Popping in On Some Amish Pups

I was on my way to see an Amish man about a dog. Not because I want another dog — Ace is more than enough, especially during our current nomadic phase — but because I wanted a first-hand glimpse of what an Amish-run breeding operation is like. I’ve always been puzzled by the disparity — … Read more

Dogs of the World – A Dog Breed Map by Lili Chin

There are plenty of nits one could pick about this “Dogs of the World” map, but it’s still a pretty awesome achievement. The artwork is an offshoot of the “Dogs of the World” series of drawings Lili Chin, a Los Angeles-based artist, produced in 2014. It features 345 dog breeds and their countries of origin. Since some … Read more

What it Means When Your Dog Pees on You

Christmas was kind to me this year. I got some gift cards, some underwear, some cookies, a hummingbird feeder and a drill. And from my dog, I got peed on. This was actually the day after Christmas. Out for the afternoon walk, we saw some neighbors and their dogs, all of whom we’d met before, … Read more

Squish Appears on Rachel Ray Show

Squish, an Ohio dog whose face was left twisted and contorted by what veterinarians believe was a severe beating, will be a guest on “The Rachel Ray Show” today. Appearing via a video call with the once-abused dog will be the woman who rescued him and to whom he now belongs, a veterinary intern at … Read more

Do we Really Need Dog Fart Awareness Day?

Dog Fart Awareness Day came and went over the weekend — and I wasn’t even aware of it! Nor was I aware that such a day has apparently existed for at least three years. My tendency is to question whether it is “a real thing” — sorry, but a Facebook page alone is not ample proof of … Read more

600 Animals Seized From The Haven in N.C.

Authorities in Hoke County, N.C., yesterday unearthed the remains of 15 dogs on the grounds of a “no-kill” animal shelter from which 600 animals were seized this week. A day after Hoke County deputies and the ASPCA raided The Haven — Friends for Life shelter near Raeford, authorities on Thursday dug up the remains of … Read more

American Dog Population Rises to 77.5 Million

Americans are increasingly making provisions for their pets in their will, placing their pet’s medical needs over their own, and planning vacations around their pet — all signs that pets, more than ever, are considered part of the family, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). The APPA has released its 2009-2010 National Pet Owners Survey, and … Read more

Dollar Store Dog Treats Are Subject Of Recall

A brand of chicken dog treat most commonly sold at dollar stores is being recalled by the manufacturer due to possible Salmonella contamination. According to the FDA, Salix Animal Health has expanded its earlier recall of Good ‘n’ Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks. The initial recall pertained only to the lot in which Salmonella was discovered during … Read more

“Pedigree Dogs Exposed” Gets First U.S. Airing

“Pedigree Dogs Exposed”, the controversial BBC documentary that shed some much-needed light on purebred breeding practices and the horrors they have produced, will get its first airing in the U.S. tonight (Dec. 10). Probably the single most important piece of dog reporting in the past decade, the documentary led to the BBC dropping its coverage of Crufts, … Read more