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Preparing Your Dog For When You Return To Work

How was your family affected by the COVID 19 pandemic? Many Edmontonians had their lives change drastically since the beginning to middle of March 2020. With non-essential businesses, schools, community centers forced to close, and Dr. Hinshaw (chief medical officer of health of Alberta) requesting that all citizens stay home to mitigate the spread of the virus, many people spent much more time at home. Not only was this a change for people, but it was also a change for pets.  Don’t get us wrong we know you and your pets appreciated each other’s company during this period. But with...
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5 Tips For Camping With Dogs

Hallelujah, Provincial and National campgrounds have started to open up again and are even slowly expanding capacity! All the more reason for Albertans to explore this beautiful province of ours! Plus it’s a great way to spend time with family, friends and of course our fur babies. Whether you like to camp just outside of Edmonton or in the Rockies, there are many things to consider before heading out to ensure that you are well prepared and that everyone has a great time.  Things like:  Researching the rules and regulations of where you intend to camp What kind of pup...
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Why Microchipping and Licensing Your Pet in Edmonton is Important!

Did you know that thousands of pets are lost every year?!? In 2018, Edmonton’s Animal Care and Control Centre had about 7000 animals from various types of species, go through their facility. Can you imagine what these domesticated pets went through while they were lost? Things happen, and we can’t always prevent pets from getting lost, but there are a few things we can do if they do accidentally get lost.  Microchipping, And What Is It? A microchip is a radio-frequency identification transponder. It is encoded with your pet’s information, has a unique ID number, and is about the size...
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Meet Edmonton Maker: Keri Montilla of Hungry Mutts

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Keri Montilla, owner and operator of Hungry Mutts. If you haven’t heard of Hungry Mutts yet, they are family-owned and operated, local Edmonton dog treat company, that offers high value treats for dogs. Keri and her husband, James, have a beautiful daughter, Aubrey. They have two handsome dogs, Morris and Wesley, that kind of helped kick start the beginnings of their journey with Hungry Mutts. Join us while we pick her brain about her company in the video below or read more below about how they operate Why did...
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Peanut Butter and Banana Drool-sicles

Summertime calls for tasty frozen treats! We, humans, like to have a popsicle or ice cream to help beat the heat, so why not give one to your fur baby too?! We don’t mean share human popsicles with your pup, but the fact that they have a fur coat year-round, (even though they’re coats help regulate temperature), they’d sure enjoy the cooling effects of a frozen goody!  Making your pooch a refreshing frozen snack doesn’t have to take a lot of effort. Often a quick search in your pantry, kitchen, or freezer can give you all the ingredients you need....
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Dogs and Mental Health

Have you had one of those long days at work that leave you feeling tired, stressed, angry, unhappy, unseen, or even defeated? The first thing you see once you get home is your dog, who is elated that their person is home. You know, the excited tail wag, the “I’m so excited to see you” noises and excessive ‘please pet me’ demand for love. In an instant, your stress melts away, and you feel that little jolt of love warming your insides. Even if your dog doesn’t greet you with this much exuberance, you know full well the effect our...
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Want To Start Running With Your Dog?

Dogs make some of the best running partners.  At Dog Jogs, we’ve been running with dogs for a long time. Many of us run our own dogs, and maybe we’ve even jogged your dog! We’ve handled pups of all ages, all sizes, and all energy levels. If there is something we know, it’s how to run with a dog. With all the information we’ve gathered through our own experience, talking to dog trainers, and our entire team of dog joggers, we’ve put together some tips for anyone wanting to start running with their dog.  Whether you are a regular jogger...
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Apple And Carrot Pawsicles

Do you have a dog that loves their fruits and vegetables?!? We do, Koda will do almost anything for his carrots! He loves them so much he’ll come barreling over to the kitchen as soon as he hears chopping on the cutting board. What we love about this recipe is that it’s so simple, we know what’s going into it, and we often have all of the ingredients at any given time. You can also substitute the ingredients for your dog’s favourite foods. What you will need: 1 Carrot 1 Apple 1/2 Cup of Water Food processor Ice Cube Tray...
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Is Your Dog Suffering from Separation Anxiety?

