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  1. Low vitamin levels prompt ferret and cat food recall26 Nov 2014 12:10:54 CST
    Some dry food products for cats and ferrets are being recalled because tests showed inadequate levels of vitamins and excessi -More-  More...
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  3. Dog may have years to live, thanks to Cornell heart repair26 Nov 2014 12:10:54 CST
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  5. Stray dog follows man through rivers, over mountains to his forever home26 Nov 2014 12:10:54 CST
    An adventure team from Sweden gained a four-legged teammate during an endurance race in Ecuador, and now the dog has a new fa -More-  More...
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  1. Arthur the Ecuadorian Stray Joins Team Peak Performance for GoodWed, 26 Nov 2014 12:05:00 -0800
    I don't usually follow extreme sports much -- or at all really -- but it's hard to resist the charm of Arthur, the stray dog who's become an international sensation. Sweden's Team Peak Performance was adopted by Arthur while they were competing in the Adventure Racing World Championship, a 430-mile trek through the Ecuadorian rain forest by bicycle, foot, and kayak. Share this image Photo by Krister Goransson/Peak Performance function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) It all started with a meatball. Four days into the race, the team sat down to eat. Team captain Mikael Lindnord gave a canned meatball to a stray dog who was hanging around their encampment. From that point on, Team Peak Performance went from four members to five, even if the humans took a while to realize it. "I didnt understand that Arthur was following us until we were alone and he was still there," Lindnord said on the team's website. "At one stage, we had to take a break and the dog was totally wrecked. We opened two cans of food and let him eat, because he could find no food at all in the jungle." Share this image Mikael Lindnord and Arthur (Photo by Krister Goransson/Peak Performance) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image Photo by Krister Goransson/Peak Performance function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Arthur was determined to follow to the finish line, even when the team tried to get rid of him out of concern for his safety. When they reached the kayaking stage, organizers warned the team that the water would be unsafe for the dog, so they left him on shore. Arthur wasn't having any of that and just swam after the team. "It was too heartbreaking, and we felt we couldnt leave him," Lindnord said, "So we picked him up. We could hear the people cheer on the shore as we set off. But he was kind of in the way during the whole paddle, and we had to find different paddling techniques to not kick him off board. A few times he jumped in to the water and took a swim, and then he crawled back up again and was freezing so he got to wear our jackets. One time, we got quite close to land and he jumped off and swam to the shore, and we thought that was the last we were gonna see from him. But he ran on the road for a bit, and then he swam back to us." Share this image Photo by Krister Goransson/Peak Performance function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Team Peak Performance crossed the finish line two days after meeting Arthur. They didn't win -- they came in 12th in the 10-day race -- but you can't find any press about the team that came in first. The story of Arthur and his loyalty for the sake of a meatball captured the minds and hearts of the world, especially when Lindnord decided to take Arthur home to Sweden. Crawling over mudslides and through dense jungle is one thing, but making your way through the bureaucracy to transport a dog from one country to another is truly fearsome. Doing it took an even bigger team; Lindnord and his colleagues used Twitter and Paypal to raise the funds needed to get Arthur to his new forever home. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Even with the contributions from supporters, getting Arthur to his new home was no sure thing. Every time they made it past a bureaucratic obstacle, Lindnord posted an update on the team's Facebook page, letting everyone know that they were that much closer to their goal. Among other things, they got treatment for a months-old wound on Arthur's back. Share this image The team at the finish line. For Arthur, this was just the beginning of a much longer journey. (Photo by Krister Goransson/Peak Performance) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) In the end, all that bureaucratic wrangling and crowdfunding worked, and Arthur is now in Sweden. Currently, he's in a 120-day quarantine, but when he's made it through that final obstacle, he'll be joining Lindnord and his family at their home in rnskldsvik. Share this image Arthur meets his public in Sweden. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) There's a lot to feel good about in the story of Arthur and Team Peak Performance, but perhaps the best thing is this: The story does not end with them. Thanks to their experience in Ecuador, the team has established the Arthur Foundation to advocate for the rights of stray dogs. If you want to donate and help more stray dogs have happy endings, go to the website and hit one of the buttons at the bottom of the page. Via NPR, Team Peak Performance Website, and Facebook Read more about dogs in the news on Dogster: A Disabled Girl Will Keep Her Dog, and a Bad Law Will Go Away Pick Up Your Dog Poop Because Big Brother is Watching You London Council Has a Plan for Dog Poop: Paint It Pink A Golden Retriever Fails an Obedience Contest in a Glorious Way More...
