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Dog Inspires Shelter to Become Pet Friendly
A Kansas City women’s shelter will welcome pets this year
This year, the Rose Brooks Center women’s shelter in Kansas City will become the first in the area to welcome pets, thanks to a heroic Great Dane named J Matthew. Last year, a woman arrived with J Matthew at Rose Brooks Center after her boyfriend tried to kill her with a hammer. The Great Dane protected the woman by lying over her body and taking most of the blows until the man finally threw...
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Best and Worst States for Animals
ALDF and HSUS ranks protection laws
Each year the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) separately rank the animal protection laws of every state in the country. Their reports are a great way to measure progress and to identify areas of improvement. The good news is, according to the ALDF, more than half of all states experienced a significant improvement in their animal protection...
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K9 Crossing Guard
N.Y. dog helps children safely get to school
Kids in Greenwich, N.Y. have something to look forward to each day. When the children approach Main Street, on the way to school, Sophy, a German Shepherd-black Labrador mix, is there to greet them, along with volunteer crossing guard Clifford Mealy. Sophy has her own dog-sized “Stop” sign and leads the way as kids cross the busy street. It makes me a little nervous to see an off leash dog so...
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A Controversial Nose
U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on drug sniffing dog
In the Bark blog, we've written a lot about the amazing canine nose. Their olfactory skills make them invaluable partners. But how we use the canine nose has become a controversial topic. Is it legal for police dogs to search for drugs outside of a house without a warrant? Or does it violate the Fourth Amendment protection against illegal search and seizure? This issue came to the forefront...
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Saving Dog Fighting Victims
New program rescues seized pups in Chicago
Michael Vick's dogs got a lot of national media attention during his infamous court case. Most of them were fortunate to be placed in rescue, where they were rehabilitated and adopted out to loving families. But not all dogs from fighting cases get a second chance. Sadly, these canine victims are often euthanized. The Court Case Dog Program aims to change that in Chicago. The program was...
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Seeing the World for the First Time
Beagle Freedom Project rescues dogs from laboratories
You may have seen the You Tube video of rescued beagles experiencing grass and sun for the first time (check it out below if you haven't seen it yet). It's amazing to see the dogs tentatively come out and experience the things we take for granted. I was so inspired by the video that I wanted to find out more about the efforts to rescue these dogs. The Beagles in the You Tube video were rescued...
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Exception Granted in Service Pit Bull Case
An Iowa breed ban was found to be in violation of the ADA
I'm not a fan of breed bans. They make a sweeping generalization about a whole group of dogs, while trying to solve a problem without getting to the root of the problem—irresponsible pet ownership. There are so many great dogs that get hurt by this type of legislation. Snickers is a great example of how a breed ban unfairly discriminates against responsible dog lovers. James Sak, a disabled...
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National Train Your Dog Month
The APDT is celebrating with free events for January
Now that the new year has started, it's time to reflect on this past year and set resolutions. Naturally some of my goals are always dog-related. I've started hiking with my dogs, and plan on taking up snowshoeing for the winter, so one of my goals in 2012 is to strengthen my crew's recall. I'm also hoping that my puppy, Remy, will be ready to compete in his first agility trial by the end of...
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Understanding Pet Lovers in the Internet Age
Hunch.com uses member data to learn about dog and cat people
Social media companies hold a lot of data about people and are privy to a lot of correlations and insights that could be really interesting. Recently I was wondering if anyone had put together data related to animals. It turns out that Hunch.com has published two pet-related reports that draw on responses from its 700,000 users. The first looks at dog people versus non-dog people and the second...
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Burial Ban Lifted in N.Y.
Human ashes can continue to be buried in pet cemeteries
Many animal lovers want their final resting place to be next to their beloved pets. In New York, over 500 people's ashes have been buried at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in its 115-year history. Earlier this year, the practice was threatened when the state's Division of Cemeteries banned the burial of human ashes in pet cemeteries. There was a public outcry, especially among those who had already...

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