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Amy Downs

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Amy is a writer who lives with her husband and daughter on the United States Gulf Coast. She has a BA in Behavioral Sciences, and volunteered for shelters through various activities, as well as fostering animals. Amy currently has 3 dogs and 5 cats.

20 Best Swimming Dog Breeds

Most people know that Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers are great at swimming, but that's likely because these are some of the most popular...

5 Homemade Crockpot Dog Food Recipes

The crockpot is an underrated kitchen appliance. But in my own home, it's one of the best cooking tools for several reasons. Most importantly...

30 Smallest Dog Breeds in the World

Many potential pet parents look for small breeds because they are easier to travel with and are usually great for smaller yards and/or apartment life. The smallest dog breeds in the world won't be the right fit for every family, but they be a good choice for you if you're looking for a little companion.

13 Balanced Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Cooking for your dogs, when done right, can be very advantageous for the pet's health. With the amount of recipes we have here, there's...

13 Homemade Dog Food Recipes for Small Dogs

When searching for homemade dog food recipes online, you will often come across large meal ideas that have to be cooked in a gumbo...

25 Escape Artist Dog Breeds That Are Good at Running Away

Some dogs seem to be descendants of Houdini. Every time their owner thinks they have fixed the escape route, the pup just finds another...

3 Dog Food Recipes (And 1 Dessert) for Different Life Stages

Our dogs have different nutritional needs at different stages of life. Vets explain and science shows how crucial it is to adjust your dog's...

5 Nutritious Homemade Wet Dog Food Recipes

Some dogs eventually get tired of their old bland dry kibble, which might be one of the reasons why your pooch won't eat. Refusing...

30 Best Lap Dogs for Cuddly Pet Owners

While some people look for large dogs that they say is a “real dog” (looking at you, bully breeds), others may just want a...

Dog Costs and Budgeting Guide for Pet Owners

You have decided to take the big step to becoming a dog owner. Dogs live long lives, so you are making a commitment for...

35 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the UK

The United Kingdom was essential in creating many of the dog breeds that we know and love around the world. That doesn't mean that...

26 Most Active Dogs for Energetic Owners

Some owners cannot handle very active dog breeds. It takes plenty of energy to care for a hyperactive dog than a lazy one. These...

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