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At the park near my in-laws’ house in the Denver area, there’s a large enclosure for dogs to run free. Not everyone embraced this addition to the park, but it’s popular with the locals, and I like to see the dogs sprint over the grass after toys and interact with each other. Yesterday, two small, lithe Labradors […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Great Puppy Hunt

 

shutterstock_336435884Everywhere you look there are ads telling you that you must adopt a rescue pet or Sarah McLaughlin will come kill you in your sleep. Lord knows how many calls to suicide hotlines that woman has caused. If it isn’t an animal “charity” telling you that you need to adopt, it’s a celebrity (with a designer dog in their purse) or worse yet, those who have already “rescued” a dog.

There is a reason these people are compared to CrossFit fanatics.

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I reprint this, from the NYTimes, without comment:

To the average dog lover, the animals’ floppy ears and pudgy paws are simply cute. But there is actual science behind their design: They are cursorial animals, which means that they have adapted to run as their first line of defense, said Stanley Coren, a psychology professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and a dog-training expert.

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Number one on that list is a 2 AM phone call from Future Tony Winner: “Dad, Asta ate a razor blade!” “What?!?” More

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Having seen a few generations of pets now, I’ve been noticing patterns that have me wondering. There’s cat and dog behavior that seems so charming and cute and full of personality, but then I notice that other cats and dogs we’ve had display some of the same quirks. I’m starting to think there must be […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Rover, Come Over. And Over. And Over.

 

shutterstock_49355953Some years back, my father pulled me aside, Graduate-style and told me “Tom, I just want to plant an idea in your head: if you can ever invent something regarding dogs that’ll sell, we may never have to work again.”

Alas, for my family’s leisure and wealth, I have had no such insight. However, a biotech company in South Korea skipped past novel designs in chew toys, food, harnesses, and frisbees, and went straight for cloning. Their first cloned puppy was produced in 2005, but the process took hundreds of attempts and the founder was subsequently embroiled in a massive scandal involving his failed attempts to clone a human. In addition to publishing results that were outright fabrications (or close enough), he used secret government funding to purchase egg donations from his staff; he was stripped of his license, resigned his university post, and was given a two-year suspended prison sentence.

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I’ve had enough of the Holy Wars for a while, so let’s talk about something that we can all agree on. Specifically, can we all agree that these dangerous beasts should be hunted down and exterminated? More

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RerhBeing a busy mom and surgical nurse, Becky Rehr of Kalamazoo County, Mich., kept forgetting to renew the license for her family’s 11-year-old springer/border collie mix. She finally turned in the paperwork on June 18 but a few days later received an arrest warrant from the local government. Not renewing a dog license is a criminal offense in this corner of southwestern Michigan.

While running errands with her 14-year-old daughter, Rehr swung by the sheriff’s office to show Johnny Law her $35 receipt and clear up the trivial matter. She was shocked when they took her mug shot, fingerprints, and tossed her into a holding cell at the county jail.

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Quilter and I have been married for nearly 40 years. Over that time only one other female vied for my affection. Only one – a red haired, blue-eyed beauty I met in the 1990s. Quilter knew her competitor, and was amused rather than jealous. Her rival was an Australian Shepherd. We had a dog before […]

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Some days, I wonder whether Vox.com might be a secret venture by Rob Long and Peter Robinson. Just as Ricochet.com is like a conservative Facebook, Vox.com is like a conservative version of the Onion. Today’s entry comes in the form of an earnest interview with “Canadian philosopher Will Kymlicka” (blame Canada!) entitled, “Should dogs be […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Pope Francis: Doggie Heaven Is Real

 

During a recent appearance, Pope Francis comforted a little boy who had just lost his dog. The Pontiff said, “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.”

I never think much about this issue until I’m the one dealing with a dying pet. I’ve lost two Corgis in the past several years, and each required lengthy conversations with my young daughters about the cute little guys’ eternal resting place. Though I was non-committal, I employed several “maybes” and “could be’s” to comfort crying kids who wanted a firm promise they would see their puppies again. If I’m being honest, the thought also comforted me more than a little.

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As I was reading and enjoying She’s lovely Surprise post this afternoon, my mind went back to an episode I witnessed almost exactly 3 years ago, one that deeply affected me at the time, and still does. I live outside the city proper, so the morning commute to get my kids to school and myself […]

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Sorry, the post’s title is something of joke, I really just wanted your attention. Rather than bicker back and forth over “virtue,” “liberty,” or any of the other myriad terms we use here, I put forward the following real world exercise in governing. The Real World is far more nuanced and complex than can be […]

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe everything I see in the lame-stream media. Bought-and-paid-for shills, the lot of ’em. So I withheld judgment when a few months ago everyone started flappin’ their gums and jumpin’ up and down about what a monster this Vlad Putin guy was. At first I was confused. “Self,” I […]

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