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5 things you don't know about service dogsupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 12:52:00

Service dogs accomplish pretty amazing feats on a daily basis. Bethe Bennett's miniature schnauzer nudged her back to consciousness after a fall. The trained service dog also retrieved an emergency phone list so Bennett could call neighbors for assistance. A pooch named Mr. Gibbs totes Alida Knobloch's oxygen tank so the 2-year-old can dash around with other children. Mr. Gibbs even braves playground slides with Alida.

Your pet checklist for a healthy summer updated: Fri May 25 2012 17:14:00

Ready for lawn parties, patio dining and treks to the dog park? Make sure your dog has the tools to enjoy this season with you. Consider this your warm-weather pet checklist:

Does my dog really need daily walks?updated: Tue Apr 03 2012 10:28:00

I admire people who can complete a hectic day at the office, then hit the gym to exercise for an hour. For me, the perfect end to a busy day involves channel surfing with a cup of salted caramel ice cream and cuddle time with my dog Lulu. Alas, every vice has its price. No matter how many fun and fashionable colors I find, super stretchy yoga pants are not acceptable work attire.

Dog Whisperer Assists in Adoptionupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 07:45:00

Cesar Millan, star of Nat Geo Wild's Dog Whisperer, advises couple looking to adopt shelter dog.

'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan on adopting the right dogupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 07:45:00

Cesar Millan has been showcasing his talents as "The Dog Whisperer" since 2004, teaching dog owners how to train their energetic and oftentimes misbehaving canines.

Why won't my dog come when I call him?updated: Fri Feb 17 2012 07:25:00

Lulu and I have had our share of training issues, from mastering the down command to heeling during walks. Lulu may be 7 years old, but she's still learning new skills. Whether you have a puppy or an older dog, it's never too late to tackle basic commands.

Solve common pet behavior problemsupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 07:34:00

Whether you adopt a puppy or an older dog, a little training goes a long way toward preserving a happy, healthy relationship. I asked professional dog trainers to share the most prevalent behavior issues, along with tools to address the problem. Here are the top five issues and tips to promote good behavior for the rest of the year.

My dog eats rocks, and other strange thingsupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 07:38:00

Pets do the darnedest things, but that's why we love them. For every shoe that my dog Lulu has destroyed, she also has provided hours of much-needed cuddle time. I still miss those green suede pumps she ate -- and it seems that I'm not alone in lamenting lost inventory. Each year, Veterinary Pet Insurance compiles a list of the unusual ingestion claims for its annual Hambone Award. The dubious title honors a dog that got stuck in its owner's refrigerator and ate an entire Thanksgiving ham before being discovered. Here are a few notable items consumed last year. In some cases, names have been omitted to protect the guilty.

What we can learn from headline-making pet stories updated: Fri Jan 06 2012 09:31:00

From not-so-sudden bouts of naughtiness to tips for safe pet travel, my dog Lulu inspires most of my columns. Her fun, frisky outlook on life inevitably colors my own. It's hard to be mad at that face, even when it has destroyed shoes, leather-bound books and countless dog beds. Thanks to Lulu, I take more time to enjoy the little things in life, such as cuddle time or endless shades of blue on display during our morning walks. Pets can teach us so many things, but only if we pay attention.

Preparing to put a puppy under the treeupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 07:58:00

If you've got visions of a puppy wiggling under the Christmas tree this year, hold on a second. First, resist the urge to surprise your family with a cute and cuddly pet. To ensure a smooth transition, discuss routine tasks beforehand such as feeding, grooming, getting home to let the dog out, and poop patrol. If you absolutely, positively must have a puppy or kitten under the tree, then consider this your holiday pet to-do list.

Parents pull Christmas prank on kidsupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 07:58:00

CNN''s Anderson Cooper finds some humor in Jimmy Kimmel's holiday challenge to parents.

Keep holiday food away from your poochupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 07:33:00

I've watched my brother-in-law lavish ribs, potato salad and even nachos on his beloved pooch with reckless abandon. Give my dog Lulu a banana, and she returns it in a far less pleasant form. That's why I spend the holidays policing relatives as they walk their near-empty Thanksgiving plates to the kitchen.

