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The Dog Seen Around the World
Bo Obama inspires an international surge in PWD requests.
When the Obama family announced their new addition, animal groups around the nation braced for Bo-mania. In just three short weeks, Bo already has a book deal and a Beanie Baby on the shelves, catapulting the Portuguese Water Dog from a fishing breed once on the brink of “extinction” to an international sensation.  Global demand has spiked, resulting in people clamoring for a breed with little...
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Learning About Pets Through Art
AKC teams up with The Cat Fanciers' Association for kids art contest.
The American Kennel Club and The Cat Fanciers' Association are teaming up for an art contest to celebrate dogs and cats. Open to school children between the ages of 6 and 18 in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the competition celebrates the diversity of pets and why we love them.   Besides the usual categories like Best in Show and Best of Breed, others awards will be given for best...
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Wheels with Dogs in Mind
Honda unveils a dog-friendly version of the popular Element.
Whether it’s a visit to the park or a trip to an Agility trial, I mostly drive with the dogs in tow. So when I’m in the market for a new car, I always keep them in mind.    When it comes to the perfect canine vehicle, the Honda Element always comes up in conversation. From rave reviews on dog sport blogs to being named DogCar.com’s Car of the Year, the Element’s washable floors and spacious...
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First Class Flights for Pets
Pet Airways opens reservations for inaugural flights.
My idea of vacation is hanging out with my dogs, preferably on the beach. I once drove 20 hours to Florida to avoid putting my pets in airplane cargo. The horror stories of limited oxygen and careless handling have reduced the trips I choose to take. And the U.S. Department of Transportation’s required reporting on animal deaths hasn’t exactly allayed my fears. Recently, my dogs qualified for...
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Ivy League Study on How Dogs Think
Harvard recruits dogs for its Canine Cognition Lab.
What pet lover doesn’t attribute human-like abilities to their dogs? I try to avoid anthromorphizing, but when you live with someone-- human or canine--you can’t help but speculate on what drives their behavior and decision-making. Scientists have spent decades studying exotic animals, such as dolphins and gorillas, while dogs have been largely neglected. I’m even guilty, having studied the...
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One Voice Can Make a Difference
Pet lover introduces antifreeze law to protect animals in Virginia.
Last month, Virginia Governor Tim Kane, signed a bill that requires antifreeze sold in the Commonwealth to contain a bittering agent. Seven other states, Arizona, California, Maine, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington, have passed similar laws to discourage ingestion of the sweet-tasting liquid. According to the Humane Society Legislative Fund, approximately 10,000 pets die each year...
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The Kindness of Pet Lovers
Web site raises money for a shelter dog’s vet bills.
The faltering economy has forced many people to make sacrifices. But what about their furry family members? I’ve heard stories of people eating Ramen noodles in order to buy pet food and forgoing gym memberships in favor of doggy daycare. However, unexpected vet bills can be the tipping point. Injuries often lead to thousands of dollars in surgery, leaving many pet owners with little choice but...
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Survivor, Doggy Edition
A canine castaway survives on an island for four months.
In November, the unthinkable happened to the Griffith family during a family boat trip. Their Australian Cattle Dog, Sophie Tucker, fell overboard into the choppy waters off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The family was devastated but after an unsuccessful search, the Griffiths thought they’d never see their beloved dog again. Last month, a family friend passed along news about a dog on...
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An Award Show Fit for A Dog
Winners announced for the 2009 Canis Film Festival.
These days, there seems to be a film festival and award show for just about everything. So it’s about time we dog lovers got a piece of the pie. Last weekend the winners of the 2009 Canis Film Festival were announced at ClickerExpo in Providence, R.I. Although there were no swag bags or paparazzi, the films starred talented and furry actors showcasing dog training at its best. The Grand Prize...
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Watch Out for Fido!
New study shows that pets can pose a risk of injury from accidental falls.
The benefits of pets are undeniable and, as a dog lover, any possible negatives (beyond vet bills and walks in the rain) seem inconceivable. However, a new study by the Centers for Disease Control found that, each year in the United States, nearly 90,000 people are injured in a fall involving their pet. Of those accidents, 88 percent were related to dogs or items such as toys. The most frequent...

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