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Jan
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This post is reprinted from June 19, 2014 Growing up in Indiana, to me soccer is a game played by little girls. I loved playing it. It was my favorite sport through school and into college. I'm not sure when I became aware that grown men played it. And got paid for it. Or that people filled whole stadiums to cheer on their favorite teams. Or that a player might be killed for accidentally scoring... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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This is Fred. He lives in an English castle with his nine fluffy children. He says that being a father is challenging but lots of fun. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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When I first heard that there were implants to replace the testicles of male dogs who had been neutered, I thought it was a joke. But it isn’t. Gregg Miller, the inventor and founder of Neuticles, has become a millionaire since he started the company in the mid-90’s. Neuticles relies on the guilt of the owners. Particularly male owners who have ordered the dog’s testicles to be snipped away. Miller was inspired to create the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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A blind Dachshund named O.J. and his Pit Bull bff, Dozer, were surrendered to the Richmond Animal Care and Control in Virginia because their owner became homeless. From the beginning they were inseparable. O.J. had lost his sight and Dozer serves as his guide dog to keep him from running into things. Their former owner pleaded with the shelter staff to keep the bonded pair together as she could no longer care for them. A... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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A very successful program is operating at Olomana School in Hawaii. It involves at-risk youth and shelter dogs. Twice a week, seventh graders become dog trainers to teach rescue dogs basic obedience. The program is having a positive impact on both the students and the dogs. While the dogs learn to be good citizens to have a better chance of being adopted, the students learn consistency, patience and understanding. The neglected dogs in need of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Getty images Many people talk to dogs in the same high pitched cartoony voice that they use with babies. A team of researchers from UK’s York University, who seemed to have nothing better to do, wanted to see if there was any real benefit to this strange human to animal behavior. And what they found was somewhat surprising. The researchers borrowed 37 pet dogs from volunteers and ran a series of tests. Each dog was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Photos by Officer Steve McDonald Huskies are sweet, beautiful dogs but easily bored. They don’t usually make good watchdogs because they love all humanity. When his owners left him in the house alone, ten-year-old Jasper, a Husky from Maine, ripped a hole in the screen of an upstairs window, walked onto the roof and stood there waiting for human attention. It came quickly. Concerned neighbors called the authorities. Officers from the Wells Police and Fire... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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John Roark/Post Register Police dogs have been a vital presence in law enforcement for many years. Urban and village departments rely on K-9 officers. But what about rural departments? Dexter, an energetic 3-year-old black Lab, is one of three dogs in the Idaho Department of Fish and Game department. He joined the department in 2016 as part of its effort to incorporate canines into its law enforcement efforts. Dexter is trained to detect various wildlife,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Robot dogs are not usually considered members of the family, but recently 114 of Sony’s old generation dogs were given a send off as they shuffled off their immortal coil. The AIBO robot dogs were the world's first machine pets capable of developing their own personalities. They also made a lot of money for the Japanese economy. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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NOW AND FOREVER CONGRATULATIONS TO DAN AND LORRIE AND ALL YOUR MINIONS DOES THAT MAKE SUNDAY "REVENGE OF THE SIX"? Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Where did the month go? The Golden Poodle award goes to Obi, the formerly abused dog who is now working as an explosive-detecting dog at the University of California, Berkeley. The Lizard brain award goes to all the smugglers who try to outsmart the nose of a dog and quickly end up in jail. The Neanderthal award goes to the Parkland, Washington man who had a totally (dog) crappy night. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Before movies and television, Vaudeville was a major source of entertainment for Americans. And few shows were complete without trained animal acts. The animal act that seemed to get the most notice was Don the Talking Dog. He was a sensation from his debut in 1912. Don was acclaimed as “the canine phenomenon of the century.” With a vocabulary of eight words—all in German—Don had gained attention in the United States as early as 1910.