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FETCH-apalooza
Albuquerque goes to the dogs and cats this weekend.
With as many as 1,000 pets from 38 shelters around New Mexico, this weekend’s FETCH-apalooza is sure to be the state’s biggest adoption event—and maybe the biggest ever. And while bigger isn’t necessarily always better, you have to applaud a statewide effort like this, which is a particular boon for smaller shelters that don’t have the resources to host their own events. “Some shelter directors...
News: Guest Posts
Who You Gonna Call?
Dog control officer accused of stealing dogs.
Here’s a story to keep you up at night. A dog control officer in Hoosick, N.Y., allegedly plucked a pair of four-year-old Rottweiler/Golden Retriever dogs named Abby and Ginger from their home barn and gave them to someone, whom he says he thought was their owner. When the officer “discovered” his error, he returned the dogs. Only, the dogs he returned weren’t Abby and Ginger. Facing a felony...
News: JoAnna Lou
The Kindness of Pet Lovers
Web site raises money for a shelter dog’s vet bills.
The faltering economy has forced many people to make sacrifices. But what about their furry family members? I’ve heard stories of people eating Ramen noodles in order to buy pet food and forgoing gym memberships in favor of doggy daycare. However, unexpected vet bills can be the tipping point. Injuries often lead to thousands of dollars in surgery, leaving many pet owners with little choice but...
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Docking Tails on the Docket
New York considers a ban on cutting tails.
If the phones aren’t ringing off the hooks for members of the New York Assembly Agriculture Committee, they will be as soon as they take up serious consideration of Assembly Bill 7218. The bill proposes to make all instances of docking a dog’s tail unlawful, except when deemed necessary by a veterinarian to protect the life or health of the dog. In addition, it will make anyone exhibiting a dog...
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One Above
Alaska halfway to designating the Malamute as state dog.
[UPDATE: On Thursday, April 16, the New Hampshire House takes up the question of the Chinook.]   While I had my eyes trained on the Northeast, waiting for New Hampshire to make the Chinook the 10th official state dog in the country (Bark, Mar/Apr 2009), the Alaska State House voted to designate the Alaskan Malamute that state’s top canine. Spearheaded by students at the Polaris K-12 School in...
Magazine: Web Exclusives
Web Extras: Mar/Apr 2009
Good stuff we couldn't quite fit into our March 2009 issue.
You know how when you order a milkshake at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor the really good soda jerks always manage to make a little too much, which they let you have to replenish your drink. That’s how we see Web Extras. This is where you’ll find stuff—expanded versions of articles, instructions and links for taking action, and sometimes multi-media bonuses—we couldn’t quite fit in the...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
News on Dog Parks Across the Country
Good news on the OLA front
Across the nation, dog-lovers are working to provide more dedicated space for their pooches to run, play and socialize. Read about some of them here and be inspired! Louisiana: New Orleans City Bark’s 4.6 landscaped acres, coming soon. The first official NOLA dog park, it will have a state-of-the-art off-leash area, walking trails, shade pavilions, benches and a separate small dog section. They’...
News: Guest Posts
Off-Leash Scofflaw Pays to Play
After being twice ticketed for letting his dog roam off-leash, an anonymous Wisconsin man has offered to donate funds to create a new leash-free zone in the City of Mequon. It sounds like no small chunk of change: He'll be footing the bill for most of the fencing, the parking lot and other site improvements. That's how it's done!
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Eighty-four To Go
A Dalmation gives birth to 18 pups
It's like something out of the National Enquirer. But it's the BBC reporting: A Dalmation with Hollywood pedigree has whelped 18 puppies. The delivery, by cesarian, was only the beginning. Keeping Button and her brood weel-fed will be the next physical challenge.
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Rx for the Monday Blues
Microchips saves Christmas eve for an injured dog
A few pounds heavier and a few dollars lighter, I'm back at my desk. I figure I'm not the only one who could use a  feel-good story leftover from the holidays. Enjoy, and then, back to the grindstone!

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