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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Channeling Instinct
Taking house pets to the field
Earlier this year I took my Sheltie, Nemo, to a K9 nose work seminar to try out the growing sport. I had a blast watching Nemo hunt for a hidden food pouch and I could tell from his enthusiasm that he was having just as much fun as I was. The best part was that we could dive right in. Any dog can participate because there is no training required for the beginning stages. For dogs, using their...
Blog: Guest Posts
Ick, Ugh, Eeek!
Is it really fun to celebrate ugly dogs?
The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest (Dog Lover’s Festival, Sonoma-Marin Fair, Petaluma, Calif., June 25) brings out the buzz kill in me. Sweet, unsuspecting pups “celebrated” for tufted hair, bucked or missing teeth, disproportionate bodies, wrinkles and bumps, baldness and protruding tongues—many of these exaggerations introduced by breeders in the first place and sometimes creating very real health...
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Curing Wakeolepsy
With “Yankees Fantasy Camp for canines”
Robbie Brown’s story, “Putting the Pounce Back in Your Pup” (New York Times, 6/11/10) serves as a welcome—and funny—spur in the side of complacent dog folk. He reminds us: It’s never too late to try to teach your old dog new tricks when he takes his pampered Bassett, Elvis, to the Fun Field Trial, which pairs laidback Bassets, Beagles, Dachshunds and Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens with seasoned...
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Big, Fat, Free Adoptathon, June 12-13
Maddie’s Fund underwrites an unprecedented Bay Area effort
The Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon isn’t your typical adoption drive. It’s big (41 participating shelters and adoption-guarantee organizations), ambitious (aiming to empty all the shelters in Alameda and Contra Costa counties), and, most important for potential adopters, FREE! Oh, and it’s a fundraiser for the participating organizations.   And that’s not all: The adoptathon is only a step in...
Blog: Guest Posts
Step Aside, Susan Boyle
Make room for a dancing dog
The dance-floor stylings of Chandi, the “amazing dancing dog,” have gone viral and taken the former pound pup into the finals (on Saturday) of Britain’s Got Talent. Watch her performance (we can’t embed this one). Current odds the Shrewsbury rescue will take it all are 5 to 1. If she does, she'll be the first animal to win the contest. Go Chandi!  
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
K9 Nose Work [VIDEO]
Honing dog's scenting abilities through fun and games.
Discover K9 Nose Work, the latest training activity that develops your dog’s natural scenting abilities through fun and games. The sport leverages every dog’s amazing sense of smell and their love of performing a task. Geared for dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages—K9 Nose Work has found enthusiastic participants seeking a lower impact canine activity that offers great rewards for both handlers...
Blog: Guest Posts
Lady and the Tramp Mentality
Washington Post article reinforces purebred vs. mix debate
When Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse contacted me about my AKC/mixed breed blog post, I was flattered and eager to share my thoughts on this controversial decision. Unfortunately, Hesse was on a tight deadline and we never connected for a formal interview. After reading the piece, I was surprised at its "Lady and the Tramp" mentality. From the first sentence, she paints lovely images worthy...
Blog: Guest Posts
Tech Tip for Dog Lovers
Save photos before it’s too late
Tech wise guy David Einstein got personal yesterday in his Computing advice column for the San Francisco Chronicle. Out of the untimely death of his rescued Greyhound Rune, he learned and shares an important lesson: Take care of your memories. After Rune’s death, he discovered he didn’t have many photos, and only a few that “convey Rune’s essence.” Don’t let this happen to you. Take to heart...
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Win Free Rent for a Year
With your best furry roommate tales
Does your canine roomie inspire the best in you—al fresco adventures, home-cooked food, a bottomless toy bucket, consistent teeth brushing, summer camp, a clicker and treats in every room? Tell it to a video camera and you could win free rent for a year plus $10,000! It’s not our contest, but it is the sort of opportunity I want to bark about. Plus, I’d like to see how our readers make life...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
One Ball Can Make a Difference
Planet Dog Romp-a-Thon raises money for service dogs
Currently, Planet Dog donates 2 percent of all proceeds to its charitable arm, The Planet Dog Foundation. This year the company hopes to raise even more money through the 2010 Planet Dog Romp-a-Thon. The initiative challenges retailers and consumers to help sell 20,000 Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good Balls by the end of the year. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of every ball will be...

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