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Learning from Tragedy
The agility community bands together for a friend in need
Last week international agility competitor Elicia Calhoun and six of her dogs were headed home from a competition when tragedy struck. Elicia fell asleep at the wheel and hit an 18-wheeler truck, causing her SUV to roll over several times and her dogs to be ejected from the car. Elicia was taken to the hospital but checked out early (with a punctured lung!) to look for her missing pups....
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Dogs in Hot Cars
Petition aims to get the word out about dangerous vehicles
Each year thousands of dogs die in hot cars, a tragedy that's easily preventable. When I travel to agility trials, sometimes I leave my crew in our SUV while I make a quick rest stop. I know not to do this in warm weather, but I didn't know until recently how fast cars can heat up even in more mild temperatures. On a 75 degree day, vehicles can heat up to 100 degrees in just 10 minutes. Scary...
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Facebook to the Rescue!
Social media helps a dog in a peculiar situation
Social media web sites are often blamed for isolating people and changing the way we interact. But time and time again I've seen networks, like Facebook, rally people together for a common cause. Last week Beth Gresham, an animal rescue volunteer in Tennessee, spotted a dog with his head stuck in a plastic container on the side of the road. When she tried to approach him, the scared pup ran back...
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Do Dogs Act Guilty?
New research looks at conflict deffusing behavior in canines
74 percent of dog lovers believe that their pups act guilty when they've done something wrong.  There is plenty of evidence that dogs experience primary emotions, like happiness and fear, but it's hard to prove that they experience secondary emotions, like jealousy and guilt. In 2009, Barnard College professor Alexandra Horowitz found that dogs were more likely to display behaviors we associate...
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Filming Dogs in a New Light
Web series helps find homes for 'unadoptable' pets
You may have seen the video of a mischievous Corgi circulating on the internet recently. The curious dog creates a mess in the kitchen that leads to a small fire (don't worry, no one was hurt). The video is part of The Pet Collective, a You Tube channel consisting of seven original, short-form animal series. The Corgi clip is from Pet Sense, a show that stars an animal communicator helping...
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The Danger of Water Intoxication
Swimming dogs are at risk of ingesting too much water
Last week a friend’s dog had a close call with water intoxication. Her crew was playing in a local river when one of her Border Collies emerged staggering and vomiting liquid. Symptoms quickly worsened on the way to the vet, but after a few harrowing days, the dog was fortunate to make a full recovery. Apparently the poor pup ingested too much water while repeatedly diving into the river, mouth...
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Humanity's Best Friend
We may owe our evolutionary success to the domestication of dogs
Scientists have long debated why Neanderthals lived successfully on earth for over 200,000 years and then died off after humans came along, about 40,000 years ago. Some blame it on climate change, while others think humans were more successful at getting food due to social cohesion and the ability to develop advanced tools. However, a new theory claims that we may owe our evolutionary success to...
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National Dog Bite Prevention Week
Organizations come together to teach safety around pets
A controversial home video of a baby taking away a toy from a Golden Retriever has been making the rounds on Facebook.  While the child had been raised from birth alongside the family pup, any dog can bite when they are caught off guard. Nearly five million dog bites happen each year in the United States.  This month a diverse group of people and organizations are coming together for National...
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Canine Custody Battles
NY man spends $60,000 trying to get his Puggle back
We consider our dogs full members of the family, so it probably comes as no surprise that canine custody battles are becoming more common.  Lawyers are reporting as much as a 15 percent increase in these cases.  Figuring out who gets to keep the pets is stressful for both humans and canines and can get expensive quickly. In New York, Craig Dershowitz is fighting to be reunited with his Puggle,...
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Influencing Hip Dysplasia
Study finds exercise helps prevent the debilitating disease
Responsible breeders have done a lot to combat hip dysplasia by researching lines and x-raying their dogs. As a pet parent, I try to do all that I can to keep my pups healthy. To protect their bones and joints, I keep my crew at a healthy weight and avoid agility jump training until their growth plates close. Now new research points to additional factors that could affect the development of hip...