What You Need To Know As a New Dog Parent

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Getting a dog home may be the first step in becoming a dog parent, but it definitely isn’t the last. There are several things that need to be taken into consideration before you even think of getting a dog home.

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Keep your pet safe during BBQ season

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Whether it’s eating a pair of socks, chewing up the furniture or leaving unwanted messes on the floor, pet parents definitely have their hands full. Pets can sure find themselves in a lot of trouble.

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BP CEO Seems Like A Jerk

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He definitely doesn't endear himself to me.

Create the perfect habitat for animals in your garden

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It’s definitely worth supporting it with a bird bath and table as well, or you may only get occasional visitors – you can add a nest box too if you want some permanent residents!

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Adopt a Turkey Next Month

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I definitely want to do this. Farm Sanctuary has a cool "Adopt-a-Turkey" project. turkeys farm animal welfare farm sanctuary thanksgiving turkey massacre

10 Reasons Street Dogs Deserve to be Defended

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Poor countries with lots of trash on the streets and no spay/neuter clinics definitely have more street dogs. No dog is happier to be rescued. I remember the first night after I left the streets.

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How to keep your cat warm this winter

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However, if your cat is showing signs that he or she would definitely enjoy being kept indoors for the meantime, let them – never force your pet to go outside. Cat owners! Have you woken up in the night with a wet nose burrowing under the covers? Has your pet been miaowing by the radiator, and grumpily finding cosy corners to sit in? There’s a good chance that they could be feeling the cold just as much as you.

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Canada Fears Oil Spills in its Own Waters

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As long as they allow offshore oil drilling, a massive spill is a definite possibility. They should fear oil spills because, I'm sorry, Canada is not the best in terms of environmental safeguards, laws or requirements. They've had oil spills before, but nowhere near the scale of the one in the Gulf of Mexico. The industry is not as developed, but it's heading in that direction. It would therefore benefit the Canadians to prepare.

Dog Park Dangers

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Standing water is a definite danger zone, which includes water dishes left out at dog parks. Today’s guest post comes from: Heather Reynolds is a pet lover and internet journalist at Trupanion , North America’s fastest growing pet insurance company.

Western WA Puppy Mills Had Troubled History, But Still Allowed to Operate

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This is definitely a situation that could have been stopped early on. This is a good article about the puppy mills operated by a Western Washington woman and her parents. She kept being given "one more chance" with the end result of about 600 dogs finally being seized from the establishments. How much suffering and death resulted from this family's practices? The article is particularly thorough and damning.

7 Tips for Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

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Although dog ownership may pose some challenges in the quest to achieve garden greatness, it’s definitely not a hopeless cause. Having a pet does not mean you have to give up hopes of having a lush, well-manicured yard.

What's the Truth About Woodland Park Zoo's Elephants?

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I'm definitely open to feedback. I live in Seattle where Woodland Park Zoo is located. I just don't know what to think. On the one hand, Woodland Park is very proud of its elephant conservation program and its elephant residents. On the other hand, Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants says they are not well-treated and should be in a sanctuary.

Are Women More Compassionate Than Men?

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That doesn't mean that I don't know thoughtful men who think about these issues, just that I've noticed the tendencies are definitely lopsided. It's an intriguing question that would probably get quite a response at any dinner party. Frankly, I don't know. All I know is that the majority of vegetarians, ex-vegetarians, animal rights supporters, animal rescuers, animal shelter volunteers, and feral cat colony stewards that I know are women. Not all, but the majority.

On Dogs and Unconditional Love

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She has definitely slowed down, but she looks great and has perked up a bit now that it's regularly under 90 degrees and the humidity decreases by the week.

Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

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Lemuel Shaw, the nineteenth century chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, provided this good definition: it “consists of a few broad and comprehensive principles, founded on reason, natural justice, and enlightened public policy, modified and adapted to all the circumstances of all the particular cases that fall within it.” The legal rights of nonhuman animals might first be achieved in any of three ways.

