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News: JoAnna Lou
Bark Inspiration in the New York Times
Our article prompts a foray into truffle hunting
Last week I was reading an article about truffle dogs in the New York Times and spotted a Bark shout out! Elizabeth Kalik, a former search-and-rescue trainer in Oregon, read about canine truffle hunters in our magazine and decided it would be the perfect activity for her crew. She tracked down the man we interviewed and trained her Newfoundland and Beaucerons to hunt for the prized fungi. Kalik...
News: Karen B. London
An Urban Legend
Beautiful, even though it’s not true
Various forms of the following story have been all over the online world in recent months. As it turns out, it’s yet another urban legend, but that doesn’t take away from its value. Like most fictional stories, its emotional power comes from our recognition of the great truth within it. This is one version of the tale: Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish...
News: JoAnna Lou
Phelps to Teach Dog How to Swim
In retirement, the Olympian plans to spend more time with his pups
After winning a record 22 medals, Michael Phelps is retiring as the most decorated Olympian of all time. Now with a little more time on his hands, one of Phelps’ first plans is to teach his dog, Stella, how to swim. Phelps adopted the Catahoula mix in December after appearing on the Today show to talk about his Olympic training regimen. As part of the Bow to Wow segment, Phelps walked out the...
News: JoAnna Lou
Caring for War Dogs
Paramedics receive training to treat canines in combat settings
There are plenty of stories that illustrate the important role war dogs play in assisting the military. Many soldiers consider these canines partners and credit them with saving lives. The military employs doctors and veterinarians, but if anything happens in action, paramedics are the first ones to respond and often have to give treatment at the scene. These people receive elite training for...
News: Karen B. London
Sharing Life With Dogs
Little moments bring closeness
It’s the togetherness that makes those who live together and share their lives feel like a family. That’s what’s so great about having a dog in the house. The close proximity makes us realize how much a part of the family the dog is. When you share the same space, you are literally sharing your lives. The way that we live with our dogs—literally WITH them—means that we have the same sorts of...
News: Shea Cox
Keep your Lawn Free from Urine Spots
Dilution is the solution to pollution
 It is a common misconception that "acid" in a dog’s urine is what causes the brown spots left behind on our lawns. However, the culprit is actually the high nitrogen content of the urine. Nitrogen is “the waste” in the urine and is the result of protein breakdown through normal body processes. Because a canine diet is very high in protein, there will be high levels of nitrogen, and you’ll be...
News: Editors
Changing Societal Mores
Nicholas Kristof, of the New York Times, writes an intriguing column today about novel public health efforts to help mitigate the harm of guns in our society. In his column he cites the work done by David Hemenway of the Harvard School of Public Health, who has studied just that, the public health approaches to firearms. He talks about changing societal norms that this will require. Hemenway has...
News: JoAnna Lou
Honoring their Final Minutes
Photographer takes pictures of shelter dogs before they're put to sleep
Photograph by Tou Yun-fei
A photographer in Taiwan is on a mission to get people to take a serious look at the way animals are treated in his country. Tou Yun-fei takes photos of dogs at the Taoyuan Animal Shelter in the moments before they are euthanized. In the last two years, he's captured the images of 400 dogs. Activists say that 70 percent of dogs in Taiwanese shelters are killed after the 12-day waiting period. ...
News: Guest Posts
Shelter Euthanized Dogs It Claimed Were Adopted
Sponsors stunned by director deception
Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Donors to Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter’s “Lucky Dog” program were shocked to learn that the dogs they sponsored in order to be adopted were in fact, euthanized. The northern Georgia shelter took in strays and owner surrenders and claimed to be no kill.  The “Lucky Dog” program was a brilliantly simple scam. Good-hearted animal lovers gave the...
News: JoAnna Lou
Sniffing Poop to Save Wildlife
Ex-shelter dogs are trained to become conversation canines
Conservation Dog
  Families often misjudge how much exercise dogs need, which is how many pets end up at the animal shelter. Insatiable play drive is bad for the average home but great for working canines. The Center for Biology Conservation adopts many of these dogs and trains them to sniff out wildlife droppings. Yes you read that right! Scientists can learn a lot from scat, including sex, species, and even...

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