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Behavioral Differences Between Dogs and Wolves
Dogs and wolves share a similar genetic profile. So why are their behaviors so different? The reasons aren’t clearly understood. In a recent paper in the journal Ethology , evolutionary biologist Kathryn Lord's doctoral research (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) suggests differences in later behaviors might be related to the pups' earliest sensory experiences during the critical period of...
News: Karen B. London
Dog Fighting Museum Exhibit
“The Voiceless Victims”
A temporary exhibit at the Crime Museum in Washington D.C. allows guests to see some of the equipment used by the illegal dog-fighting industry. Among the items in "The Voiceless Victims" exhibit are tools for conditioning dogs, for forcing breedings, and for antagonizing dogs through pain. There are also sticks used to force dogs to release other dogs, and an electrocution device used to kill...
News: JoAnna Lou
Revisiting Fake Service Dogs
A growing problem which has no easy solution.
A few years ago I wrote about people passing off their pets as service dogs so they could ride in the cabin together (thus avoiding the hazards of cargo and extra fees).  Although the practice is  unethical, and makes travel harder for people with legitimate service dogs, the problem seems to only be growing. Heated discussions crop up every time there's a national dog competition.  The latest...
News: Guest Posts
Latest Genetic Research about Dogs' Diet
“Where goeth the food, so goeth the dog.”  (old proverb) The earliest archeological evidence dates dogs to about 14,000 years ago. Remains of small dogs in Israel go back 12,000 years. When people settled down in agricultural communities, they began to tinker with the natural environment, bringing about modification, intentionally or accidentally, in plants and animals. Of course dogs joined the...
News: JoAnna Lou
Update on Missy
Happy ending for dog left on a mountain
Last summer I wrote about Missy, a German Shepherd who got caught up in a custody battle between Anthony Ortolani, the man who left her to die 13,500 feet up on a mountain, and her rescuers. In the end Anthony entered a guilty plea for cruelty to animals and was recently sentenced to a year of probation and 30 hours of community service. In addition, John Steed, one of the rescuers, was allowed...
News: Guest Posts
CCI Dogs, handlers and volunteers march in Presidential Inaugural Parade:
Gratitude and honor prompt participation
WASHINGTON  —  The 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade played host to another inaugural event. Santa Rosa, Calif. based Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) made their inaugural debut in the parade, which also marked the first time a dog organization participated. According to CCI National Director of Marketing Jeanine Konopelski the mother of a Skilled Companion Team from Virginia was the...
News: JoAnna Lou
One Million Likes for a Puppy
Kids launch a Facebook campaign to convince their parents
When I was a kid, I desperately tried to convince my parents to get a puppy by creating presentations on how responsible I was and assembling mock schedules showing how all the chores would be completed.  Unfortunately I was never successful and ended up having to wait until after college to get my first dog. Now children these days have technology on their side.  When the Cordell family in...
News: Editors
Mavericks: The Big Wave That is Named for a Dog
There is a buzz of excitement radiating through the San Francisco Bay Area—the annual Mavericks Invitational, a big wave surf contest held 20 miles south of the city, is a go! And it's happening this weekend! You might be asking yourself, "How, exactly, does this relate to dogs?" Well, you see, it's a rare event to visit a surf break that doesn't have a dog or two hanging on the beach waiting for...
News: Shea Cox
A bacterial disease that's spreading
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease of great importance as it can affect both humans and animals, and can readily be spread from one species to another (i.e., from our dogs to us). For many years the occurrence in pets was rare, however, in the past few years, the disease has become diagnosed more frequently-I myself have treated four dogs suspected of having Leptospirosis just this past year....
News: JoAnna Lou
Crowdfunding a Canine Film
Student makes a documentary about a special town dog
From the outside, Rockford, Alabama is just another symbol of the bad economy, a community of just 400 people on the verge of becoming a ghost town. The recession hit Rockford hard, forcing many of the town's shops to close and many people to move away in search of jobs. But those who know Rockford, know that it's a special town with a rich history and character. Ava Lowrey, a film student at...