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Dog-Walking Gear
The last time I did the math, I figured out that my dogs and I have gone on more than 14,325 walks over the years. Here’s what I’ve come to value during the miles we’ve covered. 1. A leather leash. Especially for medium to large dogs, I recommend leather over just about any other material. It’s not only soft on your hands, it’s strong (even the best-trained dog will sometimes threaten to pull...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Portuguese Water Dogs Play Ball
Fetching for the Major League
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in 2000, the year Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T Park) opened. The B.A.R.K. team fielded Splash Hits for a couple of seasons, then was retired when compeition from boaters threatened their safety. They're now a fond memory, and one that we're happy to revive with this article.   The Portuguese Water Dogs had waited for over a thousand years...
Blog: Guest Posts
Nanny Scores with Dog-Wash Discord
Why not wag your dog’s tale?
Do you find yourself making up stories about your dogs that you think would make a good children's book? I have a million. Like the one about the girl who creates a very, very, very long leash so she can sit on the couch watching Millionaire Matchmaker, while her dog wanders the neighborhood creating havoc. Or the adventures of two black mutts called the The Licorice Twins, who track down missing...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Honda’s Dog Car
For your favorite co-pilot
Finally, an automobile manufacturer is paying attention to us! Honda Motor Co. has come up with a design for a minivan with the safety and comfort of our dog co-pilots in mind. The “WOW Concept,” or “Wonderful Openhearted Wagon,” developed to test consumer reaction in Japan, was exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show in late October. The minivan features a special crate for small dogs in the glove...
Blog: Karen B. London
Bo Obama
Adorable puppy, less-than-ideal name
President Obama has had many opportunities to comment on his own name. I laughed when he joked that “Barack” means “that one” and when he kidded around that he got the name “Obama” from his Dad, but that “Hussein” came from somebody who obviously thought that he would never run for President. Clearly, he knows that a name is important. At least he knows that for people. By now, we’ve all read...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dynanmic Duo
Snuggling like cats and dogs.
Frieda, a two-year-old female Chihuahua, and Morgana, a nine-month-old female tabby mix, were surrendered together to the Marin Humane Society last week. The unlikely pals were victims of the economic bust; Frieda and Morgana’s owner lost her home as a result of the financial crisis. And we were all geared up to do our part pitching for this cross-species dynamic duo today, only to discover that...
Blog: Guest Posts
It's A Bo!
Malia and Sasha get their dog...at last.
Well, after all the waiting and the speculation, the Obamas have their dog. A six-month-old Portuguese Water Dog named Bo for Bo Diddley. (Actually, according to reports, he was previously named Charlie, which is also my husband’s name, so I am disappointed to miss the potentially funny headlines.) A gift from Senator Ted Kennedy, who brings his own Porties to Capitol Hill, Bo’s provenance is not...
Blog: Guest Posts
Putting More Bark in the Woods
Plant a tree for your pup this Arbor Day.
So many of my best dog memories are set in the pine forests of the Northwest. Here Lulu and Renzo thread thick groves and leap over downed trees like agility champs. They eagerly truffle at the base of venerable snags and devour fallen branches with the gusto of canine wood-chippers. So, I totally get the Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for Pets pitch. For every dollar given through Trees for Pets,...
Blog: Guest Posts
Why Tributes?
A chance to remember, celebrate and learn.
We recently launched Tributes, an online section dedicated to stories about our beloved dogs past. I’m glad we’ve set aside a space for celebrating our best friends and commiserating over their loss because I believe it’s another rich facet of our lives with dogs. A few years ago, I worked on a proposal for a book about pet loss. Nothing came of it, in part, because publishers felt it was a...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
An Award Show Fit for A Dog
Winners announced for the 2009 Canis Film Festival.
These days, there seems to be a film festival and award show for just about everything. So it’s about time we dog lovers got a piece of the pie. Last weekend the winners of the 2009 Canis Film Festival were announced at ClickerExpo in Providence, R.I. Although there were no swag bags or paparazzi, the films starred talented and furry actors showcasing dog training at its best. The Grand Prize...

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