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  • WATCH: Dogs dress up for ‘Howliday’ party at the U.S. Capitol

    12/12/2017 9:10:43 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    kxan ^ | December 12, 2017 | Kate Winkle
    A Christmas party for the canines happened Monday in the nation’s capital. A few members of congress and staffers were there, too. It was all for the first-ever “bi-pawtisan howliday” party — in which House members and their staff brought their dogs to the U.S. Capitol. Dogs big and small showed up in their best outfits. Some sported full-on elf costumes or reindeer antlers, while others went with festive collars instead. Rep. Lamar Smith from Texas hosted the bash alongside two representatives from Florida.
  • Owner shares pictures of her 'Grinch-like' Siberian husky Anuko who always has a grumpy [tr]

    12/12/2017 5:34:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 11, 2017 | Alexander Robertson
    A doting owner has taken a series of photographs of her Grinch-like dog - who definitely isn't feeling the Christmas spirit. Jasmine Milton, 20, adopted Siberian husky Anuko when he was just eight-weeks-old and claims he's always had a grumpy face.
  • Dogs Are Twice as Smart as Cats, Says Brain Comparison Study

    12/05/2017 7:36:59 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 81 replies
    Se ^ | 1 Dec, 2017 | Jen Viegas
    Dogs and raccoons are among the most intelligent animals on Earth, according to a new investigation of mammal brains. ntelligence is hard to define in humans, but much less in other animals. One reason is that all species have evolved to be as “smart” as is necessary for their survival. In fact, some of the most populous animals on the planet have relatively unimpressive brains. “Mice have tiny brains with few neurons and, if asked, they would certainly say that they're doing very well, thank you,” Suzana Herculano-Houzel of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute told Seeker. Dogs have average-sized brains, so...
  • Inside India's first dog hotel: Pampered pooches enjoy velvet beds, spa treatments

    12/05/2017 7:27:28 PM PST · by mairdie · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 December 2017 | Jennifer Newton
    With velvet beds, a relaxing spa, 24-hour medical care and a fully stocked bar - Critterati sounds like the ultimate luxury hotel. But rather than cater for humans, the hotel in the Indian city of Gurugram is the first in South Asia to be exclusively for dogs. Owners can book in their pets for a $70-a-night stay (£52) in one of the suites at Critterati or send them for a day trip.
  • Cats vs dogs: Which pet is smarter?

    12/04/2017 3:15:54 PM PST · by mairdie · 88 replies
    Daily News ^ | January 19, 2012 | Kate Greene
    Posted for Daffynition: Researchers at CanCog Technologies, a private institution in Toronto that studies behavior and aging in companion animals, have tested dogs and cats on the same tasks, using cats that show the same level of interest in food rewards as the dogs. They found that cats make more errors than dogs and require more trials to learn the same tasks.
  • Then and now pictures that capture their pets as puppies and as even cuter adult dogs

    12/04/2017 7:12:47 AM PST · by mairdie · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2017 | Stephanie Linning
    These adorable then and now pictures capture adorable puppies growing into even cuter adult dogs. Proud owners posed for photos with their beloved pooches, with many holding and carrying their dogs like they did when they were just puppies. The heart-warming snaps show owners struggling under the weight of their hefty huskies and sizeable Samoyeds, or being squished beneath a rather large St Bernard.
  • Pet owners share hilarious snaps that prove cats and dogs really are natural born enemies

    12/03/2017 6:49:20 PM PST · by mairdie · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 December 2017 | Molly Rose Pike
    Everyone knows that cats and dogs have a natural rivalry, but what happens when they're both forced to live under the same roof? Hilarity ensues, of course. Pet owners from all around the world have been sharing hilarious snaps of cats and dogs at war in an online gallery.
  • Sorry, Grumpy Cat: Study finds dogs are brainier than cats

