The event included obstacle courses, “hardest hitting,” and fastest running competitions.
The winners were:
The New Guinea Highland Wild Dog, not seen in nearly 50 years, has been sighted on a isolated island mountaintop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sixth Annual South Florida Police K9 Competition was held last Saturday in Boynton Beach.
The event included obstacle courses, “hardest hitting,” and fastest running competitions.
The winners were:
Read more from the Palm Beach Post.
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.
Once poop is spotted, the drone transmits directions to a cleaning machine called Patroldog 1 which swoops in and deals with the offending mess.
Read more from The Sun.
Check out this German Shepherd Dog rescuing his buddy from a snow drift!
As I write this I am six days into owning a dog. Six days of living my life in 90-minute increments. You puppy people know what I am talking about. The time I have between taking the dog out for potty.
To say I am not a dog person is an understatement. I have never owned a dog before, lived with a dog before, or, quite frankly, really loved many dogs before (actually, just two – during childhood my cousin’s and now my mother-in-law’s). In fact, for most of my life I have been terrified of them.
But for several reasons that I wrote about here, six days ago my family welcomed into our home and our lives Kirby, the cutest Cavapoo you have ever seen. And since then, I see everything in 90-minute increments.
Now, when I agreed to get a dog I wasn’t dumb. I knew that most (OK, all) of the work to take care of the dog would fall on me. I just didn’t realize all that the work entailed. Every morning, I look at my calendar to see what is on the schedule for the day. Can I find time to go to the gym? The supermarket? To cook dinner? To write this blog post? If I drive the kids to school do I need to stop at home before I go to my volunteer job? Who do I feed first – Kirby or the kids? My kids can whine louder, but I’m more concerned about throwing a ten-week old puppy off his schedule.
This isn’t to complain about our decision to adopt Kirby. I am in love with him already. I have such fun playing tug with him and his favorite chew toys. I giggle as he attacks my 8 year old son with kisses. I beam as my 11 year old takes on the responsibility of watching Kirby while I put my younger son to bed. I appreciate that when my husband comes home after a 12-hour overnight shift in the ER, just one look at Kirby immediately brings a smile to his face. And in the evening, sitting and stroking Kirby’s soft fur while I watch TV brings a calm end to my day. He is already, as I affectionately tell Kirby, my puppy love.
I know that as the weeks go by and Kirby grows and develops, these 90 minutes will expand to two hours, three hours and eventually even four hours or more. And what a luxury that will be. Until then, I gotta go.
Time to take Kirby out for a poop.
Alissa Stonehill Butterfass is scared of dogs and somehow is now a Dog Mom. She blogs at www.reducedfatbutter.com and has also written for the Adult Congenital Heart Asssociation and parenting site kveller.com. Alissa previously worked in marketing at a cable television network (where she and Urban Dog founder Sean Sheer were colleagues) and at a Fortune 100 company, and is now trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Any ideas?
The Siberian Husky has been around for a long time. In sports and pop culture, most people are familiar with this dog that bears a resemblance to a wolf. If you have ever seen the movie or read the novel Call of the Wild by Jack London, you have indeed been introduced to a Husky.
They, along with their larger cousin, the Alaskan Malamute have become widely known as ultimate sled dogs.
The Siberian Husky is a very old breed. According the American Kennel Club, the nomadic Chukchi Tribe of Northeast Asia used the Husky for centuries to do various tasks. They used them to herd, hunt, and most importantly, pull. When the Chukchi found themselves searching for new hunting ground further and further from their permanent camps, the Siberian Husky was used to take them on these long journeys. They were also used when the time came to abandon their homes and relocate to a more fertile hunting destination.
Up until the early 1900s, the Chukchi were the only breeders of the Siberian Husky. Around this same time they made their first appearance in what is known as the All Alaskan Sweepstakes, where mushers pushed their dog teams to make the 408-mile run from Nome to Candie. The first all-Husky team won the event in 1908, but they really soared to popularity and legend when they were used to deliver medicines to the outposts of Alaska during a diphtheria outbreak. They became the go-to dog of the north. This is the origin of the famous Iditarod Dog Sled Race held each year.
Huskies are still used in northern regions for sled pulling, but further south they can be found in many homes across the lower hemispheres as they have evolved into great pets.
