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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Kayaking with Dogs
Another way to enjoy the water this summer!
It's finally starting to warm up in the North East and that means the return of all the fun summer activities we've missed. Last season I did a lot of kayaking on my own, but I always hated leaving my pups at home. This year I decided to remedy my dog-less outings! For Scuttle's first kayaking experience, I chose a local outfitter's doggy trip. The short 2-hour outing was a good introduction and...
Blog: Karen B. London
Attention Changes With Age
Dogs and humans follow similar path
If you think that your dog has changed in his tendency to pay attention to you over time, you are probably right. A new study is the first to describe the developmental changes in dogs’ attention over their entire life. In the study “Lifespan development of attentiveness in domestic dogs: drawing parallels with humans”, scientists studied 145 Border Collies from the ages of 6 months to almost 14...
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Creative Walking
with a dog as your muse
There was a piece in the New York Times recently that provides us with yet another reason why living with dogs is so good for us. Gretchen Reynolds, their Phys Ed columnist, reviewed a current study that show how wonderful walking is to our creative process—a form of exercise that all dog people can relate to (at least 2 to 3 times/day). The salubrious effects of exercise, in general, have been...
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Senior Love
For Brody, who is 72 years old, her adoption of a puppy was something that she put a lot of thought into. Her first column (a must-read one) about young Max generated more reader comments than anything she had written before—and she has been writing this column since 1976! Many of the comments came from older people who had adopted dogs, and one, from a retired judge, was especially poignant: “At...
Blog: Guest Posts
A Proposal to Stop Breeding Dogs
On the whole, human breeders have not improved on nature.
On a flight last year, I sat next to a woman from India on her way to London from New York, where she had been visiting her first grandchild When she heard I wrote about dogs, she turned her attention to the one aspect of her daughter and son-in-law’s life she could not understand—their dog. On her walks around Central Park with the dog and her granddaughter, the dog drew the most attention and...
Blog: Guest Posts
Adventure Pups: Life with an African Street Dog
Bringing Olive Home
Chauncy dog’s fox-red fur adds a touch of warmth to his owner’s New York apartment. In the winter he wears sweaters to keep him warm; African dogs aren’t used to New England winters.  On the other side of the world, Boon is exploring the sights and smells of Mumbai, his pointed ears and basenji-inspired form blends in well with the local Indian breeds. Chauncy and Boon have travelled a long way...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Officer Plucks Pup From Calif. Freeway
Lucky Chihuahua is saved after being abandoned on the highway
A highway during rush hour is the last place any of us wants to be. But on Friday, that's exactly where a tiny Chihuahua found herself abandoned--on a I-680 freeway divider outside of San Francisco during commuting time. Fortunately, California Highway Patrol officer, Alex Edmon, spotted the terrified pup and coaxed her to safety using a protein bar. Freeway, as Alex named her, was still shaking...
Blog: Karen B. London
Life With Dogs Is Not Glamorous
We all have stories to prove it
The chain of events that led to the dog peeing on me in the middle of the night began with my children’s homework. It was an interesting and worthwhile assignment, which offers me some consolation. I hate to be peed on for no good reason! The kids were tasked with investigating leaks in our house and making some calculations about how much water was being wasted. They had to check the water...
Blog: Editors
Domestic Violence: No Dogs Left Behind
Pet-friendly shelters can be lifesavers for victims
We caught an interesting story on the National Public Radio's Latino USA on Sunday … the report discussed the connection between domestic violence and pets. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NVADV) finds evidence that many women at risk of spousal abuse refuse to leave out of fear for their pets — studies show that between 18 and 48 percent of pet-owning women at domestic violence...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Family Reunited with Hurricane Sandy Pup
A N.J. shelter unknowingly matches a family with their long lost dog.
Everyone loves a good reunion, but the story of how a New Jersey family was reunited with their Pit Bull mix, Reckless, is just begging for a Hallmark movie! Back in October 2012, Reckless bolted from home during Hurricane Sandy, leaving the James family devastated. They searched for Reckless but assumed the worst when they saw the pup's collar stuck on a fence. Adding to the tragedy, the storm...

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