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Find Toto
Locating missing pets with “Amber-style” alerts
This morning when I returned home after walking my dogs, I had a voice mail. A recorded message informed me that my neighbor, Crystalyn, had lost her dog Raider. The shy, black Labrador Retriever wearing a blue collar with tags had wandered off on May 15. The message provided a number to contact if I had information and directed me to FindToto.org to learn more. Sadly, I haven’t seen Raider but I...
News: JoAnna Lou
Danger Up High
The wind blows a NYC dog off his own balcony
Back in March, Karen B. London wrote about her surprise finding a dog on a nearby roof. While I’ve never seen a dog on a house roof, I’ve seen plenty of dogs atop apartment roof decks and terraces. Given the size of New York buildings, it makes me a little nervous. Anytime I’ve had my pups on a roof deck, I clutch their leashes with a tight grip, just in case. I’m always worried about dogs...
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John Travolta’s Dogs Killed
Tragic accident under investigation
It's been a little over a year since actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston lost their 16-year-old son, Jett. Last week, the family's plane landed at Bangor International Airport in Maine. Someone who was not a family member was leash walking the couple's two small dogs when an airport service truck hit and killed the celebrity canines. The airport is investigating the accident. Although the...
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Coneheads
The pros and cons of wearing a lampshade
At some point in your life with dogs, you’ll most likely shepherd them through the challenges and indignities of an Elizabethan cone. The awkward plastic neck collar—sometimes called a “cone of shame”—is often the final insult following painful hot spots, surgery and injury. The fact that it’s for dogs’ own good (keeping them from licking and biting irritated areas) is little comfort as they...
News: JoAnna Lou
Collecting Fur
Donate your dog’s hair to clean up oil spills
Living with long-haired dogs, it seems all the brushing in the world won’t prevent hair from ending up in every possible crevice of my house.  So last week, when I got an e-mail from Best Friends Pet Care announcing a canine hair drive, I couldn’t wait to sign up.  It turns out hair is great for absorbing oil, including the oil from the BP spill currently wreaking havoc in the Gulf of Mexico. ...
News: Karen B. London
Key West Decides Where Dogs Can Go
New ordinance concerns dogs at restaurants
Dogs in Key West have traditionally gone almost everywhere with their people, and that includes to many restaurants. People dining al fresco with dogs by their feet has long been a common sight on the island. Recently, a fine imposed by a new health inspector has changed this tradition, and dogs have been banned from one of the most popular canine hangouts in town. The Schooner Wharf Bar’s motto...
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Win Free Rent for a Year
With your best furry roommate tales
Does your canine roomie inspire the best in you—al fresco adventures, home-cooked food, a bottomless toy bucket, consistent teeth brushing, summer camp, a clicker and treats in every room? Tell it to a video camera and you could win free rent for a year plus $10,000! It’s not our contest, but it is the sort of opportunity I want to bark about. Plus, I’d like to see how our readers make life...
News: Karen B. London
The Legality of Helping Chained Dogs
Court case dropped against dog advocate
Tamira Ci Thayne is the founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, which appeared in a previous blog called Have a Heart For Chained Dogs Week. The goal of this organization is to stop the constant chaining of dogs. They educate people about why constantly chaining dogs is inhumane and about the dangers of this practice.   Thayne has taken more direct action to help some of these unfortunate dogs,...
News: JoAnna Lou
Stopping Breed Stereotypes
Petition persuades Mafia Wars to remove Pit Bull “weapons”
If you’re on Facebook, most likely you either love or hate the popular game, Mafia Wars. I happen to fall on the dislike side, but I can tell from my Facebook News Feed that many of my friends play the game quite frequently! And they’re not alone--over 7 million people play Mafia Wars every day. Recently, the game announced the addition of animals as a new type of weapon, which included Pit Bulls...
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Ever Lost a Pet?
Technology and the media improve chances of being found
When I opened today’s paper, the front page featured the ecstatic reunion between Denise Shepard and her Boston Terrier Frankie. He had been missing for three months. During that time, the little guy somehow managed to travel 200 miles from his home in Battle Creek, Michigan, to a suburb of Chicago. A tiny microchip in Frankie’s neck allowed this story to have a happy ending. Of course, I’m...

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