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News: Karen B. London
How Can This Be Comfortable?
Dogs rest in the weirdest positions
I don’t understand how dogs can possibly be comfortable in some of the positions they choose to be in. Take Marley, for example, in this picture. Even with every effort to remember that he is not a human and that I shouldn’t project my preferences on him, this makes no sense to me.  He looks like a “before” picture in an ad for a chiropractor. Over the years, I’ve seen dogs resting with their...
News: JoAnna Lou
Dogs Shed Light on Migration Patterns
Scientists use canine remains to learn more about humans.
We've benefited in many ways from our relationship with dogs. Studying canines has led to everything from new medical advancements to behavioral insights. Now scientists are using dogs to understand human migration patterns around the world. According to University of Illinois biologist Kelsey Witt, canines were one of the earliest organisms to have migrated with humans to every continent. This...
News: Karen B. London
Dog Pushes Baby in Swinging Crib
Gentle help from Charlie the Beagle
I strongly believe that when you have a new baby, you should accept all assistance available to you. “Turn down no offer of help” was some of the best advice I ever got, and I frequently pass it on to other parents. One family’s dog is able to offer rocking services to keep a baby swinging gently in her crib. In this video, you can see that the dog looks at the camera operator, who I presume is...
News: Guest Posts
Dog Rides Bus to the Park
Seattle pup is a public transportation regular.
My dogs are always ready to go, running in circles while I put on my shoes, grab my jacket, and throw poop bags into my backpack. I imagine they wonder why it takes so long to leave the house. But not all dogs are so patient. One pup in Seattle became tired of waiting and took matters into her own paws. Jeff Young and his Black Labrador mix, Eclipse, live next to the bus stop that takes them to...
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A Dog Rolling Over During Play Is a Combat Tactic, Not Submission
I’ve got the ‘dog play’ bug, arguably one of the better winter bugs to have. I recently covered which toys dogs prefer (the answer: new ones, although old ones can be reinvigorated), as well as the unfortunate finding that when a dog’s not “playing right,” it could be you, not them. But toys and people are only part of play. I haven’t said anything yet about the huge topic of dog-dog play! Fear...
News: Shirley Zindler
New Year's Hopes
The day before Thanksgiving I received an animal control call from a woman who had recently found a pregnant stray Rott/Shep type dog and taken her home. The finder tried to find the dog’s owner but no one claimed her and 8 chunky puppies were born soon after. Unable to keep them and desperate about what to do with a large, protective mama and her 8 newborns, she called the shelter. I told her...
News: Karen B. London
Your Dog Feels You
More evidence that dogs attend to human emotions
Science is subject to trendiness, just like fashion, language and entertainment are. So, just as we are all facing an abundance of mid-calf boots, abbreviations and post-apocalyptic films, there is no shortage of studies on the influence of human emotions on our dogs. One of the latest studies, Fetching what the owner prefers? Dogs recognize disgust and happiness in human behaviour, in the...
News: JoAnna Lou
Smartphone for Dogs
New collar lets you 'video chat' with your pup.
These days it seems like everyone has a smartphone, even toddlers can be regularly seen playing with the expensive devices. So it was only a matter of time before the technology reached our pets too. This week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Motorola unveiled the Scout 5000, a collar which is being billed as a smartphone for dogs. While there are other GPS-enabled collars,...
News: Karen B. London
Military Device Disguised as Dog Poop
Everybody left these transmitters alone
Over the winter break, my family visited the Washington D.C. area, and like my children, I find myself writing the “What I Did During My Vacation” essay. At the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the great displays include the Space Shuttle Discovery, the Enola Gay, a Concorde airliner, and the 1903 Wright Flyer that was the first plane ever to take flight. Despite these historical marvels, the...
News: Karen B. London
Gifts That Spoke to My Passion For Dogs
Does everyone see my need for lint rollers?
My stocking this year was full of little treasures that tell me that my relatives on the Christmas-celebrating side of the family really get me. Among the great diversity of gifts, the majority fit into three categories—chocolate (oh how I love it!), lotions (oh how my skin hates living in the high desert!) and dog related. The thing that really made me laugh was that I received three lint...

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