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  • Putin: "I didnt mean to scare Angela Merkel With My Dog.

    02/08/2016 6:23:40 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 83 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/12/16
    (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin has told a German newspaper he did not mean to scare Chancellor Angela Merkel when he brought his pet Labrador in to meet her during an infamous press conference nine years ago. Merkel, reportedly fearful of dogs since one attacked her in 1995, was photographed looking distinctly uncomfortable when Putin brought his large black Labrador Koni into a meeting at his summer residence in Sochi, Russia, in January 2007. The Russian leader appeared to smirk as he watched his pet approach his uneasy VIP guest. Now, years on, Putin has told German newspaper Bild he had...
  • Door Bell Sound on Debates

    02/06/2016 6:50:30 PM PST · by TheOldSchool · 7 replies
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  • A Ventriloquist and His Dog

    02/01/2016 4:28:15 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2-1-16 | Britain's Got Talent
    A Ventriloquist and His Dog Click on link to see hilarious dog act. https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/xU7FdD1SpHc?rel=0
  • Best behaved dogs in the world?...[Truncated]

    01/31/2016 9:21:26 AM PST · by beaversmom · 47 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | january 26, 2016 | Harriet Mallinson
    Mothers spend their lives making their children kick off dirty shoes before the entering the house.But now one enterprising woman has gone one better and trained her dogs to stop them traipsing mud everywhere.In the brilliant footage filmed in Thailand, the lady is seen waiting at the front door where her four golden retrievers wait patiently in an orderly queue before they are cleaned and allowed into the house.
  • Proof your cat loves you FIVE times less than your dog

    01/31/2016 7:33:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/31/2016 | By Lorraine Fisher
    Are you a dog or cat person? Does a dog's eager friendliness make him superior to an elegantly aloof feline, or vice versa? It's a debate that has divided animal lovers for generations. Now a new BBC documentary is seeking to resolve the question by discovering definitively which species has the edge: Britain's eight million cats, or its nine million canines. In Cats Vs Dogs, animal experts Chris Packham and Liz Bonnin team up with scientists and vets to put our two favourite pets to the test in a host of different categories. Think you know which one will win?...
  • Trump gives $100K to group that trains dogs to help veterans

    01/30/2016 7:42:05 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 30, 2016 | Caitlin Yilek
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday presented a check for $100,000 to an organization that trains dogs for veterans with PTSD and mobility issues. Trump gave the check to the Puppy Jake Foundation during a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa, with Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. Three dogs and Puppy Jake representatives came onstage to receive the donation...
  • Three-Legged Pit Bull Seen as Hero for Taking Bullet for Family

    01/28/2016 9:45:14 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Gazette Extra ^ | Saturday, January 23, 2016 | Frank Schultz
    Levi got up on his three legs and hobbled over to nuzzle the legs of a Gazette photographer and reporter as they entered his house Saturday. Not bad for a dog who was shot in the head four days earlier. Levi, who is small for a pit bull and as loving as a dog can get, took the bullet on behalf of his owners the night of Jan. 19, when a man with a gun entered the house. He had lost his front right leg in an accident in 2014. More on that later. Darcy Cherry and her longtime boyfriend,...
  • Cats better than women, versus claims that dogs are better than men (vanity)

    01/22/2016 7:27:09 PM PST · by Utilizer · 71 replies
    http://freerepublic.com/tag/*/index ^ | Friday January 22, 18:51.13 GMT-0800 2016 | Self
    Ignore the thread link. It only goes to the FR Index page. Got some bad news today. JRandomFreeper has passed away, and that coupled with a good friend and neighbor suddenly passing away last October, I am in need of some relief for the depression this news has brought about. So, in an effort to dispel the gloom and provide an atmosphere for others to take their minds off of the loss of a good FReeper, I present this Oldie-but-Moldy concept. Hope it brings a smile here and there despite the tears. So: === Cats are better than women because:...
  • The Big Search to Find Out Where Dogs Come From

