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Survivor, Doggy Edition
A canine castaway survives on an island for four months.
In November, the unthinkable happened to the Griffith family during a family boat trip. Their Australian Cattle Dog, Sophie Tucker, fell overboard into the choppy waters off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The family was devastated but after an unsuccessful search, the Griffiths thought they’d never see their beloved dog again. Last month, a family friend passed along news about a dog on...
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Does Your Dog Chase His Tail?
It’s not all in his head; it’s in his blood!
Remember that viral video of a dog “attacking” his hind leg that a lot of people found funny? I cringed every time it was sent to me with a comment like, “Isn’t this hilarious?” Clearly, the dog was suffering from some kind of illness and needed treatment, not to be videotaped and shown far and wide for the ignorant masses’ amusement. That’s an extreme example, but it got me wondering—are some of...
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Strong Medicine
An articulate case for dog's healing properties.
Every Tuesday, New York Times editor Dana Jennings writes with honesty, grace and humor about living with advanced prostate cancer for his newspaper’s health blog. I recommend reading his most recent post, Life Lessons from the Family Dog, which is centered around the failing health of a poodle named Bijou de Minuit. Jennings offers simple, clear insights into the gift of dogs in difficult times...
Culture: Tributes
Return to the Woods
Strong-willed and self-sufficient, Foxy arrived and departed on her own terms.
Foxy was sitting in my husband’s lap when I got back from church that peaceful autumn morning. There they were, the two of them, on the front porch rocking in the wooden rocker, Foxy’s head hidden in the bend of his arm. “Look what came to live with us,” he said with a smile. “Don’t get attached, Eddie,” I said, as I walked up the porch steps. Our four-year-old Blue Healer, Yeti, had just died...
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Blind Date Faux Paw
Rule #1: You can’t fake dog love.
This story comes from a friend who wishes to remain anonymous on the off chance her former blind date reads this. (We are hoping enough time has passed that said Blind Date will no longer be Googling my friend). They didn’t hit it off, you see, because Blind Date committed the unpardonable act of pretending to be a dog person. He knew my friend loved dogs, and he knew my friend was gorgeous, and...
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Report Dog Bites
One women learns a terrible lesson.
I never thought I'd say it, but you can go too far in "protecting" a dog. Last week in Alameda, Calif., an 80-year-old woman died from an infection three days after she was bitten by an unfamiliar dog. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, she lied to doctors about the cause of her injury to avoid having the dog quarantined. She paid the ultimate price, and the dog has not been found.   The...
News: JoAnna Lou
Watch Out for Fido!
New study shows that pets can pose a risk of injury from accidental falls.
The benefits of pets are undeniable and, as a dog lover, any possible negatives (beyond vet bills and walks in the rain) seem inconceivable. However, a new study by the Centers for Disease Control found that, each year in the United States, nearly 90,000 people are injured in a fall involving their pet. Of those accidents, 88 percent were related to dogs or items such as toys. The most frequent...
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Stay Home TV Night
Tonight, two programs shed light on puppy mills—before and after.
Tonight, ABC’s Nightline is running the first major investigative report on puppy mills since Oprah’s exposé about one year ago. The story, which includes chilling footage from a hidden camera, also features a surprisingly cooperative Mennonite commercial breeder offering a tour of his operation. (This is probably a one-of-a-kind moment.) The program will be tough to watch, but it’s an essential...
Culture: Tributes
Nosing South
The world was Maggie's stinky oyster.
Born and raised on California’s central coast, I thought I had experienced all the travel adventures it had to offer. But one fine spring day, I discovered there was something I had missed. I’m not talking about a previously undiscovered Big Sur panorama here. But a Big Sur odor-rama? That one had eluded me.  It was Maggie, my calendar-pretty, 100-pound Shepherd-Collie mix, who introduced me to...
Culture: Tributes
Molly the Difficult
Reader tribute to a maddening, but beautiful Aussie.
You know how you have that one dog—the one you are closer to than all the others you lived with over the years. Not the most obedient, nor the most talented, but the one to whom you are bound more tightly than any others. You hate to say it, but you do love that one more. And that was Molly. She was willful, difficult, made me crazy. I’d yell in frustration at her and at myself. Over the years I...

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