Author Archive: Chris Bates

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PET FRIENDLY: Dog’s New Year’s Resolution, Keeping Your Dog Active in Winter

PET FRIENDLY: Dog’s New Year’s Resolution, Keeping Your Dog Active in Winter

| January 22, 2014 | 0 Comments | Pet Friendly

This week I’d like to concentrate on highlighting creative ways to boost your dog’s quality of life by increasing its mental and physical activity levels this winter.

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PET FRIENDLY: New Year’s Resolutions for Cat Lovers

PET FRIENDLY: New Year’s Resolutions for Cat Lovers

| January 8, 2014 | 0 Comments | Pet Friendly

As a cat, dog or other pet owner, the New Year presents us with an ideal opportunity to pause and consider how we can further build our relationship with these important family members.

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PET FRIENDLY: Keeping Your Pet Healthy in Cold Weather

PET FRIENDLY: Keeping Your Pet Healthy in Cold Weather

| December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments | Pet Friendly

This week’s “mixed precipitation event” and subsequent snowstorm helped me realize it’s a good time to prepare pets for the colder days and months ahead so they can enjoy the winter season without risking injury or their general health.

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PET FRIENDLY: Preparing for the Loss of a Pet Companion

PET FRIENDLY: Preparing for the Loss of a Pet Companion

| October 2, 2013 | 0 Comments | Pet Friendly

My wife and I have been fortunate to enjoy the company of a delightful female black Labrador since she was a puppy nearly 14 years ago.

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Pet Friendly: Busting the Myth of Teaching Older Dogs New Tricks

Pet Friendly: Busting the Myth of Teaching Older Dogs New Tricks

| September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments | Pet Friendly

We often hear the expression “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” This loosely translated quote has been traced back to a book from 1523 by an English animal husbandry expert named Fitzherbert. Is it fact or fiction?

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PET FRIENDLY: Managing Back-to-School Pet Separation Anxiety

PET FRIENDLY: Managing Back-to-School Pet Separation Anxiety

| September 4, 2013 | 1 Comment | Pet Friendly

For many households in Bristow, Labor Day functions like a light switch that turns summer off and the back-to-school/work season on. If you feel regret or trepidation with the sudden change in schedule, you are not alone. Your pet shares this feeling too.

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PET FRIENDLY: Senior Pets Need Special Care

PET FRIENDLY: Senior Pets Need Special Care

| August 21, 2013 | 0 Comments | Pet Friendly

As an aging Baby Boomer, it seems I’m increasingly surrounded by more senior people and pets and more aware of changes in behavior and needs associated with aging.

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PET FRIENDLY: Keeping Our Pets Safe in Virginia’s Summer Heat

PET FRIENDLY: Keeping Our Pets Safe in Virginia’s Summer Heat

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments | Pet Friendly

If you are a pet owner, you probably understand that extreme summer weather affects our pets even more than us. They depend upon us to ensure their well-being in hot weather.

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