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Every walk with Nova is a new adventure and provides me with not only cardio exercise, but also training in patience and sometimes, resistance work.
A devastating wreck 16 years ago left Tammy Hiltner in pain, and daily tasks became progressively harder to do. But one year ago, she met Magnum, 4-year-old black British lab, trained by Can Do Canines in New Hope, Minnesota.
The overwork and staffing shortages of the pandemic have affected veterinarians as much as other doctors and nurses, and dealing with the constant moral dilemmas and emotional output was driving many to burn out even before 2020. The mean salary for vets is about $110,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about half that of physicians catering to people.
When winter thaws and spring sets in, skunks and other critters come out to explore their world. If you or your dog encounters a skunk and becomes a spray target, the odor can make you tear up and get nauseous. In this "Health Fusion" column, Viv Williams looks into why skunk spray is so awful and she offers tips on how to get rid of it.

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The society takes in more than 22,000 animals each year, more than every other animal welfare organization and municipal shelter in the Twin Cities combined.
Tribal leaders say last year alone they took in more than 700 dogs wandering the reservation.
Kira, a rescued dog from Perham, will be featured on 40,000 cans of Busch beer this fall after winning the Busch Bark Bracket, part of the company's "dog brew" series to be sold nationwide.
"I don’t want the roadsides and ditches to be used as garbage receptacles, but places where birds can make their nests, foxes, their lairs and toads, foraging grounds for insects."
The 13-member board appointed by the governor would include veterinarians as well as representatives of breeders, rescue organizations and animal shelters.
"Did You Know That" columnist Curt Eriksmoen explains how some canines with ties to North Dakota made a national mark.

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Olli the dog shoots and scores by helping keep his teammate with diabetes safe.
When a visitor dropped by the new West Fargo store, recently, that world had really gone to the dogs. A tiny Yorkie in a sweater sniffed every treat at ankle level. A Shih Tzu named Oliver eagerly stood on his back legs to beg for a yummy-smelling biscuit. "Dogs are always welcome," says co-owner Megan Pechin Bergseth. "That's why we have treats in our pockets."
A cat that thinks he’s a human, Frodo enjoys going on drives with his humans.

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