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Do Dogs Make Us Better People?
The ways my pets have inspired me to try new things
When I wrote about the ways my dogs have helped me connect with other pet lovers, it made me think about how many experiences in my life that I have my pets to thank for. The first time I drove a car by myself was to go to a pet first aid class at a local community college. The first time I used a power tool was to attach jump cup strips to my agility jumps. And the first time I finished an...
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Are Dogs a Dating Detriment?
Survey finds that pets could hurt a person’s dating prospects
In New York City, there are more than eight million people concentrated in 300 square miles, so you’d think it would be easy to meet potential dates. But with everyone in the typical New York hurry, it’s hard to make a genuine connection with new people. My dogs are the one thing I’ve found that gets people to stop and talk. When I lived in Manhattan, I met new people at the dog run and while...
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Canines in the Christmas Crèche
A dog is added to a NYC nativity this year
My pets are my family, so I can't imagine Christmas without them. They have stockings hung up on the fireplace, ornaments on the tree and presents waiting for them on Christmas morning. The way we include dogs in our traditions is a reflection of the important role they play in our life. This year at St. Patrick's Cathedral, a dog figure will make an appearance in the Christmas crèche, thanks...
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N.C. Breed Discrimination Reversed
Dog lovers rally against making certain breeds “unadoptable”
The Internet has been buzzing about a proposal limiting the adoption of certain breeds in North Carolina’s Cumberland County Animal Control. In October, the Animal Control Board decided to recommend that certain breeds, such as Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Chow Chows and American Staffordshire Terriers, be considered “unadoptable.” The plan was to work with rescue groups from around the country to...
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Saving the Japanese Tsunami Dogs
Rescue groups rally to help those left behind
It's been almost nine months since a tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant forced thousands of people from their homes in Japan. The photos of residents evacuating with their dogs was heartbreaking, although the number of of pet-friendly evacuation shelters was impressive. Today, access is restricted to the evacuation zone, but I was shocked to learn how many animals are still there. Most non-Japanese...
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Holiday Gifting Trends
The average gift budget for pets is $46
Every year, it seems more and more pet retailers are joining in on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bandwagon. In my area, several pet stores opened as early as 7 a.m. on Black Friday.  Not brave enough to face the crowds, I took advantage of many online deals for treats and paw-safe ice melter. Doctors Foster and Smith even planned a live, streaming webcast of sales and giveaways on both...
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Problems with Imported Chicken Treats
Illness is on the rise due to products such as chicken jerky
It seems like every month there’s a new pet food product that gets recalled. According to the FDA, the number of dogs getting sick from imported chicken flavored treats has been on the rise. The FDA ran extensive tests, but can’t identify the specific contaminant, nor can they attribute the rash of illness to a specific brand. Symptoms have included decreased appetite and activity, vomiting,...
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Recognizing the Signs of Bloat [Video]
See what the symptoms look like in real life
Everyone with a large, deep chested dog is always worried about bloat (any breed can get bloat, but this demographic is disproportionally affected). Bloat is particularly scary because of how fast the condition becomes serious. When bloat occurs, the dog’s stomach fills with air, fluid and/or food. The enlarged stomach puts pressure on other organs and can cause difficulty breathing and even...
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Herding Elephants in Thailand
A shelter dog finds a job at Elephantstay sanctuary
With my Sheltie and a Border Collie you can probably tell that I love herding breeds. It’s so much fun to see these dogs organize sheep or cattle in a way that will never be matched by human or machine. For all the fellow working dog lovers, I had to share the story of Buddy, a cattle dog who manages quite the herd. Buddy has the job of keeping 100 elephants in line at the Elephantstay...
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Do Men Make Dogs More Reactive?
A study looks at the characteristics of reactive dogs
As pet lovers, we've always known that animals pick up on our emotions. When I first started competing in rally obedience and agility, Nemo always seemed to pick up on how nervous I was. As I gained more confidence, Nemo also looked more comfortable in the ring. But could our being male or female affect our pets? According to a new study, the sex of the person on the other end of the leash...

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