How not to get fat at Thanksgivingupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 07:33:00

Chef Rocco DiSpirito offers HLN"s Joy Behar tips on how to survive Thanksgiving without overeating or gaining weight.

Will getting a second dog solve my pup's problem behavior?updated: Fri Nov 04 2011 07:51:00

I would like to believe that another dog could help my Lulu lose interest in chewing shoes. But the threat of two pooches terrorizing my footwear is unacceptable. Incidentally, friends who suggest that I get another dog never volunteer to help when Lulu needs a pet sitter. It's best to consult an expert before adding another dog to the mix -- particularly if your goal is to address behavior issues.

Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber adopt a dog updated: Tue Oct 25 2011 10:03:00

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber squeezed in some very public displays of affection at a hockey game in Canada on Saturday night, but just one day earlier, they made a decidedly more private outing to a local animal shelter -- and quietly adopted a dog.

Keep your dog from humping the guests updated: Fri Oct 14 2011 08:43:00

Lulu and I have fostered our share of dogs over the years. It's always fun to watch her teach shy and withdrawn pooches to cuddle or play keep-away. But I must admit that Lulu also has humped a few foster dogs in her day, even though she was spayed as a puppy.

Outrageous hotel perks for petsupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 09:25:00

Gunny, a devoted Peninsula Beverly Hills guest, often visits the posh hotel, and the staff joyously greets him as he strides along the lobby's marble floor. Retiring to his room, Gunny finds a specially monogrammed towel beside his bed and sits down to a grilled New York sirloin and scrambled eggs with aged Tillamook cheddar on bone china. And when he needs styling, the hotel's Rolls Royce shuttles him to the salon.

The top 10 pet-owner mistakesupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 10:46:00

Avoid common errors, and keep your four-legged pal healthy and well-behaved.

Dog boom as China's attitudes on pets, palates changeupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 11:40:00

When Shenzhen housewife Zhang Lin was growing up in rural Guangdong province, her family kept guard dogs, some of which were slaughtered for meat during the Lunar New Year.

Tips for training a well-mannered dogupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 14:18:00

When I hosted a book club meeting a few months ago, my dog Lulu stayed upstairs in her crate. As guests arrived, they asked if she could join the group but I politely declined. Lulu can get overly excited around guests; a house full of people toting plates of cheese and other goodies could lead to doggie-induced chaos.

Cool treats help dogs beat the heatupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 08:59:00

With a little help from my friend Jojo Pera of Atlanta -- here are 20 dog treats to help your puppies beat the heat. Pera and I volunteer together, and she is my go-to friend for all things pet-related. As the owner of five dogs and three cats, she always provides great tips on how to keep pets busy and distracted while she's away at work.

Help strays without taking them inupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 08:21:00

It can be difficult to ignore emails or Facebook posts about cute little pups and kittens in need of forever homes. In this down economy, the number of pets in need seems to be rising steadily. Just as you can help your favorite charity without writing a big check, there are ways to help pets without taking in another animal.

How to find the right doggy day careupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 08:03:00

Picking up my nephew up from his day care recently, I was reminded of the odd similarities between day care for kids and facilities for our four-legged friends.

Reduce your dog's carbon pawprintupdated: Sat Mar 26 2011 02:56:00

If you're a dog owner and call yourself eco-conscious, guilt might set in after reading the book "Time to Eat the Dog? The Real Guide to Sustainable Living" by Robert and Brenda Vale, which reveals dogs are worse for the environment than SUVs.

How to help your dog age gracefullyupdated: Sat Mar 12 2011 00:12:00

While every dog is different, most canines enter their geriatric phase at seven to eight years of age. As with humans, advanced age can lead to arthritis, decreased mobility and decreased organ functions.

How to adopt a great dogupdated: Sat Mar 05 2011 03:00:00

They're cute, they're cuddly and they greet you with wet kisses when you walk through the door -- no matter how long you've been away. Dogs may even help reduce your blood pressure, enhance your mood and induce a few laughs every now and then. What's not to love about having a dog?

People.com: Scottish Deerhound Wins Best in Show at Westminsterupdated: Wed Feb 16 2011 13:42:00

Five-year-old Hickory is the first of her breed to take the title

Behind the scenes at the dog showupdated: Wed Feb 16 2011 12:22:00

Pet lifestyle expert Wendy Diamond reveals what it's like behind the scenes at the Westminster Dog Show.

