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Part GPS, part antenna and part sense of touch, whiskers are long coarse hairs packed with nerves at their roots or follicles. If you cut a dog’s whiskers, you can expect him to be grumpy and growly because he’ll be disoriented; even his vision is affected.

Called vibrissae because they vibrate, whiskers are long, coarse hairs that act like a dog’s GPS. About five times thicker than hair, whiskers are sensitive to air currents, touch, or vibrations, so they can help your dog find his way, especially in the dark.

Despite a dog’s incredible sense of smell, his vision isn’t…


picture of a little girl and her puppy
picture of a little girl and her puppy
Dogs and cats matter more than ever. Photo credit: canva.com

Animal experts predicted that dog and cat surrenders would soar during the pandemic. Abandoned pets would overwhelm shelters, with tragic consequences.

Instead, the opposite happened.

With more time at home, pet parents are making it work with the animals they already have. The proven scientific benefits of having a pet are real; there’s nothing like a dog (or cat) to make you smile and feel a little less lonely. On the other hand, a sourdough starter can only do so much.

The emotional support that pets can offer their owners is more crucial than ever in this moment, says Rachael…


Snarling dog and message Small dog syndrome or bad dog?
Snarling dog and message Small dog syndrome or bad dog?
Graphic and photo provided by author.

If your toy dog is a pain in the neck, he’s probably suffering from Small Dog Syndrome, and the problem originates with — YOU! So what exactly is Small Dog Syndrome, and how do you overcome it?

Symptoms of Small Dog Syndrome


Like, actually LOVE me?

Picture of owner kissing dog and caption does my dog love me
Picture of owner kissing dog and caption does my dog love me
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Dogs have evolved alongside humans for centuries, so it’s no surprise they’ve thrived by reading and mimicking our behaviour, even manipulating us at times. But can dogs experience genuine love for their humans? Evidence suggests yes.

Dogs are just about the most loveable creatures on the planet, but how do we know that dogs love us as much as we adore THEM?

By analyzing dogs’ brain waves, scientists have shown that signs of ‘deep affection’ are present in dogs. Other studies have confirmed that oxytocin levels — the love hormone — are similarly elevated in both dogs and owners when…


2 dogs sitting on a big pillow; a yorkshire terrier and a Golden Retriever
2 dogs sitting on a big pillow; a yorkshire terrier and a Golden Retriever
One of these dogs sheds… a TON! Which one?

Are there dog breeds that don’t shed? Not exactly, but if you’re battling allergies, pick a dog with hair, not fur and the allergens, dust, and loose hair in your home will be significantly reduced.

Technically, no animal is 100% allergy-free. Some people aren’t allergic to dog hair but are triggered by canine saliva or urine. But for the rest of us, the good news is, single-coated dogs hardly shed at all, and they have less dander or the stuff that makes us sneeze than most dogs. …


Balloon dogs illustrating the headline designer dog, hybrid or mutt?
Balloon dogs illustrating the headline designer dog, hybrid or mutt?
Which dog is right for you and your family?

Inventory is flying out the doors in animal shelters and humane societies across the country as adoptions soar during the pandemic. If you’re thinking of adding to your family and looking at a unique crossbreed or designer dog, there are a few things you need to know.

First, isn’t a designer dog really a mutt?

Well yes. The difference is, a designer dog is the planned breeding of two different purebred parents, while a mutt is usually unplanned and the male parentage often unknown. (Enter the canine DNA test, which promises to identify your dog’s puppy daddy.)

For our story, let’s take the Morkie as an example. It’s…

Deb Gray

Reader, writer, creator. Self-taught small dog expert, I love to share what I learn, and squash crazy dangerous ideas about pets like, beer is good for dogs.

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