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News: JoAnna Lou
Pets Amid the Refugee Crisis
A boy treks over 300 miles to Greece with his beloved puppy.
There have been so many heartbreaking stories that have emerged from the Syrian refugee crisis. But one video posted by the UN Refugee Agency's Facebook page this weekend had a rare glimmer of hope and love amid the difficult journey that millions are undertaking. In the clip, 17-year old Syrian refugee, Aslan, talks about traveling all the way from Damascus to Lesbos, Greece with his puppy,...
News: Guest Posts
Valley Fire Dogs in Need
As embers fell and flames grew, the question of “what to take” often came down to a four-legged bundle. But the Valley Fire in California’s rural Lake County left many with just minutes to escape as it sped through parched brush in record time. “The community had to leave so fast that hundreds of animals were left behind,” says Bill Davidson, director of Lake County Animal Care and Control. ...
News: Karen B. London
Dogs in Obituaries
Included as cherished family members
It’s been a long time since the majority of people with dogs considered them property, but the inclusion of them in the celebrations and events of life associated with family continues to grow. Birthday parties and gifts for dogs have become increasingly common in recent years, and the number of dogs included in family photos or in signatures on greeting cards is bigger than ever. It’s really old...
News: JoAnna Lou
Honoring the Newtown Comfort Dogs
A child's tribute to the comfort pups that helped heal a school.
When Guy Bacon returned to school following the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school, it was an emotional day. Guy had just lost his sister Charlotte, one of the 26 victims. But during that difficult day, the now 11-year old distinctly remembers the moment a dog named Drago walked into the classroom. The Spinone Italiano was the first of ten pups Guy met that helped him feel...
News: Shirley Zindler
Disaster Preparedness for Pet Owners
Being prepared ahead of time can mean the difference between life and death
We just finished remembering the ten year anniversary of the Katrina disaster and those of us in Northern California are coping with our own crisis. It’s been a terrible fire season this summer but the most recent lake county fire blew up overnight destroying over 500 homes and evacuating 19,000 people. There has been at least one human fatality and endless animals have been lost or displaced....
News: JoAnna Lou
Lost Pup Recognizes Her Family on Television
Tabitha finds her way back home in an unusual way.
I don't think that my dogs can recognize my voice over Skype or the phone, despite the number of times I've tried to talk to them while traveling. So this story of a lost pup recognizing her family on television was even more incredible to me. Earlier this month, Kelly Schaefer's husband, Alfred, wandered off with their Bichon Poodle mix, Tabitha in Kansas City, Missouri. Alfred suffers from...
Dog's Life: Humane
Shelter Pets Are Tops in California
The first week of September saw a heartwarming example of positive political action when California lawmakers of all persuasions voted to make shelter animals the new official state pet. In both the Assembly and the Senate, the votes were all ayes, no nays. ACR-56, introduced by Assemblymember Eric Linder (R-Corona), is numbers-driven bill. As it points out, there are currently around 8,000,000...
News: Karen B. London
Runaway Dogs
Have you experienced the fear?
We were pet sitting a distinctive-looking mixed breed dog named Peanut when my husband (riding his bike home from work) called and left a message. He said that he had just seen a dog he thought was Peanut running down the street and he wanted to check on the situation. The situation was that Peanut was safely at home enjoying a snooze and I was on the phone with a client. Even though I was...
News: JoAnna Lou
Hero Dog Ends Up Homeless
Brave pup is overlooked despite his past.
Back in 2012, Kiko was featured all over the news for saving his owner during a home invasion. When a man dressed as a UPS delivery driver tried to break into Kiko's former home in Staten Island, New York, he rushed in to protect his owner and ended up taking a bullet to the head. Miraculously, the bullet ricocheted off of his skull and the 11-year old dog made a full recovery. All was well until...
News: Karen B. London
Confrontations with Coyotes
How to avoid them, how to handle them
I often judge trends in the experiences of dogs by what people call to ask me or what my friends casually mention. (Very scientific, I know.) In recent weeks, I have heard about a number of run-ins with coyotes and received just as many phone calls from people who are concerned about the risk of encountering one. The prevalence of coyotes in urban and suburban areas is on the rise and has been...