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Sometimes you are fortunate enough to encounter a special animal. This is the way I felt about Tigger, a truly exceptional cat.

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The June 2021 Smoke Signals’ article, “BCAR’s new puppies,” presented the six puppies born to BCAR resident Molly on March 14, three days before St. Patrick’s Day. Since then, we have found Molly a new home. We have also found Clover, the only white puppy in Molly’s litter, a new abode. The …

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The most important thing new puppy parents need to do is socialize their puppy. Behaviorists, dog trainers and veterinarians agree the first three or four months of life is when sociability outweighs fear, so this is the best time to carefully introduce your puppy to as many new “stimuli” as…

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Preface: Sally was a not-quite-feral stray, found in Big Canoe on Cherokee Trail. The homeowners called BCAR and asked we take her. In keeping with stray protocol, we requested a photo and posted it online, seeking information about her. When no one claimed or recognized her, we trapped her,…

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On May 22, my husband and I made the painful decision to put our beloved Labrador retriever, Drop, to sleep. He was in declining health and even though we knew it was time, it was still a difficult decision to make.

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Q: Dr. Habermann, our vet recently told us he believed our dog might have Addison’s disease and we needed to run some more blood tests to determine if that is the case. We’ve never heard of this disease. What is it?

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