    01/20/2016 7:14:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 18, 2016 | James Gorman
    Before humans milked cows, herded goats or raised hogs, before they invented agriculture, or written language, before they had permanent homes, and most certainly before they had cats, they had dogs. Or dogs had them, depending on how you view the human-canine arrangement. But scientists are still debating exactly when and where the ancient bond originated. And a large new study being run out of the University of Oxford here, with collaborators around the world, may soon provide some answers.
  • Warning, cuteness alert! Reagan the Labradoodle sends internet into overdrive

    01/15/2016 3:45:02 PM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    Warning, cuteness alert! Reagan the Labradoodle sends internet into overdrive as he's dressed up in matching outfits with his owner's grandson A fluffy dog who dresses up in identical outfits to his owner's grandson is taking the internet by storm with these adorable images. Reagan, a two-year-old Australian Labradoodle, lives with Sandi Swiridoff and has taken a shine to her foster grandchild.
  • A Man's Dog

    01/14/2016 12:00:26 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 3 replies
    1/13/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    In The Moonlighter movie, 1953, Fred MacMurray's dog alterts him to a prowling cougar. The dog is game, prompts him to the hunt, locates the cougar, MacMurray shoots the cat, he has to pull the dog off the dead cat.A great dog, a man's dog, the dog of a boy's heart. Not particularly large, a medium small dog.Such a dog is Sheldon.A 10 second Sheldon movie. https://www.facebook.com/kardiokult.life/videos/1692003041083875/
  • Dogs can read human emotions, study finds (only other species shown to be capable of this)

    01/13/2016 5:26:46 PM PST · by presidio9 · 132 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 13 Jan 2016 | Sophie Jamieson
    Dogs really are man's best friend, it seems, as researchers have shown they can recognise emotions in humans by combining information from different senses. They are the only creatures outside of humans who have been observed to have that ability. -SNIP- "Our study shows that dogs have the ability to integrate two different sources of sensory information into a coherent perception of emotion in both humans and dogs. "To do so requires a system of internal categorisation of emotional states. This cognitive ability has until now only been evidenced in primates and the capacity to do this across species only...
  • Do Dogs Know Other Dogs Are Dogs?

    01/01/2016 7:11:33 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 87 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 12-29-15 | Julie Hecht
    This is not a philosophical riddle. Despite their highly variable appearance, dogs can recognize each other by sight alone. Do you see dogs everywhere? My ears perk up to the jingle jangle of metal-on-metal, hopeful that it predicts a dog and his collar, disappointed when it turns out to be keys on a belt (boring). A person walking down the street with their arm outstretched holds the promise of a leash with a dog on the other end (sometimes it's a stroller holding a kid. Oh well). From a distance, my eyes play a cruel trick on me, where shopping...
  • This Man Rescued a Puppy and She Helped Him Learn to Love Life Again (PHOTOS)

    12/31/2015 8:26:44 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 46 replies
    OneGreenPlanet ^ | 30 Dec, 2015 | Latrice Harrison
    It is no secret that living with animals is good for your health. According to WebMD, those with pets have lower blood pressure, stronger hearts, better immune systems, and a lower incidence of depression than their pet-free peers. In fact, pets have proven to be a great way to help depressed people find motivation in their lives, which is how Hanna the dog met her new papa. At the time that Hanna came into his life, this Imgur user was experiencing a bit of a slump. But just one look at this eight-week-old ball of cuteness, and he immediately began...
  • LOOK: A Family Set Up a Christmas Table Just for the Dogs

    12/30/2015 12:32:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Furr family really loves dogs. This year they set up a table for the 'kids' -- their pup and seven of his friends. They were served a beautiful selection of rawhide bones. Perhaps the most amazing thing about this photo is how the Kentucky couple were able to get eight dogs to pose perfectly for a picture!
  • Dog Killed in Terror Siege to be Awarded Medal for Bravery

