Why I’d never adopt a shelter dog again

Why I’d never adopt a shelter dog again
Article from Washington Post:

July 17

Erin Auerbach is a writer living in Los Angeles. She has written for Salon, the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Daily News.

“Why buy while those in shelters die?”

It’s a pretty common mantra for pet rescue groups, one I’d taken to heart. Even as a kid, my family only adopted from shelters. As an adult, I got my dogs from rescue organizations, secretly judging friends who bought theirs from breeders.

I like selfies. Unfortunately, Pony does not. (Erin Auerbach)

For a long time, it was a point of pride for me. When I brought home Mookie in 2000, everyone told me how lucky I was to find such a sweet animal. The 18-pound Bo…………………continues on Washington Post
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Thermal boy hospitalized following dog attack
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Dolly Parton Promises to Adopt Namesake Dog Abandoned at Glastonbury …

Dolly Parton Promises to Adopt Namesake Dog Abandoned at Glastonbury …
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UPDATED 07/08/2014 at 10:40 AM EDT Originally published 07/07/2014 at 01:30 PM EDT

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Dolly Parton was feeling “saxy” at Glastonbury, and now a dog rescued at the music festival has captured her heart.

The country queen has promised to adopt a fluffy white lurcher – now also named “Dolly” – found alone in a tent after the British concert series last week.

“Heard about the abandoned dog at @GlastoFest? If nobody claims her, I’ll take her home to America! Ain’t she cute :)” Parton, 68, People Magazine

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South Carolina toddler and dog get locked in hot car, die
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BUFORD, S.C. — A 3-year-old northern South Carolina boy has died several days after being locked in a hot car for a time.

Officials say Logan Cox died Sunday morning at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris says the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office in Charlotte hasn’t determined the cause of the boy’s death.

The Lancaster County sheriff’s office says Logan suffered severe heat stroke last Wednesday after he climbed into a car with his dog at the family’s home in Buford and became trapped.

Deputies said it appeared the boy left the home without his mother’s knowledge. Authorities don’t know how long the boy had been in the car before he was found. The dog also died, the boy’s grandfather told USA Today.

No charges have been filed, CBS affiliate WBTV reports.

Sunday night, WBTV spoke to Logan’s mother, Amber Cox, who said her son always wanted to…………………continues on CBS News
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Pet owners struggle as fewer S.F. landlords allow dogs, cats

Pet owners struggle as fewer S.F. landlords allow dogs, cats
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Kim Oja lives a quiet life, has solid references and a dog sweet enough to be teaching a puppy obedience class. By just about any measure, she should be a San Francisco landlord’s dream tenant.

Instead, she’s commuting from Orinda to UCSF, spending three hours a day on her bike and BART. The graduate nursing student, who had cruised into good apartments in Los Angeles, Berkeley and Orinda, can’t even land an overpriced crash pad in San Francisco. All because of Jack, Oja’s fluffy white mutt she adopted from the pound two years ago.

“I always got my first choice. I have sterling credit, I have money in the bank, I present fairly well and former landlords give a good recommendation,” Oja says. “Naively, that’s what I thought was going to happen in the city.”

San Francisco has long been known as a pet-friendly city – U.S. census data confirm that the dogs outnumber children by about 1.7 to 1. But for years it has been increasingly challenging to find a pet-friendly home to rent. Now with the recent influx of wealthy residents, many with tech sector money to burn, renters are repor…………………continues on SFGate
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Chowhound: Washington pet store owner living on dog and cat food for a month
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A Washington state pet store owner is chowing down on her store’s products for a month to prove that pets can eat as healthy as humans.

Dorothy Hunter started her 30-day feast of eating only the dog and cat food she sells at her Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium stores in Richland and Kennewick, Wash., on June 19.

“You would be surprised how tasty dog and cat food can be when it’s made right,” she told the Tri-City Herald last week. “You really are what you eat and it’s the same for your pets. I decided to eat this food for a month just to prove how good it tastes, as well as showcase its nutrition.”