Does your dog seem to get excited or anxious every time you’re getting ready to leave for the day? Ever notice your dog barking, howling, or whining after you leave your house? Have you ever come home to a pillow explosion, a new hole in your drywall, or what looks like a tornado ripped through? If you can relate to any of these, there’s a chance your dog suffers from separation anxiety. What is Separation Anxiety? Separation Anxiety is an anxiety disorder where a dog experiences excessive anxiety when their owner(s) leave them alone. It can vary in degrees of...
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Sweet Potato Chews for your Dog!

Anyone else have (uncooked) sweet potatoes laying around?! Here is a simple recipe that can help you make some sweet potato chews for your fur babies. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also a healthy, one-ingredient recipe. Which can especially come in handy if your pup has any allergies or sensitivities to food.  Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and move on to washing your sweet potato and then towel dry them. There is no need to peel the skin off, but you can do so if you prefer. Next, slice the ends off and slice...
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Fun Things To Do With Your Pets

With COVID 19 here to stay for a while in Edmonton, more people are working from home and currently may not need a dog walker or pet sitter.  As we also continue to limit our outings, we have to get increasingly creative in regards to things we can do with our pets. Not only does this keep them happy, this will also keep you and your family happy. Here are a few actives you can do with your cat or dog. Cats Sometimes humans get bored and often feel like it takes ‘too long’ for our cats to engage during...
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3 Tips About Pet First Aid

Pet First Aid is the emergency treatment administered to a sick or injured animal before professional medical care is available. Would you know what to do in the event of a pet emergency? Have you experienced a pet emergency?  Much of the first aid administered to pets is similar to that administered to humans, but with some distinct differences, especially when referring to their anatomy. Pets also cannot tell you or explain how they’re feeling but will show you that they are unwell through different behaviours.  Most of  the Dog Jogs staff team are certified through the Walks N Wags...
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Blueberry Banana Dog Treats

Baking dog treats from scratch is a great activity to fill your time. Especially now, that we’re all staying home way more than we’re used to! Often most ingredients for dog treats can be found in your pantry (especially if you like to bake) Have kids? Have them help, baking is similar to a science experiment. Have dogs? They will taste test and let you know which treats to make more of! Of course, some dogs are sensitive to some ingredients. If you are trying out a new ingredient in a treat that your dog has not tried before, make...
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Pet care should be an essential service in Alberta

We need your help! Pets are considered a member of the family for many Albertans. There are a number of pet-care businesses that have the capacity to provide professional, safe care to pets and their owners in our province especially in times of crisis. Pets need to be cared for in times of crisis, just like humans. Albertans need to focus on their jobs, their families, and their health-and at the end of a long day return to a happy, healthy pet. Who needs services? Frontline workers, Elderly people, People physically unable to care for their animals (because of illness, injury...
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Social Distancing for Dog Owners in Edmonton

If you’re like many Edmontonians right now, you might be working from home helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing. The Public Health Agency of Alberta has advised minimizing contact with others, including avoiding crowded places such as Edmonton dog-parks on sunny Saturday afternoons and keeping a distance of at least 2 meters length from others as much as possible. Staying Active If you have a home gym or participate in an online fitness program, you can stay fit inside no problem but, what about your dog? A vigorous game of tug or fetch “down the hall”...
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COVID-19 Service Protocol

Dog Jogs is currently open and operating at this time. To keep you, and our team safe, we have implemented a strict COVID 19 safety protocol outlined by Alberta Health Services. Please note that we have altered our hours of operation from Monday – Sunday from 9:00 am-9:00 pm, to 9:00 am-5:00 pm. We understand it is an incredibly difficult time and want you to know that we are here to help. We are currently accepting new clients that need assistance caring for their pets but have changed our processes. In efforts to eliminate human to human contact, we are...
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Should I Worry About My Pet Getting Coronavirus in Edmonton?

