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Doggy Daycare for Monday Night Football
Sports fans drop off their pups at Unleash Brooklyn before heading to the game.
Many Major League Baseball stadiums have been hosting popular dog days in recent years. Football hasn’t been as quick to catch on, leaving pigskin fans feeling guilty leaving their pups behind to watch their favorite sport. A New York City doggy daycare has come up with a solution for conflicted fans. Unleash Brooklyn is offering a special package for the football season that lets people drop off...
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Autumn Fundraising Events for Homeless Pets
Walk with your pup and raise money for a good cause.
Last weekend, I participated in the first annual Brooklyn Bridge Pup Crawl to raise money for three animal shelters across the country.  We all received Lulu light-up leashes for our pups, waited until sundown and walked over the bridge, lighting up the night to bring awareness to homeless animals. It was a fun way to meet other dog lovers, hang out with our pets and benefit a good cause. It...
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An Issue of Breed or Responsible Ownership?
NYC Housing Authority Tightens Restriction to include Dobermans, Pit Bulls, and Rotties.
Earlier this year, the New York City Housing Authority tightened their pet restriction, making it one of the strictest for any public housing authority in the country. The new policy bans all dogs over 25 pounds and specifically prohibits all purebred and mixed breed Doberman Pinchers, Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. Since the new rules were published in an April, the Animal Care and Control of New...
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Dining with the Whole Family
Searching for dog friendly restaurants is becoming easier for pet lovers.
I’ve always envied Parisian restaurants where you can dine with your furry companions, a practice banned stateside by our health codes. Eating with my pups is one of my favorite warm weather activities, although I’ve braved the cold many times to enjoy a meal with the whole family! I’m always on the lookout for good restaurants with decks or sidewalk spaces, although not even all places with...
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Celebrating Responsible Pet Care
September ushers in the AKC's Responsible Dog Ownership Day nationwide.
September means it’s time for one of my favorite events, the American Kennel Club’s annual Responsible Dog Ownership Day. The festivities celebrate all facets of canine education from dog sports to health care. Rescue groups, obedience training clubs, therapy organizations, boutique stores and veterinarians all come together in the name of promoting proper pet care.   At past events I’ve found...
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Saving at the Pharmacy
Pets are considered family with Walgreen’s Prescription Savings Club.
Recently I discovered that I could buy a generic version of Tapazole, my cat’s thyroid medication, through Walgreens’ Prescription Savings Club for a fraction of the branded version’s price.  Through their savings club, Walgreens offers 400 generic medications priced at $12 for a 90-day supply. Membership is open to all those in the United States and Puerto Rico who are not enrolled in a...
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Government Funds PTSD Service Dog Study
Department of Defense begins research on the canine potential for helping veterans.
Back in July I wrote about the Puppies Behind Bars' Dog Tags program that provides service dogs to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Now research is underway to demonstrate the impact of pairing up returning soldiers with trained canines. The U.S. Department of Defense is financing a $300,000, 12-month study that will look at the effects of service dogs on changes in PTSD...
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Seaside Fun and Foliage
Labor Day ushers in dog friendly beaches across the Northeast.
I spent last weekend vacationing in the seaside communities of Southern Maine. While the towns I visited were dog friendly, the beaches were not. As I was walking around, I noticed that many of Maine’s sandy shores welcome canines after Labor Day--just days after my trip.  This trend can be seen down the Northeast coast from Cape Cod to the Jersey Shore. September can still be quite warm, and...
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Running with Dogs
Increase your fitness with your four-legged best friend.
Recently, I attempted to run the NYC Half Marathon. Unfortunately, my race ended shortly after mile seven with a ride to the hospital for fluids. My running demise was due partly to the ninety degree August weather and dehydration, but mostly to lack of proper training. I had meant to train when I signed up for the event, but let’s face it, there are much more fun things to train for… like...
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Three Genes Behind the Canine Coat
Scientists identify the genetic variants that influence dog hair.
From the Puli’s cords to the Poodle’s curls, the canine’s array of coats makes them one of the most diverse species in the world. Until now, little was known about the genetics behind their fur. Recently, a team of researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) studied 1,000 dogs representing 80 breeds and identified three genetic variants that account for all dog hair types...

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