  2. Meet "Siberia's Hachiko," a Loyal, Heartbroken Dog Named MashaWed, 26 Nov 2014 11:55:00 -0800
    You know of the original Hachiko, the famed Japanese Akita who arrived at a train station every night for a decade to greet his owner, who had died. There's also "Jurong's Hachiko," a Lab in Singapore who appeared at the same bus stop every day, twice a day, waiting for someone who never arrived. (The dog has since been placed with a new family.)   Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Now we have "Sibera's Hachiko," who is, true to the Hachiko legend, waiting steadfastly for someone who will never return. In this case, the dog, named Masha, turns up every day at a Siberian hospital where her owner died. She's been coming for two years, according to the Siberian Times. Staff say the dog is heartbroken, and they make sure she has a place to sleep and food to eat.   "You see her eyes, how sad they are -- its not the usual shiny eyes for when a dog is happy," said chief doctor Vladimir Bespalov, according to the Times. "You can see this in animals in the same way as with people." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Her owner was a patient in the hospital before he died, and Masha was his only visitor. She would return home every night and come to the hospital every day. After he died, she kept up the practice.   "She is waiting for him, for her owner," said nurse Alla Vorontsova, according to the Times. "Just recently a family tried to adopt her, but Masha ran away and returned to the hospital. She was taken on Friday evening, and at 3 a.m. on Saturday she was back here." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) "There is nothing medicine can do for her here, but we are still hoping that Masha will be able to find another owner," said Bespalov. "One day, and we very much want this day to come soon, our Masha will trust somebody." Via the Siberian Times  Read more recent dog news on Dogster: Why Your Dog Makes Such a Mess Drinking Water A Disabled Girl Will Keep Her Dog, and a Bad Law Will Go Away Who Will Win the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day? More...
  3. Why Your Dog Makes Such a Mess Drinking WaterTue, 25 Nov 2014 11:15:00 -0800
    Ever since we read that study about how cats drink -- "elegant," researchers called it, whereby just the tip of the tongue touches the surface and draws a column of water up to the cat's mouth like a conductor drawing the flutist up in Flight of the Bumblebee -- we've been waiting for the other shoe to drop.   It has, and it was a boot. Dogs drink way sloppier than cats. Way sloppier. They're horrible, basically. According to scientists at Virginia Tech and Purdue University, dogs "smash" their tongues against water -- they actually used that word, "smash" -- to create inelegant water columns, with lots of byproduct splish, sploosh, and splashing all around. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) "When we started this project, we thought that dogs drink similarly to cats," said Sunny Jung, an assistant professor at Virginia Tech. "But it turns out that it's different because dogs smash their tongues on the water surface -- they make lots of splashing -- but a cat never does that." The research found that a dog, upon wanting a sip of water, will bash his tongue into the water, slapping a large part of it down, then rapidly drawing it up and creating a force up to eight times that of gravity. Cats, on the other hand, gently touch the water with just the tip of the tongue and create a force of just twice that of gravity.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Also, "the volume of water a dog's tongue can move increases exponentially with body size," meaning ... christ, look at all this water on the ground!  According to the press release, Jung's "research focuses include biofluid mechanics and the nonlinear interactions between soft bodies and surrounding fluids," so we're inclined to believe him on this dog tongue stuff. In the future, he plans on moving away from pets to investigate "the diving dynamics of plunging seabirds, the skittering motion of frogs, and the response of leaves in response to high-speed raindrops." We wish him well.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The study didn't explain why dogs drink differently than cats, but it may have something to do with the fact that dogs have better things to do than sit around all day gently sipping a cup of water and then sleeping for 12 hours.  Read more at APS Physics Read more recent dog news on Dogster: Pick Up Your Dog Poop Because Big Brother is Watching You Who Will Win the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day? London Council Has a Plan for Dog Poop: Paint It Pink Vid We Love: Watch This Little Yorkie Terrify a Big, Bad Burglar More...
