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After a month-long absence, Dogs! In the News! returns. (I needed a break!) This week: a dog thought to be extinct is rediscovered; a deadly disease strikes in New Jersey, waging an air war on dog poop; K9s compete in Boynton Beach; and a German Shepherd Dog races to the rescue. All, in Dogs! In The News!

Rare Dog Rediscovered!

The New Guinea Highland Wild Dog, not seen in nearly 50 years, has been sighted on a isolated island mountaintop.

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New Guinea Highland Wild Dog (Photo: New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation / Business Insider)

After decades of fearing that the New Guinea highland wild dog had gone extinct in its native habitat, researchers have finally confirmed the existence of a healthy, viable population, hidden in one of the most remote and inhospitable regions on Earth. According to DNA analysis, these are the most ancient and primitive canids in existence, and a recent expedition to New Guinea’s remote central mountain spine has resulted in more than 100 photographs of at least 15 wild individuals, including males, females, and pups, thriving in isolation and far from human contact.

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New Guinea Highland Wild Dogs (Photo: New Guinea Highland Wild Dogs Foundation / Business Insider)

Scientists found a single muddy paw print, which inspired them to set up cameras throughout the region, resulting in the photos you see in this post.

Read more from Business Insider.


Potentially Deadly Disease in Northern Jersey

Five dogs in Paramus, New Jersey have been diagnosed with leptospirosis, a potentially deadly bacterial infection.

The disease is transmitted via the urine of wild animals and thrives in creeks, puddles, ponds, and other places where there’s standing water.

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If left untreated, it could lead to kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure and death. Symptoms include bleeding from the nose, vomiting and loss of appetite. Vets say the earlier the disease is identified, the better the prognosis will be. If your dog contracts the disease, doctors recommend that owners visit a physician. Also, humans should wash their hands after taking dogs for a walk.

The disease can spread to humans.

Here’s more from ABC News, including these tips:

– Be on the lookout for these possible signs of the disease: Fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, increased urination or an inability to urinate. While these also can be signs of other health problems, they’re all good reasons to take your dog to the veterinarian.
– Dogs tend to get leptospirosis in muddy, wooded areas, so take caution when going for hikes. Don’t allow your dog to swim in these areas or lap up water from a puddle.
– Dogs can be vaccinated for leptospirosis, and Dr. Davidson strongly recommends talking to your primary care veterinarian about getting the vaccine.
– Since the disease is carried by rodents, do everything you can to keep your backyard rodent-free. Keep grass mowed and dispose of trash properly.


South Florida Police K9 Competition

The Sixth Annual South Florida Police K9 Competition was held last Saturday in Boynton Beach.

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K9 Competition (Photo: Michael Landress / Palm Beach Post)

The event included obstacle courses, “hardest hitting,” and fastest running competitions.

The winners were:

– Officer John Marin and K9 Rex of the Miami Police Department took first place in the obstacle course.
– Gordon Dickinson and K9 Stitch of the Coral Gables Police came in second.
– Cory Tomblin and K9 Remco of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office came in third.

Read more from the Palm Beach Post.


Drones Versus Dog Poop

Authorities in the Netherlands are waging aerial war on dog poop!

Drones have been  fitted with cameras and heat detectors designed to spot steaming mounds of doggy doo-doo.

 

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Once poop is spotted, the drone transmits directions to a cleaning machine called Patroldog 1 which swoops in and deals with the offending mess.

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Thermal Image of Dog Poop from Drone

Read more from The Sun.


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Check out this German Shepherd Dog rescuing his buddy from a snow drift!

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Puppies rescued from an avalanche in Italy! Dogs rule social media! And who’s the cutest widdle puppy? Read on for details in this week’s Dogs! In the News!

Italy Avalanche Survivors

News media are reporting the death toll from last Wednesday’s avalanche in central Italy continues to climb. It is now reported that 16 people have died. Nine people have been rescued so far. Thirteen people are still missing.

The discovery of three puppies gives rescuers hope that there will be more survivors.

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Three Rescued Puppies (Photo: Alessandro Di Meo / ANSA via AP)

The New York Times reports:

The discovery of the three Abruzzo sheepdog puppies in the boiler room raised spirits, even as rescuers located a ninth body. Jubilant emergency crews carried the pups out in their arms, with one firefighter burying his face in the fluffy white fur to give the dog a kiss. The puppies were born last month to the hotel’s resident sheepdogs, Nuvola and Lupo, and were prominently featured on the hotel’s Facebook page. Their parents had found their own way out after the Wednesday afternoon avalanche.

