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Preparing for an Emergency
Are your pets ready for the worst?
All of the recent natural disasters has me thinking about preparing for emergencies, including making a plan for the dogs. April also happens to be Pet First Aid Awareness Month, so it's the perfect time to put together a first aid kit and emergency supplies. Here are some tips I came across when I started thinking about my emergency plan. Think Ahead Put an "Animals Inside" sticker on your...
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Proposed Ban on Dogs
An Iranian bill threatens to make pets illegal
Can you imagine a world without dogs? I can't, but dog lovers in Iran are faced with this very dilemma. The Iranian government has long considered pet dogs to be an un-Islamic vice. In the past, it was not unheard of for police to confiscate dogs being walked down the street and for the government to lecture Iranians on diseases spread by canines. Eventually the crackdowns were relaxed and...
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Helping Thunder Phobic Dogs
Tips for comforting your pup during a storm
As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers.  And in my neck of the woods, we’ve certainly been getting a lot of rain and, unfortunately, thunderstorms. My first dog, Nemo, has never been afraid of thunder. Being a Sheltie, he’ll sometimes bark at the loud noises, but he isn’t fearful. His breeder played sound tapes when he was a puppy, which I think helped. I’m also fortunate that my new...
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A Doggy Cake Masterpiece
NYC bakery creates edible dog portraits
As BARK readers know, I throw my dogs a birthday party every year. It’s a great excuse to gather my friends and their pups for canine games and yummy treats.   Usually, I bake my own cakes (one for the humans and one for the pups), but in my years of party planning, I’ve seen lots of awe inspiring professional dog-themed cakes. However, this latest human version from NYC baking extraordinaire...
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NYC Clothing Store Sells Puppies Amid Protests
Unpomela illegally uses puppies to attract customers
Sometimes, I feel like we’re making a lot of progress against puppy mills and pet store dogs—PetCo and PetSmart have in-store adoption centers; puppy mill exposes have been featured on Oprah and Nightline; and celebrities, such as Katherine Heigl, regularly promote rescue pups. However, last week I was discouraged after hearing that Unpomela, a New York clothing store is selling puppies from...
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Making Obedience Class Mandatory
NY sought to require graduation from obedience school
In a perfect world, everyone would have great relationships with their dogs--teaching basic manners, providing lots of exercise, and participating in an activity together like agility or therapy work. Last week, a bill was proposed in New York that would require people to successfully complete a basic obedience class with their dogs or risk having their pet taken away.  The goal of the bill is...
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Retired Sled Dogs for Adoption
Outdoor Adventures is working with a rescue group to rehome unwanted pups
Earlier this year, dog lovers were shocked to learn that Outdoor Adventures in Whistler slaughtered 100 sled dogs due to a downturn in the economy. When Lisa Wogan covered the story, she wrote that inhumane treatment of sled dogs isn’t as uncommon as we might like to think.    With all of the bad press that came out of the mass euthanasia, Outdoor Adventures is now looking for foster or adoptive...
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Commercial Diets for Senior Dogs Vary Widely
Tufts study finds difference in perception and reality
I’m a big believer in "you are what you eat," so you can understand why my dogs’ diet is really important to me. I definitely worry more about what I’m feeding my pups than about what I feed myself! There’s so much in the canine nutrition world to navigate—raw food, home-cooked meals, kibble, just to name a few. And if you feed a commercial diet, do you choose a specialty formula geared towards...
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Borrow a Dog at the Library
Yale Law lets students “check out” the resident therapy pup
Last week, Yale Law School’s library started offering therapy dog services on a trial basis. Interest has been high, so it’s hopeful that the program will continue. Students can sign up at the circulation desk to “check out” Monty, a certified therapy dog, for 30-minute sessions of stress busting. The Border Terrier-mix belongs to librarian Julian Aiken, so he’s well loved even when he’s “off...
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Determination Comes on Two and a Half Legs
The amazing story of a rescued pup from Mexico
New Yorker Mary Hammett found the perfect running partner in her adopted dog, Joyce. The split-faced pup manages to be incredibly fast, despite having only two and a half legs. If it weren’t for her physical limitations, you might never know about Joyce’s early hardships in life. She has an unbridled enthusiasm and is an inspiration to everyone that she meets. Last year the International Fund for...

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