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WagBrag’s co-founder, Russ Boles, has a deep history in animal rescue and welfare. For the past 12 years, Russ has served in various roles with Atlanta-based animal advocacy organizations focused on rescue, training and education. In addition, Russ led a local rescue volunteer team into New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, assisting in efforts to rescue and care for stranded animals. This experience changed his life, and animal rescue and advocacy will always be a part of everything he does.

Tips to Help Your Pet Lose Weight

There are a lot of health risks for overweight pets, such as diabetes, joint pains, trouble breathing, heart disease, and others.  Obesity affects the...

Feisty, Fun & Intelligent – The Dachshund Dog Breed

These dogs may be little, but there is nothing little about their personalities or the love they inspire in pet parents.  And the sentiment...

Thanksgiving With Your Pet

  Thanksgiving is a time when we all stop and count our blessings. While we give thanks for our friends, family and great food, you...

7 Tips to De-dog Your Car

How to keep your car looking and smelling good after chauffeuring your dog around?                    ...

Video: Husky Jumping into Leaf Pile

Before you go out and rake those fall leaves, watch this video for a little motivation and humor. Dare we say - no one...

Not a Fan of Doggie Breath? Tips on how to keep your...

Let’s be honest.  Doggie kisses are irresistible, right?  But the smell?  Not so good. So what’s a pet parent to do?  We must have...

Howling Husky Does Not Want To Leave Park

This dog has a big tantrum when it's time to leave the dog park.  Huskies are sometimes known to howl but this guy makes...

Chow Chow Breed

The Chow Chow is one of the oldest breeds on the planet.  We’ve put together some information about this noble breed that will help...

Top 5 U.S. Places to Hike With Your Dog

Enjoy The Season to Its Fullest With These Great Destinations! Fall is here! The world is light up with color and the air is finally...
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Top 5 Common Mistakes Made by New Pet Parents

It’s happened. You’ve fallen in love. How could you possibly deny those eyes, those kisses in the morning or cuddling on the sofa at...

Child Safety – Tips to Keep Your Child Safe Around Pets...

There are so many advantages to having pets in the house, but especially for your children. A pet does wonders for your child’s cognitive,...

Video: Virtual #KittenTherapy

Surprising new stress buster! Tidy Cat invited stressed out people into a glass room and then unleashed several kittens.  It's just a matter of time...

Selecting A Dog Boarding Facility – Top 5 Questions

Our dogs provide us with fun, memories and unconditional love. In return, it is our responsibility to care for them, even when we are...
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Mother Dog Gives Birth to Puppies in Animal Shelter

URGENT - A momma dog just finished giving birth at the animal control shelter in Jasper County, Ga. The shelter is desperate to get...
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The Shelter Pet Project

Finding All Shelter Pets a Home Many have heard of The Humane Society of The United States (HSUS). As the largest animal protection association in...
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Top 5 Myths About Shelter Dogs

  Even though shelters are overcrowded, many people are hesitant to adopt a shelter dog. There's a common stereotype that shelter dogs "have something wrong...

Video: Scottish Terrier Puppy Pinwheel

We don't think you could have trained these little Scottish Terrier puppies to be more choreographed - or more cute. Watch the lady pour goat...

Amazing Guide Dogs – The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

The Guide Dog Foundation was founded in 1946 to provide dogs for the blind or otherwise sight impaired, free of charge.  The original name...

Ebola Surviver And Her Dog Reunited!

We are all relieved to learn that the TX nurse, Nina Pham, has been declared Ebola-free. But we take actual joy in the news...
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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is coming up fast. While pet owners might get that happy tingling feeling down their spine at the thought of this scary season,...

Book Review: FLame – The Horse that Refused to Die

What do you dream of doing when you retire? When Bill Reilly retired from IBM, he didn't sit on the beach sipping cocktails. He became...
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Video: Puppy Playing With Pumpkin

Pumpkins are a sign of fall and go hand and hand with Halloween and Thanksgiving. Watching this video of a cute puppy playing with a...
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“Chubby Puppy!” – How To Keep Your Dog’s Weight In Check

  My sister in-law Katy, loves my two dogs, Dexter and Bella.  Loves them like they're her own and visa versa. We hadn't seen Katy...

Tips on How to Include Your Child When Caring for a...