Read more from ABC News here.

The thoughts and prayers of all Urban Doggers are with the families of the victims of this disaster.


Dogs and Social Media

Bark Box, the “provider of pet-themed products and technology,” released its study of dog owners’ behavior on social media.

According to BarkBox, dogs “are flooding the pages and feeds of their people, and some pups even have their own feeds.”

Here are some of their findings:

– On average, dog people post a picture or talk about their dog on social media six times per week

–  American dog parents watch dog videos or look at dog photos three times per week, on average

– One in ten (11%) dog people have even created a social media account for their pup.

Let’s see… where do I stand? The picture below shows one week of activity on Instagram…

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One Week on Bodhi’s Instagram

That’s nine pics on Instagram. Looks like I am above average! HA!

How about you Urban Doggers? How often do you post puppy pics on social media? Let us know in the comments below.


“Who’s a Cute Widdle Puppy?”

Science Magazine reports that not all dogs enjoy baby talk.

We often say the same sweet, nonsensical things to our dogs that we say to our babies—and in almost the same slow, high-pitched voice. Now, scientists have shown that puppies find our pooch-directed speech exciting, whereas older dogs are somewhat indifferent. The findings show, for the first time, that young dogs respond to this way of talking, and that it may help them learn words—as such talk does with human babies.

Breed of the Week: French Bulldog

“Aren’t you just about the cutest widdle cuddley-poo?”

Researchers in France recorded 30 women reading a script: “Hi! Hello cutie! Who’s a good boy? Come here! Good boy! Yes! Come here sweetie pie! What a good boy!” in distinctive, high-pitched, sing-song tones and in tones more attuned to human adults. They let puppies and adult dogs listen to the recordings and learned that puppies responded positively to the baby talk and the grown up dogs were largely indifferent to any of the recordings.

There are certain people who scoff at my talking to Bodhi as if he were an adult. But I’ve always know that’s what he prefers. He doesn’t like to be talked down to.

How about you Urban Doggers? How do you talk to your dogs?

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This Week in Dog News: The Fate of Gary Fisher (Yes, that’s Carrie Fisher’s dog.) A Controversial Federal Court Ruling. And, Surgeries Performed to “Improve” the Aesthetic Appearance of Dogs are Banned. All in this Week’s Edition of Dogs! In the News!

Gary Fisher’s Future

Gary Fisher, Carrie Fisher’s beloved French Bulldog, has a new home. He’ll be moving in with Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter.

As we all know Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, died last week after suffering a heart attack at the age of 60.

Gary was Fisher’s constant companion. I posted about about them before: here and here. Lourd has a Frenchie of her own named Tina. She says Gary and Tina are best friends.

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The day after Fisher died, her mother, Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, also died.

Fisher’s half-sister, actress Joely Fisher told Entertainment Tonight that before Carrie Fisher died, Reynolds was

“… was praying for more time. She kept saying that she was … she wanted more time,” Joely says of Debbie. “And I knew that if Carrie wasn’t going to survive this, that Debbie would not. You knew it. You could feel it in her tiny little beautiful body. You could see it in her face. She would not last without her on the planet. She wouldn’t, and she didn’t.”

It seems Reynolds died of a broken heart, no?

I have to say I was pretty bummed by Carrie Fisher’s death. As many of you know, I am a HUGE Star Wars fan, I saw Fisher perform her one-woman show twice, and I read all of her books.

Here’s an Instagram of Fisher, Lourd, and Reynolds in happier times.

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You can read more from Time Magazine, and for a great interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, check out Carrie’s and Gary’s appearance on her show Fresh Air.

And how about you, Urban Doggers? Will you miss Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds? Let us know in the comments section below.


Controversial Court Ruling

A Federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ruled that police can shoot a dog while entering a home if the animal “moves or barks” in the officer’s presence.

Mark and Cheryl Brown of Battle Creek claimed that police offices “unlawfully seized their property in violation of the Fourth Amendment when officers shot and killed two dogs while executing a search warrant.”

According to People Magazine:

An officer testified that he shot the first dog when it appeared to move “a few inches” and lunged at him. The dog fled to the basement, where the officer shot and killed it. Court documents reveal that another officer killed the second dog after it too ran to the basement and barked at the officers. Judge Eric Clay’s decision ruled that the Browns failed to provide evidence that the first dog did not lunge at police and that the second dog did not bark.
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The ruling has proved controversial. So controversial the Battle Creek Police Chief felt he had to issue a statement explaining the department’s position. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports:
“We wanted to put out a second release because of conjecture and rumor,” Battle Creek Chief Jim Blocker said [last week] “We have received a phenomenal amount of emails and calls, threatening and almost shocking to the extent of words people use” … In the statement, Blocker said “Recent reports and comments regarding this case have created controversy and omitted some key facts. This was not a case about mere barking … The case involved a high-risk warrant to search the home of a dangerous person, a small space where officers were immediately faced with two large, aggressive guard dogs, one of which lunged at the team lead.” Blocker said contacts, including calls to the front desk at the department and in emails and on social media, have included threats against officers and complaints about the circumstances of the dog killing. 
What do you Urban Doggers think? Should the police have killed these dogs? Post a comment.

Aesthetic Surgeries Banned

Starting this week, veterinarians in Quebec Province in Canada can no longer perform surgeries designed to “improve” the appearance of dogs. That means, no more tail docking or ear cropping. CTV News reports:

“We know that this is a cosmetic surgery only, and unless there is something like a damaged tail that requires amputation or an ear that was injured, we will not be doing these amputations,” Dr. Enid Stiles, a veterinarian with the Sherwood Park Animal Hospital, told CTV Montreal. “They are painful procedures.”

That means Bodhi wouldn’t have his silly little tail, which is fine by me. I think Weimaraners look just fine with their long tails.

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Bodhi and His Docked Tail

Based on my reading, it seems many countries ban this activity already.

What do you think Urban Doggers? Which looks better? Natural? or docked?

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Natural? Or Docked?


Dog Saved From Being Killed by a Train.. By Another Dog!

A hero dog kept his friend safe from an oncoming train!

Here’s the dramatic video!

Don’t worry! The dogs were rescued from the tracks and adopted.

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Courtesy: New York Post

You can read the whole story at the New York Post.

My question is: why didn’t the person taking the video try to save the dogs before the train rushed by? Do you have the answer, Urban Doggers?


The Tail: “My! What Big Teeth You Have!”

 

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This week in Dogs! In the News! Will the next first dog be a Goldendoodle? A Greyhound wins the National. Houdini, the Great Escape Artist, is finally caught. And fourteen dogs are rescued from a South Korean meat farm.

The First Dog?

President-Elect Donald Trump is poised to be the first president in 150 years who does not own a pet.

A Palm Beach, Florida socialite is angling to change that.

Lois Pope, who’s known the Trumps for decades, says she’s grooming Patton, a Goldendoodle, to be the First Dog.

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Patton (Courtesy: Lois Pope)

Pope is a philanthropist who advocates on behalf of veterans and animals.

No word yet on whether the Trumps have accepted her offer.

Read all about it at the Washington Post.


The National Winner

Gia, a Greyhound, won the National Dog Show in Philadelphia.

The National is probably the best known dog show in the United States after Westminster.

Gia beat out six other finalists: a Giant Schnauzer, a Tibetan Terrier, a Pekingnese, a West Highland White Terrier, an English Springer Spaniel, and a Border Collie.

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Gia (Courtesy: Steven Donahue/See Spot Run Photography)

For more, check out the Washington Post. (I have to say I’ve been really enjoying WaPo’s resurgence!)

And for a really interesting read on the background of the National Dog Show, read this story from Vox.


Dogs Saved From Meat Farm

Fourteen dogs have been saved from a meat farm in South Korea.

The dogs, many of them puppies, were airlifted from Asia to Richmond, Virginia.

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Rescued Dog (Courtesy: WRIC)

ABC affiliate WRIC reports: “They are some of the most fortunate dogs on the planet,” Richmond SPCA CEO Robin Robertson Starr said. “These dogs have never really known human kindness.”

For more, visit WRIC.


Houdini is Captured!

The escape artist known as Houdini has been captured!

An animal rescue group in California spent three days attempting to catch a dog that had escaped capture for more than two years.  According to the United Press International, the pooch was finally taken into custody by Hope for Paws after bringing in a small army of volunteers to get the job done.

