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  • After Hillary's 9/11 'stumble' she spent some time thinking with the dogs

    09/23/2016 5:30:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    What The Folly ^ | 9/15/16 | Hillary Clinton
    **SNIP** "Sitting at home was pretty much the last place I wanted to be." "But it turns out that having a few days to myself was actually a gift. I talked with some old friends. I spent time with our very sweet dogs. I did some thinking." "You know, the campaign trail doesn't really encourage reflection. And it's important to sit with your thoughts every now and then and that did help me reconnect with what this whole campaign is about."
  • French Bulldog Vocalizes 'Love' For His 'Mom' in Canada

    09/23/2016 2:40:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 23, 2016 | Ben Hooper
    A French bulldog in Canada showed off an unusual trick -- using his voice to express "love" for his "mom." A video posted to YouTube by user Mr. Marcel shows Marcel the French bulldog firing off a series of vocalizations that sound like he's saying, "Mom, mom, I love you!" "When Mr. Marcel the French Bulldog is done with work he starts talking -- this time he confesses his love for his mom -- and you bet she came back!" the video's description reads. Samantha Clipperton, Marcel's "Momager" told CTV News Marcel's online popularity is turning into a profitable show...
  • Son of China's Richest Man Buys Eight iPhone 7s for His Dog

    09/23/2016 11:31:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    The 28-year-old only son of China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin who is worth £23 billion, has just set the internet on fire after he bought his dog, Coco – an Alaskan Malamute, eight iPhone 7 handsets. According to a Dailymail, pictures emerged on China’s social media showing the lucky canine posing next to a stack of eight boxes believed to contain a £800 phone in each which its eccentric owner, Wang Sicong, who was educated at Winchester College in UK bought for her. The new photos were uploaded by Wang Sicong who is already worth £430 million to the dog’s...
  • Should Cities Be Allowed to Ban Pit Bulls?

    09/23/2016 11:14:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 69 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/21/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit local governments from banning people from owning pit bulls. Senate Bill 239, sponsored by Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, has passed the Senate and is being considered in the House. According to the Detroit Free Press, 26 towns have enacted ordinances that restrict pit bulls and 14 outright ban them and other dog breeds. It’s true that pit bulls harm more people than any other type of dog. According to one report, they have killed a total of 233 people since 1982. That makes them about 40 percent more likely...
  • Dallas has a stray dog problem — about 9,000 of them. And some killed a woman

    09/20/2016 6:41:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 15, 2016 | Marisa Gerber
    A deep growl came from the other side of Shaniqua Roland’s front door. She was pregnant at the time and headed to a doctor’s appointment, but she knew she couldn’t leave the house. Not with the dogs back.
  • Their Masters' Voices: Dogs Understand Tone And Meaning Of Words

    08/30/2016 5:57:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 54 replies
    NPR ^ | Aug. 30. 2016 | Nell Greenfieldboyce
    When you praise a dog, it's listening not just to the words you say but also how you say them. That might not be huge news to dog owners. But now scientists have explored this phenomenon by using an imaging machine to peek inside the brains of 13 dogs as they listened to their trainer's voice. The reward pathway in the dogs' brains lit up when they heard both praising words and an approving intonation — but not when they heard random words spoken in a praising tone or praise words spoken in a flat tone, according to a report...
  • Dogs understand both vocabulary and intonation of human speech

    08/30/2016 5:17:09 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 69 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8/29/2016 | American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Dogs have the ability to distinguish vocabulary words and the intonation of human speech through brain regions similar to those that humans use, a new study reports. Attila Andics et al. note that vocabulary learning "does not appear to be a uniquely human capacity that follows from the emergence of language, but rather a more ancient function that can be exploited to link arbitrary sound sequences to meanings." Words are the basic building blocks of human languages, but they are hardly ever found in nonhuman vocal communications. Intonation is another way that information is conveyed through speech, where, for example,...
  • A Dog's Purpose

    08/29/2016 8:50:03 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 16 replies
    Y'uu T'uube ^ | Aug 26, 2016 | Movieclips Trailers
    Starring: Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid A Dog's Purpose Official Trailer 1 (2017) - Dennis Quaid Movie
  • Dogs prefer belly rubs over treats

    08/29/2016 3:37:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    AOL News Lifestyle ^ | August 16, 2016 | Sean Dowling, Buzz60
    When it comes to dogs, do you think they prefer a nice belly rub or a delicious treat? While the dog from the Beggin' Strips commercial is always thrilled about devouring his treat, chances are he actually would have preferred a nice pat on the head, according to new research. Scientists at Emory University wanted to see if dogs value human companionship more than food. This led them to conduct brain scans of 15 dogs while presenting objects paired with rewards. For example, after the dogs were shown a toy car, their owners would praise them....
  • After Bel Mooney revealed how her dog came to her after death:Can dead pets really come back. .

