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Mary Oliver, poet and dog lover, has died

Poet Mary Oliver has died at age 83 at her home in Florida. Much loved for her poems of the natural and spiritual worlds, she believed that poetry “mustn’t be fancy.” Her clear-eyed, plain spoken use of language, not only won her a legion of loyal readers but also a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Oliver was a lifelong dog lover, and dogs would often stray into view in her lyrical observations of life. Her dog […]

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Bulldogs’ screw tails linked to human genetic disease

With their small size, stubby faces and wide-set eyes, bulldogs, French bulldogs and Boston terriers are among the most popular of domestic dog breeds. Now researchers at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine have found the genetic basis for these dogs’ appearance, and linked it to a rare inherited syndrome in humans. Bulldogs, French bulldogs and Boston terriers aren’t the only dogs with short, wide heads, but they do share another feature not found […]

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Dog Groups Help Out Parks During Shutdown

As the partial government shutdown enters its third week, citizen groups around the country are pitching in to help keep parks open and functioning. America’s National Parks and Recreational Areas are being hit hard during the government’s partial shutdown, with reports of overflowing trash and waste, unmonitored bad behavior and safety issues as a result of furloughed park staff. As our government inaction rages on in Washington, D.C., some local dog groups are picking up the mantle […]

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Roadside Attraction: Steward of the Soil

Rising from a nondescript field along eastbound Interstate 80, halfway between the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, is a freestanding 20-by-20-foot mural of a farmer kneeling next to a dog. The shaped painting on wood is by artist Colleen Gnos, a SoCal resident who grew up in nearby Dixon, a small farming community. The monumental work, titled Stewards of the Soil, is Gnos’s salute to local farmers, known for their crops of sunflowers, watermelon and alfalfa; […]

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Journey

The doors burst open at 10 am. Being the longest resident in the shelter, I had the routine down pat. I curled up in my comfy bed, like a fox, to take a snooze. As usual, they walked by my kennel gate ignoring me … ditto! After the early morning rush of kindly folks putting dibs on their choices of “dog gaters” as I called them (the more social, outgoing dogs who knew how to sell themselves […]

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Reinforcement Techniques in Dog Training

Positive reinforcement, using food rewards to increase the likelihood a dog will repeat a desirable behavior, is universally regarded as the most reliable method for teaching commands. While the basic concepts of rewardbased training are easy to understand, people sometimes inadvertently inhibit progress by using too many—or too few —treats. Let’s say you’re in Las Vegas playing a slot machine, but every time you deposit a quarter and pull the arm, you get your one quarter in […]

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Book Review: City of Dogs

From the outside, New York City seems monolithic, a fizzing anonymous hive of activity and noise. From the inside, it’s much the same any other American city (albeit one with way more people, languages and cultural amenities than most). Its five boroughs—Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island—are home to 250 distinct neighborhoods, 850 million people and roughly 600,000 dogs. In those neighborhoods, as they are everywhere, dogs are the catalyst for many human connections. In […]

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Smiling Dog: Harvey

Dog’s name and age: Harvey, 2 years What inspired the name?  The fictional supervillain from Batman, Harvey Dent aka Two-face, due to his face markings. Harvey’s Nicknames: Monster, Harv What do his people cherish most him? Harvey never has a bad day—ever. Even if he is in trouble, that tail never stops wagging! He is proof that we really could learn a lot from dogs on how to live life. #harveythecatahoulamix https://thebark.com/content/smiling-dog-harvey

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Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Dog

I say with only a little shame that I am guilty of the “sin” of coveting my neighbor’s dog many times over. It’s so easy to do, and yet I advise against it because it’s unlikely that anything good will come of it. Sure, once in a while you want a dog who the neighbor can’t keep because of failing health or some other extreme situation. In other cases, the dog that is a perfect match for […]

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