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Jan
Northern California
Jan's evil twin
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Even though military dogs are credited with saving 10,000 lives in the Vietnam war, when they got too old for active duty, they were considered obsolete equipment and were generally destroyed or abandoned. People who knew little about dogs and even less about people thought that a highly trained military dog would not be able to adjust to civilian life. That all changed when Congress passed Robby’s Law in 2000. Robby’s handler had made every... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Credit: Canine Companions for Independence An average of 20 veterans per day are committing suicide, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. With 4.2 million military veterans facing a combat-related disability, the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence is increasing services for veterans by training and providing expertly-trained assistance dogs. A successful pilot program began earlier this year for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), joining the ranks of over 6,000 service dog teams matched by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Every few years there is a story about a dog accidentally (allegedly) shooting his owner. I like to post the stories because it is an excuse to run my two all-time favorite doggie graphics. A New Mexico man, Sonny Gilligan, was on his way to a jackrabbit hunt with his three dogs, Charlie, Scooter and Cowboy when the accident happened. Gilligan loaded his pickup truck with his shotgun and dogs in the back and was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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My two hobbies are smoking marijuana and rescuing stray cats. Thanks to Carol Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The Golden Poodle award goes to Laca the Sheepdog for her hilarious and convincing doggie imitation of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and Gary Cooper all rolled into one when confronted with a playful and well groomed Poodle who resembled (in Laca’s mind) a sheep. The Lizard Brain award goes to the smug morons who adopted and then 48 hours later returned 1-year-old Binx to the shelter because he was too “perfect” and wasn’t enough of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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From Wag Walking -- some of the cleverest contestants Ruth Barker Ginsberg Prince Popeye Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Halloween is not my favorite holiday. To me it should be a children's day to be a fairy princess or a super hero. The whole adult preoccupation with wayward eyeballs and eating brains I find a little tiresome. A growing number of ugly clown lawmakers are banning or restricting kids’ Halloween fun. Childhood is such a few short years and should be a fun time of building great memories. Halloween is a traditional celebration of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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There is all kind of behavior that might get a dog returned to the shelter but being too good is not a behavior we think of. However that is what happened to a good 1-year-old dog named Binx at the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA recently. Within 48 hours, the family returned him saying he was ‘too perfect.” Their note said that he is potty trained, good with kids, fun to play with but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Who knows what lurks in the mind of a dog? Does Laca the Sheepdog in the clip below think the Poodle is an errant sheep? Is Laca confused or embarrassed by the weird Poodle haircut? Is this town not big enough for both of them? Must she face the dog who hates her or lie a coward in her grave? Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Deputies were called out to a residential neighborhood in San Bernardino County in California when a giant pig the size of a mini horse was running loose. Fortunately the pig had a giant case of the munchies (don’t they always?) and the deputy was willing to sacrifice part of her lunch. Deputy Ponce and Deputy Berg, because of the pig’s activities from previous calls, knew where he lived. They lured him back home by making... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Sombra (Shadow, in English), a 6-year-old German Shepherd, has a bounty of 200 million pesos ($70,000) on her head. Her talent for sniffing out drugs has led to the capture of at least 245 people and the seizure of 9 tons of cocaine from the powerful Urabeños gang in Colombia. 9 tons! The thre at is serious enough for the National Police to take extra precautions for Sombra’s security. Fearing for her safety authorities have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Like most Americans I put the excitement level of professional soccer on a plane with watching paint dry or leaves turn colors. Growing up in Indiana to us soccer was a little girls’ game. We started playing in fifth grade and played through college. It never occurred to us to watch grown men play soccer and get paid for it. So it is easy for me to identify with the little stray dog who saw... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Deputy Mark Stasyuk, 27, kissed his wife of 5 months goodbye and went off for another day of working a job he loved. Mark had been with the Sacramento Sheriff’s department for four and a half years. According to those who knew him, he loved being a deputy. Everyone agreed that he was a man full of integrity. He went to the academy and worked full-time while earning his degree in criminal justice. On this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Known for their outgoing personalities and sweet dispositions, two Golden Retrievers have recently distinguished themselves as Top Dogs in national competitions. Penny Penny, a 4-year-old one-eyed Golden Retriever from Sliver Spring, Maryland, beat out over 10,000 other deserving dogs to win People’s World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest presented by Pedigree. Penny’s prize includes a one-year supply of Pedigree dog food, a $1,000 donation to Kyra's Rescue — the organization that saved Penny — and an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Patches, a 9-year-old dog from Ontario, was suffering from a cancerous skull tumor. It was so large it was weighing down her head and was dangerously close to her brain and eye socket. The tumor had to come out or she would die a painful death, but removing it would also mean removing part of her skull. Dr. Michelle Oblak, a veterinary surgical oncologist with the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, worked with Galina... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The Golden Poodle award goes to Patrick Cullen of the Draper City, Utah Fire Department and Mendo, a 2-year-old stray German Shepherd, who found each other in the middle of a ravaging wildfire in California. The Lizard Brain award goes to the Arctic sailing ship carrying scientists, filmmakers and students whose purpose was to raise awareness and document global warming, but which got stuck in massive Arctic ice and the passengers had to be rescued.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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There was a happy ending in a doggie drama that involved two states and two months. But it all ended happily at LAX with a lot of tail wagging and doggie kisses. Pumpkin the Chihuahua disappeared in Pasadena. Somehow she ended up in Phoenix. She didn’t have a microchip. No one will ever know the details of her journey but she became involved with several rescue organization before her owners were able to track her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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There may be a back story here to excuse the owners of these dogs. But over 50,000 people on the internet who have shared this picture are ready to get out the torches and pitchforks to go after them. Rescue workers found these six dogs just in time. They were found abandoned in a locked cage in Leland, North Carolina, as flood waters rose. In the clip, the trapped dogs can be seen standing on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Images and videos of adorable Golden Retriever puppies taking part in Chile's annual military parade are flooding social media, and people are talking about moving to Chile, their new favorite country. The puppies were part of the annual military parade to celebrate Chile's 208th Independence Day. More than 9,500 Chilean troupes marched for the Great Military Parade, but the puppies stole the show. These puppies will grow up to be police and military dogs, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Via AP An Oregon man, Josh Horner, who was sentenced to 50 years in prison for sex abuse, is a free man, thanks to the Oregon Innocence Project and a black Lab named Lucy. A judge dismissed Joshua Horner’s case more than a month after he walked out of Jail when an Oregon Court of Appeals reversed his conviction. He will not have to stand trial for a second time. Horner, a 41-year-old plumber from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog