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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...
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...
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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...
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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...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Proposed Ban on Dogs
An Iranian bill threatens to make pets illegal
Can you imagine a world without dogs? I can't, but dog lovers in Iran are faced with this very dilemma. The Iranian government has long considered pet dogs to be an un-Islamic vice. In the past, it was not unheard of for police to confiscate dogs being walked down the street and for the government to lecture Iranians on diseases spread by canines. Eventually the crackdowns were relaxed and...
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Tails Are Wagging for Carol Guzy
Dog-loving photographer wins fourth Pulitzer Prize
We’re so proud—but not surprised—that occasional Bark contributor and certified dog lover Carol Guzy won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography this week. Guzy earned the honor, along with fellow Washington Post shooters Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti, for up-close portraits of grief and desperation after the 2010 Haitian earthquake. This is Guzy’s fourth Pulitzer, which makes her the first...
Blog: Karen B. London
Dog Finds Fossils Of Giant Animals
Tortoise and woolly mammoth among discoveries
Webster the Chihuahua-Dachshund mix didn’t listen when Frank Garcia kept calling him to come, and Garcia is now grateful for that. They were fossil hunting together when Webster became interested in a particular area and refused to come away from it. When Garcia investigated it, he found the fossilized remains of giant tortoise shells, elephant teeth, and the skull of a woolly mammoth.   The site...

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