Animal Rights

Game Day and the Game Plan

April 22, 2015

In about a week, we’ll be celebrating National Purebred Dog Day. Technically, it will be the second time the day has been observed, but the first time since the State of Colorado officially recognized it last month. Since its inception, the guiding force behind the day is to “celebrate the diversity, heritage and predictability of […]

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National Purebred Dog Day’s Toolbox

March 16, 2015
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Of all the things running through my head during last week’s vote to recognize May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day, unbridled joy was not one of them. Sitting as I was in the inner sanctum of the Colorado State Capitol, I could have been expected to be giddy, if not nervous, as I watched legislators […]

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Who’s Your Daddy?

February 3, 2015
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Normally, a good storm can reveal where the leaks are in a boat, but the tempest that was the “GoDaddy” commercial last week did little more than puzzle me. By all accounts, GoDaddy’s now-famously misguided commercial (named, “Journey Home”) was intended to be a parody of Budweiser’s “Lost Puppy” ad for the Super Bowl. In […]

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At First Crack

December 4, 2014
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Thanksgiving is now behind us, and judging from comments I’ve gotten in response to the innocent question, “How was your Thanksgiving?” it would seem that heated discussions over the dinner table were as much a tradition in some households as the turkey and gravy. Religion and politics, the standard bearers of topics one is never […]

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Dogs, Dallas and Ebola

October 21, 2014
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My house is pulsating with activity this week as we prepare for an event that’s been on the calendar for a year: The first wedding in the family in over 30 years. We’ve foreseen wondering what to pack for a black tie wedding held out of state. What we didn’t anticipate was speculating as to […]

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Piper and Justina: The Same Difference?

August 13, 2014
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It’s never a good idea to weigh in on a contentious issue without knowing all the facts, and I may come to regret doing exactly that as I write about the on-going saga of “Piper,” the Shetland Sheepdog. But first, I want to tell you about Justina Pelletier. Justina had been undergoing treatment at Tufts […]

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Hold Your Nose and Protect Free Speech

May 24, 2014
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The owner of the NBA Clippers, Donald Sterling, got himself into some hot water recently. A conversation he thought was private was recorded by his girlfriend, a woman born about the time Sterling married his current wife of fifty years. The comments, said to be racist, lead NBA owners to call for a vote removing […]

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National Purebred Dog Day: What Did it Mean?

May 7, 2014
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A funny thing happened last week. A holiday that didn’t exist a year ago was celebrated by dog owners across the world from Mongolia to New York and points in between.  National Purebred Dog Day was conceived in the corner of a coffee shop, initially out of surprise at the discovery that no day had […]

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The Dog Fancy’s “Sticky” Problem

April 25, 2014
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I’m ecstatic at being able to write this because last weekend, I very nearly blinded myself. I needed to spray paint a paper mache box (you see where this is going, right?) and had assumed that the can of spray paint purchased specially for the project would work like other cans of spray paint.  To […]

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