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  • First dogs in the Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contact

    07/15/2018 12:57:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 56 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | July 5, 2018 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    By comparing genomic signatures from 71 mitochondrial and seven nuclear genomes of ancient North American and Siberian dogs spanning a period of 9,000 years, the research team was able to gain a clearer picture of the history of the first canine inhabitants of the Americas. The oldest dog remains in the Americas date to about 9,000 years ago... These dogs persisted for thousands of years in the Americas, but almost completely vanished after European contact, the researchers found... The team also discovered that the genomic signature of a transmissible cancer that afflicts dogs appears to be one of the last...
  • When this scrapyard worker’s truck was stolen, all he cared about was his dog

    07/13/2018 5:18:24 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 13 JULY 2018 | Landon Haaf
    DALLAS – Norman Junge was cleaning out a tank at a west Dallas metal recycling plant when his truck was stolen and eventually led police on a high-speed chase. But Junge, a burly, bearded fellow who spoke to the media in a tank top and a trucker’s cap, wasn’t worried about his Ford F-250 or the tank-bearing trailer hooked up to the back. His 10-year-old dog, Mia, was in the car with the suspect. “My first reaction is this dog. As far as that’s concerned,” he said, gesturing toward the truck, “that’s just material goods.”
  • Should you let your dog lick your face?

    07/11/2018 7:02:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 75 replies
    Massive Sci ^ | July 9, 2018 | Jennifer Tsang
    Dog licks have been considered medically beneficial to humans for millennia. In ancient Egypt, dogs were used in healing practices since they believed that dog licks help heal injury or cure disease. Fijian fishermen also allowed their dogs to lick their wounds. And the French have a saying, “langue de chien, langue de médecin” which translates to “a dog’s tongue, a doctor’s tongue.” It is also a common belief that it is beneficial for us to lick our wounds because the mouth is home to an abundance of disinfectants or antimicrobial compounds. And in fact, this common belief does have...
  • Hero SAS dog saves the lives of six elite soldiers {Extra scooby snacks in his ration please !}

    07/08/2018 10:13:26 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 37 replies ^ | UPDATED: 10:19 EDT, 8 July 2018 | GEORGE MARTIN
    Full title : Hero SAS dog saves the lives of six elite soldiers in Syria by ripping out jihadi's throat while taking down three terrorists who ambushed British patrol The dog had been out on patrol in northern Syria with a team of six crack troops As the soldiers left their armoured convoy they were hit with a frenzied ambush A source said the unnamed Belgian Malinois took out three jihadis on its own The animal was said to have leapt to the defence of the struggling British soldiers, tearing the throat of on gunman who was firing at the...
  • The Pit Bull Problem. A Few Root Causes

    07/06/2018 7:09:14 PM PDT · by Norski · 93 replies
    Charles Danten Blogspot ^ | July 6, 2018 | Charles Danten, former veterinarian
    The Humanization of Animals From the beginning of domestication, our ancestors in their great wisdom worked hard to erect a barrier between animals and humans in order to avoid falling into the trap of animal humanization and the very damaging sentimentality that accompanies it, as much for animals as for humans. Since animals are not inert objects that can be exploited at will without any risk of illness, injury, and environmental damage, it was necessary for reasons of common sense to take precautions to avoid the worst. PETER SINGER But for the past fifty years or so, animal advocates, such...
  • Dogs are turning to weed to cope with fireworks

    07/05/2018 6:59:04 AM PDT · by Twotone · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 3, 2018 | Lauren Steussy
    The Fourth of July is good fun for fireworks-loving humans. But for Stella, a 5-year-old pit bull mix, it feels like the end of the world. Stella finds the noise of the fireworks so terrifying that “she pretty much spends the whole week in the bathtub,” her owner, Vlad, who declined to share his last name, tells The Post. So this year, the Bushwick resident is trying a natural chill pill for his pup: CBD-infused dog treats. “We bought them out of desperation, really,” he says. His girlfriend ordered the chicken-flavored treats, which contain a calming, non-psychoactive hemp extract, from...
  • It's a first in York County: Rock Hill man accused of using pit bull to attack wife

