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Dog Culture: Tributes
Letter To A Friend
Last weekend, I wrote a letter to a special friend that I’ll never have the chance to read to him.
Dear Flash, How did 13 years go by so quickly? I remember you being a three-month-old ball of fur that fit in my right hand, the runt who edged-out his littermates by snuggling into Momma’s neck and giving her a kiss the first time she picked you up. (You always were a great schmooze.) We shared six homes, four cities and so many campsites I can’t even count. You loved to hike, and swim, and...
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Prize-wining Dog Digs
Stylish doghouse designs win Palm Springs architecture competition.
What makes a great doghouse? My dogs would probably say a king-size bed, plenty of snacks and room to roam. But they don’t seem to realize that my house isn’t technically a doghouse. Meanwhile, Palm Springs/Desert Cities-based designers and builders tackled the question for real as part of Barkitecture Chicque 2009, a competition to design and build sustainable, functional dwellings for dogs....
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Tip Sheet: Choosing a Daycare or Kennel
Eight questions to ask before leaving your precious pup with strangers.
The world is not a dog’s oyster— unfortunately. The majority of offices, restaurants, hotels, museums and even national parks fail to welcome our canine companions with open arms. Until a major paradigm shifts, we’ll have to leave our dogs behind, sometimes, for work and travel. Happily, many dog-loving entrepreneurs are creating wonderful boarding and daycare environments for our furry friends....
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Homeless Pups Find Help Behind Bars
Paws on Parole inmates and shelter dogs help each other out.
Prison inmates and shelter dogs both live behind bars in what is often a harsh and solitary environment. Now programs around the country are bringing the two together to foster responsibility and adoptability.  Alachua County Animal Services’ Hilary Hynes was approached by the Florida Department of Corrections to start a prison dog program after hearing about the benefits of similar efforts in...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Fetching From A Photo
Research shows Border Collies may understand how humans communicate.
From rolling over to fetching the remote, I’ve always been impressed by the canine ability and willingness to learn whatever humans want to teach them. When I attended ClickerExpo in March, I was amazed to see videos of a shelter dog learning concepts such as bigger versus smaller and guide dogs training to develop other-awareness, the skill needed to understand if a doorway is too low for their...
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Got A Great Pet Product Idea?
Cash in with PetSmart’s “Live Product Search.”
A couple years ago, I interviewed Joe Markham for Dog Park Wisdom. In the 1970s, his German Shepherd Fritz picked up the tooth-destroying habit of chewing rocks. Markham, who had no aspirations to become a pet toy entrepreneur, searched far and wide for an alternative but Fritz either ignored store-bought playthings or ripped them up. One day, Markham grabbed a snubber—a rubber, beehive-shaped...
Blog: Karen B. London
Keeping an Eye on Your Pets
Surveillance isn’t just for the government anymore.
If you want to keep track of your pets via a live online video feed, you can now do that. The Vue personal video network lets guardians watch their animals at home while they’re at work, or anywhere else with Internet access. If you worry about your pets when you’re away from them, this system will allow you to see with your own eyes that they’re okay. The system uses small wireless cameras that...
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Now What?
Dogfighting’s poster child, Michael Vick, leaves prison.
A little more than two years ago, Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick (the “Michael Jordan of football”) was charged and convicted of running a dogfighting operation at his estate. The details of brutality, including hanging and electrocuting the dogs, were shocking. Early this morning, Michael Vick was released from prison to serve the last two months of his 23-month sentence in...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Celebrating My Dogs’ Special Day
Birthday party fun for pups and pet lovers alike.
This past weekend, I threw my dogs a birthday party attended by their canine and human friends. Apparently I’m not alone. According to the American Pet Association, 22 percent of dog owners celebrate their pet’s birthday. Our party was rodeo-themed with the human guests wearing cowboy hats and the dogs sporting red bandanas with sheriff badges. Keeping in line with the festivities, I asked...
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Help Prevent Dog Bites
Learn a few simple tips this Dog Bite Prevention Week.
Yesterday I walked through a crowded Central Park in New York with an old friend and his dog Tracy (as in Spencer Tracy). Tracy is a buttery, 106-pound Golden Retriever, who at six-years-old exhibits the irresistible jauntiness of a puppy. Children are drawn to him like flies to a fly strip, and all around us, they zoomed in on the dog, many of them without warning. I was astounded and relieved...

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