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More Than Property
Shared custody agreement recognizes dogs as family members
At the risk of a little too much information, I’ve been divorced. I mention it because when my husband and I split, we had two dogs. We also shared an attorney who advised us against negotiating shared custody. He told us: It will just create opportunities for conflict down the road. At that time, more conflict was the last thing either of us wanted. In the end, my husband took the dogs....
Blog: Contests
Sweet Licks Contest
Enter Your “Sweet Licks” photo for a chance to win treats and prizes! Nature's Variety and independent pet food retailers throughout the United States will be hosting fun, cool and tasty dog ice cream socials this weekend, July 17 & 18. Nature's Variety is providing its frozen dessert product for dogs, SweetSpots ®, to nearly 60 different "World's Largest Dog Ice Cream Social" events...
Blog: Editors
Therapeutic Trees
Another health bonus from walking your dog
The New York Times had an interesting article about studies examining the health benefits of nature. Researchers have found that spending time in places with trees aplenty, such as parks and forests, is good for us and has a positive affect on our immune functions. Seems as if stress reduction is one factor that the scientists attribute to phytnocides, the “airborne chemicals that plants emit to...
Blog: Karen B. London
Getting a Leg Up
Three-legged dogs inform robot design
Many three-legged dogs walk and run quite well, and people who build robots want to know how. They want to model robots on dogs who are missing limbs so that in the event of damage, these robots will still be capable of moving. It makes sense to be prepared for the unexpected, and studying the way dogs move may make it possible.   By comparing the gaits of dogs with three legs to those of the...
Blog: Guest Posts
The Name Game
The unpredictable art of pet naming
My first dog was named Cricket. A number of explanations were offered as to why she had that name, though none of them seemed very good. My mother told me, “As a puppy, her bark sounded like a cricket!” Well, as an adult she sounded like a woman wailing whenever she barked. My dad told me, “We named her that because she’s good luck, like a cricket!” Not great luck, considering this dog had kidney...
Blog: Guest Posts
Home Is Where the Bark Is
Enter your DIY doghouse into a competition
There are a lot of elegant, strange and quirky doghouses out there. From straightforward shade providers to structures so tricked out they’d blend in on the Vegas Strip. Maybe because the scale is manageable and the perspective tenants are usually agreeable—especially on aesthetic issues—doghouses draw out the inner architect in us. For too long your design-and-build efforts have gone unsung. But...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: Just Add Water
This is Natasha, our Labrador mix rescue, and she just turned one-year-old. She has loved water from day one, when we first got her she would try and get into her water bowl, so now it is all about the water, wherever we go there better be water!   —Jill Hayes, Palm Springs, Calif.     Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Cash Found in Poop
Ever find anything interesting when scooping?
Last month, an honest professional pooper scooper gained media attention for returning money left behind by a client’s dog. Steve Wilson was working at Karen Linn's house and found $58 in bills entwined in a pile of poop. The DoodyCalls Pet Waste removal worker promptly cleaned the bills and returned them to Linn. She offered Wilson a reward, which he declined, so in honor of her adopted pup,...
Blog: Karen B. London
Band Names
What would you call your group?
A woman in my running group was going to band practice after our workout, and we were talking about her music as we left the track. (First we talked about her sweet new dog, Gray, but then we moved on to music.) She sings in a band made up of people she works with at W. L. Gore, which is a company that manufactures medical devices. Her band has had several names over the past year, but the one I...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Resident Canines
N.J. stadium gets two full time bomb-sniffing dogs
Last month two canine residents moved into New Meadowlands Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and Jets football teams. Rufus and Anja, both Labrador Retrievers, are believed to be the only bomb-sniffing dogs in the country that are full time residents of a sports stadium. The canine duo was brought in after team officials determined that the pups’ $10,000 price tag was more cost effective...

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