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Five Year Katrina Anniversary
Today, we remember and reflect
When my husband and I evacuated our New Orleans home the day before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, we assumed that this would be an unexpected, albeit nice visit with my parents in the Chicago area. Surely, we’d head back in a week or so. On August 29, 2005, we learned our fate; there was no going home. In shock, I took comfort in the fact that our beloved pets – four dogs and two cats – were...
News: JoAnna Lou
Mapping the Gut
New research seeks to understand the stomach
My dog, Nemo, is an expert at getting into the garbage and eating treasures off the street.  Fortunately, to date,  Nemo’s dietary habits have been fairly innocuous, but eating bad food can easily lead to more serious conditions, like gastrointestinal infections. Until now identifying canine gastrointestinal disease was difficult because scientists could only culture a small percentage of the...
News: Karen B. London
Doggy Watering Hole
It’s neighbors helping neighbors
While visiting my parents in Oregon, I was out running when I saw a bucket filled with water suspended under a sign that read “Doggy Watering Hole.” I was charmed by this thoughtful, neighborly gesture at the side of the road. This sort of community-mindedness is something to be celebrated.   Now I realize that there will be folks who think, “Ew, what a great way to share germs.” To this I say 1...
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Dog Date
At the drive-in
My boyfriend Jason often accuses me of trying to shoehorn the dogs into activities he feels aren’t an ideal fit: birthday parties, beach trips, Saturday morning brunches. Now, we have one more activity we can add to the list: Friday date nights.   When Friday rolls around, I’m ready for fun with Jason but feel terrible if it means leaving the dogs home. What makes it worse are the hopeful looks...
News: Karen B. London
Joyful Experiences with Dogs
Can you beat running on the beach?
I took this photo of Caity running with her dog Maggie while I was vacationing with my extended family in Cannon Beach, Ore. I had never met either one of them until that day, but when they zoomed by together, I just had to capture the moment.   I am an obsessive beach and ocean lover, running is my favorite sport, and I hope it goes without saying that I’m a dog person, so for me, all of them...
News: JoAnna Lou
Baseball Breed Ban
Petco Park event bans German Shepherds and other breeds
As a dog lover and a baseball fan, I always look forward to the New York Mets’ Bark in the Park every summer. At the annual event, canine fans are invited to CitiField to watch the game alongside their humans. “Dog days” have become popular promotions at baseball stadiums around the country and, as you can imagine, the Padres’ Petco Park is one of them. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to...
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National Dog Day
Celebrating canines, August 26
Thursday is National Dog Day, which was founded in 2004 to acknowledge all the dogs who “work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.” Even if you’re naturally cranky like me and resent being told you need to show your appreciation on a particular day, it’s hard to argue with the fundamental idea that dogs give us a great deal and deserve our best in return.   I’m...
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Hoarder Faces Seven Years
Book-signing/sales will benefit canine victims
A few weeks ago, I posted a short notice about a local animal hoarder named Marie Castaldo, who was finally arrested on a variety of charges including animal cruelty. She awaits trial in Riker’s Island and faces seven years in prison. Her trial begins next week. You can read about her crimes here or here (beware sad pictures).    The gist of the story is: This woman, a notorious con artist (and a...
News: JoAnna Lou
Dogs as Children
Having kids changes the way we see our pets
Does having kids change the way we see our pets? A new study presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting this month found that people with human offspring are less likely to consider their pets children. The research conducted by a professor at Indiana University South Bend found that even people who used to think of their pets as kids often re-evaluate the relationship...
News: Karen B. London
Dog Inspires Bagel Shop
Photos of dogs are all over the walls
In Flagstaff, Ariz., one of the most popular breakfast and lunch spots is Biff’s Bagels and Internet Café. Biff was a Samoyed who passed away more than 15 years ago, and his picture is on the wall with a plaque that says “Our Founder.” And his picture is not the only photo. On the contrary, much of the available wall space is covered with photos of dogs.   The entire restaurant is a memorial of...

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