10 Smartest Dog Breeds in the World

It is actually really difficult to rate a dog’s intelligence.  Whilst there have been a number of studies, most of these concentrate on how trainable a dog is.  So, this list has been pulled together to give us an idea of some of the breeds out there that are known for their learning ability but it is not a conclusive and finite one.  There will be dogs of other breeds out there that are...
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Dog Owner’s Guide to CBD

Over a third of Americans own a dog in the United States. If you’re one of those “dog people,” your dog probably feels like part of the family. In fact, many of today’s dog owners care so deeply about their furry loved ones, that they plan to spend more on their dog over the course of its lifetime than they will on their own health care costs. As a dog owner, you likely...
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How to Clean your Cat’s Ears

Every cat wants to be independent. They can control how much they eat, can open doors, and even groom themselves on a regular basis. However, even the most attentive feline occasionally needs their pet parent to give them a safe, thorough cleaning of their ears. While vets are trained to do a great at job at this, cat ear cleaning is something you can easily do if yourself when properly...
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Thumbs Up!

Julia arrived as arranged on our doorstep so that we could chat about a 2 week stay on our smallholding whilst we went on a family holiday. To be honest our 3 dogs interviewed Julia – not me. They definitely gave her the thumbs up so that was that. Not only do we have dogs but two cats, sheep, chickens and two ponies. We handed over the whole lot to her and came home to super cared for animals...
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Obesity and Lack of Appetite in Dogs

Obesity and Lack of Appetite in Dogs By Adam Conrad, Shihtzuexpert.com One of the biggest indicators of your dog’s health is his or her relationship to food. If your pup eats too much and exercises too little, the resulting weight gain will cause them to become obese. On the other hand, some dogs struggle to work up the appetite to keep themselves at a healthy weight. These dogs can lose weight...
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To Dress Or Not To Dress

…that is the question! Before answering this question, you must first decide the definition of dressing up your dog. Is it putting on a harness, a jumper or a coat on a cold day, a cooling jacket on a hot day, adding a bandanna for a bit of style, blinging up their collar with diamanté or donning a fancy dress costume. “COSTUMES – NOOOOO, CRUELTY” I hear all the haters...
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The Library

The Library by May Shepherd Coppiton library was situated at the north end of the town. It had been built on the site of a Tudor manor House, but had been demolished by fire sometime during the civil war. It had been years since Elizabeth had been back to the library: not since the unruly episode in sections S-T in fact. That was the time when Jack Bower, with his raging teenage hormones had...
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The Fox on Quarry Hill

The Fox On Quarry Hill by May Shepherd Katey was looking forward to her day’s walk up into the hills and across to High Fell. It seemed the perfect antidote to the acrimonious divorce she was going through, and this couple of day’s holiday would give her the strength to face the lawyers the following week. Calling in at the village shop she bought her usual Kendal Mint Cake bar and humming...
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Hemlock Bookshop

Hemlock Bookshop Clearing out her mother’s things was no easy task. There was ninety years of accumulation to be sifted through, kept or disposed of. Marion had left the desk until last. It was there where her mother had spent most of her life, writing the romantic novels for which she had become famous. The desk had pigeon holes across the back which were stuffed with notes on scraps of...
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Catherine’s Brooch – A Short Story

Catherine’s Brooch by May Shepherd The young man’s voice sounded nice on the phone when he rang to make an appointment to view the cottage the following day. She felt sad at the thought of selling her Grandma’s cottage. It had been in the family forever, but she was the last surviving relative and as her job kept her in London, there appeared to be no other option. She had spent many...
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