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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Why Do Dogs React Differently To Snow?

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I have two dogs. One of them, Amanda, loves to go out in the winter, no matter how cold and she runs around happily in the snow until I call her in. She is a mutt of some sort with short hair, so it’s not like she’s a natural winter dog. The other one, Gertie, is a little poodle mix and she acts like snow feels like hot burning coals. I can hardly get her to go out to do her business and then she zips right back to the house.

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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Don’t Let Your Pets Get Obese

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I just got back from the vet’s office where I took my dog Betsy and my cat Boomer for their annual check up and boy am I mad! She got all grouchy with me and told me they are FAT. Well she used the word obese, like that would be more polite somehow. I just go by the recommendation on their dog and cat food packages and they only get a few treats per day. She wants me to cut that down by a quarter and cut out all treats. They’ll starve. What do you think?

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Buddy and Porky Pet Health – Are Your Pets Ready For Holidays?

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This is the time of year that we usually issue warnings about all the horrible things that can happen to your pets over the holidays. If it’s not poinsettias to worry about (which it is not) then it’s mistletoe (which it is) or chocolate, or grapes or tinsel (yes to all). But you can just go online to any reputable animal welfare site, we like the ASPCA, and read all those depressing and dire warnings. We’re not saying you shouldn’t read up about them. We’re just saying, let’s have fun instead!

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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – What Can Be Done For Unattended Chained Dog?

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My neighbor down the road has a big dog that looks like some kind of shepherd mix. He keeps him tied out beside his house ALL the time. That means 24/7. He has a dog house and he goes in there when it’s really awful out but mostly he just sits there in the yard. I called the dog control officer for my town and she said there is nothing she can do as long as the dog house is adequate and it is.

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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – The Dangers of Antifreeze

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My neighbor got all upset with me yesterday because he saw me putting antifreeze in my car in my driveway and a little bit spilled on the ground and I didn’t have time to clean it up as I was late for work. He started yelling at me about antifreeze killing pets. The upshot was that I cleaned it up to make him stop and I was late for work. Why would an animal lick up antifreeze? Is he just a nut bucket?

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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Some Adoption Policies Don’t Make Sense

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I am so annoyed I can hardly think straight. I went to a shelter to adopt a puppy this morning and found that they had two puppies up for adoption, brothers. So, I thought what the heck, I’ll adopt both of them! But when I told this to the adoption person she said they have a policy against adopting more that one sibling puppy at a time! That seemed so stupid to me that I just left!

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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Helping Homeless Cats

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Here it is November with snow and a smallish cat just showed up on my back porch a few days ago. I think she is sheltering under the porch, but when I go out to try to approach her and coax her inside she takes off into the woods and I don’t see her again for hours. I have been leaving food and water for her and it is gone every morning. I would let her in and take care of her in a heartbeat. How can I help her survive outside in this weather?

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Selkirk Shores State Park Hosts Candlelight Snowshoe Hike

Park visitors are invited to enjoy a winter wonderland snowshoe hike at Selkirk Shores State Park from 5 to 7 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Beginning at the skier parking area, lanterns will line a gradual self-guided mile loop. Following the hike, hot chocolate will be served around a cozy fire at the pavilion overlooking Lake Ontario.

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Oswego City School District Retirees Recognized

The Oswego City School District Board of Education recognized the retirements of Susan Piasecki and Kim Bryant at its January 26 meeting.

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Rice Creek Summer Programs Offer Scholarship Assistance

SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station will provide some financial assistance to a limited number of children interested in its summer programs, Exploring Nature and Conservation Field Studies. The scholarship applications, available for printing at oswego.edu/ricecreek/programs, require that children be eligible for free or reduced lunches and have a copy of the award verification from the school district. The information is confidential, and will not be shared.

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Ellucian Taps SUNY Oswego Registrar

SUNY Oswego’s registrar, Jerret LeMay, has been appointed to a two-year term on a customer advisory board at Ellucian serving the Degree Works community. Degree Works is degree-planning software that gives students a visually informative tool to stay on course for graduation. Oswego students and their faculty advisers began using Degree Works two years ago.

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Warm Up Oswego’s Scavenger Hunt Approaching

The Chili Pepper Scavenger Hunt is set to kick off on Jan. 31 and run through Feb. 7 at participating locations in Oswego as part of the 10th annual Warm Up Oswego Festival. Participants will receive a “passport” along with a map of the city of Oswego. The “passport” contains the full list of the 42 participating locations.

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