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Summer Health Tips for Your Dog
A quick check up with Sophia Yin, DVM, MS.
Now that summer is in full bloom, there are more dogs promenading by my window, snatching Frisbees at the park, and vying for a launch point at my local off-leash beach. It’s as if the canine population of Seattle has doubled, but I know most of these pups have been here all along. The simple truth is that at this time of year, there’s more time, light and inspiration for outdoor adventure. That...
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The Day After
Renzo survives the Fourth—with the help of Bark readers.
Thanks for all the wonderful advice and support for my fireworks-fearing dog Renzo. I tried several of your suggestions. As Anne advised, I began adding a little Rescue Remedy to his drinking water a few days before the Fourth. When I adopted Renzo from Fairbanks, the rescuer and I used this same homeopathic remedy to ease the stress of that transition. I also took a page from Karole’s and Kathy...
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Help with Fireworks Fear
What’s your strategy for a blast-o-phobic dog?
I have never been a big fireworks fan. I think it’s a whole lotta noise and smoke and garbage for nothing. In the past, I’ve kept my opinion to myself and skipped the displays because a lot of people love rockets and fountains and Roman candles—why do I need to be a buzzkill? Of course, there are plenty of dogs in my camp. I’ve heard the stories about dogs wimpering, shivering, drooling and...
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Barking Buddha
Stretch and connect with your dog through yoga.
Last week, I attended a book signing for Barking Buddha: Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi. I was thrilled to pick up my own copy of the hot-of-the-presses guidebook by home-town yogini and massage therapist Brenda Bryan (with photos by my friend Bev Sparks). I swear this was before I learned the book includes a little profile shot of my dog Lulu in one of Bryan’s classes. Just look for...
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The Problem of Celebrity
Some veterinarians and behaviorists decry Merial’s partnership with Cesar Millan.
Earlier this month, the executive board of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) issued a statement that it was “deeply troubled” by the Merial’s decision to partner with Cesar Millan to promote their products. Merial is a huge animal-health company and the maker of Frontline and Heartgard. As part of the promotion, the company is offering veterinary clinics a free Cesar...
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Only 72 Hours to Live
Will California reduce shelter stays from 6 days to 3 to save money?
What is California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s problem with companion animals? Less than a year after his ill-begotten plan to close the state’s budget gap, in part, with a whopping 10 percent tax on veterinary services, he’s proposed reducing shelters’ minimum holding time for stray animals, from six days to three, before they can be euthanized. Three days? 72 hours? What sort of chance...
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Adopt-A-Pet’s “Social Petworking”
Inspired use of the Internet or peer-pressure with a downside?
On the Internet, good ideas (and I guess, lousy ideas, as well) spread like viruses. In the January issue of The Bark, we wrote about how Dogs Trust in the United Kingdom found a home for a shelter dog using only a brief message on Twitter, the social networking service. It was the first Twitter-assisted placement for Dogs Trust, and maybe a first-ever. That was followed in February by a Tweet...
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Little Dang Dog
Singer’s debut album throws a bone to a rescue effort.
For less than a buck, you can enjoy a funny, happy tune about “a little scoundrel in a fur suit” and throw some cash toward a good canine cause. Inspired by his wonderful rescue hound (more on that in a sec), acoustic folk/rock singer/songwriter Kevin Carlson of Woodstock, Ga., wrote “Little Dang Dog.” He was also inspired to support the efforts of the grassroots rescue and adoption organization...
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Safe Havens for Dogs and Cats
New shelter helps furry victims of domestic violence.
The statistics are daunting. In their lifetimes, approximately one in three women will be victims of domestic violence. And in those afflicted households with companion animals, pets often share in the violence and abuse. In fact, in a study of intentional animal abuse cases, 13 percent involved incidents of domestic violence. Up to 85 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters...
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Dog Bowl Entrepreneur
Lapping up the big time with a bowl for Bo.
Here’s what I love. When someone creates a smart dog product—especially something simple that makes life better and easier for dogs and people—and then sticks by it, even if it means taking a drubbing from the venture-capital A-types on BBC’s Dragons’ Den. (They promised, "the U.S. will eat you alive.") Well, Brit entrepreneur Natalie Ellis, who has sold 80,000 of her Road Refresher (non-spill)...

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