Thank you for this post. Small indoor dogs may be …

Thank you for this post. Small indoor dogs may be small, but they make up for their small bodies with playfulness and great personality. Celebrities have turned these small fluffy balls into popular fashion accessories, however, they are not toys. These dogs can be great companions to your children and you. See more http://dogsaholic.com/breeds/info/best-indoor-dogs.html
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Puppy Up Nation

Six years ago this Sunday, Hudson, Murphy and I walked the final mile from Back Bay Fens to the Boston Common alongside hundreds of friends and hundreds of canine companions who traveled from 21 states to be there that day. 
When I started out on the road from Austin, TX, I didn’t have much – just a couple hundred bucks in my pocket and a few friends helping me out.  The focus is so intense on each and every step and each and every mile it seemed unfathomable just how far and how long our journey would take us.  And we have gone far! And as we celebrate our sixth anniversary the Puppy Up Foundation has achieved so many incredible milestones. 
Recently I traveled to Madison for their record breaking year, over 1,100 people, and over a $ 130,000 raised. It’s such an exciting energy to be a part of Team Madison and during a speech by our Scientific Chair, Kai Shiu, said how great it was to be a part of Puppy Up USA.  And I thought, ‘Wow, that’s neat.’ 
 
But then I thought ‘Our reach is international and all of us really are brought together by a common thread that spans border.’  In many ways I feel like we’re becoming an institution and that’s when it hit me.  We are a Puppy Up Nation!
I feel like that at every walk I’ve had the privilege to personally participate in.  I am often asked, ‘What are you most proud of?’  And my response has always been, to go from town to town and see how excited the communities are and successful they’ve been putting on walks – that makes me the proudest.’ 

And that’s why I wanted to share this inspiration with a commemorative T-Shirt to celebrate our 6th anniversary.   And as a way to say thanks to everyone who has made this such a successful organization and as a reminder that we all are together in this and we stand in solidarity.  You can order a shirt here.  
Thank you.  All of you for being a part of Puppy Up Nation!

Hudson, Indiana & Luke

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Maggie and Mia

This is a photo I published about 3 years ago but here it is again for anyone who didn’t see it. Maggie, a red and white Irish setter is on the left, and on the right is Mia, a Bassett Ariegois (a French hunting dog). 
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Larry and Haston

Larry and Haston – who seem to have different ideas of where they are going!
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Win a Paw of the Day t-shirt! (2 winners!)

Could your pet be our PawZaar Paw of the Day? We have been having so much fun seeing everyone’s photos and publishing one every weekday on PawZaar! For entries published June 15-July 14, our…



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The Two Happiest Audience Members at the Dog Film Festival in Seattle

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Abel and Dakota

I’m just back from Seattle and the thrill of bringing the Dog Film Festival there, with a phenomenal turn out! Fully half the audience members had four legs and brought along their enthusiastic and appreciative humans! During the showings of short films, all of which included dogs, the dogs in the audience made sporadic barking commentary; the people laughed and cried and applauded every film, including the excellent PSA’s with wonderful adoption stories from the Petco Foundation, the presenting sponsor that made it possible for me bring the Festival across the country.

Our beneficiary partner was Seattle Humane, which had terrific volunteers on hand giving out biscuits and encouraging donations to help build their new shelter. They were already pretty happy because our Founding Sponsor of the Dog Film Festival – Halo, Purely for Pets – had sent the shelter 10,000 meals of food through Freekibble.com. Seattle Humane was already ahead of the game before the lights went down in the theater – but the big triumph was yet to happen!

A lovely van arrived transporting three darling adoptable dogs, who came out of their crates a little rattled from the trip, but putting on a brave face. They stood with their volunteers on the Green Carpet wearing hopeful smiles. You could see they were imagining that one day they, too, might be a fully loved dog, who got to go to the movies with their people like everyone on the line that wrapped around the block.

Able was a darling, energetic 10-month-old Boxer mix, and Dakota was a sweet Chihuahua mix. You could see how much they craved attention and did whatever they could to get a little love. As it turned out, they both got a whole lot of it: the Dog Film Festival changed their lives forever! I felt privileged to bring the Festival to Seattle. It was gratifying how receptive the audience was to the canine-themed films; it was wonderful to be in the position to help support the growth of Seattle Humane. But the highlight of the whole trip for me was to know that because of the Festival, two lovely dogs would not have to return to the shelter and sleep behind bars in a public place. Abel and Dakota were going home! Two families that had come to see the films wound up finding a new four-legged family member; Able and Dakota would never have to go back into a shelter cage. They would be curled up cozily with their new people, the circle of love that is adoption, complete.

Thank you Seattle for showing what a big heart you have!

newtraciepic2Tracie began her fascination with dogs and cats by turning her eye as a former investigative reporter on every aspect of living with them, resulting in her encyclopedic resources THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and then the THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. Before long, Tracie was established as a leading pet wellness advocate as her all-encompassing books covered everything from medical issues to behavior, nutrition and environmental enrichment.
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Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.

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Dachshund puppies rule!

Dachshunds rule – especially dachshunds puppies!
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Recipe: Liver Logs Dog Treats

Sometimes during the summer, when the temperatures go up, up, up and won’t even cool down at night, I get tired of hot foods. Cool salads seem the most soothing (and let’s don’t…



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I am a board member and director with the Miami Co…

I am a board member and director with the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation. Although Miami-Dade County is the only county in FL that has BSL the rest of the state is seriously hampered by homeowners associations and landlords with breed specific policies. One of the approaches we are trying to encourage is a professional evaluation process, where any potential homeowner or renter on they own dime many select from associations/landlord's approved list of dog behaviorists to have their dog evaluated regardless of the breed. This way regardless of the breed you only have approved dogs living there and eliminated potentially problem dogs. I would rather have a well socialized Rottie or Pitty living next door than a poorly socialized Beagle or Retriever. People may also find things out about their own dogs they were not aware of.
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Sea otter at Yakutat Bay

I saw several sea otters on my cruise, but I saw them from the ship while it was in motion.

So this is my best photo:

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