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Canine Christmas Thief
Clever dog does her own shopping
How far would your dog go for a Christmas present? A few years ago, a clever dog decided to pick out her own gift. The mystery stray traveled six miles to a grocery store, sniffed out the pet food aisle and grabbed a rawhide bone to take home. Her shopping adventure was captured on store security cameras and shared with the local media. The clever culprit was later identified as Akira, an 11-...
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Merry Christmas!
From all of us at The Bark
The story going around on email is that this pup is a stray, who, looking for a warm and comfy bed for the night, ended up in a town crèche. Happily, he was allowed to spend the night and, according to Internet lore, was adopted.   We’re not sure if it’s for real and refuse to subject it to the Snopes test because we want to believe it. Hopefully, this is just one of many homeless companion...
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Canine Christmas Shoplifter
An 11-year-old Husky picks out her own gift
Is your dog happy with his Christmas presents this year? A couple years ago, this Husky decided to pick out her own gift, a large rawhide bone from a grocery store. Eleven-year-old Akira traveled nearly six miles from home to get it. Months after the original security camera footage aired on local TV stations, the owners came forward to pay for her purchase and buy her a new rawhide bone....
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Puppies Not Always Perfect Present
Something to remember this holiday season
I came across this blog post, "Wanna Puppy, Little Girl?" and it reminded me of how many calls I will get regarding my Puppy Kindergarten class starting in January. After the puppy and his new family complete the six-week session, they might go on to my Beginner Obedience class. The lucky pups will continue to go to classes and have fun and learn for the rest of their lives. Sadly, there are a...
News: Karen B. London
Dogs Ease Exam Stress
Students benefit from canine visits
  Many colleges and universities are experimenting with new ways to ease the stress of exams for their students. The point of such activities as dance breaks in the library and yoga classes late at night is to help students cope with the extreme anxiety of finals. From oxygen bars to simultaneously dropping 10,000 rubber balls from a roof, it seems that no idea is too odd to consider. Things have...
News: JoAnna Lou
Caring for Pets Through Tough Times
Seer Farms temporarily takes in pets from families in crisis
In tough economic times, we’ve seen an increase in surrendered dogs, a myriad of shelter budget cuts, and the creation of the pet soup kitchen. According to the ASPCA, the recession has added an estimated one to two million animals to shelters.  And that's on top of the six to eight million pets surrendered each year. I can’t even imagine what I would do if I was financially unable to keep my...
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Gift Pick: Photobooth Dogs
It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and Bark publisher Cameron Woo’s new book is already showing up on gift lists. Esquire magazine’s gadget guru included Photobooth Dogs on his list of Best Tech Gifts (and stocking stuffers!) for Men 2010—describing it as “strangely satisfying.” Not so strange to us. We understand why someone whose days are are dominated by gadgets would be drawn to this analog oasis...
News: JoAnna Lou
Ball of Fur
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! sponsors abandoned pup
I’ve heard a lot of inspiring rescue stories, but recently I read about a Poodle from Louisiana with a particularly incredible story, and the most amazing makeover I have ever seen. This tenacious pup could’ve given any of the Worlds Ugliest Dog winners a run for their money… until he got the second chance of a lifetime. A couple weeks ago, a dog was found in a ditch, covered in insects and so...
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Dangerous Dog Breed List Has No Bite
Daily Beast fearmongering should be muzzled
I don’t know how to break it to my family and friends, but there’s a Pit Bull mix and two Dalmatians in my house! According to the Daily Beast, I should be scared to death to live among the #1 and #11 most dangerous dog breeds, respectively. Just because you don’t have one of the common banned breeds—Dobermans, Rottweilers, German Shepherds—you think you’re safe? Greyhounds, Border Collies,...
News: Karen B. London
Howling Dogs, Crying Babies
What are these interactions all about?
A common theme for You Tube videos of dogs and babies is dogs who howl when a baby was crying. Interestingly, the dogs’ vocalizations often have a calming affect on the babies. Here are two videos in which a crying baby and a howling dog are in close proximity. In the first one, a dog is howling while a baby cries in a bassinet, and it seems as though the baby stops crying in response to the dog’...

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