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Issue: # 7 March 9, 2010
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Hi Everyone!
It's rare that I get to see 60 degrees on the thermometer and my yard with 6 inches of snow still on the ground! I can hardly wait to see the damage around the house when the rest melts! I really won't mind a bit if we have some nice hot weather to fix things up in. The only trick will be to repair the bushes before Butch pees them to death!  Please feel free to forward this email using the forward email button at the bottom of this page! Butch and I hope you enjoy the MBB Chronicle and we hope we can help you love your pet a little bit more!
Jeff and Butch
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This week - Dr. Karen Johnson, a VP of the Banfield Pet Hospital with 750 locations across the country. Dr. Johnson talks to us about the Pet Hospital and about the dental health of our pets. Josh Abrams of drops in to talk about the social networking Web Site that started one year ago this month. Josh is also a trainer so he has some great insight as to the information people are looking for when it comes to their dogs! Jane of Northeast Boston Rescue talked to us for our Rescue Shelter of the week segment. Jane told us the story of "Manley" a Boston terrier that was found wondering in a bad part of Long Island and was picked up by a dog loving couple...did I mention that Manley was completely blind! Heidi Ganahl CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow joined me for an interview this week to talk about her new book"Tales From The Bark Side" her journey from "Wayward Stray to Top Dog!" She faced some difficult times in her life and her story is inspirational. With over 250 franchises across the country, I'll bet there is one near you!  Check out the AFTER SHOW BLOG for specific information and links. Join us on Twitter ! And don't forget to check out our Facebook page also! New Show every Thursday night streams 24/7 from our site click the MBB Radio picture above. The show is also available for download atApple iTunes, Zune, and at our web portal on BTR. Check the schedule and listen to the show LIVE at BTR Thursday's at 7pmET.
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Article Feature - The Toothless Watchdog!
Butch Smile!Author: Jeff Marginean
"Babe" was my childhood dog. She was a Boston terrier - surprise. She was already 2 or 3 years old when I was born so by the time I was old enough to remember her she was getting up there in age. One thing I do remember is that by the time she neared the end of her life (almost 14) she had very few, if any, teeth left and rarely, if ever barked at anything...for any reason at all! She was our toothless watchdog! I'm not quite sure why she had no teeth except that my Dad had told me that he did recall that she had issues with her teeth but can't remember what they were. That was about 35 years ago. He also said that there is much more that they do for dog's teeth today than they did 40 or 50 years ago. OK, he should know, he was raising Bostons about 15 years before I was born. 
Moving ahead to 2010, pet dental care is still a serious issue and much more is known about it and can be done about it since "Babe's" toothless days. Not surprisingly, I now know that if you do not take good care of your dogs teeth it can lead to Liver, Kidney, and possibly Cardiovascular trouble resulting from infections that can develop. OK, OK I know Pet Dental Month was February but I was still thinking about this probably from my own perilous dental journey over the last few years. I'm living proof that even if you take the best care of your teeth, things still can go wrong! Talking with Dr. Patrick Mahaney on our "Vet Topics" segment he told me that just like us humans, dogs can suffer greatly from neglected teeth, a broken or cracked tooth, and plaque build up can lead to an abscess in some cases which can keep your dog sick for months without showing any signs. There are many problems that can arise out of neglect and/or just plain forgetting to take care of your pet's teeth. I am guilty of this to some extent, as I probably do not check Butch's breath or his teeth as often as I should. When I had to take him in and have his torn Dew Claw removed last summer, I had the vet do a complete Dental cleaning while Butch was under anesthetic. I figured we might as well take care of that also. Click on the Picture or here and you can see some yellowing starting on his rear molar before his cleaning. This was his 1st pro cleaning and he was 5 years old. Generally, his teeth are in great shape. He had a little yellowing on the rear molars but I must admit outside of giving him the dental bones to chew on, I haven't done much in the past in the way of brushing them. Giving him the dental bones to chew is a good thing as he does actually gnaw on them for awhile. As last week's guest Dr. Karen Johnson of the Banfield Pet Hospital mentioned, "It does them no good if they bite the chew in half and just devour it!" Luckily (or unluckily) Butch is a chewer, so he does get most of the benefit of the dental chews and this helps in between cleanings. But is this enough? Should I actually try to brush his teeth? Well as part of our weekly ritual, after he plays with the giant ball in the basement and slobbers himself up real good, I give him a bath sniffing and cleaning his ears. I suppose I could take a whiff of his breath and slowly get him used to the brushing. Even if it is only occasional brushing, I guess I still should know what his breath smells like when he is healthy. As I move forward on this I'll let you know how it goes...that is, unless one morning I grab the "Liver Flavored" toothpaste by mistake, in which case I'll toss my cookies all over the bathroom! I imagine that would be something like putting salt on my cereal instead of sugar by mistake...should have tasted it first... 
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Daylight Savings Time
Did you know that daylight savings time starts again on March 14th...This coming weekend! Many people say that daylight saving time affects their sleeping patterns and body clocks. Drowsiness, headaches and additional stress are among the complaints given by those who feel negatively affected by daylight saving time. Here is a great article on this! Does this affect your pet also? You bet it does. As we shift our schedule ahead one hour in the spring, our pets, who normally adapt to us, feel this change and need a few days to adjust the the new "earlier" schedule! Butch who is not a morning dog to begin with will be harder to get up in the morning for a few days...I guarantee it!
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