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Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Eyes in the Sky
Dog-specific GPS takes the worry out of exploring
Early one morning as I was running trails with my Aussie Finn MacCool and my friend Suzanne, the three of us rounded a bend and were greeted by a woman who said the words I always dread hearing: “Have you seen a dog?” We were in the heart of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park outside of Seattle, a 3,100-acre protected area with 36 miles of trails winding throughout its thickly wooded and...
Culture: Reviews
I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet
Viking Studio
In this heartfelt tribute to the Pit Bull, best-selling author and animal activist Ken Foster takes a thorough and deeply affectionate look at an oft-misunderstood breed. Accompanied by heartwarming photographs and individual stories of Pit Bulls and their people, Foster writes with warmth, humor (in one particularly charming passage, the looks of a Pit are compared to “the overly pancaked face...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Kit's Corner: Recycle
New products for dogs and their humans.
Dual Function Non-stink, quick-drying, no-fray and multitasking: what more could you ask of a dog collar? The Pup Top bottle-opener collar, made from recycled bicycle inner tubes, features a secure latch-lock buckle. (Medium/Large) $25 cycledog.com Hold That Bag No matter how much we love our dogs, walking along holding a full doody bag (or two) is no one’s idea of a good time. This clever...
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Book Review: Homer
Greenwillow Books/Harper Collins
Homer: Ancient Greek author of literature’s greatest story about the longing for home and the journey to get there. Homer: A baseball player’s ultimate goal — hit the ball far and quickly return home. Homer: A wise dog who sits on the porch and watches the world go by, happy to be where he most truly belongs. Home. In Elisha Cooper’s marvelous and inspiring new children’s book, the other dogs...
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Book Review: Little Boy Blue & What’s a Dog For?
Two new books dig into important dog-world issues, but only one stands out
For years, the most under-reported story in the country has been about the veritable army of dedicated animal lovers who work tirelessly to rescue shelter dogs, and the fact that, despite their work, shelters are still putting down millions of dogs every year. Journalist Kim Kavin’s new book, Little Boy Blue: A Puppy’s Rescue from Death Row and His Owner’s Journey for Truth, takes on that story...
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Book Review: The Canine Kingdom of Scent
Dogwise Publishing
The Canine Kingdom of Scent
In this mini-manual, author and trainer Anne Lill Kvam outlines her personal method of training fun nosework exercises in a precise, step-by-step process. Amongst her list of scent-work activities for dogs, readers will find confidence- building exercises and downright festive dog fun with games such as Hide and Seek, Naming Your Dog’s Toys, Finding Lost Objects and Kvam’s version of scent...
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Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing
Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Zoobiquity - Book Review
Humans aren’t the only ones to suffer from eating disorders, heart disease, addictions and many other ailments. In Zoobiquity, cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and journalist Kathryn Bowers examine the range of diseases and conditions that commonly afflict both people and other animals, including dogs. Horowitz’s revelation that species-spanning commonalities exist was sparked when she...
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Kit's Corner: On The Go
Dicky Bag, Poopy Packs and Shortomatic Custom Board Shorts
Kit's Corner Product Review - Dicky Bags, Board Shorts, and Poopy Packs.
Dicky Bag For times when trashcans are few and far between, Kit’s mom takes a neoprene Dicky Bag along on walks. Two rolls of poop bags fit inside the lid, and poop-filled bags go right into the waterproof, odor-sealed body, keeping bad smells in and hands free. From £21 (~$34)dickybag.com Poopy Packs With their spiffy designs and cornstarch- based plastic, these are poop bags of choice....
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In a Dog’s Heart
Book Review
In a Dog
Jennifer Arnold believes in dogs, and that the opportunity to engage in relationships with them is a gift. In order to realize the full potential of that gift, she asks a crucial question: “What do dogs want and need … and why does it behoove us to give it to them?” She then proceeds to answer it with chapters on canine health, safety, training and bonding, among other topics. Like her first book...
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Sergeant Rex
Book Review
Sergeant Rex by Mike Dowling
Rex, a small German Shepherd at the heart of Mike Dowling’s new memoir, Sergeant Rex, ranks as the longestserving military working dog (MWD) in the Marine Corps. In this thoughtful account of their shared tour of duty in Iraq in 2004, Dowling shows Rex to be impressively brave, competent, even funny in the way only a dog can be. But canine courage is an old saw. Dowling is neither the first...