    08/26/2016 6:17:02 PM PDT · by fella · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 August 2016
    Do the animals we’ve loved and lost truly leave us? Earlier this week, Bel Mooney told of her grief at losing her dog, Bonnie, and how, at her lowest ebb, she felt Bonnie come back to her. In response, dozens of you responded with stories of signs from the after-life from dearly beloved pets . . . Eight years ago, I had a lovely black cat called Nevil. One afternoon a lady knocked on my door and told me she had run over my cat. For two weeks I was truly devastated. One night I could not sleep and went...
  • NATIONAL DOG DAY – August 26

    08/26/2016 5:33:22 PM PDT · by Donglalinger · 45 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | August 26 2016 | None
    It's National Dog Day, Let's see some pics of man's best friend
  • Leaflets Call For Brits To ‘Respect’ Muslims By Not Taking Their Dogs Out in Public

    08/25/2016 5:34:46 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | July 13, 2016 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Leaflets have reportedly been distributed in Manchester calling for a public ban on dogs, in order to keep the area pure for Muslims. But while some have claimed the leaflets are a hoax designed to stir up tensions, others are convinced the leaflets are being created by fundamentalist Muslims. Residents in Manchester have taken to social media to report that they have received leaflets through their letterboxes calling on them to “have respect for us and our children” by not taking dogs out in public. “This area is home to a large Muslim community,” the leaflet advises, before explaining that...
  • Witnesses say Jacksonville dog attack victim was dismembered

    08/24/2016 1:36:53 PM PDT · by plain talk · 45 replies
    WFTV9 ABC ^ | August 23, 2016 | Lorena Incian
    The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has identified a man killed in a dog attack as 83-year-old Michael Downing. Downing was killed by his neighbor's dogs at about 4 p.m. Friday, officials said. The hole in the fence where witnesses said the dogs came through is now boarded up. Witnesses Mackenzie Partin and Eddie Edwards said Downing’s body may have been dragged into the dog’s yard because they saw his body on the other side of the fence. The Franklin Arms apartment community is mourning the loss of Downing, whom they described as a helpful neighbor and happy man. “He always had...
  • Las Vegas: Friend's pit bull fatally mauls boy

    08/19/2016 4:33:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    KOLO ^ | Aug 18, 2016
    Police in Las Vegas say a dog that fatally mauled a 9-year-old boy was a family pet at a house the boy was visiting. ... Police Officer Jesse Roybal said .. animal control officers took custody of the dog, which was described as a pit bull.
  • Black lab whose fur is slowly turning white gets Photoshop battle

    08/02/2016 9:23:00 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Mashable ^ | August 1, 2016 | Jonathan Keshishoglou
    If your dog looks like they're wearing a superhero mask, there's always someplace on the Internet more than happy to make them one. Reddit user eRadthorpe posted this photo of a 14-year-old dog (which is really just an old puppy) who has vitiligo, a condition where the skin loses its pigment. And in this case, the fur. Specifically, they posted the photo to the Photoshop Battles subreddit, which meant everyone was ready to give the dog their own.
  • K9 handler says nasty encounter with Hillary led him to never vote for her

    08/02/2016 6:28:41 AM PDT · by Kyle Olson · 76 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 8/2/2016 | Kyle Olson
    Hillary Clinton’s icy demeanor with Secret Service agents and police officers is well documented. But with members of the military protecting her overseas? Former military K9 handler Eric Bonner says an encounter with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led him to never support her for president. “It has nothing to do with her views,” Bonner posted on Facebook. “It really doesn’t even matter about all the laws she broke. “It’s because She actually talked to me once. Almost a sentence,” he wrote.
  • Police Continue to Search for Owner of Pit Bull Who Attacked 6-Year-Old Boy in Antioch

