Sara greeted me by saying “ARF!”, and thus the name for our group was born.
Dogs do bark. . . . and they shed and they chase things and they dig and any number of other doggie activities. To take any of these away from dogs is to take away their—well, their dogness.
Since we started in 2001, ARF has helped the ASPCA alter 9,571 dogs & cats. That doesn’t include pets sent on our trips by the animal shelter or cats sent by Catman2.
You might think that vaccinations, dewormers, heartworm preventions, and flea/tick controls are an incredible expense. And you may think your vet is just making money off you.
Do you have an itchy pet? Here are some of the first things to check. The first course of action is always to check for fleas.
To a dog, “No" means nothing! No matter how many times you say it or how loud, it just does not mean anything.
My experience in 20 years of dog training has been that the "rescued" dogs are most prone to developing separation anxiety.
My Mother, Veronica’s, first animal rescue was of a tiny, pink bunny that she and her Mom kept warm in the oven in a box of cotton until it was big enough to have run of the house.
OK, here it is: The number-one tip from the pros. Dog show people use it, movie trainers use it, and modern dog trainers use it.
Kittens and puppies are great. Who can dispute that? I have always preferred puppies and kittens to full-grown pets, but in the past few years I have had the pleasure of taking in several older pets and, although it has been different. . .
I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard this! My sarcastic side wants to ask if the dog is deaf. . .
Getting a new puppy? Let’s talk about how to keep him or her healthy…
Everyone thinks that dogs and kids are a natural combination. And they are—a natural disaster!
As dogs age, they begin to wear out (they are no different from people). Since they cannot verbally express how they feel, it is up to us, their caretakers and friends, to try to identify their ailments and help them maintain a comfortable and happy life. . .
Jean Lewis’ introduction to Jackson County was a new neighbor’s dog that wandered over and bit her in the bum!
Roscoe is about six years old, and he's been with ARF for about six months. Why? He's the perfect dog!