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  Articles Archive - Miscellaneous

This Archive includes all of the Miscellaneous articles featured on Working Dogs Cyberzine since 1996.
  • Pups with Papers
    Written by: Tracy Vogel, Staff Writer - VetCentric.com
    He has papers.
    They say it in the same tone one might say, "He went to Harvard," or "As a hobby, he performs critical emergency brain surgery." And you’re probably duly impressed. ( Read More...)
  • The Problem of Puppy Mills
    Written by: Erin Harty, Staff Writer - VetCentric.com
    It’s hard to think about economics, genetics, politics, or pet overpopulation when you’re looking at a soft, wet puppy nose pressed up against the glass in the pet store window. Most likely, the only thought your brain can muster is: "Awww." (Read More...)
  • Getting a "Used" Dog
    Written by: Tracy Vogel, Staff Writer - VetCentric.com
    You could almost compare it to trying to sell a car. New is appealing. Get a few miles on it, and the value drops. Get a lot of miles on it, and the value drops a lot more.
    Except that it’s much easier to find someone who wants an older car than an older dog. Too many options out there. Too many young dogs, too many all-desirable puppies. ( Read More...)
  • The Canine Working Class
    Written by: Erin Harty, Staff Writer - VetCentric.com
    For the vast majority of dogs, life is eat, sleep and play. For some, though, work is also a factor of daily life.
    Dogs can have a variety of job descriptions: helping police officers on patrol, keeping a farmer’s sheep or cattle in line, searching out victims of natural disasters, retrieving quarry for hunters, assisting the disabled, and even sniffing out drugs, smuggled goods, and explosives. ( Read More...)
  • Author Shirley Greene provides us with another fantastic article Sex and the Single Dog. One of the most humorous pieces I have encountered.

  • Now this one I couldn't resist! As most anyone with working breeds knows, those piles of shed dog hair can take on a life of their own. Now we all know what to do about The Dust Bunnies That Took Manhattan. Knitting With Dog Hair: Better a Sweater from a Dog You Know and Love Than from a Sheep You'll Never Meet features step-by-step instructions for spinning and knitting with dog hair -- you might be amazed at how truly beautiful and utilitarian garments spun from dog hair can be! For all of you who didn't get that sable fur coat for Christmas.... From the General Fiction/Non-Fiction section of the Working Dogs Book Store.

  • The Lost History of the Canine Race: Our 15,000-year Love Affair with Dogs by anthropologist Mary Elizabeth Thurston revolutionizes how we perceive "man's best friend" and empowers anyone who loves dogs with a new sense of wonder and appreciation. In full color. Only $17.47 at the Working Dogs Book Store. Be sure to check out our other best-selling titles about the fascinating history of the dog!

  • Spielberg couldn't duplicate it even if he dared to try. You tuck them in with a kiss and a snuggle one night... and the next morning, a changeling of unprecedented transformation comes busting out of the crate! They're German Shepherd puppies. See all the graphic personality changes that occur in five minutes in the life of Mica, my GSD puppy.

  • There Are No Problem Dogs - Author and Rottie owner Cary Silver counters the hysteria about "dangerous dogs" with a clearly reasoned and well-researched look at the ramifications of irresponsible dog ownership.

  • Great Vacations for Your and Your Dog. Thinking about traveling with your dog? Be sure to check out this terrific new addition to our Working Dogs Book Store.

  • Reader Travel Recommendations - Do you have a favorite hotel, motel, resort, B&B, campground, or other dog-friendly vacation or travel destination? We'll publish your favorite dog-friendly discoveries in our Travel Department.

  • Safe Airline Travel With Your Dog - David Deliessegues

  • Traveling With Your Dog Department.

  • NetPets presents 21 Spots Your Dog Loves to Have Scratched, Tickled, Touched, Petted, Rubbed, or Massaged, an on-line serialization of the book 277 Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know. This month's installment is a tried-and-true recipe for instant love and devotion.

  • Norma Bennett Woolf combines facts and common sense when she answers the question, Just What Is a Puppy Mill? She advises potential puppy buyers how to discriminate between different types of breeders and to make their puppy selection an informative and responsible one.

  • A Princess in Manhattan. Successful rescues are a relief to accomplish and a joy to read about. GSD Rescue volunteer Anka Andrews shares the details of the recent rescue of Hattie.

  • German Shepherd Rescue Success! - German Shepherd Rescue of New England contributes their recent adoption success stories; check out some of the GSD's that are awaiting adoption today.

  • So You've Found a Dog... What's Next? - Directory of resources for several national registry organizations and services that can help you identify a found dog by its tattoo, registry ID tags, or microchip.

  • Animal Rights Commentary: Human Superiority - Animal rights activist Gary Francione shares some refreshing humor with his comments about a debate of animal testing.

