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“Groupon” for Pups
Two daily deal websites launch for pets this year
Daily deal coupon websites, like Groupon and LivingSocial, have surged in popularity over the last two years. These websites partner with companies to offer a different deal each day.  Occasionally, there will be a pet-related deal. I once got a $50 gift certificate to a local boutique pet store for $25 and a voucher to participate in an Outdoor Bound group dog hike for $35. Earlier this year,...
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Proposal Threatens Canine Park Access in California
NPS study aims to restrict dogs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
I’m always looking for good off leash areas for my dogs, but they are becoming harder and harder to find. Unfortunately, a few irresponsible people usually ruin privileges for the rest of us.  America’s National Parks are some of the most beautiful places in the country, but most are off limits to dogs. There are a few that allow pets on leash, but even then they are usually restricted to a few...
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Ancient Burial Shows Human-Canine Bond
7,000 year old dog suggests people saw canines as thinking beings
I happen to live near the nation’s first pet cemetery, located in Hartsdale, N.Y. Pet burials may seem like a modern luxury, but the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery has been burying beloved dogs since 1896. However, it turns out that canine burials may far predate New York’s venerable cemetery.  Recently, the burial remains of a dog that lived over 7,000 years ago was discovered in Siberia. Unlike wolves...
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Mass. Dogs Help Homeless Shelter
Pups find a foster home while aiding Bostonians
I think that dogs have an innate ability to bring out the best in us. Over the last year, I’ve written about dogs calming humans testifying in court, putting patients at ease in the doctor’s office, and even helping people meet new significant others. Now, dogs are helping residents open up to staff members at a Boston, Mass., homeless shelter, while increasing their own adoptability in return....
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Breed Specific Adoption Incentives
N.Y. town provides financial reward for Pit Bulls
Sometimes it seems like as much as 90 percent of the dogs at my local animal shelter are Pit Bulls. Unfortunately this stigmatized breed is often the last to be adopted because of the bad publicity they get. The Brookhaven Animal Shelter in New York has been overwhelmed with Pit Bulls in recent years. Currently they have 140 available for adoption, far more than they can realistically adopt out....
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Street Food Goes to the Dogs
L.A. gets its own gourmet treat truck for pets
Living in New York, I’m fortunate to have some of the best food in the country right at my doorstep. But despite the many top ranked restaurants, some of my favorite meals come on wheels. Gourmet food trucks have been popping up in cities all over the country, developing cult-like followings for their affordable delicacies. Now pets in Los Angeles have their own food truck. PhyDough sells...
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Cast Your Vote in the Canis Film Festival
Karen Pryor hosts a video contest promoting positive dog training
2011 marks the third Canis Film Festival hosted by Karen Pryor Clickertraining. The contest is designed to showcase short videos promoting training using positive methods.  The Canis Film Festival encourages entries to demonstrate not only the amazing end behavior, but also the process and methods used to achieve the final result. Other criteria include innovation (in the end behavior and the...
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Dogs Sniff Poop for Environmental Studies
Biologists train rescue pups to help in wildlife surveys
Whether we like it or not, dogs seem to have an uncanny ability to seek out animal droppings. My Sheltie’s favorite is the goose waste left behind at the lakeside path we run on. Believe it or not, this natural affinity for poop seeking is now being harnessed to help in scientific studies. Biologists at the University of California Berkley have trained dogs to detect animal droppings in order to...
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Would You Eat Your Dog’s Food for a Month?
Evermore Pet Food founders live on their canine cuisine during the month of March
Have you ever tried your dog’s food? Despite the human grade ingredients in my dogs’ kibble, it still doesn’t look very appetizing to me (though they go crazy for the stuff).  Two New Yorkers, Hanna Mandelbaum and Alison Wiener, were tired of feeding their dogs unappetizing kibble, so a year ago they founded Evermore Pet Food.   Hanna and Alison believe so much in their product that for the month...
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Policy Brings Awareness to Overpopulation
NYC apartment building requires pets to be neutered
Many people are surprised to find that New York City, despite the miles of asphalt, is actually pretty dog friendly. Walk down any street and you’re bound to see someone out with their pup. Trendy pet stores seem to be a prerequisite for every neighborhood and there are almost 30 fenced dog runs on the 23 square mile island of Manhattan. Someitmes it seems as if everyone in New York is an animal...

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