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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
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Recently a puppy died on a United flight when the flight attendant for reasons known only to her insisted the dog carrier be put in the overhead bin. United took full responsibility, but they have a dismal record in handling dogs. Last year, 18 animals died while being transported on United, according to the Department of Transportation. There were six cases on all other U.S. carriers combined. Kara Swindle and her two children are moving... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Some on the internet think you get a human. This is Yogi. Yogi’s owner, Chantal Desjardins of New Hampshire, said she did not notice any resemblance to a human until internet people started commenting. Some people are suggesting that Yogi’s face has been changed in photos to look more human, but Desjardins swears the pictures are unaltered. Do you think Yogi looks a little like Paul Rudd? Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The author, Mikael Lindnord, is captain of a Swedish adventure racing team. Adventure racers are athletes whose competition involves what we normal people try to avoid—pain, exhaustion, freezing temperatures, scorching temperatures, sleep deprivation, and near death experiences. I learned a lot about extreme racing, those who compete in it and the plight of stray dogs in many third world countries. During a grueling competition in Ecuador, the author tossed a meatball to a scruffy but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Photos: Ian Watson Elle’s Chihuahua Bruiser is the dog that most people remember from Legally Blonde, but there was another dog who had a small but important role. That is Rufus, Paulette’s dog. He could be any breed but he is usually a Bulldog. Paulette tells Elle how angry she is that her ex-husband keeps her dog, Rufus, in his trailer. Later in the movie, she goes back to her ex-husband's place with Elle to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Combine the concept of the popular board game Monopoly with dogs and you have Dog­opoly. Instead of real estate like Park Place and Boardwalk, you buy and collect dog breeds, from Poodles to Mastiffs. You can learn facts about different dog breeds. You can also own the neighborhood butcher shop or fire hydrant and buy dog houses. It's for two to six people, ages eight and over. It’s like Monopoly but with dogs. There is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Hana-chan, the Toy Poodle on the right, looks at his clone who is far more toy than Poodle. The ultra-realistic toy, Clone Wanko model, made by Blast Inc., looks so similar to the real Poodle that it is hard to tell them apart. Clone Wanko features hair, eyes, nose and pads reproduced with special modeling techniques. Silicone rubber is used for the skin and resin for eyes. The company, Tokyo-based Blast, works with an art... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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It all started at Seoul National University in South Korea with Tai, an Afghan hound. Scientists used a cell from his ear and 123 surrogate mothers to produce Snuppy, the first cloned dog. Snuppy led a normal doggie life, if you call being confined to a cage at the university laboratory normal, and died at the age of ten. When he was five they collected some of Snuppy's stem cells to clone him.The guys above... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Things don’t seem to be jumping into place and organizing themselves as I thought they might -- so I am going to have to help them along. Moving possessions to a new place is one thing -- expecting them to find their logical place in the cosmos is a whole nother thing. I may have presented myself in a very favorable light, leaving out my more stress-filled and whinier moments leading up to the move.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog