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Letters to Cayman
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Letters to Cayman
Dog Culture: Readers Write
No-Kill Shelters in Portugal
Letter to the Editor
Editor’s Note: We received a lovely photo of Clarinete for our smiling dog contest from Inês Rodrigues recently, in her message she explained that “Clarinete is my sponsored dog in Lisbon’s (Portugal) largest no-kill shelter.” That prompted me to ask her about no-kill shelters and their  sponsorship programs in Portugal. I thought that the idea of sponsoring shelter dogs is intriguing and might...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Smiling Cayman
Teacher's pet
Tim & Linda Ridgway submitted Cayman's photo to our Smiling Dog competition, and we selected it for inclusion in the July/August issue. We were also taken with Cayman's "pen pals," and asked Linda to tell us more. Here's Cayman's story along with some of the letters the children have sent her.   Our beloved Cayman, who just turned 14 (we think), is a rescue girl from the Pasadena Humane...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Lessons from Prunella
Advice for stress-free coping with an aged, beloved yet incontinent dog.
A few years ago, my dog Prunella was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, a disease of the nervous system that results in paralysis. At that time, my vet said that except for not being able to walk, Prunella would be just fine. And for a while, that was true. Eventually, she needed a wheelchair, but she was still the same happy dog—ask anyone who saw her rolling around San Francisco. The vet...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
No Two Puppies Are Exactly Alike
The Year of the Dog is associated with kindness, good fortune, harmony and humanitarianism; idealism is supposed to overshadow materialism. For us, the Year of the Dog began early. Just before Christmas, as I strolled through San Francisco’s Washington Square Park on the way to the post office, my dog Jeff met Midnight. As the two performed the doggy circle dance, a young man put down his...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
The Dog Who Saved a Family
I got my father a dog for Christmas because I desperately needed help. It was almost a decade ago. My parents and I were suffering terribly as a result of an estrangement from my only sibling and his family and I just couldn’t handle Christmas alone. I had only been dating my Rob for a few months and he wasn’t yet a regular fixture at holidays. No matter how hard I tried, and believe me I tried...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
A Remarkable Change
Lessons from a convert
I have lived a pet-free life. I’ve never had a dog, a cat, not even a goldfish. I grew up with friends who had dogs and considered them siblings. I’ve been forced to live with roommates who had pets they treated like children. I thought they were all insane. Until I met Stamford.   One day, my friend Jim called me, excited and out-of-breath, saying he just found a stray dog on the train tracks in...

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