With Coronavirus in the news, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the facts. While it can be scary to read about, this post is meant to inform over anything else. We want you, your pets, and everyone in your life to be happy and healthy. Let’s jump in and address what we know right now: Let’s start with the basics… What is the Coronavirus? According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause many diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. What’s concerning is that the COVID-19 is...
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Top 5 Spring Activities to Do with Your Dog in Edmonton

With spring on the way, the weather is going to be warming up, making it possible to enjoy more adventures with your faithful canine. There are plenty of dog-friendly activities in Edmonton that will keep the two of you busy. Keep reading to find out what those activities are.  Take a Hike  What could be more enjoyable than spending time in the great outdoors with your furry friend? Elk Island National Park, located just outside of Edmonton, is a dog-friendly location that you should check out.  This park has various hiking trails to choose from. Here are just two examples: ...
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Dental Care For Pets In Edmonton

When you were growing up, how many times did your parents tell you to brush your teeth? From a young age, we were taught the importance of dental care and about the major role it plays in our overall health. The same is true for your pets! Dental care for your pet is extremely important. Not taking care of your pet’s teeth could not only end up costing your pet some teeth, but could also be very expensive in the long run. Why is dental care so important? There is nothing worse than sitting beside a dog with really bad...
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Banana Carrot Oatmeal Dog Treats!

Banana Carrot Oatmeal Dog Treats! Baking treats in the comfort of your home in Edmonton means that you should never run out of treats to reward your dog during training, games or just because they are so dang cute! Baking at home also keeps the treat flavours fun and exciting for your pup if you like to switch up your recipes. Anyone here ever save their overripe bananas in the freezer for banana bread? This recipe is a great way to get rid of some of those bananas. And even better yet, there’s a very high chance that you already...
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Keeping Your Dog Active during Edmonton Winters

It’s that time of year again, winter in Edmonton. With the winter months comes snow, ice and cold. That can be challenging for any dog owner, especially if you have smaller breeds or any short coat breed dog that does not do well in the cold.  So, how do you keep your dogs active when the temperature drops? Short Walks Unfortunately, dogs are not like bears who can just hibernate and sleep until winter is over. They still need to be active and some dogs can become destructive if they are bored.  While temperatures like -30 degree Celsius mean you...
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Protecting Your Dog’s Paws Through Edmontons Winter

Whether you like it or not, winter in Edmonton is here. One of the biggest challenges of winter that many dog owners face is all of the snow and ice on city walkways and streets and trying to protect their dog’s paws. Many dog owners have been faced with a situation where their dog will start lifting their paws or in some cases, sitting down during a dog walk due to their paws getting too cold or becoming irritated from salt. Many people will use a lot of sand and salt to help melt the ice or make it easier...
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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits Baking homemade treats for your dog is a simple and fun thing to do, especially during the cold winter months in Edmonton! Your dog will most likely be watching you, baking in the kitchen, wondering if they’ll ever get to sample anything you make when you suddenly surprise them with a treat! What an exciting day as a dog! Buying treats can be difficult if you think your pet as allergies (or does), but when you make your own, you can modifying the ingredients and have total control of what goes into them! If your...
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Where To Get Your Pet’s Photo With Santa In Edmonton?

Where To Get Your Pet’s Photo With Santa In Edmonton? The Holidays are an exciting time of year! For those of you who celebrate Christmas, it’s a great time to get a fun photo of your pets with Santa! Many photo shoots already took place in November, but there are still opportunities in December to get your pet to sit up on Santa’s lap for an adorable picture! Some Santa Photoshoots are to raise funds for local rescues, charities while others are for profit. Make sure you pick which is better for your family. Either way, it’s a good way...
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Winter Games & Activities For You and Your Pets

Winter Games & Activities For You and Your Pets Living in Edmonton means there will be a few days, or even weeks, where the temperatures dip so low that Edmonton is the coldest place on earth. As Pet owners, this can affect you and your pet’s live! If your active dog can’t get outside for their normal out amount of exercise, they may start to drive you nuts with their built-up energy. If you have an outdoor cat, you know they’ll be crying at the door wanting to go out as well, but of course, sending them out for longer...
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Heart Shaped Cranberry Cookies For Dogs

Heart Shaped Cranberry Cookies For Dogs Another easy to make at home dog cookie just in time for the holidays! Homemade dog treats do take a bit longer than running to your local shop to purchase, but we think it’s well worth the effort to know exactly what’s going into the treats, especially if you are worried about allergies. When you make your own dog treats you can mix up different types of ingredients if you know your dog is sensitive to anything in the recipe! Ingredients 2 Eggs 1.5 Cups Almond Flour *we used whole wheat 1 Tablespoon Coconut...
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Does My Dog Need a Jacket?!

