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A Stray in Haiti
Winning over the men and women of Operation United Response
Over the past few months, my cousin has been emailing me personal reports from Haiti written by Technical Sergeant Bradley Sharp of the 24th Air Expeditionary Group/Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, USAF. TSgt. Sharp was sent to Haiti as part of Operation United Response from the 446 Air Wing/Joint-Base Lewis McChord, Wash. He has been helping with the relief effort at the airport in...
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Move Over Argos
Strays set the new standard for loyalty in Greece
Yellowish street dogs were an odd constant as all hell broke loose in Athens, Greece, in recent days. They trotted, charged, stood at attention, even lounged amid throngs of police in riot gear and anti-government protesters wearing gas masks, balaclavas and bandanas over their faces. They seemed undaunted by the rocks, tear gas and firebombs that filled the air. According to an AP report, the...
Blog: Karen B. London
Only the Good Die Young
Science doesn't back that up
According to a recent study, The Pace of Life Under Artificial Selection: Personality, Energy Expenditure, and Longevity Are Correlated in Domestic Dogs, there is a link between personality, metabolic rate, and life history traits. Researcher Vincent Careau and his colleagues conclude that dogs of obedient, docile and shy breeds live longer than breeds that are more typically bold or disobedient...
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Leave No Pet Behind
As hurricane season approaches, make plans for pets now
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it was painfully clear that people would do anything - even risk their own lives - to save their pets. At the Chatham County Hurricane Conference recently held in Georgia, participants discussed the importance of helping people plan for their pets' care in the event of a disaster. In Chatham County, crated dogs and cats will now be allowed on evacuation...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Walk for a Cause
Popular shelter fundraisers get people and pets outside
This past weekend, I participated in the Wags and Whiskers Walk-a-thon and Pet Fair to benefit the Westchester SPCA in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.  We had great weather, hung out with friends (human and canine!) and gave the pups some exercise.  The numbers are still coming in for last weekend, but last year, the event raised over $80,000 for the shelter. So you can imagine that walk-a-thons have...
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Furballs to the Rescue
Your dog’s hair can help clean up the Gulf oil spill
Every day news of the expanding oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico gets worse. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil gush into bio-rich waters. Looking at satellite images and reading the stories, it’s easy to feel helpless. But there is a unique opportunity for pet owners to help out. The nonprofit charity Matter of Trust is facilitating donations of clean pet fur, mostly from groomers—as well as...
Blog: Karen B. London
Evaluating Canine Play
Are your dogs playing appropriately?
One of the most common questions asked of dog behaviorists is how to determine whether a group of dogs who are rolling around or chasing each other are playing appropriately. Without knowledge of dog behavior, it can be hard for many people to tell when play is getting out of hand until it’s too late and it’s obvious because somebody got hurt or traumatized. I recently wrote a column for my local...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Creating a Monster
Labradoodle creator regrets breeding the first “designer dog”
Ever since the Labradoodle led the “designer dog” craze, pet stores have spawned countless spinoffs that include Puggles, Schnoodles and Maltipoos. These mutts fetch hundreds of dollars, while an abundance of mixed breeds continue to wait in crowded shelters. The Labradoodle dates back to 1988 when Wally Conran of the Royal Institute of the Blind in Australia received a letter from a woman who...
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Missouri Strikes Back
Citizens won’t wait on Legislature to curb puppy mills
Tired of their state’s designation as the puppy mill capital of the country, 190,000 Missourians have signed a state ballot initiative to end puppy mill cruelty. The initiative lays out requirements for “sufficient food and clean water; necessary veterinary care; sufficient housing, including protection from the elements; sufficient space to turn and stretch freely, lie down, and fully extend...
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A Ban on “Crush” Videos?
Proposed bill seeks to counter Supreme Court’s animal torture decision
A bill to counter the Supreme Court’s recent decision that overturned a ban on the sale of gruesome animal “crush” videos is gaining bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives.   Supreme Court justices on April 20 ruled that a federal law prohibiting the sale of these graphic animal cruelty videos was “substantially overbroad, and therefore invalid under the First Amendment.”   Free...

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