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Last updated April 2nd, 2014

 

Class Schedule

(Mouse over each class for the time and a short description. Click on the class for more detailed information)

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* Puppy 101Puppy 101

Time: 7:00 pm

Start your puppy off on the right paw with our unique 6-week series off-leash puppy class. This class focuses on teaching the most urgent priority: safe socialization with people (especially strangers, men, and children) and puppies. We cover “gentle jaws,” vet and grooming handling, off-leash control, household manners, sit, down, stand, come when called, leave-it, and much more! All family members are welcome and encouraged to participate!

* Advanced Puppy 401Advanced Puppy 401

Time: 8:00 pm

Exclusively for graduates of Dogz’nHarmony Puppy 101 and/or Puppy 201, Puppy 301. Intermediate level pre-adolescent and adolescent (teenage) puppies continue on and off-leash socialization skills along with extensive and more advanced attention/focus exercises with planned distractions. More emphasis is placed on obtaining reliable sit-down-stand-stays, walking politely on leash, coming when called, emergency rocker recalls, all adolescent behaviors, and much more. We also review and practice the skills necessary to take and pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and the Canine Life and Social Skills BA, MA & PhD Level skills. (Tests are given on a regular basis when students feel ready.)

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* Beginning Nozework Beginning Nozework

Time: 6:30 pm


* Advanced Nozework Advanced Nozework

Time: 7:45 pm


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* Petite Etiquette Petite Etiquette

Time: 10:30 am

• For small-breed dogs
• For dogs and puppies of any age
• Customized to meet the needs of small
breeds and their owners
• Learn basics including sit, down, stand,
off, come, stay, walking on a leash
• Also includes our nationally known
vet friendly and reliable recall

* Beginning Obedience Beginning Obedience

Time: 11:45 am

• For dogs older than 18 weeks
• Learn Basic Commands
• Includes our nationally known vet friendly and reliable recall

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* Puppy 201Puppy 201

Time: 7:00 pm

For all puppies over 4 1/2 months, graduates of Puppy 101, equivalent, or no training. It’s all about creating and shaping that great family dog. In this 6-week class, you will strengthen all the behaviors learned in Puppy 101 with continued socialization, proofing verbal cues, hand signals, and off-leash control. We will also cover on-leash and off-leash walking and heeling, rock-solid stays, drop-it, calm/settle, and much more. Puppies receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate upon successful completion of the class and the 20-part test.

* Teenage Survival Teenage Survival

Time: 8:00 pm

Do you feel like your adolescent dog is on a different frequency? Tuning you out? Has the puppy “cuteness” worn off? This unique, fun class will help you and your teenage dog get back on the same wavelength. We’ll address and resolve teenage hyperactivity, impulse control, jumping, barking, leash pulling, counter surfing, better reliability, socialization, and more!

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* Puppy 101Puppy 101

Time: 7:00 pm

Start your puppy off on the right paw with our unique 6-week series off-leash puppy class. This class focuses on teaching the most urgent priority: safe socialization with people (especially strangers, men, and children) and puppies. We cover “gentle jaws,” vet and grooming handling, off-leash control, household manners, sit, down, stand, come when called, leave-it, and much more! All family members are welcome and encouraged to participate!

* Advanced Puppy 401Advanced Puppy 401

Time: 8:00 pm

Exclusively for graduates of Dogz’nHarmony Puppy 101 and/or Puppy 201, Puppy 301. Intermediate level pre-adolescent and adolescent (teenage) puppies continue on and off-leash socialization skills along with extensive and more advanced attention/focus exercises with planned distractions. More emphasis is placed on obtaining reliable sit-down-stand-stays, walking politely on leash, coming when called, emergency rocker recalls, all adolescent behaviors, and much more. We also review and practice the skills necessary to take and pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and the Canine Life and Social Skills BA, MA & PhD Level skills. (Tests are given on a regular basis when students feel ready.)

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* Rehab: Leash ReactivityRehab: Leash Reactivity

Time: 8:00 pm

Does your dog bark, growl, snap, or lunge at other dogs (and/or people) on leash? Rest assured you are not alone. Dog reactivity is a common, but serious issue that can be managed and changed with your commitment and “Mikki’s Way,” our unique reactive dog program that utilizes force-free methods and techniques. We have extensive personal and professional experience in assisting people to humanely manage and change their dog’s view, feelings, and response to their world. We are here to help! Please call (630) 992-9200 to discuss whether this class is a good option for your dog and for more information.

