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Jan
Northern California
Jan's evil twin
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Moths and other insects can do irreparable damage to priceless artwork. So the Boston Museum is conducting a pilot project to see if a dog’s nose can stop the damage before it starts. Riley, a 12-week-old Weimaraner puppy, appears to be the first to be trained specifically to detect insect pests that could damage artwork. Riley belongs to and will be trained by Nicki Luongo, the museum's director of protective services. The Weimaraner is easy... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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William Leaukhart/Hartford Courant Texas, a Connecticut state police Bloodhound, went missing when his handler tripped and dropped the leash during a search for a man in the woods. The missing man eventually was found, but Texas was lost. He was found two days later with his leash tangled in a fence. He was in good shape, just hungry and thirsty with a small cut on his paw. Let’s be clear that Texas didn’t run away.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The history of ice on Earth from New Scientist Primitive humans, clad in animal skins, trekking across vast expanses of ice in a desperate search to find food. That’s the image that comes to mind when most of us think about an ice age. But in fact there have been many ice ages, most of them long before humans made their first appearance. And the familiar picture of an ice age is of a comparatively... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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There are signs that the hysteria and legislation involving the Pit Bull is on the way out and people will start judging the dog, not the breed. The various breeds known as Pit Bulls are still the number 1 dogs found in American shelters and the most euthanized. However, over 20 states now have laws prohibiting cities and counties from passing laws that ban or regulate dogs based on breed or appearance. The police department... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Buster Posey Presutti has been cuddling and playing with guests who may be missing their own dogs at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco since 2015. At the front desk Buster greets guests and offers cuddles and kisses. (In case you didn’t know, Buster Posey is the catcher for the San Francisco Giants and is almost as cute as his namesake.) After they check in, guests find a stuffed dog and a note on their beds.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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A London woman, Sue Purley, 47, with type 1 diabetes has no warning when she’s about to have a hypoglycemic attack. Her life has been changed by Casper who is trained to use his extraordinary sense of smell to warn her when she is in danger. Her past attacks often meant hospital treatment was required. Before I got Casper I would need three ambulances a week, and now it’s only been two times in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The Golden Poodle award goes to Izabella, a young Alaskan Malamute who slipped away from her owner and found her way to her doggie day care through the busy streets of Chicago. The Lizard Brain award goes to Jeannie Hayden and Tiffany Stegall, two women in Florida who tried to take a puppy without paying after meeting the seller at a Walmart parking lot. The Neanderthal award goes to Justin Karrels, the man with them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal in the 12-year cycle. 2018 is an Earth Dog Year. Chinese New Year in 2018 is on Friday, the 16th of February. Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030. The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac, after the Rooster, and before the Pig. If you're born in a Dog year, you're a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Craigslist and the daily news have taught us that if we are going to do business with strangers, do it in a public place. Apparently this was too complex for a trio of losers in Florida. The victim had advertised his German Shepherd puppies for sale and arranged to bring a puppy to the Walmart parking lot to meet the buyer. Two women and a man met him in the parking lot. Then the women... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Tink is a silver Labrador Retriever who has a rare medical condition called Megaesophagus. She was the runt of the litter and from the time her owner, Tom Sullivan, brought her home she had serious digestion issues. She started vomiting constantly. X-rays showed that she had an enlarged esophagus that wasn’t contracting to help push food to the stomach. Because of that she was vomiting everything she ate. The first few veterinarians Tink saw said... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Our Christmas traditions must seem very strange to our dogs. We bring in a tree but they can't pee on it or knock it over. We bring in wrapped items and bright lights. Not to mention red hats and reindeer antlers. Here is a glimpse of the season through their eyes. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Not only is this the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, but it will also be the worst day of the year. According to London astrologer Neil Spencer, … the sun will appear to pass in front of the constellation Capricorn hours after Saturn does likewise. This will cause both of these orbs to line up for the first time time since 1664. Starting something new today is “ill advised”... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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A family in Miami has a yard display featuring three traditional symbols of the season: a bear, Frosty the Snowperson and a Star Wars walker weapon. It's quite festive, if somewhat weird and offbeat, until... --you look to the left and see what the Star Wars weapon is shooting at: The Empire is infamous for being on the naughty list. Clearly, the bear and Frosty have gone to the Dark Side too. Only in Miami... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Artiga Photo/Corbis This is a sweet story as befits the season. Rachel and her husband were facing fertility issues as she was trying to get pregnant with their first child. To relieve some of the stress, they decided to adopt a rescue dog. That’s when Apollo entered their lives. Rachel fell in love with Apollo at the shelter. In their home he was loving and protective, always there when serious depression hit. Then one day... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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A photograph showing a dog taking a dump on the steps of the United Kingdom Prime Minister’s office and residence at 10 Downing Street has been around the internet for about two or three years. It supposedly shows the frustration and displeasure with the UK government under David Cameron. One citizen tweeted, "Just when you thought you couldn't get any more crap emanating from Downing Street..." But it isn’t a real photograph. The dog was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Sometimes you find an idea so brilliant you wonder why it isn’t done every place. That is the Shelter Buddies Reading Program started by the Humane Society of Missouri. Originally the program was to help fearful or timid dogs learn to trust humans so they could find forever homes. It has also helped the students that volunteer to read to the dogs to improve their reading skills. The program uses children between the ages of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Posted Dec 11, 2017 at A slightly R-rated dog blog
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In Chicago Izabella, a 15-month-old Alaskan Malamute, was on an early morning walk with her owner, Linda Zimmer. Apparently spooked by the wind (hey, it’s Chicago) she slipped out of her harness and went on the lam as they used to say in those old Chicago gangster movies. Zimmer tried to keep up but soon lost sight of her. Most of us have experienced the terror of losing a dog, but it would be even... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Nearly 100 Alabama high school students surprised their teacher, Troy Rogers, with a puppy after finding out his beloved 11 year old dog Chip had passed away. His Golden Retriever recently went blind, leading to a severe depression and he passed away just a few days before Halloween. “We tried and tried to cheer him up,” says Rogers. “He suffered from macular degeneration, and I think he just gave up.” That’s when Mr. Rogers’ students... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The New York City Department of Education is expanding a terrific idea. The Comfort Dog program was begun last year with seven schools and this year they are adding thirty more. The Comfort Dog program allows students and staff to have quality time with a dog to relieve stress and anxiety. It also de-escalates issues, aids in crisis prevention and confrontations, provides support to those grieving and teaches children empathy. Staff will share in these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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This was an early study and it mostly shows how dumb the researchers were.
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This argument has been going on for tens of thousands of years. Dog owners point out that dogs can be trained to hunt for us, herd our livestock and do many other tasks. Cat owners maintain that cats are too smart to take part in these menial pursuits. Intelligence has nothing to do with the size of the brain. Whales are not smarter than humans even though Moby-Richard seemed to be smarter than Captain Ahab.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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