Maintaining peace between dogs and kidsupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 08:45:00

Recently my inbox has been flooded with news of one awful attack after another from various breeds, particularly pit bulls.

The other big game this weekend: Puppy Bowlupdated: Sun Feb 06 2011 22:26:00

Canine chaos reigns at the Puppy Bowl, Animal Planet's adorable response to the other big game this Sunday.

People.com: 5 Things to Know About the National Dog Showupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 11:49:00

The second-oldest annual U.S. canine competition airs on Thanksgiving Day

Inside the science of how dogs thinkupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 09:48:00

Sit! Shake! Quit barking! Get off the couch! Go find your toy!

How do dogs think?updated: Fri Nov 19 2010 09:48:00

CNN's Randi Kaye takes a look at how dogs think and the relationship they have with their owners.

How 12 dog breeds got their namesupdated: Sat Aug 21 2010 18:17:00

Every dog owner knows why they gave their dog its name, but how well do you know the story behind their breed names? Let's take a look at where a handful of common breeds found their monikers.

Smuggling Fido into your carry-onupdated: Thu May 13 2010 10:35:00

There's an unwritten rule in travel journalism that any story about pets on planes must contain at least one Chihuahua anecdote. I know, because I've written many of them. So let's get right to Charlotte Coan and her travel companion, Cricket.

Effort to ban cat, dog meatupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 12:23:00

CNN's Emily Chang reports on legislation in China that would ban eating dog and cat meat. (Warning: Disturbing content)

War dogs remembered, decades laterupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 14:48:00

Maybe it was the sound of the wind cutting through the wire. Perhaps he caught a small vibration with his keen eyes. Or it could have been a slight difference in the air's smell.

FSB: Armor to guard $50,000 dogsupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 13:53:00

It's a tough world for man's best friend. Patrol dogs dodge bullets every day at home and risk their lives sniffing out trouble in Iraq and Afghanistan.

People.com: New York Man Accuses Gerard Butler of Hitting His Dogupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 08:26:00

But Butler's rep says the man's greyhound attacked the actor's little pug, Lolita

Your family dog may be smarter than your toddlerupdated: Sat Aug 08 2009 07:03:00

Your dog may not actually be smarter than somebody's honor student -- popular bumper stickers aside. But your canine companion might well be smarter than their toddler, according to a growing body of research on how dogs think.

People.com: Five Puppies Cloned from 9/11 Hero Dogupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 12:33:00

DNA from a German shepherd that pulled the last survivor from Ground Zero is used to create litter of pups

Puppies train to smell bombs, narcotics and missing peopleupdated: Thu May 28 2009 12:41:00

Meet Kaden, bomb-sniffing dog in training.

Water dogs should come with warningsupdated: Fri Apr 17 2009 15:52:00

The nation's new "first dog" has heightened interest in its breed -- Portuguese water dog -- but not necessarily a thorough understanding of the dogs' needs, a pair of owners and breeders told CNN.

Meet Bo the dogupdated: Fri Apr 17 2009 15:52:00

The first family parades their new pet before the cameras. CNN's Joe Johns is watching the media rush.

Obama family dog makes debutupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 19:46:00

Bo, the Obama family's new dog, makes its debut in front of the cameras.

First dog Bo meets White House press corpsupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 19:46:00

Bo the Portuguese water dog made his White House debut under cloudy skies Tuesday afternoon, spending several minutes taking his new family on a lively romp over the South Lawn with frequent stops for hearty sniffs at his new surroundings.

Dogs search for cash, cows in heat, whalesupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 09:38:00

A story surfaced about authorities finding $3 million in cash on a bus bound for Mexico recently. How did they find such a large sum of money hiding on the bus? With a cash-sniffing dog. Wait, dogs can sniff out cash? Specially trained ones can.

People.com: Westminster Winner Barks Back from Near-Deathupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 13:06:00

Stump, a 10-year-old Sussex spaniel, is named the Kennel Club's Best in Show

Bye, bye bulldogupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 09:51:00

Britain's bulldog undergoes a makeover for its health. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

Unhealthy British bulldog to get makeoverupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 09:51:00

The classic English bulldog, a symbol of defiance and pugnacity often likened to wartime leader Winston Churchill, is set to breathe a little easier under revised breed standards issued in Britain.

