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AKC’s Latest Controversy
Competitors were reaching for sandbags not glory at Agility Invitational
Every year, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Agility Invitational puts the spotlight on the top five dogs of every AKC-recognized breed, which gives less traditional agility breeds a chance to come out and shine. It's held in Long Grove, Calif., in conjunction with the creme de la creme of conformation and the top obedience teams. You might have seen highlights from years past on Animal Planet....
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Can I Make My Dog Sick?
Confirmed cases of H1N1 being passed from humans to dogs and cats
A couple weeks ago, my otherwise healthy 12-year-old Catahoula, Desoto, had a bad case of diarrhea--the kind that required running to the back door with him in the middle of the night. It lasted for 10 messy days (we couldn't always make it outside). I tried not to worry too much since his appetite was as big as ever. But it got me thinking about how the most wonderful time of the year overlaps...
Dog's Life: Travel
Tracking Down Dog Fun
In Illinois & Indiana
Midwestern folks are often friendly (even in the big cities!) and love to talk about dogs. Don’t hesitate to ask people where they like to take their pups. With their help, you’ll discover new places to visit and make new friends on the way. In Chicago. Start your day with a walk through Grant Park, located downtown and nicknamed Chicago’s “Front Lawn” for its lovely lakeside view. If it’s hot...
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Dog Duct Taped and Abandoned
Sadly, this isn’t an isolated abuse case.
When my cat went missing for 12 hours a couple weeks ago, I thought I had imagined every possible worse-case scenario. But what happened to Daisy the Beagle never would’ve occurred to me. She had been missing from her upstate New York home for two weeks when a hunter located her on his property, shoved inside a plastic bag and duct taped so only her nostrils were exposed. She was in really bad...
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Breedism
Stereotyping is no laughing matter.
You know what really gets my hackles up? Stereotyping a breed of dog, or what I'll call breedism. Did you hear Chris Rock's latest joke? On "The Jay Leno Show," he said, "What the hell did Michael Vick do, man? A Pit Bull ain't even a real dog." Fortunately, the late Richard Pryor's widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor -- who together with her late husband created Pryor’s Planet, an animal rescue group and...
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I Spot Trouble
Why I think "The 101 Dalmatians Musical" is a bad idea.
When I first heard about "The 101 Dalmatians Musical," my first thought was, "Does everything have to be turned into a musical?" On a more serious note, I worry that there will be a surge in popularity for this breed just like what happened in the late '90s when Disney's live-action remake of "101 Dalmatians" came out followed by a popular sequel, "102 Dalmatians." Backyard breeders quickly took...
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Crime or Freakish Accident?
Can a dog leash be considered a weapon?
Bob Head of San Jose, Calif., is angry and I don't blame him. While on her daily walk last week, his 62-year-old wife, Beverly, was tripped by a dog leash, hit her head and died the next day of her injuries. The "culprit" was a cyclist whose two Huskies were on leash running alongside him. According to the local police, the cyclist did not break any law and therefore no crime was committed. Mr....
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What If Your Dogs Outlive You?
Tragedy leaves four dogs grieving and homeless.
This past Labor Day, suburban Chicago couple Mike and Sue Kelm went for a motorcycle ride. Sue had been battling cancer and was scheduled for surgery later that week. She usually didn't ride with her husband, but it seemed like a nice way to enjoy some time together on a beautiful, warm day. Tragically, a car pulling out of a gas station hit and killed them, leaving behind their beloved pack of...
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Sept. 13 Is Worldwide Vick Protest Day
Protesters plan peaceful march to give voice to victims of dogfighting.
This Sunday, Sept. 13, dog lovers are expected to gather outside stadiums throughout the country to protest Michael Vick's reinstatement in the NFL. Chicago area participants will meet at Soldier's Field Gate 14 at 12 p.m. Nicole Milligan of Long Road Home Pit Bull Rescue has organized a protest outside Panther's Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Meet at 11 a.m. at the corner of Stonewall and...
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Must See (Dog) TV
Two adoptable dogs keep it real!
There's something to be said for truth in advertising! A volunteer with the SPCA in Canada appeared on a local news program to increase awareness of the shelter's adoptable dogs. She brought along two beautiful adoptable dogs, a male Shepherd mix and a female Pit Bull. They started out on their best behavior but grew a little impatient with the all-talk, no-action format! You gotta love it. Maybe...

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