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Nanny Scores with Dog-Wash Discord
Why not wag your dog’s tale?
Do you find yourself making up stories about your dogs that you think would make a good children's book? I have a million. Like the one about the girl who creates a very, very, very long leash so she can sit on the couch watching Millionaire Matchmaker, while her dog wanders the neighborhood creating havoc. Or the adventures of two black mutts called the The Licorice Twins, who track down missing...
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It's A Bo!
Malia and Sasha get their dog...at last.
Well, after all the waiting and the speculation, the Obamas have their dog. A six-month-old Portuguese Water Dog named Bo for Bo Diddley. (Actually, according to reports, he was previously named Charlie, which is also my husband’s name, so I am disappointed to miss the potentially funny headlines.) A gift from Senator Ted Kennedy, who brings his own Porties to Capitol Hill, Bo’s provenance is not...
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Docking Tails on the Docket
New York considers a ban on cutting tails.
If the phones aren’t ringing off the hooks for members of the New York Assembly Agriculture Committee, they will be as soon as they take up serious consideration of Assembly Bill 7218. The bill proposes to make all instances of docking a dog’s tail unlawful, except when deemed necessary by a veterinarian to protect the life or health of the dog. In addition, it will make anyone exhibiting a dog...
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Putting More Bark in the Woods
Plant a tree for your pup this Arbor Day.
So many of my best dog memories are set in the pine forests of the Northwest. Here Lulu and Renzo thread thick groves and leap over downed trees like agility champs. They eagerly truffle at the base of venerable snags and devour fallen branches with the gusto of canine wood-chippers. So, I totally get the Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for Pets pitch. For every dollar given through Trees for Pets,...
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Why Tributes?
A chance to remember, celebrate and learn.
We recently launched Tributes, an online section dedicated to stories about our beloved dogs past. I’m glad we’ve set aside a space for celebrating our best friends and commiserating over their loss because I believe it’s another rich facet of our lives with dogs. A few years ago, I worked on a proposal for a book about pet loss. Nothing came of it, in part, because publishers felt it was a...
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One Above
Alaska halfway to designating the Malamute as state dog.
[UPDATE: On Thursday, April 16, the New Hampshire House takes up the question of the Chinook.]   While I had my eyes trained on the Northeast, waiting for New Hampshire to make the Chinook the 10th official state dog in the country (Bark, Mar/Apr 2009), the Alaska State House voted to designate the Alaskan Malamute that state’s top canine. Spearheaded by students at the Polaris K-12 School in...
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Dogs in Cars
Arizona cops test heat protection device for police dogs.
The other day, I left my dogs in the car. We’d just returned from a visit to my off-leash area. The dogs were quiet. I was distracted. I walked inside, put my coat and keys away, checked for new phone and email messages, and suddenly realized my glue-dog was not using my legs as weave poles. As always, they took it in stride. So when I read the story today about the new warning system at the...
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Strong Medicine
An articulate case for dog's healing properties.
Every Tuesday, New York Times editor Dana Jennings writes with honesty, grace and humor about living with advanced prostate cancer for his newspaper’s health blog. I recommend reading his most recent post, Life Lessons from the Family Dog, which is centered around the failing health of a poodle named Bijou de Minuit. Jennings offers simple, clear insights into the gift of dogs in difficult times...
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Report Dog Bites
One women learns a terrible lesson.
I never thought I'd say it, but you can go too far in "protecting" a dog. Last week in Alameda, Calif., an 80-year-old woman died from an infection three days after she was bitten by an unfamiliar dog. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, she lied to doctors about the cause of her injury to avoid having the dog quarantined. She paid the ultimate price, and the dog has not been found.   The...
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What Is This Guy Thinking?
Dogs in pickup trucks—it only looks cool.
Driving home from a snowshoe hike with our dogs yesterday (we got a major dump in the mountains outside Seattle), we came upon a truck with an open flatbed. What caught my eye was the enormous U.S. flag across the cab guard. Obviously, this driver wanted to send a message: He was a patriot, couldn’t we see from the flag? If I sound snide, it’s because of what I saw next: In front of the flag,...

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