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What Tickles Our Funny Bone
One Lab, two hands and a plate of cookies
Have a great weekend!
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Banning Debarking
Mass. House approves a bill prohibiting a controversial surgery
Last week the Massachusetts’ House of Representatives approved a bill banning debarking surgeries by an overwhelming margin of 155-1. If approved by the Senate, the bill would make Massachusetts the first state to put such a law in place. HR 344 prohibits the devocalization of dogs and cats unless a licensed veterinarian deems the procedure medically necessary.  I realize that debarking, as with...
Blog: Guest Posts
Jury Rules Against Hartz
Beloved bulldog died 35 hours after flea drops were applied
[Editor’s note: We’ve blogged a bit about adverse reactions in dogs due to spot-on pesticide treatments and flea collars (see links below). Yesterday, Bark contributor Lisa Wade McCormick reported for ConsumerAffairs.com on what may be the first successful small claims case involving topical flea treatments. A portion of her story is reprinted here.] A 72-year-old dog owner has won what may be a...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Machisma
Doing life on her own terms
“She doesn’t have much time,” my mother said over the phone one April morning, “you should come down this weekend.” My dog, an almost 17-year-old white, coal-eyed Bichon Frise, who had been part of the family since she was four months old, was dying. Whether it was a recently-found tumor or a long-hidden hormonal imbalance, the problem was neurological, and Dr. Cohen told us there was little he...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
The Cur
The tale of an Upper Peninsula cow dog
[A note about this story: The Cur is based Kathleen Livingston’s memories of her grandparents, Laura Osier and Jerry Russell, and their two cow dogs, Rex and Rex II.  True pioneer people who homesteaded in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at Topaz, a small, farming community south of Ontonagon, where her family still resides. The story is told from the dog’s perspective after he has passed away...
Blog: Guest Posts
A Collar That Tweets
Barbie makes room for a Mattel-cyberspace-canine mash-up
Curious about what your dog is doing all day while you’re at work? Does he or she have a Twitter account? Now, not only can your dog social-network with everyone at the dog park, she can post to Twitter when you're not even home! Sort of. In the fall, toymaker Mattel will launch Puppy Tweets, the company’s first dog toy. As the name indicates, the device allows dogs to mini-blog what’s happening...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Banning That Doggy in the Window
West Hollywood votes to prohibit puppy boutiques
On Tuesday night, the West Hollywood City Council unanimously voted to approve legislation that prohibits the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores. The ban, which takes effect in September, doesn’t actually affect any of the current stores in West Hollywood, since none sell dogs or cats, but it does set a precedent for other cities. When I was in Los Angeles two years ago, I was horrified...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: Turtle Love
Meet a puppy with a serious case
Instead of chasing rabbits and squirrels like the rest of the dogs at a local dog run, our new puppy Shea LOVES finding turtles. I suppose it’s because at his age they’re all he can catch! —Robert Castellano and Brittany Collins, Brewster, N.Y.             Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog's...
Blog: Guest Posts
Inspiration on Three Legs
An artist immortalizes his tripod in clay—and video
Several years ago, clay artist Barry Gregg’s wonderful dog Parker was diagnosed with bone cancer, and she had to have her leg amputated. “Parker embraced her new life almost immediately,” Gregg says. She was an inspiration, which he celebrates in this art. (When Gregg shared his video tribute with us, he explained that after Parker’s surgery a friend gave him a copy of Bark, featuring three-...
Blog: Karen B. London
Dog Provided Girl Warmth and Safety All Night
Just one example of how dogs save people’s lives
Victoria Bensch could have frozen to death or been attacked by a wild animal. Instead, thanks to her dog Blue, she is safe and back at home with her parents. She wandered from her home late last Thursday and spent the night lost in freezing temperatures half a mile away in an area where coyotes and other predators are a concern. Blue huddled with her, which is probably what kept her warm enough...

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