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Blog: Karen B. London
People Remind Me of Dog Breeds
This includes my children
My oldest son reminds me of a Greyhound. He seems to have two speeds: super fast and resting. He likes to curl up on the couch next to anybody or anything warm. He loves to run and is so into rabbits that he says that when he grows up, he wants to be a rabbit scientist. My other son is very high energy, physically adventurous and amusing in his unpredictability. Nature has seen fit to give him an...
Blog: Guest Posts
Blanket Lust
An (seemingly) unstoppable obsession
I am obsessed with blankets. Turns out, so is Leo. My blanket obsession began with a passion for textile design, which developed into a habit of buying any blanket, comforter or quilt that caught my eye. Leo’s blanket habit is related to mine: Whenever I bring home a gorgeous coverlet, he has to chew a gigantic hole right in the middle—as soon as he is left alone with it for more than 20 seconds...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dogs Only
Federal government narrows service animal definition
If you have a disability and want to bring your helper parrot, monkey or snake with you in public, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Revisions to the Department of Justice’s ADA regulations were signed by Attorney General Eric Holder last Friday, and they exclude exotic animals as service animals.   Monkeys, rodents, and reptiles, among others, will no longer be permitted to accompany individuals...
Blog: Guest Posts
A New Job for Pearl
Second graders illustrate book about Haiti SAR dog
Allyn Lee has volunteered for 16 years, teaching second graders about animals and the environment. In January, she was teaching Connie Forslind’s second grade class at Rancho Romero School in Alamo, Calif., about wolves—a subject, she says, always segues to dogs—when Haiti was hit by the devastating earthquake. Lee followed the coverage, in particular stories about the canine search teams,...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Getting a Bad Rap
Loose dogs clash with cyclists
Loose neighborhood dogs remain one of the biggest concerns for cyclists on the road. Aggressive dogs are at the top of the list, but even friendly dogs can cause a cyclist to come crashing to the ground. These clashes can result in serious injuries for both the human and dog involved.  Many bike clubs around the country have guidelines about how to deal with dogs en route, which shows that these...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
How I Found My Dog
Bear in the backyard
One June day in 2006, I opened the door to our back deck to take my marvelous mutt, Furio, for a walk. As soon as his paws hit the wooden slats, his hair raised and his body froze in fear. Then I saw what Furio was looking at: a big black bear underneath the deck. I rushed Furio into the house and came back outside to make sure my eyes weren’t fooling me. Sure enough, there was something very...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Sidehill’s Mab
Queen of the Celtic Fairies and Beguiler of Men
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Will Rogers, 1897-1935   Sidehill’s Mab, Queen of the Celtic Fairies and Beguiler of Men, is now gossiping with Dancer Dawg, Roscoe the Ratador, and Buck(le) Bear about the challenges of living with me. They are talking of misplaced leashes, late dinners, damned cats (and more damned cats), hours in the back of...
Blog: Karen B. London
Crate Rest
Is it possible to survive it?
Besides the obviously horrendous news that a dog has cancer or is in kidney failure, there are few more dreaded statements from the veterinarian than, “Your dog needs to be on crate rest.” Every time a client relays the news to me that the vet has said this, I am torn between the urge to offer them a stiff drink or slide a chair under them before they fall over in despair.   Keeping a dog on...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Helping One Another
Homeless dogs help injured soldiers learn a new vocation
The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. is on the forefront of using the human-canine bond to help soldiers. Previously, I wrote about research being done on the effects of service dogs on post traumatic stress disorder, but recently I found about Dog Tags, a partnership between the Walter Reed and its neighbor, the Washington Humane Society.  Developed by the Humane Society, Dog...
Blog: Karen B. London
Espresso Anyone?
How about a puppy?
Have you ever seen a sign in a store that says: “Unattended children will be given an espresso and a puppy”? This sign is getting more common where I live and many places online actually sell them. Of course, the idea is that parents will end up with a nightmare on their hands if they don’t follow through on their responsibility to monitor their children while shopping.   A friend of mine is very...

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