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Jan
Northern California
Jan's evil twin
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A different kind of homeless story... John Dolan's life had descended into poverty, drugs, crime and homelessness at the age of 43 until his dog George came into it. A homeless woman gave the dog, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, to John when George was just a puppy. At first George was quite aggressive, but after a month of training, Dolan said, "He became a really pleasant dog." While begging on the street John drew sketches... Continue reading
Posted 1 minute ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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And that is not an oxymoron. We don't normally think of homelessness as being uplifting or heartwarming, but photographer Norah Levine and audio producer Gabrielle Amster worked together to document stories of homeless people and their faithful, loyal pets at Lifelines. The photographer says, "It’s supposed to feel good when you look at my images. I’m a happy photographer. The subject matter of homelessness is not a happy one, but I wanted to find the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Wild Lil Ramblin’ Rose, a teacup Poodle from Georgia, has been named America’s Top Dog Model for 2014. Owned by Wendy Foskey, Rose beat nearly 1,000 contestants in the contest. She will be featured on the cover of the 2016 America’s Top Dog Model calendar and on the cover of an upcoming issue of “Pet Style News." They have received interest from dog designer fashions and modeling offers. Although she is adorable, I'm afraid this... Continue reading
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It isn't exactly the Triple Crown but 11,000 people cheered on their favorite wiener at the 19th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals at Los Alamitos Race Course in California. Mr. Schnitzel, number 8, owned and trained by Luis and Lois Hernandez, became a two-time winner after having taken the title back in 2012. Lois Hernandez was a little surprised at the victory. While they vacationed, Mr. Schnitzel's human grandmother doggie sat for him and was quite... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Pit Bulls have been banned in Great Britain since 1991 under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Although there are no DNA tests to determine if a dog is a Pit Bull, they are judged on appearance, such as body length, head size and markings. The purpose of the law was to protect the public from dogs bred as fighting dogs. Tyson was one of 12 dogs rehomed to police departments from the Taunton area animal center.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The El Paso Chihuahuas, the Class AAA affiliate for the Padres Of course I could be prejudice. Continue reading
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All artists are creative, but the artists who bypass the canvas, clay, or stone for less traditional media are especially fascinating. The ones who recycle junk are doubly fascinating. Texas artist Ali Golzad created this detailed portrait of a dog using ordinary recycled corrugated cardboard. The piece called “Lucy” was commissioned for an anniversary present and is part of his Recycled Art series. Golzad explained: My urge to create while still caring for our planet... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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A deputy sheriff in Riverside County, CA entered a fenced-in yard to deliver an eviction notice. When confronted with a Pit Bull, he drew his gun and fired one round. He missed the dog and shot himself in the leg. Local camera crews arrived just as the deputy was being loaded into an ambulance. The dog, Precious, is shown interacting with small children at the same time a spokesman for the sheriff is saying that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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And they certainly aren't in this classic picture taken by Loomis Dean and featured in Life Magazine in 1949. At first glance it looks like a retriever doing what dogs have been bred and trained to do for centuries, bring the duck back to his human. But if you look carefully, the duck isn't dead or even injured. His posture, his fluttering right leg and his vibrant eye show that he is very much alive.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Police officer rescues the same dog twice and decides it is a sign that he's meant to adopt him. The man and dog in this picture may look familiar. In June Sgt. Gary Carter was called to pick up an “aggressive Pit Bull dog” that was running loose in a neighborhood in Arlington, TX. Sgt. Carter determined that the dog was merely lost and frightened, not a danger. When the dog was terrorized by a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Dennis: do dogs have permission from cats to proceed with wurld dominayshun?
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There was something about this story didn't seem right at the time--the idea that someone would abandon their healthy, well trained dog with Sharpie markings all over her to advertise her as “FREE.” It sounded more like something a sick and jealous boy friend or girl friend might do. Now according to the LA Times a woman from Yolo county 50 miles away has stepped up to claim her dog that went missing or was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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It may be that people are registering dissatisfaction with the political system. Or it may be that some people have too much time on their hands. For whatever reason Einstein, a mixed breed dog, is joining 20 humans in the race to get rid of the incumbent mayor Jean Quan. Previously Einstein has been a regular at protests outside of the mayor's city hall office as part of the Occupy Oakland camp. Einstein has his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
I started this blog because people kept sending me things that were hilarious but not suitable for my [cough] more serious blog. :-)
I banished "whom" from my vocabulary about three years ago. It was hard but there is a 12-step program. It was inspired by a phone answerer who asked: "Whom can I tell him is calling?" I had to correct her which won me no friends.
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Think Like Your Dog and enjoy the results by Dianna M. Young with Robert H. Mottram I'm not a dog trainer. I don't even play one on my blog. Mostly I rely on my dogs' strong verbal skills to keep order and decorum around Casa del Jan. Mostly it has worked. ...well, except for that summer with Charlie the Guinea hen and the great magpie carnage. Then there was that unfortunate Poodle Dig... I do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The dog was found shivering under a tree with the words “Free” on her body and “I need a home” written on her head in black marker in Benicia, California. Shannon Bettencourt happened to be passing by. Not wanting the dog to be turned over to animal control, she took her home and the two quickly bonded. She named the dog Libby, short for Liberty. Libby is healthy, well trained and is sociable to people... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Yes. But in this case “with” is redundant, like the jarring “Where are you AT?” So you should probably not use them. In many cases though the rule we've been brainwashed with can be disregarded. What are rules for English? For centuries English speaking people were able to communicate clearly with each other and even write some literary classics without worrying too much about rules. Then around the 18th and 19th centuries some trouble makers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Didn't we all see this one coming? Siriusly. The city of El Vendrell in Spain has set up a doggie comfort station along one of its main streets. The stainless steel platform features a hole with a lid. After the dog makes the deposit, the owner must flush the toilet, releasing jets of water that carry the doo doo through pipes to the sewer system. A doggie urinal sits next to it. This is a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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When Kyle Durham, a veteran firefighter, responded to a shed fire, he had no idea what was in store for him and his family. A litter of week old puppies were trapped inside the shed. Two puppies survived. One of them spent weeks at an emergency animal center before he could go home to his new family. For the Durham family it was love at first sight. “Probably showing a picture of him to my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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They do according to researchers at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Sweden in a recent study. They trained 12 Beagles to use pieces of equpment in an arena to solve puzzles. In the experiment the dogs were matched in pairs. Half of them (the experimental group) had to use the equipment and solve the puzzle to get a reward while the others (the control group) got the reward without working for it. The dogs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The Golden Poodle award goes to Axel and all the service dogs who provide emotional support for returning veterans with PTSD. On average 22 veterans commit suicide a day. Although the veterans may have families and friends who love them, dogs are able to give the life-saving comfort that only a dog can provide to humans. The uncontested Lizard Brain award goes to Dennis Kneier, the former mayor of San Marino, California. A surveillance camera... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog