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Dog's Life: DIY
Doggie Leash Bag
Carry your pickup bags in style
When nature calls and your dog answers—this leash bag will hold four or five grocerystore-size plastic pick-up bags (and even more of the smaller versions) for quick access. Never fumble through your pockets again! Materials • Fabric • Elastic (3/8" wide) • Plastic Snap Hook • Thread Beginning Cut two rectangles of fabric: one 11 1/2" by 9” for the bag itself and another 3" by 4 1/2" for...
Dog's Life: DIY
Felted Dog Ball
Just the thing for a spirited game of fetch!
DIY Positively fun, absolutely useful DIY. There’s something for every skill level, from super-easy felted wool balls and a bag-holder that attaches to a leash to a cozy crocheted bed and a folding feeding stand—little comforts that make life more pleasant for both you and your dog. (We’ll let you in on a secret: You can also purchase the ball kit, leash bag and bed from the craftswomen who...
Blog: Karen B. London
The Fido Awards
Canine “Oscars” announced.
This past week, the winners of the Fido Awards were announced in London. These are international awards for canine movie stars. As expected the many dogs who played Marley in Marley and Me won in the category of Rom-Com Rover (for romantic comedy companionship) and Beverly Hills Chihuahua took home the award for Comedy Canine.   This is the third year of the Fido Awards, honoring canine actors...
Wellness: Healthy Living
The Dangers of Rawhide Dog Chew Toys
The downside of rawhide
Chew Bone
“I never buy at Wal-Mart, I only buy organic and nothing from China, ever!” This is how Danielle Devereux, whose German Shepherd Sammy is a ravenous consumer of snacks, describes her treat-buying strategy. Sammy prefers his rawhide toys soaked in warm chicken broth first. “As you can guess, he’s a little bit spoiled.” In Devereux’s remarks, I hear echoes of my own long search for the right dog...
Blog: Karen B. London
What Would You Do To Save Your Dog?
One man fought off a kangaroo.
In Australia, kangaroos can pose a threat to dogs, as one man and his dog experienced first hand over the weekend. The man and his blue Heeler, Rocky, were out for a walk when they surprised a kangaroo that the dog chased into a pond. The kangaroo then turned, caught the dog and held him underwater. Apparently, this is a known defense by kangaroos when being chased by dogs—lead them to water and...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Skiing and Snowshoeing with Your Dog
Powder, hard pack, drift, blizzard—whatever you call it, snow’s a fact of winter life in many parts of the country. It covers our favorite paths and can turn casual outings into endurance sports. What’s a pup and her person to do when it’s colder than a three-dog night? Well, as it turns out, plenty. If you can walk, you can snowshoe  or cross-country ski, and if you’re even moderately skilled...
Dog's Life: DIY
Wrap It Up
While dogs would be happy to have their gift treats piled on the floor in front of them, their human companions will appreciate a more thoughtful presentation. This year, try the traditional Japanese art of wrapping gifts in fabric squares—furoshiki—as an attractive and functional way to reduce paper waste. Not only is this an eco-sensitive option, the fabric can be put to other uses, doubling...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Lover’s Dream Job?
Denali seeks a kennel manager.
Thirty-one dogs and all the sledding in Alaska’s pristine backcountry that you can handle—plus, a $33,477 to $66,542 salary  and a 25 percent cost of living adjustment: Sound like the career for you? Through November 24, Denali National Park and Preserve is accepting applications for this park ranger position. But be warned, this job is not for the Saturday dog walker and maybe not even for the...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Dogs Sniff Out Whale Scat
Scientists enlist detection dogs in their quest to learn more about whales
Perched on the bow of a small boat racing across Puget Sound, Tucker can catch the scent of killer whale scat from as far away as a nautical mile. When he whiffs the slightly salmony smell, the 60-pound Lab leans hard over the bow, so hard that his handler must hang on with all his might to keep him from toppling overboard. The captain points the boat the direction of Tucker’s black nose.  ...
Blog: Karen B. London
Why Do You Love Your Pets?
Share your answer with the Texas SPCA.
If you love your dogs so much that you can hardly stop yourself from shouting it from the rooftops, then you are not alone. (Unless you really ARE by yourself on top of your house proclaiming your feelings for them. In that case technically you are alone, but that’s not really the point here.) We humans love our pets so much that it’s easy to go crazy expressing our views. In recognition of the...

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