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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| September 13, 2013
My 4-year-old Labrador retriever licks my pillow until it's soaked through. She doesn't do this to anything else in the house. Why might she be doing it and what can I do to discourage it? This could be due to your hair products. Many dogs like the taste of lotion we put on our skin and will lick the lotion off us or eat the bottle of lotion. It can be the same for our hair products. There are so many added scents and flavors to our hair products that they appeal to dogs. Dogs have a higher sense of smell than we do, but not more taste buds - if they like the smell of something, they will eat it. Because your dog is only going after the pillowcase you lay your head on, this is most likely the case.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Mary Veiga practices the art of deception -- but only in the most respectable of ways. Since 1995, she has been plying her skills in decorative painting, which includes murals, faux finishing and trompe l'oeil for homeowners and businesses. With her, every assignment is a custom job and a new challenge that excites. “Trompe l'oeil is French for 'deceive the eye,' so it's a technique for using realistic imagery [and] shadows to create an optical illusion to make [the work] look three-dimensional,” said the Baltimore-based artist, who attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. “Faux painting, again French, means 'false' and is an old art form used to describe a paint finish replicating a real material such as marble, stone or wood.
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March 28, 2014
My dog is on a round of antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, and the medication seems to be upsetting her stomach — she doesn't want to eat much, which is very unusual. I know people can take probiotics for this, but are they safe for dogs? What can I do to help her feel better? Antibiotics can certainly cause stomach upset in some animals. The most common side effects are vomiting and/or diarrhea. If she is not eating, be sure to contact your veterinarian, as sometimes infections can worsen even while under treatment with antibiotics.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Last year, Baltimore beer drinkers were introduced to Full Tilt Brewing's Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout. Less than 11 months later, Frederick's Flying Dog Brewery has announced its own collaboration with another Baltimore cookie institution, Otterbein's Bakery. Four types of beer resulted from the partnership: Imperial Hefeweizen (inspired by Otterbein's sugar cookies), Oatmeal Raisin Stout (inspired by Otterbein's oatmeal raisin cookies), Oak-Aged Hazelnut Scotch Ale (inspired by Otterbein's ginger cookies)
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2011
The dog eats the chicken bones in the park. The dog eats the homework. But it's not everyday that the dog swallows $10,000 in precious stones. But one hungry pup in Georgia did. According to Georgia's WALB , it was a cutie-pie named Honeybun. When $10,000 worth of diamonds went missing from John Ross Jewelers in Albany, the store owners immediately suspected Honeybun -- a store pup who's more mascot than guard dog. While Honeybun's owners were helping customers, the little dog -- who looks to be a Pomeranian -- jumped onto a chair, and then onto a desk.
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September 23, 2010
I have never written a response to any article in the paper, but I could not let the article "Help the SPCA is rejecting" (Sept. 22) go by without my two cents. The more I read this article about a man charged with killing a dog being sent to do community service at an animal shelter, the madder I got. First of all, where does defense attorney Alan Cohen get off saying that in a perfect world, he would like the case to be dismissed? This is totally outrageous! Why in the world would it be OK to let a man off for beating a poor defenseless animal the way he did?
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2011
I never thought it would be me. Or, more to the point, I never thought it would be my dog. But it is. Teddy Bean has fleas. Fleas!!! My little pup! Why does it seem so embarrassing? So shameful? No one feels like they have to leave the groomer with a bag over their head if their dog is stinky, or muddy, or has a few mats. But fleas? I'm taking it personally. So here's what happened. I had been wondering for a couple weeks now about these little poppy seed thingies I'd been finding in Bean's fur. I had even mentioned it to a few people.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2011
As far as dragons go, this costume is pretty sweet. The dragon-dog was part of the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York last weekend.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2011
Regular readers of this blog know that here at Unleashed headquarters, we hold a special spot for stories of interspecies love. Here's the latest. A female dog named "Yeti" has adopted four piglets in Cuba. Sweet...
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
Shakespeare wrote about dogs several times (our headline is from "The Merchant of Venice"), but only one of his plays features a dog with a name. Until March 17, you can catch that show -- "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" -- and the stage debuts of two local pups. Norton and Ralph are King Charles spaniels raised from puppyhood by Chesapeake Shakespeare Company backstage manager Amanda Bennett, and for the next few weeks, they'll assume the role of Crab the Dog in the show, which runs at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.
