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Where do you find all these rats?

That is probably the number one asked question and its asked on a regular basis.

Easy answer, I hunt them where ever rats are to be found.

Perhaps what you really mean is where do you look for rats or how do you find them?

Well for me I have spend going on 10 years visiting sites with rats or potential rat issues and building a reputation for hard work and good dogs. Finding a large number of rats is not a easy task and also the reason I don't take every Harry, Mary, Dick or Joe along because they think its cool.

If you want to find rats you going to have to travel. I have traveled over 15 hours one way for rats, crossed ferry's onto islands and that sort of stuff on a regular basis, so that " well its a hour a way " BS means you don't want to find rats.

In order to find rats you will need to learn about rats , about biology and behavior.

Start searching out public locations with food waste, public parks in city's near the water, the water front area and dock, garbage dumpsters, schools as kids throw food everywhere. After a while you get a knack for it but its work, this is not a dog free for all this is hard work to find rats and catch rats.

Most farms will not allow you on the property with a dog until they trust you and your trusty canine. That means being livestock and poultry safe, not dog aggressive, and also not insanely wild and out of control. The last thing a farm needs is badly behaved dogs that harass livestock and disrupt the farm. Its possible a friend might allow you to visit their homestead farm and do some sniffing around.

If your new to this your going to want to start with learning to trap rats anyways. Yea Yea Yea, I know you think this dogs catching rats is cool. You don't know much about rats yet so you need to start at the beginning. Trapping is the best way to learn about rat habits. Its also a great way to begin teaching your dog to search on command and any dead rat or live trapped rat is good way to start a new dog and give it some exposure.

Im going to leave this right here.

Get out there and do the leg work that I do on a regular basis, and if you find enough rats or learn about a big enough issue drop us a not and Jreed and his Mongrol Hoard will be along shortly to help.
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Tammy Coburn StJohnLove your story’s,it’s so awesome to see ur posse doing what there need to do!I have a tenacious ratter to! Thank you for sharing 👍👍

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Heather KellerAn indicated a rat is nearby is piled up snail shells. They eat those suckers and pile the shells up.

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Tabitha VittumWish I could find someone like you guys in the Vermont area.

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Patty Cromer-MaxwellsI so remember my Mother saying that there would never be rats in their semi-exclusive neighborhood...oh yea?...The rats let alone the over population of tree rats and chipmunks there were gigantic & healthy due to the waste of food thrown away daily and their laws requiring keeping cats & dogs locked up in their homes & yards.

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Karen von BargenMy lab/heeler cross loves to rat hunt. Can't find the dog? She's in the barn catching someone who was unwise. I'd be reluctant to take her out to someone else's place hunting for fear of exposure to poison. How do you handle this when you go to a different locale?

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Kevin KelleyThank you for the boot of encouragement! I just had the pleasure to get my dog around poultry so the both of us are learning.

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Danelle RoundaboutsLove it "this is not a dog free for all" hahaha like my pac. Crazy and wild they are.

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Judy CondrerasRats are everywhere there’s food of any kind.

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Laura Fassett HumphreyMine are chewing holes in my outside walls of my house making nests for winter

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Felix BogganGreat read

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Gay Lucas SmithGreat job

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Mukasa PaulWhat next after the catch?

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Lil Miss Squeakers getting after a an adult Norway rat.
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Lisa Chociejthey love their job 🙂 happy dogs 🙂

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Goldie SmithJob well executed by experienced & proven top rate: Lil Ms Squeakers ~

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Gay Lucas SmithLove y'all!!

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Barbara TrippYou go girl!! 😉

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James LeonardEvery day there is one poor horse who is pacing back and forth and trying to tell me he is thirsty because one of these damn rats got in his bucket

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AJ HoarBlech. One less in the world..

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Fall is Here

Now that we hit October Im posting the article that was published in Country and Small Stock Journal Magazine.

I did not want to post the article while it was available on the shelf. I do not really know how large the subscription and readership is, but it is also not that important to me.

What is important is sharing the love of good dogs , traditional methods and dead rats.

Few people realize how difficult it is to promote this type of work. There are few if any forums that really accept what we do.

We work in chicken coops but post dead rats from a chicken coop in a chicken group and people go nuts. Post in a breed specific terrier group and pet lovers go nuts. Post on craiglists and animal rights activists go nuts.

Amazingly enough few people even believe that this is real or a viable solution for rodent control.