  4. A Disabled Girl Will Keep Her Dog, and a Bad Law Will Go AwayTue, 25 Nov 2014 01:00:00 -0800
    Those of us who oppose breed-specific legislation got a small victory recently. Thanks to a nationwide backlash and an online petition, the village of Moreauville, Louisiana, now says that it will rescind an ordinance banning Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. The ordinance is a very new one; it was passed on Oct. 13 and gave owners until Dec. 1 to get rid of their dogs. About halfway through November, Joanna Armand got a notice from the city giving her two weeks to find a new home for their Pit Bull, Zeus, or he would be taken into custody and euthanized. Or actually, "further disposition," as the letter said. The news was a blow to the entire family, but especially to Armand's young daughter, O'Hara Owens. O'Hara suffers from extreme neck problems that require her to wear a halo brace and use a wheelchair. Although Zeus is not an official service dog, he's O'Hara's constant companion and lets the rest of the family know when she's in trouble. "I can sit here if I'm in pain, he comes and he notices it before I even make any noise," she told local television station KALB. When she has spasms or seizures in the night, Zeus will run to get O'Hara's mother. Share this image O'Hara holding the letter from the town that notified the family that they must get rid of Zeus. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Armand set up a Facebook page called Saving Zeus to get her story out, and she set up an online petition. Both got immediate attention. When CNN reported on the story yesterday, the petition already had 40,000 signatures. As of this writing, it has 252,500. The story of Zeus, O'Hara, and the ordinance has been featured on CNN, The View, and USA Today. Share this image From left: O'Hara Owens, Joanna Armand, and KALB reporter Brooke Buford. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Within a few days, a small village of 950 people became known as the place that was going to kill a disabled girl's dog simply because of the dog's breed. After being one of the most outspoken public advocates for the ordinance and the village's right to enforce it, Alderman Penn Lemoine blinked. "It was a mistake," he told the Times-Picayune. "And it's got to be redone and reworded. And this Dec. 1 date is not going to happen." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Originally, Lemoine had told the media that the ordinance was created to deal with pervasive complaints by citizens about dogs running loose. "We had several residents that were complaining about not being able to walk along the neighborhoods because these dogs were basically running along town," he said in a phone interview with KALB. Now, he concedes that the city will have to find another solution, such as enforcing leash laws. "We'll get legal counsel to help us formulate something that's going to try to keep the dogs off the street," he told the Times-Picayune. Today doesn't feel like a big day for justice in most places, but at least O'Hare Owens and her friend Zeus have gotten a little bit, as rare as that might be. Via NOLA.com and CNN Read more about dogs in the news on Dogster: Pick Up Your Dog Poop Because Big Brother is Watching You London Council Has a Plan for Dog Poop: Paint It Pink A Golden Retriever Fails an Obedience Contest in a Glorious Way Watch This Pit Bull Face His Fears Butt First More...
