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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Treibball
Dogs herd balls in a new sport from Germany
I've always wanted to try herding with my Shelties, but it’s not easy to find sheep in the New York City area! Nemo is also a little impulsive, so his interaction with a sheep or duck seems like a big wild card to me. I guess I’m a little worried he’d pounce on a duck or get run over by a sheep, though admittedly I know nothing about herding. This week, I discovered a sport that could let us try...
Blog: Karen B. London
Dog Walkers With Multiple Dogs
How many is too many?
There are so many ways to get people who care about dogs to voice strong opinions, and one hot topic lately relates to dog walkers who walk many dogs all at once. Many people have questions and concerns about this, and I am no exception.   It worries me when I see a person walking more than four or so dogs, which is a very challenging thing to do. Many people who walk dogs are very knowledgeable...
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A Day at the Beach
Sunshine, Frisbee and a few surprises
With Labor Day barely in the rearview mirror, it’s time to say goodbye to white pants and sunshine. For me and my dogs, it means packing as much outdoor fun as humanly possible into the few weeks we have left before the rainy season. And what better place to spend the waning days of summer than at the beach?   There is no place on earth my dogs love more than the beach. It is the place they can...
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Fourmile Canyon Fire
People, pets evacuate during Boulder’s worst-ever blaze
I’m in Boulder, Colo., visiting my sister for a few days before attending the BlogPaws West Convention in Denver. Monday morning, we sat and watched, as a brown cloud covered the blue sky and blotted out the sun. We thought, storm cloud. Then, dust cloud. Then, walking into the backyard, which had an eerie pink hue, we smelled the smoke—a brushfire in the foothills, not far, as the sparks fly,...
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Another Dog-Smart Home Tip
Let sunshine in, keep distractions out
Back when we cast our net for dog-smart home-design ideas, I blogged about how replacing our solid front door with a glass door greatly enhanced my dogs’ street-watching pleasure. (Or, at least, the myriad nose prints suggest my pups enjoy the view.) Recently, I heard from Lizza Osborn of Spokane, Wash., who had a sort of reverse challenge for which she found a stylish, low-cost solution.   “My...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Testing Hips
The standard OFA test may underestimate the risk of hip dysplasia
When we were ready to add a Sheltie to our family, I made sure prospective breeders met a long check list of requirements from socialization to genetic testing. Since Shelties are prone to hip dysplasia, I only considered breeders who screened the parents’ hips. The standard screening model is the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals test, or more commonly known as the OFA. So I was shocked to find...
Blog: Karen B. London
Mushrooms Can Poison Dogs
Heavy rains in Arizona heighten danger
Veterinarian Julianne Miller, in an interview with Arizona Public Radio, says that she has seen three times as many cases of mushroom toxicity in dogs this summer compared with previous years. The reason for the increase is that Flagstaff, Ariz., has had the fourth wettest monsoon season ever, with nearly 10 inches of rain in just over two months. Fungi thrive in the wetness caused by heavy rains...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Finding Cell Phones
Dogs sniff out smuggled goods in prison
Dogs have been trained to detect cancer, bed bugs, and even illegal DVDs. There really is no limit to how our pups can help us. Now canines are being trained to search prisons for smuggled cell phones. Prisons ban cell phones because inmates can use them to plot escape plans, harass victims or document security procedures. Jail officials have always searched prison cells for phones, but they’ve...
Blog: Guest Posts
Doggie Bags
Is your local restaurant handing out meat scraps?
One of the many things I love about living in New York City with a dog is that the dog can help you discover new things about your neighborhood. Even if you’ve lived in said neighborhood for several years.   This week I discovered the wonder of all wonders: I found out that our neighborhood steak house, which has been there for at least forty years, gives away free food to dogs!   There I was:...
Blog: Karen B. London
Mutt Match
Finding the right dog
I still consider my one-time success at setting up friends who later married to be among the biggest accomplishments of my life. Matchmaking is a time-honored skill that has just as big a place in the dog world as in the human world. Adopting the right dog to suit your lifestyle is that first and oh-so-important step towards a happy relationship.   That’s why I’m such a fan of Mutt Match, an...

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