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Spindrift Safety Collar
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We love Spindrift’s Safety Collar for keeping our pups safe and visible during our twilight walks. This one-inch wide webbed collar can be seen on the thickest coats and is trimmed on both sides with bright 3M reflective piping. Its Neoprene lining ups the comfort factor while maintaining the collar’s durability and functionality.  
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
The Pack Is Back [Updated]
Plus, readers write about their multi-dog households
Left to right: Lola, Charlie, Holly (foreground)
At the end of last year, Cameron, Lola and I drove north to visit Shana Laursen of Greyhound Friends for Life at her remarkable, 1,000-acre facility in Auburn, Calif., where she cares for both Greyhound and mixed-breed rescues. We had been looking for small, male Terrier to “complete” our family of three female dogs, and saw a photo of a little brindled stray, a Jack Russell Terrier mix, being...
Blog: Guest Posts
Did a Dog Play Cupid for You?
Dogs are great icebreakers and matchmakers
I’m pretty caught up in the pre-Valentine’s Day media swirl. I try to ignore it but I love reading true-life love stories, especially if they feature a dog—and a surprising number of them do. That may be because dogs are pretty great matchmakers. Nine out of ten people in the UK say they were more likely to strike up a conversation with a stranger if the stranger had a dog, according to a...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
My Furry Valentine
Dog love runs both ways
Dogs are no longer just our figurative best friends. Close to one-third of the participants in a Medical College of Virginia study said they felt closer to their dogs than to anyone else in their family. When surveyed by the American Animal Hospital Association, well over half of the respondents said that, if marooned on a desert island, they’d opt for the companionship of their dog over that...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Bark Survey Says ...
Readers Spend QT with Dogs
We were delighted to hear from thousands of you in our recent reader survey and the results paint a picture of devoted people who run with their big dogs. Die-hard dog devotees, you typically spend about 3.5 hours of your day focused on your dog (though an impressive 22 percent ratcheted that all the way to 5+ hours!). A whopping 67 percent of you have medium or large dogs (dogs over 26 pounds...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Home Works: The Dish
Dogs get a spot at the table
Decorative Pup Plates You get the best of form and function in these plates that feature not only a chic design, but microwave-safe materials, too. Parisian artist Nathalie Lete has painted these Anthropologie exclusives with a French Poodle in the posies and an adorable Shih Tzu, groomed and party-ready. $24   Hand-drawn Dinnerware Kathy Phan hand-draws her images and hand-letters the text...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
For Your Consideration: Uggie
Co-Star of The Artist
Animal Savvy owner and trainer Sarah Clifford suspected that celebrity canine Uggie had just the right star quality for a supporting role in Michel Hazanavicius’s silent film, The Artist. Judging from the response he garnered from the critics, she was right. Uggie received the prestigious Palm Dog award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and fans are calling for more. Movieline film critic S....
Blog: Karen B. London
Popular Dog Names in 2011
Most are common for people, too
When I was deciding what to call my children, any name that seemed more like a dog’s name than a person’s name was immediately eliminated. That meant that I said, “No,” to Max, Sadie, Molly, Jack, Jake, Maggie, Lucy, Zoe, Charlie, Riley, Bailey and Sam, even though my grandfather was named Sam, and my dad’s grandparents were Max and Sadie. After years of training dogs in classes and in private...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Quality Time
Activities that kids and dogs can share
Every family with both kids and a canine companion is presented with opportunities—and obstacles—in providing for their needs. To be sure, both can be met, many in similar ways. Dogs and kids share so much: the need to decipher the confusing world of adults, learn the complexity of language and the consequences of their actions, figure out the seemingly arbitrary limits imposed on their...
Dog Culture: Stories & Lit
Kindred Spirits
Life in the Here and Now
My son Ronan is attached to me, riding in his front carrier pack as I approach the white ranch gate. A gang of dogs gathers to greet us, and I crouch down to let them lick Ronan’s little hands and his bare baby feet. Some of the dogs are cloudy-eyed or blind; some are limping or even (like me) missing a leg; all have gray-touched fur. We’re at the Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, a hospice...

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