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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Dogs Reduce E. Coli on Beaches
Study looks at the role of Border Collies in disease prevention.
Border Collie Photo by Tambako The Jaguar
Every year high E. coli levels shut down hundreds of beaches around the world. The bacteria is the leading cause of shore closures. While the prevalence of the microorganism is largely due to rainwater runoff and sewage, seagull droppings have been found to be responsible not only for high E. coli levels, but for spreading multi-drug resistant bacteria in multiple countries including Sweden,...
Blog: Karen B. London
Emergency Shelter Doesn’t Accept Dogs
Local humane association offers free pet care
We're headed to the same place, right?
People in Arizona who have to evacuate on short notice because of the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff are not able to bring their pets to the Red Cross shelter at Sinagua Middle School. Luckily, the Coconino Humane Association about a block away will care for pets whose guardians have evacuated. Dogs will be housed in kennel runs, be provided a blanket, food and water...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Rescued Service Dog Dials 9-1-1
Pit bull/Lab mix saves a Ohio veteran by summoning the police.
Terry McGlade relies on his service dog, Major, to life a fully independent life. The Pit Bull/Lab mix warns him about oncoming seizures and helps with everyday tasks (Major can even check to make sure all the doors in the house are locked!). Unfortunately Terry's story is all too common. He has suffered from PTSD and memory loss ever since being wounded by a roadside bomb during his third...
Blog: Editors
Seizure-Alert Dog Walks in Place of Graduate
This is a touching story of a seizure-alert dog’s participation at a graduation ceremony at Idaho State University. This Pit Bull’s person, Joshua Kelly who was suffering from epilepsy recently completed his degree, but sadly had died in February. To honor his memory, Terrell Kelly, Joshua’s father, brought Cletus to walk the “stage” with him to pick up his son’s diploma, this gesture was met...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
Learning Dog Social Skills
Dogs have so much to learn from other dogs. Having worked in animal shelters for more than 25 years, I’ve seen so many dogs who were isolated and have no social skills with other dogs or people. When I bring these dogs home and introduce them to my pack, they are often terrified, aggressive or shut down. In almost every case, my smooth, easy going dogs have the newcomer feeling comfortable fairly...
Blog: Karen B. London
Behavioral Predictors of Adoption
What dogs do influences potential adopters
We know that millions of shelter pets are available for adoption each year, but that many are never selected. Most previous research into the choices that people make about which dog to adopt has focused on what the dog looks like and the dog’s behavior in the kennel. The recent study “Adopter-dog interactions at the shelter: Behavioral and contextual predictors of adoption” investigated whether...
Blog: Editors
Ikea Showcasing Shelter Dogs
Ikea promotes shelter dogs
Now here’s an innovative idea! Ikea and DDB Singapore (an advertising agency) teamed up with animal shelters in Singapore, Save Our Dogs (SOSD) and Animal Lovers League (ALL), to promote animal adoptions. Two IKEA stores feature 26 life-size cardboard cutouts of dogs available for adoption, and they are placed in prominent positions in their furniture showrooms. Each dog has a unique QR code,...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Kayaking with Dogs
Another way to enjoy the water this summer!
It's finally starting to warm up in the North East and that means the return of all the fun summer activities we've missed. Last season I did a lot of kayaking on my own, but I always hated leaving my pups at home. This year I decided to remedy my dog-less outings! For Scuttle's first kayaking experience, I chose a local outfitter's doggy trip. The short 2-hour outing was a good introduction and...
Blog: Karen B. London
Attention Changes With Age
Dogs and humans follow similar path
If you think that your dog has changed in his tendency to pay attention to you over time, you are probably right. A new study is the first to describe the developmental changes in dogs’ attention over their entire life. In the study “Lifespan development of attentiveness in domestic dogs: drawing parallels with humans”, scientists studied 145 Border Collies from the ages of 6 months to almost 14...
Blog: Editors
Creative Walking
with a dog as your muse
There was a piece in the New York Times recently that provides us with yet another reason why living with dogs is so good for us. Gretchen Reynolds, their Phys Ed columnist, reviewed a current study that show how wonderful walking is to our creative process—a form of exercise that all dog people can relate to (at least 2 to 3 times/day). The salubrious effects of exercise, in general, have been...

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