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Republicats and Dogocrats
Running for mayor in Divide, Colo.
Ever think: My dog or cat could run this town/state/country better than the mayor/governor/president? Well, folks in Teller County, Colo., will have a chance to do more than think it (sort of) because twenty-five cats and dogs are running for mayor. And that’s not all. In this election, money talks because you pay to vote. And you can vote as many times as you dang well please. And you don’t have...
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Dog Hair in Everything She Does
Meet the singing dog groomer
When friends and relatives who don’t have dogs visit, I do a fairly rigorous vacuum to make it look like I don’t live in a rising tide of dog fur. Personally, hair bunnies don’t bother me but I figure it’s disgusting to folks who aren’t really used to it. I know I'm not alone. To hear her tell it--rather sing it--Randi Breese is no stranger to fur in the silverware tray, the swimming pool and the...
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“Demo Was My Snoopy”
A boy inspired by his dog
I’m a huge fan of the children’s book, “Demo: The Story of a Junkyard Dog,” written with wry humor by Jon Bozak and illustrated by Scott Bruns. So I was very sad to hear that the real-life Demo – Bozak’s rescue Pit Bull – passed away just shy of 16 years. Not bad for a 65-pound dog born in a scrap yard. Bozak wrote a moving tribute to Demo that every dog lover should read. The way he measures...
Blog: Karen B. London
Frisbee Inventor Dies
His product gave joy to millions
Fred Morrison died earlier this week at the age of 90. Best known as the inventor of the Frisbee, he was also a World War II pilot, husband and father, and an entrepreneur. The first discs he threw were the lids of popcorn tins, which he and his wife threw back and forth at a family picnic in 1937. These dented too easily so he moved to cake tins, and then began to manufacture his own discs,...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Canine Couture
Does your dog really need that coat?
Dog clothing ranges from frilly dresses to warm fleece coats. The popularity of canine couture has even given way to the annual Pet Fashion Week. But, given that most dogs have fur, are these outfits really necessary? According to Dr. Bonnie Beaver of the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs don’t get sick when the mercury drops since there is no cold virus that affects them. She says...
Blog: Karen B. London
When a Beloved Dog Dies
How do others help you handle the grief?
My dear friend Trisha McConnell recently lost her 16-year old dog Lassie. She has written extensively about all her dogs, including Lassie, in books, magazines and on her blog, and many people who have never even met Lassie felt the loss and grieved along with Trisha. In fact, following her blog entry about Lassie’s passing, there are over 300 comments of love and support.   This tells me that as...
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Are Vegan Dogs the Future?
Humane Society goes into the dog food biz
Earlier this month, the Humane Society of the United States announced it would be marketing an all-natural, vegetarian, organic dog food called Humane Choice—responding to the public’s desire for a cruelty-free option with ingredients we can trust. I admire the work of the HSUS, but I greeted this announcement with a big, Huh?   First, is it really a good idea for a nonprofit advocacy...
Blog: Guest Posts
Cats v. Dogs
The not-so-great debate continues
More fodder—for both sides—in the cat versus dog debate: 1. Dog owners are more extroverted and less neurotic than cat owners and 2. Cat owners are better educated than dog owners (at least in the U.K.)!      
Blog: Contests
Valentine’s Day Show & Tell
Great Dane with a big heart
Henry is a four-year-old mantle Great Dane. He’s also quite literally the biggest and best lapdog in Ann Arbor, Mich.—where we live. He’s the best buddy I have, and I am sorry I submitted such an embarrassing photo of him to Bark, but it’s a favorite amongst his groupies around here and we are planning to make a Valentine’s Day card out of it anyway. —Karl J. Olson, Ann Arbor, Mich...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Doggy Bootcamp
Classes to help you get fit with Fido
Last week Karen wrote about a study that found dog lovers exercise more than gym goers. If you and your pet aren’t exactly in shape, here are some classes to help you get started. Search online for similar programs in your area. In New York, Bide-a-wee coordinates free Fitness with Fido group walks in Central Park to encourage pet lovers to be active with their furry companions. Trainers,...

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