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Eating Out with Dogs
N.Y. state is one step closer to legalizing outdoor dining with pets.
One thing that I love about summer is being able to dine with my pups at restaurants with outdoor seating. There's something fun about enjoying the good weather, sharing food, and people watching with your canine crew. In Manhattan, almost every restaurant with sidewalk dining has as least one or two dogs sitting underneath the tables during the warmer months. While it's not technically legal in...
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Consequences for Saving a Dog
Ga. man is arrested for breaking into a hot car to rescue a Yorkie mix.
Last weekend a group of people at an Athens, Georgia shopping center noticed a Yorkie mix panting in a hot car. The police were called, but Army veteran Michael Hammons couldn't wait while the small pup was in distress. He grabbed his wife's wheelchair leg and smashed the car's window, giving the trapped dog some fresh air. When the dog's owner returned to her vehicle, she was furious. Although...
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Female v. Male Dogs
Study finds that girl pups are more likely to interact with people.
Many people believe that male dogs are mamma's boys and that female pups are more independent. This is of course a big generalization, but I have found that to be somewhat true of the pups I've had over the years, even if it was just a conincidence! So I was surprised to hear the results of a study coming out of Sweden's Linkoping University that suggested the opposite. In the experiment,...
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Capturing the Last Moments
Portland photographer creates lasting memories for grieving animal lovers.
Letting go of a beloved pet is one of the hardest things to do. For those of us who have time to say goodbye, we'll never get enough of those last moments together. Portland, Oregon photographer, Kristin Zabawa, wanted to be able to help grieving pet lovers hold on to those memories and created Soul Sessions, which provides free photo shoots for people with pets in their final stages of life. It...
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6,000 Mile Journey for a Cause
Cross country trek raises money and awareness for veterans and their dogs.
When Dan Spangler returned home injured from Iraq, he faced a long, painful recovery. Fortunately, Dan adopted Spanky, a Norwegian Duck Tolling-Retriever mix and the two quickly became inseparable. There were dark times, but Dan credits Spanky with pulling him through and being a constant loyal companion. Veterans struggling to adapt to civilian life can have a hard time supporting themselves,...
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Dogs and Drones Take on Fungus
Canines team up with flying technology to save Florida's avocado crop.
The availability of guacamole, popular party snack and essential burrito ingredient, is being threatened by a fungus spreading insect. The ambrosia beetle, an invasive species from Asia, is infecting avocado trees with laurel wilt. The deadly fungus first appeared in the U.S. in Georgia in 2002, and has since spread around the Southeast to the avocado plant. Once infected by the fungus, the tree...
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Apartment's Canine Mascot
D.C. building has a community dog for residents to enjoy.
Many people don't have the time or resources to take care of a pet, so one Washington D.C. apartment building is making it possible to enjoy a dog without all of the work. 2M building manager Doug Crawford's English Bulldog, Emmy, will be playing the role of community dog. Residents can come down to the building office seven days a week to visit the 10-month old puppy and take her for walks....
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Wilderness Rescue
Oregon's volunteer animal rescue team helps injured pups in the backcountry.
It's really important for people that hike with dogs to have an emergency plan. Besides bringing canine first aid supplies, I usually bring a large backpack so that I can carry my pup if she's injured. But both people and dogs can get themselves into situations that require professional help when entering the backcountry. Earlier this month a man was hiking along the Butte Creek Falls in Oregon...
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Urban Canine Good Citizen Test
AKC adds a new set of skills for city dwelling pups.
I've long wished that the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test would grant well behaved pets more privileges. Why should a few unruly pups ban all dogs from apartment complexes, parks, and other community spaces? It's not a magic solution, but it's a start. Since 1989, more than 700,000 dogs have passed the test, which requires pets to demonstrate manners such as sitting politely for...
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Creative Shelter Dog Photos
Playful pictures boost adoption rates in Utah.
Good photographs can make all the difference in successful adoption rates. Even my local city run shelter has started taking pictures of dogs against a wall with painted flowers or wearing bandannas. Fortunately many rescue organizations are lucky enough to have professional photographers lending their talents to the cause. But one shelter in Utah has been taking canine glamour shots to a new...

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