People.com: PHOTO: Mickey Rourke's New PETA Adupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 18:10:00

The Golden Globe winner and his Chihuahua, Jaws, star in a new spay and neuter campaign

SI.com: What happened to Michael Vick's dogs ...updated: Wed Dec 24 2008 09:35:00

Since being rescued 20 months ago from the dogfighting ring financed by Michael Vick, all but a few of the abused pit bulls have been recovering in sanctuary, foster care and adoptive homes. Now even the most traumatized of them can have a happy new year.

Obama family puppy should come from shelter, poll saysupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 06:43:00

Americans' picks for a potential first puppy vary widely, but a CNN poll out Tuesday finds broad support on one aspect of the incoming Obama family's decision.

Long-distance puppy loveupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 09:41:00

For freshman Elise Chen, home is only a phone call away. It's keeping in touch with Sammy, her collie-lab mix, that's the problem.

Picking the presidential poochupdated: Wed Nov 12 2008 22:16:00

iReporters talk to Headline News about what sort of dog President-elect Barack Obama should choose for his daughters.

Shop at a shelter for your new best friendupdated: Fri Oct 24 2008 11:19:00

George Augustin is looking for "the one." He strolls past the 50 cinder block and glass cages that stretch across the Atlanta Humane Society's large dog room, just as he has many times before.

Need some love? Try a shelterupdated: Fri Oct 24 2008 11:19:00

Millions of dogs need forever homes. Gail Buchwald of the ASPCA tells Headline News why shelter dogs make great pets.

Time.com: At Doggyspace, Social Networking Goes to the Dogs updated: Wed Aug 06 2008 11:00:00

A crossbreed between MySpace and YouTube, Doggyspace allows dog owners from all over the world to come together, create profiles, and share photos and videos of their pups

People.com: Oprah Dedicates Show to Her Late Cocker Spanielupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 14:06:00

Winfrey says Sophie, who died last month from kidney failure, "was a true love in my life"

Quest for man's best friendupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 14:22:00

This month on Quest, a modern insight into our enduring bond with man's best friend... the humble dog.

A new leash on lifeupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 14:22:00

Quest investigates the dark side of Los Angeles' canine culture - abandoned dogs needing a new home.

Even your dog has a blogupdated: Fri Mar 21 2008 09:16:00

It goes without saying that Max, a 3-year-old golden retriever can't talk. But that doesn't stop him from chronicling his dog's life -- as told to his owner Aubrey Jones -- on the blog Max the Golden Retriever.

Numero 'Uno'updated: Wed Feb 13 2008 06:42:00

An adorable beagle named 'Uno' wins the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Time.com: Ellen's Pooch Problem -- and Oursupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 10:15:00

Viewpoint: So she gave the dog to another family. Is this any reason for a talk-show host to get America in an uproar?

Fighting dogs face grim future updated: Sat Aug 25 2007 08:29:00

Dogs bred for the fighting pit have only one thing in their future: death. Fighting dogs may die in the ring or at the hands of their owners. If they are confiscated in a bust, they are almost always euthanized, experts say.

Michael Vick's dogsupdated: Sat Aug 25 2007 08:29:00

Michael Vick's dogs

Dog fighting horrorupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 21:56:00

Dog fighting horror

Analysis: Vick's situationupdated: Wed Jul 18 2007 03:17:00

Analysis: Vick's situation

SI.com: Special Report: The House on Moonlight Roadupdated: Tue Jul 17 2007 23:39:00

This article originally appeared in Sports Illustrated on June 4, 2007.

Dog owner bites policemanupdated: Tue Apr 03 2007 08:46:00

The owner of a pit bull bit a policeman after his dog ran away during a confrontation with officers, Portuguese daily Diario de Noticias reported on Tuesday.

SI.com: Dog-eat-dog sportupdated: Tue Feb 13 2007 11:26:00

Watching the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, I couldn't help but notice that announcers Lester Holt and David Frei referred to the show dogs as athletes. I have to agree, and not just because pro athletes such as David Eckstein and Nate Robinson are eligible to compete in the Toy group category.

Newman: NASCAR racer goes to the dogsupdated: Wed Oct 11 2006 15:47:00

I have always been around dogs.

