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Lisa Rogak
Lisa Rogak is the New York Times bestselling author of over 40 books, which have been published in more than two dozen languages. Her recent books include Dogs of Courage: The Heroism and Heart of Working Dogs Around the World and The Dogs of War: The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs. Her next book is One Big Happy Family: Heartwarming Stories of Animals Caring for One Another, which will be published this fall. She spends time in California, South Carolina, and New Hampshire, where she serves as crazy aunt to three dogs: Poochie, Idjit, and GETOUTTATHEKITCHEN.

Entries by Lisa Rogak

Death Warmed Over: Day of the Dead Foods From All Cultures

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 10:36 PM


An elderly man was at home, dying in bed. He smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies baking. He wanted one last cookie before he died.

He fell out of bed, crawled to the landing, rolled down the...

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Pets for Vets Helps Veterans & Dogs Rescue Each Other

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 4:14 PM


It's not often when I encounter an organization that has no downside, whether it's a commercial enterprise or a non-profit.

So when I recently learned about Pets for Vets, a group that matches shelter pets with American veterans in need of a...

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Mimi & Maty to the Rescue!

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 2:03 PM


Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Mimi Ausland who lived in Oregon who loved animals more than anything in the world.

In fact, she loved animals SO much that she decided to start a website where people could help them...

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Top Facebook Fan Pages for Pet Lovers

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 6:56 PM


Between cute animal photo sites like The Daily Squee and resource-rich sites like Dogster, there's a website for pet lovers of all stripes.

And, as it turns out, a Facebook fan page as well. Since many people now use Facebook...

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Lorna Colbert Raised Her Son Stephen Right

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 12:58 PM


The photo above shows Stephen Colbert's parents, Jim and Lorna, at a social event in the late 1960s at the Medical University of South Carolina, where Jim was a respected physician and administrator.

Lorna Tuck Colbert raised her son Stephen - and her ten...

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15 Reasons Why Dogs Are Just Clumsy Children

(5) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 3:08 PM

Of course it's no secret that many dog lovers regard their best friends as their furry children. So it's no surprise that dogs act the part...

...especially when it comes to being overly rambunctious, carefree, and well, just acting like a dog child. Unfortunately, this can result in numerous visits...

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How You Can Write The Next 'Da Vinci Code': Eight Crucial Steps Dan Brown Followed To Worldwide Success

(6) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 7:35 AM

Dan Brown didn't just sit down one day and decide to write Inferno or The Da Vinci Code. He approached the task in a methodical, logical manner. The rest, as they say, was history.

Many aspiring novelists believe that all they have to do to have the next New York...

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This April 26, Cat Lovers Celebrate Hairball Awareness Day, Avoid Gag Reflex

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 6:47 PM

From making jewelry to feline techno dancing, humans have long come up with a wide variety of uses for the hairball sufferers in their lives.

If your cat yaks and gaks up hairballs on a regular basis, don't despair, there is help! On National Hairball Awareness Day, on April 26, 2013, cat lovers around the world will gather to show their strength and increase their resolve to prevent the condition that dogs their feline friends.

Hairballs form naturally during a cat's normal grooming routine. Most of the fur that a cat swallows while grooming passes naturally through the digestive tract, but when it gets caught in the stomach, a hairball forms. While long-haired cats are most prone to developing hairballs -- especially in the spring and summer when warming temperatures equate to more shedding -- short-haired cats are not immune.

The holiday was launched in 2006 by the National Museum of Health and Medicine to spotlight its curated "collection" of 24 veterinary and three human hairballs, also known as "trichobezoars." [Warning: Some of the photos are quite gross, and include a photo of a hairball being surgically removed from a human.] The display features hairballs from cows, oxen, a horse, and a chicken, most of them dating back to the late 19th century.

Trichobezoars aside, it can be quite disturbing to watch -- and listen to -- a cat cough up a hairball, but luckily there are some small changes cat lovers can make to help prevent the suckers, from regular grooming to special hairball-reduction food. Petco even has a Hairball Relief Shop -- who knew? -- with a variety of solutions.

  • Grooming. Removing excess hair by brushing and grooming a cat regularly can help limit the amount of loose hair that eventually turns into a hairball. Millions of cat owners swear by the FURminator to help keep hairballs at bay.

  • Diet. There are several pet-food manufacturers that make hairball-control cat food and treats that contain natural vegetable fibers to help aid this process.
  • Goop. For cats with a more persistent problem, you can try a hairball lubricant like Laxatone that helps the cat pass the problem more easily.

In any case, the increase in public awareness -- and remedies -- means that felines need not suffer in silence...or, uh, not. This year, you can be filled with pride and hold your head high as you and your furry friend celebrate National Hairball Awareness Day on...

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Bo Obama: Every Dog Needs a Job

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 3:09 PM

While the confetti is still being swept up from the streets of Washington, D.C., following the inauguration, and President Barack Obama begins his second term, it's clear that one of his most valuable companions -- Bo, the family's Portuguese Water Dog -- also knows that it's time to buckle down and get to work.

After all, as I discovered in researching my book Dogs of Courage: The Heroism and Heart of Working Dogs Around the World, every dog needs a job, and the skills of a Portuguese Water Dog are unique. According to the American Kennel Club, here are the specific talents of the breed:

Historically a swimmer and diver of exceptional ability and stamina, the breed was trained to:

  • Retrieve broken nets
  • Herd schools of fish
  • Carry messages between boats and to shore
  • Be a loyal companion and alert guard.

Plus, his tail can be used as a rudder... how cool is that?

Though Bo invariably excels at these tasks, his unique vantage point in the White House means that he's picked up a few others along the way. In the video above, he shows off as a literacy volunteer, but in this slideshow you'll see many other jobs that Bo performs to help the First Family as well as visitors to the White House.


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Dogs of Courage Book Offers Glimpse of Some Surprising Working Dogs

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 1:55 PM

While dogs are commonly adored as pets and lovable companions, they are also capable of becoming highly skilled at a variety of jobs that help humans in countless ways. Indeed, while dogs can be trained to serve as police dogs and guide and assistance canines -- not to mention performing...

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