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Houdini

Go to You Tube to watch a great video showing the elaborate lengths the rescuers went to to catch Houdini… and to see scrappy Houdini’s amazing ability to elude capture!

And visit the UPI for the full story.


The Tail: Who Took the Cookie?

 

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This week in Dogs! In the News! The ban against Pit Bulls in Montreal suspended. Brooklyn comes to the rescue. Clinton takes her dog for a walk. And… SQUIRREL!

Montreal Pit Bull Ban Update

It appears the ban on Pit Bulls and related breeds in Montreal has been suspended indefinitely. A judge declared that the ban would not go into effect as long as there were legal challenges against it. The ban was passed by the government there after a woman was killed by a dog believed to be a Pittie.

The Dodo has the full story here.

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Brooklyn to the Rescue!

Here’s a great story from the New York Times.

It starts like this:

Bailey, a 2½-year-old goldendoodle, lived a placid, largely uneventful life on a block of handsome brownstones in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, until 7:15 on the morning of Oct. 24.

That was when her owner leashed her to a metal chair outside Henry’s Local, a coffee shop on Henry Street, and went in for an iced latte.

Another customer entered the cafe. Bailey, startled, jumped to the side. The chair crashed to the sidewalk. The noise spooked Bailey further.

She bolted — down Henry Street, dragging the clattering chair behind her, with her owner, Orna Le Pape, in pursuit, yelling: “Bailey, stop! No! No!”

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Bailey and Orna (Courtesy: The New York Times)

Click here to find out what happened next!


It Takes a Dog

Two days after the presidential election, Margot Gerster, a Chappaqua, New York resident ran across a very famous person walking her dog in the woods.

“It felt crazy, but amazing,” Gerster said of running into the Clintons, who own a home in the area. “I take my daughter hiking almost every day, so you don’t expect to run into Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton” two days after the election.

“It felt really nice to speak to her and to tell her how nice it was for me as a woman and a mother to vote for her,” said Gerster, who had taken her daughter to vote with her on Election Day. “She couldn’t have been any kinder or more welcoming.”

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You can read the whole story here from BuzzFeed.


The Tail:  SQUIRREL!

 

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Dogs! In the News! Rescues! Elephants! Halloween! Hot Dogs! Ducks! Dog Kisses! It’s a crazy quilt of dog news this week here at Urban Dog!

Fashion Photog Helps Rescues

A friend of mine in New York City, Richard Phibbs, has had a very successful career as a model and fashion photographer.

The last few years he’s been lending his talents to the Humane Society of New York for free, trying to bring attention to dogs at the shelter looking for their forever homes. He’s photographed more than 360 rescue dogs so far.

Now he’s publishing a book, Rescue Me!, featuring 63 of his canine portraits and detailing each pooch’s story.

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Here are Ariel and Lily:

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Here’s Little Lowell:

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The book comes out on October 28. For more click here to reach the publisher’s website and here to buy the book on Amazon. Click here to reach the Humane Society.


Malaysia: Just Say “No” to Hot Dogs

The Malaysian government has asked vendors selling hot dogs to rename their products or risk losing their halal certification.

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The BBC reports:

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department, a religious government body, said it adopted the ruling after complaints from Muslim tourists.

Director Sirajuddin Suhaimee said the name might cause “confusion”.

“In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification,” he said.

Malaysian halal food guidelines say “halal food and halal artificial flavour shall not be named or synonymously named after non-halal products such as ham, bak kut teh, bacon, beer, rum and others that might create confusion,” local media said.

Read the whole story here.


Dogs to the Rescue!

The ongoing effort to save elephants in Africa now has more weapons in its arsenal: airborne anti-poaching dogs.

National Geographic has the story:

Imagine this: Poachers have just shot an elephant. They’ve begun to saw off its tusks just as a helicopter takes off in the distance. On board is Arrow, a two-year-old Belgian Malinois, strapped to his handler, who’s wearing a parachute on his back. In minutes the pair float down near the crime scene so Arrow can chase down the poacher and stop him in his tracks.

Arrow has yet to carry out an actual takedown, but he and a six-year-old German shepherd, Giant, have jumped out of planes before. The idea is to get the dogs on the ground fast enough to sniff out and catch suspected poachers before they can vanish into the bush.