If you're a parent of a young child, you've undoubtedly been asked at one point or another about bringing a pet into your home....
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VIDEO: Firefighters Revive Dog After Fire

After a close call, a Virginia Fire Department is going to make a change to help save pets during fires. Firefighters pulled out a shepard...

Update on Blind Dog Needing Rescue

A Plea To Save A Blind Dog Wagbrag followers may recall, we sent out a plea last month for someone to please rescue a blind...

Top 10 Reasons Why Pets Are Given Up

As much as we try to make pets part of our families, there are sad times when those pets are given up. A study conducted...
great pyrenees

All about the Great Pyrenees

Some pet parents like little dogs, which you can carry around in your purse, or medium sized dogs just right for cuddling on the sofa...

Hero Dog Awards

Hurray! The 2014 Hero Dog Awards are here again! Where we get to celebrate how amazing our four legged, canine companions can be. Last...

Doberman Pinscher Dog Breed Info – Alert, Intelligent and Athletic

Doberman Pinscher (along with German Shepherds and Rottweilers) have gotten a bad rap from the movies.  Because they look fierce, they are usually cast in the...
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Time is Running Out For This Special Blind Dog

  UPDATE:  HE HAS BEEN RESCUED! Hi, my name is Esther Nunley and I am a volunteer with the McMinn Regional Humane Society in Athens, Tennessee....

Rescuing a Purebred: Saving a Life Can Lead to a Whole...

Adopting a purebred may change your life in ways you had not expected, in addition to changing a dog’s life.  Such is the story...

French Bulldog? Oui, s’il vous plait!

The French Bulldog is widely popular as a companion dog.  Frenchies are lap warmers, because that’s where they love to be - in your...
canine detection

How Canine Detection Dogs are Helping to Stop Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

  A dog’s sense of smell is a thousand times better than a human’s.  Dogs also have the amazing ability to sniff through “layers” of...
pet flipping

Pet Flipping: What it is and why pet parents should...

  What is pet flipping?  Pet flipping is, basically, the practice whereby someone obtains a dog (or animal) for free or by stealing one and...
Pet adoption

Why I Give

Why do I give?  I wish for all animals to have a safe and caring home.  That one day, there will no longer be a...

The Cat Tracker Project: Enroll Your Cat

The Cat Tracker Project is a collaboration between Your Wild Life, a group of scientists and others dedicated to studying the world around us...
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Top 10 Non-Shedding Dog Breeds

Dog's Who Shed Very Little Or Not At All There are many breeds that shed very little hair and/or skin cells.  These are perfect for...
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National Dog Day

August 26th is National Dog Day.  Collien Paige, Founder of National Dog Day states that ”I founded National Dog Day in 2004 to honor...
car safety for pets

Pet Passenger Safety Tips

  Man’s best friend riding “shotgun” with his head out of the window catching some breeze, who hasn’t seen this?  Let’s face it, dogs love...

How To Stand Up Paddleboard With Your Dog

SUP Y’all In case you don’t know, SUP stands for Stand Up Paddleboarding, which is a cross between surfing (it uses a surfboard-like board) and...
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Video: Cute Momma Dog Fostering Kittens

An adorable momma dog takes great care of some kittens at the Jasper County Animal Shelter in GA. The dog, Mary, fostered three kittens...
pet theft

Pet Theft on the Rise: How To Protect Your Pet

No reliable numbers exists but it's estimated that up to 2 million dogs are stolen annually. Just last month a young boy from Orlando FL was...
dying mans wish

Dying Man’s Last Wish: Someone Take Care of My Dogs

Five Year's Ago: Dying Man's Last Wish Five year’s ago, LifeLine Animal Project in Atlanta, GA took in...
pet adoption

How Overstock.com is helping find Homes for Pets

By now, you’ve probably already heard of Overstock.com. The company sells a wide range of products from home décor and clothing to health and...
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Pools and Pet Safety Tips

A pool is something the whole family can enjoy together, dogs included.  However, pet safety, the same as child safety, around the pool is...
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All about Golden Retrievers

Dogs are a great addition to any home and fill a variety of important roles.  But not all dogs are suited to every home. ...

