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Video: Why We Love Cats and Dogs
PBS's Nature ponders furry soul mates, best friends and surrogate children
If you turn to Nature for images of hyenas glimpsed through night goggles and God's eye views of great wildebeest migrations, you might be surprised on Sunday night, when the featured animals will be dog and cat lovers. "Why We Love Cats and Dogs" provides a serious and moving glimpse of the remarkable bonds we forge with our companion animals. Curl up with your furry buddy and discover the...
Dog Culture: Stories & Lit
An Emotional Rescue
Katrina puppy shows couple the way back.
My husband and I live in an exclusive gated community. We’ve recently taken up residence here, but it’s not where I envisioned we’d be at this point of our lives, him just months into his 50th year and me hot on his heels. For our gated community is a 20-by-14 rectangle with a metal gate on one doorway, an uncooperative wooden gate on another, and an old Playskool plastic fence on the third....
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Dog Star
Susan Orlean’s quest for the truth about Rin Tin Tin
What Susan Orlean knew about Rin Tin Tin in 2005 wouldn’t fill a sticky note. What she learned when she embarked on a story about Hollywood animal stars and their trainers for The New Yorker magazine is now filling a book. Rin Tin Tin: His True Story sprang naturally from that assignment, says the New York–based writer, discussing how she happened onto her forthcoming “biography” of the canine...
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Petfinder.com Founder Betsy Saul
Making lifelong love of animals an international success
Almost every neighborhood has one—a young girl or boy who’s constantly bringing home all sorts of stray animals. While the responsibilities of school, sports and jobs lead many kids to put aside this selfless kindness, others make it their life’s calling. Betsy Saul is one of the latter. As a child, Saul rescued kittens, puppies, birds, squirrels and even an ailing snake. Today, as founder of...
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Puggo: Based on a True Pug
A real-life, couch-sleeping counterpart
Few larger-than-life types in history can claim to have inspired a character in a movie or television show. Of course, there’s Citizen Kane and Charles Foster Kane, a fictional tycoon based on publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst; the character of Hollis Mulwray in Chinatown was said to have been loosely inspired by famous Los Angeles water boss William Mulholland. And then there’s Puggo of...
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Video Interview with Margaret Cho
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   Funnywoman Margaret Cho has a serious side when it comes to dogs. This stand-up comedian, writer and actor is not only a political and social activist, but also speaks out for shelter and rescue dogs. And she walks her talk: Cho’s three pups—Ralph, Bronwyn and Gudrun—are mixed breeds she and her husband adopted from LA shelters (the dogs can sometimes be seen flitting through the background...
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Believe It or Not
Ripley was crazy about dogs
Robert Ripley may be best remembered as a connoisseur of two-headed calves and man-eating clams, but the “Believe It or Not!” man’s greatest animal affinity was clearly with dogs. With an income that reached $1 million a year during his Depression-era heyday, the bachelor (he married only briefly) was able to indulge every fantasy his impoverished boyhood had denied him. That included dogs, and...
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Martha Speaks Now on PBS
Q&A with the creators of the new series
Guess who’s coming to PBS? It’s Martha, the unassuming, loquacious and forthright mutt whose ingestion of alphabet soup turns her into, as one reviewer noted, the “Mr. Ed of the canine world.” Bark recently connected with Susan Meddaugh, Martha’s creator, and Carol Greenwald, WGBH Senior Executive Producer, to learn more about this milestone event. Bark: Who is Martha? How did you develop this...
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Mother-Daughter Vet Graduates
Sharon Hunt Gerardo realizes her original dream
A mid-life career change is not uncommon. Nor is going back to school to get a second degree. Going back for a fourth degree, however, is more of a rarity, and graduating side by side with your daughter—well, that’s downright extraordinary. This is Sharon Hunt Gerardo’s story. In June, at the age of 51, she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from UC Davis alongside her 27-year-old...
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Guv Schweitzer and Jag
For Montana governor every day is “take your dog to work” day
Author, special canine assistant and “First Dog of Montana,” Jag pricked up his ears at the sound of two sharp whistles from his owner, Montana governor Brian Schweitzer, and stood to attention. Moments before, the three-year-old Border Collie and near-constant companion of the first-term governor had been at his appointed post, napping under the governor’s desk. In what was surely a dream about...

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