Dog Blog

The Dog Blog is a community of ordinary dog lovers who have come together to discuss our extraordinary dogs. Each Monday, a new topic is introduced. If you've got an opinion, share it. If not, look for the current "anything goes" topic and introduce a discussion of your own. On Fridays, weigh in about your training questions and successes.
Your host: Mike Lewis is a little-dog nerd and the proud owner of Eddie and Jillian, a pair of Yorkies who think they're huskies, and Lucy, a sweet Chessie. R.I.P., Rusty. Contact mlewis@adn.com

Parks and Rec Committee approves fenced dog park - 1/10/2013 3:33 pm

AACCC Adoption of the week: Meet Scout - 1/9/2013 12:12 pm

Kitty and K9 Connection: Meet Nano - 1/4/2013 7:04 pm

What are your New Year's resolutions for your dogs? - 1/2/2013 4:29 pm

AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Rudy - 1/2/2013 4:14 pm

Take extra precaution with dogs on New Year's - 12/31/2012 11:58 am

Friday training talk -- what's up with your pack? - 12/28/2012 11:09 am

AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Chris K - 12/27/2012 12:27 pm

How talkative is your dog?

Is your dog a "talker?" How vocal is your dog -- and by vocal I mean any sounds, from barking to howling to roo-rooing, etc. Bonus points for anyone who checks out the Dogster site below and lets us know what "type" of talker you have.

I ask because Dogster just dogged Yorkies! On the website's list of 10 Most Talkative Dog Breeds, Yorkies ranked No. 1!

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Haircut fundraiser supports homeless animals

Dogblog note: Here's a press release from Anchorage Animal Care and Control:

50 Haircuts in 50 States in 50 Days Tour Returns to Anchorage

National Fundraiser comes to Anchorage to Support Homeless Animals

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Rex

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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Sunday, Aug. 26, is Dog Day at the state fair

Here's Sunday's schedule of events at the Pebble Corral:

11:00 AM: Alaska Winds Coursing Club, Full-throttle fun with Alaska’s fastest dogs!

12:00 PM: AKC Alaska Herding Group Club, All-breed sheepdog demo

1:00 PM: The Better Companion, Treibbal & Nose Work Demo

2:00, 4:30 & 5:30 PM: AK K-9 Weight Pull, Our dogs pull more than their weight

2:30 & 5:00 PM: Alaska Dogs Gone Wild Flyball Demo, Fast flyball fun!

3:30 PM: Alyeska Canine Trainers, Incredible canines!

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Polar Pug Rescue and Friends plans Pupsino Royale night at Captain Cook

Just passing this on: Polar Pug Rescue and Friends is hosting what looks like a fun fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Hotel Captain Cook.

Check out their Pupsino Royale page for all the details.

Events include live music, dancing, a silent auction, door prizes, blackjack, roulette and more.

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37 adult cats find homes during AACCC's discounted adoptions

Dogblog note: Here's a press release from Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center reporting some good news.

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AACCC's adoption of the Week: Meet Dozer

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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How do you break up a dog fight?

Have you ever had to break up a fight between two dogs? How'd you do it, and how did it work out for you? Do you have a battle plan in place, or do you just wing it as the case dictates?

I've heard several stories over the years about people getting bit trying to break up a fight between two otherwise friendly dogs -- dogs you'd never think had the capacity to bite a human. In fact, I've been bit a time or two doing the same.

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Anything goes: What's up, dog lovers?

Use this space to discuss anything you'd like, or just drop by and say hello.

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Friday training talk: What's new with your pack?

Use this space to discuss training issues -- brag about successes, lament setbacks. or bounce a question off the group.

I'll start with a brag. Eddie's going to be in the nosework demo at the state fair on Sunday, Aug. 26. I'm quite excited about it. From the day I started training dogs 8 years ago, I always thought it would be cool to have one participate in the fair's Dog Day.

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AACCC offering discounted cat adoptions

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Update, 8/16: Due to popular demand, the discounts have started today! They will carry on through Sunday.

Dogblog note: If you've been thinking about adopting a cat, here's some good news from Anchorage Animal Care and Control:

Discounted Cat Adoptions – Adoption Fees Reduced to only $12
There’s a CAT for That!

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Niki

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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What Olympic sport would your dog compete in?

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Pretend, for a moment of silliness, that the Summer Olympics were for dogs. Same events, just with canine competitors.

What sport would your dog be good at? Bonus points for explaining why.

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Friday training talk: What's new with your pack?

Use this space to discuss training issues -- brag about successes, lament setbacks or bounce a question off the group.

Put Eddie on the ground unleashed, and he's the coolest dog you ever want to meet -- great with people, great with dogs, large and small.

Put him on leash around other dogs, and he'll almost invariably snap at them, Jillie excluded. Even worse, if he's on a human's lap and another dog comes up, he'll flash his teeth when they get 2 feet away and snap as soon as he thinks he can reach them.

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AACCC Adoption of the week: Meet Dozer

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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Any tips for curbing fence-hopping?

Do you have short fences and a dog who can jump? Have you had any luck teaching them not to leap fences after they've already had success? Have you come up with any techniques to discourage them from doing it? I'm wondering if there's something that can be draped over the fence that would thwart jumpers.

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Friday training talk: What's new with your pack?

Use this space to discuss training issues -- brag about successes, lament setbacks or bounce a question off the group.

I'll go first ;)

We had an incident at the house two nights ago that upset the balance of the pack for a couple days. It was a true Keystone Cops episode: Jillie stole Eddie's toy and Eddie set out in hot, angry pursuit. Normally that's not a problem -- Jillie is faster and sneakier than Eddie, so she can either escape safely or give me time to intervene and put away the toys.

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Anything goes: What's on your mind?

Use this space to discuss training issues -- brag about successes, lament setbacks or bounce a question off the group.

Rain, rain, go away. I was up especially late last night and suffered the consequences this morning -- the dogs started pacing at their normal time, and I wanted to sleep in.

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Willis

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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How do you keep senior dogs vital when their bodies slow down?

For those of you who have had senior dogs who may not have aged as gracefully as you would have liked, how did you keep them happy? And for those who haven't, treat it as a hypothetical question.

I'm envisioning a dog who, despite pain meds, just can't handle anything beyond a short walk in the yard. How do you keep their minds active for their last years? And is a diet change enough to keep their weight down?

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