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Exception Granted in Service Pit Bull Case
An Iowa breed ban was found to be in violation of the ADA
I'm not a fan of breed bans. They make a sweeping generalization about a whole group of dogs, while trying to solve a problem without getting to the root of the problem—irresponsible pet ownership. There are so many great dogs that get hurt by this type of legislation. Snickers is a great example of how a breed ban unfairly discriminates against responsible dog lovers. James Sak, a disabled...
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National Train Your Dog Month
The APDT is celebrating with free events for January
Now that the new year has started, it's time to reflect on this past year and set resolutions. Naturally some of my goals are always dog-related. I've started hiking with my dogs, and plan on taking up snowshoeing for the winter, so one of my goals in 2012 is to strengthen my crew's recall. I'm also hoping that my puppy, Remy, will be ready to compete in his first agility trial by the end of...
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Understanding Pet Lovers in the Internet Age
Hunch.com uses member data to learn about dog and cat people
Social media companies hold a lot of data about people and are privy to a lot of correlations and insights that could be really interesting. Recently I was wondering if anyone had put together data related to animals. It turns out that Hunch.com has published two pet-related reports that draw on responses from its 700,000 users. The first looks at dog people versus non-dog people and the second...
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Burial Ban Lifted in N.Y.
Human ashes can continue to be buried in pet cemeteries
Many animal lovers want their final resting place to be next to their beloved pets. In New York, over 500 people's ashes have been buried at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in its 115-year history. Earlier this year, the practice was threatened when the state's Division of Cemeteries banned the burial of human ashes in pet cemeteries. There was a public outcry, especially among those who had already...
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Do Animals Have Empathy?
Study finds that rats look out for their friends
Rats have a bad reputation, but they actually make wonderful pets. I had two before my living situation allowed me to welcome dogs into my family. They were clean and actually quite personable. Reggie and Angie quickly learned their names and would run to the side of the cage when I came into the room. I always thought of them as being very dog-like. A recent study not only confirmed that rats...
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Do Dogs Make Us Better People?
The ways my pets have inspired me to try new things
When I wrote about the ways my dogs have helped me connect with other pet lovers, it made me think about how many experiences in my life that I have my pets to thank for. The first time I drove a car by myself was to go to a pet first aid class at a local community college. The first time I used a power tool was to attach jump cup strips to my agility jumps. And the first time I finished an...
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Are Dogs a Dating Detriment?
Survey finds that pets could hurt a person’s dating prospects
In New York City, there are more than eight million people concentrated in 300 square miles, so you’d think it would be easy to meet potential dates. But with everyone in the typical New York hurry, it’s hard to make a genuine connection with new people. My dogs are the one thing I’ve found that gets people to stop and talk. When I lived in Manhattan, I met new people at the dog run and while...
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Canines in the Christmas Crèche
A dog is added to a NYC nativity this year
My pets are my family, so I can't imagine Christmas without them. They have stockings hung up on the fireplace, ornaments on the tree and presents waiting for them on Christmas morning. The way we include dogs in our traditions is a reflection of the important role they play in our life. This year at St. Patrick's Cathedral, a dog figure will make an appearance in the Christmas crèche, thanks...
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N.C. Breed Discrimination Reversed
Dog lovers rally against making certain breeds “unadoptable”
The Internet has been buzzing about a proposal limiting the adoption of certain breeds in North Carolina’s Cumberland County Animal Control. In October, the Animal Control Board decided to recommend that certain breeds, such as Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Chow Chows and American Staffordshire Terriers, be considered “unadoptable.” The plan was to work with rescue groups from around the country to...
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Saving the Japanese Tsunami Dogs
Rescue groups rally to help those left behind
It's been almost nine months since a tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant forced thousands of people from their homes in Japan. The photos of residents evacuating with their dogs was heartbreaking, although the number of of pet-friendly evacuation shelters was impressive. Today, access is restricted to the evacuation zone, but I was shocked to learn how many animals are still there. Most non-Japanese...

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