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I must have the grimiest collection of canine-saliva-coated tennis balls in the city. You see, I live near an elementary school and a park where errant tennis balls hide under every bush, nook and cranny. It goes without saying that my grungy trove of tennis balls grows almost every time I walk my mouthy terrier, DJ. A dog foraging for old tennis balls...A pretty mundane slice of life, I must say, but it got me thinking. Whenever DJ finds one of those slimy rubber orbs, he keeps it in his mouth for the rest of our walk. He's like a...

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It's hard to keep your cat or dog psyched for every meal. After awhile, they're bound to tire from the same ole, same ole, no matter what they eat. Even my dog, DJ, a lucky terrier who feasts on great stuff like bison, kangaroo, salmon and my mother's pot roast, gets blase about his food. Tough on him! I know that he doesn't have any allergies and that his health is excellent, so there can't be a problem with what I feed him. He's just being difficult and picky, something I won't stand for it. Most of the time, a...

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  Is it any wonder that carnivores are at the top of the food chain in virtually every ecosystem on land? After all, protein-rich meat was the secret sauce that fueled the growth and development of their brains to the point where they became masters of their domains. There's the lion, the bear, the wolf - just to name a few. A large brain gave them the ability to hunt with guile, to form social packs, to care for their young until near-adulthood. Why? Because brain-food is meat. Think about the animals with the highest intelligence; with a few exceptions...

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