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Behind Every Stray Is A Story
Has a lost dog ever wandered into your life?
A reader comment submitted earlier today to my post about a dog shot in his backyard caused the old cogs to rotate—in not altogether happy directions.   First, here’s what Sarah wrote: “I read this piece with growing alarm...there is a dog, right now, in my backyard barking! It is not my dog. It has no collar and seems lost. It seems to be waiting for us to find its owners, but I gotta say I don’...
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Dispatch from the Dog-Meat Trade
Dogs rescued on the way to a market in China need help
It’s almost inconceivable: Sick, frightened dogs crammed together in tiny cages bound for the meat market. Unfortunately in China, where dogs are eaten year-round, and more so during colder months, it’s a standard sight. But things may be changing. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities, tipped off by an animal-welfare center, confiscated 149 dogs belonging to an illegal trader in Sichuan...
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Dogs Bring Out the Best in Some...
...but the worst in others
Like millions of others around the globe, I spent lots of time this week reading about and watching the party in Washington D.C. My favorite stories are the man- or woman-on-the-street interviews, where inaugural pilgrims talk about spontaneous expressions of kindness and affection among strangers. I’ve been in a sort of cocoon of optimism, so the news that a dog, hanging out in his backyard (...
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Change Is A Coming
What a few animal-welfare activists want from the new president
Before the first champagne corks hit the compost pile, our new president will be tackling a list of challenges that stacked end-to-end could probably reach the moon. That’s not even counting the candidate's promises. According to the counters at PolitiFact.com, the president-elect made 510 promises on the campaign trail, which reporters will be grading on the Obameter as kept, compromised, broken...
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Searching Online for a Dog?
Unless you're searching a well-regarded site like Petfinder.org, buyer beware!
Thanks to free Web site builders like SynthaSite and Homestead, puppy mills can easily project a responsible breeder image. Unless you're searching a well-regarded site like Petfinder, buyer beware! So how can you tell the difference? The HSUS compiled a breeder checklist that you can download and refer to while researching breeders. Here are some additional red flags: multiple litters available...
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A Stinky Situation
CNN correspondent leads effort to evict a big dog from his $3 million dollar coop
The New York Post is all over CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien’s efforts to evict a Neapolitan Mastiff from her posh coop in the Chelsea neighborhood. Along with fellow residents, O’Brien wants the 150-pound Ugo O-U-T not because he is ferocious, noisy or threatening but because he’s “smelly,” slobbers and has gas.   From the Post story, it sounds like the anti-Ugo faction in the coop is...
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Making Space for Pets in Cemeteries
If it's good enough for Pharaohs...
Inspired by his love of cats, including a 23-pound cat named Sam, Washington State Sentor Ken Jacobsen has sponsored a bill overturning a ban on burying cats and dogs in cemeteries set aside for humans. Who new it was illegal to take your best friends with you? A hearing is scheduled for January 19. Track that bill.
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Do You Watch Westminster?
PETA wants to end TV coverage for Westminster
The BBC decided not to broadcast the famous Crufts dog show in 2009, which stunned the international dog fancy and delighted its critics. A recent BBC documentary, "Pedigree Dogs Exposed," demonstrated the serious health problems in some breeds due to breeding for subjective looks in the conformation ring instead of sound structure, temperament and long-term health. In response, the Kennel Club...
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Kennel Club Gets Real
In the face of criticism, the old guard adopts new standards for breeders
The United Kingdom's Kennel Club has announced a series of health reforms to breed standards. New standards "will not include anything that could in any way be interpreted as encouraging features that might prevent a dog from breathing, walking and seeing freely." Despite the proactive tone of the announcement, the Kennel Club was essentially forced into making these concessions after last year's...
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Dogfighting Makes A Comeback in Afghanistan
“Even if people are starving, they’ll still keep dogfighting.”
The headline says it all. Violence loves a vacuum. It's interesting that the participants are too poor and the dogs are too expensive to allow fighting to the death--but it doesn't make it less terrible.

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