Arrow and Giant are among 200 enrollees in the Anti-Poaching and Canine Training Academy, run by Paramount Group, a defense contractor based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The academy’s canines, which are bred at the facility, are trained and often matched with rangers from national parks and game reserves across Africa.

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Dogs Parachute In! (Courtesy: National Geographic)

Read the full story here from Nat Geo.

Elephants are in serious danger today. Poaching is out of control, thanks to demand from Asia. Click here at the Wildlife Conservation Network to find out more and here to adopt orphaned baby elephants at the Sheldrick Trust.


I Don’t Know Where that Tongue Has Been!

The biggest presidential election of our time is two weeks away, so what does the “Paper of Record” do a front page story on?

Whether you should let your dog lick your face or not.

Yes, the New York Times has published an expose on the dangers inherent in having too intimate a relationship with your pooch.

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Me and Bodhi: Too Much?

The Times reports:

Some bacteria in dogs’ mouths are zoonotic, meaning the animals can pass them to humans and cause disease.

Some common zoonotic bacteria include clostridium, E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter, which can cause severe gastrointestinal disease in humans, said Dr. Leni K. Kaplan, a lecturer of community practice service at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  However, a dog’s saliva and pathogens can be absorbed more easily through the mucous membranes of a person’s nose, mouth and eyes. Though illnesses transmitted this way are rare, Dr. Kaplan said it was best to avoid having your dog lick those parts of your face.

You can read the whole story here from the New York Times.


Happy Halloween from New York City

The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade took place this past weekend.

Here are just three of the costumes some dogs had to endure.

First up: a Harry Potter Pug!

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Harry Potter Pug

Tables turned: Rhodesian Ridgebacks dressed as lions.

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Lion Ridgebacks

A Pom Wonderful Pomeranian!

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Pom Wonderful

You can see more than 20 other costumed canines here, courtesy of New York Magazine.

This post makes me a little woozy with nostalgia: the first post I ever did on Urban Dog was about the Halloween Parade two years ago.


The Tail: Duck Versus Dog

A duck chases a dog. Enjoy!

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This week in Dogs! In the News! Montreal  moves to ban Pit Bulls! Miami moves to remove the ban on Pit Bulls! Thirty pups are saved from a Korean meat farm! And a dog gives birth in the Moscow subway! Scroll down for more!

Pit Bull News: Montreal… BOO! Miami… YAY!

This is one of those good news / bad news stories.

We’ll start with the bad news: a ban against Pit Bulls, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bull Terriers and related breeds went into effect this week in Montreal.

However, a judge there has put the ban on hold until today while legal challenges are considered. (Read the update here at the New York Times.)

The move comes after a woman in Montreal was fatally attacked by a dog three months ago. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the dog was identified as a Pitt Bull, but authorities are awaiting the results of a DNA test.

According to People Magazine, a number of groups in the city are planning to challenge the law:

The controversial Montreal ban of pit bulls and similar breeds could result in the deaths of beloved pets and shelter dogs…

“This new misguided breed discriminatory law will absolutely give the government the authority, and actually the responsibility, of rounding up loving family pets and killing them using tax payer dollars,” [says] Lee Greenwood, Esq., legislative attorney for Best Friends Animal Society, an American animal welfare organization…

You can read the whole story here.

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New York Pit Bull Bambi is Welcome in the Big Apple!

Now here’s the good news!

The Miami Herald reports that the ban against Pit Bulls in Miami-Dade county could be coming to an end!

A Miami-Dade commissioner wants to end the county’s nearly 30-year ban on pit bulls and repeal a law that survived a challenge at the ballot box just four years ago.

Commissioner Bruno Barreiro’s legislation revives an enduring debate over the stocky terriers and their alleged propensity to engage in violent attacks.

The County Commission enacted the original ban in 1989 after a pit bull bit off part of the face of an 8-year-old girl in West Kendall, and the law was part of a national crackdown against the dogs. Critics, including pit-bull owners and some animal-rights groups, argued the bans mistakenly blamed a dog’s breed instead of its owner for hostile behavior.

You can read the whole story here.


Dogs Saved from Korean Meat Farm

More than 30 dogs have been rescued from a meat farm in South Korea and relocated to North Carolina.

[The] dogs were gently coaxed out of pens in a tractor-trailer and into the open arms of volunteers welcoming them to a new country and different style of life.