    11/30/2017 2:24:06 PM PST · by JimSEA · 37 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/29/2017 | Vanderbilt University
    There's a new twist to the perennial argument about which is smarter, cats or dogs. It has to do with their brains, specifically the number of neurons in their cerebral cortex: the "little gray cells" associated with thinking, planning and complex behavior -- all considered hallmarks of intelligence. The first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs, has found that dogs possess significantly more of them than cats. "In this study, we were interested in comparing different species of carnivorans to see how the numbers of...
  • Dogs really ARE smarter than cats: Canines have more than twice as many brain cells linked to

    11/30/2017 10:05:04 AM PST · by ColdOne · 115 replies ^ | 11/30/17 | Harry Pettit
    Full title........................Dogs really ARE smarter than cats: Canines have more than twice as many brain cells linked to intelligence............ The debate over whether dogs or cats are the smartest pet has raged for decades, if not centuries. But in a twist that is sure to ruffle the fur of cat-lovers, new research shows that dogs are more intelligent than their feline foes after all. Experts showed that dogs have more than twice as many brain cells in a region linked with thinking, planning and other complex behaviours.
  • UPS drivers made a Facebook page for dogs they meet. We’re in love

    11/26/2017 8:18:10 AM PST · by bgill · 23 replies
    all the moms ^ | Nov. 24, 2017 | Sonja Haller
    This holiday season UPS drivers will be delivering packages of joy to homes in the form of electronics, toys and ugly Christmas sweaters. But we’re most thankful for what these drivers are gifting us just by looking at our Facebook feed. Every day, a new set of adorable mugs greet us as drivers complete their routes. “During each day, drivers encounter many dogs, most friendly and some not so nice. When time permits, drivers snap a photo and send it in to UPS Dogs. Our followers love the photos and the stories told as we share our love of these...
  • Best Friends With Benefits: Dog Owners Live Longer, Study Finds

    11/23/2017 9:04:15 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    Study Finds ^ | 11-21-2017 | Daniel Steingold
    UPPSALA, Sweden — Thinking of getting a pet, but not sure it’s worth it? Some new research may change your mind. A new study finds that dog owners enjoy longer lives than others. Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden looked at a broad set of data on more than 3.4 million healthy adult Swedes between ages 40 and 80 to determine whether dog ownership could help prevent cardiovascular disease. Man carrying dog A new study finds that dog owners may live longer thanks to lower rates of heart disease and other deadly ailments. (Photo by Jordan Koons on Unsplash) Interestingly,...
  • Seven Things Conservatives Should Be Thankful For

    11/23/2017 4:32:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | November 23, 2017 | Kurt Schlichter
    If you listen to the nattering nabobs of social media negativity, and you shouldn’t, you might get the false impression that our dreams of a conservative future are imploding. You would be wrong. There is a lot for conservatives to be thankful for, and we’re winning. To paraphrase noted tax reform advocate Wesley Snipes in Passenger 57, always bet on red.No. 1: Be Thankful That Hillary Is Not Our President.Every day, it is a joy to awaken, unlike Hillary Clinton, without a hangover. Oh yes, and also to awaken knowing that Felonia von Pantsuit is not, and will never be,...
  • Is Kris Kristofferson's wedding-planning dog drama already the worst movie of 2018?

    11/22/2017 12:45:36 PM PST · by Simon Green · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/22/17 | Stuart Heritage
    Best Friend From Heaven sees Kristofferson voice a dead pooch sent back to earth to arrange his owner’s nuptials. It’s a new low for the ‘talking animals’ genre You would think that, by now, people would have stopped making films about talking animals. You would think that, after witnessing the monstrosities that were Andy the Talking Hedgehog, A Talking Cat!?! and Kevin Spacey’s Nine Lives, producers would run a giddy mile from such a flat-out dismal genre. And yet. Not only is there a new contender in town, but it might be the most inexplicable of them all. The...
  • Shuwaymis (oldest leashed dog carvings) (Seems to be origin of large number of new articles)

