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Pay to Play
Once free, some dog parks now require a hefty fee.
When we lived in New Orleans, we regularly took our dogs to a fenced-in model airplane  field in the middle of City Park to play.  Friends who lived Uptown took their pups to a grassy levee area along the Mississippi River.  On especially hot days, we’d go to the lakefront, where Bayou St. John met Lake Pontchartrain, forming a perfectly shallow, sandy area for the dogs and their people. The good...
Blog: Guest Posts
Just Between Us
The Swine Flu outbreak should pose little risk to cats and dogs.
There is one worrisome scenario you can cross off your flu fear list. According to a recent statement from the ASPCA, the H1N1 virus—unfortunately known as “Swine Flu”—is not likely to jump the species barrier again and start infecting cats and dogs.   “At this time there is no data demonstrating any risk of dogs and cats contracting this strain of the virus,” says Dr. Louise Murray, the...
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Bad Chemistry
What’s worse than fleas? Maybe flea collars.
Almost before I finished typing up a blog about a disturbing report on the canine health risks posed by over-the-counter, spot-on pesticides, I saw the latest news about flea collars. Last week, the National Resource Defense Council filed a lawsuit alleging that 16 retailers and manufacturers—we’re talking the big guys here—failed to warn consumers about exposure to unsafe levels of known...
Blog: Karen B. London
Rip the Dog Has His Day
War hero’s medal fetches big money.
The prestigious Dickin Medal awarded to a British dog in the 1940s has sold at auction for $35,700 (or to be more accurate 24,250 British pounds), which was £10,000 pounds more than expected. The medal had been awarded to Rip, a wiry-haired stray, for his search and rescue work during World War II. He found more than 100 survivors who were trapped in the wreckage resulting from the German bombs...
Dog Culture: Tributes
A Poem for Mr. Peabody
Remembering a good friend in verse.
Always loyal and trusting, except when going to the vet! I’m talking about my four-footed friend, not a dog who was just a pet. I think how lucky I am to have had him all these years, Then quickly grab a Kleenex to wipe away the tears.   Seventeen years, not such a long time to those on two instead of four. But with four on the ground, long ears and a tail, seventeen years is a lifetime and...
Blog: Karen B. London
New American Humane Endowed Professorship
Bridging the chasm between academics and real world problems.
The American Humane Association has created an endowed chair at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work to focus on research into the human-animal bond and animal-assisted therapies. The professor who will occupy the position is Dr. Frank Ascione, an international leader in researching the bond between people and animals, and also in preventing cruelty to humans and other...
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Dog-friendly Hotels?
Double-check the fine pawprint.
As the owner of two 60-pound-plus pups, I am all too familiar with the bait-and-switch described in yesterday’s New York Times: Hotels draw in dual-species families with “dog-friendly” policies and then turn away canines weighing more than a big bag of kibble. Cutoffs start as low as 15 pounds. I really don’t understand why a hotel would exclude large dogs. The author of AAA’s Traveling With...
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Animal Protection v. Free Speech
The Supreme Court ponders protecting dog-fighting videos.
In the movie The Contender, a female nominee for vice-president explains her unwillingness to defend herself against false accusations this way: “Principles only mean something when you stick to them when it is inconvenient.” Her comment resonates with the larger notion that the First Amendment embodies several core principles, not the least of which expresses our profound respect for the freedom...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Learning About Pets Through Art
AKC teams up with The Cat Fanciers' Association for kids art contest.
The American Kennel Club and The Cat Fanciers' Association are teaming up for an art contest to celebrate dogs and cats. Open to school children between the ages of 6 and 18 in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the competition celebrates the diversity of pets and why we love them.   Besides the usual categories like Best in Show and Best of Breed, others awards will be given for best...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Wheels with Dogs in Mind
Honda unveils a dog-friendly version of the popular Element.
Whether it’s a visit to the park or a trip to an Agility trial, I mostly drive with the dogs in tow. So when I’m in the market for a new car, I always keep them in mind.    When it comes to the perfect canine vehicle, the Honda Element always comes up in conversation. From rave reviews on dog sport blogs to being named DogCar.com’s Car of the Year, the Element’s washable floors and spacious...

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