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Yearly Archives: 2009

The Paranoid Dog Mom: Top 10 Holiday Hazards to Your Pet

By Meredeth Barzen Not to make you paranoid, but now that you’ve stocked up on gifts for the dog lovers in your life, the only thing left to do to ensure the holidays go off without a hitch is to make sure your house is free of common pet poisons. Here to share her list … Read More

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Tic-Toc: Time's running out for gifts!

By Meredeth Barzen Okay, you naughty little puppies: Some of you haven’t yet picked up a gift for the dog lover in your life, and time’s running out. But don’t despair. We love our readers so much that we’re willing to do the hard work, and in addition to the lovely local ideas we suggested … Read More

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PetPAC: Connecting pet-related businesses and nonprofits in the Twin Cities

There’s a heck of a lot going on in the pet industry, perhaps most especially right here in the Twin Cities. (Just check all the activity on our Facebook Page!) This makes us here at Sidewalk Dog very happy, since we’re all about connections: connecting you, our dear readers, with pet-related and dog-friendly businesses and … Read More

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"Old Dog," New Tricks: Local author Consie Powell puts her pooches on the page

By Meredeth Barzen We hate to say ‘I told you so,’ Wisconsin, but we’ve got even more proof that Minnesota is home to the most talented, creative, marvelous people on the planet. Exhibit A: Consie Powell, author of “Old Dog Cora and the Christmas Tree.” Powell hails from the Great White North of Ely, Minnesota … Read More

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The Art of the Dog Holiday Display at Mall of America

Late last month, the Mall of America was taken over by pooches and their people at the first annual Doggone Early Dog Walk, benefiting Home for Life Animal Sanctuary. The walk kicked off The Art of the Dog, Home for Life’s annual holiday display of dog statues and doghouses designed and adorned by local artists. Jessie Marianiello … Read More

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Remembering Abbey: A truly remarkable shop dog

By Meredeth Barzen When Abbey—a truly remarkable St. Bernard—passed away last August, owner Dan Campo wasn’t the only one grieving the loss. Abbey was the shop dog at South Lyndale Liquors, and the South Minneapolis community she called home had gotten used to her—even come to depend on her—as a fixture of the dog-friendly store. … Read More

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Almost Famous Dogs: Part Deux

By Meredeth Barzen You asked for it; you got it. Our inaugural roundup of Twin Cities celebs and their furry friends was so much fun, Sidewalk Dog couldn’t resist sniffing out another pack of famous Minnesotans and the four-leggeds that make them say “Who’s my fruffy wittle fuzzy bear?” This time, we’ve found writers, radio … Read More

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Fun Ways to Help The Pet Project Feed Hungry Hounds This Holiday Season

Most of us would do anything to keep our pets’ bellies full and their medical needs met. For some Minnesotans affected by the economy, the only “anything” available in their situations is to give up their best friends because they can’t afford food and vet care. This grim reality is what drove Kim Carrier to start … Read More

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Better Than Bacon and Made in Minnesota: What to get the dog lover who has everything

By Meredeth Barzen If you asked a dog what its ultimate gift idea was, it would probably say “bacon.” But when it comes to dog owners, those flummoxed by the idea of picking the perfect present for the dog lover in their life need look no further than home. Minnesota is a breeding ground for … Read More

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C’mon, Get HAPPY: New bill aims to ease the financial burden of pet care

By Meredeth Barzen As the great Dr. Kate Knutson once said, “It takes a lot of money to keep a living creature alive.” With that in mind, U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter has introduced a new piece of legislation called the HAPPY Act (a.k.a. “Humanity and Pets Partnered through the Years,” a.k.a. H.R. 3501—you can see … Read More

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