DOG OWNERSHIP

Which Type of Dog Is In?

There were two types of dog I wanted desperately as a kid. One was a rough collie (just try telling me that Timmy Olson wasnt the luckiest boy in the world) and one was a cocker spaniel. My apartment complex in New York City didnt allow dogs, but my Aunt Susan and Uncle Morey lived in an elegant, canopied building with a doorman on Manhattans upper east side. There, apparently anyone could have any…

Programmed Into Your Phone: Solutions for Better Dog Care

Whether youre looking for a playgroup, rubber booties, or an interactive game for your dog, or perhaps even looking for your dog himself, theres a mobile app for that - and so much more. Even better is that many of the apps that make life better for your canine companion can be downloaded to your iphone or Android phone for free or, at most, a few bucks. Below is a sampling of some of…

Overcoming Your Dog’s Travel Anxiety

If your dog is afraid to get in the car, its easy to leave her home when you go grocery shopping or drive to the post office. But what about, say, an hour-long ride to a friends house where youll be staying all day if you dont want to leave your dog home alone for so many hours? Or an overnight several hours away? …

What About Air Travel?

While you can easily take your small dog on a flight (for a fee), larger pets must be crated and tucked away far from you in an unpleasant space with other crated animals. Is it advised?

Black Dog Syndrome

News tends to come in cycles, and this past winter was no exception when Brian Williams reported on NBC Nightly News that black dogs are euthanized at a much higher rate than other dogs because they are less likely to be adopted due to their color. Its not the first time the terrible plight of black dogs hit major media. The thing is, is it true? Are black dogs more likely to languish in…

For Some, Black is the New Black at Dog Shelters

Its commonly said that black dogs are the ones left behind in shelters, the ones overwhelmingly euthanized. Theres even a name for it: Black Dog Syndrome. But are the anecdotal reports born out by the scientific evidence?

Next Time You Take a Trip, Where Will Your Dog Stay?

Youve got a last-minute business trip, and your usual dog sitter isnt available. Or youve been using the same boarding facility for a while now but havent been completely satisfied and want to check out new options - yet dont know where to begin. Or youll be traveling with your pet and want to book from a choice of dog-friendly hotels in the city youre visiting. Now you can find all of that and…

A Furlocity User Weighs In

We were going on a trip over the holidays, says Nicole Uhlenkott, and my brother-in-law was supposed to watch our dog but unfortunately got ill and had to cancel. It was then that the Uhlenkotts decided to board their 2-year-old yellow Lab, Lucca. We live in San Diego, but my whole familys in the Bay area around San Francisco, Mrs. Uhlenkott explains. The Uhlenkotts did not want to put Lucca through the long car ride.…

Why So Many Dogs Need Rescuing

Unplanned litters are the main source of pet overpopulation, according to PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin Program (petsmartcharities.org/rescue-waggin). Imagine if every person living in New York City was actually a dog or cat, says the organization, which partners with literally thousands of adoption groups across the country to help homeless animals get adopted. Thats about the number of pets that will end up in shelters in North America this year. Of those 8 million pets, half…

How Dogs Build a Community

Carla Barlow, Tony Beadle, Rick Daniels, Meg Durkin, Tom Hughes, Anne Kimball, Brendon Potter, Jeff Sullivan, Sarah Murphy, that guy Chris with the three kids on Lincoln Street, Penny and her playful terrier Willie, Liz with the two yellow Labs, Charlene in the park by the cove with her little black and white mutt Lucy (the one whose brother is a drummer), Steve with the Golden Retriever Fiona…. These are just some of the…

The (Traffic) Ties That Bind

Though only 11, Jean Fernandes of Itajai, Brazil, raced out into a heavily trafficked road to rescue his dog last December. The tiny terrier, Little Mel, had escaped the familys yard and darted into the street, where she was hit by a motorist who did not stop. With no thought for his own safety, Fernandes managed to halt traffic so he could rescue his dog from further injury and bring him back home to…

An Older Dog Can Make a Better Pet

People often find that an older dog, when adopted, seems to know somehow that his new owners gave him a home when no one else would. Many people form a close bond in short order with their older adopted dog precisely because the pet shows them a depth of affection that a younger animal might not yet have to give. There are also a number of other reasons adopting an older dog rather than a puppy might be the way to go.