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  • National treasures: how the rest of the world fell in love with Japan’s famous Akita dogs

    04/20/2018 6:18:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    AFP ^ | April 20, 2018 | Staff
    Hollywood actor Richard Gere, French film star Alain Delon and Russia’s figure skating sensation Alina Zagitova have one thing in common: They adore Japan’s Akita dogs. And they’re not alone. In recent years, foreign ownership of one of Japan’s most famous indigenous breeds has skyrocketed, outstripping domestic demand for the fluffy, perky-eared pooches. Earlier this year, the trend hit the headlines when Zagitova proclaimed her love for Akitas after spotting them while training in Japan, and local officials pledged to get one to her. Her affection for the cute canines comes as no surprise to veteran breeder Osamu Yamaguchi, 64,...
  • Dogs lived and died with humans 10,000 years ago in the Americas

    04/17/2018 5:40:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Science News ^ | April 16, 2018 | Bruce Bower
    A trio of dogs buried at two ancient human sites in Illinois lived around 10,000 years ago, making them the oldest known domesticated canines in the Americas. Radiocarbon dating of the dogs’ bones shows they were 1,500 years older than thought, zooarchaeologist Angela Perri said April 13 at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The previous age estimate was based on a radiocarbon analysis of burned wood found in one of the animals’ graves. Until now, nearly 9,300-year-old remains of dogs eaten by humans at a Texas site were the oldest physical evidence of American canines.
  • Kentucky neighborhood bans Danes, Dobermanns, German Shepherds, St. Bernards and more

    04/09/2018 4:50:18 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 102 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | 4-9-18 | Morgan Eads And Cheryl Truman
    People living in a Lexington neighborhood were notified last week that several dog breeds, including pit bulls, Great Danes and huskies, were being banned. Homeowners in McConnell’s Trace were sent letters by the neighborhood developer detailing a change in an existing dog restriction, which previously referred only to unspecified “aggressive breeds,” said Josh McCurn, president of the area’s neighborhood association. Now German shepherds, St. Bernards and chows are among the list of 11 dog breeds restricted from the neighborhood. McConnell’s Trace sits across Leestown Road from Masterson Station Park. McCurn said the homeowner’s association did not have a vote on...
  • Your dog DOESN'T want to be tickled on his tummy: They only tolerate it because humans seem [tr]

    04/06/2018 6:19:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 86 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 6, 2018 | Victoria Allen
    When a dog rolls over, sticks four paws in the air and looks up lovingly, few can resist rubbing his belly and telling him what a good boy he is. But a dog does not want its tummy tickled when it rolls over, and probably will not enjoy it – with most having learned to tolerate this strange human behaviour only because their owner seems to like it. This is just one of the things we are getting wrong with our pets, according to animal expert Dr Jill MacKay, along with shouting at a dog when it barks at the...
  • World’s biggest puppy bred to recreate an extinct 7,000-year-old monster dog is 6ft tall [tr]

    03/16/2018 9:56:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2018 | Harry Pettit
    A nine-month-old dog that weighs 12 stone (180lb) and stands six-foot-tall (1.8m) may be the world's biggest puppy. Enormous Euphrates was bred to replicate a prehistoric canine species and eats an impressive eight cups of dog food a day. Owner Jared Howser, 41, of Salt Lake City, Utah, said onlookers often confuse his puppy for a fully-grown adult. He said: 'At nine months there simply isn't another dog 180lbs and 31.5 inches to withers anywhere else in the world, she is an anomaly.
  • Neighborhood at odds after woman bitten by dog in upper Westside Santa Cruz

    03/08/2018 8:43:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 03/06/18 | Michael Todd
    For about a month, fallout from a dog attack in Cypress Park has disrupted the upper Westside neighborhood with a barrage of fliers, Nextdoor commentary and legal maneuvering by pet owners’ attorneys. Stories vary about what happened 8:15 p.m. Jan. 25 on the 500 block of Western Drive. There were two dogs and a woman. All three of them had dog bites and the woman’s wounds were the most severe. One of the dogs, belonging to the Assistant County Counsel David Nefouse, had broken free of its leash. That much is clear. Now, Martha Burton’s left leg is healing after...
  • Our lovely dog MOLLY died this morning