While social media is very limiting as people want click bait and instant experts and do not even want to read as attention spans grow even shorter via overstimulation it has been a important tool despite the difficulties encountered.

This is to say that I am very thankful for every media article in print. We are dedicated to being a public face that represents good terriers doing what all terriers should be doing, and that is working.

We are also dedicated to sharing the danger of rodenticides to raptors and wildlife as it moves around the food chain.

These printed articles help us create a legitimate space for sharing the message of traditional methods rats dogs and lets people know that we indeed incredibly serious about rat work for the reasons mentioned above.

I stand in support of all working and sporting terriers, traditional methods dog work and keeping poison off the farm by providing a solution to a age old problem in a modern world.

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James LeonardThis is awesome I love to take my big dogs hunting they are a lot more work because you have to use the shovel a lot more but we don't do it for work it's just something to do out here LOL

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Nicole MossA friend suggested I check out what you guys do- and I am impressed. Kill away. Looks like a solid way to live 🙂

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Jennifer JoI'm hoping to find a copy still on a shelf somewhere. We are doing a barn hunt demo at a farm fest event this weekend and I want to show this and talk about the practical use of ratting dogs. Every since I had the honor of hunting with R.A.T.S. I really do have a deeper appreciation for the work. My pet rats used in barn hunt are not the vermin seen on farms and the city. These are destructive and need control. I was floored at the amount we saw on what they considered a slow night! Keep up the good work

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Steve ElliottNice article! I wonder what the best solution for rats in Hawaii is. They nest in banana trees inside the ripening racks. Rat lungworm disease is a big problem.

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Laura OsanitchI want a copy!

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Liz MillerI've been a vegetarian for over 20 years. I think what you do is awesome. I like rodents, but unfortunately, sometimes their populations have to be kept in check. Dogs are so much better than poison for the environment and other animals. Until I perfect my rat condom (I just have to convince them to use it consistently!), I think what you're doing is the best solution for rodent control.

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Lane JohnstonYou are probably right about how the general public (including other hunters) don't understand the importance of rat control. But I guarantee that anyone with farm or ranch experience does. Add in the folks with working or hunting dogs and Mr. Reed you have an actual, worldwide fan base. Most people with that going for them try to turn it into money. But not you. You might think folks don't notice such things but they do. You keep it pure and straight. We all appreciate that. Add in the time you spend keeping the site going and I would be willing to say you are a busy man. Thank you.

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Elska FarmFantastic alternative to poisons! I've had animals lost to secondary poisoning from D-Con and related products, and we all know that rodents are disease vectors. I'm also a huge fan of "live and let live" when it comes to local opossums and skunks, who really do cut down on rodent populations. The rabies risk is far lower than the issues related to rats and mice. Your pups are heroes!

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Countryside Magazine & NetworkThank you for promoting Countryside Magazine & Network! It was our pleasure to feature Jreed and his Mongrol Hoard. Marissa Ames of Ames Family Farm did an outstanding job on the feature. If you'd like to buy a copy of this issue, you can call our customer service folks and they're happy to help you out. 970-392-4419. I think it's the first time we've ever had a rat on the cover! ~Steph

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Deb N DixieI love the Hoard and know how awesome they are. I found some of these magazines if you guys want one!!! There are three of these Magazines on eBay, well two...I got one! But if you want one check eBay under Countryside and Small Stock Magazine. They are $6.99 plus shipping! ❤️

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Ma ColomaThis is great! Spread the word. I really like the table on rat-catching methods showing the benefits and drawbacks of each.

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Susan ProctorGreat article. Grew up with eat terrier. On the farm. They were great companions and killed the water snakes when I went fishing!!

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Robin Hoode DiponzioAnd to think,Americans are eating rodent nuggetts and the dogs love to work!!!A win win.If you have never seen the amazing skill of these dogs,i suggest you see footage of the painless and rapid demise the vermin experiance.

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Martha WixomIt took a little hunting but I found a copy. Had a great time sharing the info.

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Barbara TrippThank you for posting. I was not able to get an issue.

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Jaime Abbas RestorffI love this. I love watching my dogs hunt together in a pack. I am in Illinois for a surgery and my husband has our dogs in Tennessee because of my lift limit (in case something happened to one I couldn't load them to go to a vet). I am astounded and appalled at what has moved into our woods in their four week absence. Squirrels, chipmunks, opossums, a brood or turkey, mice deer even geese and a woodchuck have been making daily appearances. The ground seems to undulate with all the moving critters. They are going to be so sorry when the Restorff Rats are back next week and my boys will be delighted. I love to watch them work.

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Lauren SpangenbergOh man I wish you could perform this service for my entire neighborhood. The rats are a crazy problem. Keep up the good work!

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Lisa SteeleI loved this article. I read to start to finish in the print magazine.

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Jacqueline ElliottKudos to the hoard- longtime fan!

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Mary MillerI like your play on the word hoard. Not sure if many get it, though.

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Sue HansonLove the article. I have let numerous friends read it. I also appreciate the work that you and the Hoard do.

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Paula E. Berthoud JohnsonI’m a long-time subscriber and was thrilled to see this.

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Jen Foerster EdwardsI’d love to find someone near me who I could hire!

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Amber Anne McKinneyHillary Reyenga Miersma

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Daniel McClureWhere do you find this many rats?

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Angelina ReynoldsI found what I think is a HUGE nest under the roots of the trees. I was thinking of sticking a hose down there and seeing if I can run a few out. Good idea or bad??? My little terrier won't do anything he's been paid off but figure I'd shoot them.

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Vincent McCarthyI want these puppies now. Message me. (415) 342-0836

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Si IrwinWell done guys

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Gay Lucas SmithYou rock guys🐭🐭🐭

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Torey ShepherdGood job

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Otter ForceyGiant rats

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Dave WilsonDo they taste like chicken?

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Mari RangelHoly cowpid!!!😲

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Heidi ErinLove

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Ralph Hedden Jr.Tom Fagernes Rudy Boutte

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This is a older hunting picture from a year or 2 back.

GSD mix Quinn is just a puppy here that is now regularly featured in our work.

Monkey Butt is now in a pet home and " Sir Grumps Alot " is RIP
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Juan C. MendozaSpeaking of Monkey Butt how is he doing?

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James LeonardLol love the names you give these dogs have to say my favorite one is Levi though

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The Flagship is Lost Without a Flag

The lack of words says more than anything I can share.

We said goodbye to " O My Good Golly I Cant Believe I Am Called Herk-a-Mer " aka "Golly Gurl " this week.

While verbage may escape me at the moment.

I will do my best to share a requiem of a bitch worth honoring in a befitting tribute that represented her status as the Queen Bee of The Mongrol Hoard when I have the words.

A commonly used flee treatment " Trifexis " Induced liver and organ failure. I use flea products once or twice a year at most and will be kicking myself for the rest of my life.

Liver failure caused sever muscle wasting and internal fluids that even this magnificent specimen of a dog could not fight off.

Golly passed in peace in her own home on her own bed, after I left for contracted work in winery for the grape harvest farther north.

If " Sir Grumps Alot " was The Mongrol Hoard's heartbeat then " Golly Gurl" was its soul

"We all owe life a death ". says the Terrierman P. Burns , and few enough terriers come close to living such a life as " Golly Gurl before that debt is paid.

Guttered , Absolutely Guttered. She has touched many people in our work and rats everywhere have daymere's of her prowess.

In the world of terriers were the working dog men have little patience for maturity that comes only with experience and time. Golly was only a little more than 8 years old.
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Dyann MarieOh, I am so sorry! I'm afraid to say that Trifexis is horrible! I know this to be true because HIGHLY suspect that my Teddy Roosevelt Terrier died due to that med. Upon administering it to him, within 2 hours, he had sever diarrhea. Of course, myself and the vets couldn't say with 100% proof...I KNEW though and they just denied! I tried for 5 months to battle his issues around the diarrhea but never got any resolve. THEN, he ate something and got a blockage that required surgery...it was then that they found his intestines had soft, gummy lesions that they could not suture closed. Two very experienced vets had never seen such a thing. Less than a day later, I had to put him down. Biopsy of the intestine found no plausible cause or disease. To this day, due to that severe reaction so soon after giving Trifexis, I blame that horrible drug. Sorry that I have overshadowed my condolences with my story, but I am in the hopes that others will see our stories and not give that flea med to their animals. I truly am sorry, JReed. You are in my thoughts! 😢🐾

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Lisa Chociejthis ... this is why i do not use man-made / synthetic chemicals on my animals anymore ... so very very very sorry for this loss :'( 😭😭😭😭😭 :'(

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Timmy MilesGDamnIt!!!! I share a page all of the time that is FB and named Does Trifexis Kill? So sorry you had this experience. No matter how bad the fleas, DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!!! So sorry for Gollys suffering and life lost. Please share this for others to learn by. RIP Golly. Sorry J.

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Miranda RommelOh no! Did you use Trifexis? My vet has tried to get me to use it several times and I flat out refuse. Waaaay too many terrible stories of seizures and other things. In the future:Saresto collar is awesome. It works well for my dog, and there are terrible things that can happen if they do get tick or flea bitten.... so sorry, man. I can't imagine the heartbreak.

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Mike StewartYou had her when you were living down here right?

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Deanna ClarkPlease take her in and have a necropsy done! The company needs to compensate you for your loss of a worker. They will and they deserve to pay!

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Suzannah JessicaThat's crazy!! What were the active ingredients of that flee treatment are? It should say in the front of the packaging in small print down towards the bottom of the box some big chemical words. Sorry, it's just I haven't heard of that product before because I'm in Australia, it would be interesting to see if that is a banned product here. I'm so sorry for your loss xxxxxx

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Janice BroussardSo sorry. Golly looked like a nice one too. Trifexis huh?

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Shayla FarrisI'm sorry about your loss. Is this what the necropsy showed;(

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Chris Scheidegod damn it NO, fuck fuck fuck. Even though I never met her in person I have shared in so many hunts with you, her and the Hoard. It hurts my heart to read this. I know the pain my friend. Condolences are a poor replacement.

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Florence BellI need to know what to use because that is what I used for Scrappy who just dropped dead one day after after his last dose and I never connected it. I just ordered it for Coco and Titan

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Tami RainmomBtw- Dr Karen Becker, DVM has a FB page. Shes a holistic vet who recently posted a "recipe" for flea control - Apple cider vinegar + one of several herbs. I'm making some this weekend. Food is my next endeavor- no more glyphosate-drenched chickpeas/lentils/peas for my dogs. "Grain free" kibble is supposed to improve your dogs health, but it all uses dried legumes for carbs, and those are among the highest in glyphosate!!!!! . Kibble WITH grain is full of GMO's & glyphosate. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Argh!!! . If dog food is 25-28% protein, then a person can make 4 lbs dog food with 1 pound grassfed beef, plus carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, berries, etc.

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Heidi BarthelmeKari is this what you gave Ralph when he got sick?

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Mike LattimerDoes anyone use tea tree oil for flees?

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Erin Britton"Magnificent" is truly the best word to describe her. She was the most magnificent and dignified dog that I've ever met. I'm so sorry for your loss and pain, Jordan.

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Johanna SmithSuch a sad commentary. Is trifexis a specific drug/chemical used in flea treatments or a specific treatment?

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Kyra CollinsThat sucks. Really really sucks.

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Kristine BeckOh Jordan no! My heart aches for you 😭

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Maegan DoloresI am so sorry!!! 😭😭😭😭 I love watching your dogs work and the connection you have with them is evident on video and in this writing.

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Tony BrittonBoy, I loved that dog like she was my own, meeting her was the reason that I now will always have a dog in my life. R.I.P Golly, you Grumpy, and Molly are no doubt keeping the hereafter free of rats.

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Brian ShanabroughGood Saint Francis patron saint of all God's creatures,We come before thee today and ask that you welcome Golly Gurl into your presence. Heal her sickness, restore her health and make her whole again. May she run free and chase the vermin to her heart's content. Give comfort and strength to her family on Earth who will miss her dearly. Keep them all under your wing until they can all be together again. In his name we ask these things, Amen

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Barbara TrippJReed, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious pet and coworker. Their passing takes a piece of our hearts and leaves a hole that never completely heals. I know she was actually living her place in Heaven here on earth as she hunted those rats with all she was worth. She loved you and the fun you both had together. I hope happy memories of the times you shared comforts you.

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Sarah PedersenOh Golly Gurl. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how much your heart hurts. Her heaven was here with you and the hoard.

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Yvonne BreukersWhat a shocker! I am so, so sorry. Golly gurl, nay.....no animal should have to go like that, in the prime of her life. Sending you love and strength, hug the rest of the pack even tighter.

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Steve ConwellSorry to hear this Jordan. Golly was Epic!!! I have used an organic gardening product for bathing my dogs, called Dr.Zymes. It is a enzyme that kills insects and eggs and it leaves the dogs coat very soft and is not harmful for the dog.

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Betsy Baumhardt FrischYour dogs have the BEST names !!

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