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Fetching News – Week Ending 06.25.2010

All the news that’s fit to chew on …

After a three month hiatus, I have been asked (by Amy) to bring back Fetching News. I’m not sure why I put it on hold … it’s a great way to highlight important topics discussed by fellow pet bloggers.

So without further ado, I bring you this week’s news.

Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day! This event started in 1999 as a way of celebrating our companion dogs and to encourage pet adoption. So just to be clear, TYDTWD it’s not a way of making a hated, pet-allergic cubicle-mate suffer … just an added benefit if it works!

Why travel with a dog at all? Why indeed?! That question is thoughtfully answered by @DogJaunt. If you’re familiar with M-A’s blog, you expect and get a well-reasoned argument. And as those of us with pets know, we travel with them simply because we complete each others life in everything we do.

I’m a pretty regular reader of Dog Spelled Forward. Several days ago Eric had a great post: On-Leash Aggression: What is Over Threshold? Turns out, over threshold is “an emotional state that is intense and overwhelming enough that learning just isn’t going to happen.” I found this post extremely useful in explaining some of Ty and Buster’s behaviors/reactions and made me more aware of what’s going on in their heads.

There’s some news on the pet treat front. Are you feeding your dog “kibble crack”? Over at Pet News and Views, Dr. Ernie Ward noted that sugar, and more and more of it, is creeping its way into dog treats. This does more good for the bottom line of the pet food companies than it does for the health of your dog. For a list of pet treats that contain a lot of sugar, visit Dr. Ward’s website. This news is why @DoggyBytes only feeds his dogs two kinds of treats.

Amy likes to tweet that there is no poop fairy (so pick it up). That may no longer be true. The fairy may come in the form of doggie DNA testing. Yep. A condo association in Baltimore is considering using a DNA testing program called PooPrints. Pet owners would send in a swab of their pet’s saliva, and the DNA would be extracted and kept in a database. If the association wanted to know which owner was not cleaning up after his or her pet, a small sample could be collected and sent to the lab for testing. Because not cleaning up after a pet is the biggest peeve non-pet owners have, I’m all for it. What do you think?

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  • I think I'd rather not be on any condo boards in the future. I don't want to end up working in the lab…

  • PooPrints, that's great! It's pretty sad though that extreme measures such as DNA testing need to be considered just to get people to do what they should be doing anyway. :/

    Thanks for the link. =)

  • Thanks for commenting. I really think the DNA testing is a good idea. Start in high density condo area – where not picking up may be the worst – and spread out from there.

  • Puckygirl says:

    I love the doggie DNA testing. That would be perfect for the area that I live in and people take their dogs to the park and let them do their duties and then leave. My kids go play in the park and come back with dog poo on their shoes or clothes. Pick it up for heaven's sake. It doesn't take much time at all. I am so for this

  • Twolittlecavaliers says:

    Stopping by to say hello with the Blog Hop. Hope you have a fantastic weekend. I am off to read Eric's post thanks for pointing it out.

    Felissa, Davinia, and Indiana

    http://www.twolittlecavaliers.blogspot.com

  • Thanks for the mention! I'm glad you found the over-threshold information useful. Based on the feedback I'm working on some more leash aggression posts.

  • michelechollow says:

    Thanks for mentioning Pet News and Views. And I agree. People SHOULD pick up after their dogs! It's terrible that it has come to this.

  • Thanks so much for the shout-out, and for the comment on my post. This'll make you smile — my husband, who loves Chloe but doesn't really get the whole dog thing (he loves his cats), looked at me and the dog while we were eating burgers at the walk-up Shake Shack in NYC and said, “Don't take this wrong, but this is way more fun with the dog here.”

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