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News: JoAnna Lou
Pet Photos with Santa
Many dogs are uncomfortable with the holiday picture frenzy
I don't have children, but I consider my dogs to be my furry kids in everything from choosing the best daycare to researching safe toys. When the holidays come around, they each have a stocking hanging over the fireplace and Christmas themed collars. And for years, I took my canine crew to the pet store to get their photo taken with Santa. The holiday ritual has become so popular that I noticed...
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Puppies Aren’t Presents, give Puppyhood instead
New coffee table book featuring life-size photographs of puppies is the perfect excuse to take time during this crazy season to celebrate small {canine} wonders.
Oh they’re cute, they’re downright addicting. It was precisely this reason that when I was approached to find and photograph puppies for a book titled Puppyhood: life-size portraits of puppies at six weeks old, I immediately agreed. I indulged in selfish daydreams about all the round pink bellies I would get to nuzzle and all the miniature toes I would get to massage between my fingers. But after...
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Toy Alert
Study finds Hormone-disrupting Chemicals Leach from Some Plastic Toys
The toy aisle is meant to be all about fun, but recalls, toxic imports and a dearth of regulations have left dog owners facing tough choices. Many toys are made of plastic and may contain chemicals that interfere with hormones. A new study by researchers at the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University shows that BPA and phthalates, chemicals that disrupt hormones, “...
News: JoAnna Lou
Teaching Dogs to Drive
New Zealand SPCA takes on the ultimate training challenge
Animal trainer, Mark Vette, set out to train the impossible, all in the name of creating positive buzz for the SPCA in South Auckland. Mark decided to showcase how intelligent shelter pets are by teaching dogs to drive a car. The pups were chosen from a short list of candidates at the shelter. After seeing how each dog responded to targeting objects through clicker training, Mark chose Monty, a...
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Conservation Pup In-Training: Part VI
A New Dog-in-training Joins Up
October and November have been the most exciting months of 2012 for Dogs for Conservation. More than a year of hard work and patience have paid off and we now have some tangible things to show for it! In October 2012 we had the wonderful opportunity to both save a life and acquire another great detection dog! Formerly known as Allie, now named "Terra" (as in "Terra Firma"), this female Border...
News: JoAnna Lou
Canine Nutcracker
Group raises money for therapy work through their holiday performance
If you love the popular holiday classic The Nutcracker, you have to check out the canine version being performed by 29 dogs in the Chicago-area. And these pups don’t just perform for fun, they're all volunteer therapy dogs that use the show to raise money for their work with the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe. The Nutcracker features Gracie the Sheltie as the Sugar plum Fairy, Bailey the Shih Tzu as...
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Family Dies to Save Dog
Tragic ending to heroic efforts
dog swim ocean
Tragedy struck a northern California family when their dog, Fran, was swept out by a wave while playing fetch at Big Lagoon state beach. Sixteen-year-old Gregory Kuljian immediately dove in to save her. Seeing his son struggle in the eight-to-10-foot surf, Gregory's father, Howard Kuljian, 54, quickly followed. Gregory made it out, but returned to the churning waters along with his mother, Mary...
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Take a Study Break with a Dog
Final exams at college are always stressful. You’re studying far into the wee hours, cramming facts and formulas into your tired brain, worrying about grades, neglecting your nutrition, sleep and exercise needs, and counting the days until your last exam is done and you can go home. Add to all of that stress the fact that you’re away from the comforts of home, including your beloved family pet....
News: Shirley Zindler
What a Good Dog
On a recent dark, chilly fall evening, a three year old child wandered out of his home un-noticed by his parents. His departure was, however, observed by the family dog, a large neutered  male Pit Bull, who took it upon himself to follow the little boy and stay close by his side. They were a good distance from home before they were seen by some passers-by who stopped to help. The child was unable...
News: JoAnna Lou
Lab Mix Included in Restraining Order
Panzer becomes the first dog to be protected under a new law in Mass.
This summer Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a new law that allows pets to be included in domestic violence restraining orders and it's already been put to good use.   Just before Thanksgiving, a Labrador mix named Panzer became the first animal in Massachusetts to win protection since the new legislation passed. A Marshfield, Mass. woman filed the restraining order against her...