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Show & Tell: Buddy the Catsitter
Ten years ago one of our barn cats abandoned her four kittens in the yard. We tried to make her take them back, but she kept leaving them in the yard. The kittens were getting weaker and weaker. I called the vet to see what special care they would need. She said besides feeding them we would have to clean them up after each feeding.  Kittens cannot do bathroom duty on their own. That is the...
Blog: Guest Posts
Consumer Reports Tackles (Not Really) Pet Food
Maybe a better source for insight on GPS collars and robot dogs
When I turn to Consumer Reports, it’s usually for the skinny on things with plugs and engines. Last time I subscribed online, I was in the market for a refrigerator. So I was surprised to see them shine their high beams  (only sorta) on pet food in the March '09 issue. The basic advice was sound: Ignore fancy packaging and unverified claims, read the labels, don’t assume the most expensive is...
Blog: Recalls
Peanut Butter Recall
Stop the spread of salmonella by taking stock of your pantry.
Now is the time to check the ingredients list of your dog's food and treats as the peanut butter recall has spread, so to speak. If you want to look up a particular item, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has created an exhaustive database. Click on the "Pet Food" category for specific brands. If you're like me and treat your dogs to a dollop of peanut butter from time to time, it's worth...
Blog: Guest Posts
Montcalm County to Review Shelter Practices
Real progress or just putting off the inevitable?
In front of a packed house on Monday, the Montcalm County [Michigan] Board of Commissioners voted to temporarily extend a controversial animal shelter contract for six months and to appoint a “blue ribbon" committee (apparently free from animal rights activists) to review shelter practices. As we blogged earlier in January, the County is deciding whether to renew the Montcalm County Animal...
Blog: Guest Posts
Puppy Mill Crisis in the Northwest
Giant bust knocks out multi-million dollar enterprise
UPDATE: The number of pregnant dogs may have been erroneously reported. According to a story in The Herald, as few as 20 are expecting. "On Monday, officials said fewer than 20 of the 600 dogs likely are expecting puppies." Let's hope they've got the right count. The news about the bust of one of the largest puppy mill networks in Snohomish County (north of Seattle) keeps getting worse. Of the...
Blog: Guest Posts
Chicago’s Crimefighting Pit Bull
Elliott Ness crosses the blue line
When you think of police dogs, don't German shepherds or Belgian Malinois come to mind? Chicago's Cook County K9 Unit recently introduced its two newest recruits, one of whom is a four-year-old pit bull. Officer Deborah Thedos rescued the handsome brindle dog -- now known as Elliott Ness -- from a local shelter and trained him to locate cadavers. To see Elliott Ness and his colleague, a young...
Blog: Guest Posts
I Am Shep
Hotel for Dogs species quiz
Maybe not breaking news but fun. After seeing Hotel for Dogs, I took the Quibblo quiz to answer the burning question: If I was a dog in the movie, which one would I be? Well, turns out I'm Shep--the awfully cute, type-A Border Collie. I can live with that. If you have a son, daughter, niece or nephew or know some other young fans of the film, check it out. If you have a favorite rescue group or...
Blog: Guest Posts
Behind Every Stray Is A Story
Has a lost dog ever wandered into your life?
A reader comment submitted earlier today to my post about a dog shot in his backyard caused the old cogs to rotate—in not altogether happy directions.   First, here’s what Sarah wrote: “I read this piece with growing alarm...there is a dog, right now, in my backyard barking! It is not my dog. It has no collar and seems lost. It seems to be waiting for us to find its owners, but I gotta say I don’...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dispatch from the Dog-Meat Trade
Dogs rescued on the way to a market in China need help
It’s almost inconceivable: Sick, frightened dogs crammed together in tiny cages bound for the meat market. Unfortunately in China, where dogs are eaten year-round, and more so during colder months, it’s a standard sight. But things may be changing. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities, tipped off by an animal-welfare center, confiscated 149 dogs belonging to an illegal trader in Sichuan...
Blog: Guest Posts
Off-Leash Scofflaw Pays to Play
After being twice ticketed for letting his dog roam off-leash, an anonymous Wisconsin man has offered to donate funds to create a new leash-free zone in the City of Mequon. It sounds like no small chunk of change: He'll be footing the bill for most of the fencing, the parking lot and other site improvements. That's how it's done!

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