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Gallery: Dogs in the Wedding
More photos from “Here Comes the Bride ... and Her Dog”
We talked to many people for “Here Comes the Bride ... and Her Dog,” our February feature about including dogs in your wedding. It was a delight to hear all the wonderful ways in which couples include their best friends on the big day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have room to include every story or every photo, so we created this online wedding album, which includes pictures of nearly all the...
Dog's Life: DIY
Papier-Mâché Dogs
A fun project for the whole family.
Making the Dog Shape Lay two sheets of newspaper flat on the table, one on top of the other. Scrunch up three balls of newspaper and line them up on top of the flat newspaper sheets. Then roll the flat sheets around the balls, forming a tube shape, and tape the tube together with masking tape Body Bend the tube into an L shape to form the head and neck. Use masking tape to tape the bend in...
Blog: Karen B. London
Toys Are Meant To Be Used
Damage means that they have been
Dogs like to chew on many of their toys. It is common for people to say, “He ruins all his toys!” I like to think of it a little bit differently: When toys are damaged, it’s just a sign that the dog has used them. Toys don’t stay in pristine condition if they have truly been enjoyed, but that just means the toys have been used, not that they have been ruined.   Of course, if the dog is at risk of...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Seasons Greetings from the Dogs
Sending cards from the pets is increasing in popularity
This past weekend, I finally got my Christmas cards out and, as always, they were complete with my dogs’ signatures and the annual holiday photo of the pups. Seasons greetings aren’t the only cards “sent” by my dogs. I routinely mail birthday cards and get well soon cards to friends’ pets from my furry crew.    Years ago, when I first started writing cards from my pets, I rarely received any in...
Blog: Guest Posts
Beware of Backyard Bombs
Procrastinating instead of winter poop pickup
It has been cold in the Chicago area. Really cold. I let my four dogs outside to do their business and within minutes, the two Dalmatians are hobbling back to the door because their pink pads are frozen. The two mixes adore the snow and can wrestle in it for hours. Ginger Peach even likes to scoop up the snow with her long snout and toss it over her shoulder like a tiny brindle elephant. Me, I...
Blog: Karen B. London
He’s A Penn State Dog
Does your dog wear your school colors?
I recently got to dog sit for a friend who is a big Penn State fan. Actually, I didn’t know that until she brought her dog over and I saw his shiny new navy blue color, which says “PENN STATE PENN STATE PENN STATE” all the way around in white writing.   When I lived in Wisconsin, I saw lots of dogs with red and white collars or with ones adorned with badgers to show their allegiance to the...
Dog's Life: Humane
(Certain) Dogs Allowed
Insurance companies’ breed-restriction lists take a bite out of housing options
The term “foreclosure dogs,” which came into the lexicon sometime around 2007, is all too familiar to animal shelter and rescue workers. Canine victims of the housing collapse, many of these economic orphans face the added burden of being, say, a Chow Chow — or just looking like one. Why does that matter? Two words: breed restrictions. At least a dozen breeds and their mixes are commonly found on...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Holiday Gifting for Pets
56 percent of dog lovers buy their pups a present
According to a recent Associated Press-Petside.com poll, 56 percent of dog lovers will be buying their pets a Christmas gift this year. The percentage stayed consistent even among people who have lost their job in the past six months. One of my favorite parts of the holidays is buying gifts for my friends and family—and that of course includes my pets.  This year’s goodies include a Ram Tuff...
Dog's Life: Humane
Dog Hoarders
What is animal hoarding? Who becomes a hoarder?
Horders
  * “Long-term Outcomes in Animal Hoarding Cases,” by Berry, Patronek & Lockwood; Animal Law 11:167. All case citations taken from Pet-Abuse.com Whom to Call You can report suspected hoarding to your local animal control, the humane society, the local public health department, or even a zoning department that regulates unsanitary conditions or the number of animals on a property. If you...
Blog: Guest Posts
First-Dog Advice for Youngsters
Kid-friendly website for families who want a dog
It’s the time of year when children are encouraged to say what they want for Christmas and Hanukah, and sometimes a puppy is on the list. Families with young children considering adopting a dog, either as a gift or down the road, should check out a new website created by the University of Illinois Extension called “Best of Friends: Kids and Dogs.” Designed for 4th through 6th grade classrooms,...

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