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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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  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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The problem is that most pet owners think that feeding their cat or dog is all about the food. What the pet likes, what it doesn't. What's good for Precious. Fair enough, but actually, it's about a lot more. A cat or dogs' meal is not just about eating, it's a central point of their lives. Here's what I mean: In the wild, an animal is focused on survival and food is the fuel sustaining their existence. But unlike humans (and domesticated animals), food is a life-source that must be caught. The lion pursues the impala, the wolf preys on...

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