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Here’s What Not To Feed Your Pet This Thanksgiving

There’s a two-word reason man’s best friend loves Thanksgiving. Table scraps. But there are some things that dog owners shouldn’t slip their pets.

11/27/2014

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Pet Blog: Mpls. Kennel Club Set For 81st Dog Show

Over 1,200 dogs will compete this weekend in Shakopee in the 2014 Minneapolis Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show. The competition will be held at Canterbury Park’s new Event and Expo Center on Saturday and Sunday. Organizers say handlers from around the country will be there, including 50 youngsters between the ages of 9 and 17 who will participate in the junior showmanship event.

11/21/2014

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Pet Prenups Could Help Curb Custody Battles

There can be plenty to fight over if you’re going through a divorce – the house, the kids, the money. But who gets the dog? Pet custody disputes sound like something from Hollywood. In fact, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are currently battling in court over who gets the couple’s eight Jack Russell Terriers. But filing papers over pets is actually a real thing lawyers deal with here in Minnesota.

11/19/2014

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Pet Blog: Rally Aims To End Dog Shootings By Police

The group “Freeze Don’t Shoot” plans to hold a rally at every state capitol Saturday to highlight officer-involved shootings of family pets. The Minnesota chapter was formed in July. Julie Whalen, the administrator of the Minnesota Facebook page, says the local group has about 130 members, and about 50 plan to attend Saturday afternoon’s rally in St. Paul to address what they call an “epidemic” of shootings.

10/24/2014

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Pet Blog: Midwest Family Pet Expo

The National Sports Center in Blaine is going to be a zoo this Saturday — but in a really good way. The 2014 Midwest Family Pet Expo features events like wiener dog races (and wannabe wiener dog races, which should stoke anyone’s curiosity), a pet costume contest and demos about dog bite prevention and companion birds.

10/03/2014

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What Are This Year’s Top Halloween Costumes?

It’s the first day of October, which means Halloween is now just around the corner. Don’t have a costume idea yet? Not to worry — a recent ranking just released may be able to help.

10/01/2014

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The Budweiser Dog Ad’s Minn. Connection

The new Budweiser commercial tugs at your heart, and the song in the background, well, it’s memorable. The ad featuring the song “When You Come Home” has more than 15 million YouTube views. It was written and sung by Minneapolis-based musician Dan Rodriguez. “I was inspired about a guy and his dog to write a song about a friendship or relationship,” Rodriguez said.

09/25/2014

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6 Tips For Owning A Dog In Urban Areas

These 6 tips will benefit any dog owner living in the big city! These do’s and don’ts are important to consider for any dog lover.

09/23/2014

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Wearable Pet Tech Lets Owners Track Canine Fitness

Wearable tech has become big business. Fitbit and Jawbone are just two of the products people are wearing to track their physical activity and monitor their progress. It was only a matter of time before somebody tried to do it for pets.

09/08/2014

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Pet Blog: Meet Rachel Slavik’s Dog!

After a hard day of chasing down the big stories, WCCO’s Rachel Slavik knows she can always come home to her Butters. No, she doesn’t have an obsession with churned dairy products … well, at least not publicly. Butters is her loveable, 7-year-old, black and tan miniature dachshund.

09/03/2014

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Good Questions: Dog Years, Feed Corn And Road Construction

It’s Friday, so we’re answering some of the Good Questions you’ve e-mailed us this summer. Lisa from Farmington, Minn. asks: why are dog years counted seven years for every one year of human life?

08/08/2014

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Pet Blog: Chill Out By Pettin’ A Puppy

For three hours on Thursday, that rat race that is downtown Minneapolis will be pleasantly interrupted by rescue dogs! DogSense Unleashed and Safe Hands Rescue will bring more than a dozen dogs to Peavey Plaza to demonstrate the therapeutic strength inherent in petting a pooch.

07/30/2014

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How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

The Fourth of July can be scary for your dog. The loud bang of fireworks and even the bright lights in the sky can make your pet stressed and anxious. Vicki Bjore with Chuck and Don’s stopped by the WCCO This Morning show on Wednesday to provide some tips on how to keep your dog safe and calm during fireworks.

07/02/2014

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State Fair Goes To The Dogs

The annual “Pet-a-Palooza” event takes place at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds on Saturday. Chris Kalis, one of the organizers for the event, says there will be fun for both people animals.

06/27/2014

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Pet Blog: Pet-A-Palooza!

Pets, and the humans who love them, will take over the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this Saturday! Pet-A-Palooza is a free event that features some 30 exhibitors and 40 rescue and adoption groups.

06/26/2014

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