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Minnesota is First to Free the Beagles: A Second Chance at Life

Back on May 20 of this year, Governor Mark Dayton signed the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill into law, which included the Beagle Freedom Law (and the MN Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Law) — thus making Minnesota the very first state to pass the Beagle Freedom Law. Yip yip hurray! What does the Beagle Freedom … Read More

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Behind the Scenes with Lost Dogs MN

Back in August, Sidewalk Dog’s Bri Sharkey-Smith spent a morning with Bobbi Woelpern, Vice President of Lost Dogs MN, during one of her volunteer shifts. The idea? To see how that worthy organization works. Here’s that morning’s play-by-play. [8:00] I, Bri, arrive at some tiny café in Belle Plaine, Minnesota. This is the halfway point between … Read More

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Your Dog, Our Blog: Pup at the Cabin

We don’t want this beautiful, three-day weekend to end! So in support of our dreams of endless summer, we’ve compiled a photo gallery of some Twin Cities pups living the good life up at the cabin. If we look at enough pictures, we can pretend we’re still on vacation, right?           … Read More

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Spotted: Josh Duhamel in Golden Valley. But Why?!

We Minnesotans have our share of homegrown celebrities: Prince, Josh Hartnett, Bob Dylan, Snoopy, etc. But did you know we’re now a do-gooder destination for dog-lovin’ celebs? Enter Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel. Josh has been a friend of Sidewalk Dog since last October when he messaged Ali on Twitter to tell her about his upcoming project: … Read More

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The United Pets of America

There’s groundbreaking new stats emerging you simply must know about: whether we’re a cat or dog state. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation pulled together a ton of data for its 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook. Some of the interesting deets: Six out of 10 pet owners consider their pets family members. (Obviously!) Plus there are approximately 70 million … Read More

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MN Dog and Cat Breeder Bill Unlikely to Pass in 2013

Earlier this month when word got out that House Agriculture Policy Committee Chair Jeanne Poppe was refusing to grant the Minnesota Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill (S.F. 36/H.F. 84) a hearing, Chuck Johnston of Minneapolis sent the following letter to committee members and gave us permission to share it here. Dear House Ag Committee Members, … Read More

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Kramer Does Duluth

I needed a change of scenery; a change of paw. Perhaps a dog-friendly, wintertime woof-venture would be just the ticket. I convinced my parents that while everyone else was traveling to exotic locations for spring break, I just needed a quick trip out of town. After all, we had been stuck in a routine: playing … Read More

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SPEAK UP for Minnesota Dogs & Cats on February 19

Fact: There is no State law to license, inspect or regulate commercial dog and cat breeders in Minnesota, and as a result, Minnesota is home to some of the largest puppy mills in the nation. Fact: While many breeders in Minnesota act responsibly, there are those who keep dogs and cats in deplorable conditions and profit at … Read More

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Oh, Thank Dog: Antifreeze about to become less antipet

There are unfortunate necessities when it comes to winter in Minnesota, including making your car safe for driving in the elements. Until now, antifreeze and engine coolant puddles have posed a major threat to our dogs (human kids, too). Both products contain ethylene glycol (EG), a chemical that’s sweet and tasty to our furry friends, … Read More

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Who Are Chuck & Don? Behind the pet food outlet …

By Meredeth Barzen It seems you can’t swing a Chuckit in this town without hitting a Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet—they’re everywhere. But have you ever driven past one and thought, ‘who the peanut butter biscuit are Chuck and Don?’ and, more importantly, ‘what are their dogs like?’ Chuck would be Charles Anderson, who … Read More

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