Archive for August, 2011

Flying Chihuahuas!

Flying Chihuahuas!

Buddy just learned about this great pet project called Operation Chihuahua that flies the small dogs from the West Coast, where they are filling shelters to capacity, to the East Coast where they are in high demand. What a great idea! Unfortunately, Hurricane Irene stalled 16 pups on their way east this past week, but [...]


Dachsund Dash Drama

Dachsund Dash Drama

Batavia New York’s annual Weiner Dog Race this past Sunday ended in controversy surrounding the close finish. Two-time champion Jake Arnold and rookie racer Gordon Ryan (oddly human names, no?) had a nose-to-nose finish that was apparently too close to call, so judges declared it tie. A rematch is in the offing. http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/officials-determine-jake-arnold-and-gordon-nose-nose-finish-line/27954


The Mets Go To the Dogs

The Mets Go To the Dogs

And we’re not referring to the National League team’s win-loss record. Apparently a pack of stray dogs are making the blocks around CitiField their home base. Perhaps the team slogan should change from Let’s Go Mets to Let’s Go Mutts? http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/ruff_going_at_citi_aqZojv6n5KLJEdr0n8eEAL?CMP=OTC-rss&FEEDNAME=


Puppy Poaching

Puppy Poaching

Dog napping is on the rise—up 49% in the last year. Buddy found this story that follows a detective hot on the trail of a missing dog plus tips on how to prevent pet theft and increase the odds of getting a missing dog back. http://abcnews.go.com/US/dognappings-rise/story?id=14329379


Pudgy Pooch?

Pudgy Pooch?

Did you know that 55% of dogs are overweight? Here’s a funny and helpful article on how to tell if your hound is on the husky side as well as some tips on how to help your pup drop the pounds. http://milton.patch.com/articles/fat-cats-and-big-dogs


Dog Shopping

 Dog Shopping

Thinking about getting a dog? It’s easy to pick a breed on looks alone, but before you choose a canine companion from a shelter or breeder, you should know if your family and the dog will be a good fit. The link below connects you with one of several guides available online that offer profiles [...]


From Dog Pound to Dog Found

From Dog Pound to Dog Found

File under doggie miracles this story about a Maltese that was thrown from a car during an accident more than one year ago and is now on his way back home to the little boy who thought he’d never see him again. http://www.detnews.com/article/20110811/METRO/108110420/Dog-missing-for-year-after-car-crash-heading-home-to-Michigan


Pet Food Perils

Pet Food Perils

In light of recent dog and cat food recalls—the New York Times published an article with suggestions on how to avoid having either you or your dog come down with food-borne illnesses lurking in certain types of dry and wet foods. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/11/salmonella-lurks-in-pet-foods-too/?src=me&ref=general


Life is Ruff

Life is Ruff

Buddy just found this funny piece about people who dress up their dogs in seriously silly costumes. http://www.lenconnect.com/mysource/family/x919521439/Tracy-Beckerman-Its-a-dressed-up-dogs-life


Paw & Order

Paw & Order

Dogs have been taking the stand in recent years as part of a program to comfort victims—especially children—testifying in courtrooms. But now a case is up before New York State court to end the program because, a group of defense lawyers contend, the dogs are so cute they sway the jury. Buddy thinks the best [...]


Communicating with your Canine

Communicating with your Canine

Buddy found an article (link below) with tips on understanding what your dog is telling you simply by the way it moves its ears, eyes and jaw. Add this knowledge to what you know about your dog’s barking and tail-wagging, and you can tell your friends that you speak “dog.” http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/08/08/2349763/if-dogs-and-cats-could-talk-what.html


Toy of the Week: Grunt & Squeak Gorilla

Toy of the Week: Grunt & Squeak Gorilla

Because sometimes Buddy needs a soft and furry friend, he goes ape for this bright orange gorilla featuring squeakers in each of its limbs. The toy is also available as a platypus, frog, lion, warthog and moose. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=11903&cmpid=01csegpl&ref=6111&subref=AA&CAWELAID=525382049


Woman’s Best Friend

Woman's Best Friend

(Photo: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat) Buddy just found this incredible essay charting the relationship between author Lily Burana and her dog. It’s beautifully written and astonishingly moving in how it captures the way dogs inhabit our homes and lives. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/an-insomniacs-best-friend/?ref=dogs


Pool Pups!

Pool Pups!

This Hounds Across America photo contest winner is simply too cute not to share with dog lovers everywhere. https://www.facebook.com/exploredogs


Downward Facing Dogs

Downward Facing Dogs

There’s Mommy & Me yoga, couples yoga, and now yoga with your dog. This new form of the ancient art is not surprisingly called “doga.” Buddy is starting to work on his lotus position right now, but does feel challenged by having four legs instead of just two to cross. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/01/us-fitness-yoga-dogs-idUSTRE7701US20110801