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Pet Thefts Up This Year
AKC reports 32 percent increase in stolen dogs
Last year, I wrote about a piece of legislation aimed at making pet theft a felony in New York State. The bill hasn't been passed yet and, unfortunately, it looks like pet theft is on the rise. This year, the American Kennel Club reports a 32 percent increase in stolen dogs. The data are taken from media reports of pet theft and customers who call the Companion Animal Recovery service, so the...
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Burial Ban in New York
State puts an end to human ashes in pet cemeteries
Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, the first of its kind in America, holds a special place in my heart. My cat was cremated there and I have friends whose pets are buried there. The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery has been open for over 100 years and is a testament to the special relationship humans have with their pets. Given that it's the final resting place for many special animals, it's not surprising that...
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Top Pet Friendly Airlines
Petfinder rates the best airlines for pets
Flying with pets can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you travel with a large dog. I go through great lengths to avoid putting my dogs on a plane, even if that means driving over 1,000 miles from New York to Florida! But for those of you who have to travel by plane, Petfinder just released their annual list of most pet-friendly airlines. The airlines were reviewed based on the...
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Dog Airlifted Out of Calif. Forest
A hike turned into an overnight excursion for a couple and their dog
A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine ended up carrying his 50 pound dog for two miles after the poor pup tore the pads on his paws during a trail run. I wondered what I would do in the same situation. Unfortunately, I'd probably be stuck because I don't usually carry first aid supplies and I definitely don't have as much upper body strength as my friend. The ordeal certainly got me thinking....
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McQueen Leaves Large Sum to Dogs
The late fashion designer left money to his dogs and pet charities
Leaving money to pets and animal related charities is nothing new, however the topic was catapulted to popular discussion four years ago after Leona Helmsley left millions to her pup. Although I fully intend to set aside money for my pets, I imagine that the modest sum will hardly be controversial. Last week it was revealed that Alexander McQueen also left a less contentious sum to his dogs...
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Man’s New Best Friend
Do we rely on PCs more than our pups?
Has the computer replaced dog as “mans best friend?” Computeractive magazine and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) surveyed over 2,000 people in Britain to find out. A whopping 67 percent of respondents believe that most people rely more on their computer than their dog. The number is lower for people who actually have a dog, but higher if the respondent was...
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Pet-Friendly Apartments Are Lucrative
There are many benefits for landlords that welcome pets
When I rented my last apartment, pet-friendly buildings were, on average, more expensive than the ones that didn't welcome pets. It's unfortunate that a few irresponsible people seem to have given pets a bad name. In my search, I even found that many landlords stopped allowing animals because of property damage or complaints about barking. I've seen this with hotels too. However, in these...
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Light by Poop
Arizona city considers a street lamp powered by dog waste
Last year, Lisa Wogan blogged about a Cambridge, Mass., artist who created a dog poop-to-methane converter used to fuel a local park lamp. Visitors pick up after their dogs and stick the biodegradable waste bags in the converter to power the light. I happen to think this is an ingenious idea. It puts dog waste to good use, while encouraging people to pick up after their dogs. Although the idea...
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Not-So Hypoallergenic Dogs
New study finds certain breeds don’t have fewer allergens
For so long, allergies prevented many of my friends from having a dog. But in recent years, the popularity of “hypoallergenic” breeds brought some hope of finally adding a canine member to the family. But those who’ve gotten one of the “hypoallergenic” dogs have had mixed results depending on the breed, the severity of their allergies, and, interestingly enough, the individual dog. Until now...
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NY Stores Ban Drunk Puppy Buying
Manhattan pet stores are challenged by drunk patrons
New York City is home to many trendy neighborhoods, including Greenwich Village, which is inhabited by countless celebrities and New York University students. With the area's vibrant social scene, it's not unusual for a typical weekend to start with an all-you-can-drink mimosa brunch and to end with late night tequila shots. Given the potential for alcohol induced debauchery, two Village pet...

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