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Blog: Shea Cox
App Review: Doggie Dietitican
Good basic tool for tracking calories
Got a portly Pug, a meal-loving mutt, or perhaps a chubby Chihuahua? How about a Labrador who loves lounging a little too much or a rambunctious Rat Terrier always raring to go? How do you figure out how many calories they need? The new Doggie Dietitian app by Dr. Sheri Cone is designed to take some of the guesswork out of calorie-counting with a program calibrated to your dog’s breed, weight and...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Calming Music for Rescue
Through a Dog’s Ear offers free music and a chance to help shelters
It probably comes as no surprise that classical music has a calming effect on animals, as well as humans. Many animal shelters and boarding facilities play soothing music to create a less stressful environment for pets. A few years ago, concert pianist and Julliard graduate, Lisa Spector, and sound researcher, Joshua Leeds, teamed up to figure out what exactly about classical music had a soothing...
Blog: Guest Posts
Poop Power
Converting dog waste into light
If you’ve been reading Bark’s blog for any length of time, you know my pet peeve is dog waste. I hate wrapping it in plastic and adding it to the landfill almost as much as I resent people leaving it on the street and in the park. So I LOVE lemons-to-lemonade/sow’s-ear-to-silk-purse stories that start with this all too bountiful raw material.   Therefore, howls of gratitude to Cambridge, Mass.,...
Blog: Guest Posts
Are You Afraid of Coyotes?
Humane fence roller keeps pets in, wild animals out
Having lived in New Orleans for most of my adult life, it was a shock to see my first coyote in our semi-rural neighborhood in northern Illinois a few years back. One look at their confident gait and hard yellow eyes and there is no mistaking them for a dog. Some of my friends told me horror stories about coyotes snatching pets, but I still found them to be exotic, a curiosity. This summer, new...
Blog: Karen B. London
Kong Love
Dog toys make me happy
Maybe it was when I started using the Kong keychain, but at some point I realized that I was a bit over the top with my enthusiasm for Kong toys. I get excited about new ones that come out, and maintain a breathless enthusiasm for the original, too.   I love that dogs have such fun with them, and that Kongs can truly enrich their daily lives. Dogs often consider them a higher quality fetch toy...
Blog: Karen B. London
ChocoTox
An iPhone app that can help dogs
ChocoTox is an iPhone application that determines whether or not a dog has ingested a toxic amount of chocolate. You enter the dog’s weight, the amount of chocolate eaten, and the type of chocolate. The type of chocolate is as critical as the other two factors because the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains, and theobromine is what is actually toxic to dogs. Once you’ve entered...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Vue Personal Video Network
Being a bit of a science and tech wonk, when I heard that the Vue personal video network had scored a Popular Science 2009 “Best of What’s New” award, I was instantly impressed and interested in trying it out for keeping track of our two new pups, Holly and Kit. We have four dogs, two older ones come to the office with us all day, but pups Holly and Kit only “work” the after-lunch shift, so we...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Smart Cameras
FujiFilm develops pet face detection software.
It’s not easy to take a picture of people, let alone fidgety pets. Recent face detection technology has attempted to make photography easier, taking a picture only when a person’s eyes are open and looking at the camera. Now FujiFilm has developed a new technology that includes animals on the face detection bandwagon. Their Finepix Z700 point-and-shoot camera features technology that waits until...
Blog: Guest Posts
EPA on Flea and Tick Products
Sign up for webinar about adverse reactions
Check out the EPA’s webinar on Wednesday, March 17, 4-6pm EST to hear the findings of the agency’s nearly yearlong evaluation of topical flea and tick products. This intensified scrutiny of the products is in response to the growing number of adverse reactions, including burns, neurological problems, and deaths, linked to these treatments. Pet owners are advised to register for the Webinar and...
Blog: Karen B. London
Chastity Belts For Dogs
What will they think of next?
There’s a whole section of my mind devoted to ideas of the now-I’ve-seen-everything variety. The newest arrival to that part of my brain is the chastity belt for dogs. Its real name is PABS (Pet Anti Breeding System) and the purpose is to prevent an accidental breeding of a female in heat. Accidental breedings have happened on occasion to the dogs of some of the most responsible people I know, so...

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