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Five Summertime Tips for You and Your Dog
Leap into the season on all fours.
The sun is out, the trees are blooming, the days are long. Suddenly, it’s a whole lot easier to get out and play. And while I’d like to believe you’ve been putting in long hours at the park, lake or on trails all winter long, based on my own example, I’m going to assume there is, well, room for improvement. So in the spirit of progress, here are a few suggestions for jump-starting a healthy,...
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The Bark Now Tweeting
First 50 followers on Twitter.com will be entered into drawing for Bark goodie basket.
The Bark is on Twitter. I know—it took us long enough. So, let me just clear something up right away, we weren’t slow to adopt because the service is called Twitter and we’re anti-bird. It’s just that sometimes tackling new technology can be a little overwhelming, and frankly, less immediately satisfying than watching a Border Collie execute a flawless weave-pole slalom. Still, like we always...
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Better Than Liverwurst
Is dog food just pâté by another name?
“Tastes like dog food” may not be the insult you think. According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, only 3 of 18 human participants in a blind taste test were able to identify dog food from among samples of pâté, liverwurst, Spam and Newman’s Own dog food. While I think this says more about the competition than about dog food, the results highlight something we all suspect about taste—that it’...
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“Busted” on the Radio
Bark writer talks to Ron Reagan about puppy mills, May 4.
When I read about a giant puppy mill bust just north of Seattle in January, I was surprised. I had the mistaken impression that my little corner of the country was immune; that puppy mills thrived in the Ozarks, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Now, the local papers were detailing how 600 Chihuahuas, Shih Tzus, Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers and other small breeds were being liberated from shocking...
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Bad Chemistry
What’s worse than fleas? Maybe flea collars.
Almost before I finished typing up a blog about a disturbing report on the canine health risks posed by over-the-counter, spot-on pesticides, I saw the latest news about flea collars. Last week, the National Resource Defense Council filed a lawsuit alleging that 16 retailers and manufacturers—we’re talking the big guys here—failed to warn consumers about exposure to unsafe levels of known...
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Dog-friendly Hotels?
Double-check the fine pawprint.
As the owner of two 60-pound-plus pups, I am all too familiar with the bait-and-switch described in yesterday’s New York Times: Hotels draw in dual-species families with “dog-friendly” policies and then turn away canines weighing more than a big bag of kibble. Cutoffs start as low as 15 pounds. I really don’t understand why a hotel would exclude large dogs. The author of AAA’s Traveling With...
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Good News for Dogs With Epilepsy
Veterinary clinical trial offers a chance for FREE medical treatment.
Discovering that your dog has epilepsy can be frightening. That the cause of the recurring seizures cannot be identified—known as idiopathic epilepsy—only makes matters worse. But there is some good news. A large, nationwide veterinary clinical trial for the purpose of evaluating a new medication for the treating idiopathic epilepsy is underway. The trial not only means a boost for research, it...
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Win Squeaky-Green Prizes
When you share your dog-centered, eco-smart ideas.
Dogs are naturally green. They rarely drive. They are happy to gobble up whatever is left on our plates and just as eager to chomp on a branch as a pricey plastic bone. Unfortunately, they aren’t in charge of most households. They rely on a biped with a wallet and a driver’s license to make smart choices about what’s good for them and good for the planet. To mark Earth Day we are sharing our dog...
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Must Read: Pesticide Report
Buyer beware of over-the-counter, spot-on pesticide products.
Reading between the corporate disclaimers and regulator hedging, my takeaway from the thorough and impressive investigation into over-the-counter, spot-on pesticide products for pets by The Center for Public Integrity is: Why risk it? And it’s beginning to look like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) might be asking the same question. Based on an unprecedented review of 10 years’ worth of...
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Who You Gonna Call?
Dog control officer accused of stealing dogs.
Here’s a story to keep you up at night. A dog control officer in Hoosick, N.Y., allegedly plucked a pair of four-year-old Rottweiler/Golden Retriever dogs named Abby and Ginger from their home barn and gave them to someone, whom he says he thought was their owner. When the officer “discovered” his error, he returned the dogs. Only, the dogs he returned weren’t Abby and Ginger. Facing a felony...

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