    07/27/2016 9:43:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 7/27/16 | Elyce Kirchner
    Police said the dog is dangerous and still on the looseThe search continues for the owner of a pit bull who attacked a 6-year-old boy in Antioch earlier this month. Police said the dog is dangerous and still on the loose. The July 14 attack occurred in the Antioch Marina. Police said a woman and her grandson were walking in the area when out of nowhere the dog attacked the child. "The grandmother fought the dog off," said Acting Lt. Tarra Nissen with the Antioch Police Department. The dog left several wounds to the boy's groin and upper legs. The...
  • Bryan Lewis "I Think My Dog's A Democrat"

    07/24/2016 12:52:29 PM PDT · by demkicker · 32 replies
    You Tube ^ | March 8, 2016 | Bryan Lewis
    Well, I think my dog's a democrat and it breaks my heart to say - to think an ugly thing like that, but there's a big old pile of evidence that points to the fact that my dog might be a democrat....
  • Muslims DEMAND Locals Don’t Walk Dogs In Public – Violation Of Sharia And “DISRESPECTS” Them

    07/16/2016 12:25:41 PM PDT · by EBH · 138 replies
    US Herald ^ | 7/14/16 | Mike Honcho
    In Manchester, pamphlets have been distribute by a group called Public Purity have demanded that Brits do not take their dogs out in public as dogs are considered impure in the Islamic faith. The groups message is that British citizens must do certain things that may be considered uncomfortable in order to make its Muslim citizens feel more at home. Why exactly this type of whiny, ultimatum inducing behavior would make citizens of a non-Islamic nation care how its Muslim residents feel is unclear. What is clear, however, is that this type of intrusive behavior from Muslim immigrants helps to...
  • Dogs Are A Great Source Of Comfort After A Tragedy — Here's Why

    07/04/2016 4:47:27 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies
    BI ^ | 7-4-2016 | Simone M. Scully
    Simone ScullyJuly 4, 2016On the Monday after the Orlando mass shooting, 12 specially trained golden retrievers arrived in Florida to do what they do best: provide comfort. The dogs are part of the K-9 Comfort Dog Team, a program run by the Lutheran Church Charities that now has 130 dogs in 23 states across the country. The dogs — all golden retrievers — deploy as part of the organization's disaster response team. Each dog was picked as a puppy because of its calm demeanor, and each one was trained to be gentle, comforting, and affectionate. They all do this without...
  • Dog Mistakenly Euthanized Likely Due to Clerical Error

    06/30/2016 7:22:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Elyce Kirchner
    Four-year-old Barbie wasn't the only dog to be put down. Another dog named Tommy was also euthanized on the same day.Contra Costa County Animal Services is investigating why two dogs were mistakenly euthanized after local rescue groups proposed saving at least one, a department spokesman said Thursday. A 4-year-old pit bull named Barbie should have been taken off the Martinez-based animal department's list of animals slated to be euthanized on June 18 but wasn't for still-undetermined reasons, spokesman Steve Burdo said. "Everyone here is heartbroken about it," Burdo said. "We're going to take this opportunity to learn and improve our...
  • s this the world's cutest dog? Adorable Pumi is officially recognised as a new breed

    06/28/2016 1:41:18 PM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 28, 2016 | Stephen Matthews
    With coats of corkscrew curls and ears that flop at the tips, the latest recognised breed of dog could well be the cutest. Breeders have been working tirelessly in the US over the past two decades in a quest to get the pumi officially noticed – and their hard work paid off. To become officially recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the fluffy canine had to meet a population quota among a host of other criteria.
  • Dogs Can Sniff Out Diabetes in People, Now We Know How

    06/28/2016 12:27:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Nature World News ^ | Jun 28, 2016 | John Rosca
    Dogs have the ability to sense when a human with Type I diabetes suffers a low blood sugar episode, and scientists have discovered how they are able to do this. When a diabetic is experiencing a drop in blood sugar levels, this produces a chemical that dogs are able to smell. This can alert a dog to the onset of hypoglycemia. Many families with diabetic children have begun taking in medical alert service dogs to help monitor their children's symptoms. Speaking to the Toronto Sun, an Alliston, Ontario family discussed the benefits of having Amy, a Diabetic Alert Dog, to...
  • Canine Companion Saves Man From Charging Moose