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By Lane Page and For The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Pet owners used to have just a few options when their animals went missing: Call animal control, call the microchip company or turn to an animal psychic.  In the Mid-Atlantic, we can add a fourth to the list: Call a dog. Dogs Finding Dogs, a nonprofit organization of highly trained tracking dogs and handlers formed in 2008, stands ready to assist with the search.   “We find anything that walks on the ground. We can't do birds, and I won't do snakes,” states Anne Wills, founder and executive director of the Halethorpe-based group.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Grab a leash and some comfy shoes: DogFest is scheduled for Sept. 27 and promises fun for all the people and pets in your family. This day-long festival will include games, contests, demonstrations, and kids' activities -- and everything there welcomes humans and dogs. Watch Rover knock down 10 pins in a game of bowling, play hide-n-seek, or paint with his paws (seriously). Challenge him with an agility course, have him tested for his AKC Canine Good Citizenship Award, let him swim, or visit a vet and trainer to ask questions.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Make plans to spend Sunday at the B&O Railroad Museum in downtown Baltimore for a great day of trains, history, and adoptable dogs. Bella's Bully Buddies dog rescue, which finds homes for pit bulls in need, will hold its Rails & Trails event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all are invited for family fun and maybe the chance to add to that family. The rescue will host Choo Choo Blue, the museum's mascot, along with family and pet-friendly vendors, a dog-training demonstration, carnival games and prizes, a coloring and stamping station, live entertainment, a moon bounce, and a chalk and bubble fun station, too. Admission is just $1 and includes parking and museum admission.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Attorneys for a Baltimore police officer accused of slitting the throat of a shar-pei in June took the rare step Wednesday of writing an outside-the-court letter directly to Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein, asking him to drop the case. The attorneys for Officer Jeffrey Bolger argue the case was filed prematurely amid a storm of public criticism and a pre-investigatory rush to react by police and prosecutors, and that information uncovered since clears Bolger of wrongdoing.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Lawyers for a Baltimore police officer said he was legally authorized to kill a shar-pei in June and was acting to protect the unborn child of a woman the dog had bitten — an argument the bite victim said she was shocked to hear. Jeffrey Bolger, a 22-year veteran, is charged with slitting the throat of the dog, named Nala. Bolger is alleged to have killed the dog even though it already had been brought under control with a dog pole. Bolger appeared in court Thursday, and his attorney entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf to two counts of animal mutilation, one of animal cruelty and one of misconduct in office.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Federal prosecutors pursuing a drug money case based in part on a police dog whose certification has been questioned said in court filings this week that the dog might actually have been properly trained. The case stems from the seizure of $122,000 in suspected drug money at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport last fall. An attorney for a woman who claims the money is hers asked a judge to throw out the case, alleging that prosecutors used a faked K-9 training certificate produced by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police to bolster their case.
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| April 19, 2013
I have a 5-year-old black lab who has a nasty habit of eating other dogs' feces if she's not carefully watched. She's in good health, eats organic dry food, and is exercised regularly. We've tried everything to break this habit - even our vet is at a loss. Any ideas? Ingesting feces is known as coprophagia. It is considered normal behavior during certain life stages, e.g. it's normal for nursing mothers to eat their own puppies' feces and for a young puppy to sometimes eat it. We're not sure why healthy adult dogs that are eating high-quality food eat their own feces.
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Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Anyone who has spent a few hours glued to the televised broadcast of the Westminster Dog Show, watching highly skilled dogs jump and hop their way to national recognition, can imagine just how much training and practice are required to get to the national stage. At 4 Paws Spa and Training Center in Forest Hill, local dogs can learn some of those impressive skills in agility training classes that are fun and great exercise - for both the pups and their owners. “Agility is like an obstacle course for dogs,” explains 4 Paws instructor Laura Winstead.
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By David Tayman, D.V.M | August 21, 2014
Q: Howard County now has two dog parks - one in Ellicott City and one in Columbia. What do we need to know before taking our dog? A: I think dog parks are a great idea, especially in urban and suburban areas where it's not safe to let dogs run and play off-leash. Still, dog parks are only as good as the humans who take their pets to play there. It all starts with the rules, which promote safety for both humans and pets. Howard County's dog parks prohibit the following within the fenced off-leash areas: kids under age 12, smoking and eating, dog treats, glass containers of any kind, dogs in heat, puppies under 4 months old, and animals other than dogs.
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