  5. Pick Up Your Dog Poop Because Big Brother is Watching YouMon, 24 Nov 2014 11:50:00 -0800
    Campaigns encouraging dog owners to clean up behind their pets run the gamut from silly to weird to occasionally outright creepy. The story that we wrote up on Friday about painting poo pink fell somewhere between the silly and weird. It was silly the first time someone tried it in 2010; after it was implemented by several different towns, it just became weird. In contrast, the strategy tried by the charity Keep Britain Tidy zooms straight for the ominous and creepy. The organization has started a new campaign to erect hundreds of billboards with huge glowing eyes and the words "Thoughtless dog owners we're watching you!" Apparently, someone in Keep Britain Tidy read 1984 and came away with the idea that it was an operational "how-to" manual, rather than a cautionary tale. The signs are made of a material that "charges up" during the day and then glows at night. The campaign is specifically targeted at owners who are walking their dogs in the dark winter hours. The charitable organization's press release claims, "Research suggested that dog fouling tends to occur at night time and during the winter months, as some dog owners feel that they can't be seen 'under the cover of darkness.'" Share this image Stephen Clarke / Shutterstock.com function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) While people who don't pick up behind their dogs are obnoxious, the campaign seems to overstate them as a threat, as if lumps of stray dog poo may bring down life and civilization as we know it. According to the organization's chief executive, Phil Barton: Our most recent research tells us that people see dog fouling as, by far, the most unacceptable and dirtiest type of litter, and the biggest concern in environmental quality. With more than five million dogs in England producing nearly 600,000 tonnes of waste each year, these concerns are understandable. This campaign has been proven to make a difference and encourage the minority of dog owners who don't pick up after their pets to do the right thing. The campaign would feel a little creepy and over the top in any time, but gigantic, glowing eyes watching as you walk your dog play fears that are becoming more real than ever. In the United States, Edward Snowden pointed the finger at how the NSA has performed massive surveillance on Internet activity. In the United Kingdom, similar revelations have come out about the activities of the Government Communications Headquarters. Share this image One of the posters. Is failing to clean up after your dog a crime against the State? function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) In a world where those things are a reality, giant glowing eyes looking over people to make sure that they clean up their dog poop just cranks up the air of paranoia. Worse, it sends a message that you should clean up dog poop not because it's the right thing to do for your community, but because if you don't, some shadowy, omnipotent power will strike you down. Cleaning up after your pet is part of being a responsible dog owner. Can't we figure out a way to promote that message without creeping everyone out? Via The Telegraph Read more about dogs in the news on Dogster: London Council Has a Plan for Dog Poop: Paint It Pink A Golden Retriever Fails an Obedience Contest in a Glorious Way Watch This Pit Bull Face His Fears Butt First More...
  6. Look at Julia Christe's Photos of Dogs FlyingMon, 24 Nov 2014 11:15:00 -0800
    At Dogster, it's no secret: We love it when professional photographers take pictures of dogs in things, on things, and in various states of wetness. We love Seth Casteel's pictures of dogs underwater -- and also his puppies underwater. We love Theron Humphrey's pictures of Maddie on things and Sophie Gamand's pictures of wet dogs. We love Sharon Montrose's pictures of parts of dogs. We also love Serenah's pictures of dogs looking funny and sorta goofy as well as Carli Davidson's pictures of dogs looking funny and sorta goofy.  Now, we love Julia Christe's pictures of dogs flying. No, really, they are soaring, airborne. OK, they're really falling. But still, they're up there, in the air, if only for a moment, hair flying, brain scrambling, wondering what the heck the lady with the camera is up to. Look:  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) As for the mechanics of these airborne dogs, rest assured they got into the air under the best possible scenarios. Christe had their owners huck them off -- wait, no. She had them drop them them onto mattresses, according to the Guardian. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The expression on their faces mostly reflects the surprise of the first flight, and in most cases the first jump provided the best pictures, said Christe, according to the Herald Sun.  Not every dog is born to fly, but some had great talent and became proper shooting stars. Photos via Julia Christe's website. See more pix we love: Photographer Lori Fusaro Aids Senior-Dog Adoption With Her Gorgeous Photos Meet Muttley Cyrus, the World's Newest Canine Pop Star 10 Dogs With Mustaches to Celebrate Movember  More...
