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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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iPhone Amber Alert for Lost Pets
New app creates a wireless community for bringing missing animals home.
Lately several people I know from the local agility community have had a beloved pet go missing. Fortunately all of the lost pups were found quickly, but it’s a heartbreaking experience, even if just for a few hours. For years standard protocol has been to call local animal shelters and post flyers around the neighborhood. More recently, technology has allowed us to cast a larger net by sending...
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Boy or Girl?
Study finds that men and women differ on the perfect dog.
In the world of dog sports, I’ve often heard people say that men work better with female dogs and women work better with male dogs. That statement has yet to be proven, but a study by Monash University has begun to research how gender effects how we choose our furry friends.  According to their study of 877 Australian dog lovers, women prefer male dogs and vice versa. Researchers also found that...
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When 2 Becomes 255
A Michigan man hoards his multiplying Chihuahuas through life and death.
Three weeks ago, Michigan police discovered hundreds of Chihuahuas living in a house covered in urine and feces with garbage piled up to the ceiling. The operation quickly turned into a multi-day rescue that uncovered 105 Chihuahuas, and even more shocking, 150 dogs in freezers who had passed away. The man who lived in the house, Kenneth Lang, Jr., is now in psychiatric care. Criminal charges are...

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