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News: Karen B. London
A Tail of Your Own to Wag
New product reacts to your mood
Tail envy may not be the talk of many psychiatric conversations, but there’s a new product to deal with it, anyway. The company Neurowear has created a tail that responds to a person’s emotional state. This clip on tail is called “Shippo” and moves as your mood dictates. If you are happy or excited, it will wag, but if you are calm and contemplative, the tail simply hangs down. Shippo uses the...
News: Shirley Zindler
In the Nick of Time
Saving a shelter dog
I’ve always felt that the best way to remember a beloved dog is to rescue another dog in need. I was missing my previous rescued Doberman when a friend who knows that I have a soft spot for them sent me a photo. It was of a Doberman scheduled for euthanasia in a shelter in southern California, many hours away. The dog was a black female of maybe 3 or 4 years old. The sweet face appealed to me and...
News: Editors
Awards Galore for The Daily Show
We would like to extend a hearty, and non-expletive, congrats to Jon Stewart and the whole crew and cast of The Daily Show for snagging another Emmy last night. This latest award marks the tenth year in a row for this comedic “faux” news program, truly an amazing feat somewhere along the lines of DiMaggio’s hitting streak. We happen to think that The Daily Show has discovered a secret formula for...
News: Shea Cox
DIY Physical Exam: An “owner’s manual” for your dog Part 3
Part 3 in 4 part guide
Welcome back for part three in our four-part DIY physical exam! This week we are going to move down to the chest area, known as the thorax.  NECK, CHEST AND BREATHING: Normal You should not be able to hear your pet breathe at all (except with panting). The act of breathing is for the most part performed by the chest wall; it should move “in and out” easily and rhythmically to and fro during...
News: JoAnna Lou
Dog Dies on United Flight
A Golden Retriever succumbs to heatstroke en route to S.F.
Maggie Rizer, best known for gracing the covers of Elle, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, has made it her mission to get the word out on the dangers of flying pets. Two weeks ago, Maggie was traveling from New York to San Francisco with her two dogs. Tragically, Bea, her two-year old Golden Retriever, did not make it through the flight, despite Maggie taking every possible precaution. She chose...
News: JoAnna Lou
Developing Superior Noses
UPenn to find out what makes up a superstar sniffer dog
Working canines use their amazing noses to help us do everything from finding explosives to detecting cancer. Raising and training these dogs takes a lot of time and money, so people are always looking for ways to increase the likelihood of successful dogs. In Korea, the Customs Service started cloning star drug detection dogs due to their costly breeding program. Only 10-15 percent of puppies...
News: JoAnna Lou
Pets Poisoned in New York
Four dogs died in a two-day span after walking in the park
My Sheltie, Nemo, is always on the hunt for a snack, so I’m always worried that he’ll eat something bad. I take all sorts of precautions, like checking hotel room floors for abandoned medication and watching Nemo like a hawk when we’re on walks. But it’s impossible to see everything that goes into his mouth. When I lived in Manhattan, I was always worried about rat poison left to control the...
News: JoAnna Lou
New Regulations for Pet Stores
N.Y. signs a law protecting doggies in the window
The journey began almost ten years ago in Long Island, N.Y. with a story that’s sadly all too common. When Lorianne LaMarca-Pegano visited a pet store in 2003, she fell in love with a Brussels Griffon that she brought home and named Charlemagne. Within six months, the poor pup was diagnosed with parasites, a corneal ulcer, and eventually kidney disease, high blood pressure, and a heart murmur. By...
News: Editors
A Lit Favorite: Bruno Schulz
Bruno Schulz was one of the leading Polish Jewish authors of the 20th century, although he only wrote two collections of stories during his lifetime. He was born in 1892 in the town of Drohobycz in what is now the Ukraine (but was, at one time part of Austria and then Poland). The town of Drohobycz  is currently hosting an art and literature festival to honor him. He has been acclaimed as one of...
News: JoAnna Lou
N.Y. Hero Named K-9 of the Year
SAR dog ignores his handler in order to save a missing man
A New York police dog was named K-9 of the Year on Saturday by the Suffolk County SPCA. Last week, Chase, a 4-year old German Shepherd, located a missing Long Island man after unfruitful efforts by human rescuers. Jerome Nadler, a 76-year old doctor and Vietnam War veteran, disappeared on Labor Day after going fly-fishing. Rescuers used divers, off-road vehicles, and a helicopter in an...

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