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Big Love
Living the poly-dog life
“Babe, how do you think Skipper felt about me bringing home Leo? I mean, do you think he feels like...inadequate, as a dog?”   “What on earth are you talking about?”   “Maybe he feels like I got another dog because he wasn’t enough for me? Like if maybe he had a bigger personality, or liked to snuggle more, I wouldn’t have had to go elsewhere for it?”   My most recent TV obsession is “Big Love,”...
Blog: Guest Posts
Every Dog Has His Day
A birthday bash for Leo
It’s August, and that means one thing around here: Leo’s birthday is coming up. Maybe it’s because I like to throw parties or I’m obsessed with my dogs (or both), but it’s a priority for me to acknowledge my dogs’ birthdays. Leo’s big day is the day before my best friend Carrie’s, which means a dual birthday party to ensure a better turnout. (For some reason, Carrie is more popular than Leo; she...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Receives Communion
Kinda, sorta.
Here’s another for the No Good Deed Goes Unpunished annals. It seems an Anglican priest in Canada, recently, slipped a holy wafer to a congregant’s dog during communion. Most witnesses were unfazed by the gesture. But a displeased parishioner complained up the church hierarchy creating a tempest in the temple. The result: No more communion for dogs. But, happily, the dog can still attend services...
Blog: Karen B. London
People Remind Me of Dog Breeds
This includes my children
My oldest son reminds me of a Greyhound. He seems to have two speeds: super fast and resting. He likes to curl up on the couch next to anybody or anything warm. He loves to run and is so into rabbits that he says that when he grows up, he wants to be a rabbit scientist. My other son is very high energy, physically adventurous and amusing in his unpredictability. Nature has seen fit to give him an...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Helping One Another
Homeless dogs help injured soldiers learn a new vocation
The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. is on the forefront of using the human-canine bond to help soldiers. Previously, I wrote about research being done on the effects of service dogs on post traumatic stress disorder, but recently I found about Dog Tags, a partnership between the Walter Reed and its neighbor, the Washington Humane Society.  Developed by the Humane Society, Dog...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
The World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials
The World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials careens into Rockland, Maine, on August 12—get your dog’s sea paws on so he’s ready to hurtle across lobster crates, clamber in and out of a small boat, or accomplish any other bizarre mission the judges dream up. The winner will be featured in the Boatyard Dog column of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, and gets to keep the “Pup Cup” trophy...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Working Dogs
Bear Dogs in Eco-Resort
Not many people commute to work on a boat. Even fewer can boast they travel to their job in a helicopter. But for Karma, boat trips and helicopter rides are all just a part of her job as a bear dog in the remote Canadian wilderness. Karma is the first black Labrador to work at the Nimmo Bay Resort, a luxury helicopter adventure and fishing eco-resort on the coast of British Columbia. She and...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
National Pet Fire Safety Day
Free stickers and tips to protect you and your pets
According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by pets. I never really thought about it before, but between my cats jumping on the counters and my dogs zooming past tables, I can see how this can be more common than I’d like to think about. I pretty much avoid candles for this reason, but I had no idea how easy it is for a cat or...
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...
Blog: Guest Posts
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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