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News: 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...
News: Guest Posts
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...
News: 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...
News: 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....

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