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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Voting for K-9 Rights
Tea Party against the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act
The Tea Party has been all over the news lately for all sorts of political reasons. But now the infamous party is organizing an opposition to the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act in Missouri.   Earlier this year, Lisa Wogan wrote about the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, or Prop B, which will be on the Missouri state ballot next month. The legislation requires large-scale dog breeders to...
Blog: Karen B. London
My Dog Ate What?
New dog show to premier
National Geographic WILD is airing a new show about real stories of dogs who eat things they shouldn’t and the veterinarians who save them from themselves. The new show, called My Dog Ate What? premiers Nov. 3 at 9 PM.   My first response to this was to be a bit horrified, but after I saw the preview about a dog that ate, among other objects, four pairs of underwear and a pan of brownies along...
Blog: Guest Posts
Critterati 2010: A Photo Contest
New Yorker enlists Bark publisher as judge
Purroust, Dr. Zhi-doggo, Puppy Longstocking: Weird things happen when you invite New Yorker readers to dress up their dogs like literary characters. So, of course, you want to do it again. The second annual Critterati photo contest at newyorker.com gets rolling just in time for Halloween, and this year Bark’s co-founder and publisher Cameron Woo joins Susan Orlean and Alexandra Horowitz for his...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Barking for a Cure
Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with your pup
This October, there are lots of ways to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with your pup. From fundraising walks to grooming, check out these dog friendly ways to support a good cause. Walks and Festivals: Gloria Gemma Dog Walk - Oct. 9, Providence, R.I. The annual 5K run/walk has always welcomed canine participants, but this year they’ve added a dedicated Dog Walk. There will be pet...
Blog: Guest Posts
Tea Partiers for Puppy Mills?
Joe The Plumber fights reform
The Tea Party has finally crossed the line from an annoying fringe group who back incompetents for high office to one that can only be labeled insane. Here is all the proof you need: On October 5, a conservative outfit calling themselves the Alliance For Truth and led to the charge by the infamous Joe “The Plumber” (a remnant from the McCain campaign, whose name is not Joe nor is he a plumber,...
Blog: Guest Posts
Animal Blessings
Remembering to care for all creatures
I was raised a Catholic. And when I was young, I was seriously into the paraphernalia of the faith—I had several rosaries, a statuette of Mary and three crucifixes. But my most favorite item was a wood hinged-box, like a book with no pages. Inside was a reproduction of a painting of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology, alongside St. Francis’ prayer, which is all about...
Blog: Guest Posts
Hurricane Leo
Destruction and devastation return with the rains
As the rainy season approaches and the air turns crisp, I become excited for fall. I can finally give up my pipedreams of developing a decent tan and start looking forward to wearing my favorite scarves, boots and coats. The one thing I don’t look forward to is the beginning of hurricane season. While my sympathies go to those living on the Gulf Coast or the Carolinas, I’m talking about a...
Blog: Show & Tell
Show & Tell: Bilingual Canine
Bilingual canine
This is a picture of Sam cooling off in the Jizera River outside Prague, Czech Republic.   He’s an 8-year-old Golden who understands Czech and English and who is the happiest while in the water. I had to buy a cabin in the forest by a clean river in order to make him happy. The river feeds the drinking water plant for Prague so it’s crystal clear and Sam can easily locate the fish. Of course,...
Blog: Guest Posts
Date A Rescuer?
Why not
This week Time Out New York offered a different take on Adopt A Shelter Dog Month (October) by highlighting single folks who’ve adopted dogs. Seems to me a dedication to rescue would be a pretty excellent baseline quality in a possible-future-significant-other. I can almost hear the code-crunching as someone launches a dating site dedicated to this particular niche.
Blog: Guest Posts
AKC’s Mixed Message
Does it support all dogs or not?
Earlier this year, the American Kennel Club (AKC) invited mixed breeds to participate in select activities, such as agility, obedience and rally. But are mutts only welcome at AKC events if their owners pay for the privilege? That’s the message some mixed breed owners are receiving after the AKC said no to adoptable animals as part of its annual “Meet the Breed” event in New York City. For seven...

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