She stocks her shelves with dog and cat food that is comes from as far away as Italy. She told the newspaper that everything she carries is carefully selected for its nutritional value.

“You won find empty food in this store,” she told the Herald. “There are not fillers, or animal (byproducts) or preservatives. We also do our best to make sure we do not carry any edible foods from China or products whose ingredients come from China.

The one dish she likes to sink her paws into is the Tiki canned chicken cat food.

“In the dry kibble, I really like the Italian brand and the Natural Balance,” she said. “I know people think this is crazy, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to read labels and see what’s in th…………………continues on Fox News
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Trail camera photographs pack of dogs roaming southwest Saginaw

Trail camera photographs pack of dogs roaming southwest Saginaw
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SAGINAW, MI — Saginaw resident Robin Bouza and her husband have a trail camera set up on the fence in their back yard in hopes of capturing photographs of deer and other wildlife eating near their fence.

When they took down the camera to check its images recently, they were surprised to see it captured a shot of five dogs roaming in a pack shortly after 2 a.m. May 18, just beyond their home on Arthur. 

The photograph may be of the same dogs that are now the target of a police hunt that aims to capture the animals before they hurt someone.

The Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department and Saginaw County Animal Control were out in the area of Germania Nature Center Wednesday, July 2, searching for the dogs, acting on a report that they killed a large domestic dog Saturday. 

Sheriff William Federspiel said he believes there are seven to 12 dogs — two of which are adult dogs — roaming the area. The sheriff activated his posse, set up traps and had a pilot fly a plane over the area in hopes of catching the pack.

Bouza first saw two dogs in the area in the fall of 2013 and she believes they are the same ones…………………continues on MLive.com
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Home designs with pet projects: dog doors, built-in bowls and more
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Gayle Plessner and her husband love their dogs, but the sound of the rain on the roof of their Westlake Village home made them lament winter, the season of muddied paws, in 2012.

“I remember thinking that it would be great if we had a mud room for the dogs,” Plessner said.

So when the couple decided to remodel their six-bedroom contemporary home in April 2013, Plessner turned a 10-by-12-foot room off the laundry room into a pet zone, adding a water-resistant polka-dot floor and a separate dog door with access to the backyard for Lucy, a 2-year-old golden retriever; Hermione, a 5-year-old pug; and Snoop, a 6-year-old Chihuahua mix.

Plessner was going to eliminate the bathtub in the bathroom adjoining the dogs’ room but instead removed the glass shower doors and made the tub more accessible for bathing them.

Designers say more dog owners are considering their pets’ needs when building or remodeling their homes: asking for pooch-friendly spaces, ordering specialized cabinets for pet bowls and food, and adding canine-only showers and tubs.

“Pets and children are very important to our homeowners. So whether it’s dogs or cats or gerbils or fish, we need to include them in the design process,” Los Angeles architect Tim Barber said.

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SPCA: Dog Thrown From Car In Front Of Mastic Gas Station

SPCA: Dog Thrown From Car In Front Of Mastic Gas Station
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MASTIC, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A $ 2,000 reward is being offered for information after a dog was thrown from a car on Long Island last week, the Suffolk County SPCA said Thursday.

Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross said the entire incident was caught on video.

It happened on June 23 in Mastic. Gross said a witness saw a woman in her 30s throw a small, white-colored Toy Poodle-type dog from her car in front of an Exxon gas station on Montauk Highway.

“It’s looking up at the window like ‘get me back in the car. Get me back in the car,’” Gross told CBS 2′s Scott Rapoport.

The video shows a passenger in the front seat throw food out the window to distract the dog, authorities said. Then the driver takes off and the dog frantically chases after the car.

The witness then boxed the woman in with his car and got out to talk to her about what he saw, Gross said.

“The Good Samaritan blocked the vehicle and starts yelling at the woman, giving her a piece of his mind, ‘what are you doing,’” he said. “She says ‘I can’t keep the dog. The dog is very attached to me. When I leave it cries all the time.’”

The SPCA said the woman promised the witness she would go back, get the dog and bring it to a shelter.

