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Drawing a Line in the Sand
No Kill Conference 2010, day two
Today was the second and final day of the No Kill Conference 2010 in Washington D. C. This was not just a conference promoting ideals and strengthening passions – although it did an excellent job of this. It was about providing practical ideas and tools to create no kill shelters and communities. The ideals and passions give people the strength to make the commitment, but the ideas and tools give...
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We Are the Future
No Kill Conference 2010, day one
Tired from a late night plane arrival and early morning wakeup call, I stumbled to the keynote address by No Kill Advocacy Center founder Nathan Winograd, kicking off the first day of the No Kill Conference 2010. Excitement was in the air—from the reunion of like-minded colleagues to awestruck newborns meeting the “rock stars” of the animal welfare world for the first time.   In spite of running...
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Pondering Two Words
On the eve of the No Kill Conference 2010
I’m on my way to Washington DC, from Reno, Nevada, to attend the No Kill Conference 2010 and represent Nevada Humane Society, one of the largest no kill shelters in the country. I have been pondering two words – No Kill – and how much they have changed my life in the last seven years since I left corporate America. I was like many middle-aged people who realized they want to do something...
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Animal Hoarding
An inside view, tonight
Tonight, Animal Planet promises to take “an unflinching, honest look at animal hoarding, the people and pets affected, and the challenges of confronting this psychological condition” in a six-part series titled “Confessions: Animal Hoarding” (9 p.m. est/pst). Each episode follows individuals struggling with the compulsive need to possess and control an unmanageable number of animals of a variety...
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Shelter Pet Project
Giving dogs- and cats-in-need a voice
We were thrilled to discover My Dog Tulip animator Paul Fierlinger (who is interviewed in the summer 2010 issue of Bark) has added his talents to an ambitious print/radio/TV/Internet/billboard campaign on behalf of shelter pets. The Shelter Pet Project is a joint initiative of The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund and The Ad Council. Their goal: Give shelter animals a voice. The...
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Cave Canem, Redux
Finding homes for Pompeii’s strays
I had the good fortune to visit Italy in December 2008, and on a sunny, cool day toured the nearly deserted streets of Pompeii with a guide named “Big Nicky,” who is, in fact, rather on the small side. Among the ruins of the ancient Roman city, I was delighted to spy several healthy looking strays—apparently a few of the dozens on the premises. I learned from Big Nicky that the dogs are cared for...
Dog's Life: Humane
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...
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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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