    12/28/2015 11:46:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Diesel, a Parisian police dog that was killed in a terror siege on November 18, will be awarded a medal for bravery, Buzzfeed News reports. Diesel was a 7-year-old Belgian Shepherd and was killed during the raid that also killed two suspected terrorists, including one of the masterminds of the November 13 attack. Diesel will be awarded the Dickin Medal for his bravery and work. Major RULP Jean-Marc Lenglet from the French National Police, said: "Diesel's handler has been deeply affected by the death of his dog, as have many thousands of well-wishers who sent messages of condolence for Diesel...
  • Dogs Mimic Each Other’s Expressions, Too

    12/27/2015 12:35:34 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 12-22-15 | Rachel Nuwer
    This week, millions of people around the world will no doubt experience rapid mimicry-an involuntary, split-second mirroring of another person's facial expressions-as they exchange smiles over gifts, good meals and holiday traditions. This phenomenon, observed in humans and many other primates, is considered a basic building block of our ability to feel empathy. "When your companion or friend smiles, you don't know why exactly, but you immediately react with the same smile to him or her," says Elisabetta Palagi, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Pisa in Italy. "It’s an extremely important phenomenon, because through this mimicry you can...
  • Shy Shelter Dog's Reaction To Getting Adopted Is The Definition Of Joy On Earth

    12/24/2015 12:23:22 PM PST · by RummyChick · 46 replies
    huffpo ^ | 12/23 | Cavan Sieczkowski
    A shy shelter dog turned into a jumping, tail-wagging bundle of joy when he was adopted by a loving family.
  • CORONA: Stinky strategy punishes package pilferers(Corona, California)

    12/23/2015 12:01:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | Dec. 22, 2015 | Anne Millerbernd
    CORONA: Stinky strategy punishes package pilferers Corona-area residents are setting out prop packages filled with poo to prevent pilfering. They say mail thieves are getting out of control in their neighborhoods. Fed up with thieves stealing their precious packages, Corona-area residents have banded together to teach them a smelly lesson. "They're calling it a movement," said Michaela Roekle, who set a box of her own out a few days ago. In a prop package with a fake address label attached, Roekle placed a special gift from her son, Braven, and dog, Midnight. It's sat on her stoop Tuesday, waiting for...
  • Canine Copycats Can Mirror Other Dogs' Emotions (Dogs Read Feelings)

    12/23/2015 11:27:24 AM PST · by goldstategop · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/23/2015 | Helen Briggs
    Dogs can copy each other's expressions in a split-second just like people, showing signs of basic empathy, according to Italian researchers. Mimicking each other's facial expressions is a human habit, which helps people to get along. Dogs do the same to bond with other dogs, scientists report in the journal, Royal Society Open Science. They think dogs may be showing a basic built-in form of empathy, enabling them to pick up on emotions. And the phenomenon may have emerged in our canine companions during the process of domestication, say scientists from the Natural History Museum, University of Pisa.
  • Café For Stray Dogs: Greek Coffee House Lets Sleeping Dogs Lie Inside During Winter

    12/22/2015 12:36:49 PM PST · by windcliff · 11 replies
    YahooNews.com ^ | 12-22-15 | unknown
    A cafe in Greece is letting stray dogs sleep inside the premises at night to take shelter from the winter cold. The Hott Spott cafe on the island of Lesbos has opened its doors to the animals who have nowhere else to sleep. An image of dogs sleeping inside the cafe was posted on Facebook earlier this month and has almost 1,500 likes. It was posted by Eustratios Papanis, assistant professor of sociology at the University of the Aegean. He wrote: This picture was taken at a coffee shop in the island of Lesvos, North Aegean Sea, Greece. The country...
  • Blue Lives Matter

    12/19/2015 2:51:55 PM PST · by GilGil · 7 replies
    Blue Lives Matter ^ | 10/30/2015 | Blue Lives Matter
    I saw this great video of police dogs in action, and this reminded me of Trump. Trump has the same attitude in his approach to running and winning the presidency which is to go after the bad guys and savage them. This is simply an amazing video. Enjoy!
  • Dog has been man's best friend for 33,000 years, DNA study finds

