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Fetching News – Week Ending 08.06.10

All the news that’s fit to chew on …

We started our current road trip on March 15. We were “home” for 10 days in April to handle some domestic chores, like filing our tax returns. Other than those 10 days, we’ve been travelin’. We’ve driven through 17 states, and the odometer rolled past 10,000 miles this week.

Besides our GoPetFriendly website and a well-thumbed-through atlas the only reference guide we travel with is 1000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die. This makes for an extremely long bucket list!

Without further ado, here is this week’s Fetching News.

It’s time to vote for the best of the best pet bloggers in the DogTime Pet Blog Awards! Vote for your favorite blog in four different categories: Best Pet Blog, Best Dog Blog, Best Cat Blog, and Best Cause Related Blog. The four winners will be announced at BlogPaws West. First prize is a $500 donation to the winner’s shelter/rescue of their choosing. Voting ends on August 20. Who did I vote for? Well, for Best Pet Blog I voted for … oh … I get it … nice try.

To feed or not to feed … raw that is. I read a tweet this week from @RoxanneHawn that said raw feeding will be discussed each Wednesday in August at Dog Food Dish, her blog column over at K9 Cuisine Chronicles. This week, The Case for Feeding Raw was posted. Based on the comments, I think this series will generate some great discussion.

Two stories from Life With Dogs (@NigelBugger) are worth noting this week. The first: 1 husband, 1 wife, 1 dog (no kids), and a divorce. Who gets custody of the canine? In this Maryland case, the judge awarded split custody of the pet. But it does make one Take Paws (sorry, couldn’t resist) – does this kind of issue go in a pre-nup? The second: in Victory for Service Dogs – Canine Profiling Outlawed the US Department of Justice issued a new regulation prohibiting cities from discriminating against service dogs simply because of their appearance, breed, or size. A must read for all BSL opponents.

On the other side of the pond, @DaillyDogScoop reports on a British dog that has been trained by its owner to pick up litter! As Scoop says: “I think that Lucky is doing a lot more than just picking up trash.  He is showing all the onlookers that it is easy to do and you can feel good just for doing the right thing – so maybe they will think twice about littering next time.”

Speaking of picking up, a new TripAdvisor survey of the top 10 pet friendly hotels in the US offered this little dropping. “Travelers biggest beefs with people traveling with pets included not picking up after their four-legged friends (56%) …” To the entire pet community I say that this grievance is our biggest hurdle preventing non-pet owners from more openly accepting our animals and is keeping more businesses from going pet friendly.

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND! Do something fun with your pet and Fill Us In! :)

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  • Some good tidbits if info here Rod, thanks. I've opened up Neil's “Service Dogs” post and will read it before I retire this evening.

    Roxanne's post “The Case for Raw Feeding” was a good one. You just know I had to jump in and stir things up a bit. =D

    Hope you guys have a great weekend!

  • Lifewithdogs says:

    It was a busy news week in the dog world. You do a remarkable job of keeping up with it. Thanks for the mention!

  • Hey, nice group! I hadn't seen Roxanne's post, so I'll get over there, see what her approach on the topic is and if Jim McBean has something to say in the comments – and I had been meaning to go read the no canine profiling for service dogs, too! Thanks, and have a great weekend!

    • It's can't be often that I get the scoop on news before you do! I'm usually telling readers about the great stuff that's on your blog!

      • Hey, thanks for the compliment:) This is the great thing about the trough of news that's out there – no one of us can catch it all, and while we might report on the same story, we often see or focus on different aspects of it. Off to walk the Tashmeister, who is busy snuffling his hints in my direction. (He's like a human kid sometimes, I swear – he shifts his weight from one front leg to the other while sitting and there's no mistaking his “hurry up, let's go out, are we ready yet, it's time it's time!”)

    • Indeed I did Mary. =)

      I also wrote a blog post around Roxanne's post. Both posts seem to have generated some good discussion.

      • Yes, I followed the raw food tutorial you offered in the comments section of an older post Roxanne wrote and was laughing at the end where you said you should have written a post instead – too true and I've been there! Great to have a cross blog discussion on this subject!

  • A very happy weekend to you too!

  • michelechollow says:

    I look forward to Roxanne's raw meaty diet story. Still, I think our friend Jim at Doggybytes.ca is the expert on raw meaty diets for dogs.

  • Anonymous says:

    I respectfully disagree with the conclusion of your last paragraph — which I got in time to blog about today: http://willmydoghateme.com/dog-travel/friday-focus-pet-travel-the-new-frontier

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