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Arin Greenwood
Arin Greenwood is editor of HuffPost DC. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar). Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Get in touch with story ideas, photos of animals running for public office, or anything else at

Entries by Arin Greenwood

You'll Go NUTS For This Guy's Squirrel Story

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 6:31 AM

Why did this New York City man begin inviting squirrels into his apartment, to crawl on his head and hide nuts in his drawers?

Photo credit: Keith

"I first came up with the idea with A." -- that's an ex-girlfriend -- "who...

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After Being Set On Fire, This Dog May Have Just Found 'Justice'

(41) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 10:14 AM

Burns covered more than half of Hope the dog's body when she was first brought to a Tampa veterinary facility in mid-March.

"She won't be normal, ever," veterinarian John Gicking told Fox News at the time. "She'll have significant scarring, she has a long road ahead...

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Washington's Cherry Blossoms Look Like Something Out Of A Dream

(21) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Briefly, every spring, Washington, D.C., looks like this:

cherry blossoms

Dan Piech, of design studio evoxio, told HuffPost he took this photo last Thursday evening -- the night of this year's "peak bloom."

On Reddit, where the picture was first posted, Piech...

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Cesar Millan: End The 'Genocide' Against Pit Bulls

(34) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Are humans committing a "genocide" against pit bulls? Cesar Millan says we are.

"Our ignorance level is growing way too out of proportion, to the point that we believe that getting rid of a breed is a solution," this country's most famous dog trainer recently said to HuffPost. "Genocide....

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These Flying Dogs Give Superman A Run For His Money

(6) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Eric Montamirez began taking "flying dog" photos by accident.

He'd set up a GoPro camera at the dog park to "get some slow motion pictures of the pups running around," he says. "Lola just happened to jump right over the camera a few times."

flying dog

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Here Comes The Million Pit Bull March On Washington!

(285) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Pit bull fans from all over the country will gather in the nation's capital a few weeks from now for the inaugural One Million Pibble March on Washington. The May 3 rally is meant to advance the well-being of this beleaguered breed, whose members are known affectionately as...

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Animals Feel Pleasure -- Here's Why One Man Says That Means We Shouldn't Eat Them

(38) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Do dogs feel pleasure? How about crocodiles?

Jonathan Balcombe says yes, they do. And not just dogs and crocodiles, but also fish, monkeys, pigs and chickens.

"Why wouldn’t they?" he says. "Pleasure is nature’s way of saying 'Good behavior!' It encourages us to do it again. Little wonder, then, that...

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These 55 Pit Bulls Are Looking For Love -- But Be Careful, They Might Lick You To Death

(453) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 3:40 PM

About a year ago, the city animal shelter in Nashville, Tenn., reversed a longstanding policy of not adopting out the many pit bulls and pit bull-type dogs that came through its doors.

"We are all very excited over here that these changes have been made to our adoption policy and...

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Maryland Does Right By Pit Bulls, Says They Aren't Inherently Dangerous (UPDATED)

(471) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:54 PM

UPDATE: Pit bulls are no longer considered to be "inherently dangerous" in Maryland. On Tuesday, April 8, Governor Martin O'Malley signed HB 73/SB 247, which goes into effect immediately.

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This Veterinarian Does Surgery On Fish, And You Can Watch Him In Action

(25) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:23 PM

It takes a lot of staff to perform surgery on a fish. You need someone to continually run syringes of water over the left gill, another person to take care of the right, and a third to refill the syringes, so that the patient will not asphyxiate during the procedure.

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Dolly The Pit Bull Won't Stop Sitting On Her Brother Duke

(477) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:01 PM

Dolly and Duke are both pit bulls who live in a suburban Indianapolis home, where Dolly just won't stop sitting on her brother.

pit bulls

Duke doesn't seem to mind. He is an older gentleman, adopted from a local animal shelter where he was...

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A 'Free' Puppy Can Be Yours If You Lived In This D.C. Luxury Apartment Building

(10) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 8:49 AM

This is Emmy. She's an English bulldog puppy -- and an amenity at a luxury apartment building in Washington, D.C.


Pools, fancy gyms, even private dog parks -- these high-class perks have become normal in the spendier echelons of D.C.'s overheated rental market, reports...

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Pit Bull Starring In Shakespeare Play Needs A Good Home

(7) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Jazz the pit bull mix doesn't have a long theater resume, at least as far as anyone knows. His life before coming to the Baltimore Humane Society is something of a blank slate.

"We either have owner surrenders or pull from high kill shelters," says Wendy Goldband, spokesperson...

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Tyler Cowen Pepper Sprayed While Teaching Law School Class On Vigilantism

(50) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 10:29 AM

A man was arrested on Wednesday after bursting into economist Tyler Cowen's George Mason University law school classroom, jumping on a table and trying to effect a citizen's arrest.

When that didn't work, the man attacked the professor with pepper spray.

According to ABC7, the...

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10 Things You Didn't Know About The Birds And The Bees (Literally, Like How They Have Sex)

(12) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 1:35 PM

Birds do it, bees do it -- but how? With corkscrew penises, "cloacal kisses," suicide mating flights and other completely fascinating sexy-time mechanisms, it turns out.

Here are 10 facts you might not have known about the reproductive lives of our feathered and stingered friends, prompted by the onset of...

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Big Love, Wagging Tails: These Giant Dogs Are Looking For Homes! (PHOTOS)

(152) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 1:40 PM

"The bigger the dog, the larger the heart," says Dante Dasaro of the Detroit Dog Rescue. "Generally speaking, our larger dogs are better family dogs, are more active and definitely make great couch cuddle buddy. Sure, they eat more food and take up more of the bed, but...

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Law School Offers 'Risk-Free' J.D.

(4) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Maybe all those stories about law school being a bad investment are sinking in: law school applications are way down.

The issue has led a Cleveland law school to offer what they're calling the country's first "risk-free" J.D. program.

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law announced earlier...

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We Kind Of Don't Want To Tell You Why This Baby Sloth Bear Is Being Hand-Raised (UPDATED)

(28) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 4:11 PM

Zookeepers are hand-rearing this amazingly cute sloth bear cub. They're doing it because the cub's mom Khali ate the baby girl's two siblings.

The three cubs were born at the National Zoo on Dec. 29, 2013. The first cub was "ingested," as the zoo put it in a news release,...

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Poll Shows Transgender Rights Bill Has Wide Support, While Lawmaker Fears 'Guy In A Dress' (UPDATED)

(382) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 10:36 AM

A Maryland bill that would prohibit discrimination against transgender people has overwhelming support among state residents, according to a new poll.

Opponents, meanwhile, continue to obsess about men in dresses nefariously hanging around women's bathrooms -- even while acknowledging that they're probably going to lose this one.

The Goucher Poll...

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Ladies And Gentlemen, The Winner Of This Year's Catdance Film Festival

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 3:07 PM

First came the Oscars. Now, we present you the winner of this year's Catdance Film Festival.

"Ricky" is the incredibly sweet story of a rescue kitten who finds a new home, where he longs to befriend a big dog named Romy. Filmmaker Simon Savelyev says on...

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