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News: Karen B. London
Strut Your Mutt
What’s the best dog event around?
Recently I was a judge at “Strut Your Mutt” in Flagstaff, Ariz. The annual event is the work of Paw Placement of Northern Arizona, a local group that does great work finding forever homes for dogs and cats. On this particular Saturday, we three judges had to observe dog-people pairs entered into the official “Strut” competition and determine three winners. The categories were 1) Best Strut,...
News: Guest Posts
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...
News: Guest Posts
A Night With Friends
Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter enjoy a private screening of Hotel For Dogs.
“I don’t usually go to these kinds of movies,” Elaine Greene told us this morning, the day after a special screening of Hotel for Dogs in Dearborn, Mich. “I shed some tears but it really inspired me to break through roadblocks and get back to our important work.” As the executive director of Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, Greene identified with the movie’s young protagonists, who defy...
News: JoAnna Lou
Putting Unused Airline Miles to Good Use
Donate frequent flyer miles to Guide Dogs of America.
I’m by no means a frequent flyer. As I mentioned previously, in a post about Pet Airways, I avoid traveling by plane since my dog would have to fly in cargo. Needless to say, I never rack up enough miles to qualify for a free flight. Rather than let my miles expire, I recently discovered a way to put these points to good use. Northwest and United Airlines let you donate unused miles to the Guide...
News: JoAnna Lou
Celebrating My Dogs’ Special Day
Birthday party fun for pups and pet lovers alike.
This past weekend, I threw my dogs a birthday party attended by their canine and human friends. Apparently I’m not alone. According to the American Pet Association, 22 percent of dog owners celebrate their pet’s birthday. Our party was rodeo-themed with the human guests wearing cowboy hats and the dogs sporting red bandanas with sheriff badges. Keeping in line with the festivities, I asked...
News: Guest Posts
Five Summertime Tips for You and Your Dog
Leap into the season on all fours.
The sun is out, the trees are blooming, the days are long. Suddenly, it’s a whole lot easier to get out and play. And while I’d like to believe you’ve been putting in long hours at the park, lake or on trails all winter long, based on my own example, I’m going to assume there is, well, room for improvement. So in the spirit of progress, here are a few suggestions for jump-starting a healthy,...
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AKC Announces Mixed-Breed Program
Mutt lovers question the new “separate but equal” designation.
After 125 years as an advocate for (select) purebred dogs, the American Kennel Club (AKC) announced its new mixed-breed program last week. For the past several years, rumors abounded that AKC was on the cusp of allowing mixed breeds to participate in activities, such as agility, obedience and rally. Some folks claimed AKC was growing enlightened, while others claimed it was simply trying to shore...
News: Guest Posts
Two Dogs Down
After two dogs freeze to death, is it time to rethink the Iditarod?
A few days before cancer-survivor Lance Mackey became the third person to win the Iditarod three years in a row, two dogs belonging to rookie racer Lou Packer died from exposure to high-winds and 50-below-zero temperatures. The story of Grasshopper and Dizzy’s demise is as harrowing as it is provocative. Already the questions are tumbling down. Was Packer a rookie who took unnecessary risks or is...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
News on Dog Parks Across the Country
Good news on the OLA front
Across the nation, dog-lovers are working to provide more dedicated space for their pooches to run, play and socialize. Read about some of them here and be inspired! Louisiana: New Orleans City Bark’s 4.6 landscaped acres, coming soon. The first official NOLA dog park, it will have a state-of-the-art off-leash area, walking trails, shade pavilions, benches and a separate small dog section. They’...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Agility Training Exercises Your Dog Can Do Indoors
Pep up the pup during dark winter days
So, the weather is really bad again, the days are short, but you still want to pep up yourself and your dog? Turn your living room into a temporary adventure playground! Don’t worry—you don’t have to rearrange your house. Just use things that you already have to set up a course.   Exercises for dexterity and mobility are not only fun but, as little tests of courage, they train your dog’s body...

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