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Service Dog Dilemma
Phobia bars guide dog from Mass. store
Earlier this month, Heather Maloney was barred from bringing her guide dog into a local eyebrow threading store in Taunton, Mass., breaking state and federal laws protecting the rights of people that rely on service dogs.   Seems like an open and shut case, right? Legally, yes, but it’s not exactly as clear cut as it seems. It turns out that shop owner Fatima Noorani has a canine phobia after...
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Vets Without Borders
Web series focuses on rabies
Last month I wrote about the shock of finding out that 55,000 people die each year of rabies, a major health issue outside of the United States.  I couldn’t believe that so many people die each year form something that can be easily prevented with a simple vaccine. Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB/VSF) has been working since 2005 to get that number down to zero. ...
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Voting for K-9 Rights
Tea Party against the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act
The Tea Party has been all over the news lately for all sorts of political reasons. But now the infamous party is organizing an opposition to the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act in Missouri.   Earlier this year, Lisa Wogan wrote about the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, or Prop B, which will be on the Missouri state ballot next month. The legislation requires large-scale dog breeders to...
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Barking for a Cure
Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with your pup
This October, there are lots of ways to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with your pup. From fundraising walks to grooming, check out these dog friendly ways to support a good cause. Walks and Festivals: Gloria Gemma Dog Walk - Oct. 9, Providence, R.I. The annual 5K run/walk has always welcomed canine participants, but this year they’ve added a dedicated Dog Walk. There will be pet...
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Dogs in School
Literacy pups help kids develop a love of reading and writing
As a certified Good Dog Foundation therapy team, Nemo and I have visited our local library many times over the years. During these visits, I’ve noticed that the children develop more confidence every time we see them. We’ve even helped one girl overcome her fear of dogs. In today’s world of video games and television, it’s great to see kids get excited about reading and focus their attention on...
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Counterfeit Meds
Unregulated companies sell repackaged pet health products
The internet is my favorite place to shop because of the unbeatable deals on everything from books to pet supplies. The trade-off is that you don’t get to see the products you’re buying in person and the companies selling these products are largely unregulated. For years, the sale of counterfeit pet medicine has been a problem, leading the FDA to advise only buying pet medication from reputable...
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Be Prepared
Plan ahead for emergencies
After attending a canine emergency seminar last year, I put together a first aid kit that included Elizabethan collars, bandages, eye wash, antibacterial ointment and contact information for the emergency vet. I was feeling pretty prepared, though, of course, I hoped that I’d never have to use any of it. Unfortunately, earlier this week, my dog, Nemo, crashed into our coffee table, injuring his...
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Beating Rabies
Bali to implement a humane rabies control program
Earlier this week I attended a panel discussion on dogs at Barnard College and was shocked to learn that 55,000 people die each year of rabies. Ninety-five percent of those deaths occur in Asia and Africa. Because only one to three of those deaths occur in the United States, I didn’t realize rabies fatalities were such a big problem. Developed countries are lucky to have measures in place to...
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Calling All Working Dogs
UPDATE! Dept. of Homeland Security looks to recruit 3,000 pups
Editor's update: JoAnna Lou gets her wish. The Department of Homeland Security has bowed to pressure and agreed to screen shelter dogs to work as canine federal agents. Many animal welfare advocates, including PETA, cried fowl when the department made the call for increased breeding to supply the “right” sort of dogs. It worked.   [Original post: 8/12/10] As the government gears up to protect the...
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Relief While Traveling
D.C. airports unveil high-tech pet potty areas
If you’re headed by air to Washington D.C. with your crew, now your pups have a special place to stretch their legs and go to the bathroom. Dulles and Reagan National Airports have recently opened “pet relief areas” in accordance with a federal ruling requiring potty areas for service dogs (though these spaces are open to all dogs, regardless of service status). Dulles already made Jaunted’s Five...

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