Tag: dogs

A Pit Bull Was Strangled by a Neighbor. Then Came #JusticeforRex.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — It began as a small-scale neighborhood dispute between a Shih Tzu and a pit bull named Rex. A goldendoodle soon entered the mix. The trouble did not really begin until the humans got involved. By the time the dust had settled and the police had arrived, the pit bull was dead […]

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Why Euthanasia Rates at Animal Shelters Have Plummeted

DALLAS — When a lost, stray or abandoned pet entered an American city’s animal shelter 10 years ago, there was a good chance it would not leave. But in a quiet transformation, pet euthanasia rates have plummeted in big cities in recent years, falling more than 75 percent since 2009. A rescue, an adoption or […]

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Dogs Are Not Here for Our Convenience

I’ve never lived with a dog with testes or ovaries. My pups all came from shelters, whose policies have often been to desex a dog before adoption if possible. I never knew Pumpernickel as a fertile young thing or Finnegan: The Virile Version. This is by design, and the design had its desired effect. I […]

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Why More Dogs and Cats Are Making It Out of Shelters Alive

DALLAS — When a lost, stray or abandoned pet entered an American city’s animal shelter 10 years ago, there was a good chance it would not leave. But in a quiet transformation, pet euthanasia rates have plummeted in big cities in recent years, falling more than 75 percent since 2009. A rescue, an adoption or […]

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Algae That Can Kill Dogs Is Discovered in 3 N.Y.C. Parks

The green sludge appeared in New Jersey’s largest lake in June, ruining a usually bustling season of lakeside leisure. Then in July, it surfaced across lakes in the Pacific Northwest and along the entire Mississippi seacoast, forcing the closure of the state’s beaches. Now, the green-blue blooms of toxic algae have been found in lakes […]

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Can a Puppy Help Sell Your Home?

When Kelcey Otten, a Compass agent, recently received a listing at 80 East End Avenue in Manhattan, she immediately saw an opportunity. The one-bedroom co-op is in a pet-friendly building. Ms. Otten, who lives in Brooklyn Heights, was fostering two abandoned dogs in her apartment that were in desperate need of forever homes. “I thought […]

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Our Dog ‘Doesn’t Like Black People’: Tennessee Church’s Sorry Excuse for Denying a Black Housekeeper a Job

Photo: iStock The Catholic Diocese of Memphis (Tenn.) is facing backlash after a black housekeeper lost out on a cleaning job after church staffers reportedly claimed a priest’s dog “doesn’t like black people” and therefore she’d need to find work elsewhere. According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal (ah, Tennessee), housekeeper LaShundra Allen and a white […]

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She Wanted a Man With a Good Job Who Is Nice to Animals

“Stay here and guard the castle,” I would say to my dog, Dusty, every time I left our condo. Over the years, his eyes — one blue, one brown — had become washed with gray, his sight was failing, and his hips were becoming tight. He was hardly a guard dog. When I came home, […]

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Algae Can Poison Your Dog

Dog owners have reported this summer that their pets became fatally ill after swimming in freshwater lakes and ponds, apparently after ingesting water laden with toxic blue-green algae. Intense blooms have led to swimming bans from lakes in the Pacific Northwest to the entire Mississippi seacoast, to Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest lake. Algal blooms […]

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Wild Pups Romp Again in an African Paradise

Last summer, not long after releasing a pioneer pack of 14 African wild dogs into Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park as part of an ambitious wildlife restoration effort, Paola Bouley went to see for herself what in the name of Canis major could have happened to the wild dog pups. As Gorongosa’s carnivore expert, Ms. Bouley […]

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Milo Ventimiglia on Jack Pearson and the Other Good Guys

Milo Ventimiglia knows a little something about the power of a good cry. After all, for three seasons he’s spiked the tear-o-meter as Jack Pearson, the perfectly flawed husband and father who perished after saving a dog from a fire in NBC’s “This Is Us.” Now comes “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” in […]

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Things People Say to Their Dogs

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The Unexpected Legacy of ‘Dog’s Life’ AKA Grand Theft Auto with Dogs

Over the past five years, Frontier Developments has built its identity around the kind of classic game franchises and genres that make up the studio’s long development history. Elite: Dangerous is an incredibly detailed space sim whose roots predate DOS and Amiga-era gaming. They make tycoon and management games in the vein of Roller Coaster […]

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Where Rabies Is Entrenched

Rabies has been known since antiquity, and has been completely preventable since Pasteur developed a vaccine more than a century ago. But the World Health Organization still considers it “a neglected disease of poor and vulnerable populations.” Why? Rabies, one expert has written, “became a neglected disease when it was eliminated from Europe and North […]

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Border Collie Trained to Recognize 1,022 Nouns Dies

Many owners struggle to teach their dogs to sit, fetch or even bark on command, but John W. Pilley, a professor emeritus of psychology at Wofford College, taught his Border collie to understand more than 1,000 nouns, a feat that earned them both worldwide recognition. In 2004, Dr. Pilley started an experiment after reading about […]

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Rabies Kills Tens of Thousands Yearly. Vaccinating Dogs Could Stop It.

CHINCHINIM, Goa, India — Seven young men sprinted down paths, darting behind houses and vaulting low walls. Each one carried a long-handled net. From yards, alleys and streets the din of canine outrage filled the air, announcing the invasion of the neighborhood. Some dogs hid, others retreated a bit before resuming their chorus of barking. […]

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