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News: Karen B. London
Winter Olympians and Their Dogs
Athletes love ‘em, too!
If you are addicted to the Olympics, as I am, you probably find it fun to know as much as possible about the lives of the athletes. Most have made a lifetime of sacrifices for their sport and to pursue excellence in it. Many credit the love and support of family with helping them to achieve their goals of competing at the highest level at the Olympics. For a large number of Olympians, that family...
News: JoAnna Lou
Canine Couture
Does your dog really need that coat?
Dog clothing ranges from frilly dresses to warm fleece coats. The popularity of canine couture has even given way to the annual Pet Fashion Week. But, given that most dogs have fur, are these outfits really necessary? According to Dr. Bonnie Beaver of the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs don’t get sick when the mercury drops since there is no cold virus that affects them. She says...
News: Karen B. London
When a Beloved Dog Dies
How do others help you handle the grief?
My dear friend Trisha McConnell recently lost her 16-year old dog Lassie. She has written extensively about all her dogs, including Lassie, in books, magazines and on her blog, and many people who have never even met Lassie felt the loss and grieved along with Trisha. In fact, following her blog entry about Lassie’s passing, there are over 300 comments of love and support.   This tells me that as...
News: Guest Posts
Cats v. Dogs
The not-so-great debate continues
More fodder—for both sides—in the cat versus dog debate: 1. Dog owners are more extroverted and less neurotic than cat owners and 2. Cat owners are better educated than dog owners (at least in the U.K.)!      
News: Guest Posts
Canine Bling Alert
Diamonds are a dog's best friend?
Friends of mine who don’t have dogs are always teasing me about the latest outrageous indulgence we “dog people” are up to—things like canine massages and dog-centered camps. And I patiently explain that while these may not be strictly essential to a happy, healthy life—they are probably welcome additions.   Then, along comes a $52,000 diamond dog collar. Like something Leona Helmsley would have...
News: Guest Posts
Dogs v. Humans
New York magazine looks at our complex relationship with dog
On the plane home from Burbank, Calif., on Sunday night, I read New York magazine’s cover story about dogs. (By the way, I’m always impressed by Los Angeles' serious dog scene. Even though we were traveling sans canines, we walked the very hilly loop at Runyon Canyon Dog Park. Great views of the city, locals and dogs (lots of matched pairs). If you really want to experience L.A., this has to be...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dogs in the Castle
Delightful Discovery in Doylestown
Sometimes, it’s all about perspective. The first time I visited Fonthill—once a private home and now a museum—it left me cold. Quite literally. The six-story concrete castle, which was constructed between 1908 and 1912, is not particularly inviting, and I was certain its creator and first resident, Henry Chapman Mercer, must have been a hardhearted man. On my next visit, after learning more about...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dogs Like Any Other
Living with blind and deaf dogs
Jordan was blind and deaf, and he was fetching (in both senses of the word)! Quality of life was not an issue for this dog, and I was thrilled about it. His guardians were following my fundamental rule for dogs with challenges: Decide that this dog is going to have a full and happy life, just as you would with any dog. With this family, I was truly preaching to the choir. Most dogs have a cue to...
News: Guest Posts
First Dog Blog
The President’s Portie is no bipartisan!
Last week in my Rally class, a student joked that her dog couldn't make left turns because he was a Republican. Of course, we all cracked up; dogs don't follow a political party. Or do they? Check out First Dog Bo Obama's blog and you might be surprised. He speaks his partisan mind on everything from Haiti's dog victims, to Scott Brown's unexpected Senate win, to race in politics. Bo is also...
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AKC’s Change of Heart
An early valentine for mixed breeds
As I wrote in an earlier post, the American Kennel Club will allow mixed breed dogs to participate in events such as agility, obedience and Rally starting April 1, 2010. (Hope the April’s Fool date is not a joke!) The organization--whose new core values embraces all dogs--just announced that mixed breed dogs will no longer compete in a separate class or earn separate titles from purebred dogs....

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