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Would you vote based on pet ownership?

A single friend of mine tells me that his marriage-minded dates are often quite impressed by the fact that he has a dog. This, they reason, is proof positive that he is kind, loving and responsible - all important traits in a potential husband and...

Owning a dog may prevent childhood allergies

When it comes to avoiding allergies, my kids weren't dealt a good genetic hand. I have asthma, and my husband has fairly severe seasonal and year-round allergies. Needless to say, we're hyper alert when watching for signs that they're developing...

Dogs rescue abandoned newborn

In India, boy babies are preferable to girls due in part to their ability to grow up and become family breadwinners. Not only do Indian girls not bring home the bacon, parents must pay large dowries in order to marry them off. For that reason, the...

The yelling house

Last week we got a puppy. One of the boys' favorite books is Audrey Wood's The Napping House. In it, a peaceful, sleeping house is transformed by a flea, a wakeful flea! And us, too. We've been transformed by 10 pounds of wiggling puppiness....

Ignoring the rules, like everyone else

Sunday was brilliantly sunny this weekend, and I wanted to take Nolan outside to enjoy the giddiness of spring in the salty ocean air. We stopped for a coffee and a juice, and packed my brother's roly-poly chocolate lab in the back of the Jeep,...

Pre-teen puts homeless critters on the web

Eleven-year-old Jennie Lupkin loves animals. She loves them so much that she helps out at her local animal shelter and has built a website to convince people to adopt the dogs and cats she helps care for. Her plea for a home for Baby Face, a dog...

Dog toys vs. baby toys

Now that my son is completely mobile, he's finally able to get a hold of the things he wants the most: our dog toys. Likewise, the dogs see Mr. Pickles dashing for their toys as a green light to start chewing on his. This begs the question: is it...

Literacy going to the dogs in New York

We're lucky in that not only is Jared an excellent reader, he loves reading to Sara. They'll sit together in the hallway, in their little reading corner, in a laundry basket, and he'll read book after book to her. Not all kids are that confident...

Choosing between a friend and a child

I gave away my dog last weekend. I've hesitated to write about it, for fear of quick judgment and angry rebuttal and the shredding of my too-thin skin. But it's been on my mind, and a blog is nothing if not a dialog for stuck thought, and I wanted to...

That dog Ellen gave away found a new family

Phew! I'm so glad this is finally resolved. In case you missed it, Ellen DeGeneres adopted a dog from an animal shelter last week. The dog, Iggy, didn't work out, so she gave it away to a friend's family. But that's against doggy adoption rules and...

Dog saves family from fire blamed on cat

While stories of dogs saving their families are not entirely uncommon, not all of them feature an arsonist cat. When a fire started in Roland Cote's Greenville home, Thumper, black Labrador retriever, ran to his side -- just like a loving, noble dog...

Teen's science project may cure cancer in dogs

While other kids were making papier mache volcanoes for their school science fair, Allison Reed was trying to find the cure for cancer in dogs. It stated with Sassy, the family's Golden Retriever, who died at age three from bladder cancer....

Are dogs better than children?

I remember once, a long time ago, receiving a copy of the employee directory for the small company I worked at and being mildly surprised that one of the women had two children listed in her entry. I casually remarked to another coworker that I...

Leona Helmsley leaves $12 million for dog, nothing for grandkids

Leona Helmsley was an interesting woman. Nothing if not eccentric, the hotel mogul has apparently left her dog -- a white Maltese named Trouble -- $12 million in her will. And, after the prized canine's life of luxury finally comes to end, her mortal...

Toy puppy grows, knows your name

As I've mentioned before, my fiance doesn't think I'm responsible enough to care for a dog, so we won't be getting a real one anytime soon. However, this doesn't change the fact that I want one really bad -- so maybe this weird, growing dog toy can...

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