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Paw It Forward
With Black Friday in the rearview mirror, it's time to think outside the big box store. In the spirit of do-good, feel-good opportunities, I introduce Maggie (Magnum, officially). He's been living in a Dogs Deserve Better foster home for three years. Now, I'm not suggesting you run out and adopt Maggie in a burst of egg nog-fueled euphoria. Adoption is obviously a serious commitment. But how...
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Governor Schwarzenegger’s Very Bad Idea
Last week, I talked with the founder of a senior dog rescue organization near Seattle. Her report from the frontlines was dire. She says she’s never seen the situation for dogs so bad. She gets several calls each day from people around the country. They are frantic. Unable to make ends meet and losing their homes and jobs, they plan to “give up” their dogs. The shelters are overcrowded; the...
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Toy Requires Tongue Amputation
If your dog plays with a pimple ball with bell (pictured here) manufactured by Four Paws Inc., please remove it immediately. Then read what happened to 10-year-old Lab mix Chai, whose tongue had to be amputated after playing with the ball. When Chai's owner first brought this to Four Paws' attention two months ago to demand a public recall of this product, he was ignored. Then he was told that...
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18 Legislators Fail Animal-Protection Test
Five senators and 13 representatives scored big fat zeros for their efforts to protect animals this year, according to the latest Humane Scorecard. Every year, the folks at the Humane Society Legislative Fund provide a neat and tidy breakdown of the action on animal protection measures in the U.S. Congress, and this year, citizens can see which members did right (through key votes and...
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German Shepherd Dials 911, Saves Owner
Given a chance, dogs are capable of mastering extraordinary skills. Buddy the German Shepherd called 911 when his owner, Joe Stalnaker of Phoenix, had a seizure. Help quickly arrived and thankfully, he survived. Stalnaker adopted Buddy as a puppy from Paws With A Cause so he could be trained as a Seizure Response Dog. As a dog trainer, I'm always looking for fun, new things to teach my pack of...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell Winners Dec 2008
[Top left] Thomas Rote's photo of Misty & Taz (two of his five Aussies) sharing their wish list with their favorite holiday lap.[Middle] Karen Andrew submitted this charming photo of her Roo, who, she tells us, "loves to jump and climb trees." Roo and Karen live near the James River in Richmond, Va.[Top right] Richard Stringer's, co-pilot, Harley rides along in a namesake Harley sidecar—...
Blog: Contests
My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone
Birdie’s photo, sent in by Jennifer Holt, launches our “My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone” contest. According to Jennifer, Birdie (shown here perching on the lap of Jennifer’s niece, Elizabeth) taught herself this “tickle my funny bone” trick, and regularly entertains guests to the Holts’ basement rec room with her “lappings.” Does your dog do something that makes you laugh? Do you have a photo of her...
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Soldiers' Pleas for Pup to Leave Iraq
Five months ago, Sgt. Gwen Beberg and a fellow soldier saved a little black and white puppy from a pile of burning trash in Baghdad. Soon, Beberg will return home to Minnesota and she requested that her beloved dog, Ratchet, return with her. The Army said no, according to Defense Department rules. Worried that Ratchet would not survive the streets of Iraq, or worse yet be decreed a "nuisance" by...
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Surf the Bark’s New, Improved Website
Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks? Today, The Bark launches a new site with expanded capabilities, and, boy, are our tails wagging! You'll find the full text of many of your favorite articles (with more added all the time), plus web-only magazine extras, such as a downloadable pattern for handmade window books, a video interview with Margaret Cho, and bonus gift picks for the holidays...
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The Patience of A Dog
Most recreational dog bloggers focus on their own pups. It's sort of a species of canine-navel gazing. That's why I love Jon Sung's Dogblog. He zeroes in on a simple slice of the urban canine's life--waiting outside shops, cafes and other no-dogs-allowed zones around San Francisco. In snapshots and laid-back commentary, stretching over nearly three years so far, he celebrates the patience, quirky...

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