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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Dating with Dogs
One in 14 people have used their pet to attract a mate
Dogs are social by nature, so it’s no surprise that our pets help us make connections with our fellow humans. Dog parks and pet lover dating web sites have become popular places to meet new friends and even spark romantic relationships. Recently statistics web site, the Book of Odds, calculated the chances that a person has ever used his or her pet to attract a new mate as one in 14.29. This...
Blog: Guest Posts
Crackdown Needed
Report slams fed over puppy mills
A new government report blasts the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing to crack down on reckless dog breeders.    Far too often, inspectors charged with carrying out the Animal Welfare Act fall short of documenting cruel treatment of dogs kept in breeding kennels, overlook chronic violators and even when they write them up, they stop short of fining them, the USDA’s inspector general found...
Blog: Karen B. London
Astronauts’ Diets Vary By Country
The Chinese include dog on the menu
I used to have a roommate from New Zealand and we literally had to eat breakfast separately because my peanut butter-on-toast was as nauseating to him as his vegemite-on-toast was to me. We found each other’s response to what we viewed as such ordinary food a bit amusing.   Sometimes cultural differences about food can be more serious and cause real clashes. For example, a recent news article...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: Dynamic duo!
Willy with his “sister” Makenna (8-months-old in the photo, pushing 19 months now), who is a real dog lover. We have three dogs. They all know who the boss is—that would be Miss Makenna! We just celebrated Willy’s second birthday on the 23rd. He’s a very special Vizsla. He’s a smaller version of his late uncle, Ty, who was on the homepage of Bark a couple of years ago in an ad for Aimee Hoover....
Blog: Guest Posts
Tech Tip for Dog Lovers
Save photos before it’s too late
Tech wise guy David Einstein got personal yesterday in his Computing advice column for the San Francisco Chronicle. Out of the untimely death of his rescued Greyhound Rune, he learned and shares an important lesson: Take care of your memories. After Rune’s death, he discovered he didn’t have many photos, and only a few that “convey Rune’s essence.” Don’t let this happen to you. Take to heart...
Blog: Guest Posts
Improving Pet Food Safety
FDA launches site to make reporting problems easier
Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a new website that aims to make reporting food safety—including pet food—concerns easier. The Safety Reporting Portal is an online form for submitting information (anonymously or not) about adverse reactions to pet foods, treats and animal drugs—as well as human foods and medicines. 
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Educating the Future
NJVMA creates a humane education curriculum for N.J. classrooms
When it comes to problems like overcrowded shelters and the proliferation of puppy mills, I believe everything comes down to education. So I was excited to hear that the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) is offering grants to provide teachers with structured lessons on pet care and animal welfare. Many animal shelters and therapy groups have humane education programs, but this is...
Blog: Guest Posts
Thumbs Down on Store-bought Dogs
New poll finds Americans prefer shelters to stores
Good news for shelter dogs and cats: More than half of pet owners to respond to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll said “they would get their next dog or cat from a shelter, nearly seven times the number who said they would buy their next pet from a store.” About a quarter said they would seek out a breeder for their next pet.   The telephone poll conducted April 7-12, 2010, with 1,112 pet...
Blog: Karen B. London
Canine Car Safety
How to protect your dog while driving
I recently saw a dog tossed around the back of a vehicle when the driver had to stop suddenly to avoid an accident. Luckily the dog was okay, but many dogs who are not so fortunate are injured in car accidents. The saddest thing to me is that it can be avoided.   The best ways to protect dogs while they are in cars is with the use of crates, seat belts, or barriers that keep the dogs in the rear...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Don’t Be an Octomom
Nadya Suleman teams with PETA to promote spay/neuter
This week Nadya Suleman, better known as the infamous Octomom, teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to reveal a new campaign, “Don’t Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter.” A banner with the slogan will be hanging in front of Suleman’s La Habra, Calif., home for the next three weeks. While Suleman’s participation was largely motivated by the $5,...

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