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Shelby Got Skunked
Why can’t dogs and skunks be friends?
Last night, after a long work day, my husband and I finally sat down to dinner at 9 p.m. Just as we eagerly lifted a forkful of food to our mouths, Brian wrinkled his nose and said, "Do you smell skunk?" And then in unison, our eyes wide, "WHERE'S SHELBY!?!" Ah yes, it’s that time of year again when our Pit-Bull mix, Shelby, goes skunk hunting. We live on a fenced half acre, but that doesn’t...
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Party Animals
Jill Beninato celebrates dogs and artists.
The only downside to Jill Beninato’s inspired fundraising art collaboration last year was there wasn’t enough art to go around. Thirteen copies of the luscious art swap/fat book, Dogs Rule (see The Bark, September 2008), went to the participating artists and only one was auctioned for the benefit of A Place To Bark animal rescue. Well, Beninato is back—and this time she’s corralled even more dog...
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Summer Health Tips for Your Dog
A quick check up with Sophia Yin, DVM, MS.
Sophia Yin & Dogs
Now that summer is in full bloom, there are more dogs promenading by my window, snatching Frisbees at the park, and vying for a launch point at my local off-leash beach. It’s as if the canine population of Seattle has doubled, but I know most of these pups have been here all along. The simple truth is that at this time of year, there’s more time, light and inspiration for outdoor adventure. That...
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The Day After
Renzo survives the Fourth—with the help of Bark readers.
Thanks for all the wonderful advice and support for my fireworks-fearing dog Renzo. I tried several of your suggestions. As Anne advised, I began adding a little Rescue Remedy to his drinking water a few days before the Fourth. When I adopted Renzo from Fairbanks, the rescuer and I used this same homeopathic remedy to ease the stress of that transition. I also took a page from Karole’s and Kathy...
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The Smell’s the Thing
Discovering the thrill of grass and other earthy delights with a guide dog.
Day One If you spend as much time as I do with a dog (the only perk of blindness, eh?), you have the privilege of living a sort of dual citizenship. My yellow Labrador, Nira, and I fly together and go to classes together. We enter supermarkets and museums, amusement parks and churches (those yins and yangs of the spirit). Now, I resolve that henceforth whenever Nira stops to sniff I too shall...
Blog: Karen B. London
Many Dogs Bark at Passersby
A common problem that does have a solution
A lot of dogs bark out the window at everyone who goes by. In fact, this is one of the most common problems motivating people to seek the help of a canine behaviorist or dog trainer. Luckily, most dogs can be taught a more appropriate response than barking like a maniac at every passerby. Dogs tend to bark even more if we say, “Quiet!” Barking is a social, contagious behavior, so when dogs hear...
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Another Stop on the Underdog Railway
Q & A with Dawn Painter, who lets her fingers do the saving.
“The email that started us on this journey arrived in my in-box on December 23, with the subject line: Black Wednesday of Death in Harrodsburg, KY—Please, Help! … How could I ignore that plea?” writes Bark editor Claudia Kawczynska in her story about Kit and Holly—puppies she adopted from a Kentucky rescue last December. For those of us who volunteer or work for or support shelters and rescues,...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
First Canine Influenza Vaccine
U.S. Department of Agriculture approves protection against the contagious virus.
Lately the flu, specifically the swine variety, has been on everyone’s minds. While the H1N1 swine flu doesn’t pose much of a threat to our pets, there is a risk of contracting the H3N8 dog flu, a highly contagious respiratory illness. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it had approved the first vaccine for the canine influenza. The vaccine does not always prevent...
Blog: Karen B. London
Paula Abdul Helping People and Animals
Auction will benefit Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS) Program
Many women in situations of domestic violence delay leaving because they don’t want to leave their pets behind and they can’t take them with them because so few women’s shelters have the ability to house pets. There is a growing recognition that women stay in violent situations rather than leave their pets with their abusers and that bringing pets with them provides comfort and security. As a...
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Study Finds High Fluoride Levels in Dog Food
Linked to hormone disruption, thyroid problems and bone cancer in humans.
A new study by the Environmental Working Group in Washington D.C. found fluoride levels 2.5 times greater than permitted for human consumption in eight out of ten dog food brands tested by an independent lab. “While scientists have not determined how much fluoride is safe for dogs,” the EWC report states, “they have found that people who consume excessive fluoride often develop mottled teeth (...

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