The Daily Dog

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Bad Dog

My dog, Chance, is old. White fur circles his eyes, coats his muzzle, sprouts between his toes. Although still alive, he looks like a ghost. He used to stand like a champion, his chest and muzzle forward, his hind legs back. Now he can hardly support himself when he sits, balancing precariously like a pile of kindling propped against itself.

Read more: Bad Dog – NYTimes.com.

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Fake Service Dogs on the Rise

Seen a dog wearing a service vest sitting on its owner’s lap in a restaurant? Or barking the way a pet dog is wont to yip?

More dogs may be posing as service animals in order to gain access to cafes or schools or wherever their owners would like them to go. Canine Companions for Independence, a service dogs training program, is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to stop the online sale of fake service dog certification products.

Dog owners can buy “disguises” — vests, patches, papers — online for $65; there are no federal laws that require ID for service dogs, so businesses can’t ask owners to display proof that their dog is a service animal. The U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives people with disabilities the right to be accompanied by a trained service dog in privately-owned businesses.

Read more: Fake Service Dogs on the Rise : Discovery News.

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Labrador Retriever Reigns Supreme Once Again In Baltimore

Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America’s Most Popular As Bigger Breeds Shake up the List
NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Baltimore‘s top spot in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) 2012 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.
“The people of Baltimore showed love to Golden Retrievers in 2012,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  “This loyal and loveable breed jumped from fourth to second, pushing the ever-popular German Shepherd Dog to third place.”
Baltimore‘s top 5 breeds for 2012 compared to 2011:
Baltimore’s Most Popular Breeds 2012*
Baltimore’s 2011 Ranking*
5. Boxer
* Registration data pulled from Baltimore zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
Among the Changes in Baltimore‘s Rankings:
  • Yorkshire Terriers lost their popularity in Baltimore this year, moving down from sixth to tenth.
  • The Chihuahua made the biggest leap in popularity this year, joining Baltimore‘s top ten list as the sixth most popular dog.
The AKC also announced its nationwide rankings today.  Proving that bigger really is better, the American Kennel Club announced that the Bulldog has muscled its way into the top 5, becoming the fifth most popular dog in the U.S. according to AKC Registration Statistics, bumping the tiny Yorkshire Terrier into sixth place for the first time since 2003.  The Golden Retriever also pushed its way back to the top, overtaking the Beagle for third place, and Rottweilers continued their climb up the top 10 list by taking ninth place away from the Dachshund, both adding to the bigger breed trend.  Labrador Retriever lovers have again spoken – the playful, family friendly breed remains the number one most popular breed in the U.S. for the 22nd consecutive year, tying with the Poodle for the longest reign in the top spot.  Visit www.akc.org for the complete list.
Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2012
Watch all of AKC’s recognized breeds compete during the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship broadcast on the ABC Television Network, Saturday, February 2, 2013. Please check local listings for time.
In addition, the AKC expanded its litter of recognized breeds on January 1 to include the Chinook and Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, growing AKC’s family to 177 breeds.

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Some fun with dogs and cats (in a pool and snow)

Some fun with dogs and cats (in a pool and snow) – The Feed Blog – CBS News: (CBS News) We love us some animals here at The Feed. So let’s take a moment to honor a few of our favorite household pets with two videos showing some fun with dogs and cats. Up first is a first-person perspective video of a dog playing in a pool above. Go grab your towel, and check it out.

With the bitter cold in full effect here in New York City right now, this one makes me wish Spring would come sooner. Just saying. The very cute clip of a dog named Chase going after tennis balls in the pool was shot using a GoPro H3 camera and posted by YouTube user BimmerSchwag.

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Lame dogs brought to heal with stem cells

Stem cell injections in dogs will become routine in the next two years and will probably cost less than $1000.

The first data, collated last week, into the use of the procedure where cultured cells are injected into the joints of dogs with hip dysplasia or canine osteoarthritis has shown a success rate of 96 per cent.

The procedure will be made available to veterinary clinics, promoted at dog shows and possibly in a television campaign.

It has been transformed in little more than a year with stem cells from one animal used to treat other dogs.

Lame dogs brought to heal with stem cells – World News – World – General – Great Lakes Advocate

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Years after mayor’s dogs were shot by police, training on confronting animals gets underway

It has been four years since Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo’s two black Labrador retrievers were killed by Prince George’s County officers during a raid on his home and, since that time, he has focused on making changes to prevent the needless killings of animals by law enforcement officers.

That time has arrived, according to county officials.

Gazette.Net: Years after mayor’s dogs were shot by police, training on confronting animals gets underway

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Is raw pet food safe?

Next month, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will hold a meeting to decide its stance and policy on raw pet foods. There is a petition asking for protection for pet owners to feed to their pets raw food. Many feel that the AVMA is making moves to try to curb pet owner freedoms. The AVMA responds here to some of the concerns.

Is raw pet food safe? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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Shelter dog who fell out of truck onto I-95 found alive 11 days later (VIDEO)

Shelter dog who fell out of truck onto I-95 found alive 11 days later (VIDEO) | The Sideshow – Yahoo! News: A dog who was thrown onto I-95 in Florida after his crate fell off an animal control truck nearly two weeks ago has been found alive.

“Tails and tongues are wagging in Flagler County today,” anchorman Jim Payne said at the top of a report on Orlando’s WESH-TV.

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Dog owners warned about chicken jerky treats from China

Dog owners warned about chicken jerky treats from China | azfamily.com Phoenix: MESA, Ariz. — Linda Hetrick said the worst part about losing her dog, Angel, is coming home to an empty apartment.

“I couldn’t walk through my front door without crying so hard because I missed her so much,” she said sobbing.

What makes it worse — Hetrick said she feels there’s a chance Angel’s death could’ve been avoided.

“She was fine until she ate these,” she said, referring to Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky treats.

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Astoria’s canine killer pleads guilty – Queens Chronicle: Western Queens News

Milan Rysa, the Astoria bodybuilder who threw his dog out a third-floor window to its death, pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless endangerment on March 15 in Queens Criminal Court.

Read more: Astoria’s canine killer pleads guilty – Queens Chronicle: Western Queens News