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Pondering the Past
Is it better not to know your rescue pup's history?
Who could say no to this pup?!
If you could learn more about your dog's past, would you? Even if it was bad? Recently a friend had the opportunity to find out more about her rescue pup's former life, but was unsure if she really wanted the information. The adoption had taken place years ago and she was afraid the truth wouldn't be pretty. Some friends said it would be useful to know any available information, while others...
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Less is Sometimes More
Dogs make quick decisions similar to humans and other primates
People always say, 'less is more,' and according to a new study, that mantra is sometimes true for canines. A study at the University of Kentucky looked at a group of dogs that willingly ate both cheese and baby carrots, but showed a preference for the cheese (like most pups I know!). When given a choice between one slice of cheese or the cheese together with a piece of carrot, nine out of ten...
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Danger in the Elevator
Dogs' leashes get stuck in the closing doors
Living in the New York City area, I ride in an elevator several times a day. It's something I barely think about. When my dogs are with me, I usually send them ahead so that I can make sure their bodies clear the door, but thinking about their leashes getting stuck never crossed my mind. Until I watched a video (actually footage from an elevator security camera) posted by Tamara Seibert, I wasn't...
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The Science Behind Bomb Sniffing Dogs
Study looks at how to better train the canine nose
Back in December, I wrote about a lawsuit that questioned the abilities of drug and bomb sniffing dogs. With no concrete standards or training protocols, some studies were showing that the canine nose is not always reliable. Since then, I've been eager to see more research in this area. We know that the canine nose is extraordinary, but I think we just have to find the best way to train and...
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First Dog Park in NYC Domestic Violence Shelter
URIPALS expands the program to include canines
Last year I wrote about URIPALS, New York City's first initiative to allow victims of domestic violence to enter shelters with their pets. At the time the program was part of a pilot and only included cats and smaller animals. Thanks to the initiative's success, URIPALS is now welcoming dogs into their largest shelter. To mark the expansion, the Urban Resource Institute (URI) and Nestlé Purina...
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Game of Thrones, Twilight Creates a Homeless Husky Problem
Wolves in popular culture increase the number of homeless pups
A direwolf from the television show, Game of Thrones.
Over the years various television shows and movies have been blamed for the overpopulation problem connected with iconic breeds like Chihuahuas and Dalmatians. It's unfortunate that people see these dogs in popular culture and feel the need to get a pet without doing any research. The success of the HBO show, Game of Thrones, and fantasy films like Twilight, has spelt bad news for wolf-like dog...
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Happy Ending for 'School Dog'
Lab mix walks children to and from school, finds vet care and home
Seven years ago, a puppy showed up in Eagle Pass, Texas and started accompanying children as they walked to and from Benavidez Heights Elementary school. She even hung around at recess to play with the kids. At first the school tried to chase the dog away, but soon they gave up and named her Debbie. The faculty and students began leaving food and water for Debbie, and even got her basic...
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Susie's Senior Dogs Promotes Older Pups
The Facebook page focuses on finding homes for aging canines
Susie, the dog that started it all!
Brandon Stanton runs the quirky blog, Humans of New York, which features photos and stories of interesting New Yorkers. Despite his focus on people, Brandon has sparked a crusade to promote older homeless dogs. While out taking pictures, Brandon ran into a most interesting character--Susie a 13-year old Chihuahua mix that he calls “the greatest dog in New York.” Despite her age, Brandon fell in...
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Family Lives Out of Car to Keep Dogs
Having a Pit Bull Makes Renting Challenging
Last week Shirley Zindler wrote about homeless people and their dogs, the hard life they lead and the difficult choices they have to make. It made me think of a family in Walnut Creek, California—Carol and Peter Devia and their two sons Leandro and Christoffer—who made the choice to live out of their car rather than give up their pups, Camilla and Rocco. Last year Carol and Peter were fired from...
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Chihuahuas Overrun Ariz. Neighborhood
Packs of the pint sizes pups are chasing kids and overwhelming Animal Control
Recently Chihuahuas terrorizing an Arizona neighborhood have been making the news, in part because it sounds so unbelievable. Pit Bulls frequently get a bad reputation, but this situation shows that any dog can be dangerous, often due to human irresponsibility. In the Phoenix, Ariz. neighborhood of Maryvale, Chihuahuas are reportedly traveling in groups of 10-15, chasing children, bicycles, and...

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