Interesting Experiment

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This book poses the question “Can animals, including humans truly change when direct experience tells them it’s safe to do so? The author, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, raised in his home as an experiment, young animals: a kitten, a rabbit, two … Read More

Brushing Molly the Snow Poodle

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Molly is like fly paper is to flies when it comes to snow. Paul Mitchell has a brush for humans called a Paddle Brush. It is perfect for getting the snow out of Molly’s curly coat.

High Risk (red zone) Dogs

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Some dogs need help. High anxiety or aggressive behavior benefits neither the dog nor the people who care for such a dog. Locally, in St. Johnsbury Vermont, there is Marianna Ponziani who specializes in working with these troubled dogs and … Read More

Lulubelle Planning Her Escape

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Lulubelle has been with us a year and is beginning to notice the dogs go out–why not her? Since she disappears when her halter and leash are brought out, she will forever be an indoor kitty, but she can dream.

The Saga Of Simon

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Simon’s arm The Victim (Simon) has been with Abigal for 8 of her 9 years of life. Returning home from the beach, she found him on the floor with a ragged wound on his paw. Kerry, the Labradoodle perpetrator, couldn’t … Read More

Dog Days Treat

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With August here and the heat ever present, an easy treat you can make for your dog is nutritious and cooling as well. Cut a sweet potato in half and microwave until soft. Cut in chunks and place in freezer … Read More

Are You Looking At Me?

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  Porter gets people pointing at him from  passing cars, usually smiling, but sometimes baffled to see a dog wearing goggles sitting in the back of a convertible with a seat belt on and seemingly enjoying the ride. Smart owners … Read More

Dogs, Cats, and Herbs

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Watching your pets in the garden, do you ever see them eating grass, chewing on a dandelion leaf, or possibly rolling in a patch of plantain, or chowing down on an apple found under an apple tree? Nothing wrong with all … Read More

Don’t Let Your Doggy Go Flying

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Meet Trooper. His previous owners didn’t even know he went flying from the back of their pickup as they drove oblivious down the road. Fortunately Trooper didn’t lose his life, just an eye and he now has more mindful new … Read More

Scout – Undeterred

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Despite missing a leg, Scout gets around just fine. Visiting the St J Farmer’s Market and looking for some treats at Vt Pup Foods, tongue at the ready.

Chickens Strolling

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St Johnsbury VT – Chickens were strolling down Main Street in the Pet Parade recently, guided by their vigilant keepers. The threat to chickens from dogs, cats, goats, and other strollers getting loose from their keepers is always possible, but … Read More

Kerry, Parade Ready

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Kerry is ready for the St Johnsbury, Vermont Pet Parade, Saturday, June 18, 10 AM to 1 PM on Main Street. One year we were walking in front of a camel and another, in front of some chickens. Any pet … Read More

Blue Plate Special

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Monday night dinner for Molly and Kerry, one of their favorites. The eggs go into the blender (shells too). The cooked broccoli and parsley is finely cut and added to the eggs and scrambled. The eggs are served with 1/2 cup … Read More

Emma, A Havanese Pup Visits

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A pampered pup for sure. Emma visited us at the St J. Farmer’s Market this past Saturday and despite the gloomy, cold, wet, weather, she was a very pretty, perky puppy. The Havanese dog is the national dog of Cuba. … Read More

Meal Time

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Years ago, in the dark ages it seems, there was no kibble, no canned food. So how did the canine world survive? Tonight Kerry & Molly are having 3/4 cup jasmine rice mixed with 1/2 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup left … Read More

Bucket Report

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The sap buckets were emptied yesterday evening. At 4:30 PM the accumulation was a little less than half the bucket. Half a bucket and still dripping People wonder why maple syrup is expensive. The work and time going into one quart for … Read More

Buckets Everywhere

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Despite the foot plus of snow we got this past week, sap buckets are filling. The snow makes it harder to empty the buckets out in the woods but in town it’s easy.  These buckets were seen in St. Johnsbury … Read More

Thoughts On The New Year

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John Muir said “Between every two pines is a doorway to the new world.”  And an old Welsh proverb we like says: “a seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.” All of us at Vermont Pup … Read More

Molly Looking Her Best

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Molly loves visting Barb, owner of Pets Beautiful, Inc. a school for basic and advanced styling with schools in Toronto, London, and Ottawa, Canada. The web site is www.petsbeautiful.ca Molly always looks perfect when Barb finishes her session.

Ice and Snow Paw Protection

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Some owners put paw mittens on their dogs to protect them from road salt and snow packing in the paw. Molly and Kerry manage to lose the paw mittens with regularity. This year we are trying a new product found … Read More

Bury The Pill

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Giving a pill to a dog can be a struggle. So many dog owners drag out the peanut butter jar and slather the offending object with the brown goo. That’s OK and it works most of the time, but recently … Read More

Chicken Liver vs. Turkey

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Given a choice dogs will opt for the dish with the chicken livers. However, both turkey and chicken liver are rich foods and should be served in moderation. If your dog loves liver, poach and then puree the livers, freeze in … Read More

The Odd Ingredient

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Cinnamon–amazingly, dogs like it. While Cinnamon has been touted as an aid in relieving arthritis pains, reducing bad cholesterol, helping with headache, and numerous other claims including acting as an anti fungal agent for humans, I really don’t know why … Read More

From The Back Yard

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Using local ingredients for out pup treats is made easier by having the source for at least one ingredient in our back yard. The Ladies of The Coop are happier now with their new door by Sean on the lower … Read More

Off The Floor

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Is flatulence a problem with your puppy? Raise the feeding dish off the floor. Gas bubbles form more readily when your dog is eating at floor level. Also, raising the dish 6″ to 12″ helps your older dog to be … Read More

Instead of an ice cube

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Giving your dog a treat on hot days can be better and more nutritious than an ice cube which often melts in a puddle on the floor. Frozen string beans are good but how about microwaving a sweet potato, slicing … Read More

String Beans

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Purchase a bag of frozen string beans from the grocery. Keep them in your freezer and when your puppy is chewing on something like your sock or shoe which is a no-no, trade for a frozen string bean. It will … Read More

Border Collie Puppies Visit

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Two adorable 6 week old puppies visited the St. Johnsbury Market last week. The breeder said the puppies will soon be ready for new homes. Call her at 802-274-4493 if you are interested. We will be at the St Johnsbury … Read More

Paws Up

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If CoCo was only a little taller, but no problem, two paws on the table at the St Johnsbury Market got the desired result–a treat.

Dogs On The Move

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Summer has arrived in Vermont and dogs are on the move. It was a beautiful Saturday on the meadow at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe Vermont. Around the ring dogs waited patiently (and some not so patiently) for  their turn … Read More

4-H Clubs

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Recently, at  the Champlain Valley Kennel Club, Inc, trials held in Essex Junction, VT, I met a young person entering her dog in the trials for hopefully taking home the “Best In Show”. prize.  Asking her how she got started showing her dog I expected … Read More

Agility Trials

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If you have never watched dogs at agility trials, don’t miss the next opportunity to enjoy seeing dogs at play with their owners. VT Pup Foods will be at the NOMAD agility trials August 20-21 at the Top Notch field in … Read More

Catching the Breeze

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Porter actually likes his Doggles. He is protected from wind, bugs, and other flying objects while going on trips around town or further. Highly recommended, found at pet stores catering to dog owners. (to see the photo of Porter click on … Read More

Find a play group for your pet

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We found a group of Labradoodle lovers through www.meetup.com . The service is free and the site is easy to navigate. You put in some basic information (location) and your interests and the service will try to find a group near you with … Read More