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Anti-Cat Lady: ‘What’s the Fuss About?’

Remember the woman caught on camera petting someone’s cat then picking it up and dropping into an outdoor trash can, trapping it for 16 hours? After being identified and requiring police protection from a potentially infuriated neighborhood, she has apologized what what she has called “a split second of misjudgment.”...
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Trigger Rides Again

Forty-five years after its death, Roy Rogers’ beloved golden Palomino, Trigger, is returning to television. The remains of the horse were purchased at auction for more than a quarter of a million dollars by RFD-TV, a rural program-oriented cable network.  The net also purchased the remains of cowboy’s dog, Bullet,...
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Puppy School

A couple of readers have asked about the puppy, so I wanted to offer an update: Scotty has gotten the last of his puppy vaccinations and his neutering is out of the way. At the six months mark, which he officially hits on Tuesday, he’s now weighing in at 55...
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The Power of Our Words

I was reading an article on the personality of Collies recently. The article pointed out general things about the breed that I already knew: they’re intelligent, easy to train, loyal and friendly. Collies are known for being very loving dogs. And, like some people, that can sometimes be an Achilles’ Heel:...
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Dog Breeding Gone Nuts

In my search for a new four-legged friend, I think I’ve reached a point at which I should address a few points about dog breeders. First, unlike a lot of animal activists, I don’t have anything against dog breeders per se. The clear majority of them genuinely care about the...
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In Memory of a Great Dog

For a lot of dog owners, there’s definitely such a thing as love at first sight. They feel it the first time they lock eyes with the four-legged friend they take home from a shelter or from a breeder. For me, I fell in love with Zoey the first time...
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My Dog Wins Her Hunger Strike

My dog has come quite a long way in her life, just having proven herself a worthy opponent in the battle of the dog biscuits. But first, a little background: She was a shelter dog, picked up wandering around with two young puppies, the victim of some kind of abuse...
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How Would the Vet Be Sure?

I got an email from my veterinarian today.  Actually, it’s from my dog’s veterinarian, but I figured you already knew that much. Anyway, the email begins with this important question: “Does your dog suffer from a lower activity level, stiffness, limping or inability to jump?” If the answer is yes,...
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Tilt!

Found on YouTube:  Dog owners know that little look a dog gives when he hears a word he knows from his master.  Here’s a collection of Pugs and an owner tossing a few “key words” their way.  Enjoy!...
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Just Like Pâté

If you’ve ever wondered what your dog’s dinner really tastes like — and apparently enough have that a research study was actually commissioned — the answer is that it’s probably better than you had imagined. At least, if you’re spending a fortune on that organic dog food with “human-grade free range meat”...
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Protest Theater

It’s hard for me to take groups like PETA seriously.  It’s hard for me to take seriously any group that constantly does outlandish things just to get attention.  One of the organization’s international branch presidents reportedly told The New Yorker in 2003 that they are “complete press sluts.” Because it...
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Zack

This will be a relatively-short post, because the more I’d try to write, the harder it’d be. I had to say goodbye to one of my dogs this morning.  I have not written about the anguish leading up to it here at all, so don’t feel bad if you had...
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