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My Dream Dog Video
Racing against a greyhound

I know I am preaching to the choir when I proclaim that dogs are incredible animals with amazing abilities. So I’m pretty sure I’m in good company when I say that I have a list of dogs’ traits that are so extraordinary that it’s worth finding ways to demonstrate them to the world. I even have a wish list for videos I’d love to have that show dogs off a bit. Sometimes I acquire the videos I desire, but the list just keeps on growing.

Currently at the top of my wish list is a pair of videos illustrating how quickly dogs can run. The first of the two videos would show a race between my husband, who is a sprinter, and me. I’m a runner, too, but not one blessed with any real speed. He would easily dust me in a race of any distance. The second of the two videos would show a race between my husband and a greyhound, which would be such a rout by the dog that it would make that first race with me look close.

What do you think is so amazing about dogs that you have an urge to show everyone?

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Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by Frances | June 25 2012 |

On Saturday we went to a friend's 90th birthday party, in a home for people with dementia. Several other residents wanted to meet the dogs, and Sophy the Papillon carefully and kindly responded to each one, letting herself be petted and admired, accepting odd behaviour and strange noises, and giving each a few moments of contact and happy memories. She convinced me I need to register her as a therapy dog, and visit more regularly.

Submitted by Carolyn | June 26 2012 |

Noses. I just cannot imagine the richness and detail available to the dog through the world of scent.

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