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Mutt Match
Finding the right dog
I still consider my one-time success at setting up friends who later married to be among the biggest accomplishments of my life. Matchmaking is a time-honored skill that has just as big a place in the dog world as in the human world. Adopting the right dog to suit your lifestyle is that first and oh-so-important step towards a happy relationship.   That’s why I’m such a fan of Mutt Match, an...
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Doggy Watering Hole
It’s neighbors helping neighbors
While visiting my parents in Oregon, I was out running when I saw a bucket filled with water suspended under a sign that read “Doggy Watering Hole.” I was charmed by this thoughtful, neighborly gesture at the side of the road. This sort of community-mindedness is something to be celebrated.   Now I realize that there will be folks who think, “Ew, what a great way to share germs.” To this I say 1...
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Joyful Experiences with Dogs
Can you beat running on the beach?
I took this photo of Caity running with her dog Maggie while I was vacationing with my extended family in Cannon Beach, Ore. I had never met either one of them until that day, but when they zoomed by together, I just had to capture the moment.   I am an obsessive beach and ocean lover, running is my favorite sport, and I hope it goes without saying that I’m a dog person, so for me, all of them...
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Dog Inspires Bagel Shop
Photos of dogs are all over the walls
In Flagstaff, Ariz., one of the most popular breakfast and lunch spots is Biff’s Bagels and Internet Café. Biff was a Samoyed who passed away more than 15 years ago, and his picture is on the wall with a plaque that says “Our Founder.” And his picture is not the only photo. On the contrary, much of the available wall space is covered with photos of dogs.   The entire restaurant is a memorial of...
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Dreaming of Dogs
What are your nighttime canine visions?
If there was a group called Dog Dreamers Anonymous, you would surely find me at their meetings, standing up to say, “Hi, my name is Karen, and I dream about dogs.” In fact, I dream about them every week, sometimes multiple times. Last week for example, I had three dreams about dogs.   The first dream was about a dog trying to block the waves from ruining a little kid’s sandcastle. The dog ran in...
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Swimming at the Local Pool
Dogs welcomed this week
Many dogs love to swim, and so do many people. Being able to do it together makes it even much better for many pairs. For residents of Charleston, West Virginia, this week provides a special opportunity. At the end of the season, one pool is open to dogs. In the week before season’s end, dogs are allowed to come in and have a good time in the water. Soon after, the pool is drained for the winter...
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Service Dog Diversity
Pomeranian helps hearing-impaired woman
Pookee the Pomeranian helps Julianna Rigby by alerting her to sounds she can’t detect such as visitors at the door or the telephone ringing. Since the image many people have of service dogs is confined to German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers, Rigby sometimes receives dirty looks or requests to take the dog outside when she takes her with her to the grocery store or other places where dogs are...
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Stolen Dog
Son of deployed soldier is devastated
Sometimes you read a story that warms the cockles of your heart. Other times the overheating you feel stems more from rage or disgust. Such was my experience when I learned that a 10-year old boy’s new puppy had been stolen from his yard. Cameron’s Dad had given him the puppy, whose name is Caleb, before he deployed to Afghanistan. The meanies who took it did so on the actual day that he left for...
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Therapy Dog Gives Great Gift
A wife’s last smile.
  There are a zillion stories about the amazing effects of therapy dogs on people, but this one moved me even more than usual. A husband was with his dying wife in a Florida hospital when Pogo, a Shetland sheepdog came to visit. The wife began to pet the dog, wrapped her arms around him, and smiled. It had been a long time since she had smiled, and it was to be her last one. She died the next day...
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Trash Parties
Does your dog get into the garbage?
My sister and brother-in-law had a dog named Kiwi whom I truly adored. A chocolate Newfoundland, she died three years ago and is still missed. Among Kiwi’s many wonderful qualities were intelligence, an easygoing nature, gentleness with my children and all kids and a willingness to endure the high frequency of grooming required to keep any proper Newfie looking and feeling her best.   Was she...

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