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SAR Teams Come From All Backgrounds
NY based team is honored with the ACE award for their work
Earlier this month I saw the local Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence recipients honored at the American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers Association’s Meet the Breeds event in New York. In the past, many search and rescue dogs have been honored with the ACE award, but this year I was inspired by one team in particular--Cassius and Peter Taft. Cassius was a Milwaukee shelter dog destined for...
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Heartworm Superbug?
Should we be worried about resistance
Heartworm disease is a horrible and potentially deadly disease that is fortunately preventable with medication. However, in recent years, animals in the Gulf region have been testing positive for heartworm, despite being on a prevention medicine. This has many people worried about a potential resistant superbug. In response to the growing cases, the American Heartworm Society and Companion Animal...
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Positive Pit Bull PR
National Awareness Day united Bully lovers
This Saturday, October 23, marks the fourth annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day. The dedicated day was started as part of the larger National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign by Bless the Bullys, a Pit Bull rescue and education group. Far too often the media portrays Pit Bulls as dangerous killers while neglecting to report on stories that show this breed in a positive light. This perception has...
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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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