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March 2

What was the working dog of the Native Americans on the Great Plains?

Before the introduction of the horse, some tribes in what is now the central and western United States used dogs as beasts of burden. For example, dogs hauled the travois, a type of sled used by North American Indians to carry goods. What breed was the dog, and is it still in existence?
posted by A. Davey at 11:25 AM - 7 answers

Dog Trainer/Behaviorist in Phoenix?

Can you recommend a dog trainer or behaviorist in the Phoenix area who can help my little pup with barking issues? [more inside]
posted by meese at 10:37 AM - 2 answers

February 27

The etiquette of tying your dog up outside

I live less than a mile from where I run most of my errands and I would like to start walking to these places instead of driving. I always bring my pup with me for the ride. I'd love to bring my little guy with me to the bank, grocery store etc and leash him outside at these places but I never see it done, so I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 7:06 AM - 47 answers

February 24

How to help a 15 month old child deal with the loss of a pet?

We have one pet: a 12 year old black lab. We have one child: a 15 month old girl. To our great sadness, the dog doesn't have much time left with us. This is going to be hard enough on my wife and me, but our daughter adores the dog like a sibling and I have no idea how to help her understand when he's gone and doesn't come back. Anyone gone through this before? [more inside]
posted by jermsplan at 9:25 AM - 16 answers

February 23

Improve my cat's litter box experience (and my own...)

I've read such glowing reviews that I'm considering getting a Litter Robot, but I thought I'd ask the experts here whether they think my particular problem with my cat's litter box methodology will be solved by it before shelling out nearly AUD$900. [more inside]
posted by eloeth-starr at 10:40 PM - 29 answers

How do you train a dog to fully empty their bladder on command?

How do you train a dog to fully empty their bladder on command? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 2:59 PM - 13 answers

How to be the most well-prepared for a puppy?

We have about two to three months before we bring home a puppy. When you got a puppy what were the most helpful links, books, or resources you found? What is your best new puppy advice? [more inside]
posted by Marinara at 9:08 AM - 19 answers

February 22

Lost Basset Hound on the Run! Where do they go?

Last night our 5 year old female Basset Hound took off. Breed owners or experts, where do they go? Do they wander off forever? Do they find their way back home? Straight line or circles? More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 9:23 AM - 17 answers

February 21

Teaching a small 5 year old dog to only pee/poop outside

Crazy cat lady here. I am taking care of a 5 year old chihuahua/terrier dog while his owner is in the hospital for an extended period (weeks? months?). Poor boy has mostly done his bathroom business on pee pads in the bathroom. I would like to learn how I can train him out of this behavior, at least while he's with us. Help a clueless and grieving dog novice! [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway at 9:14 AM - 15 answers

What's next with my dog?

Granted, you are not my dog's veterinarian but I'm still looking for thoughts from thoughtful people. Do we keep doing what we can to keep our dog alive or is it time to have end of life discussions with our dog's vet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:09 AM - 14 answers

February 20

Should we get a kitty?

I love cats; have never had any of my own, but have done a fair bit of caring for roommates' cats in the past. I'd dearly love to get one now, but don't know if my apartment is compatible with a pet. My concerns are under the fold. [more inside]
posted by redlines at 11:21 AM - 38 answers

February 19

Cat experts please help my cat now

I am asking about my cat. The vet and I think he has IBS. He is eating very little the last few days. I am very scared. [more inside]
posted by Blitz at 11:46 PM - 17 answers

Looking for advice on caring for my cat with small cell lymphoma

My twelve year-old cat has been diagnosed with small cell lymphoma of the small intestine. I am looking for advice on how best to care for her, what treatments options to consider, and what questions I should be asking the vet. [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear at 9:08 PM - 7 answers

February 18

Introducing a new cat to a small apartment

My girlfriend wants to introduce our cats. Please help me plan how to do this. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 10:45 AM - 8 answers

February 16

What to Think About When the New Dog is the Older Dog?

I'm a relatively new dog owner considering adding a second dog to my household. I've been doing research about how best to go about introducing them to each other, but I have a couple outstanding questions. [more inside]
posted by pixiecrinkle at 6:47 PM - 13 answers

February 14

"Bigfoot" and "THUMBelina" are unacceptable.

Help name this sweet many-toed kitten! [more inside]
posted by esoterrica at 8:42 PM - 37 answers

February 10

How do you keep your little dog happy in the winter?

We have a sweet little pup who doesn't do well in the cold, and we've moved from a warm climate to a wintry one. How can I keep him happy and fulfilled during a long winter? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 1:53 PM - 16 answers

February 7

Press pass for Westminster Dog show. Help me come up with interview q's!

Yay, we got our press passes, so I want to ask you what questions would you like to ask the dog handlers/ owners/ groomers or dogs at the Westminster Dog Show? Smart/ funny/ serious/ what would you want to learn or ask? This will air on In Real Life next Wednesday on WFMU. Here is a link to the show page. [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla at 1:29 PM - 23 answers

February 5

Can My Dog Eat This?

Can my dog eat this? I baked some chicken thighs last Sunday. They disappeared to the back of my fridge and I found them this Sunday. Obviously, I'm not going to eat it... but is there any reason I shouldn't give it to my dog? Rooney would love to eat it-- so AskMe, can he? [Requisite pupper pic by Mefi's own pjern.]
posted by headspace at 7:29 PM - 22 answers

February 4

Having trouble finding a new home for our dog

Our infant son is allergic to our 9-year-old lab mix. We have made the hard decision that we need to find her a new home. She (our dog) is a wonderful companion, but has some issues that are making it difficult to do so. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 PM - 11 answers

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