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Expert Advice: News See How Dogs Save Human Lives Each Day
It may look like a fun game of fetch or an obedience exercise, but Labrador Retriever Otis, seen in the video, was giving a lesson in how dogs keep people alive. He was just one of the four-legged participants at Bark at the Park, a special highlight of San Francisco Fleet Week, 2015. Otis is […] | October 15, 2015
Expert Advice: Cute & Funny 10 Things Only a Leonberger Owner Would Know
This larger-than-life breed was developed in the mid-1800s by Heinrich Essig, an exotic-animal dealer and alderman from the German town of Leonberg, who, legend has it, was trying to create a dog to resemble the lion on the town’s crest. Saint Bernard, Newfoundland, Great Pyrenees, are among the breeds went into this intelligent, all-around working […] | October 14, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Five Amazing Ways Friends Helped Me Survive the Death of My Dog
Writer James Thurber called it “this most inconsolable of sorrows,” the grief that comes with the loss of a beloved four-legged companion. In the months leading up to end for my 15-year-old Labrador Retriever, Maggie, I braced myself for a deep paralyzing misery. I had pulled her from a shelter 14 years earlier. She was […] | September 9, 2015
Expert Advice: News It was Corgis Galore As Dying Dog Gets Last Wish
In late July, a family in Duluth, Minnesota, got the devastating news that their 11-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Oscar, had an untreatable cancer. He was given three to six months to live. Oscar’s owner, Tom Asbury, decided to help the dog and his family make the most of it. They created a bucket list of […] | September 1, 2015
Expert Advice: News Your Hound’s Horoscope: The Virgo Dog (August 24–September 23)
The first thing you should know about Virgo dogs is that the Rin Tin Tin was one of them, someone for whom the stars lined up in glorious order. On September 15, 1918, he was just a little 5-day-old German Shepherd Dog (GSD) facing certain death in a bombed out kennel in France, Then an […] | August 25, 2015
Samoyed pulling a weighted cart
Expert Advice: Fitness This Secret from the World’s Strongest Dogs Can Improve Your Dog’s Fitness
With a joyful bark and bound, Philo, a 5-year-old Samoyed, pressed his shoulders against his padded harness. Behind him, a cart loaded with gray concrete cinder blocks slowly moved forward, as his handler called out, “Work, work, work.” On that day, Philo pulled a load of more than 1,800 pounds—winning the event at Doggie U […] | August 21, 2015
Expert Advice: News Crazy for Collies? Then You’ll Go Wild Over This
If you love Lassie, you’d have been in heaven over the weekend of August 15, when 200 Collies converged on a little town in New Jersey for the annual celebration of the breed at Sunnybank, the home of Albert Payson Terhune. The author of Lad of Sunnybank and dozens of other books featuring unforgettable Collies, […] | August 20, 2015
Expert Advice: News This Stray Dog is Too Fat to Walk, and the Reason Why Will Shock You
We all know the cliché of the starving stray, wandering around the streets raiding the trash and begging for scraps. A Brazilian homeless dog named Bolinha (one English translation means "ball") has turned that image on its ear by becoming so fat that he could barely waddle. It all started about 13 years ago when […] | August 18, 2015
Expert Advice: General Health Protect Your Dog From These Hidden Hot-Weather Hazards
Summer means ice cream, hikes in the woods, swimming in ponds, running through fields, and, generally having a ball while soaking up the warmth. All that fun in the sun can have a downside, though. Most people are aware of the more obvious hazards that come with long, warm days—heat stroke, drowning, disease-spreading mosquitoes, fleas […] | August 11, 2015
Expert Advice: Grooming Why Do Wet Dogs Smell So Bad?
We’ve all had this experience—a summer day, a drive to the lake, and a refreshing dip for your and your four-footed pal in the clear cool water. Then there’s the agonizing drive home, as you try to keep your eyes on the road, even as you are about to pass out from the smell of […] | July 31, 2015

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