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Jan
Northern California
Jan's evil twin
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Lena Givens, 84, was at the Houston Rockets game when the flooding hit on Monday. Just before the game ended, a message on the scoreboard warned fans not to leave because of weather conditions. Givens, like hundreds of people, was stranded until around 5:30 am when the flood alert ended. She finally was able to take an Uber, but could not get home because the streets in her neighborhood were flooded. Knowing Tinkerbell her Poodle... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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We’ve seen dogs giving emotional support in hospitals, airports, nursing homes, court rooms, colleges, and other places where people may be sad or stressed. Four-year-old Morris, a Polish Lowland Sheepdog, has become a regular at the Baker Funeral Chapel in Wedaskiwin, Canada. Allie Wombold, Morris’ owner and a funeral director, adopted Morris about a month ago. Since she didn’t want to leave him home all day, she bought him to work to see how it... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Lucas the Belgian Malinois has been hailed for saving the life of his partner, Mississippi sheriff’s deputy Todd Frazier. He was ambushed by three men when he stopped to investigate a Lincoln Town car sitting at a rest stop. One man appeared to be alone in the car with the lights off. When the deputy approached the car, two men ambushed him from behind, beating him and slashing him with a box cutter. They told... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Or maybe not... Underlining the rivalry between the Ohio State University and the University of Michigan, the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center unveiled a new dog walking area this week. The focal point is a fire hydrant painted in the Maize and Blue of “that team up north” with the block M logo on the front. This is part of a $30 million addition to the Veterinary Medical Center which is fully funded by private... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Walkzee, an app that matches up shelter dogs with people looking for a walking buddy, will be ready to launch in June. Here’s how it works: Participating shelters will list their dogs on Walkzee. Currently 250 shelters are participating. Walkers will search for a dog in their area. When they have chosen a suitable companion, they will contact the shelter, either through the app or by directly contacting the shelter to make arrangements. After the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Hawkeye the Labrador Retriever led his family into the funeral of his best friend, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 35, who was one of 38 killed when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan in 2011. Then Hawkeye sighed and lay down under the coffin throughout the ceremony held in Tumilson's hometown, Rockport, Iowa. The image captured people's hearts around the world. A bronze statue of Tumilson and Hawkeye has been erected at a park in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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When he was 7-years-old Caleb Howard of Huntsville, Utah was involved in a horrific head-on collision that killed three of his family members. He received several broken bones and worst of all a traumatic brain injury that left him in critical condition. Millions of his brain cells were destroyed leaving him unable to move. He was unresponsive and his chances of recovery were low. As part of his therapy Colonel, a specially trained Golden Retriever,... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Nikon is coming out with a new camera that lets dogs take pictures of things they like. How do they do that without opposable thumbs? The dog wears a device that reads heart beats. When the heart rate goes up, it sends the signal to a case with a camera that takes a picture. Nikon hasn’t said whether this is just a prototype or if they plan to produce it for the market place. But... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Generous humans and the power of Facebook save the day for this dynamic duo. Long distance trucker Chris Price and his dog Coco go everywhere together. Even long haul trips away from their home in Arkansas don’t separate this bonded pair. One day at a truck stop near Kansas City Price suddenly became ill with a condition that required an extended hospitalization. His life and Coco’s hung in the balance. An ambulance took Price to... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Most people don't know. According to this article, a 2013 poll discovered that only 62% of veterinarians and 44% of the general public knew that if a product has a “bully” in its name, it probably has a bull penis as its ingredient. That may bother a very persnickety dog owner, but it certainly doesn’t bother their dogs. My guys will trade any toy or chew for a bully stick. As far as health, there... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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We think of pacemakers as being for older human beings, not for young dogs. But Alice, a 3-year-old Springer Spaniel, was given just days to live by veterinarians who found that only a third of her heart was working. The normally healthy Alice had lost interest in her beloved tennis balls and then suddenly fainted. Her owners, Siouxie and Richard Nelson, were devastated when they learned that the only thing that could save her life... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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When a tornado hit Van, Texas last week, Andy and Brandi Bouchilllon were driving to take shelter in a local school. Suddenly a twister flipped their SUV, lifting it off the ground and spinning it around. Their 2-week-old daughter, Bailey and family terrier, Tater were in the car. When it landed they rushed their daughter to the hospital, not sure what had happened to Tater in all the devastation. The next day they returned to... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Sirusly. Geneva based designer Océane Izard, has created “Poo Poo Power” as a conceptual design to convert dog poop into electricity to charge household gadgets. She has three dogs and has “always believed in the potential of my dogs’ droppings.” (Everyone should believe in something.) The way it works is that the dog owners place a biodegradable bag of dog poop inside the appliance where sludge-eating bacteria produce methane which is converted to power. The... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Robin Williams died last year, but his comic genius lives on. His last performance is the voice of Dennis the dog in the movie Absolutely Anything scheduled for release in August. British comedian Simon Pegg is randomly chosen and given absolute power by some meddling space aliens with voices by Monty Python. To save Earth, he must learn to use his power for good, not just to see into his hot neighbor’s apartment, have a... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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It seems there is more to this story than first reported. Two women impersonated Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty officers to steal a dog from the owner, Cesar Aguilar, with the threat that they could have him deported. Good news: Aguilar and his little 2-year-old Poodle mix, Fannie, have been reunited. One of the women, Jenny Smiley, 51, was arrested and is out on bail while the other remains at large. Her identity is... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Looked like this a few months ago Thirty thousand or so years of living as a companion to humans has made dogs dependent on us. When we first took them into our caves, we made a bargain to feed and protect them in return for helping us build a civilization. There should be a circle in Dante’s inferno for people who break the trust and abandon their dogs. And a spot in heaven for those... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Fortunately this story has a happy ending, but it could have ended quite tragically. Caroline the Black Lab normally accompanies her owners, Mike and Ruth Smith, on their errands in their Dodge Ram. She was riding quietly until something scared her and she dove into the front footwell right on the accelerator pedal. Mrs. Smith was driving at a speed of about 50-55 mph, according to Mr. Smith who tried to pull the dog off... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Maybe yes--maybe no Real Ham Bone dog treat made by Dynamic Pet Products in Missouri and sold at Walmart and other retailers has reportedly been hurting and even killing some dogs, according to the Better Business Bureau in St. Louis, Mo. They have had complaints from nine dog owners across the country in the past six months. The dog owners said the bones splintered and sharp shards lodged in the dogs’ digestive tracks. However, according... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Posted May 4, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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This story could go with my Macho Men and Tiny Dogs series of a few years ago. Carl Moore is 73 years old and does not know fear. "The man or beast that I run from ain't been born, and his momma's already dead," he told CBS-13. "I ain't run from nothing; I never have in my whole life and I ain't going to start now. And you're not going to sacrifice my babies for... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog