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Doggy DNA: Would You Want to Know?

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I got an email today advertising a Doggy DNA kit. Swab your dogs cheek, send the swab off to a lab, and wait for results. For $60 you can get an idea of what pooches may have been mixing it up in your doggy’s DNA! But would you want to know?

Probably not enough to pay for it… but if the “Mixed Breed Identification Test” were to appear on our doorstep, well…we wouldn’t scoff at the chance to figure out why Maybelle’s  ear stick out at a 45 degree angle, why Tulla drools, or why Charlie used to poop while hanging from a fence (no lie…he did that).


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I just read a couple of posts on Life With Dogs by Brian Beker that made me cry. Even though it’s a sad story about a deeply damaged dog, I teared up because sometimes human kindness is even more amazing than their ability to be cruel. And this story is about one of those times.

But it turns out the author is writing a book about Orville, his beloved Lab, and if you pre-order it, part of the sales will go to help dogs in need. Here’s what the site says about the book-in-progress:

Late one Himalayan night, after a run of luck that included being crushed in a jeep wreck, both legs and an arm pulverized, my skull cracked open and my face smashed, only to be paralyzed by a spinal cord tumor, divorced, fired, sentenced to death for espionage in one country and persona non grata-ed and deported from another, I saw a dog in the storm clouds over Kathmandu. I took it as a sign, and I looked for that dog for two years.
Matching a dog on Earth to one you saw up in the sky turned out to be harder than I thought.

I’m going to pitch in, and you should too. Heck, if for not other reason you should do it to get your picture (and your pet’s picture) in the book!

Reflective Pack

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My dog resembles a dingo — or, if you’re hunter in Connecticut, a coyote. I’m always afraid she’ll run after a chipmunk right into the path of a hunter. So I’ve been thinking about getting her a blaze orange vest for quite some time now. But most of the vests are just that…vests. No backpack-like qualities. If she’s got to  wear something, it may as well be useful. I searched high and low for the right one, and I think I’ve found it.

My Dog Escaped Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter

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I continue to count my lucky stars that Maybelle found her way to Connecticut. I came across this story today about a small “no-kill shelter” in Georgia that has been a bit deceptive. It’s a little confusing — I guess people sponsor a dog, making it easier for the animal to get adopted. But often, the dog is put to sleep at the county shelter nextdoor and the sponsors get emails saying the dogs were adopted or sent to a rescue.

What does this have to do with Maybelle? Well, I noticed a familiar name in the story — the Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter. Yes, according to the paperwork I got from my local humane society when I adopted Maybelle, she came here by way of the Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter. Close call, May! Read the rest of this entry

If You Live in Massachusetts Give Your Rep a Call

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Summary of the bill:

  • Create a statewide spay/neuter program to reduce the number of homeless animals in the Commonwealth and would, in turn, also reduce the cost to cities and towns for housing and sheltering these animals. This would be funded by a voluntary tax check off.
  • Add enforcement provisions to section 139A (the spay/neuter deposit law for animals adopted from shelters and animal control facilities) to ensure these animals can’t reproduce.
  • Require animal control officers to receive training.  People are often surprised to learn that their local animal control officer is not required to receive training for the complicated work they do to keep the people and animals in their community safe. This would be funded by the tax check off.
  • Prohibit carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide gas as a means to “euthanize” dogs and cats.
  • Reduce dog bites by improving the dangerous dog law (while preventing ineffective breed-specific ordinances).
  • A Senate amendment would allow pets to be included in domestic violence protection orders to protect both animals and people.

Adopt This Dog: Maybelline

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This is a dog that’s near and dear to my heart. She looks so much like Maybelle, she could be one of her pups. And then there’s the name…

But to put her freaking adorableness over the top, apparently she hops around…yes, hops.

Click the picture for more info.

Collar/Bottle Opener

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I just found what is possibly the best idea a human has ever had: a dog collar wit ha D-ring that doubles as a bottle opener. GENIUS!