CPR for your pet  

CPR for your Pet:  Chart courtesy of Southwind Animal Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Source: American Red Cross.

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Five Westminster BIS Winners Star  

It was the greatest collection of show dogs ever in one place - five Westminster Best In Show winners dating back to 2001.

The occasion was the first ever Angel On A Leash Best In Show benefit, and on the Saturday evening before Westminster 2009, a capacity crowd filled the Affinia Hotel ballroom in a sold-out event hosted by Ruth Pereira.

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Names for girl dogs  

Anna, means ‘the one full of grace’.
Isabel, ‘devoted to God’.
Nadia, this word means ‘hope’.
Pilar, ‘firm, supporter’.
Nuria, meaning ‘enlightening’.

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Famous Dogs, Part 3  

Issa - Publius’s Maltese - Publius was a Roman Governor of Malta in 1st century A.D.

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Massaging your dog  

Massaging your dog has many benefits:

1) Relaxes your dog.
2) Soothes tired or sore muscles.
3) Eases pain from surgery or other injuries.
4) Helps your dog suffering from ailments caused by old age to feel better.
5) Gains your dog's trust.
6) Noticeably increases the bond between you and your dog.

Many people hardly ever touch their dogs any more other than just petting or an occasional brushing. Dogs feel love and affection and need to be touched by their loved ones just like humans do. Massaging your dog 5 minutes a day on almost every part of its body from his head to his toes will not only help you to get to know your dog better, but your touch will also stimulate something in your dog that will make her respond to you in ways you both will enjoy. You will notice the change in your dog's attitude within as little as 2 - 3 days!!!!

Instructions for dog massage: Use a very light oil. (I recommend an oil that you and your pet like). Rub a very small amount (the size of a dime) into your hands and start at the top of the head and slowly stroke down the back to the base of the tail 3 - 4 times. Do an additional 2 - 3 times including the tail this time all the way to the tip. Use a very gentle but firm "squeeze-grip" on the tail as you slide your hand down to the tip, starting with a pause as you squeeze at the base of the tail, keeping your grip all the way to the tip of the tail. Gently rub the back of the neck behind the ears with your forefingers for a few seconds. Hold your dog's head in your hands by the cheeks and under the ears (with the dog facing you) and rock the head gently side-to-side 4 - 5 times. Massage the ears, taking care when you finish by inserting the tip of your thumb into the ear (about 1/8") and rub the ears between your thumb and forefinger. Massage your dog's eyes (they will close automatically) very lightly with your thumbs and stroke your fore finger down the nose, starting between the eyes. Gently pinch your dog's cheeks and lips several times and finally stroke the throat and chin. Add a drop more oil to your hands and massage the chest (while the dog is standing), moving your hands under the armpits and rubbing gently. Allow your hands to slide from the armpits to the forelegs. Slide your hands down the forelegs (like you did for the tail) with a soft but firm grip all the way down to the paws. Gently hold the paws (one at a time) and squeeze gently for a few seconds. Repeat this procedure, starting with the chest, 2 - 3 times. *A note: It is best to straddle your dog standing over him like you would sit on a horse when you start with the chest massage (don't sit on him!!!). Then turn the opposite direction and massage the buttock, sliding your hands down the hind legs and massaging down to the paws. (Just as you did for the fore legs.) You can also massage the chest, armpits, legs and paws while your dog is laying down. Either on his side or on his back, speak to your dog in a sweet, soft voice during the whole procedure.

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