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Regulations Proposed for Dog Walkers
San Francisco looks to create dog walking standards
Dog walkers are a necessity for pets in busy cities where people work long hours. I know many great walkers who are knowledgeable about canine behavior and limit the number of dogs they walk. But any dog lover in New York will tell you about the irresponsible ones who overtake the dog runs with too many pups. A bill was announced last week at the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco that...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Uptick in N.Y. Dog Theft
Even well identified pets are at risk
The recent increase in pet theft has hit close to home as there have been several dog kidnappings in my area this summer. Some are straightforward, like Matsu, the Yorkshire Terrier who was stolen when he was tied outside of a deli. Others are a little more complicated. A few weeks ago, Kumiko Masaoka and Michael Reinhardt were at a Brooklyn park with their West Highland Terrier, Winston,...
Blog: Karen B. London
Man Saves Dogs With Lasso
They were trapped in a canal
Some skills are like riding a bicycle and never fade away. Those hard-won skills sometimes prove useful in unexpected ways years later. Take Jesus Villanueva, who learned to lasso in Jalisco, Mexico when he worked on a cattle ranch. It had been 30 years since he had roped an animal, but when he had the opportunity to save two dogs being swept away in a canal in Yakima County, Wash., he lassoed...
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Bear v. Dog Mom
If dogs issued medals for bravery, this woman would get top honors: Brooke Collins, of Juneau, Alaska, took on a black bear—and won—to save the life of her beloved Dachshund. Collins heard little Fudge barking hysterically in her yard and discovered the bear trying to make a snack out of her weiner dog. Her protective instincts took over and, without thinking, Collins ran up to the bear,...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Weathering Hurricane Irene
Emergency plans with the dogs in mind
This past weekend, everyone on the East Coast was hurrying to prepare for Hurricane Irene. I wasn't in an evacuation zone, but I put together a “go bag” for my pets and put crates by the door, just in case we had to leave home. Fortunately, we didn't end up needing any of the emergency supplies. By the time Irene reached New York, the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm and the damage...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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...

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