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Posted: Sunday, December 26, 2010 12:01 am

Betta fish

Betta fish are native to Southeast Asia, and it is very hot over there. If the temperature goes below 75 degrees in the tank, they fade out. It is hard to adjust the temperature in a fish bowl, but a 5-gallon aquarium with a small filter and heater built in will keep the water clean and warm. That will keep the fish happy and healthy, and the water will not have to be changed every other day.

Smelly dog

When dogs have a chronic odor, continual bathing won't cut it. It's time to make a trip to the vet. When a dog has a chronic odor, it is usually a problem with its teeth, ears, skin or perhaps impacted anal glands. You will not have the answers until the dog is seen by his vet.

Holiday host

Keep in mind that not all guests like being around pets. To make guests feel comfortable, it's a good idea to put the dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits or whatever in their respective cages or in another room. If the birds are making a lot of noise, cover the cages for the time the guests are visiting.

The animals do get a bit puzzled by it all, but when the dinner or party is over, they go right back to their routines and forget about the temporary exile.

Photo contest

Even if you didn't see Clooney, the Irish setter take Best in Show Thanksgiving Day at the National Dog Show in Philadelphia, you can enter your dog in a photo contest.

Any breed or mixed breed can participate. Categories include:

•Best Expression

•Best Athlete

•Best Troublemaker

•Most Lovable

•Best John O'Hurley

•Look-Alike

For contest rules and how to enter, visit www.petcentric.com

Tigger is small, adult female cat available from Pals of Paws in Brigantine. She is 5 1/2 years old and would do well in a home with children older than 5. She is up to date on routine shots.

To find out more about Tigger, call 856-229-2141.

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