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News: Karen B. London
Dog Naps
They’re a beautiful thing
I’m not a jealous person by nature, but I felt such envy recently when a client told me that both of her (unrelated) young adolescent dogs take 2 to 3-hour naps each afternoon, and at the same time, no less. One of the dogs sleeps so soundly that you could vacuum right outside her crate and not wake her up, though the other is likely to awaken in response to loud noises. Many dogs nap on and off...
News: Karen B. London
Border Collie Fun and Games
Sneaking up on their buddies
The expressions on these dogs’ faces and their movements captivated me while I watched them sneak up on other dogs in the field. Dogs often move so fast that it’s hard to see all the details of their body language, but these dogs are stalking so slowly that you can see the tiniest changes in expression or posture. It’s cool to see the muscles along the backs of the two dogs move as they creep...
News: JoAnna Lou
Braving the Doorbell on Halloween
All Hallows' Eve strategies for barking pups.
In my house, and countless other canine homes, the doorbell is followed by a chorus of excited barking. Training this behavior away takes a lot of patience (more than I have!) and is particularly challenging since barking is so self-reinforcing. So I embrace my canine "back-up" doorbells and let the dogs freely voice their opinion about incoming guests. There's only one time of the year that I...
News: Shirley Zindler
Sweet Dreams Hector
I cried today, for a dog I only met once, years ago. I first met Hector at a Bad Rap (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls) event. Hector and another dog that had been rescued from Michael Vicks dog fighting ring were there. The two of them were as delightful as any dogs I’ve ever might. Hector was horribly scarred but all he wanted to do when he saw another dog was play. His eager...
News: Karen B. London
The Dog in the Wedding
Ring “Bear”er adds to the ceremony
Even at a wedding filled with happy moments, the presence of a dog during the ceremony adds a whole new level of joy. When “Bear” walked down the aisle, the guests, the families and the wedding party all smiled and laughed just a little more. Part of it was the dog’s dashing good looks enhanced by a neck garland of wedding flowers, though the way he sniffed at some of the people on his way was...
News: JoAnna Lou
Instinctive Canine Comfort?
Does your dog know when you're not feeling well?
I always hear stories about how dogs sense when we're not feeling well and instinctively provide comfort. Although my own pups don't seem to care if I'm sick (my Border Collie, Scuttle, will just throw balls at me while I lay on the couch), I have no doubt that our pets can pick up on subtle changes that we can't see. Most notably, dogs have been successfully used to predict seizures and even...
News: Karen B. London
I Always Carry Dog Gear
There’s no denying my life involves dogs
The man had to bend over awkwardly to hold the dog’s collar as they walked down the block.  Assuming that he was holding on to prevent a lost dog from running into the street, I pulled over to ask, “Did you just find that dog?” “No,” he replied, “My leash broke, and I’m just trying to get home.” With his other hand he held up a mangled non-retracting retractable leash that was now worthless. I...
News: JoAnna Lou
Therapy Dogs on Campus
Study looks at animal-assisted therapy and college students.
Last month Oklahoma State University launched the country's most comprehensive university-wide pet therapy program, part of their commitment to be America's Healthiest Campus. Most schools bring in therapy dogs only at stressful times, such as finals week, but OSU's goal is to be more proactive. I'd love to see more schools adopt similar programs, but they may be wondering, are therapy dogs a “...
News: JoAnna Lou
Mislabeled Food
Study finds that ingredients listed on packages differ from what's inside.
With recent allegations of mislabeled food, we've never been so far removed from where our meals come from. Last year a study across 21 states found that as much as 33 percent of seafood in the United States is sold as a different product than what's listed on the package. And it's not just human food. After reading about horse meat found in ground beef products sold in European, California's...
News: Karen B. London
The Details Behind Stories Matter
It’s true for dogs and proposals
The details behind stories add to the understanding we can take from the stories at face value. I find this most obvious with stories about dogs and about marriage proposals. For example, which sounds better to you—a proposal on a beach in Hawaii or the proposal while at home mopping the floor? It’s natural for our opinion to change with additional information. The details make all the...

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