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What’s Next?
FDA takes months to notify vets about drug recall
Pet food recalls have been all too common in recent years, causing controversy with bad communication and lack of precedent. Unfortunately, this danger isn’t limited to the food industry. Last July, the FDA shut down Teva Animal Health’s operations, the largest American producer of generic veterinary medications, after inspections found several manufacturing violations between 2007 and 2009. On...
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Making Pet Theft A Felony
Lawmakers consider the serious offense of dognapping
Two years ago, the American Kennel Club (AKC) began tracking pet theft after noticing an increase in dognapping complaints. Last year the AKC tracked more than 115 missing pets, up from 71 in 2008.  The FBI’s National Crime Information Center tracks stolen property nationwide and currently lists 200 stolen dogs in their database. Animals listed are required to have a permanent owner-applied...
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Scent Lineups
Properly harnessing the power of the canine nose
Police have long relied on dogs to uncover illegal drugs, negotiate disaster areas, and find fugitives on the run. More recently, law enforcement officials have started to use canine scent lineups where dogs choose a suspect’s smell out of a group of people. The dogs are given the target scent from items found at the crime scene and then walked by a lineup of containers that contain scent swabs...
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Give A Day, Get A Day
Help animals and get a free ticket to Disney
For 2010, Disney is launching a program that celebrates the spirit of volunteerism by giving free theme park tickets to those who give a day of service in the United States or Canada.  The goal is to inspire one million people to volunteer in their communities this year. Even better, there are lots of opportunities for dog lovers, including many pet therapy and rescue organizations.  Disney’s...
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Indoor Fun
Keeping busy when it’s cold outside
The freezing weather and snow have been making me and the dogs a little stir crazy lately, especially now that the holidays have come and gone.  Here are some of the activities I have lined up to keep the pups busy until the snow melts. Food Balls and KongsAn easy way to occupy the dogs is to feed meals in stuffed Kongs or food balls, toys that can be filled with kibble and rolled on the floor...
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Full Belly for the Holidays
PetParadise coordinates a three-state food drive for needy pets
In March, I wrote about the emergence of pet soup kitchens, whose numbers are growing amid the current economic state. Unfortunately, not all communities have this type of resource available for those in need.  The multi-state pet boarding and daycare resort, PetParadise, noticed that, across the board, many people were struggling to keep their pets, while donations were down for area rescues. As...
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Pets and Holiday Gatherings
Create a safe space to keep the pups jolly.
With the holidays approaching, the increase in good tidings unfortunately also comes with an increase in potential hazards. Earlier this month, Karen wrote on the dangers of poisoning, choking, and fires, as well as tips for holiday travel.  If you’re hosting a holiday gathering at your home, don’t forget to consider your dog’s comfort though the commotion of visiting relatives and boisterous...
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Relocating Homeless Pets
California's unwanted Chihuahuas move east
Blame it on movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Legally Blonde, popular celebrities like Paris Hilton, commercials for Taco Bell, or on the economy, which has been increasing homeless pets across the board.  Whatever the reason, California is seeing an overwhelming number of Chihuahuas filling their shelters. In the past, the majority of unwanted dogs tended to be Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes...
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Hungarian Super Pups
A training method that focuses on the whole dog.
You may have already seen the viral You Tube video of a group of dogs decorating a Christmas tree, or the recently posted sequel of the same pack setting up a beach scene.  These incredible videos have been leaving many animal lovers wondering who trained these dogs, particularly if you don’t speak Hungarian. The group behind these well-trained pups is dog club, Népszigeti Kutyaiskola. The...
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Doggies in the Windows
Macy’s features adoptable animals in their Christmas displays.
As Christmas approaches, cities are full of people flocking to department stores to see the festive displays. Being in New York, I see plenty of beautiful windows, but often it seems a little extravagant and perhaps a waste of money. The Union Square Macy’s in San Francisco, Calif. has found a way to use their beautiful windows to benefit a good cause year after year by teaming up with the SF/...

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