Kathleen Gray Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau Published 10:17 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 LANSING — State Rep. Tim Sneller, D-Burton, has owned dogs all his life, including his current rescue pet Oscar, a miniature Dachsund whose woof is always welcome. He wants to make sure that other pet owners appreciate that a dog’s bark is an essential multi-purpose signal —that they need to go out, eat or provide a warning of impending danger — and prohibit veterinarians from performing debarking procedures. He’s introduced a bill that bans the procedure of removing tissue from a pet’s vocal cords in order to reduce or soften a dog’s bark. “That’s the way the dog communicates with us,” he said. “To have this done just because you don’t want to hear a dog bark is cruel and unusual punishment.” More: Neglected dogs leave neighbors barking mad More: Looking to adopt? 70 homeless dogs land in Michigan … [Read more...] about Michigan lawmaker introduces bill that would ban debarking of dogs
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Well Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByJennifer A. Kingson May 1, 2018 HALETHORPE, Md. — The athletes, barking steadily, strain against their leashes toward the racing field. Their trainers, clad in team T-shirts, make final preparations: Do I have the string cheese in my pocket as a finish-line treat? Do I have his favorite toy? Are his paws taped properly? Soon, the first dog on each team is off-leash and running: leaping four hurdles, tapping a spring-loaded box to release a mouth-sized ball, grabbing the ball and dashing back over the hurdles with it. Flyball, a sport in which four-dog teams compete in a carefully choreographed relay race, is a weekend ritual for many people, as sacrosanct as youth soccer or bowling leagues are to others. Aside from the occasional ribbon, trophy or title that its recipient cannot fully appreciate (“Iron Dog,” … [Read more...] about A Competitive Team Sport. For Your Dog.