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Homeless Pups Find Help Behind Bars
Paws on Parole inmates and shelter dogs help each other out.
Prison inmates and shelter dogs both live behind bars in what is often a harsh and solitary environment. Now programs around the country are bringing the two together to foster responsibility and adoptability.  Alachua County Animal Services’ Hilary Hynes was approached by the Florida Department of Corrections to start a prison dog program after hearing about the benefits of similar efforts in...
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Fetching From A Photo
Research shows Border Collies may understand how humans communicate.
From rolling over to fetching the remote, I’ve always been impressed by the canine ability and willingness to learn whatever humans want to teach them. When I attended ClickerExpo in March, I was amazed to see videos of a shelter dog learning concepts such as bigger versus smaller and guide dogs training to develop other-awareness, the skill needed to understand if a doorway is too low for their...
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Celebrating My Dogs’ Special Day
Birthday party fun for pups and pet lovers alike.
This past weekend, I threw my dogs a birthday party attended by their canine and human friends. Apparently I’m not alone. According to the American Pet Association, 22 percent of dog owners celebrate their pet’s birthday. Our party was rodeo-themed with the human guests wearing cowboy hats and the dogs sporting red bandanas with sheriff badges. Keeping in line with the festivities, I asked...
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American Idol Finalist Receives Guide Dog
Paula Abdul kicks off National Guide Dog Month by giving Scott MacIntyre an extraordinary gift.
Last week, Paula Abdul, Natural Balance, PetCo and other independent pet stores kicked off National Guide Dog Awareness Month by surprising visually-impaired American Idol finalist, Scott MacIntyre, with the gift of a guide dog. MacIntyre was told he was coming to the ceremony to sing, but instead Abdul informed him that after the upcoming American Idol tour, he will be matched with a guide dog...
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Heroic Pups Up for HSUS Dogs of Valor Award
Your vote determines which courageous canine will win the People’s Hero award.
The Humane Society of the United States created the annual Dogs of Valor Awards last year to honor dogs who have performed an extraordinary act of courage to help a person in need.  A panel of celebrity judges will choose the Valor Dog of the Year, but the finalist who receives the most online votes will be named the People’s Hero winner. The polls close on Friday, May 15th at 5 p.m. EST and the...
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World’s Oldest Dog Turns 21
Shelter pup is presented with a world record title and a party in her honor.
Last week, Chanel, a Dachshund from Long Island, N.Y., celebrated her 21st birthday at the New York Dog Spa and Hotel in Manhattan. Guinness World Records was on hand to present Chanel with a certificate for holding the title of world’s oldest living dog, a designation that she’s held since a 28-year old Beagle from Virginia passed away last spring.   While Chanel spends most of her time these...
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Stopping Puppy Mills One Store at A Time
Best Friends’ Puppies Aren’t Products campaign comes to New York City.
While puppy mills have long been a hot topic within the dog community, the subject has only recently garnered mainstream attention with specials on Oprah and ABC’s Nightline. (See also “Busted” in The Bark, May 2009.) Even Cesar Millan is using his star power to do a puppy mill exposé that airs tonight (May 8) on National Geographic. While the increased exposure has certainly had an impact,...
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Pack Mentality?
New reality show features a family on a search for the perfect dog.
I don’t usually watch reality television, but when I heard about HGTV’s Leader of the Pack, I felt compelled to check it out. The show features the Reckseit family on a quest to find the perfect dog. They start out with eight rescues and vote off one per episode until they’re left with their new family member. The eliminated dogs are shown getting adopted by other people at the end of each...
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The Dog Seen Around the World
Bo Obama inspires an international surge in PWD requests.
When the Obama family announced their new addition, animal groups around the nation braced for Bo-mania. In just three short weeks, Bo already has a book deal and a Beanie Baby on the shelves, catapulting the Portuguese Water Dog from a fishing breed once on the brink of “extinction” to an international sensation.  Global demand has spiked, resulting in people clamoring for a breed with little...
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Learning About Pets Through Art
AKC teams up with The Cat Fanciers' Association for kids art contest.
The American Kennel Club and The Cat Fanciers' Association are teaming up for an art contest to celebrate dogs and cats. Open to school children between the ages of 6 and 18 in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the competition celebrates the diversity of pets and why we love them.   Besides the usual categories like Best in Show and Best of Breed, others awards will be given for best...

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