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

AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Sadie

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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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This just in: Pekingese wins Westminster's best in show

Malachy the Pekingese wins Best in Show at Westminster: A Pekingese named Malachy walks across the floor during the judging of the toy group at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Malachy went on to the coveted best in show award. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Malachy the Pekingese wins Best in Show at Westminster: A Pekingese named Malachy walks across the floor during the judging of the toy group at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Malachy went on to the coveted best in show award. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

View a gallery of photos from Westminster


By BEN WALKER
AP Sports Writer

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Dog bites TV news anchor

Here's an unsettling video that's making the rounds. A mastiff rescued from an ice pond appeared on a TV news show, and bites the KUSA anchor.

I'm posting not for shock value but for discussion and education. Can anyone see it coming? Were there any signs? What could have been done to prevent it.

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An assist to feathered friends: Birds available at AACCC starting Sunday

Dogblog note: Since dog lovers tend to be animal lovers overall, I'm passing on this press release from Anchorage Animal Care and Control on some birds available for adoption.

Adoptions begin Sunday -- the same day AACCC hosts its Valentine's Pet Adoption Fair.

Birds Involved in Animal Cruelty Case Available for Adoption Soon

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Murphy

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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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Dog friendly businesses in Anchorage?

What are the dog-friendly businesses in Anchorage? The staff of the ADN's 61 Degrees North is working on a story on dog-friendly businesses and is looking for suggestions.

Obviously, there's Petco. And I've heard that Sportsman's Warehouse allows dogs. Are there others you know of?

List them here, or email Julie Wright at jwright@adn.com.

Thanks for the help.

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Anything goes: What's on your dog-loving minds?

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

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(Late) 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 spent a delightful afternoon yesterday hanging out at a dog park in Las Vegas with longtime Dog Blogger kariabre, aka more recently as Baily Mesa Big Carl. It got me to thinking what a shame it is that Anchorage has no fenced dog parks.

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Pet New Year set for Saturday

I've announced Pet New Year on the blog already but here are the latest updates, courtesy of Brooke Taylor of AACCC.

Benefits to the public
$5 rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats provided by Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center;
30 free microchips for first dogs and cats attending provided by Alaska SPCA;
free nail trims with donations to a rescue group provided by Golden Days Pet Grooming;

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Mickey

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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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Training motivator: Food or toys?

What do you use as a reward for training? Always treats or food? Has anyone had success reward-training with toys or just praise? Do you prefer one method over the other? Does the dog understand the toy is a reward?

I bring this up because I recently struggled trying to teach a relative's Yorkie the sneeze trick. Both mine learned it relatively fast, so I'm wondering why this one struggled. She is food motivated but not ravenously so like mine. She likes toys but didn't easily grasp the concept that the toy was a reward.

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Friday training talk -- what's up with your pack?

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

I'm on vacation out of state and left the dogs behind. While I try to appreciate my independence from them, I'm drawn to every dog I run in on vacation. On this leg of the trip, we're visiting my nephew's 3-year-old Yorkie. She's a delight. Very well socialized, with only one bad habit that I've seen: She's been known to pee submissively when people get her excited by fawning over her when they meet.

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Anything goes: What's up, dog lovers?

Use this space to discuss anything you'd like, or just stop by and introduce your pack.

I went to a bootie-making class at ACT yesterday, and it was a breakthrough! Not only are they easy to make, but the ones I made for Lucy pretty much solved our extreme-cold walk issue. She was picking up her feet immediately once she got off the plowed roads.

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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.

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Pet New Year addition: All breed talent show

Pet New Year at Alaska Mill and Feed is coming up Saturday, Feb. 4, but here's a fun addition to the program: an all-breed talent show event sponsored by Advocates for Dog and Puppy Wellness.

Important: Deadline for entry is Saturday, Jan. 21, so if you're interested you'll have to email your entry right away to be eligible -- it's first come, first served.

Check out the following attachments for more information.

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Donations pour in in response to cruelty cases; more needed

Here's a note from Brooke Taylor, public relations coordinator for Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center, on the seizures of more than 100 animals in two weekend cruelty cases.

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Anything goes: What's new with your crew?

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

Took Eddie and Jillie to Petco today for separate walks. Jillie, at 2 years old, sure loves to please. She didn't pull at all, ignored other dogs when I did, and snapped into a perfect heel when I asked her to. We walked, we ran. She got an A+.

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Here's what you can do to help AACCC with influx of rescues

If you haven't read the story about the animals rescued in two separate seizures over the weekend, check it out.

Knowing how animal lovers like to pitch in, I'm reprinting the list of items Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center needs to help with the sudden addition of about 100 animals -- dogs, cats and birds.

Here's what you can do:

• Non-clumping cat litter, preferably a clay litter
• Parakeet food
• Small, clean blankets and towels

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Fess up, how are the subzero walks going?

Are you continuing to exercise your dogs now that the temperatures have dipped? Are the walks the same length? Or, are you like me and have shortened your walks -- and paid the price with overactive indoor dogs?

The problem in my pack came from an unexpected place -- Lucy, my Chessie. The Yorkies are good to 5 below with booties and a coat, but I haven't had the time to find a bootie that stays on Lucy. She can handle the hard-packed roads better, but the softer trails find her picking up her feet after just minutes.

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Dogs' pads have same heating system as Arctic fox, study shows

He's an interesting report at physorg.com on how dogs' seemingly delicate pads can withstand cold and ice.

Their pads benefit from the same system as the Arctic fox, and it works as a counter-current heat exchanger, says the report.

The report says that not all dogs are the same, and their normal environment plays a role. That explains why my Yorkies do better in snow than, say, Paris Hilton's. :p

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