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Cold weather and shorter daylight hours call for extra vigilance and special care.

Winter is officially here and most of the country is dealing with harsh and cold winter weather. The cold weather and shorter daylight hours make dog walks and exercising extra challenging. If you live with companion animals, winter time comes with a few cautions. Read up on some quick dog winter safety reminders.

Dry them off. After a snowy walk or romp in the yard, wipe down your dog’s paws and stomach and check paw pads for cuts or abrasions. Ingested rock salt, antifreeze and other chemicals are dangerous for dogs, and spikey snow and ice can cut.

Keep them warm. Make sure your dog has a draft-free place to sleep, with a nice cozy bed or thick blanket to soften the snooze.

Keep them close. Don’t let dogs off-leash during a snowstorm;  they can lose the scent and easily become lost. Make sure they’re wearing a collar and up-to-date tags, too.

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Health and behavioral considerations of kissing our dogs

Kissing our loved ones at the stroke of midnight on December 31st is supposed to bring good luck into the new year and scare away evil spirits. New Year’s Eve kissing is a tradition that may date back nearly 3000 years to the time of the Romans, and for these past few millennia, the kissing was generally assumed to be between people. With dogs becoming increasingly important as the loves of our lives, should we be kissing them instead of (or in addition to) humans? The answer is a personal one, but your decision should be informed by both health and behavioral considerations.

Dog’s name and age: Max(imus), 6 years

Nicknames: Mr. Max, Maximono

Adoption Story: I went to the shelter with a friend who was looking to adopt. She was looking for a Black Lab. The shelter didn’t have any Labs that day, but Max gave me one look and I was hooked. My friend didn’t get a dog that day, but I struck gold with Max!

Max Likes: Max loves a good walk, swimming and belly rubs most. He has an appreciation for the arts which can be seen on his Instagram @thereal_maximusthedog

Tricks: After 6 years, he finally learned to “give paw.” He also puts 110% into sitting.

Ever since humans teamed up with dogs, lo the many millennia ago, they have been not just our invaluable co-workers but have offered us their companionship and aided in our emotional well-being. There are also so many studies about the healthful benefits that dogs bring to us from our birth and through our whole lives. Now  we might add another reason why dogs are truly our first and best friends. A new study from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has shown that exposure to a pet dog from an early age may lessen the development of schizophrenia as an adult.

dog waiting for dog walker

Best Friends Animal Society, with its inspiring “Save Them All” agenda, recently declared Delaware to be the nation’s first no-kill state. According to Best Friends, at least 90 percent of the dogs and cats who enter a shelter must leave it alive for the shelter to be considered “no-kill.”

In Delaware, the statewide average is 92.9 percent, and some of the state’s shelters—such as Brandywine Valley SPCA—achieve even higher rates. Brandywine rehomed, adopted out or otherwise provided safe haven for 95 percent of the 14,000 dogs and cats it took in last year. Best Friends’ bold goal is for the U.S. to become “No Kill Nation” by 2025. To find out where your state stands, visit bestfriends.org/2025-goal .

How we became human—an ongoing exploration.

Earlier this year, I lost my dog Remy. He was a true partner and a regal hound, perceptive and expressive; sometimes, it seemed that he knew what I was going to do before I did. During his last days, I often found myself holding my breath, hoping that by doing so, I might stop time as well, and keep death from coming for him.

Remy had been with me— loyal, attentive and engaged—for nine years. In many ways, this very personal and individual relationship was a manifestation of those bonds that humans have had with canines for thousands of years. Before horses, before cattle and swine, before goats or domesticated animals of any kind, dogs were by our side. While the exact point at which the wolf (Canis lupus) became the dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is still up for debate, we do know that we have been running with canine companions for roughly the past 30,000 years.

chihuahua-puppy-lying-on-carpet waiting for dog walker

Which of these things is not like the others: a car, a house, a couch, a dog. Obviously, the answer is a dog, a living, breathing being. Yet, in many states, all four can be leased.

Described as a way to offset sky-high prices for purebred and so-called designer-dog puppies, the “lease-to-own” scheme benefits the sellers (pet stores and the puppy mills that supply them) and the private finance companies that underwrite it far more than those who sign up for it.

Thankfully, this year, Washington, Indiana and New Jersey joined New York, California and Nevada in banning pet-leasing (including dog-leasing) when their governors signed into law bills that prohibit these arrangements. It’s a practice that needs to be stopped nationwide. Not only are interest rates in these lease agreements astronomical, dogs can, in theory, be repossessed if payments aren’t made— a real lose/lose scenario if ever there was one.

dog at the park with dog walker

New dog is affectionate to previous guardian
Dear Bark: Five months ago, I adopted an 18-month-old dog from a friend. I’ve housetrained her, give her the best food and walk her daily, and she’s much better behaved and less neurotic than when she was with her original owner. Yet, she is not very affectionate with me, and when her former owner visits, she wants to leave with him. Sometimes, she’s even more affectionate with my friends than she is with me. It’s very painful, and I’m wondering whether this will ever change.

I want you to have the loving relationship with your dog that you wish to have. It’s not clear what barriers are preventing that, but there are things you can try to create the change you seek.

dog out for walk with dog walker

How my wife and I started a rescue devoted to rehoming dogs who’ve lost their families to debility or death.
My wife and I are what people commonly refer to as “crazy dog people.” But I guess it kinda goes with the territory. After all, we have six, no, wait … one, two, yeah, six of our own. So it’s only natural that a dog-loving couple who both are either extremely big-hearted or just downright nuts would take their passion for canines to the next level. Surely you can see this coming from a mile away, right? Yep, we started our own dog rescue.

Furever We Love Dog Rescue is now in its first year of operation. Our mission is to find new and loving homes for pups whose owners have moved into assisted living, are seriously ill, are in hospice care or who have passed away.

This is not an easy thing. When we began the rescue, we obviously hoped that every single move we made and every single dog we res- cued, from whatever unfortunate situation they found themselves in, would work out perfectly.