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Timmy gets a new Lassie (And it’s a Shelter Dog!)

Ever since he was a little boy, Jon Provost, who starred as Timmy in the Lassie TV series, always had a dog by his side. After losing his beloved beagle recently, Jon decided it was finally time to fill that void in his life. He visited the Humane Society of Sonoma County in search of his new “Lassie.” There, Jon and his wife, ...

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Can Barbara Walters Prove her Pooch is a Genius?

A company called PoochIQ.com is offering to put Walters’ Havanese, Cha-Cha, to the test.  Walters often talks with her co-hosts on “The View” about how smart her dog is.  The “Cha-Cha Challenge” will test Cha-Cha on her memory, problem solving and reasoning skills.  The results will be shown as an intelligence score between 55-150 on the Pooch IQ Scale. According ...

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Halloween Safety Tips from a Trusted Source

The American Humane Association offers “Tips for a Smashing Good Time With Your Pets This Halloween”: For many of us, Halloween is our favorite time of year! But imagine what our pets must think when all they can smell is bags full of chocolate and their favorite people just don’t look quite right. Here are some tips to help you ...

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Enough Already

Let me preface this by saying that I love Rachael Ray.  Everybody at Dog Living loves Rachael Ray.  Well, except maybe Todd, our intern.  But he’s a guy so he’s allowed to enjoy more “manly” shows.  Anyway, we think Rachael Ray is just adorable and she has a great show.  Okay, got that?  We like Rachael Ray.  But we are ...

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The Obamas will Adopt, not Shop

Way back in the campaign, presidential candidate Barack Obama promised his two girls that win or lose, after the election the family would get a dog.  The American Kennel Club was wooing the family and held a national vote to see what breed Americans thought the Obamas should get.  A poodle was the winner. At the same time, Best Friends ...

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Having a Pet Party?

Chances are, many of you have received an Evite at one time or another.  For those of you who haven’t, www.evite.com is a handy little website that allows you to customize an invitation and send it out to your friends.  It even keeps track of RSVP’s.  The company has now announced the launch of its new “Pet Parties” invitation category. ...

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Puppies as Prizes? Please, not again.

An open letter to any organization who thinks it’s a good idea to auction off a puppy during a fundraiser: We’re a little concerned.  Actually, we’re a lot concerned.  A year or two ago, we were made aware of the fact that the Wrightsville Beach Flotilla committee auctioned off a puppy as a fundraiser during it’s kick-off party.  We heard ...

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Pet Parent Rights in the Workplace

Many dog owners would argue that having a dog is just like having a child in the sense that you have to provide food, shelter, exercise, medical care, training and attention.  So when Sally’s baby is sick, why is okay for her to leave work with no questions asked, but if Bob’s dalmation is throwing up, he gets all kinds ...

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This Election Better go to the Dogs

Okay, so it’s an overused phrase, but we couldn’t say it any other way.  Smith Brothers Agency has put together a battle between dogs and cats.  We don’t have anything against cats, but when has a cat ever been happy to see you?  Each “candidate” has a platform you can read about and then vote for who you think is ...

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The Obama Family Dog

Barack Obama has promised his two young girls that the family will get a dog after the election – win or lose.  The American Kennel Club has announced that Americans have voted in favor of Obama getting a Poodle.  While we think there’s nothing wrong with purebred dogs, we support The Best Friends Network in encouraging Obama to adopt a ...

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