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Courtroom Dogs in New York
New York City expands its courtroom therapy dog program to adults.
Testifying against an abuser is an experience that can run the gamut of emotions--from deep anger to paralyzing fear. Recognizing how intimidating this process can be, New York began allowing dogs in the courtroom in 2011 to support children on a case-by-case basis. The program has been successful and this week marked the first time that a dog was allowed to accompany an adult in a New York City...
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Summer 2015 Reading List
Now that summer is here with its long, warm days, we hope to inspire you to catch up on your reading. Here’s a list of a few of our favorites, both new and classic. Dog Smarts What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren New paperback edition includes an update about behind-the-scenes training of a cadaver scent dog. Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz If you haven’t read this yet, add this to your list...
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Dog Lunges in Front of Bus
Seeing eye dog jumps in front of a moving vehicle to protect his owner.
Service dogs are everyday heroes, dedicating themselves to helping people live as normal a life as possible. But Figo, a seeing eye dog from Brewster Village, New York, went above and beyond the call of duty this week. On Monday, Audrey Stone and Figo were crossing the street when the driver of a mini bus failed to see the pair. With no signs of the bus stopping, the Golden Retriever threw...
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Alpha Gets a Make Over
Step aside dominance, hello to loving and caring
The much over-used construct of “alpha” got a good roll over recently on the opinion pages of The New York Times. Carl Safina, the founder of The Safina Center at Stony Brook University, writes in his insightful op-ed, “Tapping Your Inner Wolf,” about how the alpha notion is rather misguided and demonstrates a misunderstanding of what it really means to be a leader. Instead of the aggressive,...
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Drones Help Dog Rescue Operation
Drones are coming to the rescue for stray dog operations in Houston. This innovative program is spearheaded by Tom McPhee, executive director of World Animal Awareness Society (WA2S), he’s the pilot behind the drone controls too. WA2S is filming a new television show called “Operation Houston: Stray Dog City,” to examine the stray dog problem in that city and profile the community people trying...
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Now You Can Have Fit and Fun Dogs With Very Little Effort
Author Jordan Walker adores all animals most especially his pet dog. He never forgets to impart his knowledge about dogs and other animals on Coops And Cages. In this article he discusses how dog owners can help improve fitness and fun to their pet’s life. It is not surprising that most dog owners these days treat their pets much like their own children – way too pampered and spoiled. In fact, it...
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Teen Advocates for Heartworm Disease Awareness
Conn. teen is raising money for shelters and awareness for a potentially fatal disease.
When teenager Annie Blumenfeld adopted her dog, Teddy, from a kill animal shelter in 2012, she was inspired to do more to help homeless pets.  Annie is a talented artist and has since raised almost $40,000 through her charity, Wags 4 Hope, by painting pictures of her donors' animals. Required donations vary from $30-45, depending on the number of pets in the piece, but 100 percent of the money...
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Can Your Home be Beautiful and Dog-Friendly?
Sponsored by Hardwoof Flooring
We love talking about our dogs, showing off what they can do and introducing them to all of our friends. But that doesn't mean we want traces of them all over our homes. From slipping and scratching to chewing and slobbering, our furry friends can wreak havoc on our furniture, walls, throw pillows and accent pieces. So, many dog owners sacrifice form for function when it comes to design and decor...
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Organ Donation Ad Wins Hearts
The dog-human bond stars
The FATH (Fundación Argentina de Trasplante Hepático) and DDB Argentina present “The man and the dog”, a story of friendship that seeks to inspire people to become organ donors.
This has got to be one of the most touching PSAs of all times—speaking volumes for the enduring connection between dogs and people. The video, “The Man & The Dog,” was developed by the agency DDB Argentina for FATH (Fundación Argentina de Trasplante Hepático) an organ donation program in that country, and in only 90-seconds itells the moving story of the bond that all dog people can readily...
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Dogs Spreading Lawn Chemicals
Study finds that pets can track potentially harmful herbicides inside the house.
When I treat my lawn with herbicides, I usually keep my dogs off of the grass for a couple of days. But a new study has me rethinking my use of chemicals in the yard all together. A study at Purdue University has found that dogs can pick up garden and lawn chemicals, contaminate themselves, and transfer the herbicides to people. Some of these chemicals have been associated with an increase in...