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Blog: Karen B. London
Raccoon Attacks Woman and Dog
Rabid animals pose danger
When wild animals attack people and dogs, it can be a sign that they are rabid. Rabies affects the behavior of animals including raccoons, skunks and foxes. One of the signs of rabies across species is a tendency to bite without provocation. A couple in Georgia found out for themselves how scary an attack by a potentially rabid animal can be when a raccoon attacked them and their puppy. The man...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Double Checking
New law requires Ga. shelters to scan pets twice for microchips
Last year I wrote about a study of animal shelters that found 12 percent of microchips go undetected on the first scan. Thanks to a new law, lost Georgia pets can rest assured that there’s a greater chance of being identified and reunited with their families. House Bill 1106, sponsored by Representative Gene Maddox and Senator Greg Goggans, will go into effect on July 1st requiring shelters...
Blog: Contests
Beyond the Dog Door
We want your pet-savvy home improvement advice
UPDATE: Thanks for your tips added below, sent in via email, and posted on Facebook. Look for your the wisdom of Bark readers and editors in our September issue. A winner has been selected and notified.   When my husband and I renovated our house—we replaced our solid wood front door with a glass door. We made the change because here in Seattle you will do pretty much anything to capture daylight...
Blog: Guest Posts
Step Aside, Susan Boyle
Make room for a dancing dog
The dance-floor stylings of Chandi, the “amazing dancing dog,” have gone viral and taken the former pound pup into the finals (on Saturday) of Britain’s Got Talent. Watch her performance (we can’t embed this one). Current odds the Shrewsbury rescue will take it all are 5 to 1. If she does, she'll be the first animal to win the contest. Go Chandi!  
Blog: Karen B. London
Trainers, Vets, Behaviorists—Together
American Humane creates new committee
The Animal Behavior and Training Advisory Committee has been set up for many purposes, one of which is to foster collaboration and cooperation. The members of the committee include trainers, veterinarians and behaviorists that are all well respected experts in their particular areas.   The committee will offer guidance in areas as diverse as pet dog training summits, content of American Humane’s...
Blog: Guest Posts
Food for Thought
Pondering the benefits of commercial pet food
When New York Times columnist Jane E. Brody wanted the truth about feeding our dogs and cats, she turned to Bark contributing editors Malden Nesheim, PhD, and Marion Nestle, PhD, who provided details about pet food that Bark regulars know well—such as, higher price doesn’t necessarily mean better quality. But they also presented a bit of a paradigm shift, for me, regarding the $18-billion-a-...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Sensationalizing
PSPCA sees dog fighting cases triple post-Vick
In a previous blog post, Lisa Wogan contemplated the effect of Michael Vick’s reality television show and the perception of his crime. The show, which debuted in February, follows Vick’s comeback from his dog fighting conviction and subsequent 21 month prison sentence. While the show highlights the repercussions of dog fighting, and Vick comes across as genuinely remorseful, many wonder if the...
Blog: Guest Posts
Lady and the Tramp Mentality
Washington Post article reinforces purebred vs. mix debate
When Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse contacted me about my AKC/mixed breed blog post, I was flattered and eager to share my thoughts on this controversial decision. Unfortunately, Hesse was on a tight deadline and we never connected for a formal interview. After reading the piece, I was surprised at its "Lady and the Tramp" mentality. From the first sentence, she paints lovely images worthy...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Dating with Dogs
One in 14 people have used their pet to attract a mate
Dogs are social by nature, so it’s no surprise that our pets help us make connections with our fellow humans. Dog parks and pet lover dating web sites have become popular places to meet new friends and even spark romantic relationships. Recently statistics web site, the Book of Odds, calculated the chances that a person has ever used his or her pet to attract a new mate as one in 14.29. This...
Blog: Guest Posts
Crackdown Needed
Report slams fed over puppy mills
A new government report blasts the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing to crack down on reckless dog breeders.    Far too often, inspectors charged with carrying out the Animal Welfare Act fall short of documenting cruel treatment of dogs kept in breeding kennels, overlook chronic violators and even when they write them up, they stop short of fining them, the USDA’s inspector general found...

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