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This is a wordle I made out of all of my blog posts in MountaineerLife.

This is basically my blog in a nutshell!

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The answer is your pet. Neuticles have been around for nearly 16 years. And since the first surgery was performed on a 9-month-old Rottweiler named Max in 1995, more than a quarter of a million cats, dogs, and horses (yes horses) have been “Neuticled” in the U.S. and 49 other countries. What exactly are Neuticles you ask? Well, they’re essentially fake testicles for male animals that have been neutered, so they still look like they have their ‘manliness’.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Gregg Miller and Buck the Bloodhound

The idea for Neuticles was the brainchild of Gregg Miller from Oak Grove, Missouri in 1993. When the time came to neuter his Bloodhound named Buck, Miller was distraught over the fact that his beloved pet was, more or less, being castrated. That concern suffered by Miller over Buck the Bloodhound would soon change veterinary history forever. And nearly 3 years and one-half million dollars later, the first commercially “Neuticled” canine surgery was performed on Max the Rottwriler.

The cheaper polypropylene models sell for $25 to $32 at set; while the newer, solid silicone alternative, called “Neuticle Naturals”, sell for $80 to $129 a set. The procedure takes about 2 to 3 minutes, and so far, no medical complications have been reported. There’s even an entire website devoted to the things: www.neuticles.com.

A pair of Neuticles

I couldn’t find any veterinary clinics around Morgantown that offered cosmetic surgery, which didn’t surprise me, it seems that vets who offer cosmetic surgeries tend to be in bigger cities where the demand is higher. Most of the receptionists didn’t even know what the things were; and when I tried to explain the concept to them, they just looked at me like I was some crazy lady trying to get fake balls for her dog. Great.

So what exactly is the point of shelling out $130 for a set of fake testicles for your pet?

The answer is there is no point. Neuticles aren’t for the animal; they’re for the owner. Dogs could care less about what they look like; animals aren’t vein. They are more for owners who are having a problem with the idea of their pet being castrated; thus the reason why the things were invented in the first place.

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For my post this week I’ve decided to touch on a little known issue: Grey Hound Rescue. I did a radio story on this issue about a year and a half ago (one of my first broadcast stories) and thought that it would be a good and different way to blog this week…I just added a few visual effects to make it a bit more interesting. Hope you enjoy!

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Hey guys! Here are this week’s pets available for immediate adoption at the Mon. County Animal Shelter!


Tebow is a 10 month old male beagle/pit mix who is very playful and enjoys other dogs.




Kyser is a 2 year old male beagle who is quiet but loves attention.




Diesel is a 2 year old male boxer mix who is very sweet and energetic.


If you are interested in one of these dogs, or just in rescuing an animal, please contact Dana Johnson at (304) 291-7267. She’s the facilities manager at Mon. County Canine Adoption Center, and is eagerly trying to save these animals! You can also visit them on River Road, Morgantown, WV 26505.

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I have to apologize in advance for this post. I had originally intended to talk to different local trainers and get some inside pointers as well as a few short videos demonstrating some simple training techniques. Well, I called about 3 different local trainers and, while they were very polite on the phone, they either didn’t have classes running or have had issues before with people wanting to come in and film/watch apparently the people who bring their dogs to obedience classes are embarrassed at how badly they dogs behave (at least that was the sense I got). Although I am going to still go over a few basic pointers and provide a map of some local training places, it’s not as elaborate as I was planning on…I’m planning on revisiting this topic a little later after training classes start and I can actually get in and get some useful video, but until then here are some brief training tips.

It’s never too early to start training your new puppy, especially basic obedience skills. The ideal age is between 6-10 weeks (most training places have an age requirement for puppies) but it’s never too early to start learning basic skills at home. And likewise, it’s also never too late to teach an older dog new tricks, or just how to behave.

Most training places will teach your new puppy the basics of obedience: sit, stay, lie down, walk calmly on a leash, and come when called. If you have a specific problem like jumping, play biting, barking, soiling the house, chewing, etc. those issues are usually addressed in an intermediate class (after the dog has learned the basics) or in a private session with the trainer. Some of the dog training places I found in/around Morgantown are below:

Most training places all practice the same type of teaching: positive reinforcement. Besides getting your dog to behave a little better, training classes are designed to bring owner and pet closer together and strengthen the bond between them. For new puppies small treats may be required at first, but fear not, treats will not be needed forever.

It is also important that you are firm with your pet while training them, but remember, ALWAYS be friendly. When demonstrating commands like come and heel you should use a more “puppy-friendly” voice; yet when giving a command such as sit or stay, your voice should be lower and more firm.

Also remember that puppies are like babies: they have a very short attention span. Unless you are in a class training group with multiple dogs, keep the one-on-one training to about 15-20 minutes.

And probably one of the most important things to remember when training your pet, regardless of age is to BE PATIENT! You didn’t just start off running, you had to learn to crawl and walk first; and the same goes for your pet. If you feel that you are already frustrated even before you start the training session, don’t do it. Just walk away and start at a later time. Dogs are smart and they can easily pick up on your emotions; and this is supposed to be fun for the animal as well as the owner. Being angry or frustrated toward your pet while training is only going to make your dog afraid of you, and you don’t want that!

I hope these tips helped. Just think of this post as part 1 of 2 on training your dog. Part 2 will be a little more helpful with pictures and videos (hopefully!) demonstrating the training techniques and positive reinforcement.

Until next time!

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Hello fellow pet lovers! Here are this week’s pictures of some animals currently at the Mon. County Animal Shelter & ready to be adopted!




Petey and RJ are 3 year old brother Shih Tzu mixes. They are both very friendly and do great with other dogs.



Taboo is still here! Click here to see more about him!!



Bristol is still here! Click here to read more about her!



Honeysuckle is still here! Click here to see more about her!


If you are interested in one of these dogs, or just in rescuing an animal, please contact Dana Johnson at (304) 291-7267. She’s the facilities manager at Mon. County Canine Adoption Center, and is eagerly trying to save these animals! You can also visit them on River Road, Morgantown, WV 26505.












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So this week I’m going to build off of last week’s post on Tips for Adopting a pet and explore some apartment complexes around Morgantown that allow pets (and some that don’t!)

BLUE Points=Pet friendly & RED points=No pets allowed

I took a look at some of the popular apartment complexes around campus and found out if they allow pets and if so what the costs are; and here is the breakdown:

West Run Apartments: Do allow “all pets”. They did not specify a weight limit or any breed restrictions. The price is a $450 refundable deposit (refundable only if nothing is destroyed upon moving out) and an additional $25 per month.

The District: Do allow pets, but they have a 30lb weight limit (i.e. no pets over 30lbs). They also have a $200 non-refundable deposit as well as $25 per month after that.

Mountain Valley Apartments: Allow pets up to a 55lb weight limit. They have a one-time non-refundable fee of $300 for dogs, $200 for cats, and $100 for everything else (i.e. fish & squirrels–yes the woman in the office actually said someone had a flying squirrel there as a pet).

Copper Beech Townhomes: Do allow pets, however weight limits and breed restrictions were not specified. The cost here is a $300 non-refundable deposit and a $25 per month fee after that.

Some of the apartments I looked at that did not allow pets were: The Ridge and Bent Tree Court.

These apartment complexes seem to be some of the more popular one’s on campus, but I’m sure there a lot more smaller complexes or privately-owned apartments (too many for one person to cover!) So if you know other complexes that are pet-friendly feel free to add them in the comments!!

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