  7. Who Will Win the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day?Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0800
    It's time again for the National Dog Show! America's most-watched dog show will be seen by millions on Thanksgiving, immediately after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. And if you don't like football, it's a godsend. Here's the inside scoop on favorites for group and best in show wins. Last year, America's top dog was Jewel the American Foxhound. But Jewel has since hung up her show lead to be a stay-at-home mom. Perhaps one of the other American breeds, like the American Water Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Boston Terrier, or American Staffordshire Terrier, will win? It depends on who makes the trek to Philadelphia, city of doggedly love (or something like that), how they show on the day, and who the judge decides is the best on that day. Share this image Jewel the American Foxhound took home top honors at last year's National Dog Show. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) We have our ideas, though. The Hound Group Jewel may not be in the Hound group this year, but her understudy, GCh Kiarry's Back in the Saddle, has become a star in his own right. He will try to keep Jewel's trophy in the family. And while we're talking about family, remember Hickory, the Scottish Deerhound who made history a few years ago with her Best in Show at Westminster? She also retired to motherhood, and now her daughter, Chelsea (GCh Foxcliffe's Chelsea Piers), is taking her place alongside Hickory's former handler Angela Lloyd. As this year's winner of the Deerhound National Specialty, she's another to watch. Share this image Chelsea the Scottish Deerhound. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) But there's a complication: Lloyd also has a Treeing Walker Coonhound named GCh Cherry Creek Confetti who has been on the trail of some big wins. How will she show two dogs if both make it to the Hound group? The Treeing Walker is one of the more recently recognized Hound breeds, but even newer is the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno. That's the one that looks sort of like a terrier/Dachshund mix. Or some kind of mix. Impress your friends by pointing it out before the announcer has a chance. You can also impress them if the smooth Saluki Ali (GCh Takara the Time is Now) wins the breed this year. She doesn't carry the customary long fringe on her ears and tail, but the smooth coat is an equally correct coat type. Other contenders for high honors might well be the top-winning Whippet, the incredible Ibizan Hound, the alluring Afghan Hound, and the baying Beagle. But in our opinion, the smart money for the top spot is on Nathan the Bloodhound, last year's Westminster Hound group winner, this year's top Hound, and an all-around pretty cool dude who goes more formally by GCh Flessner's International S'cess. Share this image Nathan the Bloodhound. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) If Nathan wins the Hound group, he'll face stiff competition from the other group winners, especially the Working and Toy groups. The Working Group This promises to be one of the most hotly contested, with two heavyweights duking it out -- even though the No. 1 Working dog (and No. 1 dog all breeds) is rumored to have skipped the National Dog Show this year. Not so of the No. 2 and No. 3 Working dogs, both of whom plan to compete -- and win. Will it be the Akita, Trader (GCh Cr -Wicca's Trade Secret), who's already won 17 Best in Show awards this year? Or the Samoyed, Bogey (GCh Pebbles' Run Play It Again Ham), with seven Bests so far this year? Never discount the Doberman, Boxer, Rotty, or Siberian Husky, but this may be the year of the rarer breeds. Impress your friends by identifying the Leonberger, the lion-looking dog from Germany, and keep an eye out for the Standard Schnauzer and Bernese Mountain Dog. Share this image Banana Joe is Ben There Done That's sire. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The Toy Group Be prepared for another clash of the (tiny) titans. One of them is likely to be Ben (GCH Yarrow's Hi-Tech Ben There Done That). And if his name refers to winning, especially winning Best in Shows, then yeah, he's aptly named. Small surprise, considering his sire is another former Westminster Best in Show winner, Joey (GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari), and his handler, Ernesto Lara, also piloted Joey to his wins. And while it doesn't matter as far as winning, two of his owners, the Truesdales, are some of the most active and benevolent sponsors of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Share this image Ben the Affenpinscher. