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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: Humane
The Rescue Who Rescued Me
Enter to win 10,000 meals for the animal shelter of your choice!
Fetch! Pet Care, along with The Bark, Halo Purely for Pets and Freekibble.com are celebrating the season by hosting the Rescue Who Rescued Me contest. Enter your pet’s photo or video on Fetch! Pet Care’s Facebook Fan page and tell us how you saved her through rescue or adoption. Enter now through December 18, then let the voting begin! Tell your friends, family and colleagues to vote for your...
News: JoAnna Lou
Clarifying Barking Ordinances
Los Angeles city council votes to create a barking limit
Often times, I wake up during the night to the sound of my neighbor’s dog barking. Sometimes it’s accompanied by said neighbor yelling at the dog to be quiet. This almost never works, but it can be self-rewarding in the moment to the person, and unfortunately the dog. I have Shelties, so I know from personal experience! A neighboring town has a barking limit that they recently put in place (...
News: Guest Posts
Occupiers Agree on One Thing: Dogs Rule
Shelby voted leader of Denver protest
The Occupy movement can be divisive, even among its supporters, but the Denver crew of Occupiers have agreed on one thing: They have a leader—a Border Collie/Cattle Dog mix named Shelby. On Sunday night, an assembly of Occupy Denver protesters voted in three-year-old Shelby as their new boss. She accepted the mantle with good grace and set about her first task, an early evening nap. Then, on...
News: JoAnna Lou
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...
News: 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,...
News: 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...
News: Guest Posts
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,...
News: 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...
News: Editors
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...

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