    06/28/2016 11:00:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    KTUU ^ | Jun 27, 2016 | Caslon Hatch
    Every dog has its day. For Terry Kasper’s mixed lab, Ella, that day came early one May morning. “I thought my dog had an upset stomach, so about two in the morning I took her outside,” said Kasper outside his South Anchorage home Thursday afternoon. Terry said it was last month, two days after Mother’s Day, when he took Ella out for a routine walk down Dailey Drive. “All of a sudden, you hear the crashing right beside the house near the trees and there she is, full speed,” said Kasper. Kasper came face to face with Alaska wildlife right...
  • Iran authorities confiscate dogs in crackdown on 'vulgar Western culture'

    06/26/2016 12:44:43 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 28 replies
    The Jounral ^ | June 25, 2016
    DOG LOVERS IN central Iran are in uproar after authorities began confiscating their pets in an apparent crackdown on the “vulgar Western culture” of canine ownership, Iranian media reported today. One unnamed dog owner in Shahin Shahr in Isfahan province told Iran’s Shahrvand newspaper that officials had shown up suddenly at his house last week. “We were shown a piece of paper indicating they were from the municipal veterinary office. They came in and took away our dogs under the pretext of vaccination,” he said. The owner was told he could recover the dog after its vaccination, but when he...
  • Sweepee Rambo Sweeps World's Ugliest Dog Competition

    06/25/2016 10:22:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 6/25
    Second place came with a $200 prize, which was given to Josie, a pup whose nails were painted bright blueSixteen unseemly pooches vied for the surprisingly coveted title of World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair contest Friday. Judges, including TV personality Bob Lacey and broadcaster Sheri Lynch, crowned 17-year-old SweePee Rambo — with a tiny blonde mohawk, claw-like legs and one eye twice as large as the other — the winner. Hundreds of people at the competition cheered on the blind Chinese Crested Chihuahua mix, as his owner, Jason Wurtz, burst into tears and shook a homemade sign that...
  • Horrifying Massacre Of Dozens of U.S. K9 Trained Bomb-sniffing Dogs Massacred By Muslims In Kuwait

    06/25/2016 10:35:38 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 40 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | June 25, 2016 | Walid Shoebat
    St. Francis once said: “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” This is the case every time. When someone is cruel to animals, they are cruel to human beings. In fact, Christianity is the best for the care of animals. Dozens of American-trained dogs were killed by a Kuwaiti-based company last week, according to multiple reports, though there are conflicting explanations for the deaths. While several news agencies reported the story, they fail to also report that...
  • Dozens of bomb-sniffing German Shepherd Dogs killed in Kuwait

    06/24/2016 6:12:37 AM PDT · by Gennie · 45 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | June 23, 2016 4:26 PM | Kate Irby
    Dozens of American-trained dogs were killed by a Kuwaiti-based company last week, according to multiple reports, though there are conflicting explanations for the deaths. An Instagram post by the Kuwait Animal Rescue Unit showed the dogs’ bodies piled on top of each other in a narrow hallway and called the action by Eastern Securities of Kuwait a “horrifying animal abuse/massacre.” “Due to their contract being revoked, they slaughtered 24 of their US K9 dogs whom were trained by USK9 dog training facility which is located in Louisiana, USA,” the post reads. “This security company is an American company which worked...
  • Vanity...Prayers for my dog Fredd.

    06/23/2016 10:13:18 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    freerepublic.com ^ | 6/23/16 | Coldone
    My dog Fredd was mauled by 6 hog hunting dogs earlier today. The mobile vet was only a hour away and took him right away. 8 stiches. 7 wounds. I was bitten too. I am fine. He is resting now on his bed. The dogs were not supposed to be out of the pens. I will post more info later. I thank goodness people were around when it happened....Pulled the dogs off of him. would have killed him if no one else around.
  • Security company claims 24 working dogs culled for medical reasons (caution: graphic photo)

