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Big Holes in Anti-Cruelty Enforcement
ASPCA study finds cops need more training
Earlier this year, Charles Siebert wrote a New York Times magazine story about the increased attention on animal cruelty in the United States. He cited a significant expansion of state animal-cruelty laws, investigative initiatives, and most importantly an overall appreciation for the links between animal cruelty and “non-animal” crimes “including illegal firearms possession, drug trafficking,...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Here Comes the Bride... and Her Dog
From flower pups to well-heeled guests, dogs take their place in weddings
Travis Nichol and Ally Zenor with Allisdair.
On a sunny June day in 2004, Danny Branson and Kathy Buetow were playing fetch with their Australian Cattle Dogs when Branson pulled out his pocketknife and began slicing into one of the balls. “I looked over at him, wondering what the heck he was doing,” says Kathy Buetow (now Buetow Branson). He held the ball up to her ear and said there was something rattling inside and he had to find out what...
Blog: Guest Posts
Kindness of Strangers, Plus Luck
Heartwarming reunion story
This time of year “Christmas miracle” stories fill the air like snowflakes, and most fail to live up to their billing. But the story of a little white dog reunited with his owners after a terrible car accident on the Elkhart County toll road in Indiana, deserves the title. Fair warning: When you watch the video in the link, you’ll want some tissues nearby.
Blog: Guest Posts
Are You Tipping?
Don’t miss your daily dog tips from DogTown
Sometimes I get overwhelmed reading about training and behavior. It feels like there is too much to know and absorb. That’s one of the reasons I’m loving the daily updates from Dog Tips from DogTown. This sneak, one-tip-a-day peek is rolling out on TheBark.com this week and next. My current favorite is “Tip 3: Because dog’s don’t wear mood rings,” a simple, illustrated guide to reading my dog’s...
Blog: Guest Posts
Michael Vick Wants a Dog
To help with his “rehabilitation”
The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback who went to prison for his involvement in dog fighting and animal cruelty said in an interview that he and his children miss having a dog and that bringing one into his home would be a good thing for his rehabilitation. Unfortunately for Vick, his sentence includes on ban on his ever owning a dog.   Ever since Vick was charged we’ve been following his story...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Finding Lost Dogs
Robocalls to the rescue
LOST DOG CALL CENTER
Many pets go missing in September, says Colleen Busch, spokesperson for FindToto.com, the country’s first lost pet phone alert system. She thinks it may be due, in part, to all the distractions of getting kids back to school. But whatever the reason, when your dog escapes or, worse, is stolen, FindToto is there, like a search party in your laptop. Simply input the details of your dog’s...
Blog: Guest Posts
No Dogs in Happiness Study?
Harvard brains miss a trick
I recently read about and then signed up for a happiness study conducted by Harvard researchers. I answered some personal questions and then agreed to respond, as soon as possible, to a daily (you can request more frequent check-ins) text and email. The short daily survey asks several questions about what I’m up to and how I feel about it, and then charts my emotional temperature.   But I’ve hit...
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Veterinarians Improve Their Oath
And provide shelter standards
Every day a veterinarian has a good chance of being a hero—extracting a painful tooth, diagnosing the source of a lump, helping a dog to a much-needed sleep. It should be enough that they take good care of patients each day, but lately vets have been articulating a larger vision that means good things for animals.   In November, the American Veterinary Medical Association revised the veterinarian...
Blog: Guest Posts
First-Dog Advice for Youngsters
Kid-friendly website for families who want a dog
It’s the time of year when children are encouraged to say what they want for Christmas and Hanukah, and sometimes a puppy is on the list. Families with young children considering adopting a dog, either as a gift or down the road, should check out a new website created by the University of Illinois Extension called “Best of Friends: Kids and Dogs.” Designed for 4th through 6th grade classrooms,...
Blog: Guest Posts
Trim Your Tree with Hope
Special ornaments send lucky dogs home
Our Christmas tree decorations are an eclectic mix that’s long on backstory and short on thematic unity and good taste. I like ornaments that show their age or are handmade by friends and family. Others have strong memories and associations with people and pets long gone. I’ve always had a rule that I would never buy an ornament, but this year I will make an exception to purchase one from the...

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