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An Unlikely Couple
The love of a goat and a dog
It’s hard to say what makes a pair fall so deeply in love, and when a close bond develops across species, it is both more puzzling and more endearing. A goat named Minelli and a Great Dane named Judy used to spend all their time together—sleeping, cuddling, and just being with each other.   They were strays, though, and are now being held in an animal care facility in Dallas for the required 18...
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Getting a Leg Up
Three-legged dogs inform robot design
Many three-legged dogs walk and run quite well, and people who build robots want to know how. They want to model robots on dogs who are missing limbs so that in the event of damage, these robots will still be capable of moving. It makes sense to be prepared for the unexpected, and studying the way dogs move may make it possible.   By comparing the gaits of dogs with three legs to those of the...
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Band Names
What would you call your group?
A woman in my running group was going to band practice after our workout, and we were talking about her music as we left the track. (First we talked about her sweet new dog, Gray, but then we moved on to music.) She sings in a band made up of people she works with at W. L. Gore, which is a company that manufactures medical devices. Her band has had several names over the past year, but the one I...
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Dogs at the Farmer’s Market
Handling dogs and crowds
In my town, Flagstaff, Ariz., dogs are welcome in many places, and one of the hot spots for dogs is the Sunday morning Farmer’s Market. It’s great to see people and dogs out enjoying the beautiful weather and the purchase of fresh foods. Regrettably, what’s not always so great is seeing people frustrated or angry with one another because of the dogs.   Sometimes people, especially kids, pet dogs...
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Kong Love
Dog toys make me happy
Maybe it was when I started using the Kong keychain, but at some point I realized that I was a bit over the top with my enthusiasm for Kong toys. I get excited about new ones that come out, and maintain a breathless enthusiasm for the original, too.   I love that dogs have such fun with them, and that Kongs can truly enrich their daily lives. Dogs often consider them a higher quality fetch toy...
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Puppy Mischief
What has your little “angel” done?
I was talking recently with my Aunt Liz, who had the Great Danes I knew and loved as a child. We were discussing what great dogs they were, and I guess I only remembered the good times when they were in their prime. I had never known about their puppy antics, and she filled me in. “The worst moment was when Drinan ate the couch,” she said. Having had many clients who discovered scratches, tears...
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Take Your Dog To Work Day
Live the dream on June 25, 2010
A very rare percentage of people feel that their job is so fantastic that there is little that could be done to make it better. For most of the rest of the world, one simple perk could make their work so much more enjoyable—if they could just bring their dog with them. Being allowed to bring dogs to work has so many advantages both for employees and for the businesses that allow it.   Julia...
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Most Dogs Hate the Smell of Citrus
Does yours?
Typically, dogs like going for walks, eating chicken, belly rubs and chasing squirrels. Sure there are exceptions, but these truths apply to most dogs. Similarly, there is general agreement among canines about what is undesirable, or even repulsive. At the top of that list is the smell of citrus.   Dogs’ distaste for oranges, lemons, grapefruit or the smell of same can be useful. Many dogs can be...
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Dog Talk
Do you say canine-related things?
Among people who work with dogs for a living, it is not unusual to use familiar expressions with a slight dog twist. For example, we might say, “I’ll cross my paws for you,” if someone is hoping to get an offer accepted on a house or if they are waiting for news from a medical test. On the “paw” theme, a response to someone’s request to meet with me just as I have arrived in the office might be...
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ChocoTox
An iPhone app that can help dogs
ChocoTox is an iPhone application that determines whether or not a dog has ingested a toxic amount of chocolate. You enter the dog’s weight, the amount of chocolate eaten, and the type of chocolate. The type of chocolate is as critical as the other two factors because the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains, and theobromine is what is actually toxic to dogs. Once you’ve entered...

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