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Breaking Up Dog Fights
Learn to keep you and your dog safe in case of an emergency.
This past weekend, one of my pups was involved in a bad scuffle with another dog. Luckily those present were able to break up the fight fairly quickly, but it was a scary experience. Despite taking pet first aid classes, I realized that I don’t know what to do when one of my pets is attacked. The weekend’s events inspired me to do some research.  According to Jacque Lynn Schultz, ASPCA Companion...
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First-Ever Animal Policy & Advocacy Degree
New Humane Society University to fosters understanding of our relationships with animals.
Dogs have lived alongside humans for ages, but in many ways we know little about them. For decades our understanding of animal-human relationships has been largely limited to anecdotal stories. Institutions such as Harvard’s Canine Cognition Lab and the American Humane Endowed Chair at the University of Denver would’ve been unthinkable until just a few years ago. Recently, the possibilities for...
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Using Technology to Solve Canine Boredom
An engineering grad student invents a way to interact with his dog remotely.
Recently I stumbled upon an iPhone controlled dog treat dispensing device built by Stephen Myers. The Biomedical Engineer PhD student created the dispenser to interact with his dog Cooper during his long grad school days.  The one-of-a-kind creation allows Stephen to monitor his pup by web cam and deliver treats from anywhere his iPhone receives service. He details how the dispenser was built on...
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FDA Approves the First Canine Cancer Drug
Palladia offers options for treating the second most common canine tumor.
Earlier this year, I attended an agility trial in New Jersey that was raising money for canine cancer research. Decorating the arena were pictures of dogs who had cancer at some point in their lives. There were more than 100 photo montages covering every inch of free space.  During an intermission tribute, handlers were asked to raise their hand if they ever had a dog affected by cancer. I was...
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WebMD for Dogs
DoggedHealth helps pet lovers diagnose canine health problems.
If you’re like me, there are certain websites that you don’t know how you ever lived without. One of the first that comes to mind is the popular medical diagnostic site, WebMD. Finally, a similar resource has been created for canines. Earlier this year, DoggedHealth debuted the Diagnostic Dog as an information resource to empower pet lovers to make educated healthcare decisions for their four-...
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Canine Role in the Anti-Piracy Crusade
Disc-detecting dogs help shut down illegal DVD operations in Malaysia.
Dogs have been trained to detect everything from bombs to cancer. But until this week, I had never heard of DVD sniffing dogs in the anti-piracy crusade. There really is no limit to what dogs can be trained to do! According to the Motion Picture Association (MPA), its member companies lost 6.1 billion dollars to worldwide piracy in 2005. Struggling to find a solution, they turned to dogs’...
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Pet Soup Kitchen in Danger of Closing
Daffy's throws a block party fundrasier to help save its Georgia warehouse.
In the March/April issue of the magazine, I wrote about Daffy’s Soup Kitchen in Lawrenceville, Ga., where the mission is to keep families and their pets together. Daffy’s has continued to grow, now distributing more than 20,000 pounds of food per month, supporting more than 1,000 people and 2,000 animals at locations across eight states. Although demand has grown for this much-needed resource,...
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Grieving Through Art
DoveLewis’ Community Art Program helps pet lovers heal after a loss.
When a friend’s dog recently passed away, in my search for a memorial gift, I discovered an amazing program started by certified grief counselor and artist, Enid Traisman at DoveLewis emergency animal hospital in Portland, Ore. Through running one of the first pet loss support programs in the nation, Traisman found a unique way to use art to foster the healing process. Three years ago, the former...
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The Dog Who Sparked an Animal Rights Movement
Slate.com explores the history of protecting animals in medical research.
Today, Slate.com begins a five-part history of animal rights in regards to laboratory testing. The series begins with the heartbreaking story of Pepper, a Dalmation who forever changed the way American science obtains and uses research animals. Pepper sparked a national movement in 1965, when she was stolen from her loving home in Pennsylvania and sold to a New York hospital for cardiology...
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Putting Unused Airline Miles to Good Use
Donate frequent flyer miles to Guide Dogs of America.
I’m by no means a frequent flyer. As I mentioned previously, in a post about Pet Airways, I avoid traveling by plane since my dog would have to fly in cargo. Needless to say, I never rack up enough miles to qualify for a free flight. Rather than let my miles expire, I recently discovered a way to put these points to good use. Northwest and United Airlines let you donate unused miles to the Guide...

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