But, “The Good Samaritan goes to the shelter to make sure that the dog was brought in. Sure enough the dog is there, bu…………………continues on CBS Local
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11 toppings to make your hot dog the top dog
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NYC woman killed trying to save her dog

NYC woman killed trying to save her dog
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NEW YORK – A woman was fatally struck by a garbage truck Wednesday morning as she ran to save her beloved dog, CBS New York reported.

Jackie Haeflinger, 58, was run over and crushed in the horrific accident, which took place around 10 a.m. in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Haeflinger was walking Violet, an 8-year-old Boston terrier, when the dog somehow got off her leash. Violet ran into the street as the garbage truck was backing up.

Witnesses said the truck driver apparently did not see Haeflinger or hear his partner trying to get him to stop.

“It just happened so fast. I’m getting off my bike, and then turned. She’s reaching trying to grab her dog and she’s under the truck before you know it, and it was done,” witness Ed Sanders told CBS New York.

The confused little dog, who was not hurt, was found on the sidewalk only a few feet away from where her owner’s body lay in the middle of 15th Street.

Haeflinger’s friends were in shock.

“We’ve been friends for 35 years,” Robert Gioria said, putting his head in his hands.

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Family dog dies after being viciously attacked by pit bull in Bay Ridge
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A bloodthirsty pit bull that twice lunged at Labradors owned by a Bay Ridge family escaped a third time last week, fatally mauling one of the beloved pooches.

Anita Bolognese’s jaw dropped as she watched the pit bull charge her 4-year-old black Labrador Fiona outside of the family’s Harbor Lane home on June 26 and then rip into the defenseless dog’s neck while tethered to a metal fence.

“That dog needs to be destroyed,” said Bolognese, 53, who vowed to file a lawsuit against the pit bull’s owner, Ted Hamway, who lives directly across the street from the devastated family. “Because it destroyed me and my family and my dog.”

Mark Bonifacio/New York Daily News Anita Bolognese, pictured in her Bay Ride home, is devastated by the tragic death of the Bolognese’s precious dog Fiona. New York Daily News

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Dog dies in hot car in Crestview

Dog dies in hot car in Crestview
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Dog Coughs Up Missing Wedding Ring Lost 6 Years Ago
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When Lois Matykowski lost her wedding ring six years ago, she was devastated. After checking every spot in the house, the yard, the car, and even her dog’s poop for a few weeks, she gave up.

“My husband and I had been married for 20 years at that time,” Matykowski told ABC News. “We had just upgraded the ring, and it wasn’t insured. And it wasn’t just the value, but also the emotional ties. How do you replace that?”

The ring’s whereabouts became clear earlier this month when Tucker, the family’s dog, coughed up the truth – and the ring.

The 10-year-old Rottweiler mix adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society, is known as the “food burglar” in the house.

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PHOTO: Matykowski’s wedding ring had been hiding in Tucker’s stomach for the past six years.

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Are People Racist Against Black Dogs?

Are People Racist Against Black Dogs?
Article from Slate Magazine:

Would you adopt this dog?

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Just when you were hoping there were no new ways to be racist, it turns out people may be racist against dogs. Black Dog Syndrome is the name shelter workers have given to the tendency of dark-furred pups to languish in kennels while their lighter-furred brethren get adopted. “The effect is very real,” says Mirah Horowitz, executive director and founder of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. “We recently had a litter of five very cute, very fluffy puppies, two yellow and three black. And the yellow ones all went immediately, but for the black ones it took weeks.”

Katy Waldman is a Slate staff writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Daniel Radcliffe would make a great dog walker
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It’s the leash Daniel Radcliffe could do as he turned the heads of young female fans around Bryant Park Monday.

No, the young actor, appearing on Broadway in “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” hasn’t gone to the dogs. He was merely filming some scenes for Judd Apatow’s latest comedy, “Trainwreck.”

When a fan asked Apatow if Radcliffe was playing a dog walker, the director played coy, tweeting: “Not true! He was just walking his dogs.”

But the star was spotted later filming alongside the dogs and actresses Marisa Tomei and Amy Schumer.

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