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April Is the Droolest Month
It’s raining dogs and cats this spring.
Forget about the whole April is the cruelest month business. With apologies to T.S. Eliot, it’s quite the opposite. It is, in fact, National Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. The ASPCA kicks-off its month-long awareness effort on April 7, when iconic buildings across the country will be bathed in orange light—the ASPCA’s signature color. On that same day, the cruelty-busters from Animal Planet’...
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Report Dog Bites
One women learns a terrible lesson.
I never thought I'd say it, but you can go too far in "protecting" a dog. Last week in Alameda, Calif., an 80-year-old woman died from an infection three days after she was bitten by an unfamiliar dog. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, she lied to doctors about the cause of her injury to avoid having the dog quarantined. She paid the ultimate price, and the dog has not been found.   The...
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Stay Home TV Night
Tonight, two programs shed light on puppy mills—before and after.
Tonight, ABC’s Nightline is running the first major investigative report on puppy mills since Oprah’s exposé about one year ago. The story, which includes chilling footage from a hidden camera, also features a surprisingly cooperative Mennonite commercial breeder offering a tour of his operation. (This is probably a one-of-a-kind moment.) The program will be tough to watch, but it’s an essential...
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What Is This Guy Thinking?
Dogs in pickup trucks—it only looks cool.
Driving home from a snowshoe hike with our dogs yesterday (we got a major dump in the mountains outside Seattle), we came upon a truck with an open flatbed. What caught my eye was the enormous U.S. flag across the cab guard. Obviously, this driver wanted to send a message: He was a patriot, couldn’t we see from the flag? If I sound snide, it’s because of what I saw next: In front of the flag,...
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Two Dogs Down
After two dogs freeze to death, is it time to rethink the Iditarod?
A few days before cancer-survivor Lance Mackey became the third person to win the Iditarod three years in a row, two dogs belonging to rookie racer Lou Packer died from exposure to high-winds and 50-below-zero temperatures. The story of Grasshopper and Dizzy’s demise is as harrowing as it is provocative. Already the questions are tumbling down. Was Packer a rookie who took unnecessary risks or is...
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Helping Pups Out of the Dog House
Charlotte ad man applies a little creative thinking to the foreclosure crisis.
If simple necessity is the mother of invention, you gotta believe a crisis like our current sub-prime/banking/global market implosion is going to spark some pretty incredible results. (Think: Octuplets without the nuttiness.) One glimmer comes from Charlotte, N.C., where the proverbial light bulb flashed for Phil Jones, when he read an article about the rising number of pets abandoned to his...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Dog Law: What are a Vet's Obligations?
Veterinary practice … and malpractice
Question: I consider my dog to be my child. Does my vet have the same obligations toward her as a pediatrician does to a child? Answer: When you take your child to a pediatrician, three roles develop: doctor, patient and patient’s parent. Since the patient is a minor, the doctor must rely on you as parent to consent to decisions about the child’s health, and you must rely on him or her as to the...
Dog's Life: Humane
Dog Law: Animal Control Hearings
The inside scoop
Question: What are animal control hearings?Answer: Every county, city and town has its own local laws, called “municipal codes.” The code sections that apply specifically to animal care and ownership come under the heading “animal control.” When local officials believe a resident has violated a code section, the resident is issued a citation (aka “a ticket”), and a hearing is held to determine if...
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New Way to Pay for Spay
[Web exclusive] Can Washington State alter 70,000 more cats and dogs
It’s Spay Day, and all around the country, animal welfare organizations are offering discounted spay/neuter surgeries and spreading the word about the importance of altering pets to reduce unwanted litters, overpopulation, abandoned and neglected pets, crowded shelters and high euthanasia rates. In Washington State, legislators are considering an unusual bill to increase funding for low-cost spay...
Dog's Life: Humane
Esprit de Corps
Soldiers’ buddies find a safe haven
You’re a soldier headed for 15 months in a war zone. You don’t know anyone who will foster your best friend while you’re gone, and you can’t afford a boarding kennel. You turn to the destination of last resort. “Grown men are walking up to shelters in tears,” says Laurie Lyon. “I just can’t imagine being put in that position.” Lyon is doing her part to spare soldiers this fate. At Paw Prints Dog...

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