December 4, 2003 |
When Perihan Magden, a popular Turkish novelist, began having trouble with her 11-month-old dog, she didn't know what to do. A vet told her to give antidepressants to the rebellious pooch. Magden refused. She hired a Ukrainian claiming to be a "canine specialist" -- only to discover that the woman was really a cabaret dancer at an Istanbul nightclub. Just as Magden was beginning to despair, "I found John, the American," she wrote recently in her column in the liberal daily newspaper Radikal.
September 9, 2003 |
A dog trainer was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison Monday for providing defective bomb-sniffing dogs to the government after the Sept. 11 attacks and lying about their credentials. Russell Lee Ebersole, convicted in June on 27 counts of fraud, insisted his dogs were competent and blamed his conviction on jealous competitors. "I believe in my employees. I believe in my dogs. They are heroes," Ebersole of Hagerstown, Md., said at sentencing.
August 19, 2001 |
The unconditional love of a German shepherd named Joni saved the life of Sister Pauline Quinn. And for the past 20 years, she's been enriching the lives of prison inmates with a volunteer program that teaches them to train dogs for the disabled. Quinn's inspirational story is the subject of a TV movie, "Within These Walls," premiering Monday on the Lifetime cable network.
July 20, 2000 |
Have several boxes of Kleenex available while watching the DVD of "My Dog Skip" ($25), the sentimental family film based on Willie Morris' best-selling novel about his boyhood dog. Frankie Muniz of "Malcolm in the Middle," Enzo the Jack Russell terrier, Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane star in this sleeper hit from earlier this year.
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April 2, 2000 |
Gregg Boyajian, 45, knows all too well that delivering the mail can be an invitation to getting bitten by dogs. In 1984, his first year as a letter carrier, a dog in Encino gnawed his left ankle. Since then, he has been bitten twice more on his route, now in Van Nuys. "When you put on the blue suit, you understand that dogs are part of the problems you face," Boyajian said. "You try to keep your eyes open and to keep your little personal radar going."
March 9, 2000 |
Today * 4 p.m.: Women's Global GT Racing Series winner Cindi Lux discusses cars, racing and her fast-paced career. http://www.wesweat.com/chat * Friday * 5 p.m.: Go backstage at the Palladium in Los Angeles for the 16th Annual Soap Opera Awards. You can talk with your favorite daytime stars, who will go from the podium to the keyboard to answer your questions. http://chat.yahoo.com/c/events/info/2000 /03/10/031000digest.html * Saturday * 11 a.m.
January 30, 2000 |
So I read in our newspaper last week that there's a new trend among dog lovers of a certain economic ilk . . . folks with waaay too much money to spend. Don't have time in your busy, high-powered day to take Fido for a stroll? You can hire a professional doggy fitness trainer who'll not only walk your mutt, but take him on a mountain hike, teach him to swim and put him through his athletic paces in the canine equivalent of aerobics class.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1999
Martha "Marty" Lehr, a former dog trainer and Girl Scout leader, died Sunday at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. She was 85. She was born Aug. 20, 1914, in Switzerland. Her family moved to Pennsylvania by the time she was 7. She grew up and attended school in Pennsylvania and in Wisconsin. Later she moved to Torrance, where she owned a dog-training business called the Harbor Light Dog Obedience Club. She was also a Girl Scout leader for more than 30 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1999
About 300 Orange County residents a month suffer dog bites, a number that animal control officials said has remained relatively steady over the last few years. But officials do report that a growing number of the bites require medical attention. They said they've heard of no recent fatal injuries but more requiring stitches, especially to the face.
August 29, 1999 |
Among the idle brain games that get played at my table are these: What figures in history would you invite to dinner? And what one law would change the country most? The first is always changing: today, it's Galileo, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Chief Joseph, Oscar Wilde, if he'd let anyone else get a bon mot in edgewise. The second is always the same: requiring people to pass a test--not for income but for emotional aptitude--before having a child or a dog. The child test will never happen.