I hope you are all doing well during these uncertain times. We have been blessed with the opportunity to practice social distancing at my parents’ country house. It definitely beats being cooped up in a one bedroom apartment!
We want to thank them for their generosity from the bottom of our hearts!
Now… on to the dog news!
New York City Dogs and Covid-19
You’ve probably heard news reports about various animals being exposed to the coronavirus, notably the big cats at the Bronx Zoo.
Yes, it turns out that humans can pass the virus to felines. Cats have tested positive for the virus and the tigers at the zoo actually came down with respiratory problems. (They are all getting better!)
There have been some cases of dogs testing positive. It seems one dog, a Pug in North Carolina may have developed some mild symptoms. There were also cases of dogs in Asia showing that coronavirus was in their systems, but it appears they weren’t actually infected with the disease.
The CDC does not think Covid-19 is a threat to dogs, nor do they think that transmission from pets to humans is likely.
Experts do say social distancing should extend to dogs. Don’t pet other people’s dogs the same way you wouldn’t shake people’s hands.
Here are a bunch of links you can click through to learn more about canine care and Covid-19:
American Kennel Club: Can Dogs Get Coronavirus?
Washington Post: Your Quarantined Pet May be Acting odd. Here’s How to Help
Washinton Post: How to Keep You and Your Dog Safe and Healthy outdoors in the Age of Social Distancing
New York Times: How to Care for Your Furry Friends Under Lockdown
CNBC: ‘How often should I clean my dog?’ ‘Do pets need face masks?’: What to know about your pet and Covid-19
New York City Dog Runs Remain Closed
According to the New York City Parks and Recreation Department dog runs in city parks remain closed.
The complete message from the city is: “Due to the coronavirus pandemic, dog runs are closed until further notice. Our parks remain open to dogs and pet owners to get fresh air and exercise. Our off-leach rules still apply, but please note that the Centers for Disease Control recommends that all dog owners keep their dogs on a leash and maintain at least six feet of distance from other people.”
China to Classify Dogs as Pets
Here’s some good news!
In the wake of the pandemic, China will no longer classify dogs as livestock. New guidelines there reclassify dogs as pets. The Humane Society calls this move a “game changer” in animal welfare. Dog meat in some parts of China is considered a delicacy.
Check out People Magazine for more.
Labrador Retrievers: “We’re Number One!”
For the 29th year in a row Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog in the United States according to the American Kennel Club.
The standings for the top ten breeds in the US remain pretty stable. Here’s the rundown:
- Labrador Retriever
- German Shepherd Dog
- Golden Retriever
- French Bulldog
- English BullDog
- German Shorthaired Pointer
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Corgi is the only new dog on the top ten list, having pushed Yorkshire Terriers to number eleven. It’s the first time the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has ever mad it to the top ten.
But which dog is the number one Urban Dog?
The French Bulldog.
Frenchies are top dog in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, West Palm Beach, and New York City.
For more from the AKC click here.
Department of Things Dog Owners Already Knew: “Dogs get difficult when they reach adolescence, just like human teenagers”
Researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom have published the results of a study that show “teenaged” dogs act very much like human teens.
“To test obedience, the scientists assessed a separate group of 69 guide dogs, first at 5 months and later at 8 months. They asked the dog’s caregiver and a stranger to give the command to “sit.” All of the preadolescent pups quickly sat for both people, but when the same pups reached adolescence many “repeatedly” refused to follow the order from their caregiver. However, they readily—and annoyingly—obeyed the stranger. Dogs that weren’t securely attached to their caregivers were even more willing to follow the stranger’s dictates—again, much like human teenagers.”
Again, I ask: where can I get a grant to study what we already know about dogs?
Click here to read more from Science Magazine.
The Tail: Brody the Weather Dog
Television personalities are all broadcasting from home, sometimes with with unexpected co-anchors!