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Orcas Frighten Diver and Dog
Biologist suggests whales were more curious than killer
My heart was in my throat while watching this video clip in which a diver and dog narrowly escape a pod of Orcas in New Zealand. The videographer, Deonette De Jongh, had been diving for crayfish with the man who we see scramble to safety onto rocks. According to an eyewitness, the Labrador retriever's owner continued to throw sticks for his dog, even though he knew the whales were there, just to...
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Rescued Bait Dog Receives National Honor
From dog fighting ring to show ring in less than one year
Like many young Staffordshire Terrier mixes around the country, Vivian Peyton didn’t have the best chance of finding a loving home. She was used as a bait dog for a dog fighting ring before ending up at a Philadelphia shelter. Wounded, emaciated and understandably wary of people, Vivian was not considered adoptable.   Thanks to New Leash on Life, a nonprofit prison dog-training program, Vivian...
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What Hurricane Sandy Victims Really Need
Something that dog lovers understand
The physical and emotional devastation of Hurricane Sandy hits too close to home. Seven years ago, Hurricane Katrina flooded our New Orleans neighborhood and changed my family’s life forever.   I can relate to the shock and the pain and the fear that Sandy’s victims are feeling right now. I can also tell you that a donation to the Red Cross or any other charity, while helpful, is not as powerful...
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Dog Training for Life
A six-week obedience class isn't enough
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When I started teaching agility and obedience classes, it became clear early on whether someone was training their dog for life or not. Students who asked questions, practiced homework and came to every single class were hooked. If they’d had a tail, it would’ve been wagging! The time they invested in their dog lead to quicker progress and more successes. Many of those "lifers" are still...
Culture: Reviews
Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport ... One Flying Disc at a Time
Gotham Books
Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport
One underdog in this story, as told by Gorant (author of the best-selling The Lost Dogs), is certainly Wallace. The twice-abandoned Pit Bull overcame negative breed stereotypes when he became a world disc dog champion in a sport dominated by speedy dogs half his size. “Underdog” could also describe his rescuer and disc partner, Andrew “Roo” Yori, whose stoic Midwestern demeanor and athleticism...
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Dogs Rescued During Hurricane Isaac
Seven years ago, only people were allowed in rescue boats
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  I cried today for three reasons. It is the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans is again getting battered by another hurricane, Isaac. And for the first time, I saw rescuers take people's pets into the boat with them.   This dramatic rescue video shows 70-year-old Fred Leslie and his four dogs being pulled out through a vent in the attic of his two-story home. He will never...
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The Most Incredible Sit Ever
If London can do it, any dog can.
http://youtu.be/b3vIPrO9zME Before he turned six months of age, London lost the use of both front legs. It was not due to disease or an accident, but sickening abuse and negligence at the hands of his Northern California owners. A local shelter representative rescued him from the situation. Ultimately, he was placed in the care of Panda Paws Rescue (PPR), a nonprofit group in Vancouver,...
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Shelter Euthanized Dogs It Claimed Were Adopted
Sponsors stunned by director deception
Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Donors to Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter’s “Lucky Dog” program were shocked to learn that the dogs they sponsored in order to be adopted were in fact, euthanized. The northern Georgia shelter took in strays and owner surrenders and claimed to be no kill.  The “Lucky Dog” program was a brilliantly simple scam. Good-hearted animal lovers gave the...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Trick Training
Promoting mental stimulation
In the classic game, a ball is placed beneath one of three pails. Your dog shows
One of the biggest challenges dog trainers face is how to encourage people to continue training their dogs. Not only will this help dogs remain well behaved, it gives them attention for a lifetime, not just for the course of a sixweek beginner obedience class. Watch someone who genuinely enjoys playing with her dog and you know that dog has a home for life. No one understands this better than...
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Puppy Survives Chicago Expressway
A lesson in how not to catch a dog
Holiday traffic was tied up for an hour when a small mixed breed dog darted along the busy Stevenson Expressway in Chicago. State police troopers, road construction workers and passersby all attempted to catch the dog to no avail. It wasn't until he wore himself out and laid down on the grassy shoulder that nearby resident Jose Terriquez could grab him. In watching the video, I couldn't help but...

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