Standing about 23 inches at the shoulder, the Siberian Husky is a medium-sized dog, weighing in from 45 to 60 pounds. Their thick double coats come in a variety of colors: brown, black, red, white, silver, grey, and combinations of all these colors. They have wolf-shaped heads and are known for often having mismatched eyes: they can have a brown eye and blue eye, or they can have eyes that are half brown and blue.
Take note: Huskies do shed! During the spring and fall they need a daily brushing. Huskies are a healthy breed although they do face ailments common to most medium to large dogs like hip dysplasia. The racing Husky can develop gastric as well as bronchial problems.
That aside, everyone I know who has a Husky is deeply in love with the breed. Here’s what my friends, Al Silverstein and Edward Yaeger, have to say about their Huskies, Shelby and Sybil:
Shelby, 6, is the darker gray Husky. After visiting four rescue centers in Connecticut — all of which would not allow us to see a single dog, much less adopt one, until we filled out lengthy paperwork and made an appointment to return at a later date — we stopped by a local pet shop just to become acquainted with some of the breeds (we were planning to adopt a German Shepherd to join our pack, which included at the time a Pug and a Toy Fox Terrier). However, upon seeing Shelby, I instantly knew that she was my spirit animal and that no amount of pet shop-shaming would keep us apart.
Sybil, 3, has a much more interesting background, as she was adopted via The Today Show. That’s right, Sybil, formerly called Sky, was featured in a pet adoption segment of the nationally televised program that aired on January 31, 2013. She was one of three dogs and a cat that the NYCACC was looking to place into new homes. Sybil was surrendered at 8 months by a family in Manhattan. Al viewed the segment on TV and sent in an application for adoption, thinking it would get lost among the hundreds that the NYCACC received but, for some reason, his application was chosen. I knew nothing of this until Al was notified that his application was selected. It was difficult to be mad at Al for not telling me sooner, and it was even more difficult to not embrace Sybil into our pack, as she’s a sweet and tender, if a tad needy, soul. Sybil’s namesake, by the way, is of Lady Sybil of the PBS program, Downton Abbey, who died in that week’s episode. Corny, we know. 😉
They are smart, sweet clowns. They are great with kids and really take the idea of being part of a pack (family) to heart. They don’t fare well if left alone too long and have been known to howl when missing their family members.
Not known for barking, they make terrible watchdogs because they are more likely to play with an intruder than protect you from it.
If you are considering the Siberian for an Urban Dog, think carefully. Make sure your lifestyle is one that is active enough to keep this energetic dog busy. A lonely, bored Husky can wreck havoc on a house or an apartment.
Here is what Animal Planet’s show Dogs 101 has to say about the Siberian Husky.
Summer is going to be here soon, that means trips to Long Island, New Jersey, and points upstate for many New Yorkers.
Dog-owning Gothamites want to get out of town, but you don’t know how.
Fear not! Figuring out pet transportation in New York City can be a lot simpler than you think. With just a little research (and sometimes a little more cash than you’d like to spend) you can get your pooch around the city, and in and out of town, pretty easily.
Most New Yorkers don’t have cars, and renting autos can be costly. That means city folk are generally reliant on trains for getting in and out of New York City.
The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and Metro-North have different rules about dogs even though they are both part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA.)
On the LIRR you can travel with any animal that is properly confined for shipment. Working service dogs are exceptions and don’t need to be contained. (Scroll to the bottom of this post for more on service and working animals.)
The LIRR website specifies:
Small domestic pets are permitted provided they are carried in kennels or similar containers that can be accommodated by you on your lap without annoyance to other passengers. No part of the animal may protrude from the container and pets should not occupy seats. Service animals properly harnessed and accompanying people with disabilities are always welcome in MTA’s network.
That said, I’ve seen people bring large dogs in carriers going out to Fire Island. Big dog owners, proceed at your own risk.
Metro-North is slightly different. Dogs can be leashed instead of crated, so long as they behave.
Metro North says:
Small domestic pets are permitted provided they’re carried in kennels or similar containers, or are securely controlled on leashes throughout the trip and do not annoy other customers. Pets should not occupy seats and are subject to approval by the conductor. Service animals properly harnessed and accompanying people with disabilities are always welcome in MTA’s network.
If you’re heading west to New Jersey, New Jersey Transit trains allow dogs in crates or containers and PATH trains allow dogs in crates or containers.
Another option is using short term car rental services like Zip Car. When Bodhi was in physical therapy at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, we took him back and forth using a Zip Car. The company allows dogs, but they must be crated or put in containers.
