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A Cure for the “Mondays”
Yipping, swirling, careening Chihuahuas.
If you’re sitting at your desk after a weekend that was too short on a day that’s too overcast for August, you might want to cue up the Dallas Morning News’ video coverage of PETCO’s fifth annual Chihuahua race in Dallas, Tex. (Warning: If you’re at the office, turn your sound down. Also, be prepared to sit through a short pre-advert.) I couldn’t really tell...
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Guide Dogs for Cats and Dogs?
Amazing stories of seeing-eye canines.
A story in the Daily Telegraph about a blind Border Collie who has his own guide dog didn’t surprise me. I’ve heard a number of stories about dogs acting as guides for blind animals. One news story—about a dog who guided a blind cat to safety after Hurricane Katrina—was even made into a children’s book. I learned about Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival at...
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Louisville Flood Victims Need Help!
Staff and volunteers struggled to save 550 animals from drowning.
Yesterday’s flash flood in Louisville, Kentucky, forced staff and volunteers to quickly evacuate 250 dogs and 300 cats from the Metro Animal Services shelter. Director Giles Meloche said the water rose so fast that it went from three inches to three feet in just 30 minutes. Sadly, despite their herculean efforts, one dog and 10 kittens drowned in their cages. The flood survivors were transported...
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Rottie Waits for Family at Crash Site
A horrific car accident leads to a tearful reunion.
On July 1 in Tennessee, the Kelley family lost control of their car and slammed into a mountain. An ambulance took Joe and Michelle Kelley and their three children to a nearby hospital as their Rottweiler, Ella, watched. Scared and alone, she ran into the woods. Thirteen days later, animal rescuer Kathy Wilkes-Myers drove past the crash scene and saw a skinny, tick-infested Rottie drinking from a...
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Three-Legged Dog Idol
Worldwide casting call and competition to find tripod star.
One of my favorite all-time Bark covers is from the July/August 2006 issue. It features Clover, a two-year-old, three-legged Border Collie with a flower garland around her neck and a hint of drool. (While still a puppy and a stray, Clover had been hit by a car. Thanks to the intervention of Pets Unlimited, she got the surgery she needed to go on to a happy life on three legs.) So, I totally get...
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My Rescue Trifecta, Plus One
Helping a dog—or three—gets personal. [Web exclusive]
Until recently, my understanding of “rescue” has been too traditional and narrow. I’ve been a breed foster mom. But rescue? Isn’t that something done by selfless, saintly people in nonprofit organizations who give their entire lives to assisting dogs and other animals? Those who drop everything to rescue homeless and lost animals after a natural disaster? I’m no saint. Yet 2008 was my year of the...
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Pet Ports
More airports offer relief for you and your dog--it's the law.
While every airport has plenty of well-marked restrooms for people, spots for Spot to take care of business are harder to find. That problem may soon be solved, thanks to a Department of Transportation regulation that now requires airlines to make sure there’s a fenced, accessible, pet relief area at each airport they serve. The law was designed to make facilities available for travelers...
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Good Advice for Cubicle Pups
Contest winner Stacy Dubuc takes her dog to work.
Stacy Dubuc of Carmel, Calif., has won The Bark’s Take Your Dog to Work advice contest with six Ginger-tested tips. (Ginger is Dubuc’s four-year-old Pit Bull.) Dubuc works at the SPCA of Monterey County. (A photo of her co-worker’s dog, Red, was included in our Dogs @ Work slideshow.)   If you plan on taking your dog to the office, consider printing out a copy of Dubuc’s smart suggestions and...
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Taco Bell’s Spokesdog Dies
Who's your favorite pitchpup?
Dogs are the perfect pitchpups. Consumers find them cute and compelling to watch, whether they’re hawking toilet paper or soda pop. Sadly, Taco Bell’s popular spokesdog, Gidget, recently passed away. The charming little Chihuahua was 15 years old. She starred in numerous print and television ads from 1997 to 2000 (beginning with her debut above.) Who's your favorite spokesdog?
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Animal Health Is A Booming Business
Pharmaceutical companies vie for a piece of the growing animal health industry.
For years animal health was a mere afterthought to pharmaceutical companies. Now with slowing growth in the human health field, and the proliferation of generic drugs, these companies are looking to animal health to diversify. The sector’s predictable cash flow, high margins and brand loyalty have made animal health a much more stable business than human pharmaceuticals.  Merck and Pfizer’s...

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