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Communication, Friendship, and Respect:
A conversation on pets with Heidi Roizen
We welcome once again as a guest blogger, Carol Novello, Humane Society of Silicon Valley President. In this post Carol talks with Heidi Roizen, a Venture Capitalist, and a great animal lover. They talk about the communication, friendship and respect they have for pets. We also congratulate Carol and the HSSV for their very successful benefit event, the Annual Fur Ball, held on April 12. They...
Blog: Editors
Notable Birthdays: George Clooney and Sigmund Freud
May 6
I was looking up “notable” (dog lovers) birthdays today (May 6) because that seems to be a favorite newsy item, and I saw that this date celebrates the birth of both Sigmund Freud and George Clooney. I knew that Freud was a huge dog fan with a partiality towards Chows, so checked to see what I could find about Clooney’s affiliation with our favorite species. And lo and behold, I found that not...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
More Lessons from Hernando
In my last blog, I wrote about my little hydrocephalic foster puppy, Hernando. He was born with a potentially fatal condition and a poor prognosis, yet he pranced through every day with the greatest of joy. At five weeks of age he saw a neurology specialist who was amazed by his confidence and attitude. First time away from mom? No problem, let me lick your face. Being poked and prodded by a...
Blog: Karen B. London
What They Might Think During Departures
Putting words into the minds of dogs
As we drove away and saw Marley’s face in the window, watching us drive away, my son said, “I’ll bet he’s thinking, “Please come back! Why are you leaving me?” His woebegone expression did match the words my son had chosen for him. We began to discuss how different individuals react to the same situations in different ways and express themselves in unique ways, too, and why shouldn’t that apply...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Petpared Twitter Chat on Thursday
Penn Vet and FEMA team up to answer questions about preparing for emergencies
At Bark we've written a lot about being prepared for emergencies. It still seems up for debate whether or not the frequency and severity of natural disasters is actually increasing, but there is no question that our pets rely on us to make plans for their care and safety. In honor of Thursday's National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, Penn Vet and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA...
Blog: Karen B. London
Death By Choke Collar
Puppy died at a training center
Gracie, a 6-month old Boxer-Great Dane mix, died when her choke collar got tangled while playing with another dog at a training center. By the time the staff intervened by cutting the collar off with wire cutters and administering CPR, she was too far gone. The Humane Society of the United States says that it is best for your dog if you avoid using one and I agree. Choke collars function by...
Blog: Karen B. London
Dog Helps Elderly Man With Alzheimer’s
Speech returns in presence of dog
The man in this video has Alzhemier’s, and according to the daughter who posted it, he has lost almost all of his speech. However, when he is with the dog, he talks in a clear voice and makes perfect sense. It’s not clear why his speech abilities return in the presence of the dog, but it’s well known that dogs are helpful to people with dementia. The benefits go beyond the usual health benefits...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Canine World Cup
Wildlife photographer celebrates dog diversity and soccer
With the World Cup coming up next month, wildlife photographer Eric Isselée decided to combine his profession with his love of soccer by creating images of national dog breeds wearing their country's jerseys. One of my favorite parts about watching world agility competitions is seeing the diversity of dog breeds, so these portraits are a fun way to celebrate the upcoming sporting event, while...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Puppy Shower for Homeless Dogs
Mo. animal shelter holds an event to increase adoptions and gather donations
This spring, the Cascades Humane Society in Jackson, Mo. found themselves with 21 puppies on their hands. First a pregnant Husky mix gave birth to seven puppies, just days after being abandoned at the shelter. Then three Border Collie mix puppies were brought in, so undernourished and weak that they went straight to a foster home to be nurtured back to health. Next 11 more three week old puppies...
Blog: Karen B. London
Baby Named After Dog Who Saved Her Life
Jade found the abandoned baby in a park
When Jade the German Shepherd sprinted into the bushes during a walk, lay down and refused to return to her guardian, her behavior was literally life-saving. When Roger Wilday came over to his dog, he discovered that Jade was lying next to an abandoned newborn baby. According to doctors, she would not have survived more than a couple of hours longer on her own. The baby, who hospital workers...

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