  • The Rainbow Bridge provides some eloquent solace for one grieving the loss of a beloved canine companion.

  • RESCUE! - The amazing story of Vera, a dog with three strikes.... and a successful home run!

  • Fred Lanting evokes Kipling-esque prose in his parable about the evolution of the German Shepherd Dog in America, a humorous tale intertwining fanciful whimsy with some realities of the fancy.

  • German Shepherd Rescue Success! - German Shepherd Rescue of New England contributes their recent adoption success stories; check out some of the GSD's that are awaiting adoption today.

  • The Working Dogs Chat provides an opportunity for working and sporting dog enthusiasts from around the world to come together in live informative and entertaining chat.

  • Announcing the Working Dogs International Forum delivering global interactivity to sporting and working dog enthusiasts around the world! Meet others right now who share your passion for selection, training, breeding, competition, and careers of service.

  • If you are thinking about giving a puppy or other pet as a gift this holiday season, please reconsider the wisdom of subjecting a new pet to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. New Jersey German Shepherd Rescue explains the ultimate kindness -- not giving an animal as a holiday gift.

  • Plastic and cosmetic surgeon Michael Berman, MD addresses some of the situational precursors to a dog bite and how these preventable situations cause life-changing damage on his web page devoted to Dog Bite Prevention. The before and after pictures drive home the importance of diligent dog bite prevention.

  • Marina Gerasimova is the guest speaker of the email forum on October 16. Ms. Gerasimova is the president of RFWD (Russian Federation of Working Dogs) and a key figure in working and sporting dog activities in Russia.

  • Our Hurricane Watch Page contains important information from The Humane Society of the United States Disaster Center and links to current updates on hurricane and tropical storm developments, with vital information about weather conditions, pet evacuation tips, disaster response efforts, pet friendly lodging, and more.

  • The Working Dogs Book Store has stocked over 40 news books in two new departments: Spirituality and Philosophy features thought-provoking titles on the elements of the human/animal partnership from traditional and modern viewpoints. The new Pet Loss and Grief Counseling department offers a broad collection of therapeutic and comforting books to help prepare for or ease the traumatic loss of a beloved canine companion.

  • Author and book reviewer Deborah Straw takes us on a journey to lands mysterious in her insightful review of a provocative new book about some of the world's rarest working breeds, Dog's Best Friend, Journey to the Roots of an Ancient Partnership. Straw captures the intriguing complexity and depth of relationships forged in some of the harshest environments on the planet, where man and his canine partner depend upon each other for survival.

  • The Working Dogs Outfitter launches its debut with an online catalog of superior equipment, products, supplies and toys especially selected for the sporting and working canine in your life. This new feature makes your dog-related shopping as easy as point and click. Better yet, every purchase supports canine rescue!

  • Much loved and highly respected, we regret to announce the passing of veterinary ophthalmologist Paul Franklin Dice II, VMD, MS Diplomate ACVO. Dr. Dice's obituary summarizes but a few of the many personal and professional accomplishments and contributions of this world renowned pioneering champion of animals and their vision.

  • Mark your calendar for August 6-8 when Rochester, Washington welcomes the 1999 Pacific Northwest Regional Rottweiler Sieger Show, BST and BH. You can count on three days of everything Rottweiler as the best of the region come together to vie for Regional Sieger and Siegerin honors. Workingdogs.com is honored to be the host of the official web site for this exciting event!

  • New puppies featured on our Litter Announcements page.

  • New Litter Advertisements and Breeding Opportunities.

  • The United States Border Collie Club (USBCC) promotes the Border Collie as a performance dog, not a show dog. The USBCC has historically supported independent Border Collie registries, and opposed recognition of the breed by the AKC, setting an appearance standard for the breed, or granting championships based solely on looks. Read why the USBCC advocates resistance to AKC recognition and why it believes AKC registration is contrary to the best interests of the Border Collie in AKC VS. THE BORDER COLLIE.

  • German Shepherd breeder Dori Painter helps the first-time puppy buyer INTERPRET THE ADS and knowledgeably read between the lines to find the right breeder and a quality puppy.

  • The American Kennel Club has indicated a willingness to approve a dog show that will be limited to conformation champions that also possess field titles, the first of its type to ever be approved by the AKC. Granite City Kennel Club's Field of Champions Invitational Dog Show may be the first of many such AKC events that demand form and function.

  • British breed geneticist Malcolm B. Willis is author of several breed and genetics classics, including The German Shepherd Dog: A Genetic History and Genetics of the Dog. In his article, So You Want to Buy a German Shepherd Dog?, Dr. Willis provides indispensable advice to the potential GSD puppy buyer. Drawing on his own kennel policies and procedures in England, he details the fundamental obligations that should be expected of responsible breeders anywhere.

