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Be Kind to Animals Contest
Kindness pays. No, really. Cold, harsh cash to compassionate kids.
Entrepreneurial humanitarians make me optimistic about the future, especially when they start innovating ways to do good before they can even drive. Take Ian Cahr. At the ripe-young-age of eight-years-old, the Chicagoan earned $12 selling beaded jewelry from a sidewalk stand, which he promptly donated to New Leash on Life, a dog rescue organization in his hometown. Of course, that was only the...
News: Guest Posts
New Way to Pay for Spay
[Web exclusive] Can Washington State alter 70,000 more cats and dogs
It’s Spay Day, and all around the country, animal welfare organizations are offering discounted spay/neuter surgeries and spreading the word about the importance of altering pets to reduce unwanted litters, overpopulation, abandoned and neglected pets, crowded shelters and high euthanasia rates. In Washington State, legislators are considering an unusual bill to increase funding for low-cost spay...
Culture: DogPatch
Top Dogs
Shouldn’t every state have an official canine?
[Editor's Note: New Hampshire governor John Lynch has signed a bill making the Chinook that state's official dog. Congratulations Ross Lurgio seventh graders!]   Some time in February, seventh graders from Ross Lurgio Middle School in Bedford, New Hampshire marched on their capitol. Their mission: elevate the virtually unknown Chinook to state dog. If you’re not familiar with the all-American...
Wellness: Health Care
Update on the Three-Year Rabies Booster for Dogs
Inching toward the three-year interval nationwide.
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) asked its state legislature to extend the legally prescribed interval between canine rabies vaccines from one to three years, and on February 16, the extension passed. Act 159, as it’s now known, reads as follows: All dogs and cats shall be vaccinated against rabies annually or as required by the State Board of Health [italics added for emphasis]. Nothing’...
Dog's Life: Humane
Esprit de Corps
Soldiers’ buddies find a safe haven
You’re a soldier headed for 15 months in a war zone. You don’t know anyone who will foster your best friend while you’re gone, and you can’t afford a boarding kennel. You turn to the destination of last resort. “Grown men are walking up to shelters in tears,” says Laurie Lyon. “I just can’t imagine being put in that position.” Lyon is doing her part to spare soldiers this fate. At Paw Prints Dog...
News: Guest Posts
“Alpha” Training Can Backfire
Updated. New study shows aggressive techniques yield aggressive dogs.
[3/2/09 update: In a recent blog post, Susan Leisure, the director of AARF (Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends, Inc.), reacted to the latest study on aggression and dog training much like we did (below). But Leisure also recommended a Bark story, Choosing A Trainer, as "critical" reading before hiring a pro. We agree there, too.] A new study from the University of Pennsylvania confirms what so many...
News: Guest Posts
Twitter Up for Dog Rescue
Join the Animal Rescue Tweet Blast on February 28
In the January issue of Bark, we wrote about how Dogs Trust in the United Kingdom found a home for a shelter dog using only a brief message on Twitter, the social networking service. It was a first for Dogs Trust, and maybe a first-ever. Well, good news travels fast, especially via the Internet, and the folks at Animal Rescue Online plan to turn up the volume on shelter adoptions with a Tweet...
News: Guest Posts
VIDEO: Vet Smarts
Dr. Marty Becker answers Bark’s questions about health care on a budget.
With the recession, we’re all feeling the pinch, and according to Dr. Marty Becker, one place some guardians are cutting corners is by skipping visits to the vet. Waiting until you know there’s a problem can be penny-wise and pound-foolish. Dr. Becker makes a pretty compelling argument for why wellness visits are so important for your dog and your wallet. He also pitches a few low-cost, at-home...
News: Guest Posts
Trial and Error
Should companion animals have rights?
Where on the spectrum of legal rights and protections do our companion animals fall? What about wild animals? Livestock? Associated Press writer Joseph B. Frazier provides a succinct digest of some of the current developments in animal law, including a recent Pennsylvania decision to restrict euthanasia to veterinarians after a kennel operator shot 70 dogs last year. While some, such as the...
News: Guest Posts
More Love Connections Revealed
Q&A with Meg Daley Olmert, author of Made for Each Other
Forget about feeling self-conscious over your relationship with your dog. According to author Meg Daley Olmert (in a Salon Q&A and podcast) this connection yields a boatload of physical and therapeutic benefits. It all comes down to the fact that companion animals can double the flow of oxytocin—the powerful social bonding and anti-stress hormone—in our bodies. According to Daley Olmert, a...

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