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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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Famous Namesakes for Canines
Celebrities serve as an inspiration for naming our pets
Lately, New York is in a bit of a Derek Jeter fever since he became the first Yankee in the team’s history to reach the 3,000-hit plateau. The shortstop has always been popular, and I know several people who’ve named their pets after him. According to the New York Times, there are 33 dogs in New York City registered under the name Jeter, but I’m guessing there are many more Jeters who are not...
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Facial Recognition Helps Homeless Pups
NZ Doggleganger campaign brings awareness to adoption
It’s often said that people look like their dogs. Studies have shown that strangers can match dogs and their humans, proving a definite correlation. Apparently, there’s something in our subconscious at work when we pick our canine companions. A New Zealand SPCA seeks to speed up that matching process by launching Doggleganger, a new adoption initiative. Facial recognition is usually used for...
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Evolution of Barking
Study finds humans responsible for barking
Since I share a home with two Shetland Sheepdogs, barking is a part of my everyday life. While I enjoy hearing all the funny noises my pets make, barking can have serious consequences: It is one of the behavior problems that lands dogs in shelters. Ironically, humans may be responsible for the very barking we complain about. Csaba Molnar, a former ethologist at Eotvos Lorand University, has...
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New Recognition for Therapy Dogs
AKC titling program acknowledges pups in the community
This week, the American Kennel Club started a new program to acknowledge therapy dogs. Now pups and their handlers can earn their AKC Therapy Dog title by documenting 50 visits to facilities such as schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The recognition is open to all AKC registered dogs, both pure and mixed breed. To be clear, the AKC program doesn't certify therapy dogs, teams must be...
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Aussie Lab Weighs in at 187 Pounds
Rescued pup became obese from a junk food diet
At 187 pounds, Samson, a recently rescued Black Labrador in Australia, is easily the most obese dog in the country. Unsurprisingly, Samson is showing signs of high blood pressure, a common side effect of packing on the extra pounds. Making matters worse, Samson can't even safely exercise until he looses some weight. Samson got to his current state because his previous family fed him a diet of...

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