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Many animal lovers I meet express interest in getting more involved in the rescue movement. I usually recommend they get started by gaining animal handling experience at their local shelter. Dog walkers and cat cuddlers are always needed.

Most of the time, I get the same response, uttered nearly word for word.

“I love animals too much to work there. It would be too sad. I couldn’t handle it.”

It’s true that open-admission animal shelters – which means

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November 22, 2008 by Karin
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Mr. Big kicks it old-school style in a velour leisure suit.

Juicy Couture black tracksuit with crystal crown detail on back. See juicycouture.com for the latest in canine couture.

November 21, 2008 by Connie Wilson

I've always had a keen interest in natural foods and supplements. In my twenties I became interested in a number of alternative health practices including the use of Bach Flower Remedies. Now years later, while shopping at my local health food store, I was delighted to discover a book entitled Bach Flower Remedies for Animals. If not already familiar to you, Dr. Bach's 38 flower

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I was on my way to interview rescued animals for the Whatcom Humane Society calendar when I came upon this eye-catching sight. The dogs’ human had popped inside the convenience store for a moment when – presto! They had commandeered the wheel and looked ready to take this regal boat for a spin.


Scenes from the hilarious Saturday Night Live skit Toonces the Driving Cat began scrolling through my head. The popular puppet

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November 21, 2008 by Karin
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It's all in the accessories; Rosie re-vamps the granny's-knitted-toque look.

Handknit Shupoo burgundy toque; $25, barkingbabies.com. Tarina Tarantino Felt Flower Crystal Clip in pink; $17.95, glamourdog.com

November 20, 2008 by Karin
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Mommy's li'l angel; Kaya stays out of mischief in her pull-over hoodie with adjustable hood.

"Mommy's Little Girl" hoodie from bitchnewyork.com, part of a big-dog sizes collection; up to XXXL! More personality tops at happygoluckydogs.com.

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Council removes references to specific breeds before passing ordinance

The power of the people is alive and kicking in Monroe, Washington. More than 200 protestors converged on the tiny city (pop. 14,000) for the council meeting last night to show support for the 12 breeds that would be labeled “potentially dangerous dogs” if the proposed ordinance was enacted.

Residents joined animal lovers from nearby cities to support the innocent dogs targeted by the

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November 19, 2008 by Karin
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Esther's fashion sense is blossoming.

Nylon and plastic collar with crystal studs, newyorkdogdesign.com

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Last night I posted the story of Kobe, a gentle and innocent Hurricane Katrina survivor who would be labelled a "potentially dangerous dog" by proposed changes to the ordinances in Monroe, Washington. I just heard word from coast to coast that the emails are bouncing back from the group email address I provided in my earlier post (councilmembers@ci.monroe.wa.us). I have to think the council's email box is jammed with letters from animal

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Rita Morgan is the epitome of the model pet guardian. She licenses her dogs without fail. When they go for walks, the dogs are always leashed. Morgan even helps less fortunate animals in her northern Washington State community by volunteering copious amounts of her time and energy to organizations in King and Snohomish counties, such as Pasado's Safe Haven.

And yet the 46-year-old Microsoft project management contractor will be caught in a civic dragnet if a new ordinance is

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