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I'm about to become a new pet owner and could use some advise.

My fiancee's dog has been living in the country with family since her divorce. We've just purchased a home with a dog run and will be bringing Schatsie home so she and the kids can be reunited.

(I'm a country boy so the entire concept of a well-kept lawn is new to me. Grass was for the cattle and horses to eat so beauty was not a requirement. Now my agricultural skills will held to a different standard.)

Our new lawn has a lot of brown spots which I'm assuming were caused by the previous owner's dog.

Was dog urine killing the grass? If so, what should we be doing to keep a happy pet and maintain a beautiful lawn?

Also, Schatsie has been running free in the country all her life. While the kids insist that she "is well behaved" and "listens well", I've got a feeling that we're about to have some adjustment difficulties.

I'd certainly appreciate a heads up on the situation as I feel it is our responsibility to plan ahead to minimize the stress for Schatsie. Any advise or suggestions on the transition from country life to city life?

Gary

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