The Letter

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  • October 31, 2015
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Some dogs are “dog dogs”—given a choice between playing with dogs or people, they’ll choose their fellow canines every time. Other dogs are “people dogs”—they prefer people. Galen has always been a people dog. I often think she’s downright rude to dogs who introduce themselves to her—she may allow them a quick sniff nose to…

Cuts for Canines (and Cats)

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  • October 28, 2015
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If you are in need of a haircut and you live in the Princeton, N.J. area, here’s a great opportunity to spruce up your do and do good at the same time: Salon Pure will be hosting a Cut-a-thon at its Princeton salon on Sunday, November 15, from 12-4 p.m., to raise money for SAVE, A Friend to Homeless…

Dog Tales: Stories about dogs written by the children who love them

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  • October 26, 2015
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This is the sixth in a series of stories written by young people. Writing encourages children to explore their relationships with pets and works to strengthen the human-animal bond. After all, today’s youth are tomorrow’s pet owners. Stories have not been edited for spelling or grammar. Each story belongs wholly to its author. Title: The Dutchess Author: Catherine, age 11 “Woof…

The strongest bond: homeless humans and their canine companions II

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  • October 21, 2015
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Part two of Glenn Greenwald’s report on the bonds between Rio de Janeiro’s homeless and their dogs is now online. As with part one, there is both an article and a short film. This time, Greenwald’s audience is introduced to Karollyne, a black trans woman who makes her home in a large, abandoned structure tucked…

The strongest bond: homeless humans and their canine companions

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  • October 14, 2015
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For news nerds like me, the name Glenn Greenwald brings to mind news stories about Eric Snowden. That’s because Greenwald, a former reporter for the Guardian newspaper, was one of the reporters to whom Snowden divulged all that classified information about the NSA’s spy programs. So when I read the following tweet by Greenwald: “Our…

DOGLAND in the Spotlight

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  • October 13, 2015
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Thank you to The Penmen Review, Southern New Hampshire University’s online literary magazine, for featuring an interview with me about the processes of writing, publishing, and promoting DOGLAND. You can read the full interview here.

October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

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  • October 12, 2015
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I’ve seen a number of Facebook posts and news stories about October being Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month. I even shared such a post on my Facebook page. But after I did that, I got to wondering: Who deemed October Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, and when did they do so? With the help of Google and a few clicks on my…

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The House that Emily Built

It would be her word against Johnny’s*. Again. Still, Deborah* dialed 9-1-1. She feared what Johnny might do next. He’d already burst into their bedroom screaming. He’d already grabbed her by the feet and dragged her off the bed paying no mind to her right leg, still in a cast a month after what she…

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October is Domestic Violence month. To raise awareness of this very important issue and of the powerful role pets play in the lives of many victims, I will be posting a story I began reporting a couple of years ago. It didn’t find the literary home I was hoping for, but I believe it’s too…

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