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Creating a Monster
Labradoodle creator regrets breeding the first “designer dog”
Ever since the Labradoodle led the “designer dog” craze, pet stores have spawned countless spinoffs that include Puggles, Schnoodles and Maltipoos. These mutts fetch hundreds of dollars, while an abundance of mixed breeds continue to wait in crowded shelters. The Labradoodle dates back to 1988 when Wally Conran of the Royal Institute of the Blind in Australia received a letter from a woman who...
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Collaborate for a Cure
New study aims to use doggy DNA to understand cancer.
The Translational Genomics Research Institute and the Van Andel Research Institute, in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, and Michigan State University, have created the Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium to better understand cancer in dogs and humans.  The research features an unprecedented collaboration of veterinarians, scientists, research...
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Danger in the Driveway
Basketball hoops may contain deadly antifreeze
A friend recently e-mailed me about a German Shorthaired Pointer who died from ingesting antifreeze. Being animal lovers, the family had always been careful not to keep the toxic liquid around the house.  Determined to find the source, they soon discovered that the antifreeze came from a portable basketball hoop in their driveway. Following the instruction manual, the previous owners had put...
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Taste Test
Humans and canines put treats head to head.
For humans, healthy food usually comes at the expense of taste. Given how concerned we are about feeding our pups the best, Lou Bendrick at Grist.org decided to run a humorously unscientific study on whether dogs prefer healthy or unhealthy treats.  The testing panel included Burn the Border Collie, Lulu the Cockapoo, Sugar Ray the Pug, and Austin the Australian Shepherd. And to make sure the...
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Canine Bucket List
Calif. family says goodbye to their beloved Lab, Hudson
Saying goodbye is arguably the toughest part about sharing your life with a pet. For the Piper family, their Chocolate Labrador, Hudson, shared the joy of their first home and welcomed each of the three children into the world. So when Hudson was diagnosed with cancer and given just two to four weeks to live, the Pipers were devastated.  To ensure that Hudson made the most of his time left, the...
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BlogPaws 2010
More than 250 pet bloggers unite to learn and network
Who doesn’t regularly read blogs these days? Last week, more than 250 people traveled to Columbus, Ohio to attend BlogPaws 2010, a conference for pet bloggers and a testament that this online tool is here to stay.  BlogPaws was created last year to foster a community of learning and networking among pet bloggers. Besides the annual conference, the organization plans to expand its web site to...
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No-Kill NYC by 2015
Euthanized pets hit an all-time low in the Big Apple
Today, New York City’s mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced some optimistic news for the area’s homeless pets. In 2009, the percentage of dogs and cats put to death in city shelters hit an all-time low -- 33 percent, down from 69 percent in just six years ago. At the same time, the city’s adoption rates increased to 66 percent, up from 26 percent in 2003. The mayor also announced a $1 million grant...
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Life After Death
Discovery News explores pets in the afterlife
Will Rogers once said, “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went,” a quote repeatedly circulated by pet lovers.  Since the beginning of time, people have wondered about the afterlife. So it should come as no surprise that one of the most popular Internet searches asks if dogs will join us in that place. I, for one, can't imagine existing anywhere without my...
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Best and Worst States for Pets
ALDF ranks animal protection laws in the U.S.
Two weeks ago I wrote about the efforts to strengthen animal cruelty laws in New York. In my research, I discovered that each year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) ranks the animal protection laws of every state in the United States. The ALDF's most recent report compares fourteen categories of animal protection laws, ranking states into a top, middle and bottom tier and highlighting the...
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Legally Reducing Dog Attacks
Britain proposes mandatory microchips and liability insurance
Earlier this month, the British government announced a proposal that would require people to buy microchips and liability insurance for their pups. With dog attack lawsuits on the rise, the British government hopes that microchips will help match dangerous dogs to the people responsible for them and that insurance will ensure that victims can be compensated. People who oppose the new proposal say...

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