    07/04/2018 1:17:24 AM PDT · by Norski · 24 replies
    The Herald ^ | July 3, 2018 | Andrew Dys
    A Rock Hill man has been charged with domestic violence against his wife involving — the man's pit bull. John Louis Walch, 59, is accused of opening a cage that held his pit bull in June and urging it to attack his wife, according to police and court records. Walch's wife was found under attack by the dog by responding officers, police said. Officers had to shoot the dog to stop the attack, police said. The use of a dog of any kind as a weapon in domestic violence is a first in York County, said Jenny Desch, the 16th...
  • U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities Over a 13-Year Period- Breeds of Dogs Involved, Age Groups + (2005 to 2017)

    06/26/2018 12:44:27 AM PDT · by Norski · 160 replies ^ | May 3, 2018 | Staff
    Austin, TX, May 03, 2018 --(, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases a multi-year U.S. dog bite fatality report. From January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2017, canines killed at least 433 people. The majority of these victims were ages 10 and older. The 9-page report examines over 20 factors involved in fatal dog maulings and key changing metrics since a government body last examined this issue in 2000. The 13-year report shows that pit bulls contributed to 66% of all dog bite fatalities. Within this period, deaths attributed to pit bulls...
  • Killing dogs for meat illegal, rules S. Korean court

    06/21/2018 11:33:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    MSN ^ | June 21, 2018 | Park Chan-kyong, Agence France Presse
    A South Korean court has ruled the killing of dogs for meat is illegal, in a landmark decision that animal rights activists said Thursday could pave the way to outlawing eating canines. The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine, with about one million dogs believed to be eaten annually. But consumption has declined as South Koreans increasingly embrace the idea of dogs as man's best friend rather than livestock, with the practice now something of a taboo among younger generations and pressure from activists mounting....
  • 5-month-old girl mauled, killed by babysitter's dog

    06/21/2018 8:55:16 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 83 replies
    CBS17 ^ | 6-17-2018 | CNN and Associated Press
    <p>FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP/CNN) - A Georgia family is in mourning after their babysitter's dog killed their 5-month-old child.</p> <p>Clayton County Police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury says the German Shepherd mauled Paige George on Tuesday at a home in Forest Park, south of Atlanta.</p>
  • Rat Bones Reveal How Humans Transformed Their Island Environments

    06/19/2018 9:20:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | June 6, 2018 | Lorraine Boissoneault
    For the Polynesian islands, that meant the arrival of agricultural crops like breadfruit, yams and taro, as well as domesticated animals like dogs, pigs and chicken. The early settlers also used slash-and-burn agriculture to remove forests and fertilize the soil and likely hunted many seabirds to extinction. To get a more precise view of how human behavior impacted the islands, Swift and her colleagues used stable isotope analysis. Carbon analysis is based on the way plants process carbon dioxide: most agricultural products are classified as C3 plants, while tropical grasses are usually C4 plants. If rat bones show a higher...
  • Yorkie stays with missing toddler all night, alerts search party with 'weak bark'

    06/17/2018 9:57:32 AM PDT · by BBell · 33 replies ^ | 6/16/18 | M.L. NESTEL
    A loyal Yorkshire terrier stayed with a missing 3-year-old girl in a dense cornfield in Missouri all night -- and heroically led a search party to them with a "weak bark," authorities said. Remy Merritt and her dog, Fat Heath, had gone missing Thursday night in Qulin, triggering a desperate search that brought in some 150 volunteers, authorities said. But it wasn't until Fat Heath responded to barks from one of the search dogs that rescuers ended the 12-hour ordeal and found Remy and her trusty companion. "One of the dogs barked and a weaker bark was returned," Clark Parrott,...
  • Pit bull attack leaves multiple people injured in the Bronx

    06/18/2018 5:20:20 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 49 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/18/18 | By Tina Moore and Stephanie Pagones
    Five people were injured — including four teenagers — when they were attacked by pit bulls in the Bronx, police said. The dog handlers, both 36, were walking the animals just before 10 p.m. Sunday near Pelham Parkway and Lurting Avenue in Morris Park when the dogs got loose, police sources said. The pit bulls then went after a nearby group of eight people, attacking five of them. The victims — all females, ages 12, 15, 16, 17 and 45 — suffered bites and cuts. They were taken to Jacobi Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The dogs were...
  • Enraged badger chases away a dog which bit its bottom and tried to steal its meaty meal [tr]