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* Beginning Nozework Beginning Nozework

Time: 6:30 pm


* Advanced Nozework Advanced Nozework

Time: 7:45 pm


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* Puppy 201Puppy 201

Time: 7:00 pm

For all puppies over 4 1/2 months, graduates of Puppy 101, equivalent, or no training. It’s all about creating and shaping that great family dog. In this 6-week class, you will strengthen all the behaviors learned in Puppy 101 with continued socialization, proofing verbal cues, hand signals, and off-leash control. We will also cover on-leash and off-leash walking and heeling, rock-solid stays, drop-it, calm/settle, and much more. Puppies receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate upon successful completion of the class and the 20-part test.

* Teenage Survival Teenage Survival

Time: 8:00 pm

Do you feel like your adolescent dog is on a different frequency? Tuning you out? Has the puppy “cuteness” worn off? This unique, fun class will help you and your teenage dog get back on the same wavelength. We’ll address and resolve teenage hyperactivity, impulse control, jumping, barking, leash pulling, counter surfing, better reliability, socialization, and more!

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* Puppy 101Puppy 101

Time: 7:00 pm

Start your puppy off on the right paw with our unique 6-week series off-leash puppy class. This class focuses on teaching the most urgent priority: safe socialization with people (especially strangers, men, and children) and puppies. We cover “gentle jaws,” vet and grooming handling, off-leash control, household manners, sit, down, stand, come when called, leave-it, and much more! All family members are welcome and encouraged to participate!

* Advanced Puppy 401Advanced Puppy 401

Time: 8:00 pm

Exclusively for graduates of Dogz’nHarmony Puppy 101 and/or Puppy 201, Puppy 301. Intermediate level pre-adolescent and adolescent (teenage) puppies continue on and off-leash socialization skills along with extensive and more advanced attention/focus exercises with planned distractions. More emphasis is placed on obtaining reliable sit-down-stand-stays, walking politely on leash, coming when called, emergency rocker recalls, all adolescent behaviors, and much more. We also review and practice the skills necessary to take and pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and the Canine Life and Social Skills BA, MA & PhD Level skills. (Tests are given on a regular basis when students feel ready.)

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* Rehab: Leash ReactivityRehab: Leash Reactivity

Time: 8:00 pm

Does your dog bark, growl, snap, or lunge at other dogs (and/or people) on leash? Rest assured you are not alone. Dog reactivity is a common, but serious issue that can be managed and changed with your commitment and “Mikki’s Way,” our unique reactive dog program that utilizes force-free methods and techniques. We have extensive personal and professional experience in assisting people to humanely manage and change their dog’s view, feelings, and response to their world. We are here to help! Please call (630) 992-9200 to discuss whether this class is a good option for your dog and for more information.

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* Beginning Nozework Beginning Nozework

Time: 6:30 pm


* Advanced Nozework Advanced Nozework

Time: 7:45 pm


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* Puppy 201Puppy 201

Time: 7:00 pm

For all puppies over 4 1/2 months, graduates of Puppy 101, equivalent, or no training. It’s all about creating and shaping that great family dog. In this 6-week class, you will strengthen all the behaviors learned in Puppy 101 with continued socialization, proofing verbal cues, hand signals, and off-leash control. We will also cover on-leash and off-leash walking and heeling, rock-solid stays, drop-it, calm/settle, and much more. Puppies receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate upon successful completion of the class and the 20-part test.

* Teenage Survival Teenage Survival

Time: 8:00 pm

Do you feel like your adolescent dog is on a different frequency? Tuning you out? Has the puppy “cuteness” worn off? This unique, fun class will help you and your teenage dog get back on the same wavelength. We’ll address and resolve teenage hyperactivity, impulse control, jumping, barking, leash pulling, counter surfing, better reliability, socialization, and more!

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* Puppy 101Puppy 101

Time: 7:00 pm

Start your puppy off on the right paw with our unique 6-week series off-leash puppy class. This class focuses on teaching the most urgent priority: safe socialization with people (especially strangers, men, and children) and puppies. We cover “gentle jaws,” vet and grooming handling, off-leash control, household manners, sit, down, stand, come when called, leave-it, and much more! All family members are welcome and encouraged to participate!

* Advanced Puppy 401Advanced Puppy 401

Time: 8:00 pm

Exclusively for graduates of Dogz’nHarmony Puppy 101 and/or Puppy 201, Puppy 301. Intermediate level pre-adolescent and adolescent (teenage) puppies continue on and off-leash socialization skills along with extensive and more advanced attention/focus exercises with planned distractions. More emphasis is placed on obtaining reliable sit-down-stand-stays, walking politely on leash, coming when called, emergency rocker recalls, all adolescent behaviors, and much more. We also review and practice the skills necessary to take and pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and the Canine Life and Social Skills BA, MA & PhD Level skills. (Tests are given on a regular basis when students feel ready.)

