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Mark Zuckerberg Has a New Puli
Beast has his own Facebook profile
The CEO and founder of Facebook has a new buddy—Mark Zuckerberg brought home a Puli this past weekend. The new pup is named Beast and has his own Facebook page. Beast has more than 23,000 fans already, with more being added every hour.   Beast’s Facebook page tells us that he likes “cuddling, loving and eating” and that though he was born in Grants Pass, Ore., he is a type of Hungarian Sheepdog....
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Proposal Threatens Canine Park Access in California
NPS study aims to restrict dogs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
I’m always looking for good off leash areas for my dogs, but they are becoming harder and harder to find. Unfortunately, a few irresponsible people usually ruin privileges for the rest of us.  America’s National Parks are some of the most beautiful places in the country, but most are off limits to dogs. There are a few that allow pets on leash, but even then they are usually restricted to a few...
Blog: Karen B. London
Dolphins Save Dog From Drowning
Doberman exhausted but safe
An 11-year old Doberman named Turbo escaped from his yard and was missing for 15 hours, much of which he may have spent struggling not to drown in a canal near his home in Marco Island, Fla. During his absence, his family searched for him throughout the streets near their home, but never thought to check in the water.  Turbo owes his life to two dolphins that apparently stayed with him in the...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Breed Specific Adoption Incentives
N.Y. town provides financial reward for Pit Bulls
Sometimes it seems like as much as 90 percent of the dogs at my local animal shelter are Pit Bulls. Unfortunately this stigmatized breed is often the last to be adopted because of the bad publicity they get. The Brookhaven Animal Shelter in New York has been overwhelmed with Pit Bulls in recent years. Currently they have 140 available for adoption, far more than they can realistically adopt out....
Blog: Guest Posts
Sled Dog Massacre
British Columbia tour company kills 100 dogs
As most of you who read this blog regularly know, I have a rescue sled dog. So I have a special fondness of these working dogs of the north, but it doesn’t take any special kinship to be sickened by the story of 100 sled dogs slaughtered in British Columbia, Canada. According to the story posted on HuffPo, a tour company near Whistler ordered the killing of 100 of its 300 dogs due to a downturn...
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Jack LaLanne, Early Raw Food Devotee
Old TV show video reveals Happy's diet
I was saddened to read that fitness visionary Jack LaLanne died over the weekend—at the impressive age of 96. Even though I wasn’t really his target audience (housewives), I loved his exercise-in-your-living-room program, and one of my favorite aspects of the show was Happy, a sleek, sweet German Shepherd. Reading about LaLanne over the past few days, I discovered he was a pioneer of more than...
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Risks of Board and Train
Alleged animal abuse against dog trainer
When Californian Regina Collins picked up her 12-week-old puppy, Chance, after being boarded and trained at Ridley K9 Academy, he was afraid to come to her. She demanded that owner/trainer Garrett Ridley tell her what he had done to her puppy; she was informed that she shouldn't approach him because he was "in trouble." A vet examination revealed that Chance was covered in urine, dehydrated, and...
Blog: Karen B. London
Chihuahua Survives Owl Attack
His winter coat may have saved him
Chico the Chihuahua survived an attack by a great horned owl. In one sense, he was very lucky because a four-pound dog is easy prey for large owls that are capable of killing and eating much larger animals, such as skunks and raccoons. On the other hand, Chico was unlucky, because owls are usually deterred from attacking small dogs by the frightening presence of a human, and Chico’s guardian was...
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Bo Obama’s Trainer Dies
Champion for positive-reinforcement, Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz will be missed
Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, 52, who trained dogs for the late senator Edward M. Kennedy and trained first dog Bo (known to her as Charlie) before he went to live in the White House, died Jan. 12 in Virginia. According to The Washington Post, she had been leading dog training classes days before her death. After being admitted to the hospital, for reasons that were not stated in the obituary, she went...
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Kindness of Strangers, Plus Luck
Heartwarming reunion story
This time of year “Christmas miracle” stories fill the air like snowflakes, and most fail to live up to their billing. But the story of a little white dog reunited with his owners after a terrible car accident on the Elkhart County toll road in Indiana, deserves the title. Fair warning: When you watch the video in the link, you’ll want some tissues nearby.

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