The dogs were recently rescued from an unlicensed backyard dog-meat farm in Jeonju, South Korea — a city that draws tourists to its historic buildings, sports activities and food culture ranked among UNESCO’s Creative Cities for Gastronomy.

“These dogs will be scattered across the state and they will find their ‘forever homes,’ ” [a Humane Society worker] said. “There is a global effort to try to end the dog-meat trade.”

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Courtesy WLOS

Read more here from the Charlotte Observer.

Moscow Metro Passengers Help Dog Give Birth to Nine Puppies

Stray dogs in Moscow are famous for riding the subways. (Read this story from the New Yorker magazine.)

Now one Russian dog is famous for giving birth on a train! From more on this story click here from RT.com.

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Courtesy RT.com


Hurricane Matthew Prep

Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on the United States.

Everyone should have an plan in place in advance of any emergency situations… and that definitely includes hurricanes

Click here for more info about your pet preparedness emergency plan from the Humane Society.

Here’s Bodhi getting ready for the storm!

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The Tail: Dog vs. Water Balloons

 

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newsIt’s the “Dog People are the Best People” Edition of Dogs! In the News! Diggy gets to stay home. Charlie attends a wedding. A couple decides their bed isn’t big enough for them and their dogs. And Norman is saved from the rabbit hole. Scroll down to read these stories and more!

Diggy Follow Up

A few months back we reported on Diggy, the American Bull Dog who ran afoul of his town’s anti-Pit Bull laws. The New York Times reports:

Diggy, the block-headed rescue pup with a goofy smile, seemed to be thrilled by his new owner in a selfie that spread across the internet in June.

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Diggy

But Diggy’s online fame nearly cost him his new home. Having seen the viral photo, the police in Waterford Township, Mich., told Dan Tillery, the dog’s owner, that he had violated the townships ban on owning pit bulls and that Diggy would have to be returned to the Detroit Dog Rescue.

That set off a legal battle in which Mr. Tillery, who was charged with an ordinance violation, had what he believed to be a pretty clear defense: Diggy isn’t a pit bull, though he may look like one. Mr. Tillery offered documents from two veterinarians to confirm the dog’s breed, hoping that would prevent the authorities from taking his dog.

The dog’s fate was up in the air for months. Thousands of people advocated on his behalf. And local legislators considered a ban on bans of specific breeds.

And then this past week, Diggy’s future was decided. Charges against Tillery and Diggy were dismissed, assuring that the boy and his dog would stay together.


Break Out Your Hankies!

Charlie, a dog with an inoperable brain tumor got to attend his owners’ wedding.

The Washington Post reports that Kelly O’Connell and James Gavin, both veterinarians, got married this month and wanted their boy Charlie to go to the ceremony.

But Charlie, who was 15 years old, had been diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year.

His condition had deteriorated. And it was clear Charlie wouldn’t live much longer.

“I had actually made an appointment for somebody to come to the house and we were going to put him down a week before the wedding, because he had had five seizures and we were just like ‘this is too much, I don’t want to do this for him anymore,’” O’Connell said. “Eventually, it was almost as if he was like ‘no I want to see this.’ He got better.”

Charlie did attend the wedding. He made it down the aisle, O’Connell said. But he couldn’t make it back. That was when O’Connell’s sister, the maid-of-honor, swooped down and scooped him up. She carried him down the aisle herself.

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Charlie

As the wedding photographer posted on Facebook: “There isn’t enough mascara in the world for these moments. Dog people are the best people.”


“This Bed Ain’t Big Enough for the Ten of Us!”

That’s what couple Chris and Mariesa Hughes declared, so they decided to do something about it! As the Huffington Post reports, they had a new bed made for them and their eight dogs!

The Hughes’ bed, which is seven feet wide, cost a total of $4,800 to create. It’s comprised of a king-sized mattress along with a full-sized one turned sideways. There’s also an enormous headboard and a set of steps on the side of the megabed so it’s not as challenging for the senior pooches to climb up to their cuddle spots.

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The Hughes’ 14′ X 7′ Bed

I’m not sure this is the answer. Seven out of ten are still curled up on the top part of the bed!


Up The Rabbit Hole

A 33-hour nightmare ends with a smile for Norman!

Norman disappeared this past Sunday morning prompting a huge manhunt… er…. doghunt!

The Mirror reports:

Owner Adam Yates, who lives in Prestwich [England], says the Patterdale Terrier was a rescue dog who had previously been ill-treated and used for badger baiting.

