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Saving the Japanese Tsunami Dogs
Rescue groups rally to help those left behind
It's been almost nine months since a tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant forced thousands of people from their homes in Japan. The photos of residents evacuating with their dogs was heartbreaking, although the number of of pet-friendly evacuation shelters was impressive. Today, access is restricted to the evacuation zone, but I was shocked to learn how many animals are still there. Most non-Japanese...
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Holiday Gifting Trends
The average gift budget for pets is $46
Every year, it seems more and more pet retailers are joining in on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bandwagon. In my area, several pet stores opened as early as 7 a.m. on Black Friday.  Not brave enough to face the crowds, I took advantage of many online deals for treats and paw-safe ice melter. Doctors Foster and Smith even planned a live, streaming webcast of sales and giveaways on both...
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Problems with Imported Chicken Treats
Illness is on the rise due to products such as chicken jerky
It seems like every month there’s a new pet food product that gets recalled. According to the FDA, the number of dogs getting sick from imported chicken flavored treats has been on the rise. The FDA ran extensive tests, but can’t identify the specific contaminant, nor can they attribute the rash of illness to a specific brand. Symptoms have included decreased appetite and activity, vomiting,...
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Recognizing the Signs of Bloat [Video]
See what the symptoms look like in real life
Everyone with a large, deep chested dog is always worried about bloat (any breed can get bloat, but this demographic is disproportionally affected). Bloat is particularly scary because of how fast the condition becomes serious. When bloat occurs, the dog’s stomach fills with air, fluid and/or food. The enlarged stomach puts pressure on other organs and can cause difficulty breathing and even...
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Herding Elephants in Thailand
A shelter dog finds a job at Elephantstay sanctuary
With my Sheltie and a Border Collie you can probably tell that I love herding breeds. It’s so much fun to see these dogs organize sheep or cattle in a way that will never be matched by human or machine. For all the fellow working dog lovers, I had to share the story of Buddy, a cattle dog who manages quite the herd. Buddy has the job of keeping 100 elephants in line at the Elephantstay...
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Do Men Make Dogs More Reactive?
A study looks at the characteristics of reactive dogs
As pet lovers, we've always known that animals pick up on our emotions. When I first started competing in rally obedience and agility, Nemo always seemed to pick up on how nervous I was. As I gained more confidence, Nemo also looked more comfortable in the ring. But could our being male or female affect our pets? According to a new study, the sex of the person on the other end of the leash...
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Clarifying Barking Ordinances
Los Angeles city council votes to create a barking limit
Often times, I wake up during the night to the sound of my neighbor’s dog barking. Sometimes it’s accompanied by said neighbor yelling at the dog to be quiet. This almost never works, but it can be self-rewarding in the moment to the person, and unfortunately the dog. I have Shelties, so I know from personal experience! A neighboring town has a barking limit that they recently put in place (...
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Long Lasting Effects of Puppy Mills
Study shows the emotional scars of dogs from large breeding operations
In recent years, countless talk shows, news documentaries and celebrities have called attention to the inhumane conditions in puppy mills. As if this environment isn’t bad enough, a new study shows that the effects of these facilities extends far beyond the dirty kennels and rampant illness. The animal welfare organization, Best Friends Animal Society, teamed up with veterinarians, James...
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Guide Dog Runs in Track Meets
A Golden Retriever gives high schooler the chance to run
Guide dogs have a special and important job. Not only do they help people with their day-to-day tasks, these working dogs give their people the gift of independence. As a fellow runner, I was inspired by the story of Sami Stoner, the first high school athlete in Ohio to compete with a guide dog. Sami began running on her school's cross-country team in eighth grade, but by the end of that year...
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Training for Halloween
Pre-holiday prep helps dogs get comfortable in their costumes
Every year in New York City, the Tompkins Square Dog Run holds a Halloween parade and costume contest. Hundreds of dogs enter and thousands of people come to watch. This year the winning costumes were fairly tame, but in the past outfits have been over the top. As fellow blogger, Karen B. London wrote, most dogs don’t like costumes, especially complicated ones. But it can be tempting to dress up...

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