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Gym for People and Pups
Chicago club holds exercise classes for dog lovers
I've made many exercise pacts with friends over the years and all of them eventually succumbed to busy schedules and sheer laziness. But I have two exercise partners who are always up for a run or hike—my dogs Scuttle and Nemo. After I was coming off of an injury that left me sidelined for months, Nemo was the one who started running with me again, a little at a time. It didn't matter if I had...
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Socializing Puppies
Study looks at parvo risk for young dogs in socialization classes
When I get a new puppy, my main focus is on introducing them to as many dogs, people, and environments as I can. Puppies that are not socialized during the first three months of life are more likely to be fearful and possibly aggressive later in life. Socialization is clearly important, but I always meet people who think they have to wait until their puppies receive their final vaccines at four...
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Rocky to the Rescue
Lab mix saves a girl from icy waters
Adam Shaw and his Labrador Retriever-Husky mix, Rocky, were walking by the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Canada last weekend when they heard two screaming girls. The young sisters, Krymzen and Samara, were playing on a sled and ended up on thin ice. When they tried to get back on land, the ice broke and the girls ended up in the freezing cold water. A father himself, Adam raced down to...
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Finding Maddox
CA woman embarks on a mission to find her lost dog
Fortunately I've never had a missing pet, but just the thought of not knowing where my dogs are makes me feel a little bit panicked. Jackie Vestal's Minature Pincher, Maddox, has been missing since Christmas Eve and she's been on a desperate search for the 7-year old pup ever since. The Los Angeles woman rarely left home without Maddox, but she had to leave him with a friend in Oklahoma City...
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Understanding the Human Mind
Study looks at whether dogs understand our point of view
My Sheltie, Nemo, is a master food thief. He seems to wait for the perfect moment to make his move. Given how successful Nemo is, I think he's learned to read me very well over the years. But can dogs really understand what's going through our head? Most pet lovers, including myself, would say yes. Dr. Juliane Kaminski of the University of Portsmouth decided to explore this question. Her latest...
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Pope Blesses Guide Dog
An Italian reporter has a special day at the Vatican
I love that Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose a name inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi, a monk famously known for his kindness to animals. Since being elected one week ago, Pope Francis has already had an opportunity to show a little canine admiration. When Italian radio journalist, Alessandro Forlani, showed up with his guide dog, Asià, to cover one of the Pope's first addresses to the media,...
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Vodka Saves Puppy in Australia
Alcohol to the rescue in the case of antifreeze overdose
Earlier this year, a dog in Melbourne, Australia gave new meaning to the term alcohol overdose. When Cloe, an American Staffordshire Terrier, acted disoriented her family became worried. The next day she stopped eating and began crying out in pain. At that point Cloe’s family rushed the 9-week old puppy to the emergency hospital and the veterinarian, Dr. Matt Pascall, immediately suspected...
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Teaching Dogs to Swim
NYC pet rehabilitation center gives lessons in treading water
I'm not a big fan of the water and it must have rubbed off on my dogs because none of them like to swim. But it would be a useful skill for them to learn because I would love to let my crew cool off during summer hikes and maybe even take them kayaking with me one day. I always thought swimming just came naturally to some pups while others were destined to hate the water, but an animal...
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Puppies for Breast Cancer Awareness
Cosmo uses cute dogs to remind women about monthly health checks
Everyday my Facebook News Feed is filled with viral photos of adorable baby animals. The U.K. edition of Cosmopolitan magazine and CoppaFeel! are capitalizing on this trend to promote a good cause. This month they launched a new breast cancer awareness campaign called Check Your Puppies!, which features photos of cute dogs behind lacy bras. Every month Cosmopolitan will post a new picture on...
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Apartments Appeal to Dog Lovers
Real estate jumps on the pet industry bandwagon
With Americans spending more than $50 billion a year on their pets, the companion animal industry has been a lucrative one to capitalize on in recent years. The real estate business is no exception. Particularly with the economic downturn, I’ve seen a lot of apartments in New York add special perks to woo dog lovers. We’re an attractive bunch since the pet industry was less affected by the...

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