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Why Sit Matters: The Building Block Of Dog Obedience

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One of the first things we teach our dogs in obedience class is the sit cue. It’s the basic building block of any training curriculum. Have you ever wondered why it’s so important for our dogs to sit when we ask them to? What’s so important about “sit”? Here are a few of the reasons why it matters. Continue…

A Nail Trim Saga: One Hundred and Twenty Eight Toes:

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It is nail trim time at my house, and it’s not pretty.

I usually have help at nail trim time but this month I’m on my own, and the cats seem to know it. Manny the two-year-old was snoozing on my lap, Penny the deaf cat was crashed in the chair next to me, Jelly the Maine Coon was on her tower, and TJ the sook was cuddling with my foot. It was the perfect moment for a nail trim. The cat nail clippers are usually kept in a pencil cup in the living room for quick and easy access. I slowly leaned over to retrieve them, and Manny woke up. He watched as I picked up the clippers, his pupils getting huge. I went to turn him on my lap to start, and he rocketed off of me like his tail was on fire, leaving a pretty decent sized scratch on my thigh. Continue…

Crazy dog : Life with emotionally/mentally disabled pets

crazy dogCrazy dog. I know them. I live in what is essentially a group home for pets who were unwanted, neglected, or abandoned. The dogs and cats who are a part of my family are rescues with a range of physical, emotional, and mental disorders or disabilities. Whether these are caused by genetic or environmental influences, they cause problems for many pets and their owners. Continue…

We Are The Champions! AAHA Accreditation

AAHA AccreditationIn 2003, Guthrie Pet Hospital was awarded the American Animal Hospital Association’s top honor, AAHA accreditation.  Our hospital is inspected every three years to verify that we are maintaining AAHA standards.   That means your pet is being cared for by one of the top 12-15% of animal hospitals in the United States and Canada. Continue…

Guthrie Pet Hospital Celebrates 20 Years With An Open House

Guthrie Pet Hospital Veterinarian and Veterinary StaffIn 1997, Dr. Anna Coffin moved back to her hometown and purchased Guthrie Pet Hospital.  Over the years, Guthrie Pet Hospital has earned certification with AAHA, Cat-Friendly Practice, and Fear Free.  To celebrate the staff of Guthrie Pet Hospital will be holding an open house on July 15th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Continue…

Cat World Domination Day: Servants Prepare Yourselves

Cat World Domination Day

 

June 24th is Cat World Domination Day. I’m pretty sure this was something started by cats to convince us that they have not, in fact, already taken over the planet. This is just their way of making us say, “OH, look at the cute kitty. Isn’t it sweet when they think they are big and bossy” when in fact they have been manipulating us for years? Let’s face it; cats have been in charge since the moment they first wandered into some quasi-caveman’s camp and stood next to the fire, demanding leftovers. Continue…

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