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Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Daycare Tips
Ten things to look for when selecting your dog’s daycare facility
1. Cleanliness. There should be minimal offensive odor and immediate clean-up of accidents, and the other dogs should be healthy-looking. 2. Playtime provided for the majority of the day. While a two-hour “naptime” is common, during the rest of the day, your dog should have time to play with staff members and other dogs. 3. Proof of current vaccinations. Distemper, parvo, rabies and bordatella...
Culture: Readers Write
Dog Days
Earlier this summer, I took my younger son, Jon, out to Los Angeles to visit my older son, and to look at film school. Before we left, we decided to spend a day doing what we normally do: driving around trying to find skate spots, skate parks and/or places to film. We visited a new skate park north of town. Like most of metro Chicago, it was connected to the lakeshore bike trail, and to an...
News: Guest Posts
Dog & Owner Reunited After Three Years
What an incredible journey for Czar and owner Michelle Garza of Lisle, IL! The 13-year-old mixed breed finally came home after three years thanks to his microchip. I still can't believe a senior dog survived as long as he did. If you haven't already microchipped your pup, now's the time! And if your dog is microchipped, be sure to update your contact info. With the holidays upon us and company...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
And Puppy Makes Three
The pet industry toddles into the nursery, and vice versa
When someone calls up New Native to order one of their sling baby carriers, the customer service representative asks some questions to determine the right size. Like, “If you’re still pregnant, what was your pre-pregnancy weight?” Every couple of weeks, the question is met with an awkward silence. “Because it says it’s a baby carrier, sometimes people are kind of embarrassed to say, ‘I don’t...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Guest Editorial: Dogs Redeem Us
Prison pup programs do more than produce well-trained service dogs
I am a prisoner at the California Institution for Women in Chino, where I have now been for 25 years. It is a hard and often cold world. On rare occasions, I would see dogs outside the fence, perhaps a stray or one belonging to one of the many dairies surrounding the prison. These sightings brought me both sadness and joy. How I longed to touch and be touched by these creatures, a joy that lived...
Dog's Life: DIY
Handmade Window Books
The countdown to the holidays begins—celebrate the season (and astonish your friends!) by creating your own limited editions. With an assortment of paper and pictures and a couple of tools, you can make an instant book—or a dozen instant books, since they’re one-sided and, thanks to copy machines, easy to duplicate. This version, with its Advent calendar–like windows, lends itself to all sorts of...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
The Politics of Creating a Dog Park
Round two in the urban debate
This is a follow-up article to our political primer on dog park campaigning. We hope that you found some of the information helpful and that you are now ready to sit down with town planners and design that perfect dog park. Let’s start by suggesting a different term for dog park. We know it’s an easy term to use, but it often evokes irate comments like: “What do you mean you want to spend my...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dogs on Ice
Lessons learned from a near-disaster
One crisp winter day, my friend Kate and I went walking on nearby farm land. The two of us had taken this walk many times over the years; that day, we had eight dogs with us. The four dogs in my charge were all “grand-dogs,” as were three of the four accompanying Kate. After about an hour in the brisk, 20-degree air, we headed back to our cars. As we neared one of the farm’s three ice-covered...
Dog Years
HarperCollins, 207 pp., 2007; $23.95
Dog Years By Mark Doty Reviewed by Andrea Walker Mark Doty is a critically acclaimed poet whose verses have appeared frequently in this magazine. Now he has turned to nonfiction to chronicle the impact that two Retrievers, one black and one golden, have had on his life. Arden is the gentle and affectionate black Retriever puppy Doty adopts from an animal shelter in Vermont. Beau is the more...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dogs in Weddings
Tips on sharing that most special day
When my fiancé Blair and I started courting, the event that sealed the deal for me was when he met Ernest. Blair was sitting on the stoop of my apartment building, I opened the front gate, and Ernest pretty much bounded into Blair’s welcoming arms. Ernest is my—now our—12-years-young Lab/Beagle mix. A year later, Blair proposed while we were walking Ernest in Riverside Park. Ernest has been there...

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