    11/19/2017 6:19:12 AM PST · by mairdie · 26 replies
    Shuwaymis is an area about 370 km southwest of the city of Ha’il, near the town of al-Ha’it, in southern Ha’il province. The petroglyphs were known by local Bedouin for centuries, but only drawn to the attention of authorities by a local school headmaster, Mamdouh al Rasheedi, in 2001. Professor Saad Abdul Aziz al-Rashid, calls Shuwaymis “a unique and very important find.” The setting differs significantly from Jubbah in being surrounded by striking lava flows that impede travel, especially by camels and horses. Wadis are therefore important avenues for herders, and it is in these valleys that Neolithic and later...
  • Adopting a dog could lengthen your life, study says

    11/17/2017 5:24:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    CBS ^ | November 17, 2017, 10:54 AM | Robert Preidt HealthDay
    Here's to keeping your health on a tight leash: New research suggests that having a dog might boost a single person's life span. The study tracked more than 3.4 million Swedes, middle-aged and older, for 12 years. All were free of heart disease at the beginning of the study. The researchers reported that dog owners who lived alone were 11 percent less likely to die of heart disease and a third less likely to die from any cause, compared with those who lived alone and didn't have a dog. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but its lead researcher said there...
  • City needs good dogs to handle rat epidemic The Chicago Way

    11/15/2017 8:01:59 AM PST · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/10/2017 | John Kass
    Chicago is said to be the rat capital of America. The city is expected to break last year’s record for the number of rat complaints. “Walking to the subway after work, I looked down and there was a rat walking alongside me,” said a trained journalist not given to exaggeration. “It was gigantic, like a small dog or a fat squirrel. It just walked along without fear.” But don’t worry, Chicago. I’ve got a guy. And I hope Mayor Rahm Emanuel is listening. Jordan Reed, the legendary American rat catcher, is known far and wide in the rat-hunting community for...
  • Texas Church Shooter Claimed He Used Dogs As Target Practice, Says Former Colleague

    11/10/2017 3:48:54 PM PST · by ETL · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 10, 2017 | Hilary Hanson
    Jessika Edwards told CNN that she and Devin Kelley worked together at Hollomon Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 to 2012. Kelley was released from the military on a bad-conduct discharge in 2014 after serving time for assaulting his wife and stepson. Edwards said that when the two made contact on Facebook in 2014, Kelley said he had been purchasing dogs through Craigslist and then using them for “target practice.” While in the Air Force, she said, Kelley was preoccupied with mass murders and made jokes about killing people. ..." In 2014, the same year he allegedly made...
  • Lab’s Nose Knows When Diabetic Emergency Lurking

    11/05/2017 9:30:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | October 27, 2017 | Lynh Bui
    Slash the chocolate Lab jumped into Kate Rondelli’s bed in the middle of the night Tuesday, licking her face to wake her up. There was trouble. The dog led her to her son’s room, where Rondelli tested her 4-year-old’s blood sugar levels: Over 400 milligrams per deciliter, more than twice the maximum range desirable for the little boy with Type 1 diabetes. Rondelli quickly gave her son, Mylon, insulin to stabilize his levels, averting a possible medical emergency. “His nose is always working,” Rondelli said. Slash is a diabetes detection dog, trained to alert Rondelli when her son’s blood sugar...
  • Humans love dogs more than other people: study

    11/01/2017 7:24:27 AM PDT · by familyop · 73 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 31, 2017 | David K. Li
    Humans love dogs more than their fellow man. Two major studies showed that mankind has more empathy for pooches in dire circumstances than suffering people, according to a report in the Times of London. A UK medical research charity staged two phony donation campaigns – one with a dog and the other featuring a man. Of course, the pooch drew more contributions. “Would you give pounds 5 to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?” the separate ads said, featuring a canine and human “Harrison.” Then a Northeastern University study showed that only a baby human could compete with man’s...
  • Puppy dog eyes really DO exist to pull at our heartstrings: Canines know [tr]

    10/19/2017 6:30:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 19, 2017 | Tom Collins
    Dogs really do put on their puppy eyes to pull on our emotional heartstrings, new research has found. Experts found that pet pooches raise their brows when they are being looked at, making their eyes look bigger, as well as pulling a number of other expressions. Our manipulative four legged friends do not respond with more facial expressions upon seeing tasty food, however. This suggests that they change facial expressions to communicate and not just because they are excited.