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Double Standard
Smaller v. larger breeds
My neighbor stands in his driveway, his tiny Papillon barking furiously at my dog, Sophie. “Your dog is not socialized, eh?” he says. I point out that it is his dog that is behaving aggressively toward Sophie. “But that’s because she growled at him,” he says. I have met him several times in the morning while walking my two-year-old Shar-Pei. Each time, his little dog has rushed furiously at...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
To Tug or Not to Tug?
Discovering the benefits of playing tug-o-war
A few weeks ago, I wrote about entertaining your canine crew with a variety of indoor activities, including a tugging game. One of our readers commented that they’d always heard playing tug-o-war can encourage biting, a common misconception about this game.  I can see why tugging could be mistaken for encouraging aggressive behavior with all the pulling and growling, but the bad rap is...
Blog: Guest Posts
The Fur Is Flying!
Some folks don't think mutts should mix with AKC
At agility class last week, I bumped into an old friend. While catching up, I mentioned how excited I was that my mixed breed, Ginger Peach, could soon compete in AKC agility. I swear his head nearly spun completely around and he grew red in the face before blurting, "Allowing mixed breeds is an insult to the breeders who spend so much time, energy and money on their breeding programs!" He then...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
ASPCA Humane Awards
Submit your human, canine, and feline nominations.
Each year, the ASPCA celebrates the important human-animal bond by honoring ten inspiring animals and people who have demonstrated compassion and bravery. The awards are given to dogs and cats that have demonstrated extraordinary behavior and to people who’ve made a significant impact in the lives of animals in the past year. Do you know any two or four legged friends who fit the bill? The ASPCA...
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First Dog Blog
The President’s Portie is no bipartisan!
Last week in my Rally class, a student joked that her dog couldn't make left turns because he was a Republican. Of course, we all cracked up; dogs don't follow a political party. Or do they? Check out First Dog Bo Obama's blog and you might be surprised. He speaks his partisan mind on everything from Haiti's dog victims, to Scott Brown's unexpected Senate win, to race in politics. Bo is also...
Show & Tell
A boy’s best friend
My German Shepherd, Ranger, and nephew Brandt Brooks were best buddies from the first time they met. They only see each other on holidays, but their special bond grows ever stronger. I think there must be a void in a dog’s heart that only a boy can fill.   —Mona Shoup, Houston, Tex.        Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about...
Blog: Karen B. London
Relief Efforts in Haiti
The need is extraordinary
The suffering defies description in the aftermath of the biggest earthquake to hit Haiti in centuries, and worldwide efforts to help the people in need reveal the empathy of the international community towards those whose very lives depend on what emergency supplies and care reach them in the next hours, days, weeks and months. Groups involved in aid efforts include Partners in Health, the Red...
Blog: Guest Posts
Pedigree Dogs Inquiry Released
Recommends more breeder oversight, stronger welfare regulations
A year and a half after the BBC documentary “Pedigree Dogs Exposed” revealed high levels of disability, deformity and disease in pedigree dogs left the United Kingdom’s Kennel Club reeling, an independent review of breed standards has been released. (Complete downloadable report available here. Read Club's reaction.) Known as the Bateson inquiry, for its author, Cambridge University professor Sir...
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More Salmonella Contamination Feared
FDA issues a “health alert” for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs distributed by Merrick Pet Care with a package date of “Best By 111911” because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. This is not the same as a recall. The report says: “Although no illnesses associated with these products have been reported, the FDA is advising...
Dog Culture: Tributes
My Sparky
My heart is broken, where did you go? You were in my arms just one week ago Then suddenly nothing but darkness and pain I knew we’d come to the end of your days How would I manage to let you go? Cut the tie that bound you and release your soul? I’d learn to live with just memories Through pain so deep I cannot breathe Soar to the Heavens my beautiful friend I choose to believe...

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