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Dream Dog Park Honors Firefighters
Winning city features a pet friendly space with a nod to the Granite Mountain Hot Shots.
On Wednesday, the renovated Willow Creek Dog Park in Prescott, Arizona reopened as more than just a place for canines. Not only does the space offer a wonderland for pets, but it was designed to honor the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shot firefighters that died battling the Yarnell Hill wildfire last year. A few months after the tragedy, Prescott resident Linda Nichols noticed an advertisement for...
News: Editors
Dogs Welcome at Heaven's Gate
with Pope's Blessing CORRECTED VERSION
On Dec. 16 The New York Times, where the following article was sourced from, published a clarification about the remarks attributable to Pope Francis: An article on Friday about whether Pope Francis believes that animals go to heaven — a longstanding theological question in the church — misstated the pope’s recent remarks and the circumstances in which they were made. He spoke in a general...
News: Karen B. London
Christmas Trees are Not Indoor Bathrooms
This may not be obvious to your dog
“Brought home my first Christmas tree about 25 seconds ago. The dog peed on it about 23 seconds ago. So. Joy to the world and season's greetings and all that.” My friend’s Facebook post describes a situation many of us have faced. Though Christmas trees are decorations to us, their purpose is far from clear to most dogs. Anxiety has always been a part of my experience when I bring a dog to visit...
News: JoAnna Lou
Publicizing a Lost Dog
Creative ways to help a missing pet get home.
It's easy to lose hope when a beloved pet goes missing, but animals do find their way home, months, even years after being lost. However, when flyers start to fade and searches come up empty, it can be hard to keep lost pets in the public eye and to motivate people to keep looking. Local (to me in New York) agility and therapy dog, Cooper, has been missing since September 26th when he wandered...
News: JoAnna Lou
Accommodating Service Dogs
The challenge of balancing service dogs, fears, and allergies.
Last week a California mall's Santa made the news when he refused to visit with an autistic girl because he was afraid of her Pit Bull service dog. It sounds like the situation was mishandled, since allegedly the Santa wouldn't meet with the girl even after her family offered to take the pup outside, but this situation also brings up a larger challenge. In an ideal world we would be able to...
News: Karen B. London
Outsmarted by a Puppy
She’s not a Houdini dog after all
Though definitely impressed by the intelligence of dogs, I generally still consider my cognitive skills to be beyond theirs. At the very least, I like to think that I am a match for the power of the canine brain, but lately there has been evidence to the contrary. We were dog sitting a 5-month old puppy named Peanut. Her house training was far enough along that she never had an accident during...
News: Editors
NBA Player Klay Thompson Stars at the Dog Park
Klay Thompson and Rocco play fetch at Berkeley's Cesar Chavez Park
Ever wonder how a professional athlete handles the pressure of competition and a grueling 6-month long schedule? For burgeoning NBA star Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, it’s a walk in the park … the dog park. When Klay isn’t in the gym or on the road, he likes to take his dog Rocco, an English bulldog, to his local off-leash area at Cesar Chavez Park in nearby Berkeley (CA). We’ve...
News: Karen B. London
Fun With a Dog on Live TV
An unexpected entrance
Live TV and dogs are a volatile mix, and one meteorologist in South Florida recently experienced the full fun of that combination. Right in the middle of Ryan Phillips’ segment, King unexpectedly showed up and hopped on the desk. The entrance may have taken Phillips off guard, but he was able to roll with it. He greeted King warmly, kept on talking, and shifted to another part of the studio for...
News: JoAnna Lou
How Dogs Process Speech
Study uncovers similarity between the human and canine brain.
I like to think that my dogs can understand what I'm saying. Of course they don't know English, but they've learned to make associations with certain words and cue off of the inflection in my voice. Even if they can't understand everything that comes out of my mouth, my pets can tell the difference between when I'm angry, excited, or sad. In some ways this is similar to communicating with a...
News: Karen B. London
Musical Instruments and Dog Breeds
They go together in my mind
At a cello recital a few weeks ago, I just couldn’t get Weimaraners out of my mind. Trying to keep my attention on the music, it occurred to me that it was the music that was conjuring up this breed. For whatever reason, the cello makes me think of these dogs. I’m not even sure whether it is the visual aspect of the instrument matching the dog or something about the sound itself. All I know is...

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