He said: “When he went missing, I didn’t know where he had gone, but I was 90 per cent certain it was down a rabbit hole, even though it was totally out of character for him.”

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Norman in the Rabbit Hole and Flashing a Grin for the Cameras after his Rescue

After more than a day rescuers finally located the plucky pup. The rabbit hole Norman was in for 33 hours was more than 40 feet deep!


The Tail: Blanky vs Tennis Ball

All the dogs above get help from humans! Why won’t a human help Blanky!?

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Do dogs understand words? Can we halt aging in our pooches? Are canines the next line of defense against superbugs? And wait till you see a cat try to hypnotize a Weimaraner! Dogs! In the News! Science Edition!

“Who’s a Good Boy?! Who’s a Stinky Mess?!”

It appears that dogs understand us better than scientists thought.

(Cue dramatic eye rolling from all dog owners.)

Yes, in yet another edition in our series of Scientific-Studies-That-Confirm-What-Dog-Owners-Already-Know, news organizations world-wide reported this week on the results of a study conducted by university researchers in Budapest, Hungary.

National Geographic reports:

When we say “Good dog!” dogs hear both the words we say and how we say them, new brain scans show. For people, both the word and intonation are important, but no one knew—until now—whether that was also the case for dogs.

Researcher Attila Andics devised a study where 13 dogs were trained to lie still in an MRI machine.

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Courtesy: National Geographic

While the dogs were in the MRIs they heard different words spoken in a positive, praising tone, and, in a neutral tone.

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Courtesy: National Geographic

According to the New York Times:

… positive words spoken in a positive tone prompted strong activity in the brain’s reward centers. All the other conditions resulted in significantly less action, and all at the same level.

In other words, “good boy” said in a neutral tone and “however” said in a positive or neutral tone all got the same response.

What does it all mean?

For dog owners, Dr. Andics said, the findings mean that the dogs are paying attention to meaning, and that you should, too. That doesn’t mean a dog won’t wag its tail and look happy when you say, “You stinky mess” in a happy voice. But the dog is looking at your body language and your eyes, and perhaps starting to infer that “stinky mess” is a word of praise.

Click here and here to learn more details from the Times and Nat Geo about the left brain / right brain dynamics going on in a dog’s head while a human talks to him.

And click here for the full news story at Science Magazine’s website and to watch a great video explaining the study.


Dogs Sniff Out Superbugs

According to the Centers for Disease Control, so-called superbugs cost the health care industry more than $5-billion a year. Superbugs are drug-resistant bacteria.

Now there’s a new weapon in the war against these dangerous germs: a dog’s nose!

Turns out dogs can sniff down some of these bacteria on hospital surfaces.

CBS News reports that Springer Spaniel Angus has been deployed by a hospital in Vancouver to help in the effort.

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Angus Sniffing Under a Hospital Bed

With his remarkable sense of smell, Angus the springer spaniel is on a mission to track down the most common kind of hospital superbug called Clostridium difficile or C. diff, which is considered a “hazard level urgent.”

“C. Difficile is a bacteria. It forms spores so it can persist in our environment for long periods of time,” said Elizabeth Bryce of the Vancouver Coastal Health Infection Prevention and Control.

C. diff is caused by antibiotic use or contact with contaminated surfaces. It’s highly contagious and sometimes deadly, causing half a million infections in the U.S. each year and killing 15,000 people. We can’t see it with the naked eye, but Angus can smell it.

Check out the whole news story here on the CBS News website.


Mysteries of Dog Aging

Bodhi is only four years old. That means he’s already completed a significant portion of his life. I am definitely not looking forward to where we will be five, six, seven years from now.

To biologist Daniel Promislow, the dog aging process is not only distressing, it also doesn’t seem to make sense. In most of the animal kingdom, larger animals live longer than smaller ones. Humans outlive chimpanzees. Tigers outlive house cats. Orcas outlive dolphins. But within the dog species, the opposite effect is true. A five-pound Chihuahua can live up to 18 years. A 150-pound Newfoundland lives about 10.

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Bodhi’s Chin is Already Starting to Turn White

Smithsonian Magazine reports that Promislow is studying dog aging at the University of Washington. His project is…

… currently engaged in research on understanding dog aging and using medications to potentially enhance life span. The team is also currently being reviewed for a grant that would allow them to conduct an enormous longitudinal study on dog aging involving some 10,000 dogs from across America.

