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It’s Be Kind To Animals Week

May 7 to 12 is the 102nd annual Be Kind to Animals Week, a reminder that we should always treat our animal companions with compassion and empathy, in return for their trust and loyalty. This is a particularly good time to teach our children respect for all living creatures, and to renew our commitment to do the same for the rest of the year. Here are some other things we can do to show kindness to our dogs: Adopt Don’t Shop When you are considering adopting your next dog, please go to a shelter or rescue instead of a pet

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5 Useful Apps For Dog Lovers (And One Silly One)

In the last few years, our smart phones have become as much our constant companions as our dogs, but did you know that there are some very useful apps available to make your life as a pet owner easier and more convenient? Here are our recommendations for five very useful apps available for both Android and Apple phones, which we’ve tested on both platforms. Each description is followed by a link to the app and user ratings. The apps are arranged alphabetically, so this is not a best-of order. BarkCam Have you ever tried to get that perfect photo of

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Have You Posted About Your Dog Today?

If you have a busy social (media) life, then you’re likely to post about your dog at least six times a week — at least if you’re the average pet owner and a recent survey by Bark and Bones is correct. You’re also much more likely to pull out your phone to take a photo of your dog than yourself and around ten percent of your dogs also have their own social media channels. Of course, your dog may not be as Internet famous as some others — although people do actually make a living from their pets’ accounts on

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The Outrageous Truth About Dogs Being Shot

Because the Internet is driven by clicks, story headlines have become a very important traffic-driver. Unfortunately, this means that the old newspaper adage “if it bleeds, it leads” has been somewhat taken to heart. You may have heard the term “clickbait,” which is a headline designed to cause a reaction in people — usually anger or outrage — in order to get them to click through to the story. While legitimate news outlets try to avoid this sort of thing, there are too many content purveyors who have turned it into an art form. Unfortunately, there are also too many

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Small Game Hunting In The Big Apple

If you’re in New York City, watch out for the R.A.T.S. No, that’s not a reference to the vermin known to inhabit old buildings, the subway system, and the city’s vast network of underground sewers and tunnels. It stands for Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society. That may seem like a fanciful name that was somewhat twisted around to achieve the acronym, but it does make total sense once you know who and what the R.A.T.S. are. Ryders Alley is just what it sounds like, a narrow one-way stretch of street that runs about half a city block southwest of DeLury Square

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Bummer, Lazarus And The Emperor: A Myth That Will Not Die

On the next episode of “Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation,” Cesar and Andre visit San Francisco, one of California’s most vibrant and historically significant cities. It’s a place that has also contributed a good share of stories, legends, and myths to state lore. One of the most famous real people of San Francisco was Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. He was the Emperor because he said he was, and the people of San Francisco just accepted it. After all, his ad in the September 17, 1859 edition of the San Francisco Bulletin proclaimed it: “At

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Revealing Errors: Accidentally Uncovering Our True Feelings About Dogs

If you were a fan of the television show “Friends,” then you probably remember one of the more famous moments from the series, which came almost twenty years ago at the end of season four. As the character of Ross is about to get married to his fiancée Emily, when he recites the vows, instead of her name he says, “Rachel.” This mix-up ends that marriage before it begins. And if you grew up with siblings, you’ve probably experienced this phenomenon yourself when another family member tried to call one of you and wound up running through the entire list

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Your Dog Remembers More Than You Think

Have you ever had this experience? Today is the day you’re going to take your dog to the vet, something that she hates. The appointment isn’t for a few more hours, but you realize that she’s already hiding from you and when you grab her leash and get ready to go, it’s clear that she knows what’s going to happen and is doing everything to avoid it, almost as if she has dog ESP. How did your dog know that? Logically, she should have no idea that a trip to the vet is in store. She should only think that

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Science Catches Up To Cesar

By Jon Bastian One of Cesar’s core principals of dog psychology is that they are pack animals and the pack has a hierarchy of leaders and followers. Cesar came to this conclusion over years of working with packs of dogs and observing their behavior. However, critics of Cesar’s methods say that this theory of dog behavior is outdated and based on captive wolves. Science is catching up to Cesar, though, and a recent study done by researchers from Oxford University, Eötvös University, Budapest and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) shows that a pack of dogs does, in fact, have

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Does Your Dog Love You?

By Juliana Weiss-Roessler If you believe that your dog truly loves you, are you right? Or is this just another way that we humanize our pets? It may not come as a surprise, but research confirms what most of us know from experience: dogs do experience feelings of love and affection. Yes, dogs rely on us for food and security, but they also look to us for social comfort and bonding. A team of scientists at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, trained over a dozen dogs to be comfortable around and in an MRI scanner, and they discovered that a

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