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News: JoAnna Lou
Smartphone for Dogs
New collar lets you 'video chat' with your pup.
These days it seems like everyone has a smartphone, even toddlers can be regularly seen playing with the expensive devices. So it was only a matter of time before the technology reached our pets too. This week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Motorola unveiled the Scout 5000, a collar which is being billed as a smartphone for dogs. While there are other GPS-enabled collars,...
News: Karen B. London
Military Device Disguised as Dog Poop
Everybody left these transmitters alone
Over the winter break, my family visited the Washington D.C. area, and like my children, I find myself writing the “What I Did During My Vacation” essay. At the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the great displays include the Space Shuttle Discovery, the Enola Gay, a Concorde airliner, and the 1903 Wright Flyer that was the first plane ever to take flight. Despite these historical marvels, the...
News: Karen B. London
Gifts That Spoke to My Passion For Dogs
Does everyone see my need for lint rollers?
My stocking this year was full of little treasures that tell me that my relatives on the Christmas-celebrating side of the family really get me. Among the great diversity of gifts, the majority fit into three categories—chocolate (oh how I love it!), lotions (oh how my skin hates living in the high desert!) and dog related. The thing that really made me laugh was that I received three lint...
News: JoAnna Lou
Dog Photos for Anthony
Facebook page collects over 500,000 pet pictures to lift a boy's spirits.
A photo posted by Filicia May of her two dogs,  Jase and Remy.
16-year old Anthony Lyons loves his dogs, but is forced to leave them behind when he checks into the Phoenix Children's Hospital once a month for chemotherapy treatments. It's a grueling week long ordeal and the only thing that puts a smile on Anthony's face is the visits from the hospital's therapy dogs. But unfortunately they can't come every day. So Roberta Lucero-Koron, a family friend,...
News: JoAnna Lou
Wagging Tails at Check-in
A North Carolina hotel hosts adoptable dogs.
If you miss your dogs while on vacation, you'll love the Aloft hotel in Asheville, North Carolina--but you may need to make room for an extra passenger on the way home! In July, the lodging chain's downtown location teamed up with Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue to host a dog until a forever home could be found. Since then, guests have been welcomed by an adoptable canine when they come to stay....
News: JoAnna Lou
New Years Resolutions with Your Dog
Including pets in your 2015 goals.
According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, less than half of people who make a New Years resolution still practice it six months later. And only eight percent actually achieve their goal. There are many best practices for increasing the chances you'll stick with your plan, such as making the resolution specific (saying that you'll go to the gym three times a week instead of...
News: JoAnna Lou
Holiday Treats for Forgotten Pups
A shelter volunteer makes sure homeless dogs are spoiled for Christmas.
Holiday pet treats and toys have become a big business in recent years as we spoil our furry kids. But what about the dogs left behind at shelters? For most homeless pups, Christmas is just another day in a lonely kennel. But many shelters are trying to change that, making the holidays special for forgotten pets. Many of my local shelters hold special fundraisers and food drives this time of...
News: JoAnna Lou
From Shelter Pup to Movie Star
Annie's canine lead showcases the potential of rescue dogs.
Last week the modern adaptation of the classic film, Annie, opened starring a cute and talented Golden Retriever/Chow mix named Marti as Sandy. One thing that I love about canine actors is that many of them are adopted from animal shelters, showcasing the potential of these often forgotten pups. Animal trainer Bill Berloni has trained many Sandys over the years, all from local shelters. The...
News: Shirley Zindler
True Spirit of Christmas Gifts
Helping Save a Dog's Life
I had a profoundly moving experience recently. I pulled up on a call to pick up a sick kitten and the song The Christmas Shoes came on the radio. I wrote about this song in The Secret Life of Dog Catchers because it always makes me cry. Sometimes I see so many sad, terrible things on the job that I lose the ability to cry even when I need to. A tender song can be a catalyst to release some of...
News: JoAnna Lou
3D Printed Prosthetics Allow Dog to Run
Collaboration opens a new world for a South Carolina pup.
Earlier this year I wrote about TurboRoo, an adorable Chihuahua who received a 3D printed dog cart to help him get around. Dog carts have been the norm for lucky disabled pups, but it makes it hard to really run and play with other dogs. Canine prosthetic legs are more expensive and can take a long time to get the right fit. But that all could change starting with a special pup named Derby, the...

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