Other car rental companies, like Hertz, Alamo, Budget, and Avis, are pretty accommodating as well. Typically dogs are allowed, but very frequently the cars we’ve rented come with a warning that transporting pets can result in extra cleaning fees. Sometimes those charges can be pretty hefty. Transport a dog in a rental car at your own risk! Or just make sure the car is EXTRA clean when you return it. Usually we try to vacuum our rentals when we’re done. So far, we’ve never had to pay any cleaning fees and we rent cars a lot! We must doing something right. Of course, renting cars in New York City, especially Manhattan, can be very expensive. Give some thought to renting a car in New Jersey or at La Guardia.
There are also many “dog taxi” services in New York City. These are basically vans that can be hired to taxi you and your dog anywhere you want to go. We’ve used them a few times. They can vary widely in price. If you Google “pet transportation new york city” you’ll find plenty of options. They also leave their business cards in vets’ offices. I think if you need transportation for medical reasons, you should definitely consider one of the pet taxis. Some of them specialize in transporting animals to and from the vet’s office; at the very least, the pet taxis are going to be sensitive to the needs of a sick animal and its owner. They are also good for longer jaunts; we used one once to get to Sayville, out on Long Island.
And another option for out-of-town travel is the Hampton Jitney. They say pets are okay…
… as long as your pet is in a D.O.T. approved carrier that you are able to carry onboard with you. Pets must remain in carriers at all times. There is a charge of $10 to travel with your pet. Keep in mind that your pet, in its carrier, will have to travel on your lap if the coach is full.
I called Hampton Jitney’s North Folk office to see if there was a size restriction. The charming lady I spoke to said there’s no weight restriction, but “you can’t bring your Saint Bernard on!” She reiterated the policy that you need to be able to easily carry your dog on board in a carrier.
Traveling in the city presents a completely different set of challenges. But, between private companies, like Uber, and public transportation, you should be able to come up with plenty of usable options.
Awhile back, our Weimaraner Bodhi had surgery on his foot. Like all owners of large dogs in New York City, we were suddenly confronted with the problem of how to get him back and forth easily from the vet’s office. We quickly learned that Uber was probably the best option for us at the time.
Uber’s policy on carrying dogs is left to the driver. Here’s the company’s official line:
In accordance with local and federal laws in your area, service animals are permitted to accompany riders at all times.
If you’re planning to ride with a non-service pet, it’s good practice to contact the driver who accepts your ride request. Use your app to send a text message or call to let the driver know you’d like to bring a pet.
Please help drivers keep vehicles clean for all riders by bringing a crate or blanket to reduce the risk of damage or mess. Some drivers may keep a blanket in the trunk.
Basically you order an Uber, call the driver and ask if he or she will take dogs, if they say yes, you’re on your way. No Uber driver turned us down. The fares were reasonable. We brought towels with us. We tipped all our drivers handsomely!
Lyft has a similar policy: “Unless the passenger has a service animal, it’s entirely up to the driver whether or not to allow the passenger’s pet in the vehicle. We advise passengers to call their drivers right after their requests are accepted to confirm that it’s okay to bring their pets.”
We do want to stress that our experience with Uber was more than a year ago. Since then we have heard from readers who say that their experience wasn’t quite as easy as ours. One Urban Dog reader told us:
“I own a relatively small and easy-to-handle Basenji. I called Uber ahead of time to make sure my dog had the okay.’ Once I was turned down by three drivers, finally accepted by the fourth. A second time trying to use Uber, it took five drivers to find one who approved of her! More drivers are less willing, but don’t get discouraged. If it’s not business hours. Uber will eventually say yes. Just keep calling!!”
We also want to direct you to this recent article about how some dog owners are having trouble with Uber.
Taxis are allowed to pick up dogs, but it’s left to each driver’s discretion. Our advice: try to hail a cab with your dog visibly leashed and behaving by your side. We’ve had success that way, but it sometimes takes awhile for a taxi to stop. We also brought a towel with us to put on the seat for Bodhi to sit on. Again, we always tip generously.
You can also try to use any of the old school car services like Carmel or Dial 7. They generally require that your dog be in some type of container.
New York Waterway, on the Hudson and the East rivers, says “Only service dogs or small dogs in pet carriers are allowed on board.”
