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Dogs Know How to Have Fun [Video]
All they need is a soundtrack
My Monday is grateful to Dave Meinert, the Cape Town-based director and filmmaker who turned a weekend dog-sitting gig into an epic dog’s-eye-view music video that captures the zany fabulousness with which dogs inhabit the world when they are given free rein. Created for the song “Hearts” by Johnny Neon, the video follows a rescue dog named Lemon (via GoPro camera rigged to a harness) on a sun-...
Blog: Guest Posts
15 Shelter Dogs Get the Mad Ave Treatment
Pics of the Litter initiative aims to find homes for tough cases
You know how when you hear about something for the first time, it seems to pop up on your radar repeatedly after the fact? When it’s a good idea—such as talented photographers helping shelter dogs get adopted—the repetition is a source of satisfaction. Last year, I wrote about HeARTs Speak, a coalition of professional photographers shooting adorable (and hopefully irresistible) portraits....
Dog Culture: DogPatch
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Large-animal veterinarians put in long hours and spend lots of time on the road, visiting farms in sparsely populated rural areas. It can be bitter cold or swelteringly hot, and is often muddy work. These challenges, plus an ever-shrinking number of people involved in agriculture, have been driving a shortage of large-animal and mixed-practice veterinarians nation-wide. As of last fall, 1,300...
Blog: Guest Posts
Is the Guardian Campaign Losing Steam?
Does it matter?
Back in the early 2000s, a number of municipal governments around the country and in Canada revised their city codes, county ordinances and state legislation as they related to companion animals, replacing the term “owner” with “animal guardian.” In addition, animal welfare professionals, such as animal shelter staff and police and humane society officers, were referred to as guardians. The...
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House Fire Survivors Need Forever Homes
Tragedy strikes home of foster volunteer
Volunteering to help rescue animals can be gratifying work but it can also be hard; there are setbacks and disappointments, as we were just reminded by Judy Devine-Geuther of Kennewick, Wash. As a member of HeARTs Speak, Devine-Geuther volunteers her time and substantial talents to photograph dogs in such a way that helps them get adopted. Recently, she photographed an adorable crew of foster...
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Dog Show Severs Ties with Pedigree
A little too much sad reality
I don’t feed my dog Pedigree dog food, but I am a huge fan of their ads. I know the company is pushing product, but I admire all the time, attention and high-production effort they give to promoting the adoption of shelter dogs and celebrating mixed-breed pups. Some of their ads are funny and celebratory; others make me weep in my cups (above). On Friday, the Associated Press reported that...
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Did a Dog Play Cupid for You?
Dogs are great icebreakers and matchmakers
I’m pretty caught up in the pre-Valentine’s Day media swirl. I try to ignore it but I love reading true-life love stories, especially if they feature a dog—and a surprising number of them do. That may be because dogs are pretty great matchmakers. Nine out of ten people in the UK say they were more likely to strike up a conversation with a stranger if the stranger had a dog, according to a...
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Must Read: Wonder Dog
The miracle and mystery of service dogs
There was a wonderful story in The New York Times Magazine ("Wonder Dog," Feb. 2, 2012) this weekend about a Golden Retriever named Chancer and a boy with fetal alcohol syndrome named Iyal. The story focuses on a truly compelling frontier in service dog training and placement—where dogs work with people suffering from “invisible disabilities.” Chancer was trained at 4 Paws Ability in Ohio,...
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Super Bowl Pitch-Pups
Love ‘em or leave ‘em?
Last week, we blogged about the teaser for Volkswagen’s Super Bowl 46 ad, which featured a chorus of dogs barking “The Imperial March” from Star Wars. A continuation of 2011’s Super Bowl theme, “The Bark Side” was essentially an ad for an ad, and it has logged more than 11 million hits online. On Wednesday, the carmaker released the actual game day ad, which stars a beautiful dog namd Bolt....
Dog's Life: Travel
Have Dog, Will Travel: Sun, Dialed In
Palm Springs
Whether your tastes run to early-morning rambles among fan palms or poolside martinis and lounge music, Palm Springs satisfies both the dog pack and Rat Pack sides of life. A little more than 100 miles east of Los Angeles, this stylish enclave in the Coachella Valley boasts 354 days of sun a year (January daytime temps reach into the high 70s), an outsized cultural footprint and an even bigger...

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