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In Tribute to Maggie Mae
Maggie Mae is buried – there just beyond my kitchen window
  Maggie Mae is buried – there just beyond my kitchen window under the summer canopy of ancient apple trees   Appropriate don’t you think? Her round head, round eyes framed in apples, her greeting a dizzying  round go round.               Today the wind picked up             and a dozen apples fell             one split in two revealing             A chambered heart--necessary dark...
Blog: Karen B. London
Dog Rescued From Recliner
Isn’t it cats who have nine lives?
Firefighters in Naperville, IL were called in for one of their strangest rescues ever. A small dog was caught inside a reclining chair, which seems to have caused the electronic controls to cease working. In order to get him out, firefighters sawed apart the chair.   A nurse’s aide had kept the dog alive until rescuers arrived by hanging on the chair enough to relieve some of the pressure on the...
Blog: Editors
My Dog Tulip
J.R. Ackerley’s classic memoir adapted masterfully to film
I had the good fortune of viewing a very special film at the recent San Francisco International Film Festival—an animated adaption of J.R. Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip. Ackerley’s memoir, first published in Britain in 1956, revolves around his 14-year relationship with an Alsatian named Tulip. The book’s perceived raunchiness, highlighted by the author’s mediations on “defecation and mating” caused...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dogs Hunting Dogs
Using Greyhounds to kill coyotes
My head’s spinning a little after reading today’s New York Times story about the “sport” of coyote hunting with Greyhounds. It’s the first I’ve heard of it, although my home state of Washington, along with Colorado, outlawed the practice last year.   What I learned is that this practice is not your traditional hunting with dogs. They aren’t retrieving birds shot by a hunter or even cornering live...
Blog: Karen B. London
Cruelty Victims Receiving Proper Care
One big grant makes a huge difference
American Humane’s Second Chance Fund has awarded a $20,000 grant to a shelter in Georgia. The Dublin-Laurens County Humane Society is caring for 71 animals that were among the 300 neglected dogs and cats seized from an inhumane situation in a neighboring state.   A place calling itself an animal refuge in southern Mississippi had hundreds of animals confined in overcrowded crates lacking proper...
Blog: Guest Posts
Super Buddy
German Shepherd saves the day--and a house
Buddy is a hero! Check out the amazing German Shepherd, who led a trooper to a burning building in Alaska--complete with footage shot from inside the cruiser. I love how the officer, who says he has spent a lot of time around dogs, tells a news anchor that he trusted Buddy was leading him (and not just running away)--and that's for sure how it looks. On Friday, Buddy was awarded a special...
Blog: Guest Posts
$500K Name Change!
An Australian couple paid $300 for their puppy and $500,000 to save his life.
If you have dogs, people always ask "What kind of dogs do you have?" I often take this question as an invitation to blabber uncontrollably about my variety pack. "Oh, I have two Dalmatians who compete in agility, a Catahoula - are you familiar with that breed? They’re bred for herding and hunting. I also have a Pit Bull mix - she's super sweet - and a true Heinz 57. She looks like a hyena....
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Danger in the Driveway
Basketball hoops may contain deadly antifreeze
A friend recently e-mailed me about a German Shorthaired Pointer who died from ingesting antifreeze. Being animal lovers, the family had always been careful not to keep the toxic liquid around the house.  Determined to find the source, they soon discovered that the antifreeze came from a portable basketball hoop in their driveway. Following the instruction manual, the previous owners had put...
Blog: Guest Posts
Adopt a Pile
In honor of Don’t Step in Poop Day
As national month/week/day designations go, Don’t Step in Poop Day (today, April 25) falls somewhere where between No Name Calling Week (Jan. 25-29) and Flossing Day (November 26)—literally and figuratively. Good ideas all—but do they really deserve special commemoration? Probably not, but at least Don’t Step in Poop Day provides me with an excuse for ranting about a behavior I just don’t...
Blog: Guest Posts
Speech v. Cruelty
SCOTUS rejects law banning animal cruelty videos
The Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday to strike down a law banning the sale of graphic animal cruelty videos has won the support of First Amendment advocates and the ire of animal protection groups.   Supreme Court justices, by an 8-1 vote, ruled the federal law was “substantially overbroad, and therefore invalid under the First Amendment.”   The head of an organization that defends the First...

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