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* Rehab: Leash ReactivityRehab: Leash Reactivity

Time: 8:00 pm

Does your dog bark, growl, snap, or lunge at other dogs (and/or people) on leash? Rest assured you are not alone. Dog reactivity is a common, but serious issue that can be managed and changed with your commitment and “Mikki’s Way,” our unique reactive dog program that utilizes force-free methods and techniques. We have extensive personal and professional experience in assisting people to humanely manage and change their dog’s view, feelings, and response to their world. We are here to help! Please call (630) 992-9200 to discuss whether this class is a good option for your dog and for more information.

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* Beginning Nozework Beginning Nozework

Time: 6:30 pm


* Advanced Nozework Advanced Nozework

Time: 7:45 pm


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* Puppy 201Puppy 201

Time: 7:00 pm

For all puppies over 4 1/2 months, graduates of Puppy 101, equivalent, or no training. It’s all about creating and shaping that great family dog. In this 6-week class, you will strengthen all the behaviors learned in Puppy 101 with continued socialization, proofing verbal cues, hand signals, and off-leash control. We will also cover on-leash and off-leash walking and heeling, rock-solid stays, drop-it, calm/settle, and much more. Puppies receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate upon successful completion of the class and the 20-part test.

* Teenage Survival Teenage Survival

Time: 8:00 pm

Do you feel like your adolescent dog is on a different frequency? Tuning you out? Has the puppy “cuteness” worn off? This unique, fun class will help you and your teenage dog get back on the same wavelength. We’ll address and resolve teenage hyperactivity, impulse control, jumping, barking, leash pulling, counter surfing, better reliability, socialization, and more!

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* Puppy 101Puppy 101

Time: 7:00 pm

Start your puppy off on the right paw with our unique 6-week series off-leash puppy class. This class focuses on teaching the most urgent priority: safe socialization with people (especially strangers, men, and children) and puppies. We cover “gentle jaws,” vet and grooming handling, off-leash control, household manners, sit, down, stand, come when called, leave-it, and much more! All family members are welcome and encouraged to participate!

* Advanced Puppy 401Advanced Puppy 401

Time: 8:00 pm

Exclusively for graduates of Dogz’nHarmony Puppy 101 and/or Puppy 201, Puppy 301. Intermediate level pre-adolescent and adolescent (teenage) puppies continue on and off-leash socialization skills along with extensive and more advanced attention/focus exercises with planned distractions. More emphasis is placed on obtaining reliable sit-down-stand-stays, walking politely on leash, coming when called, emergency rocker recalls, all adolescent behaviors, and much more. We also review and practice the skills necessary to take and pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and the Canine Life and Social Skills BA, MA & PhD Level skills. (Tests are given on a regular basis when students feel ready.)

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Dogz ‘N Harmony Classes

To register for a Dogz ‘N Harmony class or for more information, please contact Aimee Busse at (630) 992-9200

Puppy Classes:

Puppy 101 (8 weeks to 4 1/2 months)

Tuesdays, 7pm
Registration Required - 
(On Going) 

Start your puppy off on the right paw with our unique 6-week series off-leash puppy class. This class focuses on teaching the most urgent priority: safe socialization with people (especially strangers, men, and children) and puppies. We cover “gentle jaws,” vet and grooming handling, off-leash control, household manners, sit, down, stand, come when called, leave-it, and much more! All family members are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Puppy 201/ 301 (4 1/2 to 6 months)

Mondays, 7pm
Registration Required- (On Going)

Puppy 201: For all puppies over 4 1/2 months, graduates of Puppy 101, equivalent, or no training. It’s all about creating and shaping that great family dog. In this 6-week class, you will strengthen all the behaviors learned in Puppy 101 with continued socialization, proofing verbal cues, hand signals, and off-leash control. We will also cover on-leash and off-leash walking and heeling, rock-solid stays, drop-it, calm/settle, and much more. Puppies receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate upon successful completion of the class and the 20-part test.  Intermediate level pre-adolescent puppies continue on and off-leash socialization skills along with extensive and more advanced attention/focus exercises with planned distractions. More emphasis is placed on obtaining reliable sit-down-stand-stays, walking politely on leash, coming when called, emergency recalls, and more.

