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Lizzie, Another Real Dog
Dream Dog Awakening
The process Laurel Seville went through with Ainsley is so similar to mine with Lizzie that it’s eerie. Although Lizzie is not a rescue, she went from getting her CGC and therapy-dog certification right after her first birthday to barking and lunging at strangers, especially strange dogs, two years later. Although she never really enjoyed therapy visits, I pushed her because I wanted her to be...
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Adopting Tucker
Dream Dog Awakening
Border Collie
Recently while waiting for my endodontist appointment, I picked up a copy of BARK magazine.  Thumbing through it, I spotted the Border Collie pictured with your story ("Waking Up From My Dream Dog" - Bark Jun/Aug 12).  So, I began to read it being the Border Collie person that I am.  Well, I couldn't believe what I was reading.  It was as if I had written it!  You were talking about my Tucker. ...
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Show & Tell: Gavin
Cairn Terrier, Gavin
This is our Cairn Terrier, Gavin. Our rescue boy is a seven-year-old who was once afraid of everything and everyone. Now he’s parading with the Fort Collins Pipe Band, wearing a band uniform and smiling for the camera, with his pal Davey.
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If Just One Day We Could Be a No Kill Nation
A poem for "Just One Day" on June 11
Danielle Durst is 13-years-old and lives in Michigan. When she read about “Just One Day,” the effort to stop all euthanasia in shelters (to be a no kill nation) for one day at least, on June 11, she was inspired to write this poem. If just one day we could be a no kill nation Maybe the dogs would get to stay If just one day we could be a no kill nation Maybe the kittens would get to play If...
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Hot Wheels for Kodi
We have a nearly 13-year-old Great Pyrenees named Kodi who has been using his Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair for the past six months. Kodi’s daily life has transformed since getting his new wheels! A year ago, we did not think he would be with us today. As a younger dog, he volunteered as a “friendly greeter” at the Cleveland Clinic, bringing enthusiasm and comfort to those around him. When...
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Pixie, The Story of a Mill Auction Dog
One of the stories behind Wisconsin Act 90
A New Morning For dog number 0695885-001, the morning of March 11, 2009, is different than any she’s known before. Her life until now consisted of a small cage, food, water, a breeding mate and a litter of pups twice a year. Oh yes, and her universe was the cold, dark barn where she and her fellow inmates were kept. They weren’t sure what lay beyond the barn. Glimpses of sunlight, new smells and...
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Doggone Bloat
Fortunately for me, I caught my Weimaraner, Eva, in the act of bloating, and it only took 10 minutes to get her to the emergency veterinary clinic. I had just returned home from work one night when it began. It was an ordinary day, so my panic came quickly when she crawled around the house trying to vomit, without success, and her torso began expanding. She puffed up like a blowfish. Her abdomen...
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Graduation Day
One of the interesting things about insecurity is that on any given day, even the most self-aware, seasoned professional in the field cannot say exactly how it will manifest itself. They can tell you with certainty that their hands will sweat, or that they’ll feel an onset of that low-level panicky buzz that is adrenaline surging through their system. But what they cannot explain is why, while...
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My Red-haired Companion
I’ve always been partial to redheads. Unfair characterization or not, they have this certain joie de vivre and bring a radiance, big smile and spunkiness to a room. And four-legged or not, my Ellie was no different.   In the end, I gather that I learned more about life in her death than was evident to me up to that point in my own. I also learned more about myself, valuable data about how I...
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It’s My Yard and I’ll Bark if I Want To
ONE dog can make a lot of noise.   Is there an equation that measures the increase in decibel levels when two dogs see the garbage truck?  Even the smallest dogs, fenced in and highly indignant that a vehicle should appear and stop in front of their house, are likely to wake up the neighborhood at the bracing time of 6 am. Consider it a community-service alarm clock.   Another dog might alert the...

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