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  • Dogs, Ebola, and Excalibur’s undoing

    from Editor's Notepad - The news blog for dogs and their people

    Tuesday October 14th, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Square_140_column_can-humans-catch-ebola-from-dogs Excalibur in quarantine at his owners apartment in Spain; the dog was euthanized after his owner, Teresa Romero, contracted the Ebola virus.

    Im no fun at parties, some people might even consider me a buzz-kill. When heated discussions get going about popular political topics, I have a tendency to ask the question that gets both sides rolling their eyes Wheres the scientific proof? I dont want to hear what news station you heard it on, I want real research that doesnt start and end with just...

  • Barn Hunt: Doggy fun, even without a barn

    from Editor's Notepad - The news blog for dogs and their people

    Monday October 6th, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Square_140_column_what-is-a-dog-barn-hunt The object of a Barn Hunt is for the dog to find all the rats encased in ventilated plastic tubes that have been buried in a hay bale maze; dont worry no animals are harmed.

    Billieis one of those crazy dogs who will chase a squirrel up a tree, and whether or not it is still up there sit under the tree for hours hoping it will come back down and fall into her lap.She turned ninethis year, not that old for anAustralian Cattle Dog, but a recent diagnosis of a heart condition has meant that...

  • Volunteerism at Best Friends

    from Editor's Notepad - The news blog for dogs and their people

    Tuesday September 30th, 2014 at 01:11 PM

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    When it came time to plan our family vacation this year, I thought long and hard aboutvolunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuarywith my 13-year old. It can be a chore asking him to help around the house, and asking him to volunteer I thought may be going too far.

    Best Friends AnimalSanctuaryis located just five miles north ofKanab,Utah, and it is close toBryce,Zion, andGrand Canyon National Parks. We have never visited Bryce or Zion; we all thought we would explore...

  • How to find a pet-friendly rental property

    from Editor's Notepad - The news blog for dogs and their people

    Friday September 19th, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Square_140_column_why-do-dogs-and-cats-end-up-in-shelters Many dogs and cats end up in shelters because their owners were unable to secure a pet-friendly rental property. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

    Every year in the U.S., millions of pets find themselves living in shelters and rescues around the country. For many of these pets, the reason they have been separated from their families is a lack of pet-friendly housing.

    Last year, I moved across the country with cats and dogs, and saw myself how hard it was to find an affordable rental that allowed...

  • Fake service dogs: A shame...and a crime

    from Editor's Notepad - The news blog for dogs and their people

    Friday September 5th, 2014 at 06:26 AM

    Square_140_column_how-can-you-tell-a-fake-service-dog DogTime reported on fake service dogs a year ago, as some humans in New York used service animal vests at stores to avoid leaving their dogs tied up on the street. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

    When a friend was looking for a dog-friendly property rental, she, as so many people do, was having a hard time. Going to social media, she posted what she was looking for, along with a photo of her sweetseniormixed-breed dog, and a random stranger made a suggestion that seemed all too simple: Just buy...

  • Top 10 things every responsible rescue should offer

    from Editor's Notepad - The news blog for dogs and their people

    Wednesday July 30th, 2014 at 03:50 PM

    Square_140_column_signs-of-a-good-dog-or-cat-rescue One sign of a responsible rescue: Being allowed to see where the animals are housed upon request.

    If you are one of the17 millionAmericans looking to acquire a pet this year, youre probably considering one of the four most popular options:adoptinga pet from ashelterorrescue; adopting a pet from a friend or family member who cannot keep it; taking in astray(more common with cats); or buying from apurebredsource such as abreederorpet store.

    While youre making your decision, you have likely...

  • When misperceptions cost lives

    from Editor's Notepad - The news blog for dogs and their people

    Friday July 18th, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Square_140_column_french-bulldog-health-problems Although reputable breeders screen for preventable diseases inherent in a breed, some ailments cannot be predicted.

    I dont know what possessed me to even read something entitled Why Id Never Adopt a Shelter Dog Again, written by Erin Auerbach, who also wrote a story entitled, I Hope My Dogs Die Soon, but call me a glutton for punishment.

    I loveshelterdogs. I also lovepurebreddogs (some breeds more than others). I dont think loving one is mutually exclusive of the other especially...

  • Saving lives starts with support, not shame

    from Editor's Notepad - The news blog for dogs and their people

    Tuesday July 8th, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Square_140_column_what-is-the-poverty-like-in-brooklyn A map of the Brooklyn area in New York, which shows a void of veterinary clinics in the most impoverished areas. (Photo credit: BeyondBreed.com)

    How could their owners leave them behind?

    Its the question many animal lovers ask themselves when they see the photo of a homeless cat or dog in an animal shelter photo. Recently, I saw a large no-kill shelter inTexaspost a photo of a youngPit Bullmixon their social media page. In addition to taking in animals from high-volume, open-admission...

  • Fostering: Love. Learn. Let Go. Repeat.

    from Editor's Notepad - The news blog for dogs and their people

    Wednesday June 25th, 2014 at 09:44 AM

    Square_140_column_how-do-i-foster-a-dog Zoom, a 9-month-old Doberman puppy, is our latest foster.

    I tiptoed out of his room, closed the door, and made it all the way upstairs before whispering to my husband, I think he is just going to sleep. No crying! Sure enough, it was only our third night together, but the baby went to sleep without a sound and slept through the night.

    But this was no human baby, peacefully tucked into a crib. This wasZoom, our 9-month-oldDobermanfosterpuppy, snoozing away in hiscrate. And just like with a...

  • We can’t save them all. And we shouldn't.

    Square_140_column_what-happens-to-animals-that-are-at-a-shelter-for-too-long Dolce and Gabbana were two Chihuahuas up for adoption in New Mexico; despite 936 Facebook shares, they were euthanized due to shelter overcrowding.

    I want to apologize to the public on the [unofficial] behalf of animal rescuers this National Pet Month. Normally, were a bit nuts about our furry friends, but, as a whole, we know, in the back of our minds (for better or worse), there are no pets without people.

    Were often called overprotective toward our wards, and we can tend to throw our...

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