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No Love for Pet Love
Any day now, Hollywood starlets-without-a-clue will have to go somewhere other than Pet Love at the Beverly Center mall to drop big money on sickly purse pups. In a press conference this afternoon, Best Friends Animal Society will announce that the shopping center will terminate Pet Love's lease in the next few months. It's a victory for the “Puppy-Store-Free L.A.” campaign that began with a...
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New Study Reveals “Dog Envy”
A new study reveals dogs feel jealousy and pride.   "Dr Friederike Range, of the University of Vienna's neurobiology department, has shown that dogs feel intense jealously when they spot that they are unfairly treated compared with other dogs. 'Dogs show a strong aversion to inequity,' she said."   While I love any research that sheds new light on animal self-awareness, I have to wonder if anyone...
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The Dangers of Street Shocks
A recent memorial service for a husky named Sebastion serves as a reminder of a danger many of us didn’t even realize was out there—stray electrical voltage. (Sebastian was electrocuted by a lamppost last May.) While the dangers are nothing like the days direct current before Nikola Tesla discovered alternating current, errant shocks and electrocution are not a thing of the past. The folks at...
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Dogs on Treadmills
Lately, I see dogs on treadmills, and I don't mean in my dreams or metaphorically. Folks are seriously opting for machines, particularly, it seems, for basset hounds. The word is that since exercise is good for dogs, this can’t be bad. Better than nothing, maybe, but you have to think that Clementine, Skully and Hank (below), would be much happier wandering at their own varied pace out where...
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Bless the Beasts, Irish-style
The Blessing of the Animals (The Bark, Sept/Oct 2008) at the massive Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York is a Noah’s Arc-style affair (think: camels, eagles, reindeer framed by elaborate Gothic arches) that would have knocked the sandals right off its patron saint, Francis of Assisi. A recent blessing outside St. Muredach’s in Ballina in western Ireland might have been a little...
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Vets Oppose Ear Cropping and Tail Docking
Somewhere between packing my car and dicing celery and cranberries, I missed it. On the day before Thanksgiving, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) released a statement opposing ear cropping and tail docking for cosmetic purposes, and encouraging the elimination of cropped ears and docked tails from breed standards. Not surprisingly, the American Kennel Club (AKC)—which was not...
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Convictions in California Dog Fighting Ring
Despite defense attorneys' efforts to characterize systematic animal cruelty as a less-than-serious crime, a California judge has handed down a second multi-year prison sentence for felony dog fighting. With several recent convictions, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Task Force looks pretty serious about tackling this scourge.  
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First Puppy Biz Makes New Yorker Cover
Controversial New Yorker cartoonist Barry Blitt provides a learning opportunity re: "vetting" with his Obama and the dogs cover this week. (Thanks to Media Bistro and William Safire.) It's amazing how much press traction this not-quite-cabinet-level pick continues to receive. Meanwhile you gotta love the mixed-breed look of the big, gray dog in Blitt's tableau--a vote for mutts?
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Paw It Forward
With Black Friday in the rearview mirror, it's time to think outside the big box store. In the spirit of do-good, feel-good opportunities, I introduce Maggie (Magnum, officially). He's been living in a Dogs Deserve Better foster home for three years. Now, I'm not suggesting you run out and adopt Maggie in a burst of egg nog-fueled euphoria. Adoption is obviously a serious commitment. But how...
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Governor Schwarzenegger’s Very Bad Idea
Last week, I talked with the founder of a senior dog rescue organization near Seattle. Her report from the frontlines was dire. She says she’s never seen the situation for dogs so bad. She gets several calls each day from people around the country. They are frantic. Unable to make ends meet and losing their homes and jobs, they plan to “give up” their dogs. The shelters are overcrowded; the...

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