Dog Treats for the Dog Days of Summer

Summer fun in the sun – we love it and so do our dogs.  More daylight means more playlight for you and Fido –...
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Top 10 Cat & Dog Loving States

Which is more popular - dogs or cats? Recent news sheds light (not fur) on how cats and dogs rank throughout the world. In...
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Pet Video – Cat and Dog Napping

Today is the perfect day to take a nap - just ask these guys.  How cute to see two animals snuggle together for a...
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Celebrities Who Adopt Pets

It’s not uncommon to see celebrities out and about with their pets. From Kellan Lutz to Taylor Swift, many celebrities love their pets as...
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How To Avoid Animal Rescue Volunteer Burnout

  “I’m so tired and sad. I work long hours taking care of the animals, and it seems like I never help them all. I...
how to find lost pet

Find Toto is helping Reunite People with their Lost Pets

  If you’ve never experienced the distress of a lost pet, you’re lucky. When a pet goes missing, it can be devastating for its owners...
dog behavior

5 Behaviors YOU Need to Stop Doing With Your Dog

  As a dog guardian, you may find yourself developing certain habits that not only reflect badly on you and your dog, but also set...
pitbulls

17 Pit Bulls Featured in Esquire Magazine

Pit bulls On "Death-Row" An estimated 4 million animals are euthanized every year in county shelters, according to the Humane Society of the U.S. Walk...
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A Growing Movement – The Yellow Dog Project

If you are a dog parent, you have probably seen a new trend going around that involves canines sporting some kind of yellow ribbon...

Who Can See Better – Dogs or Cats?

  Ask any group of feline fanatics who can see better – dogs or cats – and you’re likely to get a unanimous answer. Cats,...
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What is Clicker Training – and Why it Works

  Clicker training is a method used to train animals of any kind to repeat wanted behaviors by marking and reinforcing them. Clicker training works especially well...

What You Need to Know About Electronic Doggie Doors

Anyone who owns a dog knows that they rarely like to stay in one place for too long. In fact, canines practically welcome any...

Tips For Camping With Your Dog

Nothing screams summer quite like camping does. When this time of the year rolls around, we love to gather up our family and friends...
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FDA Warns – Raw Diet For Pets Dangerous. But Is...

The FDA released a press release on July 2nd about the dangers of the feeding your pet a raw diet.  They warn that it...
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Shelter Dogs Cuddling – Help Rescue Them

Shelter Dogs Cuddling Photos Go Viral Wagbrag receives emails on a daily basis about dogs in need of rescue. Some are lists of animals in...
Golden Retriever Dog

Golden Retriever Participants Needed

Golden Retriever dogs are one of the top favored breeds by American dog owners, and for a good reason. They are loyal, affectionate and...
July 4th - Pet Safety Tips

How To Keep Your Dog Safe During July 4th

Before you fire up the grill or light one single firework this July 4th holiday, be sure you take a few minutes to make...
Dog Swimming

How to Teach Your Dog to Swim

AUTHORED BY: Russ Boles and Susan Giordano - K9U Training & Behavior Modification. All dogs naturally know how to swim, right?  Wrong!  Depending upon the breed, some...
The Kill Switch

An Astounding Story About A Military Dog

If you are looking for a new book to read, we highly recommend checking out The Kill Switch. In case you have never heard...
pet fire safety tips

Pet Fire Safety Tips: Protecting Those You Love

Plain and simple, every year beloved pets are killed due to fires. While this is a horrible in itself, it is even worse when...
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How to Fund Your Pet’s Costly Vet Bills

Rising Vet Cost Unfortunately, most people today are struggling to make ends meet. It seems no matter how hard we work, we are constantly living...
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Friday Is Take Your Dog To Work Day: 4 Tips...

Every year on June 20th, we celebrate canines around the world with the fun-filled event known as Take Your Dog to Work Day. On...
US beats Ghana in World Cup Match

US Defeats Ghana! Is Your Dog Up For Soccer?

 The US Defeats Ghana In Opening Round of World Cup No way! Yes they did.  The U.S. beat Ghana in last night's Group G opening round...
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June is Adopt A Cat Month

June is Adopt A Cat Month June is adopt a cat month and it's that time of year when many shelters are busting at the...
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Top 6 Ways To Help Your Local Animal Shelter

Even with all the amazing rescue volunteers out there, keeping up a local animal shelter full of abandoned pets can be quite an overwhelming task. This is especially...
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Zeke Needs A Home

Looking for Your Help and a Miracle for this Old Dog Zeke Needs A Home: Courtesy Post On Behalf of An Animal Rescue Volunteer - Amy...
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Dog Dental Care – How Often Should You Brush Your Dog’s...