    06/22/2016 7:46:58 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 8 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 6/22/2016 | Penny Eims
    Shocking photos of dead dogs sprawled on a floor sparked outrage over the weekend after they began circulating on social media. According to the Express U.K., the photos of the dead dogs accompanied news that the dogs had been killed in Kuwait after a securities contractor lost a contract. According to the Arab Times, a person who works for the securities company has dismissed claims that the dogs were killed out of revenge because of the lost contract and failure to pay workers their wages. The person, who provided information anonymously, declared that "falsehoods were being spread online." The individual...
  • Market This Week - June 16: Natural Pet Wellness

    06/15/2016 1:13:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Diane Jones
    The Sierra Vista Farmers Market has homemade, natural products for humans, but we also realize your pet is a very important part of your life and deserves the best. Don’t miss the special presentation about Natural Pet Wellness at noon this Thursday. Market vendor Zia Bischoff, who has over 40 years of experience working with animals, will discuss topics including natural wellness remedies, healing salves, and nutritional supplements for older dogs. She’ll explain the latest research on natural pet products, what’s in them, and why they are effective. Handouts about pet wellness will be available as well as an ice...
  • VIDEO: Police Officer Praised After Two Vicious Dogs Charged — and He Did This

    06/13/2016 10:06:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    A police officer is being praised for keeping his gun holstered after two vicious dogs roaming an Idaho neighborhood charged him. Body camera footage shows Meridian police officer David Gomez standing his ground as the canines, one foaming at the mouth, run directly at him. Gomez can be heard warning bystanders as he readies his nonlethal tools — a baton and pepper spray. Not only does he prevent an attack, but he manages to usher the snarling animals into a patrol car without incident. The owner was later cited for having vicious dogs at large. Bloody cellphone videos of officers...
  • Scientists pinpoint origins of little dogs

    02/24/2010 1:00:41 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 34 replies · 1,256+ views
    msnbc ^ | 2-24-10 | Jennifer Viegas
    Small dogs the world over can all trace their ancestry back to the Middle East, where the first diminutive canines emerged more than 12,000 years ago. A new study, which appears in BMC Biology, focused on a single gene responsible for size in dogs. Researchers found that the version of the gene IGF1 that is a major determinant of small size in dogs probably originated as a result of domestication of the Middle Eastern gray wolf, which also happens to be smaller than many other wolves. In terms of which came first, big dogs or small dogs, the answer is...
  • 'Golden jackals' of East Africa are actually 'golden wolves'

    07/30/2015 10:32:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    phys.org ^ | 07-30-2015 | Provided by: Cell Press
    A golden jackal (Canis anthus) from Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Based on genomic results, the researchers suggest this animal be referred to as the African golden wolf, which is distinct from the Eurasian golden jackal (Canis aureus). Credit: D. Gordon E. Robertson ======================================================================================================================= Despite their remarkably similar appearance, the "golden jackals" of East Africa and Eurasia are actually two entirely different species. The discovery, based on DNA evidence and reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 30, increases the overall biodiversity of the Canidae—the group including dogs, wolves, foxes, and jackals—from 35 living species to 36. "This...
  • Humans May Have Domesticated Dogs Twice in Both Asia and Europe, New Study Shows

    06/02/2016 9:27:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Humans may have domesticated dogs two separate times, taming wolves both in Europe and Asia thousands of years ago, according to new research. A major international research project may have cleared some of the controversy surrounding the origins of man's best friend, which has until now remained a mystery with two primary hypotheses. The first holds that humans domesticated dogs for the first time in Europe more than 15,000 years ago.
  • Dogs were domesticated TWICE: Canines became man's best friend in Europe and Central Asia [tr]

    06/02/2016 12:18:06 PM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 2, 2016 | Russ Swan and Shivali Best
    They may be man's best friend, but the question of where domestic dogs originated has long remained a mystery. Some argue that humans first domesticated wolves in Europe, while others claim this happened in Central Asia. Now, a new paper suggests that both these claims may be right, and that dogs were domesticated not once, but twice.
  • The men who live as dogs: 'We're just the same as any person on the high street'

    05/31/2016 7:07:35 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 30 replies
    Guardian ^ | 5/25/16 | Nell Frizzell
    It’s easy to laugh at a grown man in a rubber dog suit chewing on a squeaky toy. Maybe too easy, in fact, because to laugh is to dismiss it, denigrate it – ignore the fact that many of us have found comfort and joy in pretending to be animals at some point in our lives. Secret Life of the Human Pups is a sympathetic look at the world of pup play, a movement that grew out of the BDSM community and has exploded in the last 15 years as the internet made it easier to reach out to likeminded...
  • WaPo: Hardly a dog’s life for Obama's pets Bo and Sunny

