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An Unlikely Couple
The love of a goat and a dog
It’s hard to say what makes a pair fall so deeply in love, and when a close bond develops across species, it is both more puzzling and more endearing. A goat named Minelli and a Great Dane named Judy used to spend all their time together—sleeping, cuddling, and just being with each other.   They were strays, though, and are now being held in an animal care facility in Dallas for the required 18...
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Baghdad’s Strays
Increasing numbers good news?
A disturbing piece of news caught my attention today: A recent campaign to kill some of the estimated 1.25 million strays (by shooting and poisoning) that roam Baghdad streets is seen as a sign that conditions in the city are improving.   Sandy Smith at Huliq.com writes: “The dog control campaign is at once a part of local efforts to return Baghdad to normalcy seven years after the 2003 US-led...
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Show & Tell: Periscope Pup
Scout is our periscope pup. Her job is to warn the submarine captain if enemy vessels are approaching. Ping!   —Kate Ogosta, Culver City, Calif.       Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog’s special something. Send the photo with a brief description, to editor@thebark.com. Winners online receive a...
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More Than Property
Shared custody agreement recognizes dogs as family members
At the risk of a little too much information, I’ve been divorced. I mention it because when my husband and I split, we had two dogs. We also shared an attorney who advised us against negotiating shared custody. He told us: It will just create opportunities for conflict down the road. At that time, more conflict was the last thing either of us wanted. In the end, my husband took the dogs....
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Sweet Licks Contest
Enter Your “Sweet Licks” photo for a chance to win treats and prizes! Nature's Variety and independent pet food retailers throughout the United States will be hosting fun, cool and tasty dog ice cream socials this weekend, July 17 & 18. Nature's Variety is providing its frozen dessert product for dogs, SweetSpots ®, to nearly 60 different "World's Largest Dog Ice Cream Social" events...
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Therapeutic Trees
Another health bonus from walking your dog
The New York Times had an interesting article about studies examining the health benefits of nature. Researchers have found that spending time in places with trees aplenty, such as parks and forests, is good for us and has a positive affect on our immune functions. Seems as if stress reduction is one factor that the scientists attribute to phytnocides, the “airborne chemicals that plants emit to...
News: Karen B. London
Getting a Leg Up
Three-legged dogs inform robot design
Many three-legged dogs walk and run quite well, and people who build robots want to know how. They want to model robots on dogs who are missing limbs so that in the event of damage, these robots will still be capable of moving. It makes sense to be prepared for the unexpected, and studying the way dogs move may make it possible.   By comparing the gaits of dogs with three legs to those of the...
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The Name Game
The unpredictable art of pet naming
My first dog was named Cricket. A number of explanations were offered as to why she had that name, though none of them seemed very good. My mother told me, “As a puppy, her bark sounded like a cricket!” Well, as an adult she sounded like a woman wailing whenever she barked. My dad told me, “We named her that because she’s good luck, like a cricket!” Not great luck, considering this dog had kidney...
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Home Is Where the Bark Is
Enter your DIY doghouse into a competition
There are a lot of elegant, strange and quirky doghouses out there. From straightforward shade providers to structures so tricked out they’d blend in on the Vegas Strip. Maybe because the scale is manageable and the perspective tenants are usually agreeable—especially on aesthetic issues—doghouses draw out the inner architect in us. For too long your design-and-build efforts have gone unsung. But...
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Show & Tell: Just Add Water
This is Natasha, our Labrador mix rescue, and she just turned one-year-old. She has loved water from day one, when we first got her she would try and get into her water bowl, so now it is all about the water, wherever we go there better be water!   —Jill Hayes, Palm Springs, Calif.     Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything...

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