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News: Karen B. London
Irish Wolfhound on Famous Pottery
Honoring a breed that was nearly extinct
We had just toured the Balleek factory in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and most people had questions about the design and making of the high-quality, handmade porcelain pieces produced there. All I wanted to know was why the Irish Wolfhound has been on the stamps that marked every piece of Balleek pottery since 1863, along with other distinctive Irish symbols such as round towers, Irish harps and...
News: Editors
So Long Jon Stewart
It's been good to know yuh
As at least half of the world knows by now, tonight is Jon Stewart’s final night at the helm of the Daily Show. I must admit that I get choked up just contemplating what we’ll do without him.  Accolades, reflections and perhaps some Fox-directed gibes, have been pouring down on him, so it’s hard to add much more. Except that I really want to thank him again, and the writers, producers, staff and...
News: JoAnna Lou
Care Packages for Military Dogs
Non-profit sends goodies and supplies to war pups and their handlers.
According to the United States War Dog Association, over 1,000 military working dogs are on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. When these pups are in action, explosive detection rate jumps to as high as 80 percent. General David H. Petraeus once said that military working dogs outperform any other asset in the Army's inventory. These brave and courageous pups are valued members of our country's...
News: JoAnna Lou
Fighting Those Who Don't Scoop Poop
NYC apartment complex resorts to DNA testing.
I'm always mystified as to why people refuse to clean up after their pets. We fight hard for dog friendly places, but in order to keep these privileges, we have to be courteous and respectful. One Brooklyn Bridge Park, an apartment complex in New York City, is one of the most dog friendly buildings in the area. 175 dogs of different breeds and sizes live among the 440 units, and the ground floor...
News: Shirley Zindler
Finding the Right Dog For You
Abby, the Pit Bull, gets a home and Jan gets a best friend
The beautiful brindle and white dog leapt joyfully in the surf, racing and playing with a large group of dogs. Abby’s striking blue eyes mirrored the sky and her sleek, shiny coat glistened in the salt water. She came back periodically to check in with Jan, her adopter, and the two of them had a playful exchange before Abby raced back into the ocean. Abby spends most of her Mondays at the off-...
News: Editors
DNA Tracking the Poop
Recently we reported on the use of genetic testing of dogs in a Manhattan luxury co-op.That time it was used to ferret out the breeds that a co-op board thought unsuitable for its residents, including Basset Hound, St. Bernard, and even Shih Tzu. It even went so far as requiring such testing to detail the percentage of each breed in any mixed dog—a ridiculous expectation because of the...
News: JoAnna Lou
Quanto's Law
Canada institutes new penalties for killing a police dog or service animal.
Last year a Canadian police dog named Quanto was killed while trying to apprehend a suspect fleeing from police. As a result, Joseph Vukmanich, who stabbed the German Shepherd multiple times, was sentenced to 26 months in prison for animal cruelty, among other charges. In response to the tragedy, a new federal law called Quanto's Law was created to institute a maximum jail sentence of five years...
News: Guest Posts
Dog Days of Cleaning
Tools to Groom
For those of us with dogs, summer is a season to be outdoors—early morning walks, afternoons at the lake or beach, weekend camping trips. Life outdoors is great but it has a tendency to follow you home as it attaches to your dog’s coat and paws … burrs, sand, mud and plain old dirt. Having our own pack’s three coats and dozen paws to clean and maintain, we’ve searched out a small arsenal of...
News: Guest Posts
Think Twice about the Fish in Dog Food
Be sure where it comes from
There’s a new concern about fish, and once again, labels won’t clear it up. The hidden ingredient in some pet food is slave labor used to harvest small forage fish like mackerel. A New York Times expose of brutal conditions on Thai fishing ships describes the link to several top brand U.S. pet food companies. Why not just skip Thai fish? Many would if that information was on the label, as it is...
News: JoAnna Lou
Obesity at Crufts
Research finds that one in four dogs at the prestigious show are overweight.
Obesity is a growing epidemic in pets, a condition that can lead to a myriad of health problems. Often when I talk to people about their dogs, they simply don't know how to gauge ideal weight. Many people assume that show dogs are the healthiest and best representation of their breeds, but recent research found that one in four dogs competing in the prestigious Crufts is overweight. As the U.K.'...