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Blog: Karen B. London
I Always Carry Dog Gear
There’s no denying my life involves dogs
The man had to bend over awkwardly to hold the dog’s collar as they walked down the block.  Assuming that he was holding on to prevent a lost dog from running into the street, I pulled over to ask, “Did you just find that dog?” “No,” he replied, “My leash broke, and I’m just trying to get home.” With his other hand he held up a mangled non-retracting retractable leash that was now worthless. I...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Therapy Dogs on Campus
Study looks at animal-assisted therapy and college students.
Last month Oklahoma State University launched the country's most comprehensive university-wide pet therapy program, part of their commitment to be America's Healthiest Campus. Most schools bring in therapy dogs only at stressful times, such as finals week, but OSU's goal is to be more proactive. I'd love to see more schools adopt similar programs, but they may be wondering, are therapy dogs a “...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Mislabeled Food
Study finds that ingredients listed on packages differ from what's inside.
With recent allegations of mislabeled food, we've never been so far removed from where our meals come from. Last year a study across 21 states found that as much as 33 percent of seafood in the United States is sold as a different product than what's listed on the package. And it's not just human food. After reading about horse meat found in ground beef products sold in European, California's...
Blog: Karen B. London
The Details Behind Stories Matter
It’s true for dogs and proposals
The details behind stories add to the understanding we can take from the stories at face value. I find this most obvious with stories about dogs and about marriage proposals. For example, which sounds better to you—a proposal on a beach in Hawaii or the proposal while at home mopping the floor? It’s natural for our opinion to change with additional information. The details make all the...
Blog: Editors
Tom Brady’s Best Friend Is a Pit-Mix Named Lua
Today’s inbox brings us a special bit of eye-candy (also known as publicity pitches) that we think is worth sharing. It’s a video featuring NFL quarterback Tom Brady playing fetch with his dog Lua. This short contemplation on hard work, success and man’s best friend is a promotion for UGG, the Australian shoemaker who employs Brady as their official pitchman. We don’t know if it will make people...
Blog: Karen B. London
Where Do You Take Your Dog?
New options appearing all the time
For people who want to take their dogs with them wherever they go, life is good and getting better! There are more establishments that allow dogs now than a few years ago, and many more than a decade ago. From bookstores to ski shops to hardware stores, there are so many businesses that have begun to welcome dogs in recent years. It’s still not likely that the movie theaters or grocery stores in...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Dog Allergic to Humans
Indianapolis rescue pup begins allergy shots this week.
Pet allergies are fairly common with as much as ten percent of people having some degree of sensitivity to dogs. In fact one of my fears is that if I have kids, one of them might have or develop an animal-related allergy. But can it happen the other way around? A few months ago, Indianapolis' Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue discovered Adam, a happy-go-lucky, but sad looking Black Labrador, at the local...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
High Tech Collars for Border Patrol Pups
Department of Homeland Security considers introducing new technology to their canine team.
Over the years, there have been talks of futuristic dog collars that would reveal if your pet was happy, hungry, or sad. But, unless someone is recreating the translating collar from Pixar's Up, these gadgets seem more like a novelty that would wear off after a few days. But now these collars are getting a serious look for their application with working pups. Last week, Customs and Border Patrol...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
Lessons from Joey the two-legged pup
There is much joy to be found in life, if only we look for it
I followed the sweet, white-haired woman down a flight of stairs as we chatted about her day. She had called our shelter and stated that she had found a stray dog a few days previously had been unable to locate the owner. She requested an animal control officer to pick it up. When we reached the basement she opened the door. I looked inside and stopped in surprise. It’s pretty rare that I’m...
Blog: Karen B. London
Loving Dogs and Children
Similarities and differences in brain response
If you’ve read the headlines recently saying that science has proven that we love our dogs just like we love our kids, then you have only gotten part of the story. Yes, we love our dogs and consider them our children, and yes, a new research paper gives details about the similarities in the way our brains view these important individuals. However, there are nuances to the way our brains react to...

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