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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Service Dog Dilemma
Phobia bars guide dog from Mass. store
Earlier this month, Heather Maloney was barred from bringing her guide dog into a local eyebrow threading store in Taunton, Mass., breaking state and federal laws protecting the rights of people that rely on service dogs.   Seems like an open and shut case, right? Legally, yes, but it’s not exactly as clear cut as it seems. It turns out that shop owner Fatima Noorani has a canine phobia after...
Blog: Guest Posts
Spay Plates
California joins spay/neuter initiative
I received my car tab renewal announcement in the mail on Friday, and decided that this year I’d take the opportunity to order one of Washington’s special We Love Our Pets plates, which supports grants to provide low-cost spay and neuter. My state is one of a couple dozen around the country, where a specialty license purchase supports these initiatives and helps spread the word about this...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Vets Without Borders
Web series focuses on rabies
Last month I wrote about the shock of finding out that 55,000 people die each year of rabies, a major health issue outside of the United States.  I couldn’t believe that so many people die each year form something that can be easily prevented with a simple vaccine. Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB/VSF) has been working since 2005 to get that number down to zero. ...
Blog: Guest Posts
Botched Euthanasia
Dog survives, what next?
This story will keep you up at night. A Michigan man takes his 11-year-old Rottweiler, Mia, to the vet to be euthanized. It’s a difficult decision, but he feels it’s the best thing for Mia, who suffers from a spinal problem. He brings her body home to bury the next day but when he retrieves her from the garage the following morning, he discovers she’s alive!   It’s not a Halloween tale. The vet’s...
Blog: Karen B. London
Are Some Dogs Pessimistic?
A new study addresses this question
In a recent study in the journal Current Biology, researchers assert that shelter dogs who show behavior indicative of separation distress tend to be pessimistic, compared with more optimistic dogs who are less likely to exhibit separation-related behavior. I’m going to explain briefly how the experiment was conducted and then discuss my concerns with the researchers’ conclusions.   In their...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell
We love wet dogs!
Kona soaking wet after his very first swim in the pool. —Kristin Scoza, Belford, NJ        Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog’s special something. Send the photo with a brief description, to editor@thebark.com. Winners online receive a subscription (new or renewal) to Bark magazine. Winners in the...
Blog: Guest Posts
Counter Surfer, Caught!
Man videos his unsuspecting Basenji
Ever wonder what your dog is up to when you’re away? I know I’m curious about how my dogs pass the time when I’m gone, especially when I return to find what looks like the aftermath of a fairly epic couch party, but I’ve never gone so far as to deploy the nanny-cam. Thanks to this bit of undercover cinematography, I’m thinking twice about respecting their canine privacy.
Blog: Karen B. London
Cutting Nails
Reducing the stress for you and your dog
There are few parts of dog guardianship that are less agreeable than cutting nails. In fact, the only task that I dislike more is picking up poop, and depending on the dog, clean-up duty may even be preferable to nail trimming.   I worked for almost a year as a dog groomer, so I know a few tricks about getting nails trimmed no matter what. Whether it’s keeping a dog occupied with treats or a...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Food Recall
Blue Buffalo recalls chicken and salmon dog food
The Blue Buffalo Co. has announced a voluntary recall of specific production runs of its Wilderness Chicken-Dog, Basics Salmon-Dog and Large Breed Adult Dog products, “as we have reason to believe that the products from these runs may contain a higher level of Vitamin D than is called for in our product specifications.”   According to the company, the potential of increased Vitamin D presents...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Voting for K-9 Rights
Tea Party against the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act
The Tea Party has been all over the news lately for all sorts of political reasons. But now the infamous party is organizing an opposition to the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act in Missouri.   Earlier this year, Lisa Wogan wrote about the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, or Prop B, which will be on the Missouri state ballot next month. The legislation requires large-scale dog breeders to...

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