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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Stopping Breed Stereotypes
Petition persuades Mafia Wars to remove Pit Bull “weapons”
If you’re on Facebook, most likely you either love or hate the popular game, Mafia Wars. I happen to fall on the dislike side, but I can tell from my Facebook News Feed that many of my friends play the game quite frequently! And they’re not alone--over 7 million people play Mafia Wars every day. Recently, the game announced the addition of animals as a new type of weapon, which included Pit Bulls...
Blog: Guest Posts
Ever Lost a Pet?
Technology and the media improve chances of being found
When I opened today’s paper, the front page featured the ecstatic reunion between Denise Shepard and her Boston Terrier Frankie. He had been missing for three months. During that time, the little guy somehow managed to travel 200 miles from his home in Battle Creek, Michigan, to a suburb of Chicago. A tiny microchip in Frankie’s neck allowed this story to have a happy ending. Of course, I’m...
Blog: Guest Posts
Celebrating Peter Urban
Bark contributor to be honored this weekend
This weekend the life and work of photographer Peter Urban will be celebrated in Boston (details below). Urban may be best known to Bark readers for his contributions to our pages, illustrating stories about working Beagles at Logan Airport, Border Collies on a Massachusetts farm, clicker-training pioneer Karen Pryor and more. He died last September at the age of 61.   “Peter’s work always...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
One Ball Can Make a Difference
Planet Dog Romp-a-Thon raises money for service dogs
Currently, Planet Dog donates 2 percent of all proceeds to its charitable arm, The Planet Dog Foundation. This year the company hopes to raise even more money through the 2010 Planet Dog Romp-a-Thon. The initiative challenges retailers and consumers to help sell 20,000 Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good Balls by the end of the year. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of every ball will be...
Blog: Guest Posts
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...
Blog: Guest Posts
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...
Blog: Guest Posts
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...
Blog: Guest Posts
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...

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