  Although fresh breath and pearly whites are a benefit of brushing your dog’s teeth, doing so is actually a vital part of ensuring your...
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Rachael Ray $100k Challenge to Save Pets

The Rachael Ray $100k Challenge Kicks Off In June The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100k Challenge kicks-off on June 1st. The $100K Challenge is a contest...
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Tainted Pet Jerky Killed 1000 Dogs

Dog Deaths Caused By Tainted Pet Jerky! The Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) has reported that more than 1000 dog deaths have been related to tainted...
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Why Are Bulldogs So Funny? Bulldog Video

Why are Bulldogs so funny?  Their behavior can seem quirky.  Combine that with their strong will and determination and you'll see them behave in...
New York City spay and nueter program

How Two Big US Cities Plan to Tackle Pet Overpopulation

Two US cities popped up in news this past week highlighting their significant progress in establishing spay and neuter programs and tackling the pet...
Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy Works – I’ve Seen the Proof

Most of us have heard the news that people benefit from interacting with therapy pets.  The evidence abounds.  The American Journal of Cardiology found...
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The #1 Puppy Proofing Tip

// Puppy Proofing Your Apartment Are you thinking of getting a new puppy? Look out for toxic household plants, get rid of pesticides, lock food...

Viral Video of Dog Dancing on Bed

He is being described as a naughty dog but since this is not your bed - you'll find his actions innocent and will appreciate...
Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy and rescueing puppies

Olympic Skier Rescues Dogs

U.S. slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy wins the Gold!  Technically, he won the silver on the ski slopes.  But if Wagbrag was giving out medals,...
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Justin Bieber – Setting an Unfortunate Trend

Exotic Animals As Pets We know he can sing and drive teenage girls crazy, but can he take care of a pet?  It's been reported...
Capuchin monkeys

Top 5 reasons Why A Pet Monkey is a BAD Idea.

Monkey's are cute - but is it okay to have a pet monkey? National Geographic asked that question to Debbie Leahy, manager of captive wildlife...
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Dog Fitness – Add Variety to Your Dog’s Fitness Routine

When you think of exercising your dog, the first thing that likely comes to mind is going on a walk.  Dog fitness routines should...
microchipping your pet

A Testament for Microchipping You Pet

Microchipping your pet has been touted as a good method for helping to quickly reunite people with their lost pets. For a Pekingese named Buddy,...
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Quick Tip: How to Disinfect Aquarium Rocks

Adding a rock to your pet fish or reptile's aquarium is a great way to enhance it's overall aesthetics. Rocks and stones have small...
Decoding Your Dog

“Decoding Your Dog” May Save Your Dog’s Life

There are multiple dog training theories, and most people have strong opinions as to how to train a dog or how to handle certain...
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An Odd Couple – Dog and Fox Playing

                      New Friends Last year in Norway, Torgeir Berge was walking his German Shepherd when an abandoned baby fox appeared from the woods and approached the...
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We All Like Gifts – It’s In Our Dog DNA

Some of us love getting surprises while others may love giving surprises.  A few years ago, a friend gave me a surprise present.  The...
Red Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon Fun Facts

A friend recently approached me - her colleague just took a new job and will be moving out of the country.  The colleague wanted...
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Paul Walker – Actor and Animal Lover

Paul Walker Dead At Age 40 The actor Paul Walker died this weekend in a car crash at age 40.  Although he was well known...

Cuddling Shelter Dogs Find a New Home

A couple from Springfield, PA appeared on NBC's Today Show with the two dogs that they adopted after seeing a cute photo of the...

Rescue Dog is now Police K-9

Chance is a German Shepherd who was rescued from abuse and neglect.  The RSPCA found him living outside a home in Bradford, UK with...
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Uplifting Video – A Dog Rescue Program with Wheels

  At Wagbrag we can't stress enough how much we support rescuing and adopting.  So when we saw this uplifting video of the Rescue Waggin' ®...
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The New iPhone 5 and Pet Paws

iPhone Fingerprint Scanner Of course there are cool new features that come along with these new iPhones.  One of those features, which is getting a...
Pet Flipping

Beware of Pet Flipping – An Alarming Trend

News agencies across the country are reporting that "pet flipping" is on the rise.  What is pet flipping?  Pet flipping is when someone steals...
Barn Cat Rescue information

The Barn Cat Rescue Plan

Brilliant Rescue Idea I love ideas that are simple yet brillant - and here's one. County animal shelters throughout GA bring in stray cats on...
sloths as pets

“They Make Lousy Pets!”