    12/16/2015 6:04:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 15, 2015 | Staff
    Man's best friend came about after generations of wolves scavenged alongside humans more than 33,000 years ago in south east Asia, according to new research. Dogs became self-domesticated as they slowly evolved from wolves who joined humans in the hunt, according to the first study of dog genomes. And it shows that the first domesticated dogs came about 33,000 years ago and migrated to Europe, rather than descending from domesticated European wolves 10,000 years ago as had previously been thought.
  • The 29 Best Guard Dogs

    12/12/2015 12:17:03 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 189 replies
    Pet Breeds ^ | 19 Oct, 2015 | Jackie Lam
    Large dogs are held in high esteem for a variety of reasons: for their large stature, their strength, and their protective nature and keen watchdog abilities. If you're looking for a reliable canine defender, it's important to consider not only the physical attributes of a dog breed, but its temperament, as well. Using data from Animal Planet, PetBreeds found the 29 best guard dogs and ranked them by popularity, according to the 2014 AKC popularity rankings. (Three dog breeds that had no ranking were put at the bottom of the list.) Criteria used included that the breed must possess a...
  • Why We Returned Our Adorable Puppy to the Breeder [horrible article - great reader comment]

    12/08/2015 11:39:28 AM PST · by grundle · 25 replies
    Yahoo! Parenting ^ | December 8, 2015
    The trouble began the first hour Eevee was in our house. We tried to put her in the crate, which something Lambic never minded, so we could eat lunch, but Eevee wouldn't stop crying and barking. During her first two weeks with us, we slept with pillows over our heads to drown out her barking at bedtime. I work from home most days and thought that would make housetraining easier, but I soon realized it made it harder because there was no set schedule or routine for Eevee. Some days she wouldn’t go in the crate at all. Other days...
  • Pitbull owner faces murder charge after dogs maul, kill 4-year-old ( Detroit )

    12/08/2015 7:16:10 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    CNN - Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | December 7, 2015 | Sarah Jorgensen
    The owner of four pitbulls is facing a murder charge after his dogs mauled to death a 4-year-old boy in Detroit, Michigan. Geneke Antonio Lyons, 41, was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and possessing dangerous animals causing death, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. The vicious attack occurred last week as the boy and his mother were walking together down the street. The dogs attacked the pair and dragged the child under a fence and into Lyons' backyard, where the boy was found lying on his back with "massive wounds," according to the prosecutor's office. Three of the dogs...
  • Pit Bulls Kill 4-Year-Old Boy in Detroit Neighborhood

    12/02/2015 2:03:19 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    abc news ^ | Dec 2, 2015
    Police say a pack of pit bulls yanked a 4-year-old Detroit boy away from his mother and mauled him to death. ... The attack occurred while the boy was walking with his mother. A witness, Nyasha Reid, says the mother screamed, "They got my baby." .. the dogs dragged the boy back to where they live. ..the mother tried to fight the dogs off.
  • Coyote enters Laguna Beach home and snatches pet Chihuahua, owners say

    11/29/2015 9:39:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 134 replies
    L A Times ^ | Jeremiah Dobruck
    John Fischer, who lives in the 500 block of Oak Street with his wife, said the couple's three Chihuahuas started barking about 7:45 p.m. Fischer, who was in the kitchen, didn't think much of the noise. The dogs were in the bedroom with his week-old granddaughter, and he assumed they were reacting to a visitor they were expecting. But as he left the kitchen, Fischer glimpsed something running out of the bedroom and into the yard. It was a coyote, and it was carrying something. ... Fischer had enough time to see the animal had seized Eloise, an 8-year-old Chihuahua....
  • Two people, dog saved from rushing waters in McKinney (most importantly, the dog was saved;-)

    11/27/2015 4:09:05 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    Friday morning in McKinney. Shortly after 3 a.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to find a man trapped in a tree off Eldorado Parkway near College Street. Rushing water had swept up the man, whom authorities did not identify, and his dog. The man called 911 from the tree, unsure of his exact location but relaying to dispatchers that he was scared the water would overtake him and he'd lose service to his phone, according to Stacie Durham, spokeswoman for the McKinney Fire Department. A search team was able to use pings from his cellphone during his 911 call to determine...
  • Oliver the Goldendoodle attracts an army of followers on Instagram in his fancy dress poses

