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Gateway Guardians Premieres Sunday
Q&A with documentary’s director Rebecca Ormond
On July 18, Gateway Guardians, a documentary about a handful of scrappy volunteers feeding and rescuing stray dogs in a blighted East St. Louis neighborhood, premieres. Filmed almost entirely by flipcam-wielding rescue and foster volunteers and Webster University film students, the documentary provides a moving, dog’s-eye-view of street packs and loners and their unorthodox saviors. We spoke with...
News: JoAnna Lou
Extreme Primping
Is competitive grooming embarrassing for the pups?
Last month I read about dogs in China dyed to resemble wild animals. It seemed so outrageous that I didn’t think it could possibly be true. After checking web sites like Snopes, It looked like it was indeed real. As crazy as it sounds, the desire to transform dogs into wild animals is not limited to China. A new show called Extreme Poodles on TLC follows four groomers and their adventures in the...
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Law & Order: Canine Unit?
New DNA database to aid dog-fighting investigations
On the heels of Charles Siebert’s eye-opening examination of the links between animal cruelty and other types of violence (“The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome,” New York Times, 6/7/10), the University of California, Davis, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have announced the creation of the nation’s first criminal dog-fighting DNA database. Known as the Canine CODIS (...
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Ick, Ugh, Eeek!
Is it really fun to celebrate ugly dogs?
The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest (Dog Lover’s Festival, Sonoma-Marin Fair, Petaluma, Calif., June 25) brings out the buzz kill in me. Sweet, unsuspecting pups “celebrated” for tufted hair, bucked or missing teeth, disproportionate bodies, wrinkles and bumps, baldness and protruding tongues—many of these exaggerations introduced by breeders in the first place and sometimes creating very real health...
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Must Read
Connecting animal cruelty to other forms of violence
Bark contributor Charles Siebert explores how we are taking animal abuse more seriously than ever before—with tougher legislation, law enforcement, veterinary forensics and explorations into the neuroscience of empathy. “The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome” (New York Times Magazine, 6/13/10) is a tough read in parts, with graphic examples (be prepared), but hopefully signals a turning point in this...
Dog's Life: Humane
Feed Your Dog, Save a Farm
Farm
The pet food recalls over the past
few years have taught us a few things. When you buy commercial dog food, your money goes to a corporation that’s likely far away from your community. You simply have to trust that the package label doesn’t lie and what’s in there is safe for your dog to eat. But if you buy meat, milk or eggs from your local farmer, you can stop by the farm to see for yourself...
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Case Study: Saving Aussies
NorCal Aussie Rescue Sanctuary
From the driveway, NorCal Aussie Rescue Sanctuary looks not much different from most other properties along the winding roads of the Sierra Nevada foothills in northern California. It’s fairly modest and well-maintained, and the steep slope is shaded by Douglas fir and manzanita. Look closely, though, and there are differences, most notably a double-gated entry. Then … Paddy is probably the first...
Dog's Life: Humane
Breed Rescue
Breed rescuers meet the challenge head on
In all her years of rescue work, the one dog Carolyn Janak will never forget is Spade, a Giant Schnauzer who’d been kept in a small crate for up to 21 hours a day for much of her young life. When Spade was relinquished to Janak’s Denver, Colo., nonprofit HT-Z Giant Schnauzer Rescue and released into the yard, “she ran like a Greyhound for about 20 minutes … it was the most freedom she had ever...
News: JoAnna Lou
Promoting Adoption
New group represents N.Y. dogs to find their forever home
Homeless pups in New York now have their own public relations representation thanks to Bruised Not Broken. The new organization, started by Brooke Slater and her husband, leverages technology and social media to promote bully breeds looking for their forever homes.  The inspiration for Bruised Not Broken came from their own rescue dog, Luca, who Brooke and her husband adopted from a local...
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Sensationalizing
PSPCA sees dog fighting cases triple post-Vick
In a previous blog post, Lisa Wogan contemplated the effect of Michael Vick’s reality television show and the perception of his crime. The show, which debuted in February, follows Vick’s comeback from his dog fighting conviction and subsequent 21 month prison sentence. While the show highlights the repercussions of dog fighting, and Vick comes across as genuinely remorseful, many wonder if the...

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