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Former First Dog Barney Dies
George W. and Laura Bush grieve
Barney Bush has died at the age of 12 from lymphoma, according to a statement by former President George W. Bush. Along with a statement, Bush released a photograph of his own oil painting of Barney, which he signed “43.” Barney the Scottish Terrier was a cherished member of the first family throughout the Bush presidency. Cookies shaped like him were a popular part of the press preview of the...
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Latest Genetic Research about Dogs' Diet
“Where goeth the food, so goeth the dog.”  (old proverb) The earliest archeological evidence dates dogs to about 14,000 years ago. Remains of small dogs in Israel go back 12,000 years. When people settled down in agricultural communities, they began to tinker with the natural environment, bringing about modification, intentionally or accidentally, in plants and animals. Of course dogs joined the...
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CCI Dogs, handlers and volunteers march in Presidential Inaugural Parade:
Gratitude and honor prompt participation
WASHINGTON  —  The 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade played host to another inaugural event. Santa Rosa, Calif. based Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) made their inaugural debut in the parade, which also marked the first time a dog organization participated. According to CCI National Director of Marketing Jeanine Konopelski the mother of a Skilled Companion Team from Virginia was the...
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Mavericks: The Big Wave That is Named for a Dog
There is a buzz of excitement radiating through the San Francisco Bay Area—the annual Mavericks Invitational, a big wave surf contest held 20 miles south of the city, is a go! And it's happening this weekend! You might be asking yourself, "How, exactly, does this relate to dogs?" Well, you see, it's a rare event to visit a surf break that doesn't have a dog or two hanging on the beach waiting for...
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Testing Food Additives on Dogs
Beagles being used by food industry
What happens when a 15-year-old vegetarian learns that a controversial food additive, one that is patented as a flame retardant, is allowed to be added to her sports drink? Sarah Kavanagh, of Hattiesburg, Miss., started a petition on change.org, asking the manufacturer to remove it. Brominated vegetable oil is allowed by the Food and Drug Administration as an additive “generally regarded as safe...
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NFL Linebacker Patrick Willis Loves His Dog
As we watch The San Francisco 49ers go deeper into the post-season playoffs, we are rooting for linebacker Patrick Willis to do well. Willis is widely considered to be one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Known for his fearless, physical style of play on the field, Willis has a gentle persona off the field and a soft spot for dogs. The Bark spoke with Patrick last year about his new (...
Blog: Karen B. London
Unusual Reward for Finding Lost Dog
Author offers a character in next book
When author Dennis Lehane’s dog disappeared late last month in Massachusetts, he offered a highly unusual reward for her safe return: He will name a character in his next book after the person who finds Tessa, a rescue beagle. Lehane writes mystery novels, and his works include “Gone, Baby Gone”, “A Drink Before the War”, “Mystic River”, and “Shutter Island.” Ironically, his current project is a...
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Pet Oxygen Masks Help Firefighters Save Lives
Recent news reports about house fires with dogs trapped inside are a keen reminder how valuable a pet oxygen mask can be to firefighting crews. Check if your local fire department has these tools, and if not, consider donating one to them. They're not expensive. In Lima, Ohio, a house fire broke out the morning of January 3, 2013. An adult occupant escaped from an upstairs room, but the family...
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Tournament of the Roses Parade Salutes Adoptable Pets
This year the Tournament of the Roses Parade (Jan. 1) will be showcasing a float with a theme near and dear to our hearts—“Follow The Stars—Adopt a Pet!” Be sure to watch this on New Year’s day, the float will appear in parade order 42. The float, sponsored by the Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation  is sure to be the parade’s favorite. The pet float hopes to raise awareness of the millions of pets...
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Fiona Apple and Janet
It is a rare occasion when a popular singer/songwriter postpones an international tour to tend to a dying dog, but that is what Fiona Apple did earlier this week. It is so tender and speaks volumes for the kind of person Fiona Apple is. She posted an image of a hand-written note on her Facebook page, apologizing to her fans in Brazil, where she had been scheduled to perform. (See a transcript of...

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