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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,...
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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...
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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...
News: 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,...
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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.
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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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Deadly Force
Police shoot another dog
Imagine coming home to a note from the police explaining that while you were away they responded to a false alarm and in the process shot your beloved dog. The Hallock family of Oakland know the terrible truth of it. Three shots from a 40-caliber Glock handgun ended the life of their dog Gloria last Thursday. In addition to dealing with their grief, the family is having a hard time believing that...
News: Karen B. London
High Cost Pet Pampering
Hotel amenities includes Paw Package
For people who still find their bank accounts overflowing in these troubled times, here is one way to deal with the “problem”: Spend money on your dog. In this story in the Palm Beach Daily News, the author tells of her adventures with her Jack Russell Terrier getting spa treatments together at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota.   For $130, Maggie the Jack Russell received an hour-long massage from a...
News: JoAnna Lou
Dogs in School
Literacy pups help kids develop a love of reading and writing
As a certified Good Dog Foundation therapy team, Nemo and I have visited our local library many times over the years. During these visits, I’ve noticed that the children develop more confidence every time we see them. We’ve even helped one girl overcome her fear of dogs. In today’s world of video games and television, it’s great to see kids get excited about reading and focus their attention on...
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Stray Dog Caught After 3 Years
Community that cared for him glad he's safe
Rusty, aka Mr. Windyface, was the dog no one could catch. For three years, the Chow-Sheltie mix eluded animal control officers, police and the concerned  residents of Woodside Estates, the development in Oak Brook, Ill., that Rusty called home. This implies that he was shy and rarely seen, but he was spotted nearly every day, often following people walking their own dogs through the neighborhood...

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