    11/24/2015 10:58:28 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 11-24-15 | Sara Malm
    A dog has amassed an army of fans online after his owners began photographing him dressed up in funny outfits Go to link to see these clever pictures of a VERY PATIENT dog.
  • #JeSuisUnChien: Hero K9 Killed by Female Suicide Bomber in Paris

    11/18/2015 8:31:35 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-18-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    NEWS & POLITICS TRENDING ELECTION HOMELAND SECURITY PARENTING FAITH LIFESTYLE search font directup font directdown print FACEBOOKSHARE TWITTERTWEET GOOGLEPLUSSHARE EMAILEMAIL TRENDING #JeSuisUnChien: Hero K9 Killed by Female Suicide Bomber in Paris BY MICHAEL VAN DER GALIEN NOVEMBER 18, 2015 CHAT 1 COMMENTS Earlier today, French police surrounded and then raided an apartment building in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris. According to French authorities, several radical Muslims were hiding in the building, among whom -- they suspected -- was the mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdel-Hamid Abu Oud (also written as Abdelhamid Abaaoud). During the siege, at least three terrorists were...
  • Planned Parenthood (Hearts) Money (Talk About Pure Evil)

    11/17/2015 8:44:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2015 | Catherine Glenn Foster
    Do you remember a few weeks ago when Planned Parenthood magnanimously offered to forego payment for its "donations" of baby body parts you know, out of the goodness of its heart? Well, maybe its heart is still a few sizes too small, because the abortion giant is still profiting hand over fist from this arrangement. Here's one of the dirty little secrets of abortion dealers: When an abortion is over, the growing baby has not magically disappeared. There's still a little boy or girl lying on a tray or in a machine. Abortion businesses know this. They employ "products of...
  • Why dogs will eat anything, but cats are fussy: Study reveals felines are more sensitive to [tr]

    11/17/2015 5:54:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 16, 2015 | Cheyenne MacDonald
    Cats have long been notorious for their picky eating habits, but a new study now suggests that humans shouldn't be too quick to dismiss a cat's selective behaviour as finicky. The study from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia found that pickiness may not be the cause of feline food aversions. Instead, the presence of bitter tastes may raise cautionary flags to these carnivores.
  • A penguin's best friend: guard dogs needed to save Middle Island colony from foxes

    11/16/2015 5:58:54 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 September 15 | Oliver Milman
    Two new guard dogs are being urgently sought to help protect one of the last colonies of little penguins on Australia’s coastline. ... The colony of little penguins on Middle Island, off the coastal town of Warrnambool in Victoria, was virtually wiped out by foxes in the 1990s and early 2000s. In one attack 360 of the diminutive birds were killed; the local newspaper described it as a “massacre”. The ongoing threat prompted a local chicken farmer to suggest using maremmas to guard the penguins. The working dogs, usually deployed to protect livestock, were sent to Middle Island in 2006....
  • Family's pet pit bull kills 11-month-old in Oneida County

    11/16/2015 10:50:40 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 48 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse, New York ^ | November 16, 2015 at 12:58 PM | By Elizabeth Doran
    An 11-month-old boy was attacked and killed by the family's pet pit bull last night, according to Oneida County Sheriff Robert M. Maciol. The incident occurred about 7:15 p.,m. at a home at 2700 State Route 12B in the town of Marshall in Oneida County. The 2-year-old pit bull named Diesel was in the family's living room playing with Lisa M. Cittadino's three daughters ages 7, 10 and 12, police said. Cittadino, 32, tolid police she turned her back momentarily and then heard screams from her son and daughters. Cittadino said she saw the dog attacking her son, and began...
  • 'Great' Dane: 131-pound dog helps guide 11-year-old with rare genetic condition

