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Dog Involved in Bin Laden Mission
A trained canine assisted the Navy Seals last Sunday
The U.S. Navy Seals and the elite Team Six have gotten a lot of attention lately for their heroic efforts in the Osama Bin Laden mission. However, I just found out that a special canine was also among the 79 commandos that day. The explosive-sniffing dog was strapped to one of the Navy Seals and descended from the helicopters with the rest of the team. As it turns out, these trained pups,...
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Crumple Zones and Car Safety
Keeping dogs safe in the car can be problematic
Like many others, my dogs ride in the back of my SUV, secure in their crates. I've always been under the impression that my pups were safe in their plastic kennels, although after being rear ended, I wondered if the cargo area of my car wasn't the best place for the dogs. I've since moved one crate to the back seat, but unless I buy a bigger car, I don't have the option of moving all my dogs...
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The Restorative Effect of Sugar
Study looks at sugar, self-control and performance
We ask a lot of our dogs. We ask them to resist food on the counter, to stay inside when the front door is open and to be quiet when dogs are barking next door. With my new puppy, I’ve been thinking a lot about self-control, which is the foundation for everything from household manners to agility skills. In humans, research has shown that there’s a relationship between the brain’s glucose supply...
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Preparing for an Emergency
Are your pets ready for the worst?
All of the recent natural disasters has me thinking about preparing for emergencies, including making a plan for the dogs. April also happens to be Pet First Aid Awareness Month, so it's the perfect time to put together a first aid kit and emergency supplies. Here are some tips I came across when I started thinking about my emergency plan. Think Ahead Put an "Animals Inside" sticker on your...
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Proposed Ban on Dogs
An Iranian bill threatens to make pets illegal
Can you imagine a world without dogs? I can't, but dog lovers in Iran are faced with this very dilemma. The Iranian government has long considered pet dogs to be an un-Islamic vice. In the past, it was not unheard of for police to confiscate dogs being walked down the street and for the government to lecture Iranians on diseases spread by canines. Eventually the crackdowns were relaxed and...
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Helping Thunder Phobic Dogs
Tips for comforting your pup during a storm
As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers.  And in my neck of the woods, we’ve certainly been getting a lot of rain and, unfortunately, thunderstorms. My first dog, Nemo, has never been afraid of thunder. Being a Sheltie, he’ll sometimes bark at the loud noises, but he isn’t fearful. His breeder played sound tapes when he was a puppy, which I think helped. I’m also fortunate that my new...
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A Doggy Cake Masterpiece
NYC bakery creates edible dog portraits
As BARK readers know, I throw my dogs a birthday party every year. It’s a great excuse to gather my friends and their pups for canine games and yummy treats.   Usually, I bake my own cakes (one for the humans and one for the pups), but in my years of party planning, I’ve seen lots of awe inspiring professional dog-themed cakes. However, this latest human version from NYC baking extraordinaire...
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NYC Clothing Store Sells Puppies Amid Protests
Unpomela illegally uses puppies to attract customers
Sometimes, I feel like we’re making a lot of progress against puppy mills and pet store dogs—PetCo and PetSmart have in-store adoption centers; puppy mill exposes have been featured on Oprah and Nightline; and celebrities, such as Katherine Heigl, regularly promote rescue pups. However, last week I was discouraged after hearing that Unpomela, a New York clothing store is selling puppies from...
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Making Obedience Class Mandatory
NY sought to require graduation from obedience school
In a perfect world, everyone would have great relationships with their dogs--teaching basic manners, providing lots of exercise, and participating in an activity together like agility or therapy work. Last week, a bill was proposed in New York that would require people to successfully complete a basic obedience class with their dogs or risk having their pet taken away.  The goal of the bill is...
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Retired Sled Dogs for Adoption
Outdoor Adventures is working with a rescue group to rehome unwanted pups
Earlier this year, dog lovers were shocked to learn that Outdoor Adventures in Whistler slaughtered 100 sled dogs due to a downturn in the economy. When Lisa Wogan covered the story, she wrote that inhumane treatment of sled dogs isn’t as uncommon as we might like to think.    With all of the bad press that came out of the mass euthanasia, Outdoor Adventures is now looking for foster or adoptive...

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