In Big Demand - Sloths as Pets They are definitely cute and appear docile and laid back.  But they are difficult to care for, and...

Keeping your Dog Safe During Springtime Projects

Ahhh, springtime is here (at least for many of us)! It’s that time of the year for working in the yard and handling projects...
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$1,000,000 Donation towards Multipurpose Pet Adoption Center

Wagbrag wants to give a nice, big "shout out" to the $1 Million donation that Petco gave to the Animal Care Services of San...

How can I get cat urine smell out?

Authored By:  Lauren Boles   Q: My cat peed outside of his litter box. How can I get cat urine smell out? A: Believe me, we have...
May 8th was the National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. Even though this day has come and gone it's always important to be prepared for disasters.

Animal Disaster Preparedness

May 8th was the National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. Even though this day has come and gone it's always important to be prepared for...

Humane Society of the United States – Leadership Call

As a supporter of and a financial donor to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), I had the privilege of attending their...

Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Pets Giving Blood, and Comfort Dogs

News about animals from this past week:  Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Pets as blood donors, and dogs comforting victims of the Boston marathon bombings. Bomb Sniffing...

Bunnies as Gifts, Photo-bombing Dog and More

News about animals from this past week:  Should you give a bunny as a gift over Easter?, Dog photo-bombs Craig's List Ad, Twilight Actress's...

Dog Rehabilitation Center – Dogs Smell Out Cancer

Pet News Flashback - A look at this week's past news about animals:  A Rehabilitation Center for Fearful Dogs, Dog on Wrong Flight to...
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Pet News Flashback – Yellow Dog Project, An Official State Dog,...

Pet News Flashback - A look at this past weeks news:  Yellow Dog Project, An Official State Dog for Nevada, Cat Cafe Opening soon.   Yellow...

Pet News – Flashback of this weeks news

Flashback of this weeks news about pets:  Show dog from Westminster poisoned, Store cameras show puppy stolen, the Itidarod sled dog race begins, and...

Laser Declawing

Many cat parents have gone through an internal struggle around the decision to declaw their cats.  Infact, a bill has just been introduced in...

Pet News: Week of February 18th

Pet news from this week:  The dirty side of the exotic pet bird business is exposed, a dog saves family from house fire, and...

Caffery the Cat – Gets Along Fine with Two Legs

While my family is in the process of adopting a new cat who has only one eye, I can’t help but to be absorbed...

The Pet Adoption Process – Passport and Social Security # Please

Understanding the Pet Adoption Process Thinking about adopting a pet?  During your search process, keep in mind that it is just as important to find...

Dog Puzzles – Product Review

How many times have you walked through the pet food aisle, stopping to glance at the odd-shaped dog puzzles, wondering “could my dog figure...
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Antlers: For Your Dog (not Ray Lewis)

As Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis, is preparing for this weekend's Superbowl match up against the 49ers, he is also having to contend with allegations that...
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Acupuncture For Pets: Gaining in Popularity

Acupuncture Dates Back 8,000 Years Acupuncture for pets may seem like a fairly new practice, but human medical acupuncture has been around since the beginning...

Pet Birds – An Introduction

Wagbrag is excited to now provide information and helpful tips about birds to our readers.  Matt Smith, Founder and Executive Director of Project Perry, a...
dog fitness

5 Fitness Activities – Change Up Your Dog’s Routine

When you think of exercising your dog, the first thing that likely comes to mind is going on a walk.  Daily walks are an...

The Ultimate Bird Diet

Authored by: Matt Smith, Executive Director of Project Perry. Good nutrition is one of the most important things you can provide for your companion bird. We...

Got Milk? Raw Goat’s Milk For Pets

Why Raw Goat's Milk? Raw Goat Milk may be a supplement you want to add to your pet’s diet, especially if your pet has a sensitive...
bird aviary

Let Birds be Birds – Indoor Bird Aviaries

Most people who have birds in their families want to provide the safest, most comfortable environment possible for their feathered friends. Bird experts often...

What is Wagbrag?

WagBrag is a website for those who are passionate about their pets! The editors of Great Pet Health are excited to bring you WAGBRAG. Wagbrag...
Is it safe for dogs to fly

Is It Safe For Dogs to Fly

Imagining an important trip without our furry little friend is almost impossible for most of us. The thought of leaving your dog behind is...

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