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Cliffhanger for Teen and His Dog
We’re taught from grade school not to litter, but one LA-area man learned his lesson in a particularly dramatic episode on the afternoon of Thursday, December 29. Hiking the ridges of Lakeview Terrace, Ivan Salas’s father threw a water bottle over the edge of the 300-foot sheer cliff beside them. Lola, their one-year-old German Shepherd mix, sprang after the bottle, lost her balance and slid...
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Taxidermy on TV
Meter maids. Storage-unit foragers. Turtle trackers. And now, taxidermists. Reality television has already poked into the far corners of Americans’ working lives, but this might be near the limit for some of us: American Stuffers, a show about pet taxidermists, premiering on Animal Planet Jan. 5. The name is a bit crass, to be sure, especially since the show focuses on bereaved pet owners who...
News: Karen B. London
How Long to Wait for the Next Dog
Everybody’s answer is different
The loss of our dogs is nearly inevitable since their life spans are not as long as ours, but that never lessens the pain. The logic of predictability rarely helps a grieving heart. For many people, part of what does help is welcoming a new dog into their lives as soon as they can find the right one. For many others, it takes a long time before they are ready for that, and some never are. It’s...
News: Karen B. London
Dog Walking Bliss
Joy comes even after a rough beginning
The new season has officially arrived for those of us who live in cold weather zones. It’s the time of year in which many of us require extra motivation to walk our dogs—at least some of the time. Many motivational options exist: encouraging quotes, using the walk as a way to procrastinate, caving to guilt and walking with a human friend so you both commit to the walk. As for me, I take...
News: Karen B. London
Coffee Shop Dog Talk
What are people saying?
I love listening to people talk, and I justify my tendency to eavesdrop in public places by reminding myself that I am a writer, and this is what writers do. I try to be discreet, and usually succeed, with the exception of one occasion years ago. I leaned back so far in my chair to make sure I did not miss the end of a thrilling story that I fell backwards, crashing onto the floor and badly...
News: JoAnna Lou
Pet Thefts Up This Year
AKC reports 32 percent increase in stolen dogs
Last year, I wrote about a piece of legislation aimed at making pet theft a felony in New York State. The bill hasn't been passed yet and, unfortunately, it looks like pet theft is on the rise. This year, the American Kennel Club reports a 32 percent increase in stolen dogs. The data are taken from media reports of pet theft and customers who call the Companion Animal Recovery service, so the...
News: Karen B. London
Paws to Read
Literacy improves when kids read to dogs
When kids read to dogs, the dogs don’t judge kids who are still learning how to read or those who may feel hesitant about their skills. Dogs don’t laugh or tease, either. That makes the experience of reading to dogs very different than reading when other kids, or even adults, are around. Kids become more confident and are willing to spend time reading when the listener is a dog. Practice...
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We’ve Reopened Submissions
Not yet for essays, but yes for reporting and journalistic pieces
We love hearing from you—from comments on the blog, Facebook and Twitter to your thoughtful, researched story submissions for the magazine and website. So we’re very happy to be lifting a moratorium—partially—on the latter. Once again, we invite you to submit your stories or pitches for dog-related reportage. Keep in mind, we stay up-to-date (mostly) on dog news and hear from quite a few PR...
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“Wilfred”—If Dogs Could Talk
Over the years I’ve imagined up a full and complex human life for my dog. There is something about his personality that screams socially awkward 45-year-old still living at home with Mom. I can’t help it and it cracks me up, so needless to say, I was pretty excited when a friend told me about FX’s newest series, Wilfred. Wilfred is about a troubled young man, Ryan (played by Elijah Wood of The...
News: Karen B. London
California’s First Dog Decreasing Deficit
Sutter the Corgi an asset to his state
California Governor Jerry Brown’s Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Sutter, is so popular that his fans are buying products from his line of merchandise. His Twitter name @Sutter Brown is on T-shirts, tote bags, tank tops, hoodies, infant onesies and caps. For every sale made, $3 goes to paying down the state of California’s budget deficit. Despite the whopping $700 that has already been made, California’s...

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