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Taking Your Dogs to the Grave with You?
Protect your pets with a plan
I’ve been trying to wrap my head around Diane Mapes’ story on MSNBC.com about folks who request their dogs be euthanized and buried with them when they die. It sounds a little crazy, and I think in many cases it’s probably selfish and self-absorbed. But, as hard as it is to face, in the case of old or sick cats and dogs for whom the guardian can’t guarantee a home after they die, it may be the...
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It’s Cool to Adopt!
Earworm alert: Catchy tune with pawsitive message
Yesterday, my editor sent me the link to “It’s Cool to Adopt”—a down-home video (watch below) with a spot-on message, charming stars and, as I soon found out, a refrain that’s pretty tough to shake. It’s cool to adopt over eggs. It’s cool to adopt in the shower. It’s cool to adopt while walking the dogs. And on and on…   The man to praise (or blame) for penning this earworm is Michael Raab, whose...
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2007 Melamine Contamination Explained
FDA webinar to cover investigation, harmful effects
In 2007, thousands of dogs and cats were made ill and even killed by melamine contamination in imported pet food and treats. Questions, anger and grief still linger. On Tuesday, Food and Drug Administration scientist Renate Reimschuessel will detail the FDA’s investigation into the crisis and the contaminant’s harmful effects. During the half-hour limited-audience webinar, Reimschuessel will also...
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Bedbugs Bite Back
Detection dogs’ alerts are challenged
It’s raining cats and dogs at The New York Times. Today’s front page features stories about how cats lap milk (actually pretty cool and weirdly complicated; dogs’ methods are described as “crude” by comparison) and some new wrinkles in the crusades of bedbug-sniffing dogs.   We’ve written a bit about bedbug detection in The Bark. As the bitey mites have wreaked havoc, especially in New York and...
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Remembering K9s on Veterans Day
First-person stories from handlers in war zones
Tomorrow is Veterans Day, when we honor the service and sacrifice of military veterans, a tradition going back to Armistice Day, November 11, 1919. With our country involved in protracted wars on two fronts it is indeed a poignant day. Among the veterans we honor are military dogs, from sentries in Vietnam to explosives detection dogs in Iraq. Dogs have served in the U.S. military since World War...
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Upcycle Those Furballs
Spin it, stuff it, let it fly
I live with two very committed shedders. At certain times of the year, their output stuns. Even with consistent furminating (is this a verb yet?), I sweep soft, dirty tumbleweeds of fur onto my dustpan and out to the garbage regularly. And, until recently, I believed the highest and best use of their fur was to make sweeping more satisfying. But in the pursuit of shrinking their environmental...
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Dogs in China
Things are looking up for pups in Beijing
Where international pressure and petitions failed to end the practice of eating dogs in China, prosperity may turn the tide. A recent New York Times story described the rising tide of dog-love in prosperous Chinese cities such as Beijing—where treat boutiques, dog swimming pools and dog-friendly cinemas and bars are thriving. Meanwhile, the practice of eating dogs is becoming less socially...
Dog Culture: Reviews
I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story
Algonquin Books; $23.95
“I thought you were dead,” Stella says to Paul when he returns home from a bar, on page one of Pete Nelson’s new novel. Delivered by an aging, arthritic Labrador/Shepherd mix, the line displays the dry wit and dog logic that makes Stella and, by extension, much of this novel a delight.   At the center of the story is Paul Gustavson, a writer in Northampton, Mass., whom we follow over the course...
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Adopt A Senior Dog
Older, wiser, mellower—what could be better?
Yesterday, on my morning stroll with Lulu and Renzo, I met a couple walking an 11-year-old mutt they had just adopted from the Seattle Humane Society. I use the word mutt as high praise because this dog was shaggy and black with a graying, eternally charming muzzle. I’m a sucker for the type. But I knew she was the sort of dog a person with less imagination or compassion might pass by in a...
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Showing and Telling
Your stories give us something to bark about
One of my favorite parts of my job is reviewing submissions for contests, especially Show & Tell. Your stories and photos never fail to lift my spirits. From funny to ridiculous to sublme, readers remind me of the many surprises our dogs have in store for us. They challenge us to be the best people we can be and then they reward us by putting their best paws forward.   Recently, we received a...

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