DOES MY DOG NEED A JACKET? When it’s cold our Dog Joggers are used to layering up to be outside; and are often asked: “Does my pup need a jacket?”. The answer, it all depends on each dog! Dog Jogs Owners Steph and Nikki own Koda, a Great Pyrenees mix. He has a double coat and LOVES cold weather. When it’s -30 degrees celsius in Edmonton he is at the door begging to be let out to lay in the snow. He loves walks and jogs during the winter and seems to have endless energy. They make sure he is...
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Gingerbread Cookies for Dogs

Gingerbread Cookies for Dogs With today being National Cook For Your Pets Day we figured it would be the best day to reveal our latest dog treat: Gingerbread Cookies for Dogs! Besides the Molasses taking its sweet time to pour out of the container, these were another quick and easy recipe to pull together to give the drooling dogs who watched us bake them. We like to bake treats for our dog from time to time for a few reasons.  We want to know what ingredients have gone into our dog treats. Have you ever fed your dog something, and...
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Thanksgiving Safety For Pets

THANKSGIVING SAFETY FOR PETS Thanksgiving means full houses and full bellies! But, the parts of Thanksgiving humans love most are dangerous for their pups! If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, make sure to plan for your pet! Many of the dishes that are made for Thanksgiving are filled with sugar, fat and other foods that are not good for dogs.   No seasonings, no table scraps, and no sugary pie! But, Why?! Seasoning mixes often contain food that dogs should not consume. Garlic and onion being two common ones. While tiny amounts of these foods in some pets, especially dogs, may be safe,...
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Pumpkin Pupper Treats

PUMPKIN PUPPER TREATS It’s that time of year where you smell pumpkin spice everything everywhere! With Thanksgiving on the way, Pet Parents may be tempted to give their dog some scraps from turkey dinner. If you read our last blog you’ll have found out what things you can give your dog and which you should avoid. If you want to give your dog a pumpkin treat while everyone is enjoying their pumpkin pie, here’s a quick and delicious recipe for your dog. Ingredients 1 egg   2/3 cup pure canned pumpkin   ½ tsp cinnamon   1 ½ cups whole wheat flour  Directions:...
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Apple, Peanut Butter, Oat Dog Treats

APPLE, PEANUT BUTTER, OAT DOG TREATS Ingredients 1 cup old fashioned oats (aka rolled oats) 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup peanut butter 1 egg 2 apples (I used small Gala apples) If you use chunky peanut butter rather than creamy you may need to add more moisture when making the dough. If your dough ends up extra crumbly just add 1 tsp of water at a time until you can roll it as dough out on a flat surface. And remember to check that your peanut butter does NOT contain xylitol (an artificial sweetener that can be fatal to dogs)....
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Walking The Dog- A Chore For Kids?

WALKING THE DOG- A CHORE FOR KIDS? With a new school year, you may be adding to the list of responsibilities your kids have. Should your human babies be taking your fur babies out for a walk? The answer is, it depends. If your kid is under 10, it’s generally not a good idea for them to be taking your pup on a solo cruise around the neighbourhood. There’s lots of situations that can pop up on a walk they just may not be able to handle. The size of your dog (and kid!) matters too. Your 6 year old...
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Bananaberry Pupsicle

It’s that time of year in Edmonton, when typically it’s a lot warmer than it has been, when we like to experiment in the kitchen and make some quick, easy and cool treats for Koda and the dogs we dog sit. If we get rave reviews from our furry crew then we share the recipe with you! We are mindful of ingredients that might upset tummies and if we’re not sure we use this online tool –Pet Poison Hotline– as a quick reference to search. Now onto the quick recipe! Bananaberry Pupsicles Ingredients 1 cup (8floz/240mlz) veggie stock-can also use chicken or beef...
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Is Your Dog Drinking Enough Water?

