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Keep Your Pets — and Kids — Safe From Parasites

Keep Your Pets — and Kids — Safe From Parasites

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Sometimes pets can give a child more than just a wet, sloppy kiss and endless affection. When pets aren't protected, they could spread diseases called zoonoses, to which children, pregnant women and immunocompromised people are especially vulnerable.

Tips for Traveling with Fido and Felix

Tips for Traveling with Fido and Felix

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Planning a summer getaway and want Fido or Felix to share in the fun? As you prepare for your pet's big adventure, here are a few travel dos (and one travel don't) to help get you off to the right start:

DO visit your veterinarian before you leave to ensure your pet is ready to travel. Request an updated health certificate with information on vaccinations and if necessary, re-stock on your pet's medication. Be sure to find out what to include in your pet's first aid kit.

Give Lost Pets a Voice to Help Bring Them Back Home

Give Lost Pets a Voice to Help Bring Them Back Home

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

When a family member is lost, you exert all efforts to find them and bring them home safely. And the same holds true when the family member has fur and walks on four legs. 

One out of three family pets will go missing during its lifetime, according to HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service. Noisy holiday celebrations, natural disasters and everyday oversights like open windows and doors frequently cause pets to become separated from their families. 

Four Things Your Cat Would Say if it Could Talk

Four Things Your Cat Would Say if it Could Talk

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Of course, cats can't really tell you about their likes, dislikes, hopes and dreams. However, if they could, here are four things they might suggest to keep them happy and healthy.

Pet Connection Announces Special Events for August

Pet Connection Announces Special Events for August

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will be participating in several special events during the month of August.

Pet totes and other goodies will be available for sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga.

Look for Pet Connection volunteers every day, Aug. 10-21, during the Erie County Fair in Hamburg. Volunteers will be selling pet totes filled with treats and other surprises to benefit the shelter.

Pet Connection Holding Dog Contests on July 30

Pet Connection Holding Dog Contests on July 30

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, will be holding a Dog Contest on Saturday, July 30, at the Lancaster Farmer’s Market, located in the Aurora Street parking lot between Broadway and Pleasant Avenue. Contests will include best trick, ugliest dog, and best dog and owner lookalike. 

Contest registration will take place from 8 to 9 a.m., with the competition beginning at 10 a.m. There is a $5 entry per contest, and great prizes will be awarded.

Woof-worthy Dog Words

Woof-worthy Dog Words

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

The average dog knows 167 words, but there are 10 that woof loudest, according to Bruce Littlefield, author of “The Bedtime Book for Dogs” (Grand Central Publishing). 

10. “No” seems to be the second word every dog learns. The first is his name.

9. “Walk” becomes a crucial part of every dog’s day and something dogs look forward to.

8.