Promislow believes understanding dog aging may have benefits for humans as well.

Read more news on the Smithsonian Magazine website here.


The Tail: “You are getting sleepy… You are getting very sleepy… “

hypnosis |hipˈnōsəsnoun

  • the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behavior by suggestion, has been revived but is still controversial.
  • the state of consciousness produced by hypnosis.

(Make sure you listen to the audio!)

 

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Jennifer Lopez and her Boxers Cause a Ruckus in the Hamptons! Dog Mummies in Peru! Treats? Or a Pat on the Head? Actor Chris Evans tries to Complete 22 Push-Ups… but is Stymied by his Dog! All here in Dogs! In the News!

Where Dogs are Gods

I bet you’ve heard about the infamous dog meat festival in China… well, it appears there’s a festival there that’s the exact opposite: the Dog Carrying Festival.

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Dog Carrying Festival

According to the New York Post, the festival…

 … is a tradition of the Miao people, who dress up dogs up in human clothing and parade them around in chairs — the way their ancient ancestors transported royalty in the 19th century. The July festival honors the hounds for their ability to locate water. Thousands of residents crowd the streets in tribal gowns cheering for the deity dogs, which are carried all over town and over bodies of water …

Read more here from the Post.

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Dog Carrying Festival


J. Lo’s Dogs Hog the Spa-light

Jennifer Lopez’ Boxers Rocky and Bear and three of their friends had quite a day at a spa in Wainscott, New York last week. They got massages, pedicures, washes and blow-dries, and hot-oil treatments, for approximately $350 per dog.

They arrived at 10 AM in a black Lincoln Town Car and left at 3 PM.

Why is this news?

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Jennifer Lopez and her Boxers in NYC in 2015

Well, according to the New York Post’s Page Six, Lopez’ fellow Hamptonites were NOT amused:

A witness whined, “Every Friday, we drop off our dogs at the spa while we go to Barry’s Bootcamp next door, but this time the doors to the spa were shut, and a handler was overheard saying Lopez’s dogs were inside. They were there nearly all day.”

All Urban Dog has to say is: “boo hoo.”


Belly Rubs or Biscuits?

A new study shows that most dogs respond more to praise than food.

Researchers at Emory University followed the brain scans of fifteen dogs and observed increased levels of brain activity in more than half of the subjects when they were praised with physical contact rather than with food.

Bodhi loves belly rubs …

Contrary to the study, Bodhi loves food more!

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Bodhi Anticipating Getting a Treat

You can read more about the research here.

It is full of language like this:

Dogs are hypersocial with humans, and their integration into human social ecology makes dogs a unique model for studying cross-species social bonding. However, the proximal neural mechanisms driving dog- human social interaction are unknown. We used fMRI in 15 awake dogs to probe the neural basis for their preferences for social interaction and food reward. In a first experiment, we used the ventral caudate as a measure of intrinsic reward value and compared activation to conditioned stimuli that predicted food, praise, or nothing.

Good luck with that!

For a more understandable take on the study here’s an article from The Daily Mail.


Dog Mummies!

The remains of more than 100 dog mummies have been discovered in Peru.

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Dog Mummy

The find was described at the World Congress on Mummy Studies in Peru last week:

Over the course of [the] excavation, [archeologists] unearthed the skulls of 126 humans and 128 dogs. They found small dogs, large dogs, and everything in between. [But] most belonged to three types of street dogs that still roam Peru’s towns and cities today. One skeleton showed a distinct underbite reminiscent of a tiny bulldog. Some of the dogs still had skin and hair [and] a few were so well-preserved that they still had noses and ears. All of them had been arranged in peaceful postures, as if they had fallen asleep, and were wrapped in textiles for burial, just as most humans were at that time. Nearby ceramics and other artifacts suggest both dogs and humans were buried around 1000 C.E. Venegas Gutiérrez plans to radiocarbon date the remains next year.

The scientists aren’t sure why the dogs were buried with the humans.

You can read more here from Science Magazine.


The Tail: Chris Evans and his Meddlesome Pooch

Movie Star Chris Evans had a little trouble completing his 22 Push-Up Challenge.

Just watch this video!

The Challenge was created to raise awareness for mental health challenges veterans face.

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