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Jan
Northern California
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He once had a girl, or should I say, she once had him, She showed him her room, isn’t it good, Norw… Oops, sorry. I lost my train of thought. Matt Hein worked in finance in London for nearly five years when he decided he had enough. Although the pay was good, he felt he was competing with a lot of others who were sitting at their desks pretty much wasting their lives. “Portrait of... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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From her apartment in Miami, Margery Glickman has for many years tried to shut down the Iditarod. It seems to be her purpose in life. She trolls the internet for stories about the race and leaves a link to her website. Going to her website for facts is like going to a clothing store to get ice cream. There is a big difference between using facts to support a position and making up things that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Fritz the Golden Retriever doesn't do so well until the French fry at the end... And the crowd goes wild. His owner assures us that his eyesight is fine. He's just kind of klutzy. Thanks to Dan But Fritz is a great athlete compared to this dog: Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Lance Mackey and Larry (AP Photo/Al Grillo) After reading warnings about how germy and disgusting our dogs can be, it’s nice to read what we all know—that being close to them could have health benefits. Many studies have shown farm kids to be healthier than city kids in the first months that they start school and the logical answer is that farm kids are around animals from the beginning. But let’s not pretend that dogs’... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Passing under the burled arch finish line a few seconds before 9:20 pm Sunday was rookie Cindy Abbott, 56, a college professor from California. Her time was 13 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes and 51 seconds. After having climbed Mt. Everest in 2010, this was her third attempt to be one of only three people who have climbed Everest and finished the Iditarod. For the last two years she has had to scratch because of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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If it is still winter in your part of the country, you may be running out of activities to keep your pup from getting bored. This is Newman, a dog adopted by the Grunhovd family in Minnesota. Newman’s owner decided to channel his energy into learning to paint. A lot of dogs can do paw painting, but she wanted him to paint with a brush. Using positive reinforcement and lots of noms, she got him... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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How amazing is this!! Mother dog hides her puppies from raging forest fire As a forest fire raged near Valparaiso, Chile, a mother dog, named Negrita, was not able to move the nine puppies from danger. So she dug a deep hole under a metal container to protect them from the smoke and fire. Firefighters took about half an hour to rescue the pups and reunite them with their mother who was in a nearby... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Butler University’s mascot, Blue III the Bulldog, vomited on the court at Madison Square Garden just before the game against Xavier in the Big East quarterfinals. It was quickly cleaned up and the game went on. According to Blue III's owner and trainer, Michael Kaltenmark, it was just a 3-year-old dog being a dog—too much excitement and pulling on his leash. After getting a drink and peeing outside MSG, he was ready to take on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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It’s in the genes!! Dallas is a third generation racing musher who grew up helping his dad, Mitch, and granddad, Dan, train and race dogs. By all accounts Dallas seems like one of the good guys but he has become the New England Patriots of sled dog racing. He was the youngest racer at 18 to run the Iditarod and at 27 he has his second consecutive win and his third win in four years.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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We've seen blind dogs do some remarkable things through the years so the question is do they even know they are blind? This is Smiley, a dog born without eyes in a puppy mill. Smiley, a 12-year-old Golden Retriever, now lives with his family in Musselman Lake, Ontario. Smiley is famous in his small town as a therapy dog, helping children learning to read and comforting the elderly. Wearing his bright red bandanna with an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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And that's the way it was... September 11, 1972 Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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I’m always suspicious of the veracity of any story that comes out of China, but this one is too funny not to pass on. Supposedly a man kicked a stray dog for lying in his parking spot. The dog returned later with a few of his buddies to exact revenge by damaging every human’s prize possession. A neighbor took these pictures of dogs biting the fenders and windshield wipers. Dogs are smart, but somehow I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Of the approximately 1000 dogs participating in the race this year is Laura, a 5-year-old, 50 pound dog who has lost her vision due to an eye disease. She is running on the team of Kelly Maixner. Maixner says she is comfortable running in every spot on the team except being the lead dog. Not only is she a reliable runner but Maixner calls her a cheerleader for the team. Maixner has finished the Iditarod... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Besides snow, cold weather, heavy clothing, outdoor plumbing, sleep deprivation, lack of oxygen, dangerous peaks, chasms, and avalanches, here are two further considerations. It is expensive Everest is a major source of income for the country of Nepal on the south and Tibet on the north. Anyone can call themselves a guide and charge whatever they can get. Companies can have slick looking websites offering great deals and still be rip offs. A climbing permit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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In 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay accomplished what many people thought impossible -- they scaled Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth. Besides all of the things that would keep me from trying an Iditarod run, climbing Everest also involves avalanches, lack of oxygen, falls from peaks, and instant death. Add to that the fact that I get altitude sickness on a stepladder and don’t like standing in line. Although the climb gets safer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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SAVINGS and GEIKO are the only words they need to sell their product. Clever. Very clever. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Seriously. This is a Dog. House. Being in the dog house, proverbially has meant being in trouble, but this delightful house gives a new meaning to the phrase. Airbnb offers unique places to stay with local hosts in 190+countries. And this charming bed and breakfast guest house, Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho is nothing if not unique. The Airbnb listing says, “Stay in a giant dog. That’s right, it’s a Beagle-shaped one unit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Even though the race is grueling, there are not many sporting activities where seventy-year-olds can compete with teenagers, but sled racing is one where it can happen. Mushers must be 18 by the day the race begins. The youngest was Dallas Seavey who was 18. The oldest musher in this year’s Iditarod is Jim Lanier who is 74. He started racing in 1977 mostly because of his friendship with other mushers. He is the only... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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South Korean tech giant Samsung recently unveiled the one-of-a-kind Dream Doghouse which cost $30,600 to make. Unfortunately, the Dream Doghouse will not be for sale yet [Cue cries of bitter disappointment] but was awarded as a prize across Samsung’s social media channels. It will be on display at Crufts through the days of the show, March 5-8. Samsung is a long time sponsor of Crufts. A news release from Andy Griffiths, president of Samsung Electronics... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
I think they were always crazy. Nathan Winograd calls Ingrid "the butcher of Norfolk." The mainstream media treats PETA as lovable and kooky, maybe misguided, but always good for a story. It was only through the internet that we were able to find out how dark and psychotic they really are.
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This is the time of year when PETA is busy firing off letters to every news source in their database about how cruel dog sledding is. They use half truths and complete fiction to support their narrative. Unfortunately many news sources run PETA press releases without any fact checking. We always wonder how an organization that has killed thousands of pets, over 90% of the pets in their care every year, can object to an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Margery, I am surprised that you and your Sled Dog Coalition are still around spouting your uninformed nonsense about sled dogs. I really thought since I hadn't heard from you for a few years that you had found a more rewarding and useful way to spend your time.
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It isn’t likely to happen though because I hate snow, cold weather, darkness, heavy clothing, outdoor plumbing, and sleep deprivation. But this time of year my dream of going to Alaska and joining the mushing culture is shared by many people of all ages, according to a feature in the Alaska Dispatch. Young people come to Alaska to “find themselves.” The middle aged come to escape an unbearable life situation, and the older folks are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The Golden Poodle award goes to Officer Rodgers of the Dallas Police Department who was called to rescue a dog trapped on the interstate. By the time he got to the shelter, he had bought her treats, named her Laurel, and fallen in love. He applied for adoption. The Lizard Brain award goes to Denise Norton whose Seattle neighbor sued her for over a half million dollars for stress he received because of her barking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog