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What Makes a Mutt? DNA Tests Can Tell.

Dog DNA test kitDNA testing has come a long way from the days when tests were exorbitantly expensive and results could take months to get. Today, you can order an inexpensive DNA test that can tell you what your mixed breed dog’s heritage is.

In an AP article, Nate Jenkins tells of how one woman did just that. She wanted to know the origins of her dog, Rascal.

“Rascal’s mom looked like Lassie. His dad? Well, that’s a good question.

Rascal’s ears make it clear he was the product of something besides a Collie, but his owners couldn’t say exactly what. So Kathie Svoboda of Lincoln dabbed a swab in her pet’s mouth, mailed […]

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By |2018-08-10T09:04:24+00:00August 10th, 2018|Dogs in General|5 Comments

Why Do Dogs Bite?

sheltie growling at maleGiven the right circumstances — all dogs will bite.

Oh no, you say. Not my little Fluffy! Never!

If little Fluffy hasn’t bitten someone so far, it’s because little Fluffy has been lucky enough not to be put in a situation that causes little Fluffy to bite. And maybe little Fluffy will continue to be lucky for the rest of her life. Let’s hope so. Upwards of one million dogs — and, therefore, people — a year aren’t so lucky (roughly the number of reported dog bites per year).

What Causes Dogs to Bite?

There are, in fact, many situations that may cause a dog to bite: Dogs are most likely to bite […]

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By |2018-08-01T17:48:13+00:00August 1st, 2018|Dogs in General|18 Comments

How to Pick a Dog Person Out of a Crowd

We’re in a period where there have been a lot of people showing up at the house.

While I enjoy most people, I don’t love having any of them show up unannounced.

That’s because there’s a fair amount of management that goes into keeping Graidy and Wink safe since both of them are Houdini escape artists.

Open the door a slit and turn your back. GONE.

Open the door to come in and stand there talking like you don’t have a care in the world. GONE.

Open the door without looking behind you to see what four-footed is lurking. GONE.

You get the idea. Non-dog people just don’t get it–because they don’t have to get it. They don’t live in […]

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By |2018-06-17T10:03:24+00:00June 16th, 2018|Dogs in General|2 Comments

Rescuers Buy Dogs From Breeders at Auctions

This is so sad. My heart is breaking for the state of the world. Truly, we have lost our way…

Shelters buy Puppy mill dogs

Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn

By Kim Kavin, Washington Post, April 12, 2018

An effort that animal rescuers began more than a decade ago to buy dogs for $5 or $10 apiece from commercial breeders has become a nationwide shadow market that today sees some rescuers, fueled by Internet fundraising, paying breeders $5,000 or more for a single dog.

The result is a river of rescue donations flowing from avowed dog saviors to the […]

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By |2018-04-13T08:15:06+00:00April 26th, 2018|Dogs in General|0 Comments

There Must be a Dog God

Over the weekend, Andrew wanted to make a stop at a local minimart to pick up a few things on the way back home.  It was a cold, dark evening, and the parking lot of this little strip mall wasn’t very well lit.

Since I was not in need of anything, I stayed in the car while  Andrew hopped out to go get his items. A moment later I watched a guy walk up, put his old beagle mix in a sit-stay, not on the sidewalk, but in a parking spot — in a parking lot where cars frequently whiz in and out. Then he turned without looking back, and casually walked inside.

I watched this little dog sit for, oh, maybe […]

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By |2018-04-17T07:27:33+00:00April 18th, 2018|Dogs in General|9 Comments
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