Animal Welfare

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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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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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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The Elevator Speech Part II

January 11, 2014
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For a long time now, purebred dog owners have hungered for guidance on how to push back against opposition to own and ethically breed their dogs. It is for this reason, I suspect, that an e-mail I wrote and posted on the National Purebred Dog Day Facebook page was shared over 220 times within hours.  […]

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The Elevator Speech: Part I

December 30, 2013
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Last week, a curious thing happened on a Facebook page I started back in October. A casual post I’d written was shared over 222 times within a few hours, and this astounded me.  In the post, I included an e-mail I’d written to an artist who had declined my offer to highlight her artwork on […]

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If You Know Where To Look…

December 5, 2013
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The University of Colorado in Boulder is an astonishingly beautiful campus, in large part because it’s nestled against a 290 million year old sandstone formation called the “Flatirons.” These “iron” shaped rocks are numbered as they run north and south and have always been popular with climbing enthusiasts.In my opinion, they’re never more beautiful than […]

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The Irony of Sex Selection and Anti-Breeder Legislation

October 11, 2013
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190 million women are missing in Asia. They’re also missing in Albania, Azerbaijan, Viet Nam, Georgia, Armenia and among certain groups in the United States. All in all, nearly 200 million women are missing off the face of the earth because they were never born. This distorted demographic isn’t the result of a natural phenomenon […]

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