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Therapy dogs Visit Charleston, South Carolina
Comfort canines bring relief and hope to a city struck by tragedy.
As animal lovers, we hardly need a reminder of the healing ability that our dogs have. Following last week's church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, therapy pets have been playing an important role in bringing relief to the community. But simply seeing pictures and stories of therapy dogs can be equally as important for breaking up all of the negativity we see on the news. Many of us...
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Genetic Testing for Dogs Made Easy
Learning a dog's heritage has its benefits
When we adopted our dog Charlie from the Sacramento Independent Rescuers, his foster mom, Shana Laursen, who specializes in Greyhound rescue with Greyhound Friends for Life, told us that he probably had some Whippet in him, thinking that not only his brindle coloring but the “set” of his back legs indicated that he might have a sprinter in him. She also added that was one of the reasons she...
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Beagle: Free to Good Home
Man posts Craigslist ad rehoming his girlfriend
Several days ago a man posted a Craigslist ad that seemed to be offering a free Beagle to a good home. In the post he explains that his girlfriend wants to get rid of the dog. He proceeds to describe his Beagle pup saying "I have had her 4 years. She likes to play games. Not totally trained. Has long hair so she's a little high maintenance, especially the nails, but she loves having them done."...
News: JoAnna Lou
Dogs Dislike Those Mean to Their Owners
A study finds that canines will refuse food from people unwilling to help out.
I think that my dogs would take food from just about anyone. But a new study from Kyoto University found that canines don't like when people are not kind to their owners. And even a bribe won't change their mind! The study, led by comparative cognition professor Kazuo Fujita, put three groups of 18 dogs through role plays in which their owners needed to open a box. The owner was accompanied by...
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Cats Stealing Dog Beds
Watch the ongoing struggle for comfy beds
The classic rivalry between cats and dogs over their respective beds continues in this compilation of interspecies land grabs. Happiness is a warm bed indeed!
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The Imaginary Dog Awards
Take a bow, or a bone, whatever works
You won’t find the Imaginary Dog Awards among your television listings. You won’t find them in the plethora of awards shows that grace every channel, celebrating the sensibilities of shallowness like salt in the cracks of an evaporated pond. (Do I sound bitter?) The Imaginary Dog Awards are a fiction created by my dogs, or so I’ve come to believe. I’d include myself as a co-creator if I didn’t...
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Making Animal Shelters Better
Fostering can be the key
I’ve been working in animal shelters for more than 25 years and I fall in love almost every day.  I get my heart broke just about every day too but it’s worth it to get to spend time with and help so many amazing dogs and other animals. I started as a shelter volunteer, then a kennel cleaner and have worked in just about every capacity since then. I’ve done temperament testing, adoption...
News: JoAnna Lou
Comfort Dogs at Funeral Homes
Funeral directors are starting to see the benefit of animals at work.
Therapy dogs have become common visitors at hospitals, college campuses, and nursing homes, but now these pups are adding a new workplace to the list--funeral homes. Dogs have the ability to lighten the mood at wakes and funeral services, which can run the emotional gamut. Having a pet present can make the room feel more homey and comfortable, or even simply give people something else to focus...
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Survey Research
Vet student asks for help
We received a query from Lauren Hunnisett, a final year veterinarian student in the UK (at the Royal Veterinary College) to see if our readers could help her with a research project. As part of her course work she has to create and complete a research project in an area of her interest. For her, she decided to collect data on where the general public is buying or adopting their dogs and the...
News: JoAnna Lou
DNA Testing for Breed Bans
NYC co-op tightens their pet policy in a questionable way.
Unfortunately breed bans are popping up everywhere, from apartment buildings to entire cities. But one Manhattan luxury co-op is taking their restriction to the next level. The Upper West Side building put a new rule in place that requires residents to prove that their pet is not one of the co-op's 27 banned breeds. Going forward, a veterinarian must sign off on every dog's pedigree. For mixed...

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