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First Commercial for Dogs
Purina releases an ad designed for pets
Sometimes my dogs look at the television, but I'm not sure if they're actually watching. I haven't seen any connection to a particular image or sound. I think they just notice the movement on the screen and have learned to ignore the noise. I thought that might change when I heard that Purina released what they're calling the first-ever television commercial designed for both dogs and humans....
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The Future of the ID Tag
GPS lets you track your pet's location
Companies are always trying to improve on the good old identification tag. I've seen USB memory stick tags, Quick Response (QR) codes tags, and now GPS units that attach to collars. GPS technology for collars typically sends a text or email notificaiton when your pet leaves home and gives you the ability to track your dog on a map using a computer or cell phone. Having a GPS unit on your dog'...
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Transporting Dogs from Overpopulated States
Shelters fill empty kennels with Southern pups
For years, local shelters in the Northeast have been bringing homeless dogs up from the South for a shot at adoption. When I first found out about these rescue missions, it seemed like a waste of resources when there are so many homeless pets right here in New York. But, as it turns out, many Northeastern shelters and rescue groups have a hard time keeping up with demand for certain dogs. So...
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Should Vets Promote ID Tags?
Vets and shelters have a positive influence on tag usage
My dogs have microchips and identification tags, but I often take their collars off when they're in the house. I had one of my dogs' collars get caught on a piece of furniture, so I do it as a safety precaution. However, this could be a problem if one of my dogs escaped from my house. The Journal of the American Veterinary Association reports that fewer than half of lost dogs were wearing tags...
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Best X-Rays of 2011
Vets submit their most surprising x-ray finds
One of my dogs is a master thief. Despite my best efforts to keep the house eternally “puppy proofed,” every now and then I'll find Nemo shredding a sock or sponge--or I'll find out later when it comes out the other end. Fortunately nothing has ever gotten stuck, but it's something that's always in the back of my mind. Now, Veterinary Practice News' X-ray Contest has me thinking that there...
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Joss Stone Fosters Dog
Soul singer invites a shelter pup into her NYC recording studio
I love when celebrities use their star power to help a good cause, especially when it involves animals. For the past week, Joss Stone has been fostering a dog while recording her next album in New York. Stone is a huge dog lover and missed her four pups back home in England. When she inquired about fostering, Animal Haven matched her up with Oprah, a six-year-old Bull Mastiff/Pit Bull mix....
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Saying Thanks
Who are the important people in your dog's life?
From political platforms to airing grievances, award show acceptance speeches give celebrities 30 seconds to fill the air with whatever is most important to them. Game of Thrones actor and winner of the Best Supporting Actor Emmy Award on Sunday night, Peter Dinklage, showed how much he loves his pup, Kevin, when he thanked his dog sitter in his acceptance speech, perhaps a first in the show's...
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Uptick in N.Y. Dog Theft
Even well identified pets are at risk
The recent increase in pet theft has hit close to home as there have been several dog kidnappings in my area this summer. Some are straightforward, like Matsu, the Yorkshire Terrier who was stolen when he was tied outside of a deli. Others are a little more complicated. A few weeks ago, Kumiko Masaoka and Michael Reinhardt were at a Brooklyn park with their West Highland Terrier, Winston,...
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Eavesdropping on Humans
Study: Dogs behave based on observations of people
My dogs always seem to be watching what I'm doing. I'd like to think they care about my well being, but I think they're more interested in any clues that I might drop food or that it might be dinner time. A recent study led by Sarah Marshall-Pescini at the University of Milan looks at the information dogs get from watching us and the decisions they make based on that data. Her research focused...
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Technology for Lost Dogs
ID tags with QR codes bring pets home
Little black and white squares have been popping up everywhere—on advertisements, business cards and magazines. These Quick Response (QR) codes are barcodes that are designed to be read by smartphones. People can take a photo of the square and retrieve text, contact information or open a webpage on their phone. Now these QR codes can help bring your dog home. A new company, PetHub, engraves QR...

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