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Can Cats and Dogs Get Along?
The shifting dynamics of my multi-species pack.
From the comic strip, Garfield, to the movie, Cats & Dogs, the feud between felines and canines has long been engrained into our culture. These days, with so many multi-species households, it seems as though the notion of furry mortal enemies has become more of an old wives tale.  I never gave much thought to the canine feline relationship since my pets have always gotten along pretty well...
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From Shelter Mutt to Champion Athlete
North American rescue becomes the Aussie dock diving champ.
In the dog sport world a lot of importance is placed on picking and raising the perfect puppy. With all the focus on champion pedigrees and breeders, it's always refreshing to see a successful dog come from the animal shelter. So I was excited to see that Joey, a Border Collie/Kelpie/Cattle Dog mix, was recently crowned the Australian dock diving champion at the World Dog Games last month. ...
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Who’s Responsible?
Mass. landlords may be liable for their tenants’ dogs.
It’s not easy finding a pet-friendly apartment. There are many areas I’ve been unable to consider because none of the affordable rentals would allow my pups. From paying higher rent to sneaking dogs out for potty breaks, pet lovers often go to great lengths to live with their furry family members. Now it could be even harder to find dog friendly housing, particularly for those breeds that are all...
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Preparing for the Worst
Bark Buckle UP offers free Pet Safety Kits for the car.
Recently I went to a pet first aid seminar presented by a friend and veterinarian. Ever since, I’ve been busy preparing the supplies that I might need in an emergency, particularly when I’m away from home at a trial or on vacation.  One of the recommendations was to create an emergency card for each of your dogs to attach onto their crates in the car. The card lists basic information, allergies...
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Weekend Recycling Fun
Turn your unwanted t-shirts into tug toys.
Last weekend I was cleaning out my closets and quickly created a pile of t-shirts that I didn’t need. Over the years I’ve collected my fair share of wearable memorabilia from college events, walk-a-thons, and vacations. Before I brought the clothes to the Salvation Army, I wondered if there was anything crafty that I could do with the shirts. Inspired by Genuine Dog Gear’s Jersey Tugmaster, I...
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Unethical or Responsible Pet Care?
Playing service dog to travel first class.
The legitimacy and training of service dogs has come up a lot recently, and many of the cases do not have clear solutions. But what about when someone is consciously taking advantage of the privileges granted to service dogs? With the USDAA Cynosport World Games coming up in Scottsdale, Ariz., I’ve been talking to many of the local competitors about how they’re traveling with their dogs. Some are...
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Helping Lost Dogs Come Home
Study shows the importance of microchipping pets.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association showed that shelters are able to identify over 70 percent of pets that enter their doors, as long as they are implanted with a microchip.    Besides reinforcing microchipping as an important identification tool, there were two important findings to note. Of the pets who couldn’t be identified, the main reason...
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$2 Million to Study the Human-Animal Bond
Research on the health benefits of pets begins to receive major funding.
While I don’t need any studies to know the benefits of the human-animal bond, research in this area is critical to the support of programs and legislation that dog lovers care about. Now, more institutions are receiving funding to explore the effect that animals have on humans. Last month, I wrote about a $300,000 government funded study that seeks to quantify the impact of service dogs on Post...
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An Alternative to Lab Testing
Family pets help test experimental cancer treatments.
A new alternative to traditional laboratory testing helps assess cancer treatments for humans, while providing options to dying pets. Dogs have become more favorable to researchers because they experience cancer in similar ways to humans. Like their two-legged counterparts, canines develop secondary cancers and become resistant to drugs over time. Unlike studies of the past, scientists don’t...
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Race to the Rembrandt Cup
Doggy Dash lets athletic pups partake in the NYC Triathlon.
Yesterday registration opened for the third annual Iams Doggy Dash. Held in conjunction with the Nautica New York City Triathlon, the Doggy Dash invites runners and their pets to participate in a competitive race together. The five-mile event, which takes place in Central Park, will be on July 18, 2010. After deciding in September that my Sheltie, Nemo, would be the perfect running partner, I was...

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