Saturday, June 30th

Workplace increasingly becoming pet's place

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Sir Charles prepared for his work debut at IC Systems with an herbal shampoo bath, haircut, beard-whitening facial and a "peticure." On June 22, he delivered faxes to co-workers at the Boca Raton, Fla., company and spent quality time with his owner, Larry Weinstein, 77, at the computer.

The 4-year-old Sealyham terrier was among canines across the nation who accompanied their owners to the office last week in honor of the ninth Take Your Dog to Work Day.

The annual event "is a celebration of the great companions that dogs make," said John Long, manager of Pet Sitters International in King, N.C., which expected 20,000 employers to participate this year, compared with 300 at the 1999 launch.
Lou on 06.30.07 @ 10:09 AM EST [link]

The Latest Thing In Pet Services: Doggy DNA Testing

The Wilson family had puzzled over their mutt Drake's distinctive behavior since they brought him home from the Washington Animal Rescue League four years ago.

Workers at the shelter told them the dog was a mix of spaniel and Plott hound. But his propensity to leap over 4-foot fences and herd family members as if they were livestock had them thinking border collie.

The answer to Drake's past came in the form of a $65 DNA test that promised to scour his genes for signs of the breeds in his family tree. More...
Lou on 06.30.07 @ 10:02 AM EST [link]