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Mutt Inspires Thoughts of Nirvana
Dooley’s behavior models the Dalai Lama
Newspaper reporter Abbie Gripman read about a Tibetan Mastiff who was sold for $1.5 million dollars in China. The reason for the high price is that in China and Tibet, members of this breed are believed to be reincarnated souls of monks who did not achieve Nirvana.   As any normal person with a dog would do, Gripman began to search for signs of holiness in her own dog, Dooley, whose breed mix is...
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Biodegradable Poop Bags
A green option for waste
Recently, I posted a blog about how friendly people are when they see me carrying a bag of poop. One great comment was that people would probably offer even bigger smiles if I carried the poop in environmentally friendly biodegradable poop bags instead of plastic newspaper bags. Fair point.   I looked into the biodegradable poop bags and want to share what I learned. They are made from corn and...
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Robert Bradford’s Dog Art For Sale
Big bucks can buy recycled art
The artist Robert Bradford of Great Britain has a dog piece up for sale, and it’s available for under $10,000! Bradford has a solo show in Paris at Envie d’Art and his work includes “Beg,” a two-foot high dog in a begging posture. It is made of toys, clothes and flashlights.   Bradford is well known for his sculptures of recycled toys and has other works of art in the form of dogs. They are not...
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Guardian Billed For Damages After Dog Killed By Car
Insurance company later backed down
When Tom Wrynn’s 8-year old Lab Mystie was hit and killed by a car last month, his view was that it was a sad accident. Mystie ran in front of the car on a dark night, and her black coat made her difficult or impossible to see. The driver of the car was in tears, and he consoled her, telling her that it was dark and hard to see and it was not her fault. (The Wrynn family still has Mystie’s...
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Canine Corps Cares For Dogs of People Deployed
Free help to military families
Matthew Chapman, an explosives specialist in the military, and his wife Debbi were alarmed when they learned about a policy that could have a big effect on them. If they had to be evacuated from South Korea, they would only be allowed to take two dogs with them. That presented a huge problem because the couple has three dogs and tensions between North Korea and South Korea are increasing, making...
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Dogs Vary in Size Within Breeds
How big is the range?
Last weekend, there was a chocolate Lab at the athletic fields where my husband and I were playing flag football with some other people, including his guardian. Both my children had a ball running around with Porter on the sidelines. He was very sweet and well trained. He played Frisbee, chased some of the adults around if they enticed him to do so, and got off the field and sat when asked to do...
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Mark Zuckerberg Has a New Puli
Beast has his own Facebook profile
The CEO and founder of Facebook has a new buddy—Mark Zuckerberg brought home a Puli this past weekend. The new pup is named Beast and has his own Facebook page. Beast has more than 23,000 fans already, with more being added every hour.   Beast’s Facebook page tells us that he likes “cuddling, loving and eating” and that though he was born in Grants Pass, Ore., he is a type of Hungarian Sheepdog....
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Dog Book Recommendations For All
What titles do you pass on to friends?
My sister recently requested a few suggestions for dog books to read because this month, the theme for her book club is pets.   Her book club has the world’s coolest system for choosing what to read. You can sum up their strategy with the phrase, “Every woman for herself!” because each member chooses a different book to read. Choices are organized around themes, such as banned books, band books,...
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Dolphins Save Dog From Drowning
Doberman exhausted but safe
An 11-year old Doberman named Turbo escaped from his yard and was missing for 15 hours, much of which he may have spent struggling not to drown in a canal near his home in Marco Island, Fla. During his absence, his family searched for him throughout the streets near their home, but never thought to check in the water.  Turbo owes his life to two dolphins that apparently stayed with him in the...
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Jamie Wyeth Dog Portrait Up for Auction
Artist marked his own dog
Artist Jamie Wyeth created many paintings of his Yellow Lab Kleberg with a circular marking around one eye. One of them is called “Study of Kleberg” and will be up for auction at Christie’s in New York City next week. It is expected to go for $40,000 to $60,000, which is quite a chunk of change for a painting that was done as one of a series of studies for a larger painting of the subject.  ...

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