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Tell Us Your Love Stories
Do dogs bring us closer to our fellow humans?
In his essay for The New York Times “Modern Love” column on Sunday, Bob Morris described how a nine-pound longhaired miniature Dachshund souped up his love life. What is wonderful about the story is that Morris doesn’t end with simply describing his newfound canine affection, he makes an important extrapolation: His love for Zoloft (the pup's name), as well as his partner’s love for same, has...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Social Networking for Dogs
Online or on the ground, 21st-century technology provides options
  Proper and regular socialization is an important aspect of life for any pup. My dog, Altai, is no different. He’s a Korean Jindo, and a highly energetic, loving and sociable one at that. He’s a lover and a licker, and put simply, he needs to get out and see other dogs. As a self-employed writer who works from home, I can certainly sympathize with his desire to leave the house and mingle with...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Dining with the Whole Family
Searching for dog friendly restaurants is becoming easier for pet lovers.
I’ve always envied Parisian restaurants where you can dine with your furry companions, a practice banned stateside by our health codes. Eating with my pups is one of my favorite warm weather activities, although I’ve braved the cold many times to enjoy a meal with the whole family! I’m always on the lookout for good restaurants with decks or sidewalk spaces, although not even all places with...
Blog: Karen B. London
Find Your Dog A Date
Matchmaking for canines
I once introduced a friend of mine to my roommate because I felt so strongly that they would like each other. Now that they’ve been married for six years and have two kids, I still consider my matchmaking success with them to be among the biggest accomplishments of my life. Her dog even fell in love with him, so the happiness was complete all around. (This couple happens to be in a picture...
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Surprise! It’s a Boy! Can You Afford Him?
The nuts and bolts of budgeting for a pet.
Sometimes these things just happen. In my case, I was leaving the park on a Saturday evening in August. The clouds stretched flat in the warm turning light. I felt relaxed, healthy, happy. A man approached. His smile was friendly and he was sipping a cocktail. A black puppy hopped behind him. I was done for. I held the park gate open for the man and the little lab. Then, I found myself waving...
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What If Your Dogs Outlive You?
Tragedy leaves four dogs grieving and homeless.
This past Labor Day, suburban Chicago couple Mike and Sue Kelm went for a motorcycle ride. Sue had been battling cancer and was scheduled for surgery later that week. She usually didn't ride with her husband, but it seemed like a nice way to enjoy some time together on a beautiful, warm day. Tragically, a car pulling out of a gas station hit and killed them, leaving behind their beloved pack of...
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Dogs As Stimulus?
A relief package with four paws and a tail.
Only weeks after we blogged about some Oregonians’ efforts to rollback what they consider a too-dog-friendly attitude in stores, a Southern California community is heading in the opposite direction. Merchants in Escondido, Calif., want to welcome dogs into downtown shops (and a park where dogs are currently banned) in the hopes it will spur traffic and sales in a down market. Will it work? While...
Blog: Karen B. London
So There’s This Rabbi and This Dog
Can they make beautiful music together?
The sound of the shofar is a part of the religious ceremonies of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—two sacred Jewish holidays. The shofar is usually made out of the horn of a domestic ram, and its deep call is both beautiful and poignant. Typically, the sound of the shofar creates a solemn mood. Typically. Leave it to a dog to have other ideas. It’s hard to say what this dog was trying to contribute...
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Thursday Night Suppers
Kansas City couple honors their dog’s memory by inviting strangers to dinner.
When Tricia and Mike Smith put their dog Molly to sleep earlier this year it left a big hole in their lives. They missed their Boston Terrier’s zest for life but weren’t ready to adopt a new pup. So they decided to pay tribute to Molly’s love for parties and socializing by entertaining—with a twist. Tricia, a 35-year-old deputy in the office of the Platte County Recorder of Deeds, and Mike, a 40-...
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Dogs in Stores
Greater acceptance or backlash—where are we on the curve?
The title says it all, “Oregon Wants ‘Dog-Friendly’ to Be Less So.” The piece in today’s New York Times continues a conversation we’ve been having on the blog about service dogs and access. (See related links, below.) The focus here is dogs in Portland food stores. Not only was I surprised people were bringing their dogs into food markets, I was horrified by reports that dogs are doing their...

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