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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No one ever said that criminals were smart—especially drug smugglers—but wouldn’t you think they would learn not to try to fool the nose of a trained drug dog with their stupid hiding places? Two failed attempts took place at Arizona ports of entry recently. At the Port of San Luis, south of Yuma, Arizona, officers working the pedestrian crossing, pulled a 37-year-old California man for inspection after a border patrol canine alerted to an odor... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Josef Küblbeck (l) with “Seppi” and Oliver Storz with “Moni” (Armin Weigel/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) Dachshunds, Doxies, sausage dogs, weiner dogs—dogs with long bodies and stubby little legs—are adored by people all over the world. But only Josef Küblbeck and Oliver Storz, two German former florists, love them enough to open a museum devoted entirely to the Dachshund. The Dackelmuseum –-or Dachshund Museum-- opened in the Bavarian town of Passau on April 2. The museum contains 4,500... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Lauren Allen/Canine Companions Some young service dogs in training got a special treat recently—their first trip to Disneyland. They were accompanied by volunteers from Canine Companions for independence, a nonprofit organization that trains service dogs for children and adults with disabilities. Volunteers posted photos on Twitter. The pups who went on the trip to Disneyland are in training and will soon become full-fledged service dogs. Part of their training is to go to places where... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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You’ve been warned. Talk about having a crappy night. A Parkland, Washington man was not only arrested for drunk driving but he also found himself covered in dog poop while trying to evade police. From KGBY Channel 11 News The ordeal began just after 11 p.m. Saturday when a man called 911 to report a car was running red lights, driving erratically and nearly hit several cars near the Brookdale area. About eight minutes later,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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New York. (Credit: Pexels, Pixabay) At least that is the story from New York City: if you see Poodles sniffing around your neighborhood, you can bet on prices of real estate going up. The New York Times ran the numbers and found it to be true: particular breeds of New York’s 500,000 dogs can faithfully be trusted to forecast the city’s hot markets. At the top of the list in terms of the most influential... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Credit Brittany Hosea-Small Canine Officer Obi, a 14-month-old Springer Spaniel, started working last month as the University of California, Berkeley’s new explosive-detecting dog. As a puppy in Wyoming, Obi was abused before a police dog trainer rescued him and brought him to Berkeley. Now Obi lives with UCPD Officer Sal Lopez, who works with the pup all day and takes him home each night. “He was treated very bad, abused physically, emotionally and deprived of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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We’re late—we blame the time change, our move to a brand new city and the ensuing chaos-- but here are the award winners. The Golden Poodle award goes to the cat named D-O-G who is on the staff to train dogs to be well behaved service dogs at Support Dogs Incorporated in St. Louis. The Lizard brain award goes to whoever was responsible for sending a voter application to a dog who has been dead... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN During the late 80’s imported pigs made their way into a zoo in the USA. The zoo bred these pigs and sold the piglets to the pet industry. This was the start of the first potbellied pig craze. Motivated by money, breeders extolled the virtues of pigs as household pets and pigs became the fad pets of the day, some selling for thousands of dollars. But as pets, the pigs came... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Where are we going and what am I doing in this handbasket? - Unknown Moco, one of MaryAnn Lucero’s favorite dogs, passed away in 2000. So imagine her surprise when she found a letter addressed to him in her mailbox recently. It included a voter registration form for Moco to finish filling out. The form and letter came from a group called Voter Participation Center, a nonpartisan, non-governmental group whose purpose is to get more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Siriusly. It makes sense when you think about it. Water is a precious commodity, without it there is no life. In December the Consumer Council for Water said that England and Wales lost 3.1 billion litres of water every day from leakage. So Snipe, a Cocker Spaniel, has undergone weeks of training by ex-military personnel in the UK. He is being trained to detect problems in underground pipes by sniffing out minuscule amounts of chlorine... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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How does a cat get a job training dogs? Last summer a black and white cat wandered into the facilities at Support Dogs, Inc. in St. Louis and now he has an significant job there. Support Dogs, Inc trains canines for important roles, assisting people with disabilities. The cat with the unlikely name D-O-G, pronounced Dee-Oh-jee, plays a key role in their training by getting them used to being around other animals. Assistance dogs have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog