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Show & Tell: Tegan and Kumar
Sleeping pals
This is Kumar, a two-year-old white German Shepherd, with his best friend, one-year-old Tegan Bailey. Kumar and Tegan fall asleep together every day. They are an inseparable pair.   —Kari Bailey, Panama City, Fla.         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 special something. Send the photo with a...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Jennydog, The Beautiful One
Jennydog left us a year ago after a shockingly short illness. She was an intense Border Collie—strong, elegant, fast and bossily dominant. She was noise-phobic, terrified of falling baby gates, unbelievably kind to my elderly mother, intolerant of rudeness in other dogs and people. She ruled the boys with relentlessness in some things and not in others. Jenny was our strength in times of tragedy...
Blog: Guest Posts
Will It Work?
An Oregon shelter aims to stay open with a new tax, and it works!
Update: The results were overwhelming--citizens voted more than 2-to-1 in favor of funding the Lincoln County shelter through a new property tax. Congratulations!   Original post: I can’t figure out if the ballot measure coming out of Lincoln County, Ore., is an optimistic reaction to reports the recession is “bottoming out” or an act of utter desperation. Faced with the prospect of the county...
Blog: Guest Posts
Life with an Autism Service Dog, Part IV
Jingle and Riley go to martial arts class.
[Below is an excerpt from Michelle O’Neil’s blog about her daughter Riley’s autism service dog.] Last night Jingle went with Riley to martial arts for the first time. I wasn’t sure how it would go, because there is a lot of yelling, etc.—a lot for her to get used to. She is trained, trained, trained, but she’s still a dog. She has fears and feelings. Jingle...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Constant Companion
The first hello in the morning and the last goodnight each night.
Almost all the memories I have of my childhood include one large, brown, lovable ingredient: our family dog, Kodi. A chocolate Labrador, Kodi was the four-legged love of our lives, and when he passed away this past Thanksgiving at 13-years-old we were devastated. I can still remember the day my father came home and told us we were going to get a puppy. I had never had a dog before and was so...
Blog: Guest Posts
PetSmart Backs Huge Adoption Event
Holiday drive to find more than 15,000 lifelong, loving homes.
PetSmart Charities is going gangbusters on homeless animals next month with an ambitious Holiday National Adoption Event, November 13-15. More than 2,000 animal-welfare agencies throughout the United States are expected to participate by bringing adoptable pets to in-store adoption centers in all 1,082 PetSmart stores. While it’s rarely a good idea to give animals as gifts at any time of year,...
Blog: Guest Posts
Get Cooking on Halloween
Recipe: Quick and easy bonbons for dogs.
Are you worried your dogs feel left out every time a little goblin, sheik or princess grabs a handful of candy from your Halloween sweets bowl? They are. Don’t try explaining that candy is bad, even dangerous, for them. Instead, provide a delicious alternative. Pet nutritionist and founder of The Honest Kitchen, Lucy Postins, has concocted an All Hallows Eve treat, made with pumpkin and beef, for...
Blog: Karen B. London
Protecting Dogs on Halloween
Beware of chocolate, decorations and costumed strangers.
Halloween is a devil of a holiday. One the one hand, it’s among my favorites—parties, chocolate, creativity in dress and behavior, neighbors working together to create fun for all ages. On the other hand, there are hazards we all need to be aware of to make sure our dogs have a good day, too. There are three main concerns for dogs at Halloween.  1) Chocolate is dangerous for dogs. Don’t let them...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Gifts of A Lifetime
Rosie Marie and Albert Joseph were lucky in love.
“Found on a remote part of the beach” stated her intake report. “Golden Retriever, young, malnourished, stray” it continued. Unlike most of the other dogs in the cement and cyclone cages, her restrained behavior—analytical, you might say—was un-Golden-like in her observation of us. Golden Retrievers are known and valued for their unabashed love of people. This dog, however, seemed resigned to her...
Blog: Karen B. London
Teaching My Dog To Stay
I did it for the ice cream.
Well-trained dogs are a joy to be around and they are more likely to stay safe. Additionally, they often have a better quality of life due to the fact that they get to accompany people to more events since their behavior is trustworthy. These are all worthy reasons to train our dogs, but I must say I am often just as motivated by my own quality of life. Specifically, I needed my dog to have a...

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