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Puppies Behind Bars
Prison dog-training program on Fresh Air.
Fresh Air guest host Dave Davies provides a wonderful introduction to Puppies Behind Bars (listen online), a nonprofit organization that lets inmates train bomb-sniffing dogs and companion animals for war veterans. Gloria Gilbert Stoga, founder and president of Puppies Behind Bars; Nora Moran, a former inmate who now works for the group; and Iraq War veteran Marine Cpl. Paul Bang-Knudsen...
Blog: Karen B. London
He Walked His Dogs All the Time
That’s enough for me to like my neighbor
Years ago, when I lived in New Hampshire, I had an unpopular neighbor. Most of the people who lived near this man disliked him, and my own husband said that he made him uncomfortable. True, he wasn’t the friendliest man and was more likely to grunt at greetings than reply kindly. He was by no means the quietest one in the area, seeming to feel that 6 AM on a Saturday was a perfectly reasonable...
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Update: Kids Instigate Attack
Teen pleads not guilty; Snaps in limbo.
In June, Julia Kamysz Lane wrote a post about an attack involving a dog. A group of teens allegedly beat a dog, and when strangers intervened, they attacked and sicced their dog on them. The story touched a nerve in all of us—and inspired unprecedented response; anger and sadness pervaded every comment. The overwhelming sentiment was that Snaps, a Pit Bull at the heart of the matter, would be...
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My Dog IS Smarter Than Your Honor Roll Student
A dog's mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Okay, I might be exaggerating a little bit. But a new study has shown that the "average dog can count, reason and recognize words and gestures on par with a human two-year-old." I think the increasing popularity of dog sports and interactive games, such as the Tug-A-Jug and Nina Ottosson's puzzles demonstrate that we're doing a better job of exercising our dogs' minds as well as their bodies.  ...
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A Cure for the “Mondays”
Yipping, swirling, careening Chihuahuas.
If you’re sitting at your desk after a weekend that was too short on a day that’s too overcast for August, you might want to cue up the Dallas Morning News’ video coverage of PETCO’s fifth annual Chihuahua race in Dallas, Tex. (Warning: If you’re at the office, turn your sound down. Also, be prepared to sit through a short pre-advert.) I couldn’t really tell...
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Guide Dogs for Cats and Dogs?
Amazing stories of seeing-eye canines.
A story in the Daily Telegraph about a blind Border Collie who has his own guide dog didn’t surprise me. I’ve heard a number of stories about dogs acting as guides for blind animals. One news story—about a dog who guided a blind cat to safety after Hurricane Katrina—was even made into a children’s book. I learned about Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival at...
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Louisville Flood Victims Need Help!
Staff and volunteers struggled to save 550 animals from drowning.
Yesterday’s flash flood in Louisville, Kentucky, forced staff and volunteers to quickly evacuate 250 dogs and 300 cats from the Metro Animal Services shelter. Director Giles Meloche said the water rose so fast that it went from three inches to three feet in just 30 minutes. Sadly, despite their herculean efforts, one dog and 10 kittens drowned in their cages. The flood survivors were transported...
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Rottie Waits for Family at Crash Site
A horrific car accident leads to a tearful reunion.
On July 1 in Tennessee, the Kelley family lost control of their car and slammed into a mountain. An ambulance took Joe and Michelle Kelley and their three children to a nearby hospital as their Rottweiler, Ella, watched. Scared and alone, she ran into the woods. Thirteen days later, animal rescuer Kathy Wilkes-Myers drove past the crash scene and saw a skinny, tick-infested Rottie drinking from a...
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Three-Legged Dog Idol
Worldwide casting call and competition to find tripod star.
One of my favorite all-time Bark covers is from the July/August 2006 issue. It features Clover, a two-year-old, three-legged Border Collie with a flower garland around her neck and a hint of drool. (While still a puppy and a stray, Clover had been hit by a car. Thanks to the intervention of Pets Unlimited, she got the surgery she needed to go on to a happy life on three legs.) So, I totally get...
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My Rescue Trifecta, Plus One
Helping a dog—or three—gets personal. [Web exclusive]
Until recently, my understanding of “rescue” has been too traditional and narrow. I’ve been a breed foster mom. But rescue? Isn’t that something done by selfless, saintly people in nonprofit organizations who give their entire lives to assisting dogs and other animals? Those who drop everything to rescue homeless and lost animals after a natural disaster? I’m no saint. Yet 2008 was my year of the...

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