Hot dog month is here! And we’re not talking hotdogs you cook on a barbeque, but canines in cooking temperatures. July, being the hottest month of the year in Edmonton, is Pet Hydration Awareness Month. Heat can be deadly so our pooches need extra attention to keep them healthy and well when temperatures soar. Water is crucial to their wellbeing helping to regulate body temperature, keep energy levels up, and assisting their kidneys to flush toxins. While our days have been cooler than usual for this time of year, as any Alberta resident knows, the weather can change drastically with...
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Keep your pet safe with Pet First Aid!

We ran a poll on our Instagram account asking “Have you ever had to deal with a medical emergency with your pet?” 53% of people voted yes they had. That number makes sense since 61% of Canadians (from a 2016 survey) own a pet. That’s a lot of people and pets, something is bound to happen! We thought April would be a good time to shed some light on why Pet First Aid is so important to us, so we’ve made a list of 5 things you may not have thought about when it comes to Pet First Aid as...
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4 Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

4 Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs With the temperature rising this time of year it is important to ensure your dog does not get sick with heat stroke. As much as we love the heat our furry friends can not always handle the hot temperatures. It is always wise to use preventative measures because it is much easier to not have a sick dog! Ways to prevent heat stroke: Run or walk earlier or later in the day to avoid the heat (or scheduled your dog walker earlier or later if possible). Bring water (leave your pet water bottles...
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Strawberry PAWpsicles

Strawberry PAWpsicles It has been a pretty hot summer here in Edmonton. We personally love it, the warm sun beating down on us when we’re out jogging with dogs, but we own a large Pyrenees mix who has so much fur and takes a while to cool down. I figured why not test out some easy cold treats to help cool Mr. Koda off. These were painless to make, unless you have troubles with a blender. Strawberry PAWpsicles Ingredients: Strawberries Cottage Cheese Water You will need: Blender Ice cube trays I did not measure out any ingredients.  I free poured...
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YEG Boss Babes

On Saturday, July 22 we had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at Edmonton’s Dog Boutique, Fox & Tux. Naomi, the store owner, invited us to participate in a store event called YEG Boss Babes, that featured female entrepreneurs who own and operate pet businesses. Naomi is a huge supporter of local business and thought it would be great for her customers to have the opportunity to meet and get to know a few of us. Naomi opened Fox & Tux just over a year ago and it’s a huge success! It’s crazy to think that in this short period...
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National Hug Your Dog Day

April 10 is National Hug Your Dog Day! Does this mean you should rush home and hug your dog? Maybe, maybe not. It definitely depends on your dog! There are quite a few studies out there showing that dogs don’t like being hugged. This does not necessarily mean you have to believe the studies, in fact you can do your own a test with your own dog to see how they react before you, or anyone else (especially kids!) give them a hug. Much like humans, some dogs may enjoy hugs and some may not. It’s very important to understand...
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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

It’s time for Nikki to share the new treat recipe she whipped up for Koda and his friends in the Kitchen! Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats (from Allrecipes.com) 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour 2 eggs ½ cup canned pumpkin 2 tablespoons peanut butter ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon Nikki added Glucosamine into these treats to give Koda a little help with his old joints. Check out our Instagram page to see his reaction to these treats! Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in...
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10 Things You Didn’t Know Are Poisonous to Dogs

Both Dog Jogs Owners, Steph, and Nikki have been teaching Pet First Aid classes in Edmonton since 2018 when they became Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid Instructors. They took pet first aid before starting up Dog Jogs, and they speak about the event that made them want to take a pet first aid class, during each class they teach. Steph and Nikki wanted to share some of the information that they learned so all pet parents in Edmonton can be a little more prepared if the unthinkable, a pet emergency, happens. March 16-22 is National Animal Poison Prevention Week,...
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10 Costs You Should Consider Before Getting a Dog

Getting a new dog (or puppy!) is an exciting time! No matter the age of your furriest new friend, many costs come with getting a dog. The financial commitment can be draining if you are not prepared. Realizing that you cannot afford a dog after getting a dog can lead to troubles down the road. There are many aspects of being a responsible pet owner, with financially providing for your pet, as one.  Here are 10 costs to be aware of before getting a pet: Adoption or Breeders Costs – Adoption fees usually range anywhere from $150–$500. These fees often...
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