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Dog's Life: Travel
Explore Southwest Utah
Have Dog, Will Travel
While fall days find New England country roads clogged with leaf-peepers, southwestern Utah’s high desert is wide open and radiant. Here, the autumn sun illuminating sandstone bluffs rivals any maple grove. And in September and October, still-warm days and cool nights make this a great time and place for outdoor adventures. An excellent home base for dog-friendly fun is Red Mountain Resort in...
News: Guest Posts
Happy 21st Birthday Betsy!
Scottsdale senior pup posts another year of donuts and chicken
Last August, I posted a blog about a Pomeranian-mix named Betsy on her 20th birthday. Not many dogs enjoy 20 good years. So I couldn't pass up a chance to say, happy birthday, as she adds one more candle to her cake. Tomorrow, the former injured stray turns 21—that’s pushing well past the century mark in canine years. She’ll be celebrating the big day with her peeps James and Meryl Tulin, her...
News: JoAnna Lou
Budgeting for Dog Expenses
The ASPCA and Mint.com calculate annual and monthly pet costs
Dog lovers don't need a survey to tell us that we spend a lot of money on our pups. But exactly how big is our pet budget? The ASPCA calculated basic annual expenses for a variety of pets (not including one-time purchases, like a crate or leash). According to their survey, the average medium dog incurs the following costs per year: Food - $118 Recurring Medical - $236.30 Toys/Treats...
News: JoAnna Lou
Burial Ban in New York
State puts an end to human ashes in pet cemeteries
Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, the first of its kind in America, holds a special place in my heart. My cat was cremated there and I have friends whose pets are buried there. The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery has been open for over 100 years and is a testament to the special relationship humans have with their pets. Given that it's the final resting place for many special animals, it's not surprising that...
News: Karen B. London
The Floor is Common Ground
How has your use of the floor changed?
Recently, I decided to stretch on my living room floor. Naturally, moments later there was a dog right beside me, sniffing my hair, pawing at my leg and generally expressing enthusiasm about joining in the fun. Maneuvering through a series of stretches is far more entertaining with a companion, and I never mind the company of dogs, but it did make me ponder how I use and share my floor. In...
Dog's Life: Travel
Summer Camps for You and Your Dog
If you and your dog enjoy off-leash parks, traveling and outdoor activities, dog camp is for you! Good socialization and play skills make dog camp more fun for everyone. Your dog should enjoy playing with — or at least be neutral toward — other dogs and people. Young dogs should be able to read cues from other dogs and older dogs should be able to tolerate jostling by faster, younger dogs. Small...
News: JoAnna Lou
McQueen Leaves Large Sum to Dogs
The late fashion designer left money to his dogs and pet charities
Leaving money to pets and animal related charities is nothing new, however the topic was catapulted to popular discussion four years ago after Leona Helmsley left millions to her pup. Although I fully intend to set aside money for my pets, I imagine that the modest sum will hardly be controversial. Last week it was revealed that Alexander McQueen also left a less contentious sum to his dogs...
News: JoAnna Lou
Man’s New Best Friend
Do we rely on PCs more than our pups?
Has the computer replaced dog as “mans best friend?” Computeractive magazine and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) surveyed over 2,000 people in Britain to find out. A whopping 67 percent of respondents believe that most people rely more on their computer than their dog. The number is lower for people who actually have a dog, but higher if the respondent was...
News: JoAnna Lou
Pet-Friendly Apartments Are Lucrative
There are many benefits for landlords that welcome pets
When I rented my last apartment, pet-friendly buildings were, on average, more expensive than the ones that didn't welcome pets. It's unfortunate that a few irresponsible people seem to have given pets a bad name. In my search, I even found that many landlords stopped allowing animals because of property damage or complaints about barking. I've seen this with hotels too. However, in these...
News: Guest Posts
Foodie Poodle Cooks Noodles
Francis is the well-behaved host of a Japanese cooking show on YouTube
Dogs like to help out around the house, from working farms to high-rise apartments. There’s one room, however, where they aren’t typically welcome: the kitchen. Try telling that to Francis. He’s the miniature-poodle “host” of Cooking With Dog, a Japanese YouTube series. Over a Chopin piano soundtrack, Francis “narrates” each episode as a chef prepares classic Japanese meals. He gives...

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