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Bo Obama’s Trainer Dies
Champion for positive-reinforcement, Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz will be missed
Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, 52, who trained dogs for the late senator Edward M. Kennedy and trained first dog Bo (known to her as Charlie) before he went to live in the White House, died Jan. 12 in Virginia. According to The Washington Post, she had been leading dog training classes days before her death. After being admitted to the hospital, for reasons that were not stated in the obituary, she went...
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Kindness of Strangers, Plus Luck
Heartwarming reunion story
This time of year “Christmas miracle” stories fill the air like snowflakes, and most fail to live up to their billing. But the story of a little white dog reunited with his owners after a terrible car accident on the Elkhart County toll road in Indiana, deserves the title. Fair warning: When you watch the video in the link, you’ll want some tissues nearby.
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Walking the Walk
President Obama scoops poop
If you thought being president might be a way to avoid scooping poop, think again. We're guessing Queen Elizabeth never cleaned up after her many Corgis. It’s good to see someone lead by example.
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Michael Vick Wants a Dog
To help with his “rehabilitation”
The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback who went to prison for his involvement in dog fighting and animal cruelty said in an interview that he and his children miss having a dog and that bringing one into his home would be a good thing for his rehabilitation. Unfortunately for Vick, his sentence includes on ban on his ever owning a dog.   Ever since Vick was charged we’ve been following his story...
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Taking Your Dogs to the Grave with You?
Protect your pets with a plan
I’ve been trying to wrap my head around Diane Mapes’ story on MSNBC.com about folks who request their dogs be euthanized and buried with them when they die. It sounds a little crazy, and I think in many cases it’s probably selfish and self-absorbed. But, as hard as it is to face, in the case of old or sick cats and dogs for whom the guardian can’t guarantee a home after they die, it may be the...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Accidental Euthanasia
A canine war hero is PTS by mistake
Last week I was heartbroken to find out that the story of an amazing canine war hero ended in tragedy.  In February, Target, a Shepherd mix, and two other stray dogs captured the hearts of animal lovers all over the world when they confronted a suicide bomber and saved the lives of dozens of soldiers in Afghanistan. After much media attention, the Puppy Rescue Mission raised thousands of dollars...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
The Danger of E-Fences
Texas dog picked up by animal control despite e-fence
I’m not a big fan of electronic or underground fences, though I realize some people may not have a good alternative. Besides the potential for being shocked, these containment systems come with several other risks.  Some dogs learn that putting up with a brief electronic shock can result in freedom if they run through. And even if the fence keeps your dog contained, it doesn’t do anything to...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
City Shelter Budget Cuts
NYC’s Animal Control no longer able to search for lost pets
These days, it seems as if every aspect of our lives has been touched in some way by the recent economic downturn, and that includes our pets. The economy has increased the number of animals that end up in shelters and has decreased the amount of money that families can spend on vet care. In New York, the economy is now affecting missing pets.   In the last two years, the number of animals taken...
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Bedbugs Bite Back
Detection dogs’ alerts are challenged
It’s raining cats and dogs at The New York Times. Today’s front page features stories about how cats lap milk (actually pretty cool and weirdly complicated; dogs’ methods are described as “crude” by comparison) and some new wrinkles in the crusades of bedbug-sniffing dogs.   We’ve written a bit about bedbug detection in The Bark. As the bitey mites have wreaked havoc, especially in New York and...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
ATV Kills Local Pup
An illegal ATV strikes a dog out on an evening walk
Earlier this week a dog named Lucy was struck and killed by an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in my local park. The pup and her family were out for an evening walk on the bicycle paths in Tibbetts Brook Park, where ATVs are banned. I live in a fairly urban area, so I had no idea people even owned ATVs around here. However, I’ve since learned that illegal ATV use is quite common in parks and even...

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