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Here are some terrific throw-back names for your new girl! We have used the name Piper from this list. My own top five picks are: Esme, Ivy, Electra, Dagney, and Pippa--saving those for the next female pet.

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Abigail (Abbie)   Adeline (Addie)    Agatha or Agnes (Aggie)   Anastasia   Annabel   Artemis   Aubrey

Beatrice (Beatrix)   Beaulah   Bertha

Candace (Candy)   Celine   Chloe   Clara (Claire)   Clementine   Cleo   Cordelia  

Dagney   Daisy   Daphne   Darcy   Delilah   Delphine   Dixie   Dove

Edwina   Electra   Eliza   Ella   Esme   Etta   Evie

Felicity   Florence (Flo)

Geneva   Greta   Gretel

Hattie   Hazel   Hermione   Hilda

Iris   Isadora (Izzie)   Ivory   Ivy

Jewel (Ju-Ju)

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Lacey   Latitia   Lavinia...

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Too cute! Looks like he could be a weapon of mass destruction.

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And then we have the bittersweet (almost) 10 year anniversary of the event, showing the passage of time for ole Miles. He still likes a good piece of cheese, though!

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A large and pretty comprehensive study was recently undertaken to cull through the hundreds of dog foods currently on the market, and the resulting information may be of interest to those moms and dads who want to give their furbabies the best. The study used a disciplined elimination process that I personally appreciate. Their criteria included, broadly: origin of the food, primary ingredients, and recall issues, and they give a clear explanation of the process and the reasoning behind it. I won't repeat it all here, as you can hop on over to their page to read more about it. I will, however, summarize a couple of things.

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Here are the top ten brands they chose (and I couldn't see that these were in any particular order):

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Orijen

ACANA

Eagle Pack

Fromm

Nature's Logic

Stella & Chewy's

Wysong

Pinnacle

Primal

HiTek Naturals

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I took the process two steps further, in a totally unscientific fashion: I went directly to Amazon, which has the largest cross-section of customer feedback on the planet. Of...

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We've had many cats in our family over the years, and never knew that there is one common ailment among cats that is responsible for up to 25% of all deaths. The disease? Feline chronic kidney disease, or CKD. Looking back, I see that we probably lost a cat to it years ago, but didn't recognize it at the time. This year, however, we lost Milo, an older cat we adopted at 8 years old, but only had for three years before he died of CKD in April. Boy, I miss that little guy, he was my favorite cat of all time.

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It isn't entirely understood why this disease is so common in cats, but there are a number of potential causes that end in the same result—CKD—and these include congenital defects, disease processes, and environmental factors. What isn't known is why a cat's kidneys are such a ready target for these various factors. And it seems that a few breeds are more susceptible: Burmese, Maine Coon, Persian, Abyssinian, Siamese, and Russian blue.

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So I won't go into the total picture, as there...

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Somehow we couldn't take our eyes off this 'adorbs' French bulldog, Huey, and his new little bro, Leon. And what a fun video this family put together! Almost makes us want to buy a French bulldog or three. Almost.

And you might notice the slow feeder they have for these little guys. We sell those!

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Here is a fun compilation of some great vintage names for dogs and cats that we have found around the web. Not that you haven't heard these before, but when you're thinking of names, many of these might not come to mind. In our family, we have used Milo, Levi, and Oliver, and loved those names. If you are inspired to use one of them for your new dog or cat, let us know!

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Ambrose   Amos   Angus   Ashton   Atticus   August

Bailey   Barnaby (Barnabas)   Bartholomew (Bart)   Baxter   Beau (Beauford, Bo)  Benedict   Booker   Bryce   Bubba   Buster   Byron

Caleb   Calvin   Casper   Cecil   Chance   Chaucer   Chester  Clarence   Cleo   Clive   Clyde   Cooper  Cilas 

Dabney   Dagwood   Dexter   Dudley

Eli  Elias   Elmer   Elmo   Emmett   Eustace  Esca (Celtic for 'River')...

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We love Stonnie around here. (pronounced 'Stoney') This guy is a professional trainer in Kentucky and he knows his way around a canine. We think you'll enjoy his no-nonsense, energetic, funny videos, and his common sense, down-home approach to training—nothin' fancy here. You can also watch the rest of his series on Youtube. And, (just sayin') he uses tennis balls, Kong toys, treat pouches, British slip leads, and 20' check cords, all of which we carry right here at Top Dog Supplies!

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It's easy to make your own dog biscuits! Try this recipe from King Arthur flour, contributed by Elaine Aukstikalnis, who works in a veterinary office; she regularly brings these biscuits in for their patients--you could say that they've been 'vetted' for flavor!

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2 C.  white or regular whole wheat flour (you could also use a gluten-free flour)

1 C. rolled oats, regular or quick

1 T. dried parsley or 2 T. chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup dry milk, any kind

1/2 tsp. salt

2 large eggs

1 C. peanut butter, crunchy or plain

1/2 C. + 1 T. cold water, or enough to make a cohesive dough

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Preheat oven to 300°F. Lightly grease baking sheets, or use parchment. Mix dry ingredients together and then add the eggs and peanut butter. Combine until the mixture is crumbly, then add enough water to bring the dough together. Roll the dough 1/4" thick, and cut biscuits with desired cutter. Gather and re-roll scraps until you've used all the dough. To make dog cookies, drop the dough in walnut-sized balls onto baking...

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Yeah, they look adorable, but inside every sweet, innocent dog lurks a hardened criminal. Click on the image to see a rogues gallery. Click the resulting image for a manual slideshow, and my own commentary on these repeat offenders.

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Sometimes you just have to root for the underdog, even if it's a rodent.

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