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Jan
Northern California
Jan's evil twin
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We go to the hospital to get well, not to get sicker. But some of the country’s leading medical institutions are losing the battle to protect patients from drug-resistant bacteria. Enter Angus. Angus is the first dog who has been taught to track down the most common kind of superbug called Clostridium difficile or C.diff. This is a bacterium which forms spores so it can remain in the environment for long periods. It is highly... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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(4Deserts/PA Wire) Remember Gobi, the cute little stray dog who picked out her human at the 155-mile extreme marathon race across China’s Gobi desert and ran most of the race with him? At the end of the race the runner Dion Leonard and the dog he named Gobi had an unbreakable bond. He made arrangements for her to travel to his home in Scotland after the quarantine requirements and all the paperwork were completed. He... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The tiny town of Cormorant, Minnesota (population around 1000 happy people) has re-elected 9-year-old Duke for a third time as the leader of the town. The vote was held over the weekend during the annual Cormorant Daze festival. The electorate was required to pay $1 each in order to cast their ballot. He won in a landslide, winning all the votes but one for his girl friend, Lassie.. Everyone loves Duke who has done so... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Through the 70’s and until 1988, ABC Sports had done a masterful job of covering the Olympics with the legendary host Jim McCay pulling together. They not only covered the competitions, they featured profiles of some of the major world Olympians. “The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat” Then NBC outbid them and nothing has been the same. This was not the worst coverage that NBC has had. That happened several years ago when... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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A few years ago Bic, the pen company, introduced Bic For Her. These were pastel pink and purple pens with jeweled accents. Apparently the company thought that women could not use non-gender-specific implements and they were clamoring for their own special pens so that they could draw fairies and unicorns and write diary entries, grocery lists and all those little girl and lady things. Employees of Innocent, a UK based company that makes smoothies and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Police were called to this house in Scotland for reasons that made them think they would be dealing with a nut case. However what they observed when they arrived were lights going on and off, clothing floating around, doors opening and closing, lamp shades turned upside down, and the beloved family Chihuahua suddenly lifted 7 feet in the air to rest on top of a hedge… all without any source that they could see. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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They sometimes do in practice but never in competition
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I've probably been watching way too much Olympic coverage, mostly recorded to skip the pervasive and annoying commercials. But doesn't it seem like some of the questions the TV and print reporters (especially the print reporters in press conferences) ask the young Olympians seem somewhat insensitive, invasive or even rude? I guess they have to get a story. The Olympians are gracious and well coached in their answers. Some questions are somewhat tactfully stated, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Major the Great Dane is in the running to be the world’s tallest dog in the Guinness World Records. He will be officially measured in the next few weeks with his three challengers. He measures 40.5 inches at the shoulder. He recently had a photo op at his home in England with Disney the Chihuahua, Britain’s smallest dog. Since Major is a friendly gentle giant, they quickly became buddies. Disney the Chihuahua at 19 months... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Christel Yardley/Fairfax NZ New Zealand GoBus driver George Dempsey combines two of his most important activities, driving a bus for students with special needs and training puppies for Assistance Dogs NZ Trust. The kids think Zorro is awesome and Zorro loves the kids. More important, the bus run is a great way to socialize Zorro with a variety of people and allow him to become familiar with a bus and its movement. Eventually Zorro might... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Full time dog walkers in the UK, Amy Brown and Natalie Ferguson, were taking five dogs on an outing in the country. Ferguson runs a pet services business, Ruby's Walkies. Suddenly Galaxy, a 3-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever, emerged from the bushes proudly carrying a gigantic sex toy. Needless to say, the location being the UK, the women were gobsmacked. As Galaxy proudly carried his rubber treasure around, they were barely able to stop laughing long... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Doesn’t it seem like some humans and some dogs seem destined to find each other, no matter how unlikely? The 155-mile six day extreme Marathon trek across mountains and the Gobi Desert in China makes the Olympics seem like a walk in the park. For competitor Dion Leonard, 41, who lives in Scotland, it turned out to be a lot more than a dog walk in the park. No one knows where the little golden... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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I just think that this is definitely Best in Show. Once again the Olympics reminds me how abysmally stupid I am in geography. So many countries I have never heard of. Back when we all played Trivial Pursuit I could skip around the board until the final phase when my fellow players threw one after another humiliating geography questions at me. It is not my fault. I grew up in Indiana. Sometime around the fourth... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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This video is what complete and total joy looks like. Nine-year-old Collette has wanted a puppy since she was 3-years-old. And not just any puppy. She fell in love with the Shiba Inu and her mother calls Collette an “ambassador for the breed.” She wallpapered her room with their pictures, collects anything with the likeness of a Shiba Inu and even gave a report to her first grade class on the breed. When it sinks... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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My parents lived on the edge of town. It was near dusk a few years ago when they noticed a car stopping outside their house. As they watched, a woman reached over to open the passenger door, pushed a dog out, and drove away. It wasn’t until a few months later that we learned why. When they went out to investigate, they were greeted with a happy dance from a friendly dog that had no... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Young athletes with their Olympic dreams continue to inspire the world--the sacrifices of the athletes and their families, their dedication and devotion, their victories and even their defeats. For some athletes anything less than gold will be a major disappointment. For some athletes in developing countries just being there with one or two other countrymen is the dream of their lifetimes. The Olympiad is a place the world can come together in celebration. It is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The Golden Poodle award for July goes to Browser the beloved library cat who carried out his catly duties flawlessly for six years. When he was suddenly fired and then rehired by the city council, he attracted worldwide attention. Browser was originally brought in because of a serious rodent infestation. The staff did what humans have done since the dawn of time, they brought in a cat. Problem solved until... The Lizard Brain award goes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
I'm quite sure your suspicions were correct if the dog was not even housebroken.
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instagram/hansyandbrush We all remember the “purse dog” fashion fad of a few years ago when Madonna, Britney and she-who-won't-be-named-on-this-blog carried tiny Chihuahuas around in their Louis Vuittons and Chanels. That was sadly a fad copied by women who then tossed the dog out with last year’s shoes. Cropping up on subways and streets of New York recently have been young men carrying large dogs around in a variety of makeshift totes. People can’t seem to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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You’ve probably heard of people—or maybe you’re one of them—who take their pets shopping for furniture or rugs to match colors so that shedding is not a problem. In England, mother of five Deb Lythgoe brought home a deep pile rug in slate gray. It turned out to be a perfect match for Stanley, their 7-year-old Poodle. Stanley has made the rug his favorite spot in the house and sprawls out on a daily basis.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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(Photo: Matt Porteous) On Prince George’s third birthday his parents have released photos of his royal cuteness, including one sharing his ice cream with his beloved Lupo at a family picnic. Lupo was in a family portrait when the future king was eight months old. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kept the dog as part of the family when the baby arrived and are raising them together with the little princess. But trolls are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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A group of adventurers, sailors, pilots and climate scientists that recently started a journey around the North Pole in an effort to show the lack of ice, has been blocked from further travels… by ice. Source The Polar Ocean Challenge is taking a two month journey from Bristol, Alaska to Norway, Russia, into the Arctic circle and eventually back to Alaska. The purpose is to show that due to global warming the Arctic sea ice... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog