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Protesting Animal Abuse
Convicted Chicago area animal abuser faces sentencing May 31
German shepherd Lab mix breed dog
While the national media is focused on anti-NATO demonstrators in Chicago, there's another kind of protest going on in one of its suburbs. Convicted animal abuser Phillip Rinn, of Aurora, IL, recently plead guilty to beating his one-year-old Lab/shepherd mix, Magda, with a broom and breaking five of her teeth. He had previously served jail time in 1993 for chaining his German shepherd to his car...
News: Karen B. London
Love for Visiting Dogs
Good-byes are hard
Whether a dog who stays with you for just a short while is a foster, a stray or a friend’s dog, it’s easy to become attached to a temporary visitor. We are about to say good-bye to Schultzie, who is spending about 2.5 weeks with us while her family is in Italy, and I’m beginning to feel upset about her impending departure. I know her family will be ecstatic to see her, and that Schultzie will be...
News: JoAnna Lou
Canine Custody Battles
NY man spends $60,000 trying to get his Puggle back
We consider our dogs full members of the family, so it probably comes as no surprise that canine custody battles are becoming more common.  Lawyers are reporting as much as a 15 percent increase in these cases.  Figuring out who gets to keep the pets is stressful for both humans and canines and can get expensive quickly. In New York, Craig Dershowitz is fighting to be reunited with his Puggle,...
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My Dog Is Heartworm Positive
If it happened to me, it can happen to you
heartworm test preventative dalmatian
My vet can't remember the last time she had a heartworm positive case. Until now. My 8-year-old Dalmatian, Jolie, tested positive for heartworms at her annual check up last week. We retested the blood in hopes that it was a false positive. But there was no need to send the sample back to the lab. Through a microscope, my vet could see microfilaria swimming in her blood sample.   I’m shocked and...
News: Karen B. London
Underwater Dogs
Photos that amaze and amuse
Dogs provide a pick-me-up, and they are able to do it in so many different ways. Yesterday, I found myself immensely cheery after watching this video of incredible dog photographs three times in a row. We know that many dogs plunge into the water to chase toys with enthusiasm, but to see what they actually look like—lips pulled back, teeth showing, eyes wide open, hair all over the place—is...
News: JoAnna Lou
Social Network Finds Lost Dog
A new website connects neighbors online
Years ago, it took a runaway cat for me to befriend several of my neighbors who lived down the street. Eventually Izzy was found and I gained some new friends in the process. Unfortunately, it often takes an emergency to get communities to rally together. As we become more and more dependent on technology, our isolation has only become worse. A recent study found that over 65 percent of adults...
News: Karen B. London
Canine Custody
Who gets the dog when a couple splits?
Divorcing couples may fight over anything and everything—the house, retirement funds, electronic equipment, cars, music collections, kitchen appliances, baseball cards, furniture, season tickets to sporting events and, of course, custody of dependents. Custody battles used to be over human children only, but that’s not the case anymore. Dogs and other pets are now regularly the subject of many...
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The Primal Howl
The diagnosis came in June: old dog, new limp, X-ray, bad news. Bert had bone cancer, a lump growing in his left foreleg. We could amputate, the vet said, but that probably wouldn’t stop the spread. And did it make sense for a 12-year-old Bulldog anyway? Molly and I knew that pet owners can talk themselves into almost anything, and we didn’t want that for Bert. So we opted for pain meds and no...
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Till Death Do Us Part?
In her recent column, The New York Times Ethicist Ariel Kaminer took on a very challenging question from a veterinarian in Boston, Mass. I am a veterinarian, and one of my clients is an elderly woman who loves her eight-year-old Pomeranian dearly but has no family or friends who might inherit it. She wants me to sign a legal document stating that I will euthanize it if she dies before the dog...
News: Karen B. London
Dogs Good For Business
They even give their names to them
Dave Ward is a self-described coffee freak and when that hobby turned into a business, he named it after his dog. Buddy Brew Coffee in Tampa, Fla. is a thriving small business that draws inspiration from the loyalty and trust that dogs inspire. Businesses that are named after dogs are far from unusual. Biff’s Bagel’s, a popular place in Flagstaff, Ariz. is named after the owner’s Samoyed. Mutt...

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