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Winter Olympians and Their Dogs
Athletes love ‘em, too!
If you are addicted to the Olympics, as I am, you probably find it fun to know as much as possible about the lives of the athletes. Most have made a lifetime of sacrifices for their sport and to pursue excellence in it. Many credit the love and support of family with helping them to achieve their goals of competing at the highest level at the Olympics. For a large number of Olympians, that family...
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Dog Provided Girl Warmth and Safety All Night
Just one example of how dogs save people’s lives
Victoria Bensch could have frozen to death or been attacked by a wild animal. Instead, thanks to her dog Blue, she is safe and back at home with her parents. She wandered from her home late last Thursday and spent the night lost in freezing temperatures half a mile away in an area where coyotes and other predators are a concern. Blue huddled with her, which is probably what kept her warm enough...
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Suspect Tells Police Dog To Sit
Man ends up in jail
When a Gainesville man was pulled over for playing his car stereo excessively loud, his reaction was to act out, yell profanities, and generally disrespect the police officers. When officers brought a drug-sniffing police dog to the scene, the man continued to behave badly. Specifically, he gave commands such as “sit” to the police dog, which is considered interfering with a working police animal...
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Frisbee Inventor Dies
His product gave joy to millions
Fred Morrison died earlier this week at the age of 90. Best known as the inventor of the Frisbee, he was also a World War II pilot, husband and father, and an entrepreneur. The first discs he threw were the lids of popcorn tins, which he and his wife threw back and forth at a family picnic in 1937. These dented too easily so he moved to cake tins, and then began to manufacture his own discs,...
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When a Beloved Dog Dies
How do others help you handle the grief?
My dear friend Trisha McConnell recently lost her 16-year old dog Lassie. She has written extensively about all her dogs, including Lassie, in books, magazines and on her blog, and many people who have never even met Lassie felt the loss and grieved along with Trisha. In fact, following her blog entry about Lassie’s passing, there are over 300 comments of love and support.   This tells me that as...
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Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week
Because dogs deserve better
The organization Dogs Deserve Better is a national group that advocates for and rescues chained dogs. Their goal is to stop the constant chaining of dogs. While they work towards this end all year long, the week around Valentine’s Day is one of their most prominent periods of activity.   During this season, they send Valentines to continuously chained dogs. Each Valentine includes a brochure that...
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A Dog in the Road
How best to help
While driving recently, I was preparing to turn onto the main highway near my neighborhood when I saw a dog in the middle of it. She seemed scared and confused, and looked about to bolt, but seemed unsure where to go. I was terrified for her—cars were coming at 50 miles an hour and the roads were still snowy and even icy in patches from the almost 5 feet of snow plus some rain that recently...
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Puppy Bowl VI
Let the games begin!
In my family, we joke that the Super Bowl is similar to a religious holiday. By that we mean that we honor traditions, spend time together as a family and eat large amounts of wonderful food. We stop short of considering it a spiritual experience, but we do love the party atmosphere and always hope for a great game.   Since not everyone is a football fan, it’s nice to have alternatives when so...
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Getting Fit With Your Dog
Skip the gym!
A recent study in Great Britain found that people with dogs exercise more than those who work out at the gym. The difference was considerable. People with dogs exercised for an average of eight hours a week compared to the two hours a week of people going to the gym.   The researchers speculate that the difference may be because more people (86 percent) enjoy the time that they spend walking...
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Telling Our Dogs We Want To Play
They CAN understand us
One of the coolest studies of behavior I have ever read is a 2001 study by Rooney, Bradshaw and Robinson (Do dogs respond to play signals given by humans? Animal Behaviour, 61:715-722.) The question they asked was simple: Can humans tell their dogs that they want to play? And the really cool part is that the answer was “Yes, people can signal playfulness to dogs.”   One really interesting aspect...

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