The Staten Island Ferry says:
Pets, other than service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are not allowed in the facilities and/or onboard the ferry boats, unless they are caged and/or muzzled.
Public transportation is the cheapest option for traveling with pets, however, it’s not as easy using public transportation within in the city as it is on the private enterprises.
Dogs are allowed on New York City busses and New York City subways, but they have to be in containers and can’t be a nuisance to other passengers. That’s relatively easy if you have a small dog, with large dogs it’s a bit more challenging!
The restrictions on dogs on all MTA -governed transportation do not apply to service dogs. (The MTA pretty much governs all public transportation in NYC: subways, busses, trains etc.) Here is how the MTA defines “service dog”:
“Service animal” means a guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability that such person is unable to perform due to such disability, such as guiding persons with impaired vision, alerting persons with impaired hearing to sounds, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items or providing rescue assistance. The term service animal does not include a therapy animal or animal used for emotional support.
We mentioned above that you should want to consider a dog taxi for medical issues. In the case of an emergency, you might want to go one step further and call a pet ambulance service like Ambuvet. For more, read their FAQ.
If you’re reading this and need ambulance service immediately, here’s their number: 800-AMBUVET (800-262-8838.)
We here at Urban Dog hope you and your pooches have great adventures on the road!
If you are like me then you have noticed the Australian Shepherd or Aussie. At the dog park, walking down the street I would see this striking dog and think, “Wow, that is such a cool looking Border Collie!” Finally, some years ago day I stopped an Aussie and its human as they were walking down the street and I learned that it was not a Border but an Aussie.
Oddly, the Australian Shepherd is not from Australia at all. Like many working breeds it went by many names: “Pastor Shepherd,” “Blue Healer,” and probably most accurate “New Mexican Shepherd.” It’s a breed developed in the American Southwest to help livestock farmers herd. Nonetheless it is now known as the Australian Shepherd. The leading theory as to why is because it’s thought they were used to herd sheep brought to the States from Australia. That’s a pretty lame theory if you ask me!
These dogs were born to work. They rank amongst some of the best herders in the world. You can also see them working along side rodeo clowns and cowboys helping keep unruly livestock in line.
The first thing I noticed about this beautiful dog is its amazing coat. Its hair can be straight or wavy and is medium in length except on its head where the hair is short. They come in a multitude of colors: blue merle, red merle, red and white, red and black, and red and tan. And, in case you were unfamiliar with the term “merle,” it refers to a coat that has a splattering of dark patches against a light background (like Mia in the picture above.) Upon closer examination, you’ll notice their eyes. Their eyes are come in almost as many colors and combinations of colors as their coats. Brown, blue, and amber are the most common colors.
I think the most famous Aussie eyes belong to the most focused dog of all: Stains!
Check out these hilarious videos featuring Stains from one of my favorite shows: It’s Me or the Dog!
and this one…
All these coat and eye colors come together to create what I think is one of the most beautiful breeds out there.
Despite the longish hair they don’t require too much grooming according to Dog Breed Info. A weekly brushing should suffice to keep the coat from matting and to keep shedding down.
When you watch them, you also notice how much this dog loves to smile and play. Perhaps this is why they are often in the ring with rodeo clowns. They are breed to have a lot of energy and enjoy a good run. They need a lot of daily exercise. If your Aussie doesn’t get enough exercise, this smart, lovable, entertaining dog could turn into a chewing destructive machine as is the case with most smart breeds who don’t get enough exercise. Despite the fact that it is high energy and a worker, it also makes a great family pet. They are excellent with children and make wonderful baby sitters or watchdogs.
I say this with every breed post but I can’t stress it enough. Take the time to seek out a trusted reputable breeder if you are considering an Aussie. They are subject to a few Aussie-specific illnesses. For example, merle colored Aussies are prone to deafness and blindness. Breeding to induce a natural bobtail can cause spinal trouble. So again, do your homework. Seek out at breeder from the AKC or the Aussie rescue organization.
You can learn more about the Aussie in the episode of Dogs 101 from Animal Planet below
Check out Natalie Siebers’ website for more photos.
I have to admit I have a soft spot for this breed: the first dog I was responsible for was a 90-pound German Shepherd Dog named Snoopy. He was my confident-protector-from-the-monsters-hiding-under-the-bed and my best friend.
