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Dream Dog Park Honors Firefighters
Winning city features a pet friendly space with a nod to the Granite Mountain Hot Shots.
On Wednesday, the renovated Willow Creek Dog Park in Prescott, Arizona reopened as more than just a place for canines. Not only does the space offer a wonderland for pets, but it was designed to honor the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shot firefighters that died battling the Yarnell Hill wildfire last year. A few months after the tragedy, Prescott resident Linda Nichols noticed an advertisement for...
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Publicizing a Lost Dog
Creative ways to help a missing pet get home.
It's easy to lose hope when a beloved pet goes missing, but animals do find their way home, months, even years after being lost. However, when flyers start to fade and searches come up empty, it can be hard to keep lost pets in the public eye and to motivate people to keep looking. Local (to me in New York) agility and therapy dog, Cooper, has been missing since September 26th when he wandered...
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Accommodating Service Dogs
The challenge of balancing service dogs, fears, and allergies.
Last week a California mall's Santa made the news when he refused to visit with an autistic girl because he was afraid of her Pit Bull service dog. It sounds like the situation was mishandled, since allegedly the Santa wouldn't meet with the girl even after her family offered to take the pup outside, but this situation also brings up a larger challenge. In an ideal world we would be able to...
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How Dogs Process Speech
Study uncovers similarity between the human and canine brain.
I like to think that my dogs can understand what I'm saying. Of course they don't know English, but they've learned to make associations with certain words and cue off of the inflection in my voice. Even if they can't understand everything that comes out of my mouth, my pets can tell the difference between when I'm angry, excited, or sad. In some ways this is similar to communicating with a...
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Trekking to a New Beginning
Stray pup's feat of endurance earns him a spot on a Swedish adventure racing team.
Team Peak Performance, made up of four Swedish athletes, were on a break last week before the final two stages of the 430-mile Adventure Racing World Championship in Ecuador. Mikael Lindnord, the group's captain, was eating his lunch when a scruffy stray dog started begging for a snack. Mikael couldn't resist throwing the sad looking pup a meatball, but little did he know that the tiny morsel...
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Mayor for a Day
Frida the Chihuahua mix takes over San Francisco's City Hall.
San Francisco, a city where fur kids outnumber the human kids, had a very special honorary mayor last Tuesday. Frida, a Chihuahua mix, took office for the day, having attained her position through a winning $5,000 donation bid made by her human, Dean Clark, at the Animal Care and Control Department's gala fundraiser in September. On Tuesday, Frida toured City Hall and other city landmarks before...
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Ebola Guidelines for Pets
AVMA releases quarantine recommendations for animals.
Nina Pham is reunited with Bentley after his quarantine.
When Bentley, the dog of Ebola patient and nurse Nina Pham, was released from quarantine a few weeks ago, it was a success for handling pets humanely during a crisis situation. Particularly in contrast to Spain's euthanasia of Excalibur, a dog exposed to the virus last month. The two dogs, Bentley and Excalibur, led the American Veterinary Medical Association to work with the Centers for Disease...
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Building a Second Chance
Program gives at risk teens and homeless pups a future.
Dogs have a way of bringing out the best in people. A great example of this is in programs that teach prison inmates to work with shelter pups (as well as future service dogs). These initiatives have resulted in reduced re-incarceration levels and increased adoptions. In Georgia, the Department of Juvenile Justice started a new program this summer that gives teens and homeless dogs a second...
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Walking for Shelter Pups
App donates ad revenue to shelters in all 50 states.
Wouldn't it be great to help shelter pets by simply taking your dog for a walk around the neighborhood? Now you can do just that with the Walk for a Dog app developed by WoofTrax. The program uses money from sponsors, advertisers, and investors to benefit homeless animals around the country. Once you download the program to your cell phone, you choose the shelter you'd like to walk for, and then...
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Canine Neighborhood Watch
Police train dog walkers to spot suspicious activity
When you walk your dogs each day, you become very familiar with the details of the neighborhood. I immediately know which dogs (or people) are new to the area, which houses are having work done, and even which cars seem to be gone for the weekend. I can also catch up on neighborhood gossip when I stop to talk to others out for a stroll. If you think about it, dog walkers always seem to know what'...

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