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Monument Dogs Photo Contest
Picture proof positive that Kilroy, Tank, Buster and Rex were here
Summer travel season is in full air-conditioned swing, and for many of us that means driving to monuments around this fine country, from Mount Rushmore in South Dakota to a 13-foot-tall, 9,000-pound Booming Prairie Chicken in Rothsay, Minnesota. We pack, we drive, we stop for ice cream, we keep driving, we arrive, we exclaim and we click. And that click is the all-important proof WE WERE HERE!...
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Hiking with a Dog in Oregon
Here’s a guide for you
I live in the Northwest, where we love to grouse about our rainy, gray weather. But as summer warms up (finally!), it’s satisfying to know it won’t heat up so much that I can’t take my dogs hiking—one of our favorite activities. There are only a few days a year along the coast of Oregon and Washington, when mornings and evenings, at least, aren’t cool enough for trekking. Finding hikes that...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
New Recognition for Therapy Dogs
AKC titling program acknowledges pups in the community
This week, the American Kennel Club started a new program to acknowledge therapy dogs. Now pups and their handlers can earn their AKC Therapy Dog title by documenting 50 visits to facilities such as schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The recognition is open to all AKC registered dogs, both pure and mixed breed. To be clear, the AKC program doesn't certify therapy dogs, teams must be...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
How to Run Barefoot with Your Dog
Perfect landing for toes & paws
I’m neither an early adopter nor an early adapter, but barefoot running is, after all, 200,000 years old — much older than the domestication of dogs. I don’t care for fads or trends, particularly fitness- related ones. I haven’t read Chris McDougall’s book, Born to Run, about Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians who run as much as 50 miles a day barefoot or in crude sandals. What snared me were the...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Dog Sports Keep Seniors on Their Toes
Forever Young
Lacey, a short-legged, longbodied dog with pert ears and soulful brown eyes, lopes toward the first hurdle, tail wagging as the crowd cheers her on. Sneakers and padded paws pound against the rubberized matting as the canine competitor dashes through a long tunnel, guided by her handler’s words and signals. No, this isn’t a high-level agility competition, and the dog/handler duo isn’t what one...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Proper Trail Etiquette for Hiking with Your Dog
This information has been adapted from Dan Nelson’s Best Hikes With Dogs: Western Washington, 2nd Ed. Hiking trails are a gateway to good physical and mental health for both you and your dog. A few hours spent immersed in nature can cleanse the spirit and strengthen your bond with your canine companion. But it’s important to recognize that anyone who enjoys backcountry trails has a...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Biking with Dogs
Get some exercise with your pup in tow
As gas prices continue to rise, many more people are discovering the joys of riding a bike. It's a green form of transportation and great exercise. So it's only natural that people would want to include their dogs on rides. This Sunday, New York City's Direct Action Environmental Organization Time's Up! is hosting their fourth annual Doggie Pedal Parade in Manhattan's Washington Square Park....
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Summer School Gone to the Dogs
Learn new skills in the coming months
Next month, my puppy, Remy, and I are headed up to Susan Garrett's Say Yes! Dog Training for two camps, Advances in Dog Training and Critical Elements for Sport and Life (formerly know as Puppy Camp). I can't wait to spend four full days dedicated to honing my dog training skills and working with Remy. This summer, use some of your vacation days to learn more about dog-related topics, sharpen...
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River Run
Paddling white water with a dog at the helm.
With the rhythmic stroke of our paddles, we leave the city of Glenwood Springs, Colo., behind and continue our float down the famed Colorado River. Ahead, a trio of herons stands at the water’s edge on a small grassy island that sits mid-river, temporarily dividing the Colorado in two.We paddle for the channel on the right, hoping we’ve made the correct choice.As we enter the channel—well past...
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7 Activities for a Bad-Weather Day
Rainy day play by the numbers.
Have wet conditions gotten in the way of your normal walk, run or play time at the park? Are you in search of some ideas for entertaining your dog when the weather outside is “frightful”? There are lots of stimulating activities that will keep you and your dog happily enjoying one another’s company, no matter how gloomy it is outdoors. It’s all about spending time together in interesting ways. 1...

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