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Nick News Premiers Good Dog
Spotlight on kids and service dogs
Nick News With Linda Ellerbee premiered a special that highlights the role of service dogs in the lives of children. The show Good Dog explores the relationship between children and their service dogs. Whether the dog reaches items that they cannot, allows them to handle socially stressful situations, prevents them from wandering off, alerts them to the presence of a life-threatening allergen in...
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Greetings While Skiing
Dogs make our outing more fun
A few days ago, we received the first really good snowfall of the season in Flagstaff, Ariz., and for my family, that means skiing. Since the downhill slopes are not yet open, we headed out on cross-country skis to enjoy the morning. Before the plows come, it’s good skiing in our neighborhood, starting right at our front door.   As we skied, we saw other hearty souls who love the snow and wanted...
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Gift of Pet Care
Dear Abby letter expresses gratitude
In this morning’s Dear Abby column, a woman expressed her gratitude to her daughter and son-in-law for what she described as “the gift of a lifetime.” Knowing that their mother lives alone and on a fixed income, this couple gave her a promise to pay for all the veterinary bills for her dog and cat for the rest of those pets’ lives. Rather than little knickknacks for holidays and birthdays, they...
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Turkey Theft
My dog helped himself
Years ago when I had my first dog, we visited my aunt for Thanksgiving. The roasting pan containing grease and a truly alarming amount of turkey skin was sitting unguarded in the kitchen while we feasted in the dining room. Suddenly a crashing sound in the kitchen alerted us to the fact that the dog was no longer lying in the dining room with us. Whoops.   Rushing into the kitchen, I immediately...
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Paw Prints Say Welcome
Vacation rental has perfect decorations
Recently, my family spent a week in Puerto Rico, where we spent part of our time on the island of Vieques. Our lodging was a vacation rental called Casa de Kathy, and there was much to love about this cute two-bedroom house near the beach. But what I’ll remember most about it is the decorations in the bathroom.   Kathy and her late dog Canelo (Spanish for cinnamon) had left their footprints on...
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An Emu Who Acts Like A Dog
Who does she think she is?
An Emu named Emma sometimes acts like her best friend, a dog named Charlie. She fetches, plays with Charlie’s toys, sits when asked to do so, and chases things, just like Charlie does. Her human family says that she thinks she's a dog, and that nobody ever told her she wasn’t. (Emus are Australia’s largest native bird, reaching heights of well over 6 feet.)   It makes a great story to say that...
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Nobel Laureate Konrad Lorenz
An ethologist who loved dogs
As this year’s Nobel Prizes were announced, I faced my annual wish for anyone interested in dog training and behavior to know that three scientists in the field of Ethology have been awarded this prize. In 1973, Niko Tinbergen (The Netherlands), Karl von Frisch (Austria) and Konrad Lorenz (Austria) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning...
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Velcro Dogs
Picking up allergens a hazard
Usually when people talk about “Velcro dogs,” they mean the kind who are clingy and extremely emotionally attached to their guardians. That sort of Velcro dog makes sure you never feel alone, much less lonely, and keeps you from ever having to go any place, such as the bathroom, all by yourself.   There’s another kind of Velcro dog, which is perhaps of greatest interest to people with allergies....
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No Dogs: What Would You Miss?
I'd miss the little things
If I had to live without contact with dogs (shudder!), there are so many things that I would miss. Besides the obvious and main benefits of love and companionship, it’s the little things I think I would miss about dogs.   I would be sad never to have their tongues on me, especially in the morning when they poke under the covers and give a quick lick to my toes or nose. It would be sad not ever to...
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Howling Dogs, Crying Babies
What are these interactions all about?
A common theme for You Tube videos of dogs and babies is dogs who howl when a baby was crying. Interestingly, the dogs’ vocalizations often have a calming affect on the babies. Here are two videos in which a crying baby and a howling dog are in close proximity. In the first one, a dog is howling while a baby cries in a bassinet, and it seems as though the baby stops crying in response to the dog’...

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