• By CATHERINE HOSMAN
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In just a few weeks summer will be in full bloom, kids will be out of school and local family-friendly outdoor events will be in full swing. Spending time outdoors with family is tradition for Central Texas residents, and many like to include their canine companions in the festivities.

  • By Jessica Pearce Photos courtesy of Sheri Hemrick
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Manda Butler, animal care manager of mammals at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, said she is a natural mother to anyone or anything, especially anything helpless and defenseless. She said her mothering tendencies were pushed to the limit in 2011 when she became a surrogate mother to two Sumatra…

  • Story by VALERIE L. VALDEZ Photos by WILLIAM TORO
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Ooh la la! What’s this? A bite into a pig-shaped biscuit releases the flavors of crispy bacon and savory cheese as it crunches and swirls in the mouth. This may sound like the latest tasty treat, and you’re right, but it is not for people — it’s a homemade dog treat created by Jeanette Noble…

  • By Jessica Pearce
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Most dog owners can attest to the fact that their furry friends provide them unconditional love, companionship or just someone who is always glad to see them. There is not a day that passes for these pet owners without the enjoyment of stroking a silky ear, rubbing soft fur or receiving affe…

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Robert M. Jacobs, DVM, of Town & Country Veterinary Medical Center in Killeen, performs a new patient exam, assessing the overall health of the dog and checking for signs of external parasites or issues with the dog’s dental hygiene. It is important to assess and diagnose these type of p…

  • By Jessa McClure
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While you may enjoy your new tie and itchy wool sweater from Aunt Ruth, your favorite gift during the holiday season was your new puppy or kitten. Whether this is your first pet or your fourth, it is important to know what to do to keep your new best friend healthy.

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Tennis balls, treats and new toys are waiting to be opened and explored by Sabrina, Jake and Charger--the four-legged family members of Rebecca Blizzard of Belton and her husband. Blizzard said each gift is chosen based on the need and personality of each pet.

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Jake, a retriever mix, sleeps soundly on a soft new friend she received for Christmas. Stuffed animals are a great idea if you're looking for an inexpensive gift idea for your pet.

  • By Jessa McClure
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The holidays are upon us and while you might be out scouring the mall for the perfect gift for your tech-loving husband, your knick-knack-loving grandma or your doll-loving daughter, don’t forget to pick up something for one of the most important members of the family — your pet.

  • By Jessa McClure
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Visions of turkey, pie and sugar plums dance in your head as you begin to plan your holiday season. While you drool over the cornucopia of food you will soon encounter and feel that childhood excitement about exchanging gifts with family and friends, your four-legged friends might be thinkin…

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