The German Shepherd’s origins date back to the late 1800s. They are a full service breed, developed by Captain Max von Stephanitz to be intelligent working dogs. According to the American Kennel Club, the first German Shepherds arrived in the United States in 1907.
Many people won’t remember this, but long before Lassie, there was Rin Tin Tin, America’s first dog star. Rin was a male German Shepherd who was rescued from the battlefield by American soldier Lee Duncan. He named the dog Rinty. Duncan trained Rinty and was able to find him work starting in the silent film industry. Like Lassie, several other dogs played Rin Tin Tin, but the original Rinty made 27 films and was certainly responsible for making the German Shepherd one of America’s most popular dog breeds.
Joining the ranks of notable German Shepherd Dogs is Rumor, who won Best in Show at the 2017 edition of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
It’s a loyal family pet, good with children, a great baby sitter, and a brave working dog serving police forces across America, as well as our nation’s military. This dog can truly do it all.
If you are thinking of buying a German Shepherd Dog make sure you find a reputable breeder. Many of the ailments Shepherds can suffer from — bloat, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrands’ disease (a disease where the dog bleeds excessively) — occur because of inbreeding. They are majestic intelligent dogs and require exercise. Males weigh anywhere from 70-90 pounds, with females being just a bit smaller. It’s also a good idea, especially if you are a city dweller, to buy “smart” toys to keep your Shepherd entertained. A bored German Shepherd can result in a destroyed apartment. Having one of the strongest bite forces of any dog, your sofa is no match for a bored shepherd. Training is highly recommended.
Here’s a link to Animal Planet’s Dogs 101 profile of the German Shepherd.
And we’ll leave you with a video of Rin Tin Tin:
Our frequent Urban Dog collaborator, photographer Natalie Siebers, told us about a new product for dogs: wooden bow ties.
They’re really cute! They’re made by Crooked Branch Studio.
This photogenic Frenchie is Hamlet.
The ties come in three varieties: Cherry, Maple, and Walnut.
My favorite dog at the 2015 edition of the Westminster dog show — my Weimeraner bias aside — was the Bloodhound. This big, wrinkly hound has a face that you fall for. Big brown eyes set on a massive head, this dog has a way about him that says “Hug me!”
If you are of a certain age, there are some famous Bloodhounds you might be familiar with: Duke, Jed Clampet’s loyal companion from the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies; McGruff The Crime Dog; and in one of his very first appearances, Pluto of Disney fame, was a Bloodhound.
The Bloodhound is a very old breed. They date back more than one thousand years. According to the American Kennel Club: “In the 3rd century A.D., Claudius Aelianus noted the Bloodhound in his Historia Animalium describing a dog that was unrivaled for its scenting powers and determination to stay on the trail until the quarry was located.”
Like its distant cousin, the Mastiff, Bloodhounds are considered “grandfather” to many breeds. Dogs like Boxers, Coon Hounds, Weimaraners, and even Bassett Hounds can trace their lineage back to the Bloodhound. Any dog that is a tracker is most likely related to the Bloodhound.
The Bloodhound was designed to track. Its wrinkled face, extra long ears and massive olfactory gland make this dog such a superb tracker that the results of its tracking efforts can be used as evidence in court. The Bloodhound can follow a scent more than 300 hours old. When it goes into scent mode it may be very hard to regain its attention, so training is a must.
The modern Bloodhound is a large dog. Males can weigh up to 110 pounds and 27 inches at the shoulder. Females are just a tad smaller. They are loyal, loving and very good with children. If you are considering a Bloodhound, remember they are known for two other attributes besides tracking: drooling and their infamous baying. The sound a bloodhound makes can be heard a mile away. They also need a lot of exercise, this dog can walk for hours; one Bloodhound tracked a scent more than 100 miles. They require very little grooming, although their ears are so long you may need to check them daily to make sure they haven’t been getting into their food. They are also susceptible to many of the ailments that effect other large breed dogs such as bloat and hip dysplasia.
Although they may not be a great choice for an urban dog, the Bloodhound would make a wonderful family pet for those who have the the time and space for this lovable goliath.
See what Animal Planets Dog’s 101 has to say about the Bloodhound in the video below. It has an exceptionally good description of their amazing olfactory powers.
And here’s an adorable chorus of Bloodhound puppies singing for their supper.
To see more of Natalie Siebers’ photos, check out her website.
“Dog’s just want to sniff an ass and eat some food.”
–Ice T, Actor