    03/07/2018 1:09:17 PM PST · by a little elbow grease · 142 replies ^ | 3/8/18 | self
    Our lovely, good twelve year old boxer dog MOLLY died this morning in our living room. It was not a complete surprise.As I truly said to Molly this morning, “Go ahead sweetie, you can go…….. it seems like the time ……good for you and good for God. No time to lose.” She died about 30 seconds after I said that to her. Mary and I wept some …….. held her paws with love …… and wished my nephew David were here with a beer or two. Molly was a complete sweetheart ……. and forget about the God messages. Molly was...
  • Iditarod Live Sream

    03/05/2018 12:05:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    iditarod live ^ | march 5, 2018 | Iditarod live
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  • VIDEO: Five Pigs and a Pug Have a Pizza Party

    03/04/2018 6:09:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC7 ^ | Sunday, March 04, 2018
    If anyone ever said "you eat like a pig" you might want to say thank you, because some pigs - and a pug - really know how to party in style. Pop, Prissy, Posey, Pink and Penn were caught on video as they "pig out" on pizza. They are joined by "pigtail the pug." And while a few of the pigs went "ham" on the pizza slices, others sat patiently wearing bows. If you recognize some of these pigs, that's because Prissy and Pop have starred in two children's books and have nearly 690,000 followers on Instagram.
  • Army canines neglected after return from Afghanistan, report says

    03/03/2018 1:30:44 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 44 replies
    FOX news ^ | 03/03/2018 | FOX news
    Many dogs revered on the battlefield for their work alongside U.S. Army personnel in Afghanistan -- searching for bombs and potentially saving human lives -- receive anything but a hero’s welcome when they return home, a report says. After serving overseas between 2010 and 2014, some canine companions were left in kennels up to 11 months, while others didn’t receive proper care and attention, or were put down after returning stateside, Reuters reported, citing a March 1 report from the Defense Department’s Inspector General’s Office.
  • Ex-Santa Cruz Shelter Volunteer Says She Killed Dog as Retaliation, Later Denies It

    03/01/2018 5:39:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KSBW ^ | Feb 28, 2018
    A disturbing livestreamed video went viral this week after a former Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter volunteer claimed she once killed a dog as retaliation against the dog's owner. Simone Scott, who goes by the online names "Aqualadora" and "AqualaGamer," smiles as she talks to fellow Twitch streamers about euthanizing the 4-year-old dog. "I once killed someone's dog on purpose. But no one knew because I was a professional," she says. The UC Santa Cruz graduate claims she was working as a veterinary tech at the time, and said the owner was a "really really bad person." "The dog was...
  • Starving Venezuelans Abandon Dogs, Buy Dog Food For Themselves

    03/01/2018 7:03:44 AM PST · by blam · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-1-2018 | Frances Martel
    The newspaper highlights a growing stray dog problem plaguing the streets of Venezuela’s cities this week, triggered by impoverished residents unable to afford dog food and vaccines releasing their animals into the wild. Most of the dogs are starving and taking over garbage-lined street corners, blocking Venezuelans who scavenge for their own food there. Stray dogs were already a problem in major cities, and reports from as far back as 2016 indicate that the nation’s poorest hunt and eat these dogs. In January, a non-governmental organization (NGO) found that many Venezuelans, unable to afford food for themselves anymore, were buying...
  • Autopsy: 22-year-old was mauled to death by her own dogs

    02/23/2018 3:29:05 AM PST · by BBell · 59 replies
    GOOCHLAND, Va. (AP) - The autopsy of a Virginia woman found dead in a wooded area says she was mauled to death by her dogs. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Goochland Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday it's closing the investigation into 22-year-old Bethany Lynn Stephens' death in light of the results. Stephens was found last December near her father's home in Goochland, about 35 miles from Richmond.
  • Clever Dog Narrowly Escapes From Hunting Wolf Pack

