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Watch Out, Poachers!
Detection dogs stop smugglers
If dogs can sniff out drugs or explosives, why not ivory or rhino horn? The South African Police Service is training detection dogs in an effort to thwart poachers and protect endangered animals such as elephants and rhinos. Thanks to a partnership with South African company Mechem, which created its Explosive and Drug Detection System, new technology will enable the police dogs to work more...
News: JoAnna Lou
Calling All Working Dogs
UPDATE! Dept. of Homeland Security looks to recruit 3,000 pups
Editor's update: JoAnna Lou gets her wish. The Department of Homeland Security has bowed to pressure and agreed to screen shelter dogs to work as canine federal agents. Many animal welfare advocates, including PETA, cried fowl when the department made the call for increased breeding to supply the “right” sort of dogs. It worked.   [Original post: 8/12/10] As the government gears up to protect the...
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Poop Power
Converting dog waste into light
If you’ve been reading Bark’s blog for any length of time, you know my pet peeve is dog waste. I hate wrapping it in plastic and adding it to the landfill almost as much as I resent people leaving it on the street and in the park. So I LOVE lemons-to-lemonade/sow’s-ear-to-silk-purse stories that start with this all too bountiful raw material.   Therefore, howls of gratitude to Cambridge, Mass.,...
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Bosom Buddies
The quest for the perfect dog-friendly roommate
  A good roommate is hard to find, especially when you’ve got an always-around boyfriend, two dogs and a healthy imagination. I’d been apprehensive about renting out my spare room because it had been used as a very important space in the past: the dogs’ room. Renting it out meant not only would they lose their favorite space, but I’d be bringing a new person into their “pack.” Would the dogs...
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White Knuckles
OK Go's alt-dog video goes viral
Just so Bark readers don’t think I live under a rock. I have seen—and thoroughly enjoyed OK Go’s video, “White Knuckles” with its talented pups hopping, skipping and jumping all over white Modernist furniture. In fact, I watched it when it had clocked only about 600 hits. Today, it’s has more than a million. But even better, the band members know not to look a gift dog in the mouth: A portion of...
News: JoAnna Lou
Relief While Traveling
D.C. airports unveil high-tech pet potty areas
If you’re headed by air to Washington D.C. with your crew, now your pups have a special place to stretch their legs and go to the bathroom. Dulles and Reagan National Airports have recently opened “pet relief areas” in accordance with a federal ruling requiring potty areas for service dogs (though these spaces are open to all dogs, regardless of service status). Dulles already made Jaunted’s Five...
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Show & Tell: Puppy Paddle
This is four-month-old Leila (a Coonhound/Lab mix) learning how to swim at the “Puppy Paddle,” an annual event held at the public pool in Bowling Green, Ky., at the end of swimming season. Owners and their furbabies are invited to come and swim before the pool is drained. It was a blast, and sparked Leila’s love of the water. Now, at one-year-old, I can’t keep her out of it!    —Amanda Hardeman...
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Adopt Less Adoptable Pets
Make a special difference this week
I adopted what qualified as “less adoptable pets”—middle-aged, black mutts. They’ve been, no surprise to most Bark readers, amazing companions. So I was thrilled to hear about PetFinder’s initiative—Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week (which started yesterday)—to bring dogs like mine together with loving, responsible families. The idea is that Petfinder member shelters and rescues nominate a special...
News: Karen B. London
Best Family Dogs
Which breed? It’s a common question
I am frequently asked which breeds of dogs make the best family dogs. It’s a fair question because different breeds represent different genetic stocks of dogs, and it’s well known that genetics can have a strong influence on behavior. In a recent article, What Are The 5 Best Dogs For Your Family?, Sarah McCurdy tackles this subject.   Her top picks for best family dogs are the Newfoundland, Pug,...
News: Karen B. London
Meeting the Neighbors
Thank you canine family members!
When we moved to our first house in Wisconsin after years of being students and renting, we were very excited about our new life as homeowners. We couldn’t help feeling that life would be just a little easier, and just a little sweeter in this new place—820 square feet of “Well, at least we own it!” And it was true—life was good there. Of course, the reason wasn’t so much that we owned the place...

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