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Family Lives Out of Car to Keep Dogs
Having a Pit Bull Makes Renting Challenging
Last week Shirley Zindler wrote about homeless people and their dogs, the hard life they lead and the difficult choices they have to make. It made me think of a family in Walnut Creek, California—Carol and Peter Devia and their two sons Leandro and Christoffer—who made the choice to live out of their car rather than give up their pups, Camilla and Rocco. Last year Carol and Peter were fired from...
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Chihuahuas Overrun Ariz. Neighborhood
Packs of the pint sizes pups are chasing kids and overwhelming Animal Control
Recently Chihuahuas terrorizing an Arizona neighborhood have been making the news, in part because it sounds so unbelievable. Pit Bulls frequently get a bad reputation, but this situation shows that any dog can be dangerous, often due to human irresponsibility. In the Phoenix, Ariz. neighborhood of Maryvale, Chihuahuas are reportedly traveling in groups of 10-15, chasing children, bicycles, and...
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Keeping Busy in the Winter
Snow days bring alternative ways to burn off canine energy
Thanks to the now infamous Polar Vortex, the North East has been getting hit with endless amounts of snow this winter. The weather means shoveling heavy snow, scraping ice, and for dog families, finding creative ways to exercise the pups. Many of my friends have been lamenting that their back yards are too icy to let the dogs play outside, so they've been opting for creative ways to keep busy...
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Team USA Adopts Sochi Strays
More Olympic athletes are saving pups at the Games
Earlier this month I wrote about the last ditch effort to save stray pups in Sochi and the hope that Olympic visitors might consider adopting. Now U.S. athletes are coming together to take homeless dogs back to America. It all started with slopestyle skiing silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, who discovered a mom and her four pups living under a security tent at the Olympic media center. He was not...
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Neutering Vaccine
Non-surgical alternative sterilizes dogs in one shot
Sochi's pre-Olympic dog crisis brought the world's pet overpopulation problem to the forefront of people's minds. Neutering is not a cultural norm in Russia, exacerbating stray dog numbers to uncontrollable levels. Many countries have had success with Trap Neuter Release (TNR) programs in reducing stray pet numbers over time, but not all communities have the resources needed to implement TNR....
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Canine Hostage in Afghanistan
A war dog is featured in the latest Taliban video
War dogs are pretty incredible animals. They don't choose to be on the front lines of battle, but they serve at their handler's side through a multitude of horrific events. Many working canines have died on the job, but there are other risks as well. Like their human counterparts, dogs also suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Recently a British Belgian Malinois joined humans in another...
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Westminster Hosts First Agility Competition in NYC
Mixed and purebred pups run together in the Master Agility Championship
As judging gets underway this morning for the storied Westminster Kennel Club dog show, the more athletic pups already had their night to shine this past weekend. On Saturday, Westminster hosted their first annual Masters Agility Championship. It also marked the first time mixed breeds could participate in a Westminster event since 1884 (apparently non-purebreds were included in the early days)....
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Rescue Effort for Sochi Canines
Volunteers mobilize for a last ditch effort to save strays
While the Sochi government ruthlessly kills stray dogs in preparation for the Olympic Games, animal rescuers have mobilized to save as many pups as possible. On Monday the volunteers were told that they had until Thursday to remove dogs from the Olympic Village or the animals would be shot. Russian billionaire and Sochi Games investor Oleg V. Deripaska has backed the rescue effort by funding...
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Dogs Being Killed in Sochi
Animals are being exterminated in advance of the Olympic Games
The Sochi Olympics has been met with controversy on many fronts, but now reports are surfacing that the Sochi government is overturning their decision to control the stray dog problem humanely in advance of the Games. The government is worried that the animals may bite visitors or interfere with the competitions. Back in April, Sochi decided against hiring an extermination company to kill...
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Promoting Annual Checkups for Pets
Vet visits are down and health problems are up
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the number of canine vet visits dropped 21 percent since 2001 (and a whopping 30 percent for cats), while the number of emergency visits increased. Meanwhile, the Banfield Pet Hospital network has seen an increase in pet obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and thyroid and kidney disease. It seems that more and more people are waiting...

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