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What to Do When Your Dog Snores

I have a confession to make. My dog snores. Yes, it’s true. My adorable and energetic Peaches the Corgi has an undeniable propensity to snore. Not every single night, but it’s usually quite obvious when Miss Peaches has fallen asleep for the evening. Regular, repetitive purring sounds float through ......

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How to Have the Perfect Summer Staycation with Your Dog

Ah, summer vacation. From childhood, we learn to associate summertime with relaxation, freedom from responsibility and the opportunity to embark on new and memorable adventures. We learn that summer vacations—especially those in which our pets can join us!—are treasures to be valued and sought after......

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Peaches the Corgi’s Grooming Tools Wish List

“written by” Peaches the Corgi  Hi, I am Peaches! I am a Corgi. (That’s a kind of dog, in case you weren’t sure.) When you’re a Corgi, you have a lot of hair. A LOT of hair. So you’re always shedding hair around the house—sometimes a little, sometimes as lot....

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Getting to Know the Portuguese Water Dog

President’s Day is right around the corner, so it seems appropriate to shine the spotlight on the breed of dog that currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.   Over the years, many different dog breeds have called the White House home, from Lyndon B. Johnson’s Beagles (named...

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5 Tips for Rabbit-proofing Your House


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7 Tips for Welcoming Your New Pet Rabbit Home

By Samantha Johnson Congratulations! Adopting a pet rabbit is an exciting experience that’s filled with joy and anticipation. And since February is “Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month,” we want to help you welcome your new bunny to a lifetime as part of the family. These tips will make the transition as easy as...

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Types of Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs and humans have been together for a long time. Guinea pigs—sometimes known as “cavies” after their scientific name Cavia porcellus—are native to South America, and archeological evidence suggests that the guinea pigs are among the oldest domesticated animals, likely having been domestica......

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Peaches the Corgi’s New Year’s Resolutions

“Written” by Peaches It’s a New Year! I love January almost as much as I love December and April and August and all the other months that are my favorite. It’s SOOO exciting! Mom tells me that this is the time to make New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never done this...

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Peaches the Corgi's Cold Weather Must-haves

“Written” by Peaches I live in a very cold place where winter lasts from November until April (or May… sometimes it even snows in June!). So this means that I know more about snow and stuff than most dogs. And since National Keep Pets Safe in Winter Day is right...

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Peaches the Corgi Unboxes Some Dr. Seuss Fun - Petco Community

By Samantha Johnson on Nov 16, 2015
This is the story of a great big fun box, how I got to be Max and how The Grinch rocks....

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Why We Love Calico Cats

Ah, the calico cat. With their eye-catching tri-color appearance, calico cats have long been admired for their beautiful patches of white, black and orange coloring. And with National Cat Day right around the corner (October 29), we thought it was time we paid tribute to the wonderful calico cat. Le......

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Peaches the Corgi Shares Her Holiday Wish List - Petco Community

By Samantha Johnson on Nov 24, 2015
Want to know what to get your dog this Holiday? Read on as Peaches the Corgi creates her Holiday wish list.

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National Fire Pup Day Celebrates the Heroism of Fire Dogs

While the devastating Butte and Valley fires in California are now both more than 85%contained (the fires are burning approximately 60 to 70 miles from the state capital of Sacramento), they have already burned in excess of 145,000 acres, displaced at least 23,000 people and required the brave effor......

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Air Canada Pilot Diverts Flight to Save French Bulldog

By Samantha Johnson. A French Bulldog named Simba is safe today thanks to the efforts of a quick-thinking Air Canada pilot. Last Sunday, September 13, 2015, Air Canada Flight 85 took off from Tel Aviv, Israel, heading to Toronto, Canada. On board were 232 human passengers and one dog: Simba. But the pilot...

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International Rabbit Day - Petco Community

International Rabbit Day - Sept 26th, by Samantha Johnson