    02/21/2018 4:20:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/20
    An Italian man captured video of a dog's lucky escape when a pack of wolves appeared and attempted to make it into a meal. Paolo Forconi posted a video to Facebook showing the scene he witnessed in Aubruzzo, Italy, when a wolf pack showed up in the area and started chasing a small dog. The video shows the wolves surround and chase the dog, managing to bite it two times, but the smaller canine makes a narrow escape by jumping through an opening in a nearby fence. The opening proves to small for the wolves to follow. Forconi said wolf...
  • Man Falls From Cliff, Dies While Trying to Rescue Dog in Daly City

    02/20/2018 10:04:03 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    AABC7 ^ | Monday, February 19, 2018 | Laura vAnthony
    It was an idyllic but cold holiday morning near Daly City's Thornton Beach, the kind of morning that draws families and dog walkers to the coast. But just after 11:30 a.m., one man's attempt to save his dog cost him his life. The National Park Service confirms the 67-year-old man was trying to get to his stranded dog, which had made its way part way down a cliff, just west of Skyline Drive. But then he slipped and fell as many as 500 feet to his death. Firefighters had to race to beat the high tide to get to the...
  • A Laudation of Rocky

    02/18/2018 6:39:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | February 18, 2018 | Bruce Bialosky
    You never know how you will be affected by someone who enters your life. Especially someone who is mature and has a defined way of being. Even though we only had a short time together, losing Rocky has a left a major hole in my life. You, as my reader, met Rocky when I wrote about the loss of my best friend, Cookie. Rocky had just arrived in our house. He was being given away by a family who only had him for a short while after getting him from their friends where he had been since he was a...

    02/16/2018 5:23:35 AM PST · by csvset · 47 replies
    NY1 ^ | 15 Feb 2018 | Sarah Wolfgram
    NATIONWIDE — The FDA says it’s launching an investigation after a euthanasia drug was found in cans of dog food. Washington, D.C. TV station WJLA partnered with the lab Ellipse Analytics to test multiple brands of wet dog food for the drug used to assist death in vet clinics, pentobarbital. In total, they tested 62 samples of more than two-dozen brands. One brand, Gravy Train, repeatedly came back positive for pentobarbital, according to the station. Out of the 15 cans tested, nine tested positive — or 60 percent. Gravy Train, made by Big Heart Pet Foods, is owned by Smucker’s....
  • A Westminster wow: Bichon frise becomes America's top dog

    02/14/2018 2:01:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    AP ^ | February 14, 2018 | Staff
    Flynn the bichon frise won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night, a choice that seemed to surprise almost everyone in the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Fans who had been loudly shouting for their favorites fell into stunned silence when judge Betty-Anne Stenmark announced her decision.
  • Sneaky cat breaks two misbehaving dogs out of pet carrier before patting them [tr]

    02/10/2018 3:40:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 9, 2018 | Dianne Apen-Sadler
    This is the adorable moment a sneaky cat broke two misbehaving dogs out of a pet carrier their owner placed them in for acting up. In the clip Tuxedo the cat wrestles with the door, pulling it sideways to create a slight gap as the camera zooms in on his antics. The opening proves too small for the two pooches trapped inside, so the black and white cat pulls the entire door off, finally releasing the canine inmates.
  • Hero Labrador Sniffs Out Survivor in Taiwan Quake Wreckage

    02/09/2018 10:27:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | FEB 9, 2018,
    A rookie golden labrador on his first ever mission has won praise for helping Taiwanese search and rescue workers find two people trapped in a severely damaged building following a deadly earthquake. Four-year-old Tie Hsiung, whose name translates to "Iron Hero", braved dangerous aftershocks on his first field test to search for survivors after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck the popular eastern tourist city of Hualien on Tuesday, killing 10 people. Thanks to the determined dog, one person trapped for 15 hours was finally located relatively unscathed and pulled from the wreckage of the precariously leaning Marshal Hotel. "The terrain was...