March 13, 2016
* America's most popular dog breed is the Labrador retriever for the 25th year in a row. The medium size, easygoing nature, versatility, athleticism and trainability have made this a family favorite. Labs are successful in most dog sports as well as search and rescue, service dog jobs, therapy visits and, of course, hunting. Only three other breeds have been in the top spot in the last century - the poodle, the beagle and cocker spaniel - but not for as long as the Lab. The current Top 10 list also has the German shepherd, golden retriever, bulldog, beagle, French bulldog, Yorkshire terrier, poodle, Rottweiler and boxer.
April 5, 2013 |
An older black Labrador mix - found tied to a rock in a Bucks County creek - has captured hearts of animal lovers as police try to find who left her to drown in a rising tide. Wyatt Erb first spotted the dog late Saturday afternoon while on a walk with his wife Diana on Inner Road in Bristol Township. The dog appeared to be calmly laying by the edge of Neshaminy Creek, staring across the water as if lost in thought. But, when the couple passed again, the dog still hadn't budged.
December 6, 2012
LIKE THEIR owners, pets are facing an obesity epidemic. According to the latest research, more than 50 percent of American pets are overweight or obese. Fat cats and pudgy pooches are no laughing matter, because overweight pets face the same health problems overweight people do. Being overweight or obese shortens your pet's life span and puts it at increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, kidney and liver disease. When it comes to lifestyle habits, our pets do as we do. That's right.
April 10, 2012 |
Hercules was barely a dog anymore, confined and forgotten in a Gloucester County basement like a box of dusty, old toys. Meanwhile, upstairs, Roxanne Notaro's chocolate Lab "Little" had food, warmth, and love. Officials with the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say it's a miracle Hercules, an American bulldog, is alive after police officers found him locked in a small crate, covered in feces, urine and fleas in the basement of Notaro's home on Vassar Road in the Wenonah last week.
January 4, 2012 |
Two years ago, Charles Smith's beloved Great Dane, Buzz, came down with what his veterinarian thought was bloat, a digestive-tract disorder considered the second-leading canine killer after cancer. Turned out it was a just a scare - that time. But it made Smith uneasy. Concerned that his 150-pound dog was also at risk for other maladies prevalent among dogs of Buzz's size, Smith hit the Internet in search of pet insurance and signed up for a plan. A month later, Buzz suffered a gastric attack that required emergency surgery to remove his spleen.
June 7, 2010 |
Dear Amy: I work in a private therapy practice with wonderful people. It's my dream job. The only problem is one partner insists on bringing her two dogs to the office. At the beginning, I thought the dogs were cute, as they roamed the office and greeted clients. Then I realized she was making our secretaries responsible for them as they roamed around. Though many of our clients love the dogs, last year one of the dogs began viciously barking at our clients, especially children.
September 4, 2005 |
Ten-year-old Patrick Dignan says he can't go to many sleepovers and he frequently misses the best parts of his television shows, but he's not complaining. For 15 months, the Solebury youngster has been raising Bartley, the black Labrador retriever lying at his feet, chewing on a rawhide bone. The hard part, he says, his eyes misting over, will be giving up Bartley, who will soon leave for training as a Seeing Eye dog. Bartley is one of about 100 puppies cared for by members of 4-H Seeing Eye Puppy Clubs in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
June 9, 2004 |
For years, residents from Haddonfield have enjoyed allowing their dogs to run off-leash in Crows Woods, an activity that brings abundant pleasure to the dogs and their owners alike. Now a small group of politically connected people are trying to end the practice, magnifying a few negative incidents so they can recruit followers through misinformation, fear and emotion. As a lifelong resident of Haddonfield and a lover of Labrador retrievers, I'd like to offer a more balanced point of view.
December 17, 2000 |
Judging by the thumping of her tail, Snowball, the perky white Maltese, dug the rhythm of the Just Dogs Holiday Favorites CD. Even Cocoa, the miniature poodle, cocked her head. And Ralph, the Akita, barked right along with the instrumental, "Jingle Tails. " Armand "The Hound" Rabuttinio, who was named world's fastest dog trainer in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1984, had slipped in the CD to calm the dogs as they waited for their owners in the grooming area of the Just Dogs pet shop, owned by Rich "The Barker" Parker, in Boothwyn.
October 18, 2000 |
For Dan Dye, it all boils down to three dogs, two guys, and one unique mission. The players: Sarah Jean the Biscuit Queen (a black Labrador mix), Gracie Marie (a.k.a. Grace Dane the Great Dane), and Dottie Louise (a dalmatian); Dye and his business partner, Mark Beckloff; and the Three Dog Bakery, the business the two began 11 years ago with a 59-cent biscuit cutter and a desire to make food that their "anorexic" Gracie would eat. Three Dog, now a flourishing international bakery chain, "is so different from anything that's been produced for dogs in the history of mankind," Dye said.