Advanced Puppy 401

Tuesdays, 8pm
New Packages Available for this class – 6, 4, 3 Packs and Drop-In. **Advanced Registration Required- (On Going) 

Exclusively for graduates of Dogz’nHarmony Puppy 101 and/or Puppy 201, Puppy 301. Intermediate level pre-adolescent and adolescent (teenage) puppies continue on and off-leash socialization skills along with extensive and more advanced attention/focus exercises with planned distractions. More emphasis is placed on obtaining reliable sit-down-stand-stays, walking politely on leash, coming when called, emergency rocker recalls, all adolescent behaviors, and much more. We also review and practice the skills necessary to take and pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and the Canine Life and Social Skills BA, MA & PhD Level skills. (Tests are given on a regular basis when students feel ready.)

 

Basic and Beyond Classes:

Teenage Survival (6 months – 2 1/2 years)

Mondays, 8pm
Open Enrollment – Starting April 7th (6-week class)

Do you feel like your adolescent dog is on a different frequency? Tuning you out? Has the puppy “cuteness” worn off? This unique, fun class will help you and your teenage dog get back on the same wavelength. We’ll address and resolve teenage hyperactivity, impulse control, jumping, barking, leash pulling, counter surfing, better reliability, socialization, and more!

B.A. Canine Life and Social Skills

Date and Time TBA

This class goes well beyond the same old basic obedience skills. Taught using fun games and exercises, this course develops practical skills for everyday real life, including coming when called, loose leash walking, focus/attention, polite greetings, leave-it, stay, and more! You and your dog can earn your Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.), Master’s Degree (M.A.), and/or Doctorate (PhD) by registering and participating in a C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills) evaluation and assessment. C.L.A.S.S. is an educational program developed by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) designed to promote training focused on using positive reinforcement and to strengthen relationships between humans and their canine companions. No prerequisites. Perfect for the newly adopted dog or any canine in need of basic manners or brushing up on rusty skills.

B.A. C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation and Assessment

Date and Time TBA

 

Advanced Classes:

Advanced Training Class For Puppy 101,201,301

Date and Time TBA

Fun Beginning & Advanced Nozework 

Fridays, 6:30/7:30pm
Open Enrollment – Starting March (On Going)

Your coached to encourage your dog to find their dog’s natural scenting ability, and to independently find a specific scent/odor. This class gives your dog a specific task and job to do, providing excellent mental and physical stimulation while building confidence.

Focus! Distractions! 

Date and Time TBA

This advanced class is designed for dogs that listen well most of the time, but tune you out when there are distractions present. We will work on getting your dog to focus on you, all while having fun! This unique advanced class will also help you and your dog work through various real-life distractions, with an emphasis on loose leash walking and off-leash skills. We’ll also work on proofing sit-stays and down-stays. We will challenge you and your dog through fun, interactive games. Martini Challenge Night is always a class favorite! A portion of the class will be devoted to the AKC Canine Good Citizen test (accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, walking through a crowd, coming when called, etc). This class is designed to be repeated with fun new exercises, games, and distractions each week. Prerequisite: Teenager, Basic Obedience, or Equivalent.

 

Special Classes:

Fun Nosework

Date and Time TBA

Catch the nosework fever! This class is a great outlet for you and your dog as you participate and learn this fun and addictive new dog sport. Instructor Patti Walotka coaches humans to encourage their dog’s natural scenting ability, and to independently find a specific scent/odor. This class gives your dog a specific task and job to do, providing excellent mental and physical stimulation while building confidence. Any breed, any age, any size dog and any ability can participate in fun nosework. It is also an excellent class for shy, reactive and high energy dogs. “Lotsa” fun for humans too! This class does not have any prerequisites, however basic manners are encouraged. Since this class works dogs one dog/handler team at a time, your dog should be able to handle short periods of hanging out. This class can be retaken many times as the level of difficulty will be adjusted as your dog gains better skills. Dogs are worked in various environments, indoors and outdoors (weather permitting), including vehicle searches. For those of you who love to compete, this class will help you prepare for the new competitive dog sport K9 Nose Work®.

Rehab: Leash Reactivity

Thursdays, 8pm
Open Enrollment – Starting April 10th (6-week class)

Does your dog bark, growl, snap, or lunge at other dogs (and/or people) on leash? Rest assured you are not alone. Dog reactivity is a common, but serious issue that can be managed and changed with your commitment and “Mikki’s Way,” our unique reactive dog program that utilizes force-free methods and techniques. We have extensive personal and professional experience in assisting people to humanely manage and change their dog’s view, feelings, and response to their world. We are here to help! Please call (630) 992-9200 to discuss whether this class is a good option for your dog and for more information.