Sneeze Prone? Top 5 Dogs for Allergy Suffers

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And you can definitely invest in an excellent vacuum cleaner to remove dander and hair from the carpet. When I was 12-years-old, my 6 pound Chihuahua was involved in a tragic fatal accident. It was bit of a traumatic experience for me and I vowed to never own an animal again.

Seal Meat Served in Canada

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Definitely a niche market ,but demand has been increasing. And this is despite the bad press received by the annual seal hunts. For time immemorial seal has been eaten -- raw -- as a traditional food by indigenous people such as the Inuit. It also has been a traditional food for generations of hunters in Canada's east who serve it up roasted, or sometimes with a hearty Burgundy sauce.

Horse Rescue Group Blogging from Marysville, WA

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Definitely one I want to follow. I've received so many donation requests from "People Helping Horses" that I finally decided to send a donation. I've never been around horses much, but a friend of mine who has 3 horses and 2 burros (!) told me that horse groups have been hit particularly hard with the economy. Not only have horses been dumped or starved due to owner finances, but the price of hay has risen sharply all around.

At Least Five Dead Whales Around Bay Area

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We're definitely seeing an increase in ship strikes - it's awful," said Mary Jane Schramm, spokeswoman for the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Really sad. It looks like they are getting killed by ships as they try to eat krill. A bountiful crop of krill and busy shipping lanes are to blame for a rash of dead whales that have surfaced around the Bay Area within a few short months, according to scientists.

On Stanley and Family Commitments

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I definitely don't think adding any more creatures of any kind to the house would be a good idea. He's 79 pounds of muscle, he sports a tuxedo, he's got gorgeous teeth (a first for the hounds in our house) and he's very shy. And afraid of men.

Rescue Spotlight: Rabbit Meadows

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Today, Rabbit Meadows shows definite signs of age, wear and tear from weather and badly needs an upgrade. Rabbit Meadows is a rescue group out of Seattle. As the name suggests, they rescue rabbits, but they also rescue other small animals like ferrets, and other small rodents.

Do Animals Laugh?

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A prominent researcher in the specialized field of animal laughter, Jaak Panksepp of Washington State University, said it definitely goes farther back than that. "I There are researchers out there who say that they do. I certainly think they can laugh and have fun. I've seen it. And the link below takes you to an article with the cutest orangutan baby enjoying himself. From Cosmiclog at MSNBC. How do you graph the evolution of a laugh?

California's Ag Industry Worried that State Committee will Focus on "Emotion"

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There is definitely a new tide in California, post Proposition 2. Basically, it sounds like the ag committee will be including food safety and animal welfare concerns in their discussions. The ag industry does NOT like this. In a move that elevated the anxiety level among grower-shippers, Darrell Steinberg, the new president pro-tem of the California state Senate, overhauled the body’s agriculture committee.

Untamed Americas

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Untamed Americas ” is a high-definition miniseries event narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin. We are so excited about this new mini-series from National Geographic! The first of the series premiers June 10th, 2012. In it we get to see some of the amazing places in the wild areas of North America, Central America and South America. Each hour explores the diverse landscapes, focusing on Mountains, Deserts, Forests and Coasts.

Majority Rules in the Language of Animal Rights

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More likely, a flip is a shift significant enough to make the old timers who were acquainted with the original definition carp about the youngins and their wanton destruction of the English language, which for some reason they think should never change. And the purist, ever in denial of that fact of history, will forever endeavor to maintain whatever definition he or she believes is correct, and malign all others.

On "The Botany of Desire"

Animal Person

And though The Omnivore's Dilemma definitely promotes the eating of animals if those animals were "farmed" a certain way (and locally), there's so much helpful information in it about the food supply, in general, that it's tough to tell people not to read it.

