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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...
News: Editors
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...
Culture: DogPatch
VIDEO: Dog Song
Why can’t we all get along?—The message behind this joyful song
The economy? Foreign policy? Urgent matters, but they could wait. Speaking directly to his young daughters, Barack Obama discussed another topic early in his landmark election-night acceptance speech: “I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.” The announcement is sure to have elated Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, who, as the nation knows,...
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Putting the Bite on Backyard Barkers
Education is the answer when complaints turn ugly
I understand that the constant barking of a neighbor’s dog can put some fairly nasty thoughts into a person’s mind. I’ve been on the receiving end of the steady woof-woof-woof of an anxious and bored pup. But I never blamed the dog. When I read the recent report in The Arizona Daily Star about the frustrations of a barked-out Pima County women, I was sympathetic. Her attempts to find her...
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Rx for the Monday Blues
Microchips saves Christmas eve for an injured dog
A few pounds heavier and a few dollars lighter, I'm back at my desk. I figure I'm not the only one who could use a  feel-good story leftover from the holidays. Enjoy, and then, back to the grindstone!

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