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Shopping: Well-Designed Dog Products
Scouting out the wild world of pet products
It happened so fast. Our first visit to Denver’s Dumb Friends League was supposed to be a scouting trip, a quick spin through the facility to become familiar with their adoption process and take a peek at the pups on hand. We didn’t expect Daisy to be there. The little blonde mutt with black ears came in the meet-and-greet room, plopped down under my legs and that was it. We had been chosen....
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Dachshund Lovers Unite When Tragedy Strikes
Helping a tornado survivor who lost husband and two Doxies
Sheryle Pickett lost everything when a tornado swept through Holton, Ind., on March 2. Her husband of 39 years, Ron Pickett, had come home sick from work and was there alone with the couple’s two Dachshunds, Jules and Katie, when the storm struck their home. All three were killed. The house was destroyed. “They were both little love bugs, little snugglers,” says Pickett of Jules and Katie. “...
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The Search for Bridgett
Confusing rules about signage make finding a lost dog more difficult
How long would you look for your dog if he went missing? A week? A month? Pat Panek of Littleton, Mass., has been searching for Bridgett, her lost Husky, for nearly four months. Thanks to tips from the public, she is not giving up—but her “lost dog” posters are causing conflict. Panek says some of the signs have been torn down almost as soon as they go up, and town laws are confusing regarding...
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Daisy and the Pussycats
Stray cats have turned a dog’s happy yard into a source of misery
It’s 1:30 a.m. and Daisy is pacing. Again. She hears a cat somewhere—or at least she thinks she does—and is in a hurry to get outside and attack it. If we don’t let her out, she’ll pace and whine for an hour or more. If we do let her outside, we’ll be reinforcing her demanding, unnecessary behavior. It’s the middle of the night, and we’re stuck. All of us. I was so happy for Daisy when we...
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Are Dogs Who Play Tough in Films Overlooked?
Martin Scorcese challenges the first-ever Golden Collar Awards
The people have spoken: Following a campaign led by Martin Scorsese, a Doberman named Blackie is in the running to be named “Best Dog in a Theatrical Film” at the first-ever Golden Collar Awards. According to Dog News Daily, the sponsor of the awards, hundreds of Dobie devotees wrote to support Blackie after The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Scorsese. The Oscar-winning director wrote...
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Taxidermy on TV
Meter maids. Storage-unit foragers. Turtle trackers. And now, taxidermists. Reality television has already poked into the far corners of Americans’ working lives, but this might be near the limit for some of us: American Stuffers, a show about pet taxidermists, premiering on Animal Planet Jan. 5. The name is a bit crass, to be sure, especially since the show focuses on bereaved pet owners who...
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Shelter Dog PSA’s That Make Us Smile [Videos]
There’s more than one way to inspire adoption
We’ve all seen the ads before: Chain-link fencing, sad eyes, heart-tugging music, a plea for help. Television commercials for animal shelters are incredibly effective at pulling the heartstrings—sometimes, so much that they’re hard to watch. In recent years, though, some shelters and rescue groups are trying a different tack: humor. The plight of homeless pets isn’t a light subject, of course,...
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Occupiers Agree on One Thing: Dogs Rule
Shelby voted leader of Denver protest
The Occupy movement can be divisive, even among its supporters, but the Denver crew of Occupiers have agreed on one thing: They have a leader—a Border Collie/Cattle Dog mix named Shelby. On Sunday night, an assembly of Occupy Denver protesters voted in three-year-old Shelby as their new boss. She accepted the mantle with good grace and set about her first task, an early evening nap. Then, on...
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A Yard of her Own
Daisy is finally the queen of her castle
Daisy is curled up next to me on the couch as I type this, enjoying an early afternoon nap. The first snowfall of the season is coming down outside. She’s extra sleepy for this time of day—she spent about a half an hour this morning romping in the fresh snow in her brand-new backyard. At long last, it’s happened: After four years of apartment living, Daisy finally has a backyard to call her...
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Super Dog Gets Super Break
After fall from bridge, shelter covers costs of stray's surgery
Bonny Kelani the Labrador has a nickname: Super Dog. She’s a great girl, for sure, but her alternate moniker is a little tongue-in-cheek. Five months ago, she went flying off a highway overpass in Aurora, Colo. A driver on the street below stopped to pick up the wounded pup and took her to a nearby animal hospital. (Nobody saw what happened, but the theory is that she was thrown.) Bonny’s...

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