Ground Zero Hero

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She reports that Anna definitely picked up on the stress that her handler was feeling. Sarah Atlas is a search-and-rescue dog handler, one of many civilian volunteers who serve with New Jersey Task Force 1.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Since using animals is cultural, not part of our biological nature or in any way necessary, animal use is by definition inhumane—unkind where we could as a society choose kind. To the Editor: Thank you for Nicholas D. Kristof’s plea for food-policy reform (“ Lettuce From the Garden, With Worms ,” column, June 21). Though factory-style production worsens it, the root problem is animal use.

Pets Can Change Anyone

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They lived outside, and they definitely didn’t have any reason to set foot in the house. We are happy to have a guest post today from author Tara Alley.

Just Two Lessons Learned for Today

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I guess this is more about definitive statements. Saying that only nonviolence of a certain definition will lead to your goal isn't accurate. I've decided that 20 lessons is a good number to stop at, and today I'll discuss what are probably the two most controversial ones, about the animal rights movement. Lesson #11. The Appeal of Cliques The first six Lessons Learned from 4 Years of Animal Person and numbers 7-10 hinted about cliques, but only the negative aspects.

Dog-Owner Conversations May Be Possible in Near Future

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However, it is important to understand that the device is still in its inception stage, and therefore there is not yet any definitive proof that it will work exactly as anticipated.

Organizations Putting Animals First

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Led by professionals who have experience with organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, the group is definitely not new to the issues surrounding animals worldwide. In the fast-paced world of today, it seems people are always on the go. Between running errands, working late and worrying about the bottom-line, it’s no wonder our four-legged and winged friends so often go overlooked and neglected.

So I'm from the New Appalachia?

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There is definitely a problem with gang violence, especially in Fresno. This is not totally animal-related, but I'll share anyway. I grew up in the Central Valley of California and my mother owns a home there in Gustine. Today I came across this strange article from NPR about the area. I've always known that the Central Valley is one of the poorer areas of California. It's not as well-educated, sophisticated, healthy or well-off.

Read an Analysis of Slate's Animal Research Series

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I think that people who are pro-animal research would come away with something to ponder, definitely the sense that this is not a pretty or sanitized practice. Animal Person , someone who is clearly smarter than me, has a great analysis about the recent "Pepper" series in Slate about animal research. I have to admit that I wasn't as critical of it as others. Perhaps I was blinded by the brutal honesty of the writer.

On "Home"

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I watched Home earlier in the week and you can watch it on YouTube here , though a huge flat screen is definitely preferable. On the animal front, there is definitely a message that factory farming is unsustainable, and that subsistence farming is and was preferable; there is a vague if-we-did-it-differently-it-might-be-sustainable message. You get the idea at YouTube but the experience is vastly different on a great television.

On a Replacement for "Bullshit"

Animal Person

Here's the definition: wiffdoodle - Also spelled " whiffdoodle." Here's an e-mail from a linguistics junkie for your consideration. Is using the word "bullshit" un-vegan? Does it perpetuate linguistic-based speciesism? Ditto with horseshit, chickenshit, dogshit -- they're speciesist by default, if not always used in a speciesiest context. I never associate the word with actually shit from a bull. we need new words that are cut free from exploitation.

Good Idea: The Pet Loo

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What they’re saying about The Pet Loo: “Using the product will definitely reduce outdoor pollution of a certain sort … It will also save time for owners and reduce the stress of pet ownership for many.”– The Pet Loo is a ‘Back Yard in a Box’.

On "Discarded" Greyhounds

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On The Respectful Emperor

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It wasn't long before The Humane Emperor came on the scene, and is still around, telling folks that with a little mental acrobatics you can include forcible breeding, captivity, separation of family, killing of day-old chicks, and of course, untimely death in the definition of "humane."

Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

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In my opinion, and I am a vegetarian, the second definition of humane is the MINIMAL that we should expect. The first step is to gather that information and then make the decision as to what your own personal definition and expectations are of the word"humane." Andrew from Good Honest Dollar had an excellent question. He asked whether cows, chickens, sheep and some of the other animals that we eat are usually treated and killed in a humane manner.