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Animal Hoarding
An inside view, tonight
Tonight, Animal Planet promises to take “an unflinching, honest look at animal hoarding, the people and pets affected, and the challenges of confronting this psychological condition” in a six-part series titled “Confessions: Animal Hoarding” (9 p.m. est/pst). Each episode follows individuals struggling with the compulsive need to possess and control an unmanageable number of animals of a variety...
News: Guest Posts
Shelter Pet Project
Giving dogs- and cats-in-need a voice
We were thrilled to discover My Dog Tulip animator Paul Fierlinger (who is interviewed in the summer 2010 issue of Bark) has added his talents to an ambitious print/radio/TV/Internet/billboard campaign on behalf of shelter pets. The Shelter Pet Project is a joint initiative of The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund and The Ad Council. Their goal: Give shelter animals a voice. The...
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Cave Canem, Redux
Finding homes for Pompeii’s strays
I had the good fortune to visit Italy in December 2008, and on a sunny, cool day toured the nearly deserted streets of Pompeii with a guide named “Big Nicky,” who is, in fact, rather on the small side. Among the ruins of the ancient Roman city, I was delighted to spy several healthy looking strays—apparently a few of the dozens on the premises. I learned from Big Nicky that the dogs are cared for...
Dog's Life: Humane
Gateway Guardians Premieres Sunday
Q&A with documentary’s director Rebecca Ormond
On July 18, Gateway Guardians, a documentary about a handful of scrappy volunteers feeding and rescuing stray dogs in a blighted East St. Louis neighborhood, premieres. Filmed almost entirely by flipcam-wielding rescue and foster volunteers and Webster University film students, the documentary provides a moving, dog’s-eye-view of street packs and loners and their unorthodox saviors. We spoke with...
News: JoAnna Lou
Extreme Primping
Is competitive grooming embarrassing for the pups?
Last month I read about dogs in China dyed to resemble wild animals. It seemed so outrageous that I didn’t think it could possibly be true. After checking web sites like Snopes, It looked like it was indeed real. As crazy as it sounds, the desire to transform dogs into wild animals is not limited to China. A new show called Extreme Poodles on TLC follows four groomers and their adventures in the...
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Law & Order: Canine Unit?
New DNA database to aid dog-fighting investigations
On the heels of Charles Siebert’s eye-opening examination of the links between animal cruelty and other types of violence (“The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome,” New York Times, 6/7/10), the University of California, Davis, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have announced the creation of the nation’s first criminal dog-fighting DNA database. Known as the Canine CODIS (...
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Ick, Ugh, Eeek!
Is it really fun to celebrate ugly dogs?
The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest (Dog Lover’s Festival, Sonoma-Marin Fair, Petaluma, Calif., June 25) brings out the buzz kill in me. Sweet, unsuspecting pups “celebrated” for tufted hair, bucked or missing teeth, disproportionate bodies, wrinkles and bumps, baldness and protruding tongues—many of these exaggerations introduced by breeders in the first place and sometimes creating very real health...
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Must Read
Connecting animal cruelty to other forms of violence
Bark contributor Charles Siebert explores how we are taking animal abuse more seriously than ever before—with tougher legislation, law enforcement, veterinary forensics and explorations into the neuroscience of empathy. “The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome” (New York Times Magazine, 6/13/10) is a tough read in parts, with graphic examples (be prepared), but hopefully signals a turning point in this...
Dog's Life: Humane
Feed Your Dog, Save a Farm
Farm
The pet food recalls over the past
few years have taught us a few things. When you buy commercial dog food, your money goes to a corporation that’s likely far away from your community. You simply have to trust that the package label doesn’t lie and what’s in there is safe for your dog to eat. But if you buy meat, milk or eggs from your local farmer, you can stop by the farm to see for yourself...
Dog's Life: Humane
Case Study: Saving Aussies
NorCal Aussie Rescue Sanctuary
From the driveway, NorCal Aussie Rescue Sanctuary looks not much different from most other properties along the winding roads of the Sierra Nevada foothills in northern California. It’s fairly modest and well-maintained, and the steep slope is shaded by Douglas fir and manzanita. Look closely, though, and there are differences, most notably a double-gated entry. Then … Paddy is probably the first...

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