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) But if Ben wants to have done that in the winner's circle again, he'll have to get past the General: that is, GCh Pequest General Tso, another star at the end of renowned Peke breeder David Fitzpatrick's leash. And Fitzpatrick is another who might just find himself with two dogs in the Toy group if the Chinese Crested he's showing wins Best of Breed. While we think this is a two-dog showdown between the Peke and the Affenpinscher, don't discount the Pug and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The Sporting Group This group is always a crowd favorite, especially since it includes America's favorite breed, the Labrador. But Labs are notorious underachievers at the group level. Will this year's winner change that? More often, the Golden is the Retriever who fetches all the ribbons, and this year has an impressive entry. Will it be a golden win? Or will the nod go to one of the flashier Setters or Spaniels? Setter-wise, we like the English, Blaze (GCh Weymouth's en Fuego), who is ranked No. 16 of all breeds, although we hear a lesser-known Gordon named Sadie (GCh Sandpiper's Shore Why Knot) has set her sights on the big prize as well. And never ignore the spaniels, whether flashy Cockers or Springers or one of the more subtle ones like the Field or Clumber. And don't ignore the German Shorthaired Pointer! The Non-Sporting group is always tough, being home to the poofed Poodles, dashing Dalmatians and frumpy Frenchies. Poodle competition is once again at fever pitch this year, so look for whichever Poodle emerges from the breed victorious to be a contender. But maybe this isn't the year of the foo-foo. We think it could be the year of the Dalmatian. Or French Bulldog. We're bullish on this year's Frenchie favorite: GCh Diva's Bastille My Heart (Freda) -- her clever name would be reason enough, but she's also had a stellar show year. Also watch out for the hairless Xoloitzcuintli, if only so you can impress your friends with your pronunciation skills (say Sho-lo-ITZ-keent-lee. Or just "Sho-lo" for short!). Share this image Freda the French Bulldog. Photo by Ethan Wheeler. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The Herding Group Famed German Shepherd handler and breeder Jimmy Moses, winner of Best in Show at Westminster with two different GSDs, will be judging the Herding group, so any Shepherd in his ring is going to face a tough critic. For that reason, we aren't going to choose a Shepherd as one of our favorites, despite their dominance of the Herding group. Instead we may again go with another second-generation winner, this time the Bearded Collie, or maybe the perky Shetland Sheepdog or one of the chipper Corgis. This group is really up in the air, so go for a longshot! By the way, look for the Pyrenean Shepherd -- cute and smart! The Terrier Group No group of dogs has so dominated the show world as has the classic Terrier group. Often small in number, it's never short of quality. With last year's top dog of all breeds, Sky the Wire Fox Terrier, retired, there's a rush to fill her place. We happen to know the current top terrier stayed in the sunny south for the weekend, but there's still going to be plenty of quality in Philadelphia. Share this image Sky the Wire Fox Terrier. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Fox Terriers, both wire and smooth, are always the ones to beat, and recently the smooths seem to be especially quality-laden, so look for a Smooth Fox Terrier amongst the finalists. But this year don't discount one of the short-legged terriers, or even a bully breed. Norfolk Terrier GCh Yarrow Venerie Ticket to Ride (Rider) shares a kennel name and owner with the Affenpinscher we've already mentioned in the Toy Group. Could there be a family feud in Best in Show? Maybe. He's one of the top Terriers in the country. He could be challenged by a couple of other breeds from the British Isles, the Scotty or Sealyham. But surely there will be one American breed to stave off the British invasion! We think it will be up to the American Staffordshire Terrier, Flash (GCh An Garda Deja Vu Looking at You) to get the Liberty Bell ringing. Share this image Rider the Norfolk Terrier. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Best in Show So who will come into the Best in Show ring for the final smackdown? It's hard to know for sure, but we're thinking Nathan the Bloodhound, Blaze the English Setter, Freda the Frenchie, General Tso the Peke, Ben the Affenpinscher, Trader the Akita, Bogey the Samoyed, or Rider the Norfolk are most likely to strut away with the red, white, and blue ribbon at America's red, white, and blue dog show. But if we really had to put our money where our mouth is, we're thinking Nathan is the hottest on the trail right now. Or the General. Or Trader. Or Rider. Or... wait, who will win the Herding group? Read more about spending Thanksgiving with dogs: 5 Tips for Managing Your Anxiety at a Multi-Dog Thanksgiving Hilary Swank to Host "Great American Dog-a-Thon" on Thanksgiving For Thanksgiving, Help Spread the Word on Food Safety for Dogs Ask a Vet: Is It Safe for Dogs to Share Thanksgiving Feasts? 7 Things to Remember for a Dog-Safe Thanksgiving Interested in breed profiles? Find dozens of them here.   About the author: Caroline Coile is the author of 34 dog books, including the top-selling Barron's Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds. She has written for various publications and is currently a columnist for AKC Family Dog. She shares her home with three naughty Salukis and one Jack Russell Terrier.  More...
