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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Sniffing Poop to Save Wildlife
Ex-shelter dogs are trained to become conversation canines
Conservation Dog
  Families often misjudge how much exercise dogs need, which is how many pets end up at the animal shelter. Insatiable play drive is bad for the average home but great for working canines. The Center for Biology Conservation adopts many of these dogs and trains them to sniff out wildlife droppings. Yes you read that right! Scientists can learn a lot from scat, including sex, species, and even...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
Finding a stolen dog
Emmy comes home!
The frantic voice on phone belonged to my dear friend Carrie. “Emmy’s gone and we can’t find her anywhere!” Oh no! Emmy was a tiny, beautiful and beloved Shih-Tzu. She had just participated in Carrie’s wedding the day before, walking down the aisle with the flower girls. (Emmy was not going on the honeymoon but was going to be looked after by her brother  who lives with Carrie.) “What happened...
Blog: Editors
Older Dog Resue: A Great Tale
There’s a great story about an improbable dog adoption on the front page of the Los Angeles Times today. Not only it is heartwarming and uplifting but informative (about the rescue scene in LA) too. The story is about how its reporter, Rene Lynch, adopted an older, abandoned German Shepherd who, as the story begins: was found “lashed to a fence inside an abandoned junkyard. With no food and water...
Dog's Life: Humane
Dog Rescue: Indigo
Oregon’s Indigo Rescue thinks big
Oregon
Dogs romp in large fenced pastures on a 16-acre ranch in western Oregon’s rolling green countryside. Swiss milk goats, alpacas and bunnies frolic nearby. Bordered by a park, a golf course, lush woods and the Nehalem River, the cage-free boarding facility known as Oregon Canine University at Indigo Ranch looks like an idyllic solution for Portland-area residents who need to board their dogs. But...
Dog's Life: Humane
Ending Animal Abuse: Community Outreach in Chicago
Community outreach helps turn the tide
Young Chicagoan Terrence Murphy and his dog Elmo have benefited from community p
To see the ravaged forehead of the gentle female Pit Bull was an emotional moment for Tammy Schmitt, DVM. A section of skin three to four inches wide — the diameter of a grapefruit — was simply gone, exposing the hard bone of her skull. When Schmitt looked closely, she saw that the edges of the skin were smooth, not torn. A person with a cutting blade — not another animal — was responsible for...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
Dogs In Hot Cars: Caution
Bark readers are by their very nature, responsible dog owners. We treat our dogs as family and many of us love to take them with us whenever possible. The fact that we include them in every aspect of our lives is an example of our commitment to them. We would never knowingly do anything to put our beloved friends in danger and yet leaving them in our cars, even just for a few minutes, can be...
Dog Culture: Stories & Lit
Chasing Duque
Spirit Dog Leads to Hope in Costa Rica.
Patricia Artimana and two of the many dogs she shelters at Asociation Arca de No
In the year 2000, I lived in Costa Rica for six months and fell in love with the dogs. There were many visitors to the farm during my stay there, and everyone knew about me and my love for Duque, who, like most dogs in Central America, didn’t really belong to anyone. Dogs don’t last long in Costa Rica, particularly in the countryside, where, even if they are owned, they are allowed to run free,...
Blog: Guest Posts
Innovative Ideas: Helping the Homeless and Shelter Dogs
Spend any time in a city and you’ve seen it—am older man rummaging through a trash can for bottles or his next meal, a young puppy playfully at his side, or a dirty teenager clothes held together with patches asking passerby’s for change with a dog curled up on a blanket near her feet. The site of a dog living on the streets with a person experiencing homelessness tugs at the heartstrings of many...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
Avoiding Dog Bites
The Still & Silent Way Works Best
Two minor punctures were just visible above the old man’s ankle. He held his slacks up from his skinny leg as he told me how the dog had rushed off its property and bitten him as he walked by. As I took the report he told me about many other dog bites he had received.      The man was a quiet, soft-spoken widower who spent every morning walking around his suburban neighborhood. He lived in a...
Blog: Guest Posts
Shelter Me: Dogs in Need, People in Need
We all need someone we can lean on, and so do they.
Shelter Me / PBS Screenshot
Last night I watched a most wonderful documentary about the many ways in which rescued dogs can help rescue humans, each of whom needs someone to lean on. It's called Shelter Me. A synopsis of the docmentary can be seen here. A snippet should be all that's needed to get you to watch it: "The first episode shows how shelter pets are helping our returning war veterans cope with PTSD. We go inside...

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