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Jan
Northern California
Jan's evil twin
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The Golden Poodle award goes to Mugly, the World’s Ugliest Dog 2012 and retired therapy dog who was recently awarded the Heroic Hounds award 2016 because of all the people whose lives he has touched. The Lizard Brain award goes to Hope Sanchez, the 38-year-old college instructor who lied about finding an abandoned puppy and made a false police report. We hope you look good in orange. The Neanderthal award goes to the breeder of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Thirty years after Harvey Milk rose to power in San Francisco on the issue of dog poop, a group of irate dog owners met with the Board of Supervisors. The federal government had threatened to enforce leash laws on federal parkland that the city had originally given to them. Dog owners were beyond angry and the meeting got raucous and out of control. Federal law prohibits unleashed dogs in federal parks. A young member of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Dogs have played a big role in San Francisco politics where there are more dog owners than parents of human children. Two civic leaders---Harvey Milk and Gavin Newsom—rose to power in very different ways in different decades, but it all started with dogs. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official in the country. He was portrayed by Sean Penn in the Academy Award-winning movie, Milk. Milk spent his early life in various closets... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Kevin Schultz AP Unlike most major cities, San Francisco has more dogs than children. As a result through the years dog owners have had tremendous political clout. They are passionate enough to march on city hall, disrupt meetings and fund costly lawsuits over off-leash space. Some have even broken laws when they didn’t get their way. To many of them forcing a dog to wear a leash is restricting not just the dog’s freedom, it... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Unless there is a large protective dog involved. Watch the rear window roll down then roll back up. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Thanks for letting us know about this, Cyndi. Comedy Plus, you sound like such a loving dog person. I hope you get another one soon.
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As neighborhood fireworks start going off with the start of July, Misty the alpha Poodle explains to the other dogs about taxation without representation, the Boston Tea Party, the Continental Congress, the shot heard round the world, and the Battle at Yorktown. No matter how logical the explanation is for the celebrating, Chamois, the generic dog, is frightened by the noise in spite of all our efforts. This year it might be different. For the... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Savannah, Georgia’s baseball team, the “Savannah Bananas” (don’t you love the name? ...the fighting Bananas...Go, Bananas!!) has a new team member who is about the size of home plate. She was found crying in the stadium parking lot with no tags, collar or microchip. She is about eight weeks old and weighs a little more that a bunch of bananas. After getting a clean bill of health from the vet, she was adopted by the... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Credit: Pawsome Pictures Most dogs don’t like being dropped off at doggie day care while the family has adventures without them. But Riley, an outgoing Golden Retriever from North Carolina, escaped his yard to pop in on his buddies at the Happy Dog Café. His owner Tonia Mosteller left him in her backyard while she ran a few errands. Riley managed to lift the latch on the gate to make his getaway. You can imagine... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Getty images Mugly, a Chinese Crested dog, won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California in 2012 after winning England’s Ugliest Dog contest. Yes, Mugly is that ugly -- with his bald, wrinkled body, beady eyes and crooked whiskers. But the worth of a dog is not measured by cuteness. What he lacks in beauty he makes up for in personality and sensitivity, according to everyone who knows him. Mugly spent... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Four-year-old Lincoln has severe allergies to pollen. Doctors asked his family to keep him indoors during the pollen season. The good news is he is not allergic to animals. So he got a Saint Bernard puppy named Bulzer to keep him company. He was told to watch training videos on YouTube to learn how to train Bulzer. Lincoln decided to eliminate the middleman and have Bulzer watch the videos. His mother took this adorable picture... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Tucson Fire Department photo When I first started this blog there were stories about firefighters saving the family dog by administering CPR--mouth to snout resuscitation. The families were grateful and often the rescuer took some good natured teasing from their colleagues. Through the years departments have realized how important pets are and have invested in or accepted donations for pet oxygen masks. Tucson Fire Engineer Scott Oppel, left, and Capt. Bruce Avram, right, rescued a... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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This regal lady is 90 years old. She has met 12 U.S. presidents and enjoyed high approval ratings from the public. Do you suppose she would take us back? Thanks to Pam Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Stephanie Greene and Max - Facebook photo With a background in firefighting Marty Frost stayed behind in Fort McMurray to assist any way he could when the evacuation order came. He ended up rescuing dozens of pets stranded in homes when the owners couldn’t return in time. His Facebook wall is full of thank you notes from grateful pet owners who might have lost their homes and all their possessions, but not their furry family... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The people at Subaru’s advertising agency, Carmichael Lynch, knew they were filming something special while they were making last year’s “Dream Weekend.” When they got choked up just shooting it, they knew they were not shooting an ordinary commercial. Love--and dogs-- it's what has made Subaru marketing for many years. The spot for the 2016 Impreza tells the story of a young man and his 14-year-old dog experiencing an amazing bucket list journey, which includes... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Unfortunately they are in London and unfortunately it was a one night only promotion by beer brand Reonenbourg 1664. But still... The specially trained Alsatian dogs at the London pop-up, Bar D’Alsace-tian in Soho, wore lightweight miniature barrels around their necks which held a bottle of chilled beer. All pouring was left to those with opposable thumbs. “With Bar D’Alsace-tian, we have man’s best friend delivering one of man’s greatest achievements: the Taste Suprême of... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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At first this looks like a crime scene in the police department parking lot in Parma, Ohio. But after further review there is a really sweet story. A mourning dove built her nest at the base of the windshield on an old police car and laid two eggs. The dove nicknamed Gerty has been there about a week. Officers have supplied a water cup, an umbrella and have even dug up worms to feed her.... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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I’m borrowing this idea from Jodi Stone who ends her week with an amalgam of comments from readers. Dr. Stanley Coren (still my favorite dog writer) made the fur fly with his study on dog hugging in which he suggested that 81% of dogs didn’t like to be hugged based on their body language in pictures. I’m posting some of the comments from my posts on hugging for Follow up Friday. Pam Each of my... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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This is weird. Hope Sanchez, a 38-year-old college instructor in Illinois, brought a puppy to class and told her students she had found the puppy in a taped pillowcase dumped on the side of the road. One of the students told an animal shelter employee who notified the police who then contacted Sanchez. The police took the story of animal abuse seriously and hoped to catch the person who had abandoned the puppy. The story... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Thanks to Pam (pammybean) (who always wants to be first to say it) for the reminder. Costumes can be purchased here. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters On a grassy hillside in the center of Costa Rica is a sanctuary where an estimated 750 to 900 homeless dogs safely roam free. (Getting an accurate count of that many dogs seems to be like herding cats.) It is run by a small staff which feeds, medicates and cleans up after the dogs. Territorio de Zaquates or Land of the Strays is a 375-acre privately funded sanctuary which provides stray dogs... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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GTeam/Shutterstock) Maybe what is stressful is having their picture taken. A couple weeks ago I cited a study by Dr. Stanley Coren in which he examined 250 random pictures of people hugging dogs and he pointed out signs of stress. His conclusion was that 81% of the dogs were uncomfortable and seemed to want the hugging to stop, 11% were neutral and less than 8% enjoyed it. However, Corey Cohen, a companion animal behavior therapist... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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