    11/12/2015 12:55:34 PM PST · by libstripper · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov. 12, 2015 | Fox News
    Running, riding bikes and even walking had always been a challenge for 11-year-old Bella Burton due to a rare genetic condition she was diagnosed with when she was 2 and a half. But ever since Bella began leaning on George, a 2-year-old Great Dane whom she met about a year ago through a local organization, she has ditched her wheelchair and crutches, and started to do all the things all the other healthy kids her age can with ease, WCVB reported.
  • Dog injured in coyote attack in New Berlin, police have advice (WI)

    11/05/2015 9:54:05 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 56 replies
    Now: Suburban Roundup ^ | 11-2-15 | Jane Ford-Stewart
    New Berlin —In the wake of the Oct. 22 attack on a Bichon poodle in which a coyote carried the dog off but later dropped it, New Berlin police say they have information about what to do in coyote encounters. In the Oct. 22 incident, the dog was near a patio when it was snatched up and the dog owner was actually on the patio. He and his teenage son gave chase making noise and finally the coyote dropped the dog who needed stitches to close its wounds. The attack was the only one that police Capt. Michael Glider said...
  • Coywolf: Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

    11/04/2015 6:47:50 PM PST · by Lorianne · 28 replies
    Economist ^ | 31 October 2015
    It is rare for a new animal species to emerge in front of scientists’ eyes. But this seems to be happening in eastern North America. ___ Like some people who might rather not admit it, wolves faced with a scarcity of potential sexual partners are not beneath lowering their standards. It was desperation of this sort, biologists reckon, that led dwindling wolf populations in southern Ontario to begin, a century or two ago, breeding widely with dogs and coyotes. The clearance of forests for farming, together with the deliberate persecution which wolves often suffer at the hand of man, had...
  • 22 Dogs Extremely Confused By Cats

    10/30/2015 10:52:06 AM PDT · by Twotone · 32 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Oct. 26, 2015 | Chelsea Marshall
    Will you please tell me why this thing is in my house shouting about squatters rights??
  • Standoff in Boulder, Colo.: Prairie dogs hold Buddhist college at bay

    10/30/2015 6:05:52 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    LA Times ^ | 30 Oct 2015 | David Kelly
    For years, Naropa has battled some 150 persistent prairie dogs over 2.5 acres of prime real estate on its Nalanda campus. One side wants to build more classrooms, the other more tunnels. Davis recalled one of her professors asking, "I wonder what we'd do if we ever got termites?"
  • Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

    10/25/2015 8:04:57 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 25 Oct 2015 | Numerous Photographers
    Numerous photos at link from the Tompkins Square Parade in New York.
  • Aboriginal Female Hunters Aided By Dingoes

    10/24/2015 6:23:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    ScienceNetwork WA ^ | Friday, October 23, 2015 | Michelle Wheeler
    In modern society dogs are often referred to as "man's best friend" but according to an archaeological review early Aboriginal society sported a similar relationship between women and dingoes (Canis lupus dingo). The study by UWA and ANU suggests people formed close bonds with dingoes soon after the dogs' arrival on the mainland roughly 4000 years ago, with the dogs enabling women to contribute more hunted food. UWA archaeologist Jane Balme, who led the research, says it is thought the first dingoes arrived on watercraft with people from South East Asia. "What they're doing on the boat is not clear...
  • Dogs 'Can Trace Origins To Central Asia'

    10/21/2015 2:37:41 PM PDT · by blam · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | 10-20-2015 | Paul Rincon
    By Paul Rincon 20 October 2015 Dogs may have become man's best friend in Central Asia, according to the study Today's dogs can trace their origins to Central Asia, according to one of the most comprehensive genetic surveys yet. Dogs are the most diverse animal on the planet - a legacy of thousands of years of selective breeding by humans. But they derive from wild wolves that were gradually tamed and inducted into human hunting groups - perhaps near Mongolia or Nepal. The findings come from an analysis of DNA from thousands of pooches, and are published in PNAS journal....
  • First Gene-Edited Dogs Reported in China

    10/20/2015 6:59:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 10/19/2015 | By Antonio Regalado
    Beagles named Hercules, at left, and Tiangou are the worlds first gene-edited dogs. =============================================================================================================================== Mans best friend is now his newest genetic engineering project. Scientists in China say they are the first to use gene editing to produce customized dogs. They created a beagle with double the amount of muscle mass by deleting a gene called myostatin. The dogs have more muscles and are expected to have stronger running ability, which is good for hunting, police (military) applications, Liangxue Lai, a researcher with the Key Laboratory of Regenerative Biology at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, said in an...
  • WHAT IS THE POINT OF A PUGAND 19 OTHER DOG BREEDS?

