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Hotel for Dogs
Jimmy’s Place cares for hospitalized seniors’ pets
One of the best things about our pets is that we can count of them to love us no matter what, in sickness and in health. Fortunately if anything were to happen to me, I have family and friends nearby to take care of my dogs. However, many elderly dog guardians may not have a social network to lean on when they have to go to the hospital.   Now seniors in Osceola County, Florida can rest assured...
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Operation Pit
ASPCA offers free pit bull vasectomies
In my area, shelters are filled with Pit Bulls and Pit-mixes. The breed makes up a large percentage of the 50,000 homeless pets that enter New York City shelters each year. Sometimes it feels like all 50,000 homeless pets that enter New York City shelters each year are Pits.    To help reduce the number of homeless Pit Bulls in New York, the ASPCA recently launched a new initiative called...
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Dogs Scream for Ice Cream
Canine ice cream truck debuts in London
Each year the British consume an average of 50 ice creams per person, according to Boomerang Pets Party spokesperson, Sally Bezant. With 10.5 million dogs in the United Kingdom, that’s a lot of pups missing out on the cool summer treat.   Not anymore. Now London canines have K99, their own ice cream truck with flavors like Dog Eat Hog World (a gammon and chicken sorbet topped with biscuit) and...
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Inadvertent Toxin, UPDATE
Human hormone treatments have a negative effect on pets
[Editor's Note, 7/30/10: The Food and Drug Administration has published a warning urging that children and pets not be exposed to Evamist, a hormone spray used to treat hot flashes in menopausal women.]   Most pet lovers are careful about keeping medicine bottles locked away in a cabinet, far from the reach of little ones. But this may not be enough to guard your pups against the effects of some...
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Too Much of a Good Thing
Water intoxication strikes active dogs in the summer
During the summer months, a big concern is placed on preventing dogs from overheating. I’ve been doing a lot of running with my pups lately, so I’ve been very careful about keeping them hydrated.  When I ran the race earlier this month, I made sure that we took plenty of water breaks. I even used a flavored canine sports drink to encourage Nemo to drink liquids. Having previously suffered from...
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Getting a Bad Rap
Loose dogs clash with cyclists
Loose neighborhood dogs remain one of the biggest concerns for cyclists on the road. Aggressive dogs are at the top of the list, but even friendly dogs can cause a cyclist to come crashing to the ground. These clashes can result in serious injuries for both the human and dog involved.  Many bike clubs around the country have guidelines about how to deal with dogs en route, which shows that these...
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Helping One Another
Homeless dogs help injured soldiers learn a new vocation
The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. is on the forefront of using the human-canine bond to help soldiers. Previously, I wrote about research being done on the effects of service dogs on post traumatic stress disorder, but recently I found about Dog Tags, a partnership between the Walter Reed and its neighbor, the Washington Humane Society.  Developed by the Humane Society, Dog...
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Race Day
16 loyal dogs join the NYC Triathletes in Central Park
On Sunday, race day was finally here. Sixteen human-canine teams came from all over the country to run in the Iams Doggy Dash, which took place in conjunction with the New York City Triathlon.  Nemo and I have been training for the Iams Doggy Dash since we signed up last year. Between running agility courses and romping around with his sister, Ella, Nemo is in pretty good shape. Even so, five...
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Zoom Room
New franchise brings pet lovers together with dog sports
Animals have always been a part of Jaime Van Wye’s life, so it’s only natural that she would grow up to become a dog trainer. Through her work, she’s trained dogs in search and rescue, bomb and drug detection, criminal apprehension, tracking and even taught a Labrador how to pee in a urinal—and flush.  Through her interactions with people and their pets, Van Wye identified the need for greater...
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National Pet Fire Safety Day
Free stickers and tips to protect you and your pets
According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by pets. I never really thought about it before, but between my cats jumping on the counters and my dogs zooming past tables, I can see how this can be more common than I’d like to think about. I pretty much avoid candles for this reason, but I had no idea how easy it is for a cat or...

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