dogs

The truth about pit bulls

Jul 23, 2015
Louise Codd

Pit bulls are the most bred dog in America. They are the most common in shelters, and they are the most euthanized as well. There are organizations whose sole mission is to make the breed extinct. The existence of pit bulls is now threatened due to their aggressive reputation.

Your Call: How have animals shaped human history?

May 28, 2015

  

On the May 28th edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with anthropologist Brian Fagan about his new book The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History, which focuses on our ever-changing relationship with animals. Fagan argues that humans and animals have always had an intimate bond, but as society industrialized, animals became commodities. There’s been a massive shift from respecting animals to exploiting them. Fagan asks, if this is wise and is it ethical? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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Why some Bay Area dogs are tied up in controversy

Jul 31, 2014
Tiffany Camhi

 

Just over the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, a few miles from Muir Woods, lies Muir Beach. The beautiful and peaceful waterfront is a favorite among locals, travelers and man’s best friend.

Oakland kids find confidence reading to Fido

Jan 21, 2014

At almost any given library, you will find parents and librarians sharing books with children. At Oakland’s Lakeview branch, it isn't the adults who are reading out loud, it’s the kids — and to an audience you might not expect. 

Under CC license from Flickr user Anthony Citrano

  

What’s the emotional connection between dogs and humans? KALW’s Chris Hoff explored that relationship with Amy Cook. She is a researcher in dog cognition in the Psychology Department of UC Berkeley and has trained dogs for 20 years.

Courtesy of Farhad Manjoo

Writer Farhad Manjoo skewers modern American dog culture in a Slate column titled “No, I Do Not Want to Pet Your Dog.” Manjoo sat down with KALW’s Liz Pfeffer to expand on his views about irresponsible dog ownership and the overabundance of canine companions in restaurants, coffee shops and even the gym. 

How San Francisco’s economy has gone to the dogs

Sep 17, 2013

 

Let’s say you wanted to take your dog out on Union Street one day after work. So first, you pick her up where you left her that morning. Moulin Pooch is a “dog boutique and villa.” It would be nice to stick around for “Yappy Hour,” but she’s been there all day, so how about a change of scenery? At Pet Grooming Headquarters, a tiny shop a few blocks away, your dog can get a bath, a haircut, and a nail trim. Then, all fluffed up, it’s time for a treat. Le Marcel Dog Bakery, has 60 different treats for dogs and even birthday cakes.

Photo by Alyssa Kapnik, www.alyssakapnik.com

A lot of things make San Francisco a unique city -- and one is the sheer number of dogs.  There are more dogs than there are children.  Something like 120,000 canines inhabit this metropolis, and thousands of those dogs are dropped off at local shelters each year.  Lost, abandoned, orphaned or mistreated by former owners.