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Collegiate Canines
Petside.com ranks the top 10 pet-friendly schools.
For high school students, the deadline for applying to colleges is quickly approaching. This means many of those students, like I did, will soon have to leave their beloved pets behind to pursue a higher education. Pets are a big responsibility, particularly for busy college students, but they can be great way to reduce stress and ease homesickness. Fortunately, more and more colleges are...
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BPA in Pet Food
Where do you draw the line in worrying about safety?
This year there’s been a lot of attention on BPA (Bisphenol A), a chemical used to make hard, clear plastics and the lining of cans.  Last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a report that BPA was safe in food contact materials. However, this past June, the FDA changed their mind and announced that they would be re-evaluating the safety of BPA in light of new research. ...
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Anything But A Border Collie
What happens when a dog is too good at something?
Last weekend I watched the online broadcast of the United States Dog Agility Association’s Cynosport World Games. As usual, the finals for the top jump heights (above 20”) were dominated by Border Collies.  I have to admit, I love watching the powerful black and white blurs fly through an agility course, but it is refreshing to see a variety of breeds compete, which doesn’t happen very often at...
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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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