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August 5, 2010
I want to thank Jill Rosen for her reporting on the dog park killing of Bear-Bear. I found out about this from a United Kingdom-based forum, http://www.husky-owners.com . Every member on this forum who has posted about Bear-Bear, membership is worldwide, is appalled by what took place. Many of us have contacted the police department involved, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, and others about this issue. Her reporting underscores the importance of a free press to ensure the rights of all are protected, especially in cases such as this.
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| May 24, 2013
My dog loves running in the yard, but I worry in the summer. What signs should I look for that he may be getting overheated, and what should I do if he exhibits them? Early signs of heat stroke include panting, bright pink gums, strong pulses, vomiting, diarrhea or depression. Playing outside in the summer, even in the shade and with access to water, puts dogs at risk for developing heat stroke. Owners must regulate their pups' exposure to heat in the spring (before they have acclimated to the higher temperatures)
FEATURES
By David Eckstein and Zap2it | February 10, 2012
While "The Artist" is expected to do well at the Feb. 26 Oscars, the film has some new hardware for the mantle courtesy of its four-legged cast member. Uggie won a Pawscar. The Jack Russell terrier took home the prize on Thursday (Feb. 9) for "Best Scene Stealer" at the competition put on by the American Humane Association. "Not only did Uggie steal the hearts of [the] audience, he also stole the hearts of his co-stars," the AHA says in a release. "Uggie even managed to continue stealing the spotlight when the camera person at the Golden Globes couldn't take the camera off him during the cast's acceptance speech as 'The Artist' won Best Film.
NEWS
August 4, 2010
Well, I finally switched my position on the Second Amendment, and it's all due to a renegade dirt bag cop who can't control himself ("Officer shoots, kills dog in Arundel," Aug. 4). I'm talking about the piece of garbage who killed a defenseless dog because he didn't like the way it played with other dogs. What a worthless, disgusting excuse for a human being. I hope that the recent rulings by the Supreme Court result in every person carrying a handgun wherever they go. If so, that worthless scumbag would have gotten the punishment he deserves -- to die in a hail of gunfire from decent, law-abiding citizens.
NEWS
By Dr. David Tayman, DVM | November 18, 2013
Q: A friend recommended giving our dog “dry baths” in winter. What is a “dry bath,” and will it be effective at keeping him clean? A: That's a great cold-weather question. Over-bathing with shampoo and water can cause problems when the humidity drops and humans are slathering on the hand lotion. Since dogs don't produce the same amount of oils in their skin as people do, frequent bathing can strip those natural oils essential to healthy canine coats and skin. If dry skin becomes very itchy, constant scratching or biting can open a wound, which may be difficult to heal if your dog keeps fussing at it. Dry shampoos are powders you apply to your pet's coat to absorb dirt and grease.
NEWS
August 4, 2010
The item regarding the shooting of the Siberian husky in Severn ("Officer shoots, kills dog in Arundel," Aug. 4) should serve as a wake-up call for the residents. You have a gun-happy "federal officer" (what is he, FBI?) in your midst! He needs a course in patience, anger-management and re-training in the use of his weapon, in addition to tips on dog training; he should have unleashed his dog in a dog park. A leashed dog is not free and feels threatened by other dogs. If he was off-duty, why was he carrying his weapon?
NEWS
April 13, 2012
I am writing to commend Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein and his staff for their outstanding work on the Phoenix dog burning case ("Twins acquitted in dog-burning case," April 12). Although The Snyder Foundation for Animals is an organization which advocates for the welfare of animals, we have never viewed this case as strictly an animal abuse issue. As so much contemporary research has conclusively demonstrated, the uncomfortable reality is that serious abuse of animals often escalates to later violence against people.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Jon Walker's friends were looking forward to watching him reunite with his beloved German shepherd, Zara, when he returns from a year-long Army deployment in Afghanistan later this month. But his dog bolted into a patch of woods while playing catch with a dogsitter in Crownsville last week and a non-stop effort to find her has proven fruitless, leaving them suspicious that there might be more to this than meets the eye. “Jon is devastated,” says his friend Heather Cappelli, who's spearheading the effort to find Zara.
FEATURES
December 23, 2013
I'm considering applying to be a foster for a local dog rescue but am not sure how my 6-year-old Lab will react to having another dog around or to that dog leaving for a forever home. How can I prepare my dog and what should I expect? It's always recommended, even sometimes required, that you take your pet to the rescue or shelter to meet the potential foster dog. If all goes well with that meeting, you will be ready to take the new foster dog home with you. The rescue or shelter may want you to come in for additional meet-and-greets because shelters can be stressful for your dog and the foster dog, so their first encounter might not be perfect.    For the first couple of weeks, keep both dogs in a controlled environment. Initially, the dogs should not be off-leash together. You can do this by crating your new foster dog in his own portion of the house, away from your dog. This will allow him to comfortably become acclimated. Dogs react because of stress, and you want to make sure the new dog has acclimated before allowing off-leash play and interaction. I always recommend having a trainer or rescue rep available to call on during the first few weeks.  Dogs being adopted from foster care typically do fine with leaving that home for a new one. Your dog may be used to being the only dog in the house currently, so once the foster dog leaves, he'd be the center of attention again.
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