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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.
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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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FlexPetz
Rent a dog, save a life? Not likely, according to animal advocates
On the surface, FlexPetz founder Marlena Cervantes came up with a smart idea. There are plenty of people who enjoy dogs, but cannot have one of their own. Why not let them borrow a dog for a walk in the park or a weekend excursion? FlexPetz matches one of its dogs to the client’s needs and everybody’s happy, right? Well, not exactly. “I am concerned that these ‘rent-a-pet’ enterprises devalue the...
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Smile, You’ve Been Rescued
Is Sheriff Joe really an animal-rights hero?
From what I can tell, you either love him or hate him. I’m talking about Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio, the controversial enforcer of Maricopa County in Arizona. You can see him in action tonight (Monday, January 12) in the new Fox Reality Channel program called “Smile…You’re Under Arrest,” usually described as a hybrid of “Punk’d” and “Cops.” Beloved in Phoenix, the no-nonsense, get-the-job-done...
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Dog Food Can Be Life Changing
FBI working dogs must earn their meals and are hand-fed every morsel.
So here's the difference between my companion dogs and FBI working dogs. My dogs must sit politely and make eye contact with me before I put down their food bowls. FBI dogs must detect one of 19,000 possible explosives combinations and before their handler feeds them their meal by hand. This simple act reinforces their will to work and strengthens the bond with their handler. In fact, these...
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The Marrow Bone Incident
How I learned to pack wire-cutters in my pet-care toolbox
Lee Harrington and Chloe
For the New Year, I have resolved to get pet insurance for my dog Chloe, who doesn’t look like a troublemaker or act like a troublemaker, but who has—in the four short years I’ve had her—racked up several thousand dollars in veterinary bills. I love this dog. But sometimes, in the dead of the night, when I am feeling financially challenged, I ask myself: Can I afford her? Of course! I’ll always...
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10 Not-to-be-Missed Exhibits in 2009
The convergence of art and canines can yield thrilling results—a visual feast, an engaging tutorial of ideas, unadulterated fun. The new year brings a host of intriguing exhibitions to museums across the country—There’s something to satisfy every taste: the traditionalist, the modernist, the academic and even the I-don’t-like-museum types. 1. Vernacular Photography Fair; January 10–11; Santa...
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Alert! Help Montcalm’s shelter cats and dogs
NEW DATE! January 26, the County decides whether to stop CO2 gassing and sale for research
The Montcalm County Animal Shelter in Stanton, Michigan, is at a crossroads and needs serious public encouragement (outcry will work as well) to follow the right path. On January 12, the County must reject renewing a contract with R&R Research. For years, the USDA Class B dealer has had a lucrative contract to “dispose” of shelter dogs and cats. Essentially, they either euthanize the animals...

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