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Hey, Pal, Your Dog Needs Help
How to intervene when a dog needs an advocate?
It was a glorious Sunday afternoon in the park. My husband and I were having a lovely time at our friends’ impromptu baby shower, a picnic with lots of snacks, sangria and lawn games. Everyone was basking in the sun and celebrating the happy occasion. Everyone except Sparky. Sparky the Lab mix was tied to a nearby tree. He had a long lead and plenty of water, but he was clearly agitated. He...
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Bear v. Dog Mom
If dogs issued medals for bravery, this woman would get top honors: Brooke Collins, of Juneau, Alaska, took on a black bear—and won—to save the life of her beloved Dachshund. Collins heard little Fudge barking hysterically in her yard and discovered the bear trying to make a snack out of her weiner dog. Her protective instincts took over and, without thinking, Collins ran up to the bear,...
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A Lifesaving Lens
With time running out, “death-row dogs” have a friend in photographer Carolyn Evans
Carolyn Evans spends her days as the “Phodographer” of the Cincinnati area, snapping keepsake photos of beloved pets. In her off time, though, she’s a passionate crusader for shelter dogs, using her photography skills to take photos of dogs who have run out of time at a shelter. With a click of the shutter, she can capture the essence of a lonely pup on the brink. Evans distributes her photos...
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Foodie Poodle Cooks Noodles
Francis is the well-behaved host of a Japanese cooking show on YouTube
Dogs like to help out around the house, from working farms to high-rise apartments. There’s one room, however, where they aren’t typically welcome: the kitchen. Try telling that to Francis. He’s the miniature-poodle “host” of Cooking With Dog, a Japanese YouTube series. Over a Chopin piano soundtrack, Francis “narrates” each episode as a chef prepares classic Japanese meals. He gives...
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The Short Tail of the Rump Scratch
Why so many dogs love being rubbed on the rear
I’m half-asleep. I can hear the “tip-tap” sound of Daisy’s nails on the wood floor. I open my eyes just a millimeter, and see Daisy’s face right in front of mine. Her chin is resting on the edge of the bed, and her expectant face moves gently from side to side with the movement of her wagging tail. It’s time to wake up and eat and walk—the best time of the day! I reach out to pet her cute...
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Will a Mutt Be New York’s Top Dog?
New York legislators consider “the rescue dog” as new state dog
New York state legislators are teaming up to take a major stand for shelter dogs: In April, they introduced a bill designating “the rescue dog” as the official New York state dog. And it’s a bipartisan effort. State Assemblyman Micah Kellner, a Democrat from Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is co-sponsoring the bill with fellow Manhattanite and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal along with Rochester...
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Cute Animal Overload
Cuteroulette.com is the most adorablest time-waster in the world
Buckle your sweet-belts, everybody. Cuteroulette.com is here to sweep you into a fluffy vortex of adorable-ness. Created by New York City design firm Hard Candy Shell, the site brings together a random assortment of “squee!”-inducing YouTube videos. Simply keep clicking the “Next Cuteness” arrow to up your dosage of incredibly precious creatures doing precious little things.   Some of the videos...
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Why I Like Leash Laws
The downside of free-roaming dogs
Last week, the Denver Police Department and Animal Care and Control held a friendly press conference reminding dog owners to keep their pets leashed, or face fines of at least $80.   The conference was held at Cheesman Park, the city’s favorite place to illegally let dogs run loose. Hilariously, a man let his dog cavort, leashless, on the lawn during the press conference, apparently unaware of...
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Search Dogs Travel to Japan to Sniff Out Survivors
Follow their progress online
A dozen American search-and-rescue dogs are on the ground in Japan to search for survivors after last week’s earthquake and tsunami.   Riley, Baxter, Pearl, Hunter, Cadillac and Joe were trained by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) and are based with firefighters in California. They’re currently at work in the hard-hit city of Ofunato. According to a CNN report, another group of...
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Does Your Home Need a Harvey?
Pup makes a convincing case for adoption in UK ad
Think your dog is well-trained? Meet Harvey, and reconsider. This freckled shelter pup performs a dazzling array of helpful household tricks, from shining (and not eating) shoes to picking the kids up at school—as he persuasively argues in this TV commercial, “Every home needs a Harvey.” Since the ad first aired in the United Kingdom last fall, it’s racked up more than 1 million views on YouTube...

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