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Family Dog: Freckles
Send us your family-dog photos
It’s not surprising that, since they’re such integral parts of our lives, dogs are also part of our individual family histories, and the stories that come from them. When families get together for birthdays, holidays or just for fun, these stories tend to be trotted out and enjoyed once again by everyone. Here’s one we found enchanting, and we’re pleased to share it. Send us your family-dog...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Duncan the Wonder Dog
From scruffy mutt to regal specimen.
I wonder if Duncan’s first owners thought he was a Scottish Terrier. Why else would they have given him such a grand Gaelic name? We met Duncan when he was six-months-old—by then he weighed thirty pounds with legs like stilts and ears like goalposts. Obviously, Duncan was not a Scottish Terrier. We were visiting the shelter in search of a big dog, but when we saw Duncan we wondered if he was the...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Remembering Nena Zamora
Her ruffian spirit will remain with us always.
Nena Zamora, a beloved honorary member of the Puppy Paws Productions pack, left us too soon for doggy heaven on August 4, 2009. At only seven-years-old, she was  diagnosed with AIHA (Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia), a blood disorder in which a dog’s immune system destroys his or her own red blood cells. The onset of Nena’s disease was dramatic and sudden. Though she was given every possibility to...
Blog: Guest Posts
Clone Wars
BioArts shuts down, South Korean firm ramps up.
Last night, I read “Admiral,” a short story by TC Boyle, about a young woman who dog-sits a cloned dog. Boyle deploys his considerable comic talent sending up the Strykers, who paid $250,000 to copy their prized Afghan Hound, after he was hit by a car. The Strykers also pay the sitter a couple thou a week plus benefits because she was the dog-sitter for the original. They hope to replicate not...
Blog: Guest Posts
In the ER: Treating a Dog's Gunshot Wounds
Make My Day: What would you do?
Many emergency veterinarians enjoy the challenge of gunshot wound cases, especially when we have a good outcome. It’s not very often, however, that a dog comes into our ER in critical condition from a gunshot wound, and survives, and the dog’s owner ends up dead from the very same thing. That is exactly what happened on the afternoon of November 2, 2003. Mojo was a three-year old Miniature...
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Click on Firefox
Her sight may be failing, but her spirits are high
I am currently fostering a young Border Collie, Firefox, who has been diagnosed with retinal degeneration. She is completely blind in her right eye and has very limited vision in her left, which will continue to diminish until she is completely blind. So far, there have been no inquries about her but I am hopeful that the perfect family will come forward soon.   She truly is a "dog like any...
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What If Your Dogs Outlive You?
Tragedy leaves four dogs grieving and homeless.
This past Labor Day, suburban Chicago couple Mike and Sue Kelm went for a motorcycle ride. Sue had been battling cancer and was scheduled for surgery later that week. She usually didn't ride with her husband, but it seemed like a nice way to enjoy some time together on a beautiful, warm day. Tragically, a car pulling out of a gas station hit and killed them, leaving behind their beloved pack of...
Blog: Guest Posts
Thursday Night Suppers
Kansas City couple honors their dog’s memory by inviting strangers to dinner.
When Tricia and Mike Smith put their dog Molly to sleep earlier this year it left a big hole in their lives. They missed their Boston Terrier’s zest for life but weren’t ready to adopt a new pup. So they decided to pay tribute to Molly’s love for parties and socializing by entertaining—with a twist. Tricia, a 35-year-old deputy in the office of the Platte County Recorder of Deeds, and Mike, a 40-...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Three Goodbyes
A trio of short, sweet tributes to lost friends.
Our Darling Chelsea, 1989-2009 You were a Christmas present to your daddy when he was just six-and-a-half-years-old, and I had the pleasure of having you in my life for almost four years. You were such a sweet baby girl my Chelly Belly, my Charlie. We will never forget you and we will always love you.   Until we see you again, we love you our baby girl dog! xoxoxo —Diane Gansmann, House...
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A Creative Twist on Animal Welfare
New initiative helps low-income artists cover medical care for their pets.
Laura Menck doesn’t want artists to have to choose between caring for themselves or their animals. But she knows it happens all the time. Her husband, rock musician Ric Menck, is one of many artists who have gone into debt over pet care costs. So she got together with some like-minded arts-loving, animal-welfare advocates to build a backstop against just such a problem. The Animal Care for...

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