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Jan
Northern California
Jan's evil twin
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Californians love a car chase. But early this month we were entertained by a Chihuahua-motorcycle chase across the Bay Bridge. CHP units noticed a black Chihuahua on the north side catwalk (it would be a dogwalk at that time). They stopped all lanes of traffic while a motorcycle unit tried to catch the dog who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the race. Finally they were able to box him in and distract him while an... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Why did researchers try to keep the study secret? From Newsweek: Geologists at the University of Cincinnati just wrapped up a three-year investigation of hydraulic fracturing and its impact on local water supplies. The result? There's no evidence—zero, zilch, nada—that fracking contaminates drinking water. Researchers hoped to keep these findings secret. Why would a highly respected taxpayer funded research university deliberately hide its work? When asked at a February 4th meeting with concerned citizens why... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Being victimized by a sexual predator can be devastating for a child, but finding enough evidence to convict these lowlife scumbags can be difficult. Cue the dog. Most of us were first aware of this when a former shelter dog found incriminating evidence to help send Jared Fogle, the Subway sandwich pervert, to prison for many years. While it is almost impossible for a human to find a flash drive hidden in a large house,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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From the Slightly R Rated Blog by Jan's evil twin Skippy Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at A slightly R-rated dog blog
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Live from the east coast, Gucci's and Maya's second litters are now on the ECAD Cam. You can switch back and forth between Gucci's pups that are exploring, play fighting, (and pooping) and Maya's newborns who are just mostly vegging out. Gucci's puppies will have their first outside outing this weekend. While you may think you are wasting time watching puppies, a recent study found that people who looked at pictures of cute baby animals... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The IRS goes after everyone. Remember when Oprah gave cars away to her audience and the IRS demanded 20 per cent of the value. Same with game shows and Vegas.
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Tennis star Chris Evert won eighteen grand slam singles tournaments in her career during the 70s and 80s. When she retired her net worth was many millions. In 1987 as she was playing in the US Open on nationwide TV, the clasp on her bracelet broke open and it fell off her wrist. She asked officials to stop the match until the bracelet could be found. Seems it was a diamond bracelet worth a few... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Actors Johnny Depp and his wife, Amber Heard, have apologized for smuggling their dogs into Australia last year with what is not exactly an Oscar winning performance. In fact this 40-second clip below has been compared to a hostage video. Heard could have gone to jail for ten years with a $265,000 fine. There was insufficient evidence against Depp. I owe Johnny an apology for giving him a Lizard Brain award last June. It should... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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A new limousine service is being started in the Washington, DC and surrounding area exclusively geared to dog and cats. Rapid Paws is an on-demand limousine service that will give pets a short ride with little notice. By downloading a smart phone app or going to the website, customers can schedule a pickup and delivery within a two hour window. This means your pet can go to doggie day care, the groomer, the vet or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Reading about bridal gown history made me curious about engagement rings, so... Throughout history diamonds and precious gems were mostly confined to royalty and aristocracy. Diamonds, especially, were incredibly rare. And then they weren’t. The discovery of diamonds in South Africa in the 1870’s meant that diamonds were not the rare commodity once believed. As diamonds out of Africa began flooding the markets, people started to realize that the stones were actually rather common and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Photo: Business Journal Not far from the headquarters of Amazon.com in downtown Seattle you can often find The Seattle Barkery, a food truck catering to canines with taste. There is a smaller human menu and even some cat treats. Ben and Dawn Ford started the business ten months ago after spending six months renovating an old Chevy Step-Van. They visit the area dog parks, farmers markets, parking lots and they even cater private events. It... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Painting of the Elasmotherium sibiricum or ‘Siberian unicorn’ by Heinrich Harder. The discovery of a skull in Kazakhstan shows that humans and a “unicorn like” animal once roamed the earth together. The creature, known as a Siberian unicorn, was thought to have gone extinct 350,000 years ago. But new evidence shows that they died out a mere 29,000 years ago. That means the creature lived alongside humans. But this is not an ancestor of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Writing in Psychology Today, Dr. Stanley Goren explains that dogs are cursorial animals, meaning that in times of stress they are hardwired to run away, and when they can’t, they become even more stressed to the point of biting in defense. Immobilizing dogs with a hug can increase their stress level. And yet he found the internet is loaded with pictures of adults and children hugging dogs— overwhelmingly unhappy dogs it turns out. For his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Training a dog is more than teaching them a skill, according to my favorite dog writer, Dr. Stanley Coren. Training changes the dog’s brain and alters the thought processes. In other words, trained dogs are not smarter because of their prior training, but rather they have learned that when they are presented with a problem that has a solution, if they find that solution, they will get a reward. This was affirmed in a study... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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AFP Poaching has soared in Africa in recent years, not just ivory from the elephants, but there is fear that rhinos could be extinct within ten years. Rhino horn is prized especially in Asia because of the false notion of its healing powers. People grind up the horn into a powder and drink it. It is thought to cure impotence, hangovers, fevers, epilepsy, and cancer, but it has no more healing power than a human... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Simon Maona, AFP (Taking a page from Facebook to write a provocative title) But siriusly, you will never guess what it is. There doesn't seem to be a limit on what dogs can be trained to find with their incredible noses. This dog working an airport in Kenya has been trained to find elephant ivory and rhino horn being smuggled out of the country. Poachers are now slaughtering up to 35,000 African elephants every year... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Carrying her up the stairs would be like carrying Rocky up the stairs. It would hurt her spirit.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2016 on Gonna Fly Now at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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What is inspirational about dogs is that they don’t know they have a disability. Their hearts, their spirits and their will to live help them survive. When she was just 5-weeks-old, Holly was rescued from an animal control facility with a crushed leg that could not be saved. A few weeks after the amputation she is bouncing around the grounds, even taking on a formidable set of stairs. They aren’t the steps of the Philadelphia... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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At a certain point most of us feel like we can let our dogs have the run of the house while we catch a movie. Unfortunately the dog found his way into their calligraphy set and this happened according to a post on Imgur. Want to see where the dog goes when you aren't here? Notice that the dog did not jump on the coffee table. Was this the Invasion of the Black Ink Monster?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Some incidents are best omitted from children's books.
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I love the internet. While researching the dogs of Mary Stuart, I learned that she was one of the first brides to wear white and I started wondering why virtually all brides today wear white. From the very formal to one wedding along a river in Yosemite, I have never been to a wedding where the bride didn't wear white. With a few clicks, I found out why and what it came to symbolize and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Bloody Mary was Mary I who ruled for 5 years before Elizabeth. Elizabeth was her younger half sister. Both were daughters of Henry VIII
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One of English history’s most poignant figures is Mary Stuart Queen of Scots. Although she could have been queen of three different countries, far from living a life of power and privilege, she led a life that was for the most part quite sad. And her death was macabre to say the least. At the age of 5 she was betrothed to the 3-year-old French dauphin, Francis, and was sent away from her home to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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From A Slightly R-rated Dog Blog Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at A slightly R-rated dog blog