By: Kyle McKay

You’ve rolled on a fresh coast of paint and banished the battered Barcalounger into storage – it’s time to sell your house! But no matter how delightful your digs, pet odors can make even the most beautiful homes a bust. Don’t let your four-legged love chase away perfectly good prospects! When it’s time to open your doors to the buying public, freshen your nest with these simple tips.

1. Clean everything

This may seem like obvious advice, but smells can hide disguised in places you wouldn’t expect. It’s worth it to invest in professional carpet and upholstery cleaning but also give linens, pillows, throws and curtains a regular spin in the washing machine while your realtor is showing your home.

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Dog beds can be stinky! Make sure you run them through the washing machine or even replace them if they are more than a year old.

Don’t forget about dog beds! Many have removable covers that are machine washable. If yours doesn’t, or if your best friend’s bunk is more than a year old, you may want to purchase a new one.

2. Ditch the wicks

A home full of lit candles could raise a red flag for potential buyers appraising your abode. If you need a quick and dirty fix to perfume over your pup, go for something more subtle. Wax warmers, strategically placed plug-ins and baking soda-based carpet powders can snuff out anything unpleasant to sniff in a pinch.

This is a great story. Ten dogs are now up for adoption in Washington D.C. after being rescued from the streets of Sochi during the Olympic Games.

Photo by Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images. A supervisor at the Washington rescue housing the stray pups checks on one of the little guys.

The dogs are described as very sweet and well mannered but a little stressed out from the two-day trip from Russia. They’ll be given a medical evaluation and will be available for adoption within weeks, if all goes well.

Organizers at the rescue housing the pups say there has been a lot of interest in these dogs because people heard about the horrible conditions for strays in Sochi with dogs being rounded up and killed.

We’ve been bringing you her expert tips here at Yellow Dog Blog and now our training expert is the official trainer of San Francisco USPS mail carriers on how to deal with aggressive dogs.

Beverly Ulbrich visited the main mail-sorting facility March 21 to lead two talks to a group of postal carriers before they headed out on their daily routes.

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Beverly talked about how fear is the driving force for why dogs attack.

San Francisco dog owners beware! Suspicious meatballs were once again spotted in the Twin Peaks and Richmond neighborhoods of San Francisco, setting off another scare nearly eight months after a dachshund died from eating a poison-laced meatball.

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Police found hundreds of poisonous meatballs in July, 2013 around the Twin Peaks and Diamond Heights neighborhoods. Investigators think whoever left those poisoned meatballs was trying to kill dogs.

And that perpetrator may be striking again.

Thinking about skipping a visit to the vet to save some cash? You’d better think again! New statistics show pets are getting sicker simply because their owners are skimping on basic medical care.

vet exams dog's earObesity, kidney disease, arthritis and cancer are all on the rise and the American Veterinary Medical Association says it’s because owners are not taking their pets to the vet for routine exams. We found a USA Today article detailing the pet health epidemic, so we reached out to our vet expert to find out what’s really going on.

Obesity is up 37 percent in dogs (and an astounding 90 percent in cats). Diabetes is up 32 percent and arthritis is up 38 percent. A whopping 60 percent of dogs have dental disease, which is highly preventable.

Itching, licking and scooting; these are just some of the things we’ve grown accustomed to with Yellow Dog. We’ve known for quite some time Yellow is an allergy sufferer, and we’ve also known it’s not food related. Yellow has atopy, one of the four main kinds of allergies found in dogs; atopy is a reaction to harmless allergens in the environment. We didn’t know exactly what those allergens were, until now.

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Yellow Dog developed this belly rash while we were visiting a friend’s house. Turns out, he’s allergic to cats.

Yellow’s symptoms were getting worse, so our regular vet recommended we see a specialist. We visited the Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of Marin to see a dermatologist who could properly diagnose and treat his allergies. Dr. Nicole Eckholm is one of about a dozen dermatology veterinarians in the Bay Area. She administered a skin test, testing 58 possible allergens; Yellow had positive reactions to 11 items including three types of grasses, several trees, a type of mites, and cats.

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This little pup was one of 14 dogs rescued by the Monterey County SPCA.

A woman accused of selling pets under the guise of a rescue organization pled no contest Friday to animal cruelty charges in Salinas. Crystal Kisicki was accused of trying to sell the 17 neglected animals in front of a PetSmart last June. She’ll now spend ten days in jail, three years on probation and pay restitution. She will also be required to follow strict guidelines to keep the three pets she personally owns. Her pets will be microchipped and will be checked by a vet every three months.

The clock is ticking to tell the Golden Gate National Recreation Area what you think about their Dog Management Plan; public comments are due by February 18, 2014!

By now, you’re likely aware of the GGNRA’s plan to drastically reduce dog access at a number of national parks around the Bay Area, including Fort Funston (if not, see our links at the end of this post). To give you a visual idea of the land the GGNRA wants to take away at the Fort, check out this telling image courtesy of Rocky at Ocean Beach DOG:

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You can see access will be drastically cut, with cuts represented by the red on the map. The green areas are the only areas dogs will be allowed off-leash, a mere fraction of the current off-leash area.