If those three three simple words don’t get you excited, then there’s no amount of convincing that will otherwise. Some things in life simply sell themselves, and for most people that something is adorable animals, especially if they’re in cars. Photographer Lara Jo Regan has a knack for these cutesy coffee table books starring adorable pups, but Dogs in Cars uses her schtick in a way that’s clever and delightful.
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Back in 2010, Laura Flynn, the star of HBO’s heartbreaking documentary Madonna of the Mills, conducted a social experiment in the heart of Union Square, NYC to educate pet owners about the horrors of puppy mills. The puppies that are sold in pet stores are born in unsanitary cages that are only big enough for them to stand up or lie down in. Their mothers are given no love and when they are too old to produce puppies, they are often euthanized in cruel ways.
New Yorkers were allowed to sit inside the six-inch cage and many were horrified at how uncomfortable it was. Some also pointed out that the crate offered no protection from the cold, the wind, or other elements as well. The point of the exercise was to educate the general public about the plight of breeding mothers and pet store puppies in the hope of raising awareness, so that more people will join the fight to end puppy mills once and for all.
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At Crufts 2014, there was a special portion dedicated to shelter dogs who overcame their awful beginnings and turned into well-behaved pooches able to leap over hurdles with the finesse of a Westminster pro. From Border Collies to Labrador mixes, most of the dogs running through the agility course had a rough start in life and many of them had plenty of behavioral issues to work through when they were adopted. Despite their early issues, their owners overcame these problems and used agility to build their confidence. In a world where purebreds rule the show ring, agility allows mutts to strut their stuff and allow their “rags to riches” stories to be heard as well.
Watching the shelter dogs fly over the hurdles and weave through poles is an amazing testament to the endurance of these animals and is living proof that a rescue pooch can earn just as many titles and prizes as a purebred. Whether your dog is from a breeder or your local municipal shelter, by singling out rescue dogs, Crufts allows potential pet owners to gain a new appreciation for mixed breeds and may even inspire them to sign up for agility lessons, too!
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While its cousins the Doberman Pinscher and the Miniature Pinscher are more well-known, the German Pinscher is the perfect pet for those who live in a small apartment who want an intelligent, feisty, and energetic dog to call their own. This video, which was filmed by Burke’s Backyard, allows dog fanciers and prospective owners to get up close and personal with this adorable breed. These pooches almost became extinct, but thanks to die-hard adherents they were saved from dying out.
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Redemption: The No Kill-Revolution In America is a documentary about the no-kill revolution that is currently taking place in the United States and is based on a book by author Nathan J. Winograd. In the video, viewers learn how Henry Bergh founded the ASPCA after he saw how animals such as draft horses were suffering. However, after his death, the shelter quickly disregarded his no-kill policies and continued euthanizing healthy pets alongside the ones that were ill.
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World-famous animal behaviorist and veterinarian Dr. Ian Dunbar appeared at the 2007 TED Talks Conference in California where he explained the benefits of training your dog using positive reinforcement. Unlike publicity hound trainers such as Cesar Milan who rely on the “dominance” method, a type of training that has been since been debunked by scientists, Dr. Dunbar’s training method always takes into account the dog’s point of view.
Dr. Dunbar says there’s four training stages when teaching your pooch: one, to get him to use food as a lure to teach the dog a command—for example, to sit or lie down. Next, you slowly phase the food out and then you start building on the commands so that your furry friend understands the command within a sentence such as “Go fetch the mail.” Finally, you use distractions such as squirrels or other dogs in training so that chasing a squirrel in a park or getting the opportunity to play with their canine buddy becomes a reward.
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Every pet owner has wondered what their furry friend is thinking as they observe the peculiarities of everyday human life. However, in Garth Stein’s novel The Art Of Racing In The Rain, the narrator isn’t a human but a lovable Labrador retriever/Terrier mix named Enzo.
On the eve of his death, Enzo is content as he looks back on both his life and the lives of his human family’s. He was adopted by an up-and-coming race car driver named Denny Swift from a farm just outside of Seattle. Enzo becomes a silent witness to Swift’s struggles to make a name for himself both on the track and off, including observing his master meeting and marrying a woman named Eve.
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