DOG OWNERSHIP

At Google, Ben & Jerrys, and Other Firms, Every Day Is Bring Your...

n One of the perks of working for Ben & Jerrys, the gourmet ice cream company with corporate headquarters in Vermont, is the three free pints of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sherbet that employees may take each day. But for some Ben & Jerry staffers, an even bigger perk is being allowed to bring their dog to the office. …

Is a Retractable Leash the Way to Go?

For situations in which a dog needs to be on a lead, he says, you need [more of] a solid bridge between you and the dog for proper control at all times, adding, if your dog can go 15 or 20 feet in front of you and 15 or 20 feet behind, theres not a lot of leadership from you. Youre handing over to your dog an unusual dose of freedom. Thats okay if youre walking down a hedgerow looking for rabbits. But when youre out in public, a retractable lead surrenders control to the dog, giving him too much autonomy to make bad decisions.

Does the American Kennel Club Enable the Proliferation of Puppy Mills?

Some say that peoples desire for purebred dogs leads to the creation of puppy mills, large commercial breeding operations with too many bitches and too many puppies to be handled humanely, all for the purpose of producing particular breeds of dogs for those who want, say, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel or other type of dog unmixed with any other breed. The upshot: puppies who are treated like merchandise rather than as the sentient beings…

What About Rescue?

As for the whole idea that you cannot breed dogs until the shelters are empty, its a non-starter, AKC judge Charlotte McGowen says. Rescue dogs are big business in themselves. She comments, you get a rescue dog and are [told] thatll be $500, please. Tuftss Jerold Bell, DVM, corroborates her thinking. America wants puppies, but there arent enough of them, he says. Thats what helps keep puppy mills in business. As for all those strays out…

American Kennel Club: Snooty Society or Dog-Friendly Organization?

Say American Kennel Club, and many people automatically think of terms like pedigree dogs and breed purity, and they dont like the sound of them. They smack of elitism and purposeful exclusion, conjuring up images of perfectly coiffed people showing perfectly coiffed Afghans and Irish setters at the Westminster Dog Show - the sort who wouldnt consort with the hoi polloi and who wouldnt let their dogs cavort with a mutt. Detractors say, too,…

Cloning Fido

The future is here, in South Korea specifically, at a company called the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation. The firm just finished holding a contest in Great Britain, offering to clone at a steep discount the beloved dog of whoever writes the best essay and submits the best photos and videotape to demonstrate that the exact genes of their canine companion should live on in another animal. The usual price for dog cloning at Sooam…

Who are your dogs legal guardians if youre not around?

One of the first things my wife and I did after our son was born was have a will made up. It made perfect sense. Who was going to take care of him if we died or became incapacitated before he became of age? Who was going to watch over the money we left him? The chances of our dying prematurely were slim, but we needed to have everything in order in case tragedy struck.Why didnt we think to make the same kind of provisions for our dog?

Who Will Take Care of Your Dog If You Cant?

Have you made arrangements for your dogs welfare in the event that you can no longer take care of him? Sometimes pets are discovered in a persons home days after a tragedy such as an illness or accident that sends the owner to the hospital, or after the persons death, says the Humane Society of the United States. The reason, presumably, is that because dogs and other companion animals have shorter life-spans than their human caregivers, we expect them to go first and dont make arrangements for their well-being should we suddenly become unavailable.

Carrying a wallet pet alert card

Mr. Gordon devised a sturdy Pet at Home Alert card that people can keep in their wallets in the event of an emergency. On the card theres a place to put the name of your pet, the breed, the name of someone who has access to your residence, the name and phone number of your dogs veterinarian, and special feeding and other emergency instructions.

The Power to Heal

The experience led Mr. Jones to invite Tuftss therapy animals to the Red Crosss headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a city that had been on virtual lockdown just days earlier when the younger of the two bombing suspects was still on the loose. The horse, dogs, and other animals also went to visit doctors and nurses who had been dealing with amputees and other victims; people who had gathered for memorials; and others affected by the bombings.

Dog Ownership Up Among Singles

A couple of months ago we talked about the phenomenon of young couples getting a dog to test the waters of their nesting instinct before they go on to have children. But it turns out a lot of single people increase their sense of family with a dog, too. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association shows that single people are increasingly turning to dogs and other pets to bring…

Yes, But Have the Car Restraints for Dogs Been Tested? And If So,...

Bad news. Theres a reasonably good chance that even if you buckle your dog into a harness or other safety apparatus before taking a car trip, hes not really any safer than he would have been otherwise. The Center for Pet Safety made the discovery when it tested four different automotive restraints. All were intended for large dogs weighing 50 to 85 pounds, such as standard poodles, German shepherds, Irish setters, Labrador retrievers, boxers,…