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Show & Tell: In the Doggiegloo
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This is a picture of our little furkid Ruby, taken December 24, 2008. She discovered the igloo my granddaughter had built in the front yard and decided it must be checked out. I had a hard time convincing her to leave it! --Frank Isacson, Victoria, British Columbia           Enter Now! Send us your photos; topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about...
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Do You Watch Westminster?
PETA wants to end TV coverage for Westminster
The BBC decided not to broadcast the famous Crufts dog show in 2009, which stunned the international dog fancy and delighted its critics. A recent BBC documentary, "Pedigree Dogs Exposed," demonstrated the serious health problems in some breeds due to breeding for subjective looks in the conformation ring instead of sound structure, temperament and long-term health. In response, the Kennel Club...
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The Fido Fine Is Back! NOT.
Update: Animals won’t pay for the budget crunch.
Editor's Update: Good news. The nearly 10 percent tax on veterinary services was dropped from the California state budget. The proposed tax on veterinary services in California is back. The dreadful idea to pitch the welfare of animals into the state’s budget sinkhole with a nearly 10 percent tariff will be in the budget plan presented by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in his annual “State of the...
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Indie Gem: Wendy and Lucy
Next week, when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announces the Oscar short list, it’s likely the lovely, affecting Wendy and Lucy will not be included. That’s Hollywood’s loss. This sensitive and restrained portrayal of the human-animal bond, starring Michelle Williams, cuts right to the heart of it. Reviewing the film for Bark (Nov/Dec 2008), Heather Huntington wrote: “Wendy and...
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Meet the Singing Chihuahua
Does your co-pilot croon?
  “Upon hearing just about any instrument, Ted immediately begins to ‘sing,’” Saeran St. Christopher tells us about the 11-year-old pup she adopted from Chihuahua rescue. “His voice, a bit wolf-howl mixed with sand and gravel, never fails to make people laugh. He cracks me up every time, and I have to send him away while I practice.” She is a flutist with The Cleveland Orchestra.   When Saeran...
Blog: Editors
Surreal Canines And Other Critters
A chance to experience first-hand the wonderful paintings of the preeminent California painter, Roy De Forest, is not to be missed. His surreal mindscapes filled with dogs, horses, birds and people resonate with bright colors, thick paint and mythic tales. De Forest is loosely grouped together with 60’s Funk art, yet his vision stands alone in its originality. His paintings attain something rare—...
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Kennel Club Gets Real
In the face of criticism, the old guard adopts new standards for breeders
The United Kingdom's Kennel Club has announced a series of health reforms to breed standards. New standards "will not include anything that could in any way be interpreted as encouraging features that might prevent a dog from breathing, walking and seeing freely." Despite the proactive tone of the announcement, the Kennel Club was essentially forced into making these concessions after last year's...
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Eighty-four To Go
A Dalmation gives birth to 18 pups
It's like something out of the National Enquirer. But it's the BBC reporting: A Dalmation with Hollywood pedigree has whelped 18 puppies. The delivery, by cesarian, was only the beginning. Keeping Button and her brood weel-fed will be the next physical challenge.
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Dogfighting Makes A Comeback in Afghanistan
“Even if people are starving, they’ll still keep dogfighting.”
The headline says it all. Violence loves a vacuum. It's interesting that the participants are too poor and the dogs are too expensive to allow fighting to the death--but it doesn't make it less terrible.
Blog: Guest Posts
Obama’s Dog Dilemma
Does it really matter if he adopts or buys?
Watching President-elect Barack Obama on This Week, I suffered a minor cardiac arrest. When he reported that Sasha and Malia had narrowed their choice for first pup to either a Portuguese Water Dog or a Labradoodle, visions of cranked-up breeding operations swarmed in my head. But before I could say, “pass the defibrillator,” Obama told George Stephanopoulos they’d be watching shelters to find...

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