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Preparing for the Worst
Bark Buckle UP offers free Pet Safety Kits for the car.
Recently I went to a pet first aid seminar presented by a friend and veterinarian. Ever since, I’ve been busy preparing the supplies that I might need in an emergency, particularly when I’m away from home at a trial or on vacation.  One of the recommendations was to create an emergency card for each of your dogs to attach onto their crates in the car. The card lists basic information, allergies...
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Weekend Recycling Fun
Turn your unwanted t-shirts into tug toys.
Last weekend I was cleaning out my closets and quickly created a pile of t-shirts that I didn’t need. Over the years I’ve collected my fair share of wearable memorabilia from college events, walk-a-thons, and vacations. Before I brought the clothes to the Salvation Army, I wondered if there was anything crafty that I could do with the shirts. Inspired by Genuine Dog Gear’s Jersey Tugmaster, I...
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Unethical or Responsible Pet Care?
Playing service dog to travel first class.
The legitimacy and training of service dogs has come up a lot recently, and many of the cases do not have clear solutions. But what about when someone is consciously taking advantage of the privileges granted to service dogs? With the USDAA Cynosport World Games coming up in Scottsdale, Ariz., I’ve been talking to many of the local competitors about how they’re traveling with their dogs. Some are...
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Helping Lost Dogs Come Home
Study shows the importance of microchipping pets.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association showed that shelters are able to identify over 70 percent of pets that enter their doors, as long as they are implanted with a microchip.    Besides reinforcing microchipping as an important identification tool, there were two important findings to note. Of the pets who couldn’t be identified, the main reason...
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$2 Million to Study the Human-Animal Bond
Research on the health benefits of pets begins to receive major funding.
While I don’t need any studies to know the benefits of the human-animal bond, research in this area is critical to the support of programs and legislation that dog lovers care about. Now, more institutions are receiving funding to explore the effect that animals have on humans. Last month, I wrote about a $300,000 government funded study that seeks to quantify the impact of service dogs on Post...
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An Alternative to Lab Testing
Family pets help test experimental cancer treatments.
A new alternative to traditional laboratory testing helps assess cancer treatments for humans, while providing options to dying pets. Dogs have become more favorable to researchers because they experience cancer in similar ways to humans. Like their two-legged counterparts, canines develop secondary cancers and become resistant to drugs over time. Unlike studies of the past, scientists don’t...
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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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