    05/29/2016 8:30:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 29, 2016 | Darlene Superville
    It's hardly a dog's life of just eating and sleeping for President Barack Obama's pets, Bo and Sunny. The pair of Portuguese water dogs - Bo with his distinctive white chest and front paws, and the all-black Sunny - are canine ambassadors for the White House, very popular and so in demand that they have schedules, like the president. [Snip] The dogs have a pretty nice life. "They can sit on my lap, they sit on my chair, they cuddle with me," Mrs. Obama said. "I like to lay on the floor with them and blow in their face. I...
  • Police Rescue Hikers Cornered by Coyote

    05/23/2016 11:57:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 86 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/22/16
    Police rescued two people Sunday morning after a coyote cornered the pair as they were hiking in a Burlingame park with their dogs. At 9:07 a.m., officers responded to a report of a coyote threatening hikers and their dogs at Mills Canyon Park, located on Adeline Drive, according to police. The hikers were walking on trails inside the park when they stumbled on the coyote. At one point, the hikers became cornered by the coyote, which seemed to be interested in the dogs. Officers arrived at the scene and were able to scare off the coyote. The officers then safely...
  • Dog Tests Positive for Meth, Heroin

    05/22/2016 2:09:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | May 21, 2016 | Fox 5 San Diego
    Dog tests positive for meth, heroin TUSTIN, Calif. – A dog picked up during an arrest in Tustin, California has tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin, authorities said. Tustin Police Lt. Robert Wright tells CNN that the dog named Bubba was found in a hotel room after officers served an arrest warrant for Joshua West, 40, on March 22 in Orange County. West was on parole for drug violations, said Wright. Police reported illegal drugs were found in the room along with used needles. The dog was turned over to Orange County Animal Care (OCAC) and transported to its facility....
  • Ancient Humans, Dogs Hunted Mastodon in Florida: Early Dogs Helped Humans Hunt Mammoths

    05/16/2016 2:29:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Discovery News ^ | May 13, 2016 | Jennifer Viegas
    The geology of the site, as well as pollen and algae finds, suggest that the hunter-gatherers encountered the mastodon next to a small pond that both humans and animals used as a water source, the researchers believe. Waters said that the prehistoric "people knew how to find game, fresh water and materials for making tools. These people were well adapted to this environment. The site is a slam-dunk pre-Clovis site with unequivocal artifacts, clear stratigraphy and thorough dating." Another research team previously excavated the site and found what they believed were dog remains, so dogs "would most likely have been...
  • Scientists Enlist Dogs to Fetch Answers on Extending Life

    05/16/2016 12:38:40 PM PDT · by Gennie · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 1 6, 2016 | Amy Harmon
    SEATTLE — Ever since last summer, when Lynn Gemmell’s dog was inducted into the trial of a drug that has been shown to significantly lengthen the lives of laboratory mice, she has been the object of intense scrutiny among dog park regulars. To those who insist that Bela, 8, has turned back into a puppy — “Look how fast she’s getting that ball!” — Ms. Gemmell has tried to turn a deaf ear. Bela, a Border collie-Australian shepherd mix, may have been given a placebo, for one thing. The drug, rapamycin, which improved the heart health and appeared to delay...
  • FDA warns sweetener used in chewing gum can be deadly to dogs

    05/13/2016 8:14:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 13, 2016 | CBS News
    The FDA is ramping up warnings about a common sweetener that can be toxic to dogs. Xylitol, a type of sweetener found in many sugar-free gums and other products, can have devastating consequences if ingested by a dog, the agency said in a statement issued Thursday. Over the past several years, the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine has received a number of reports of dogs being poisoned by xylitol, sometimes with deadly consequences, the agency said. Xylitol-related calls to the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center rose from 82 in 2004 to more than 3,700 in 2014, as CBS News correspondent...
  • Owning a German shepherd taught me more about self-awareness and safety than any class ever did