Police call off dog-gone search for Westminster whippetupdated: Thu Feb 16 2006 03:45:00

Such is life -- police called off the search Thursday for award-winning show dog Bohem C'est La Vie, who bolted from her travel cage at a New York airport after she took a breed award at this week's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

CNNMoney: Pet care costsupdated: Wed Feb 15 2006 11:36:00

A dog may be man's best friend, but that pup has a price tag. Vet visits and surgery cost dog owners almost $800 and cat owners $500 last year, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.

Money Magazine: Man's Best Blendupdated: Mon Aug 01 2005 00:01:00

My daughter Julia and I often go to a local pet store to play with the puppies. Usually we see Labs, beagles, maybe a schnauzer and a bunch of Yorkies, all sleeping in a big pile of fluff. Not the ...

Review: 'Must Love Dogs'? Noupdated: Fri Jul 29 2005 08:51:00

My reaction to the new romantic comedy "Must Love Dogs" is simple: No, I don't.

CNNMoney: Man's best blendupdated: Thu Jul 14 2005 11:30:00

My daughter Julia and I often go to a local pet store to play with the puppies. Usually we see Labs, beagles, maybe a schnauzer and a bunch of Yorkies, all sleeping in a big pile of fluff.

Review: 'Winn-Dixie' charming family funupdated: Fri Feb 18 2005 13:34:00

If you're the kind of person who thinks dogs are just OK -- you're not allergic to them and you've never had a traumatic confrontation with one on the sidewalk -- you'll probably find yourself vaguely charmed by the family film "Because of Winn-Dixie."

For these working dogs, mold is goldupdated: Fri Apr 23 2004 10:14:00

(CNN) -- Forget batteries, microchips and expensive air quality tests. Some experts simply reach for a bag of doggie treats when searching for pesky hidden house molds.

Dogs take a lead over children updated: Fri Mar 05 2004 06:17:00

"Mommy loves you," cooed Charlotte (Kristin Davis) in a recent episode of "Sex and the City." She was not referring to her child, but to her dog, Elizabeth Taylor.

Dogs take a lead over childrenupdated: Thu Mar 04 2004 10:39:00

"Mommy loves you," cooed Charlotte (Kristin Davis) in a recent episode of "Sex and the City." She was not referring to her child, but to her dog, Elizabeth Taylor.

Fortune: Go, Dog, Go!updated: Mon May 12 2003 00:01:00

I'm a normal guy. I like to walk around my neighborhood naming other people's dogs under my breath. I once called a pit bull Mighty Aphrobitey. My wife pegged a poodle Bebe Rebozo. Then there was t...

Money Magazine: Dog Owners Under Attackupdated: Mon Mar 01 1999 00:01:00

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. With dog-bite incidents accounting for almost a third of liability claims against homeowners policies, insurers are increasingly canceling or refusing to ...

Fortune: FOR RENT: MAN'S BEST FRIENDupdated: Mon Nov 13 1995 00:01:00

Okay, we all understand U.S. culture isn't superior to Japanese culture--or vice versa--it's just different. With that in mind, let us introduce the latest hot Japanese business: Rent-A-Pet.

Money Magazine: The Wild New World of Health Care for Your Pet From CAT scans to doggy braces, almost every procedure for humans can now be requupdated: Fri Apr 01 1994 00:01:00

Soaring medical bills. Limited insurance coverage. Expensive care for the aged and critically ill. Sounds like the familiar list of problems being addressed in Washington, D.C., right? Not so fast....

Money Magazine: My Life with a Dog You've heard of Turner and Hooch. Well, this is about Tyler and pooch. Specifically, how the author has spentupdated: Mon Jan 01 1990 00:01:00

There's no one named Wally at our house. Or Ward, or June or the Beav. But there is a certain suburban sitcom quality to life these days at 28 Waterbury Rd. Call it Leave It to the Retriever (and i...

Money Magazine: PIT BULLS AND PUSSYCATS OF INVESTMENT YEAR 1987updated: Mon Feb 01 1988 00:01:00

Compared with a shattering 508-point plunge in the Dow, a 63% change in the price of a parking space hardly seems a tremor -- except that we're not talking quarters for a parking meter. 1987 was th...

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