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Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
The UnMusher
Restoring mistreated and abandoned sled dogs to health.
I push the glow button on my watch. Midnight. An enormous black cat and a Pit Bull mix snooze contentedly on my bed. I, too, was sleeping deeply, and it takes me a moment to remember where I am: a one-room cabin, 20 miles east of Fairbanks, Alaska. I climb down a ladder through a hole in the floor of the loft into a dog den and gingerly pick my way between paws and tails to a portable indoor...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Truffle Dogs
Wanted: A dog who can keep a secret … and a nose to the ground.
If a truffle grows in the forest and no one can smell it, is it really there? That’s what Charles Lefevre, a professional mycologist and grower of “truffle trees,” has been asking himself lately. Since 2001, his company, New World Truffieres, has been supplying seedlings to aspiring truffle farmers across the United States and Canada. Any time now, the trees Lefevre’s customers have purchased...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Dogs @ Work
Office dogs never complain about the size of their cubicles or staying late
Ever wonder what it would be like to have your dog with you at work, nestled under your desk? If you needed a break from paperwork or phone calls, you could go outside for a relaxing walk or a game of fetch. Minor irritants would melt away when you looked into those adoring doggie eyes or heard that solid tail thump. A surprising number and variety of businesses now recognize the added value of...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Dogs in the Courtroom
A comforting canine presence provides victims with a safe harbor
It’s everyone’s nightmare: You’re the victim of a serious crime. Your world collapses—you’re frightened, stunned, physically injured and completely overwhelmed. Police and prosecutors interview you about the smallest details, forcing you to relive the experience over and over. Eventually, you’ll have to face the perpetrator in court, testifying and once again reviving the horror. Emotionally...

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