  8. Live Puppies Romp in the SF SPCA Macy's Holiday Windows EventMon, 24 Nov 2014 02:20:00 -0800
    At 3 p.m. Friday, a crowd had formed outside the Macy's in downtown San Francisco. Everybody was restlessly awaiting the stroke of five, when bright red curtains would open to reveal live puppies playing, prancing, and doing who knows what else inside the store's soaring street-side windows.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) It was part of a heartwarming annual partnership between Macy's and the San Francisco SPCA, in which whimsical holiday-themed window displays are created to house live dogs and cats, which passersby can adopt.  "We've always had a great turnout, but this is incredible," said the store's media-relations manager, Megan Pardo. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) "It's a great opportunity to spread the holiday spirit," she added as everyone from office workers to bikers to bearded hipsters -- and the occasional curious canine -- thronged the windows, clamoring behind velvet ropes and forming a queue that snaked all the way across the street.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The SF SPCA has staged its holiday-window project in various San Francisco stores, starting with Gump's, for the last 28 years. This is its 11th consecutive year partnering with Macy's. Since 1987, the window displays have led to more than 8,000 adoptions; 2013 was a record-breaker, with 343 animals finding new homes and $100,000 raised in donations.  This year, as for the past five, the displays were built in New York City by Spaeth Design, then trucked to San Francisco, where they were reassembled and embellished. These displays can take up to two weeks to install in Macy's windows and one week to remove. Open to view through January 4, only some of the windows feature live animals; others are whimsical wonderlands with moving parts.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) As the sky darkened and the moment of the unveiling drew near, students from the De Marillac Academy choir sang Christmas carols. Their elf-hatted classmates then dramatically swung open the drapes. The crowd pressed forward, enthralled by a glorious display, in which child-sized figures ice-skated around a magical San Francisco landscape.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Other windows featured live kittens -- and the event's guest of honor, celebrity feline Grumpy Cat. (Read coverage of her appearance on our sister site, Catster.) But for many in attendance, the main attraction was the adorable fuzzy puppies that lolled, blinked, rolled, and gazed at the hundreds of human spectators smiling and cooing and snapping pictures. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Could some of those faces belong to the puppies' new families? Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) "At this time of year, we have such a great need" to get animals adopted, said SF SPCA co-president Jennifer Scarlett. The window displays are designed to keep the animals safe and at ease -- "with plenty of ventilation and no carpeting," explained Scarlett, a veterinarian who adopted her own dog, a blue merle named Huri, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Ten to 12 animals are on display at any given time. As animals are adopted they are replaced in the windows. Volunteers ensure the comfort of the animals in the windows and of their replacements, who rest in cages in a temporary holding area inside Macy's. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) "We try to keep litters together, and if any animal ever seems stressed in the windows, we take them right out," Scarlett said. "Occasionally, an older dog will be like, 'What? Get me out of here.' But most of these animals are young enough that they don't mind" the odd environment or being a public spectacle. The windows are visible not only from the street but also via webcam. Anyone who falls in love with a dog or cat who they see behind those windows need only visit the temporary holding area and ask to adopt the animal. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) "It's an open adoption program," Scarlett explained. Rather than screening potential adoptees, she said, "We have conversations. We let them know that if it doesn't work out, they can come back with the animal -- but our return rates are lower at this time of year than at other times." And that's a holiday gift for all of us. All photographs 2014 by Kristan Lawson. Read more holiday stories on Dogster: SF SPCA Breaks Adoption Record with Holiday Windows 2013 We Were on the Red Carpet at Fox's "Cause for Paws"! 5 Tips for Managing Your Anxiety at a Multi-Dog Thanksgiving Ask a Vet: Is It Safe for Dogs to Share Thanksgiving Feasts? 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  9. London Council Has a Plan for Dog Poop: Paint It PinkFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:20:00 -0800
