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Lookalikes
Do you and your dog match?
Houston Pet Talk Magazine has recently announced one of my favorite contests—the human-pet lookalike. From June 1 to June 10, you can submit pictures for the chance to win cash. This contest includes pets of all kinds, but naturally my favorite are the dog-human couples.   It is always so fun to see those pairs who actually live up to the saying that people and their pets start to look alike. It’...
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Raccoon Attacks Woman and Dog
Rabid animals pose danger
When wild animals attack people and dogs, it can be a sign that they are rabid. Rabies affects the behavior of animals including raccoons, skunks and foxes. One of the signs of rabies across species is a tendency to bite without provocation. A couple in Georgia found out for themselves how scary an attack by a potentially rabid animal can be when a raccoon attacked them and their puppy. The man...
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Trainers, Vets, Behaviorists—Together
American Humane creates new committee
The Animal Behavior and Training Advisory Committee has been set up for many purposes, one of which is to foster collaboration and cooperation. The members of the committee include trainers, veterinarians and behaviorists that are all well respected experts in their particular areas.   The committee will offer guidance in areas as diverse as pet dog training summits, content of American Humane’s...
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Astronauts’ Diets Vary By Country
The Chinese include dog on the menu
I used to have a roommate from New Zealand and we literally had to eat breakfast separately because my peanut butter-on-toast was as nauseating to him as his vegemite-on-toast was to me. We found each other’s response to what we viewed as such ordinary food a bit amusing.   Sometimes cultural differences about food can be more serious and cause real clashes. For example, a recent news article...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
When Your Dog’s Activity is Restricted, Keep Her Brain Engaged
Make downtime productive
Question: My extremely active five-year-old dog injured her leg, and I’m supposed to prevent her from exercising for about the next six weeks. Frankly, I don’t see how either of us will survive if she can’t run off her extra energy. What can we do? Answer: Vets will often advise that you restrict your dog’s activity following surgery or while she recuperates from muscle or joint injuries. The...
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Canine Car Safety
How to protect your dog while driving
I recently saw a dog tossed around the back of a vehicle when the driver had to stop suddenly to avoid an accident. Luckily the dog was okay, but many dogs who are not so fortunate are injured in car accidents. The saddest thing to me is that it can be avoided.   The best ways to protect dogs while they are in cars is with the use of crates, seat belts, or barriers that keep the dogs in the rear...
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Which Pooch Pooped?
DNA has the answer
A fancy condominium in the Baltimore area is plagued by a problem facing many neighborhoods around the country and indeed the world. At least one dog guardian is not scooping the poop, and the result is a mess that has residents upset. Steve Frans is a board member who has a dog, and is embarrassed by the mess that residents and guests must deal with. He has proposed a solution to the problem.  ...
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Key West Decides Where Dogs Can Go
New ordinance concerns dogs at restaurants
Dogs in Key West have traditionally gone almost everywhere with their people, and that includes to many restaurants. People dining al fresco with dogs by their feet has long been a common sight on the island. Recently, a fine imposed by a new health inspector has changed this tradition, and dogs have been banned from one of the most popular canine hangouts in town. The Schooner Wharf Bar’s motto...
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The Legality of Helping Chained Dogs
Court case dropped against dog advocate
Tamira Ci Thayne is the founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, which appeared in a previous blog called Have a Heart For Chained Dogs Week. The goal of this organization is to stop the constant chaining of dogs. They educate people about why constantly chaining dogs is inhumane and about the dangers of this practice.   Thayne has taken more direct action to help some of these unfortunate dogs,...
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Only the Good Die Young
Science doesn't back that up
According to a recent study, The Pace of Life Under Artificial Selection: Personality, Energy Expenditure, and Longevity Are Correlated in Domestic Dogs, there is a link between personality, metabolic rate, and life history traits. Researcher Vincent Careau and his colleagues conclude that dogs of obedient, docile and shy breeds live longer than breeds that are more typically bold or disobedient...

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