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Pat Summitt—One Gutsy Woman
Pat Summitt is one gutsy woman, not only is she the winningest NCAA basketball coach in history (male or female) but this week she announced she has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at 59. Her talents, on and off the court, are near and dear to our hearts and we were thrilled when we had the opportunity to interview her about how dogs have inspired her and her style of coaching. Not...
Blog: Karen B. London
Burglar Left His Dog at Crime Scene
That’s how police identified him
It’s Successful Crime 101: Don’t leave anything behind at the scene of a crime. Doing so might give law enforcement just the break they need to come find you and arrest you. It was a violation of this basic tenet that lead to the arrest of a man for alleged burglary. He apparently left his dog behind at a home that had been burglarized. A police officer recognized the dog and had seen him...
Blog: Guest Posts
The Bond, Illustrated
Dying man reunited with his best friend
As a blogger, you can feel compelled to add interpretation, context and/or opinion when you link to another story. But not this time, this ABC report about a homeless man reunited with his dog during his last days in a hospice stands alone.
Blog: Guest Posts
AKC Recognizes Three New Breeds
A Coonhound, Lapphund and Terrier make the cut
The American Kennel Club (AKC) added what it calls “three new lovable breeds” to its registry this month—a move that brings the total number of breeds recognized by the organization to 173. The three news breeds are the American English Coonhound, the Finnish Lapphund and the Cesky Terrier. The AKC describes American English Coonhounds as “well-conditioned athletes.” These lively and...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
New Trend: Executive Protection Canines
Security guards gone to the dogs
Harrison Prather used to train dogs for the British special forces and the Navy Seal Team 6, but a growing market led him to start Harrison K-9 Security Services to provide his talented pups to wealthy civilians. Some people come to Prather for his executive protection dogs, as he calls them, after receiving threats or after human bodyguards proved ineffective. Others simply like the...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Making Dog Theft a Felony
NY bill passed to strengthen punishment for pet thieves
Having a beloved pet stolen is one of my worst nightmares. In New York, pet thieves are typically only charged with a misdemeanor since dogs are considered property by law. The value of stolen property must exceed $1,000 to qualify as a felony larceny. Since it's hard to place a dollar value on an animal, most thefts are prosecuted as the lesser offense. Fortunately, it looks like this may be...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dogs Told Joplin Man Tornado Coming
Ken Ayton credits canines for saving life
Joplin resident Key Ayton was working in his garage during what seemed like a typical thunderstorm this past Sunday. It wasn't until his dogs started "going crazy," that he knew this was more than a little rain. He quickly ushered them inside then heard the tornado sirens. That extra time gave him a chance to jump in the bathtub and ride out one of the scariest moments of his life. Ayton and...
Blog: Guest Posts
Stray Breaks into Fairbanks Shelter
That’s one strategy for finding a home
I love this story about a stray breaking into a Fairbanks shelter—and not just because Albert looks an awful lot like my dog. I’m guessing Albert’s story will help him land in a good home. Let’s hope the same can be said for all his current shelter buddies.
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Dog Involved in Bin Laden Mission
A trained canine assisted the Navy Seals last Sunday
The U.S. Navy Seals and the elite Team Six have gotten a lot of attention lately for their heroic efforts in the Osama Bin Laden mission. However, I just found out that a special canine was also among the 79 commandos that day. The explosive-sniffing dog was strapped to one of the Navy Seals and descended from the helicopters with the rest of the team. As it turns out, these trained pups,...
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Will a Mutt Be New York’s Top Dog?
New York legislators consider “the rescue dog” as new state dog
New York state legislators are teaming up to take a major stand for shelter dogs: In April, they introduced a bill designating “the rescue dog” as the official New York state dog. And it’s a bipartisan effort. State Assemblyman Micah Kellner, a Democrat from Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is co-sponsoring the bill with fellow Manhattanite and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal along with Rochester...

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