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Race to the Rembrandt Cup
Doggy Dash lets athletic pups partake in the NYC Triathlon.
Yesterday registration opened for the third annual Iams Doggy Dash. Held in conjunction with the Nautica New York City Triathlon, the Doggy Dash invites runners and their pets to participate in a competitive race together. The five-mile event, which takes place in Central Park, will be on July 18, 2010. After deciding in September that my Sheltie, Nemo, would be the perfect running partner, I was...
Dog's Life: Halloween Central
Howl-o-ween
Pumpkin carving fun for both canines and their humans.
This weekend I went pumpkin-picking to get in the Halloween mood. Unfortunately, dogs weren’t allowed at the pumpkin patch, but my pups will get to help carve by cleaning the tasty pumpkin insides, which also doubles as a healthy treat. This year, while looking for carving tips, I found patterns for dog lovers.  Inspired by the American Kennel Club’s list of top breeds, Better Homes and Gardens...
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Invisible Dogs
Improv Everywhere stages an unusual canine takeover in New York.
What do you do with 2,000 invisible dogs? Walk them, of course! Last week more than 2,000 New Yorkers took to the streets of Brooklyn with invisible dog leashes. The results were amusing, but don’t take my word for it. Check out the photos on the website and the video below for a good laugh. Organized by Improv Everywhere, participants showed up having no idea what they would be doing. After a...
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Supporting Pets Through the DMV
Maine joins 25 states in offering pet related license plates.
Maine drivers can now support pets with their license plates. Last week the state started selling the new Support Animal Welfare specialty plate to benefit the Animal Welfare Auxiliary Fund and the Animal Sterilization Fund.  The project has been a year in the making since Maine’s Animal Welfare Program, Planet Dog, Happy Tails, the Animal Refuge League, and the Animal Welfare Society teamed up...
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Doggy Daycare for Monday Night Football
Sports fans drop off their pups at Unleash Brooklyn before heading to the game.
Many Major League Baseball stadiums have been hosting popular dog days in recent years. Football hasn’t been as quick to catch on, leaving pigskin fans feeling guilty leaving their pups behind to watch their favorite sport. A New York City doggy daycare has come up with a solution for conflicted fans. Unleash Brooklyn is offering a special package for the football season that lets people drop off...
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Autumn Fundraising Events for Homeless Pets
Walk with your pup and raise money for a good cause.
Last weekend, I participated in the first annual Brooklyn Bridge Pup Crawl to raise money for three animal shelters across the country.  We all received Lulu light-up leashes for our pups, waited until sundown and walked over the bridge, lighting up the night to bring awareness to homeless animals. It was a fun way to meet other dog lovers, hang out with our pets and benefit a good cause. It...
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An Issue of Breed or Responsible Ownership?
NYC Housing Authority Tightens Restriction to include Dobermans, Pit Bulls, and Rotties.
Earlier this year, the New York City Housing Authority tightened their pet restriction, making it one of the strictest for any public housing authority in the country. The new policy bans all dogs over 25 pounds and specifically prohibits all purebred and mixed breed Doberman Pinchers, Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. Since the new rules were published in an April, the Animal Care and Control of New...
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Dining with the Whole Family
Searching for dog friendly restaurants is becoming easier for pet lovers.
I’ve always envied Parisian restaurants where you can dine with your furry companions, a practice banned stateside by our health codes. Eating with my pups is one of my favorite warm weather activities, although I’ve braved the cold many times to enjoy a meal with the whole family! I’m always on the lookout for good restaurants with decks or sidewalk spaces, although not even all places with...
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Celebrating Responsible Pet Care
September ushers in the AKC's Responsible Dog Ownership Day nationwide.
September means it’s time for one of my favorite events, the American Kennel Club’s annual Responsible Dog Ownership Day. The festivities celebrate all facets of canine education from dog sports to health care. Rescue groups, obedience training clubs, therapy organizations, boutique stores and veterinarians all come together in the name of promoting proper pet care.   At past events I’ve found...
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Saving at the Pharmacy
Pets are considered family with Walgreen’s Prescription Savings Club.
Recently I discovered that I could buy a generic version of Tapazole, my cat’s thyroid medication, through Walgreens’ Prescription Savings Club for a fraction of the branded version’s price.  Through their savings club, Walgreens offers 400 generic medications priced at $12 for a 90-day supply. Membership is open to all those in the United States and Puerto Rico who are not enrolled in a...

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