  • Author Norma Bennett Woolf reveals many of the pros and cons of having and training a mixed-breed dog. In her article The Heinz 57 is the Dog for Me, Woolf discusses the ups and downs of type and temperament depending on the breeds thrown into the mix, and provides helpful resources for mixed breed owners who want to train and title their animals.

  • Is there a difference between dog aggression exhibited toward dogs, and aggression exhibited toward humans? Author Barbara Nibling refers to current research and literature on this subject as she examines the behavioral aspects of canine aggression, reviews the different characteristics of aggressive behavior, and suggests some causes in her article A Behavioral View on Dog Aggression.

  • By popular demand, here's the recipe for those awesome Moc's Liver Treats for dogs. They're easy to make, economical, with no additives or preservatives. Say goodbye to greasy, non-nutritious hot dogs, and watch your dogs go ga ga over this super obedience treat and tracking bait!

  • Photographer Jeff Uhrlaub has put together a lovely web site, thoughtfully designed with easy-to-browse thumbnails, featuring some of his best shots of working dogs in training and competition and hard at work on the streets. Don't miss his Dog Shots Gallery featuring Schutzhund, K9, Dutch Shepherd, hunting dogs, and more!

  • Now this one I couldn't resist! As most anyone with working breeds knows, those piles of shed dog hair can take on a life of their own. Now we all know what to do about The Dust Bunnies That Took Manhattan. Knitting With Dog Hair: Better a Sweater from a Dog You Know and Love Than from a Sheep You'll Never Meet features step-by-step instructions for spinning and knitting with dog hair -- you might be amazed at how truly beautiful and utilitarian garments spun from dog hair can be! For all of you who didn't get that sable fur coat for Christmas.... From the General Fiction/Non-Fiction section of the Working Dogs Book Store.

  • Norma Bennett Woolf combines facts and common sense when she answers the question, Just What Is a Puppy Mill? She advises potential puppy buyers how to discriminate between different types of breeders and to make their puppy selection an informative and responsible one.

  • Suzanne Clothier invokes the enchanting imagery of two well-matched dance partners in Dances With Dogs, her introspective examination of the basic techniques for creating a good working relationship with your dog and a clear understanding of each other.

  • NetPets presents 21 Spots Your Dog Loves to Have Scratched, Tickled, Touched, Petted, Rubbed, or Massaged, an on-line serialization of the book 277 Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know. This month's installment is a tried-and-true recipe for instant love, devotion, and thumpety-thump-thump!

  • Kids + Dogs=Fun: Great Activities Your Kids and Dogs Can Do Together by Jacqueline O'Neil is your ultimate reference for exploring dog-related activities for kids. This entertaining guidebook shows you how to evaluate the interests and compatibility of your children and dogs, and shares a host of kid-friendly activities including 4-H, the AKC Canine Good Citizen program, raising puppies to be service dogs, hunting tests, and more. You can find this book in the Flyball and Miscellaneous Recreation section of the Working Dogs Book Store.

  • There Are No Problem Dogs - Author and Rottie owner Cary Silver counters the hysteria about "dangerous dogs" with a clearly reasoned and well-researched look at the ramifications of irresponsible dog ownership.

  • Best and Worst Dogs for Security

  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is mandated by law to enforce regulations pertaining to large scale commercial dog breeding facilities. A shortage of inspectors responsible for overseeing these facilities has contributed to the agency's reputation for failing to meet its mandate. Rachel A. Lamb writes about her visits to puppy mills in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and the tragedies that play out there every day in her article, PRISONERS FOR PROFITS: THE SHAME OF PUPPY MILLS.

  • Central Florida Animal Control is prepared for the worst. Learn where planned EMERGENCY ANIMAL SHELTERS will be located, and who to contact.

  • Anthropologist Mary Elizabeth Thurston, well-known author of The Lost History of the Canine Race, publishes her second in our exclusive series of brief essays about the fascinating history of the dog, a heartbending story of one soldier's profound love and respect for his military K9 partner.

  • Anthropologist Mary Elizabeth Thurston, well-known author of The Lost History of the Canine Race, publishes her first in our exclusive series of fascinating essays about the history of the dog.

  • A history association in Colorado is looking for old working dog equipment from the '40s and needs your help building their living history display. Can you help?

  • So You've Found a Dog... What's Next? - Directory of resources for several national registry organizations and services that can help you identify a found dog by its tattoo, registry ID tags, or microchip.

  • Animal Rights Commentary: Human Superiority - Animal rights activist Gary Francione shares some refreshing humor with his comments about a debate of animal testing.

  • Reader Travel Recommendations - Do you have a favorite hotel, motel, resort, B&B, campground, or other dog-friendly vacation or travel destination? We'll publish your favorite dog-friendly discoveries in our Travel Department.



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