    05/11/2016 7:38:25 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 84 replies
    sheknows.com ^ | 5/10/2016 | Anna Burke
    There are things I love about being a woman. The perils of walking and traveling alone and the safety concerns that accompany it are not among them. As an avid hiker and a stubbornly independent person, this has always irritated me. I don't like that constant, nagging feeling of unease. I don't really enjoy double-checking for my pepper spray in my purse or carrying my keys between my fingers on my way back to my car. I particularly hate getting catcalled, followed and leered at. Then I got a German shepherd. The catcalls were the first thing I noticed vanish...
  • Dog Comforts Puppy Who Was Shot, Dragged and Spray Painted

    05/10/2016 10:10:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KFOR ^ | MAY 10, 2016
    Sammie and Simon are now inseparable. Sammie, a 3-month-old boxer puppy, was shot, dragged behind a car and spray painted, according to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. He was taken to Paws & Claws Animal Clinic in Columbia, S.C., for treatment, according to the YouCaring page set up to aid his recovery. There, a border collie named Simon befriended him. Simon, who’s recovering from mange and neglect, noticed Sammie’s suffering. In a touching photo, he reaches out to comfort his canine companion. “A perfect example which shows us that our companion animals DO FEEL pain and show compassion for others,” Rescue...
  • Labradors may be genetically 'hard-wired' for greed

    05/04/2016 6:24:06 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 118 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3 May, 2016 | Nicola Davis
    A study of labrador DNA revealed more than a fifth of the dogs carry a genetic variation which could predispose them to food-seeking and weight gain. Labrador dogs are well known for being fond of their food, but new research suggests their greedy nature could be down to genetic mutation. Labrador retrievers are top dog in the UK, with 32,507 animals newly registered with the Kennel Club in 2015 alone. But the breed is well known for its tendency to develop a portly form, a concern given the variety of health problems - from diabetes to heart disease - linked...
  • Dogs Rescued From Dog Meat Farm in South Korea

    05/03/2016 4:03:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 5/3
    The six dogs are now with SPCA of Texas in Dallas.Six dogs who were rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea by Humane Society International arrived at the SPCA of Texas in Dallas just after midnight Tuesday. The pups will be evaluated and treated for any medical issues before eventually being put up for adoption. The six dogs in Dallas are part of a group of 250 dogs and puppies rescued by HSI's Animal Rescue Team from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea. All of those dogs are now with shelters that are part of...
  • Loyal dogs refuse to leave side of dying baby girl at hospital

    05/03/2016 2:00:45 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 45 replies
    telegraph .uk ^ | 3 MAY 2016 | Mark Molloy
    Nora Hall with the family's pet dogs.A family’s loyal basset hounds have refused to leave the side of a dying baby girl who suffered a major stroke. Nora Hall’s mother Mary Hall wrote on Facebook: “My daughter had a stroke on April 6. We have been at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis since then. She is not going to survive. “They allowed us to have our bassets here in the last couple of days because they are so attached to her.” “Our hearts are so completely broken. We have been praying so hard for a miracle. We tried so very...
  • Dogs Get Bathroom Of Their Own At JFK

    05/02/2016 11:33:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CBS New York ^ | April 30, 2016
    Dogs and other animals now have a bathroom of their own at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. A new pet relief facility has opened in JFK’s Terminal 4, WCBS 880’s Stephanie Colombini reported. It allows service and guide dogs, emotional support animals and pets traveling with their owners to go to the bathroom without having to exit the terminal and go through security again. The tiny room is marked with a paw print on the door. It’s outfitted with a red fire hydrant and a patch of artificial turf, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported. A federal regulation says all...
  • Bond between man and dog is closer than you thought — how canines hearts are in sync with ours

    04/28/2016 7:28:11 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 53 replies
    News Corp Australia Network ^ | April 27, 2016 | Sue Dunlevy
    THE bond between man and dog is so close their hearts actually beat in sync when they are together an astounding new study shows. The heart rates of owners and their dogs become lower when they are in close proximity an experiment that saw heart monitors strapped to dogs and their owners found. The discovery shows dogs have a fundamental role to play in lowering stress says sports scientist Dr Craig Duncan. And canine scientist Mia Cobb says owning a dog can do more than just lower your heart rate. They even recover more quickly from a heart attack, she...