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Banning That Doggy in the Window
West Hollywood votes to prohibit puppy boutiques
On Tuesday night, the West Hollywood City Council unanimously voted to approve legislation that prohibits the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores. The ban, which takes effect in September, doesn’t actually affect any of the current stores in West Hollywood, since none sell dogs or cats, but it does set a precedent for other cities. When I was in Los Angeles two years ago, I was horrified...
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Olympic Dogs
Working pups on the sidelines help make the games safe
I’m still hoping that agility will one day join the equestrian events at the Olympics. But, as it turns out, there are many dogs currently in Vancouver, playing an even more important role at the games.    A group of American and Canadian canines and handlers are in Vancouver, ready to assist in rescue efforts should there be an avalanche during the competition.  Being an avalanche rescue team...
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Breeder v. Shelter
Do you have to choose?
Earlier this week at Westminster, two PETA supporters crashed the Best in Show judging with “Mutts Rule” and “Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances” signs, highlighting the breeder-shelter debate.  Yesterday, Sassafras Lowrey blogged about seeing both sides of Westminster, the glamour and the ethics.  The breeder-shelter debate is a topic that I’ve been conflicted over for a long time.  My Sheltie...
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Diets for Dogs
Navigating the canine obesity problem.
This time of year, many people have diets and weight loss on the brain. But humans aren’t the only ones that could stand to lose a few pounds. A study by Pfizer Animal Health found that veterinarians consider 47 percent of their patients to be overweight, making them susceptible to a myriad of health problems and possibly a shorter life span. Earlier this month, I wrote about exercising with your...
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Canine Couture
Does your dog really need that coat?
Dog clothing ranges from frilly dresses to warm fleece coats. The popularity of canine couture has even given way to the annual Pet Fashion Week. But, given that most dogs have fur, are these outfits really necessary? According to Dr. Bonnie Beaver of the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs don’t get sick when the mercury drops since there is no cold virus that affects them. She says...
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Doggy Bootcamp
Classes to help you get fit with Fido
Last week Karen wrote about a study that found dog lovers exercise more than gym goers. If you and your pet aren’t exactly in shape, here are some classes to help you get started. Search online for similar programs in your area. In New York, Bide-a-wee coordinates free Fitness with Fido group walks in Central Park to encourage pet lovers to be active with their furry companions. Trainers,...
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iPhone App for Haiti
Silver Lining Ideas helps animals with technology
Now you can help animals in Haiti by buying Silver Lining Ideas’ latest iPhone app, Lucky Day. 100 percent of profits will be donated to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which is coordinating with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to organize an emergency relief mission in Haiti. Deployed teams will be treating injured animals, administering vaccinations...
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Keeping Track of Recalls
FDA compiles pet food recalls in a searchable database
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a searchable pet food recall database, similar to the resource that already exists for humans. The database contains the 971 pet food recalls that have occurred since the beginning of 2006. It’s scary to think that there have been almost a thousand recalls in the past four years alone. I’m glad, however, to see that the FDA is...
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Providing for War Dogs
Deployed military pups face a shortage of rations.
Military canines in the United States date back to the First World War  Now America has the largest fleet of working dogs in the world with over 2,800 military pups. Over 600 of those dogs are currently deployed in the Middle East, where their handlers face a tough predicament when it comes to the animals’ care.  The recent increase in troops sent to Afghanistan has led to a surge in military...
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To Tug or Not to Tug?
Discovering the benefits of playing tug-o-war
A few weeks ago, I wrote about entertaining your canine crew with a variety of indoor activities, including a tugging game. One of our readers commented that they’d always heard playing tug-o-war can encourage biting, a common misconception about this game.  I can see why tugging could be mistaken for encouraging aggressive behavior with all the pulling and growling, but the bad rap is...

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