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News: 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...
News: 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.  ...
News: 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...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
In the Dog House
The kids have flown and now canines rule the roost
 Not long ago, I was a black-haired, freckled-faced 28-year-old mom of four little ones—two boys and two girls, all under the age of six. It was heaven on earth. I was keenly aware of it. I often said, “These are the best years of my life.”   Who’d have thought it would all come to this, and so fast?   In what seems like a blink of an eye, I am now 49. My hair is still mostly black, but the grey...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Halloween Pups on Parade
Send in the clowns, the flowers, the Pug spiders, the Nacho Libres...
Looking for ways to raise money for your local dog run or animal shelter? Why not sponsor a Halloween parade? To find out how to do it, we spoke to two pros: Garrett Rosso, volunteer manager at Tompkins Square Dog Run (also known as “First Run” because it was the city’s first) in New York City’s East Village, and Justin Rudd, coordinator of the annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade in Long Beach,...
News: Guest Posts
Life with an Autism Service Dog, Part III
Jingle knows her girl.
[Below are excerpts from Michelle O’Neil's blog about her daughter Riley’s autism service dog, which she got earlier this month. In these entries, O’Neil writes about the second half of training at 4 Paws for Ability with Jingle.] Day 5, Behavior Disruption Today at training Riley came running in from the kid’s area, crying. She stomped up and down a couple of times and shrieked, “I was trying to...
News: Karen B. London
Dog Halloween Costumes
Scary for our four-legged friends
It’s hard to resist the urge to put dogs in costumes. The cuteness factor can fly off the charts, and for many people, dressing up our dogs is as natural as dressing up our human children. Despite my recognition of the joy it can bring to see our pups parading around as cowgirls, devils, sports stars or Elvis, I urge caution when considering costumes for dogs. Most dogs hate costumes. They easily...

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