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Grieving a Dog’s Death
Easing the sadness isn’t easy
My brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and two nieces said good-bye to their dog today. Lizzie was almost 14 years old and in heart failure. They thought that they would lose her last October, but she survived for months more than they expected. That doesn’t make her death any less sad. Though it’s great when a dog reaches old age, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the lives of dogs are far...
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Dog Walking Bliss
Joy comes even after a rough beginning
The new season has officially arrived for those of us who live in cold weather zones. It’s the time of year in which many of us require extra motivation to walk our dogs—at least some of the time. Many motivational options exist: encouraging quotes, using the walk as a way to procrastinate, caving to guilt and walking with a human friend so you both commit to the walk. As for me, I take...
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Can Dogs Pretend?
Perhaps they engage in “make-believe”
Snoopy loved to pretend. He pictured himself most commonly as a great hockey player, Joe Cool or as the World War I Flying Ace. It’s easy for readers of the Peanuts comic strip to accept the fantasy world of its canine star. It’s much more challenging to know whether dogs in the real world can pretend. In Jason G. Goldman’s blog Animal Imagination: The Dog That Pretended to Feed a Frog (And...
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Can Your Rescue Top $36,000 in One Night?
G.R.I.N.’s Golden Gala: a fundraising inspiration
The 7th annual G.R.I.N. Golden Gala raised $36,000 on a Saturday night in late October. G.R.I.N. stands for Golden Retrievers In Need, and is a rescue group. Each year, they rescue and foster around 200 Goldens and place them in loving homes. They also provide for G.R.I.N. Goldens in need of medicine, surgery, training or help with their behavioral issues. When they are short of foster homes...
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Singer Mýa on Team Animal League
They’ll run NYC Marathon to raise money
Grammy-award winning singer Mýa takes on new challenges every year. In the past she has tried hang gliding and starting off the new year by jumping off a Brazilian cliff. This year, running the ING New York City Marathon will be among her adventures. She is undertaking this challenge to raise money for North Shore Animal League America in New York, for which she is a spokesperson. Fifty...
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Apology to Girl, Service Dog Kicked Out of Store
Company also to give charitable donation
When 9-year-old Alison Ainsworth, who is autistic, and her service dog Levi were kicked out of an Edmonton Winners store the first time, the store responded with a $25 gift card. Asking her to leave because of her dog was against company policy. When the girl and her dog returned to the store months later to use that gift card, they were again told to get out. This time, the store’s response...
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A Beagle Is a Nose With Paws
How would you describe your favorite breed?
Capturing the essence of a breed in a short phrase is a challenge, and there are downsides even if you manage it. When an entire breed is described briefly, there’s the risk of missing the mark for many individuals. There’s the chance of explaining only a part of who these dogs are, and that doesn’t do them any favors. And, just as important, it’s easy to offend people who love a particular...
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Walking Dogs for Friends in Need
This small act can be a big help
Normally, they take their dog out for long walks and runs daily, so she’s used to hours of vigorous exercise. Today, that wasn’t going to happen. The husband was in great pain recovering from surgery following an accident. The wife had been up all night attending to him and had worked all day at a stressful job trying to catch up after taking two days off following the accident. They are very...
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Dog Jokes
The best bone is the funny bone
“Why do dogs run in circles? Because it’s hard to run in squares!” I overheard a child at the park tell this joke and I laughed out loud. I shared it with several other people over the next few days and a clear pattern emerged. Dog lovers found it at least a little amusing, but other people offered a courtesy laugh at best and an eye roll at worst. It seems dog humor is another bond that those...
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Cool Weather Crazies
Is your dog peppier now?
There’s a wondrous time between the sweltering heat of summer and the deep cold of winter. It’s the season of vibrantly colored leaves, cool mornings, favorite sweaters and apple cider. If you have a dog, it might also be the season of insane amounts of energy expressed in the form of running in circles, racing back and forth or with a bit of a lapse in attention and responsiveness. These...