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The “D” Word
Don’t miss your chance to howl with Lily Tomlin.
Actress, comedian, dog lover and animal welfare do-gooder Lily Tomlin headlines in Provincetown, Mass., on August 29 in a one-night-only show to benefit Pilgrim Bark Park, a new, nonprofit, off-leash dog park and animal welfare resource. Did you think Tomlin's Edith Ann and Buster the dog routine was pure shtick? Think again, and read about  Tomlin’s passion for animals in The Bark interview.)  ...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Top Cities for Dogs
MSNBC publishes their list of pet-friendly destinations.
I’m always on the hunt for dog-friendly destinations. This week MSNBC published their Top 10 Pet Friendly Cities of 2009, giving me many new trip ideas. I was excited to see that my own hometown of New York made the list, mandating a staycation perhaps! New York was joined by San Diego, Chicago, Seattle, Alexandria, Portland, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles and Boston. These cities were...
Blog: Karen B. London
Excessive Jingling of Dog Tags
A pet peeve worth stopping
Large numbers of dog tags jingling on a dog’s collar drive me crazy and probably bother most dogs even more. For sound-sensitive dogs in particular, noisy tags may negatively affect their quality of life. Seeing dogs suffer the constant clanging and additional weight of wearing all that metal activates my pet peeve sensors like few other avoidable irritations. I even had a little rant about it...
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Taxi Cab Confessions
Exploring cultural biases against dogs—in Iraq and at home.
An NPR story this week reported that U.S. soldiers are teaching Iraqi security forces how to use bomb-sniffer dogs—with one particular challenge. “Sniffer dogs are universally recognized as the most effective means of detecting explosives," the reporter explains. "But in Iraq, as in much of the Arab world, dogs are considered unclean.” That's a challenge. “The greatest tool you have in your...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Neutering Dogs with Shoes
ZAPP sells footwear on eBay to help strays in Mexico.
I’m never one to miss a shoe sale and recently I discovered footwear bargains that help out a great cause. In San Felipe, Mexico, 92 percent of the area’s animals live on the street. For years, euthanasia by electrocution has been the method of choice to control the overwhelming population of 15,000-20,000 stray dogs. Realizing that euthanasia would not solve the root of the overpopulation...
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Howl Contributor Heads to U.S. Senate. UPDATE.
Minnesota Supreme Court declares Al Franken the winner.
[UPDATE: At the risk of really upsetting the anti-Franken faction out there, we had to point out that our hopes that Sen. Al Franken's personal passion for dogs would translate into action are already being realized. He announced his first legislative goal --funding to train service dogs to assist veterans. Good for dogs and veterans.   According to a column in Star Tribune, Franken was inspired...
Blog: Karen B. London
Why That Puppy?
Puppy choices and what they mean
I always ask my clients what made them choose a particular dog or a certain puppy. The most common answers I hear about choosing a puppy are: “I didn’t choose him. He chose me.” “I felt sorry for her.” “He was the only one left.” “The breeder felt that she was the best puppy for our family.” “He had an adorable spot over his eye, just like my first dog did.” “She was the only female and we...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dog and Driver: Car Chart
How to find the perfect car for your perfect pup
Source: Manufacturers’ websites, Edmunds.com, ConsumerReports.org, Caranddriver.com
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dog & Driver
How to find the perfect car for your perfect pup
With a single command, Clutch, an American Bulldog, and Havoc, a Belgian Malinois, jump into the cargo hold of Sandra Mannion’s 2009 Honda Pilot, awaiting the surge of the engine and a trip to San Francisco Bay for a nice long swim. “The research was an excruciating process. This is my first new car. Ever. I’m super happy with my Pilot,” says Mannion, an Albany, Calif.-based trainer and...
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The Smell’s the Thing
Discovering the thrill of grass and other earthy delights with a guide dog.
Day One If you spend as much time as I do with a dog (the only perk of blindness, eh?), you have the privilege of living a sort of dual citizenship. My yellow Labrador, Nira, and I fly together and go to classes together. We enter supermarkets and museums, amusement parks and churches (those yins and yangs of the spirit). Now, I resolve that henceforth whenever Nira stops to sniff I too shall...

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