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2010 Social Awareness Stamps
Post Office highlights shelter adoptions
  On April 30, The United States Postal Service officially dedicates its social awareness stamps about adopting pets from shelters. As Lisa Wogan told us back in March (Stamps to the Rescue!), the post office has a history of creating stamps to highlight relevant social issues, including those concerning pets, and the most recent set of animal stamps features dogs and cats adopted from shelters....
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Dog Rescued From Recliner
Isn’t it cats who have nine lives?
Firefighters in Naperville, IL were called in for one of their strangest rescues ever. A small dog was caught inside a reclining chair, which seems to have caused the electronic controls to cease working. In order to get him out, firefighters sawed apart the chair.   A nurse’s aide had kept the dog alive until rescuers arrived by hanging on the chair enough to relieve some of the pressure on the...
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Cruelty Victims Receiving Proper Care
One big grant makes a huge difference
American Humane’s Second Chance Fund has awarded a $20,000 grant to a shelter in Georgia. The Dublin-Laurens County Humane Society is caring for 71 animals that were among the 300 neglected dogs and cats seized from an inhumane situation in a neighboring state.   A place calling itself an animal refuge in southern Mississippi had hundreds of animals confined in overcrowded crates lacking proper...
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Animal Behavior Associates
I love this blog!
Joanna Lou’s recent blog about a conference of dog bloggers was timely, especially since she asked readers to identify their favorite dog blogs.   There’s a blog I really love that I’m thrilled is now incluced in The Bark’s blogroll. Let me introduce to you the Animal Behavior Associates' Dog and Cat Behavior Blog, written by Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists Dan Estep, PhD and Suzanne Hetts...
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Big Dogs Deserve Vacations, Too
Do hotel size restrictions make sense?
Many hotels have size restrictions on the dogs they allow to stay with them. Typically, in hotels with such restrictions, dogs must be under a certain weight, such as 20, 25, 30 or 35 pounds. There is a new campaign to allow dogs of all sizes to stay in hotels so that they, too, can travel with their families. This campaign is called “Give Big Dogs A Break” and was launched by two groups. Go Pet...
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My Town Is Dog Friendly
What about yours?
The latest issue of a local publication (Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine) contains an article called Citizen Canine: Flagstaff and Its Commanding Dog Presence. In it, the author discusses why Flagstaff is such a great place for dogs. The top reasons include:   Flagstaff boasts many great places to walk, run, or bike with dogs. The clean air, fresh water and endless miles of trails are...
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Visual Versus Vocal Cues
Dogs watch us and we talk to them
There’s a little list in my mind of information that dog trainers know and that they wish everyone knew. At the top of that list is the fact that dogs primarily communicate with visual signals whereas humans most often express themselves vocally. This difference explains so much of the confusion between our otherwise largely compatible species.   Dogs often pick up on visual cues that we use,...
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Leave It
The best cue for showing off with your dog
If a piece of hot dog or other delicious treat is on the ground and you tell your dog to “Leave It,” will your dog do as you ask or will he run to the food and snarf it up? If the answer is that your dog will eat the food, that is a shame for two main reasons: 1) If the food was spoiled, poisonous to dogs or simply fattening, you missed an opportunity to protect your dog from harm; 2) “Leave It”...
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Subaru Dog Driving Lessons
April Fools!
On April Fools Day, my sons swapped the contents of our cereal boxes. When I tried to pour my daily serving of boring grown-up bran cereal, my bowl filled with some kind of Gorilla Crunch cereal. That’s about the extent of the jokes at our house, but we enjoyed the joke that Subaru carried out enough to make up for our own lack of creativity.   Subaru announced on the first of this month that...
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Traveling Without Dogs
Who cares for them in your absence?
I recently returned from nearly two weeks in Nicaragua. The trip was the field component of Northern Arizona University’s course “Tropical Forest Insect Ecology” for which I am one of the instructors. With a thousand things to do before departure--including taking exams, writing papers, packing, arranging for mail to be held and newspapers to be stopped, attending to vaccinations and anti-...

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