Weatherford Democrat

Lifestyles

February 1, 2008

Pet industry is unleashed

Denise Cook, Democrat Columnist

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Another useful product is an assortment of belly slings and back harnesses used to help the geriatric dog, dogs with hip dysplasia, arthritis or spinal trauma as well as dogs recovering from back or hip surgery. Quite humane and helpful I thought.

One thing that really caught my eye was and assortment of designer crates. They were really beautiful and I get so tired of looking at Baxter’s ugly tarnished wire crate that stays out in our bedroom. These gorgeous crates were all wire but in stylish designs and colors. One of them even looks like wicker.

Perhaps the most decadent thing on offer is a service called Canine Heritage. This is a DNA-based diagnostic test that for $79.95 can genetically determine the breed composition of your dog. The test is non-invasive and painless as you just collect cheek cells with a soft-bristled nylon brush and send them for analysis. As the owner of two mix-breeds I would be very tempted by this were it more affordable, but for now I’ll just continue to call them designer breeds.

I could go on an on, but suffice it to say that if you are a dog owner, especially with deep pockets, there are endless ways to pamper your pooch. If you are lucky enough to be owned by a dog, you’ll know their gift to you is unconditional love.

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Denise Cook is a freelance writer/photographer for the Weatherford Democrat, co-founder of Parker Paws, a non-profit in support of the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter, and a lifetime pet owner. Contact Denise at denise@parkerpaws.org, call (817) 597-5784, or visit parkerpaws.org.

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