    06/14/2018 6:32:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 14, 2018 | Phoebe Southworth
    This is the moment an enraged badger chases away a hungry dog which bit its bottom and tried to pinch its food. Footage shows the incensed creature spin around and charge at the pooch when it made a move for the hunk of meat. Startled by the badger's quick reaction, the dog sprints away as fast as it can with the tenacious omnivore hot on its heels.
  • Woman cited for firing gun to scare off pit bulls that killed pet (Artesia, NM)

    06/12/2018 3:30:30 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 52 replies
    KRQE-13 News, Albuquerque ^ | May 10, 2018 | Elena Mendoza
    ARTESIA, N.M (KRQE) - A New Mexico mother says she was trying to save her pet. Now, she's facing charges for firing off her gun to scare away a pair of pit bulls that attacked her dog. On the morning of Monday, April 30, Baeza says she was taking her puppy out to go to the bathroom with her 4-year-old daughter when she looked over to see her dog being mauled to death. "I went over to my dog and he had a big split down the middle of his chest, I guess from where the dogs were kind of...
  • 'Hero pup' pit bull tries to save baby from house fire by carrying her by the diaper

    06/10/2018 5:52:56 PM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/10/18 | Matthew Martinez
    A mother in Stockton, California, says her 8-month-old pit bull is a "hero pup" for saving her and her baby's lives last week when a fire broke out in another unit of her fourplex. So it's no wonder that Sasha went straight for Masailah as soon as she felt heat coming through their door just before midnight on Sunday. The pit bull alerted her owner that something was wrong first by barking and yelping, before any of Nana's human senses detected that anything was wrong. "I open it and she runs in and starts barking at me like crazy, and...
  • 'I thought I was going to die'

    06/01/2018 8:44:10 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 125 replies
    norwalkreflector. ^ | 6/1/18 | ZOE GRESZLER
    Holly Mckenzie considered her family’s two pit bull dogs her “best friends,” having made memories over the past three years of walking them, playing with them, cuddling them and even sleeping in the same bed together. On Sunday though, Mckenzie said it was like a switch went off in the normally “cuddly, sweet” dogs. The Norwalk woman said one minute she was petting them and the next she was fighting for her life as they literally tried to rip her apart.
  • Dog Flu in NYC: Highly Contagious Canine Disease Hits Brooklyn

    05/28/2018 8:57:03 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 24 May 2018 | Zoe Papadakis
    Dog flu can be added to New York City's list of concerns. The U.S. has been in the grip of canine influenza and now it appears to have made it to Brooklyn, with at least 14 dogs testing positive to the H3N2 strain, WNYW reported.
  • The Canine Heroes of Memorial Day

    05/28/2018 8:01:02 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 28 May, 2018 | Elise Cooper
    This Memorial Day, anyone who loves dogs should give a shout-out to Laura Miller and Dave Nielson, a retired Ranger. They are co-founders, along with Chuck Yerry, of the SOFK9Memorial Foundation. When thinking about those who have sacrificed their lives to keep Americans safe, people should also consider the canine soldiers killed in action. Dave told American Thinker, "My children have a dad because of my canine partner, Pepper. We can actually multiply that by sixty-two, the number of those in my unit. In this unit we lost twenty-two dogs, while they searched for either the enemy or a bomb."...
  • 'Show Dogs' to remove scenes after accusations that movie 'grooms children for sexual abuse'

    05/26/2018 5:09:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 5/23/18 | KATE FELDMAN
    NEW YORK - "Show Dogs" is making some edits after allegations that the kids movie promoted a harmful message about sexual abuse. "Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film 'Show Dogs' that some have deemed not appropriate for children," the distribution company said in a statement to the Daily News Wednesday. **SNIP** "Show Dogs," starring Will Arnett, Ludacris, Natasha Lyonne, Jordin Sparks, Gabriel Iglesias, Alan Cumming and Stanley Tucci, features a minor plot about Max, the Rottweiler police dog who goes undercover at a dog...