Conan the Hero Dog
President Trump continues to praise the hero Belgian Malinois who helped track down the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Last Wednesday the leader of the free world told an audience at a rally in Louisiana that Conan deserved the Purple Heart.
Conan was instrumental in chasing down the terrorist late last month. He was injured slightly but recovered quickly enough to go back in to duty and visit the White House.
A little known fact: he was named after Conan the Comedian, not Conan the Barbarian.
Read more about this amazing Malinois here at the Heavy website.
And click here about a story in the Washington Post about a new award that’s being given to military hero animals.
Lady and the Tramp, Redux
The new streaming service Disney+ debuts this week and one of its first offerings is a live action version of the classic animated feature, Lady and the Tramp.
This version stars the voice talents of Justin Theroux as Tramp and Tessa Thompson as Lady. Late last month Thompson and Theroux accompanied their pups, Coltrane and Kuma, on a sweet playdate at New York City’s Washington Square Park.
People with Dogs Live Longer
Dipping into Urban Dog’s oft-visited well of “Things Dog Owners Already Know,” researchers in Sweden have released the results of a study that suggests dog ownership is linked to a 21% reduction in the risk of death for people with heart disease.
This study complements a colossal body of literature linking dogs to good health.
In the Swedish study, researchers followed more than 100,000 people and found a 21% reduction in deaths from any cause.
The benefits seem to be larger among individuals who live alone compared to multiperson households. This suggests the companionship of a dog is possibly very important to their heart health.
Click here for more from NPR.
Animal Medical Center Expansion
One of the world’s top veterinary hospitals, the 110-year-old Animal Medical Center on Manhattan’s East Side is planning a $70 million expansion. It will get new emergency and intensive care units and more space for research. It will even get a grassy new balcony dog run.
Of the $70 million needed for the project called “Gift of Love,” about $44 million has already come from big-name New Yorkers including the Langone and Tisch families and Annette de la Renta, wife of the late designer Oscar de la Renta.
The Tail: Conan on Saturday Night
Conan the Belgian Malinois held a press conference at the White House. Here it is courtesy of Saturday Night Live.