    10/18/2015 3:00:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | October 15, 2015 | DAN NOSOWITZ
    Best friends. (Photo:artvintage1800s.etsy.com/flickr)It can be hard to look at a modern dog breed and see any sort of use for it other than a snuggle buddy. Dog breeds have been systematically manipulated by humans to exemplify certain traits which may or may not have any relation to the purpose that type of dog originally served.What, in short, is the point of a pug?Almost everysingle dog we love today once had a real purposeand the ones that didn't are sometimes the most fascinating. We surveyed the first 20 breeds of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club, and delved into their...
  • (Felony Stupid) ... Florida Drunk Driving Suspect Claims His Dog Was Driving the Car

    10/14/2015 1:25:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 13 October 2015 | Mark Molloy
    Drunk driving suspect claims his dog was driving the car The dog was nowhere to be seen, but that didnt stop one drunk driving suspect from blaming his pet. Florida resident Reliford Cooper III was arrested after crashing his car and promptly gave police a rather unbelievable 'excuse'. "Who was chasing me?" he asked the officer, adding: "My dog was driving that car, I ran 'cause I wanted to. You aint gonna find no drugs or guns on me." Mr Cooper is alleged to have ignored a stop sign and travelled across two ditches before crashing into an occupied...
  • Your Unsocialized Hound Is Not A Service Dog!

    10/12/2015 7:54:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Dr. Ian Kupkee
    Ah, the fake service dog. Like out-of-sync traffic lights and above-ground power lines, theyre one of those things that make my normally mild British temperament fall by the wayside. Allow me to rephrase that - its not the dogs that make my blood boil, but rather their owners. Who are these people? Youve probably seen them. For me, the most recent was a lady in the grocery store with a teacup poodle in a Coach purse. Before that, there was the guy in the health food store pushing a Yorkshire terrier in a stroller. A few years ago it was...
  • Otago Researchers Sequence Kuri Dog Genomes

    10/08/2015 1:55:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    University of Otago ^ | Thursday, October 8, 2015 | Ms Karen Greig
    The genetic heritage of New Zealand's first dog, the now extinct kuri, is being unravelled by University of Otago scientists using state-of-the-art ancient DNA analysis. University of Otago PhD student Karen Greig has sequenced the complete, or near complete, mitochondrial genomes of 14 kuri represented by bones recovered from Wairau Bar, one on New Zealand's earliest and most important archaeological sites. Kuri were smallish dogs about the size of cocker spaniels and were brought to New Zealand from East Polynesia in the colonising canoes that arrived in the early fourteenth century AD. They were the only domesticated animal to be...
  • They Didnt Do Anything Wrong, Dogs Could Be Euthanized for Barking at Neighbor

    10/07/2015 12:34:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    KFOR ^ | OCTOBER 7, 2015 | K. QUERRY
    A Florida woman is fighting to keep two of her dogs alive after they were deemed dangerous by animal control. Stephanie Castro has fostered a 2-year-old Whippet mix, named Princess, and a 6-month-old hound pitbull mix, named Duke. In August, a neighbor called animal control after the dogs got out of Castros house and began barking. She admits the dogs should not have been loose. However, she says animal control came back to her home three other times in the span of a month. The second time, they told her the dogs would be deemed dangerous. After being deemed dangerous,...
  • Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs

    10/05/2015 7:49:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs Msgr. Charles Pope • October 4, 2015 • Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington D.C., we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (one day early, on Saturday, Oct 3rd) with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake!Over the years, I have shared with the dog owners a list of “Things we can learn from dogs” (see below). When I was growing up, we always...