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BPA in Pet Food
Where do you draw the line in worrying about safety?
This year there’s been a lot of attention on BPA (Bisphenol A), a chemical used to make hard, clear plastics and the lining of cans.  Last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a report that BPA was safe in food contact materials. However, this past June, the FDA changed their mind and announced that they would be re-evaluating the safety of BPA in light of new research. ...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Cooper in Autumn
Rest In Peace, October 9, 2009
Age has sprayed his muzzle gray; Scooped hollows behind his eyes; Slackened his shoulders and belly; And undermined the legs that used to hold him So reliably upright. Once a proud protector, He grows dependent like a child, Yet like an old man endures spells of shapeless unease And a daily parade of pills. We no longer require or expect The niceties of housetraining, Though we feel...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Can Cats and Dogs Get Along?
The shifting dynamics of my multi-species pack.
From the comic strip, Garfield, to the movie, Cats & Dogs, the feud between felines and canines has long been engrained into our culture. These days, with so many multi-species households, it seems as though the notion of furry mortal enemies has become more of an old wives tale.  I never gave much thought to the canine feline relationship since my pets have always gotten along pretty well...
Blog: Guest Posts
In the ER: The Dog that Swallowed a Unicorn
Tales from a Colorado ER.
Frank loved to eat things. As a stout one-year-old Lab, eating is what he lived for. Sharing a home with a family that included six-year-old quadruplets supplied him with plenty of objects of his desire. His family reported finding lost clothing, toys and other random items in his stool. Frank avoided any serious issues with his indiscriminate eating habits until one night last month, when he...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: Tegan and Kumar
Sleeping pals
This is Kumar, a two-year-old white German Shepherd, with his best friend, one-year-old Tegan Bailey. Kumar and Tegan fall asleep together every day. They are an inseparable pair.   —Kari Bailey, Panama City, Fla.         Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog's special something. Send the photo with a...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Jennydog, The Beautiful One
Jennydog left us a year ago after a shockingly short illness. She was an intense Border Collie—strong, elegant, fast and bossily dominant. She was noise-phobic, terrified of falling baby gates, unbelievably kind to my elderly mother, intolerant of rudeness in other dogs and people. She ruled the boys with relentlessness in some things and not in others. Jenny was our strength in times of tragedy...
Blog: Guest Posts
Will It Work?
An Oregon shelter aims to stay open with a new tax, and it works!
Update: The results were overwhelming--citizens voted more than 2-to-1 in favor of funding the Lincoln County shelter through a new property tax. Congratulations!   Original post: I can’t figure out if the ballot measure coming out of Lincoln County, Ore., is an optimistic reaction to reports the recession is “bottoming out” or an act of utter desperation. Faced with the prospect of the county...
Blog: Guest Posts
Life with an Autism Service Dog, Part IV
Jingle and Riley go to martial arts class.
[Below is an excerpt from Michelle O’Neil’s blog about her daughter Riley’s autism service dog.] Last night Jingle went with Riley to martial arts for the first time. I wasn’t sure how it would go, because there is a lot of yelling, etc.—a lot for her to get used to. She is trained, trained, trained, but she’s still a dog. She has fears and feelings. Jingle...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Constant Companion
The first hello in the morning and the last goodnight each night.
Almost all the memories I have of my childhood include one large, brown, lovable ingredient: our family dog, Kodi. A chocolate Labrador, Kodi was the four-legged love of our lives, and when he passed away this past Thanksgiving at 13-years-old we were devastated. I can still remember the day my father came home and told us we were going to get a puppy. I had never had a dog before and was so...
Blog: Guest Posts
PetSmart Backs Huge Adoption Event
Holiday drive to find more than 15,000 lifelong, loving homes.
PetSmart Charities is going gangbusters on homeless animals next month with an ambitious Holiday National Adoption Event, November 13-15. More than 2,000 animal-welfare agencies throughout the United States are expected to participate by bringing adoptable pets to in-store adoption centers in all 1,082 PetSmart stores. While it’s rarely a good idea to give animals as gifts at any time of year,...

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