 

Workshops:

Reactive Dog Workshop

Date and Time TBA

A Reactive Dog is one that reacts by barking, growling, and/ or lunging to certain stimuli like other dogs, people, kids, bikes, and more while on leash or behind a fence.  Please know that you are not alone!  Believe it or not, this is a common behavior problem.  While this behavior can be frustrating and heart-breaking, Reactive Dogs are not bad dogs.  This behavior can be managed and changed with your commitment and our unique reactive dog program that is supportive to both humans and dogs.  We utilize proven, safe and effective force-free methods and training techniques. NO DOGS! Human Only Workshop.

Extreme Leave-It/Counter Surfing

Date and Time TBA (2-week workshop)

So many applications! Are you getting tired of constantly asking your dog to “leave-it” without results? Does you dog get into the garbage can or try to pick up forbidden items, food, or any nasty things on walks? Or got a counter-surfing dog? Then this is your workshop! We will discuss management techniques as well as give you the necessary practical tools and “lotsa” practice with your dog to end this unwanted behavior. We will simulate real-life scenarios in class using high value food and objects.

Who’s Walking Who?

Date and Time TBA

Has walking your dog become a drag? Tired and frustrated? Learn why this is such a common problem and how to enjoy a nice loose leash walk with your dog using positive techniques so you can relax and enjoy taking your dog for a walk.

Walk On

Date and Time TBA

Taking loose leash walking to the next advanced level. Continue problem solving techniques and practicing loose leash walking with the addition of planned distractions. This class will prepare you for many real-life situations like the skateboarder zipping by, busy squirrels, or passing by other dogs.

Jumping Beans

Date and Time TBA

Got an exuberant, overly friendly dog jumping to greet you or your guests? Stop unwanted jumping the humane way! We’ll give you positive tips and techniques to stop embarrassing and potentially dangerous jumping behavior. Dogs also get “lotsa” time in this workshop to practice their new, polite behavior!

Come Here! + Emergency Rocket Recalls

Date and Time TBA (3-week workshop)

Can you call your dog off a skunk? Or from running into a busy street? We’ll teach you how! We will also provide tips as well as practice getting your dog to come to you when calls every time, even with distractions present!

Howlywood Tricks

Date and Time TBA (4-week workshop)

Teaching tricks to dogs is more than just fun and games. This workshop is a great way to beat the winter blahs while improving behavior and diminishing your dog’s mental and physical energy. It’s fun, motivating, and a great way to show off to your friends, neighbors, and family! It is also a great workshop for teaching focus around other dogs.

 


Narnia Pet Behavior & Training Classes

To register for a Narnia class or for more information, please call (630)904-0895 or visit www.narniapets.com

Petite Etiquette and Training

Sundays, 10:30am
Starts on March 2nd, 6 weeks  

• For small-breed dogs

• For dogs and puppies of any age

• Customized to meet the needs of small breeds and their owners

• Learn basics including sit, down, stand, off, come, stay, walking on a leash

• Also includes our nationally known vet friendly and reliable recall

Beginning Obedience 

Sundays, 11:45am
Starts on March 2nd, 6 weeks  

• For dogs older than 18 weeks

• Learn Basic Commands

• Includes our nationally known vet friendly and reliable recall

About the trainers

Our trainers believe that in order to live a happy life with our pets, building a relationship of mutual trust is the basis for all training. Using only humane, positive reinforcement methods, results are achieved by understanding the behaviors and teaching consistency with our methods.

 

Aimee has been a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist for over a decade. She holds a BA in Communications, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed, an AKC STAR Puppy and Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Aimee currently shares her life with her Siberian Husky, Java, and Leonberger, Kozi. Together they have participated in various therapy dog, rally-o, and agility programs.

aimee@dogznharmony.com
(630) 992-9200
www.dogznharmony.com

About us 

From our humble beginning in a dog lover’s basement, Narnia has grown during the past 20 years to become nationally recognized and respected in the dog-training industry. Along the way, Narnia has helped tens of thousands of area pets (and their humans) live in harmony. Narnia has developed relationships with leading experts in animal behavior and hosts many continuing education seminars to help educate our instructors and others interested in helping owners and their pets.

All classes include

• Family participation

• Positive reinforcement

• Limit of five dogs per class

• Six 55-minute weekly classes

Our instructors

• Have more than 80 years of combined experience

• Certified in behavior modification by Purdue University

• Attend continuing education seminars

• Members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

Our approach

We work with your dog’s unique personality and use training to build a bond based on trust and respect. We use truly gentle, nonaggressive techniques and positive reinforcement and offer practical training that covers real-life situations. Why use positive reinforcement?

• It teaches your dog what you want it to do

• It makes training more enjoyable for humans and dogs

• Everyone can do it

info@narniapets.com
(630) 904-0895
www.narniapets.com

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