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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...
Blog: Guest Posts
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...
Dog's Life: Green
Green Gazebo
DIYing it—build your dog an eco-friendly retreat
“Green” isn’t just about recycling and planting trees—it’s also a way of thinking, of being creative with design, materials and overall aesthetics and ending up with a product that provides a better quality of life. Can you apply green principles when building a shelter for your dog? Of course. Here’s one way to do it. First, study your dog. Based on climate, the role you play in each other’s...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Battle of the Flying Fur
The true renewable resource
I think I’ve found the solution to our national energy problem. All I know for sure is that I’m in possession of a remarkable renewable resource. What I desperately need is for someone to evaluate my data and then advise me on how to proceed in order to bring the greatest good to the greatest number of Americans. Our collective future could be determined by a yellow Labrador Retriever named...
Dog's Life: Humane
No Kill Nation
A goal within our reach
Before the recent presidental election, there was talk in the media about the “Bradley effect”—the difference between what voters say to pollsters and the way they mark their ballot in the privacy of the voting booth. As it turned out, in this election, the polls were accurate; people voted for the candidate they publicly supported. The humane movement has been living with its own Bradley effect...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
A Blind Runner and His Amazing Guide Dog
Guide dog helps his partner navigate the course
Audi knows he’s special. A yellow Lab, nearly white, with a ropy build and a devilish grin, he lives in the rarefied air of Lakewood, Colo., a Denver suburb. If he were a pet, he still would receive plenty of adoration, but Audi doesn’t mind being rewarded the same way as these other dogs, despite his higher calling. Audi’s a guide dog, and a pleaser. Virtue, he might sniff, is its own reward....
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Treat Kits
Kits make it simple to treat them right.
Have a pup party coming up? For those special occasions (or everyday pleasures), here are more ways to treat your dog well and economically. These companies have taken the worry out of getting it right by assembling dry human-grade ingredients in ready-to-mix packages. Just add liquids, mix and bake. Another handy helper: Cookie cutters come with the biscuit mixes.MAGGIE’S DOG MUNCHIES No wheat,...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Dog Law: Dogs in the workplace
Ask the Expert
Q: At the business where I work, I have pleaded with my boss to allow me to bring my dog, arguing that it would make me a better employee. He’s generally sympathetic to the idea, but his hesitancy in actually approving my request triggers a question: Do workers have any legal right to have companion pets at work if it makes them more productive or mentally healthier? A: Certainly, if you have an...
Blog: Guest Posts
Adopt-A-Pet’s “Social Petworking”
Inspired use of the Internet or peer-pressure with a downside?
On the Internet, good ideas (and I guess, lousy ideas, as well) spread like viruses. In the January issue of The Bark, we wrote about how Dogs Trust in the United Kingdom found a home for a shelter dog using only a brief message on Twitter, the social networking service. It was the first Twitter-assisted placement for Dogs Trust, and maybe a first-ever. That was followed in February by a Tweet...
Dog's Life: Humane
Humane Education—Teaching Kindness
How children learn to become animal advocates
During a recent afternoon in San Francisco, a veterinarian shepherded a group of seven- and eight-year-olds through the SPCA facility. She paused at kennels filled with anybody’s-best-guesses and talked about how cities and citizens can work together to manage animal populations. “Does anybody know what ‘spay’ or ‘neuter’ means?” she asked.  A little girl raised her hand. “I know,” she said...

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