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Adopting the Doggie in the Window
N.Y. store changes the concept of the mall pet shop
Mall pet stores always make me sad, partly because I know the dogs came from puppy mills and partly because I know these stores encourage visitors to buy pets on impulse. So I was excited to find out that a new pet store is opening at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack, N.Y. that does not sell any pets. Even better, the USA Dog & Pet Shop features animals for adoption from the Hi-Tor Animal...
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Weathering Hurricane Irene
Emergency plans with the dogs in mind
This past weekend, everyone on the East Coast was hurrying to prepare for Hurricane Irene. I wasn't in an evacuation zone, but I put together a “go bag” for my pets and put crates by the door, just in case we had to leave home. Fortunately, we didn't end up needing any of the emergency supplies. By the time Irene reached New York, the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm and the damage...
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Cancer Detecting Pups
Dogs can diagnose lung cancer in humans
Earlier this week, I wrote about the depressing number of dogs affected by cancer. Many organizations and researchers are working towards finding a cure. Meanwhile, dogs may play an important part in curing humans. Lung cancer is the the deadliest form of cancer worldwide, but current detection methods have been unreliable. Scientists are looking at a possible test for volatile organic...
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Signs of Canine Cancer
One in three dogs will be affected by cancer
I still remember when I first heard that cancer affects one in three dogs. I was at an agility trial fundraiser for canine cancer research and the organizers asked anyone touched by the disease to raise their hand. Almost everyone had their hand up. It's a scary statistic that hit home recently. Three of my friends have lost dogs to cancer in the last month. The disease has become so...
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Budgeting for Dog Expenses
The ASPCA and Mint.com calculate annual and monthly pet costs
Dog lovers don't need a survey to tell us that we spend a lot of money on our pups. But exactly how big is our pet budget? The ASPCA calculated basic annual expenses for a variety of pets (not including one-time purchases, like a crate or leash). According to their survey, the average medium dog incurs the following costs per year: Food - $118 Recurring Medical - $236.30 Toys/Treats...
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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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