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

Best diets for specific health issues

My apologies for the late "Monday" topic of the week. I don't know where the time goes.

This one came as a suggestion from Jerseygirl01:

What are the best kibbles for various issues (coat/digestion/arthritis/weight/behavior...)

Obviously, most of us will talk to our vets or a canine nutritionist when trying to come up with the best food. But with that said, what have you learned? What's worked for you?

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Salmonella in dog food sickens 14 people in US

<By JEFFREY COLLINS and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH
Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Fourteen people in at least nine states have been sickened by salmonella after handling tainted dog food from a South Carolina plant that a few years ago produced food contaminated by toxic mold that killed dozens of dogs, federal officials said Friday.

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Friday training talk: What's new?

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

I have a brag and a lament all wrapped into one: Eddie passed his therapy dog recertification test twice on Saturday (once with me, once with Kelly).

The lament is mine: My passing score was significantly lower than Kelly's. On a 2 is best, 1 is passing and 0 is fail basis, Kelly and Eddie got all but one 2. Eddie and I got 10 1's. She kicked my butt!

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Moose

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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 do you think of retractable leashes?

This week's topic is courtesy of Brooke Taylor, animal lover and public relations coordinator for Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center.

What do you think of retractable "flexi" leashes? Do you use them? Do you despise them? Is there ever a situation where you would consider them?

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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.

EDDIE: He takes his therapy dog recertification test on Saturday, and I feel pretty good about it. I'm not as nervous as the two other times I took it with him, at least. And my nervousness and preparedness are really the only issues we've ever had.

Here are the things I've been criticized for before in passing the previous tests:

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Bruno

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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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AACCC launches responsible pet ownership campaign

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Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center recently launched a new campaign promoting responsible pet ownership. Check out these humorous video public service announcements below, and share the link or let them know what you think on AACCC's Facebook page.

Here's the text of their press release:

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Who's your all-time favorite dog from film or television?

If you could have any dog from television or film as your pet, who would you pick?

My friend Jenifer, one of the original contributors to the Dog Blog who still visits from time to time, posted this on her Facebook page and gave me permission to use it. She said it could be any animal, but I'm limiting it to dogs for this discussion.

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Scoop the Poop Day set for Saturday, April 21

When: Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: University Lake and Connor's Bog off-leash dog parks.

The Anchorage Waterways Council's Scoop the Poop Committee has set Saturday, April 21, for its annual cleanup day.

Time will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the city's two most popular unleashed dog parks -- Connor's Bog and University Lake.

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What's the strangest food your dog likes?

This week's topic is another great suggestion from findleylake. What strange kinds of things will your dog eat -- either by design or by accident?

Findleylake admits that Duncan will lap up coffee if a cup is within range.

Mine eat frozen veggies as treats when I'm watching their weight. Funny, they react to the frozen peas and carrots just as voraciously as they do other treats.

The strange things they eat mostly involve poop, but I won't go there here.

Anything your dog has eaten that makes you scratch your head?

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Anything goes: Talk amongst yourselves ;)

Use this space to discuss anything you'd like.

I'm on furlough the rest of the week and will be out of commission until Monday, April 22.

Feel free to keep the conversation going here, and I'll be checking in in a week.

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Canine Comfort raising funds for Aniak shelter

Dogblog note: Following is a press release from Canine Comfort, the grass-roots rescue group that has been operating in Aniak for the past three years. The problem of abandoned and neglected dogs in the Bush is huge, and this is one organization that is committed to finding homes for unwanted dogs.

Dear Friends,

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Sassy

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

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Favorite pet supply catalogs/mail order pharmacies?

This week's question is courtesy of Findleylake again. It's actually two questions: First, do you have a favorite pet mail order pharmacy? She uses Drs. Foster & Smith for Duncan's arthritis meds. And second, do you have favorite pet supply catalogs? Include online sites if you have a favorite.

I'm not a big catalog shopper, but I have purchased stuff from Drs. Foster & Smith before.

Anybody else have some favorites?

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Friday training talk: Anything new to report?

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

I tried a couple new things with Eddie this week, but I think I've given up on both. Too off the wall, and I was confusing him.

In nosework, I tried tossing out about 20 plastic eggs, with just one having an odor in it. Eddie loves the challenge and frantically sniffs all the eggs, but the game confuses him. He'll occasionally just start batting at random eggs and looking to me to see if he's right.

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Grizz

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

Update, 4/11/12: Grizz is still available but with the reduced adoption fee of $72. Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic donated the neuter surgery.

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Anything goes: What's new with your pack?

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

Had a busy day today doing my real job, wrestling election coverage in print and online, but all I can think about at the end of the day is a guy I passed while driving to work today.

He was walking a Yorkie, which normally makes me happy. I love to see little dogs treated like dogs, walking instead of being carried, and getting some exercise. But this was more of a drag than a walk.

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Breakup season: Where do you walk your dogs?

Lucy: She brought it on herself this time. She wandered off the plowed trail inside the park and found herself punching through the deep stuff. Clearly, she's miserable.Lucy: She brought it on herself this time. She wandered off the plowed trail inside the park and found herself punching through the deep stuff. Clearly, she's miserable.

We're entering my least favorite time of the year to be a dog owner -- breakup. Do your dog-walking habits change this time of year? How's it working for you this year?

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Optimus

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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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