    Communities are always trying new things to address the problem of dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets. Some of the more extreme reactions include the cities of Ipswich, Massachussetts, and Boulder, Colorado, who actually considered going all CSI and creating DNA databases of the local dogs. The borough council of Camden in London has chosen a more low-tech, but more colorful, approach: They're going to paint the poop pink. According to Sally Gimson, Camden's council member for the environment, the idea is to embarrass those who don't clean up their dog poop by letting them know that their neighbors are watching. "It's about embarrassing the people who aren't picking up the poo after their dogs," she told the Evening Standard. "The whole point is really to embarrass dog owners who are doing it to say, 'we have noticed you've done it, and you shouldn't be doing it'." Share this image Would people be more likely to pick this up if it were painted pink? Dog Poop by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) That's all well and good, but in the end all the Council is doing is publicizing the fact that there's a problem with poop in the neighborhood. They're not actually going to clean up the poop, just hand out cans of paint to the local residents and let them spray away. Ultimately, there will still be poop, but now it will be... pink. Strangely, this isn't a unique or new solution. It's been tried in several towns and apartment complexes in Europe. Earlier this year, the St. Michel apartments in Arras, France, started handing out paint cans to their security guards. In 2012, the council in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, implemented a similar plan. In 2010, it was also tried by the council in Staffordshire and a volunteer group in Warminster. Share this image Dog by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) There's no word on how successful any of these pink poo campaigns have been. However, they all have one thing in common: Whether or not the culprits are actually embarrassed by seeing their dog's feces painted a bright, fluorescent pink, everyone else in the community still has to see piles of excrement lying around. If anything, pink poo looks prettier than the usual brown variety. In the United States, this would be a hipster art project making some kind of nebulous statement about materialistic capitalism. What do you think? Does painting poo pink help solve the problem, or does it just make it cuter? Via London Evening Standard Read more about dogs in the news on Dogster: A Golden Retriever Fails an Obedience Contest in a Glorious Way Watch This Pit Bull Face His Fears Butt First A Texas Shelter Spayed a Woman's Dog Without Her Permission More...
  10. Vid We Love: Watch This Little Yorkie Terrify a Big, Bad Burglar Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:20:00 -0800
    It's common thinking that big dogs make the best guard dogs, a fact that burns little dogs to no end. You see them staring at big dogs, sizing them up, looking for weaknesses, thinking, "You ain't all that, Bluto. My teeth are daggers. My bark is fierce." Little dogs know that the most important thing in being a good guard dog is not size but ferocity, a quality little dogs hone to perfection.  Share this image A man up to no good. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Take the little dog in this video, a Yorkie named Scamp. Never have we seen a more effective guard dog. Look how Criminal comes swaying into the backyard, lumbering like he has just eaten at Outback Steakhouse and is looking for a bed to steal. Scamp remains off-screen -- he's probably in the house, watching the intruder, outlining his plan. "I'm going to flip," he thinks. "Criminal won't know what hit him. My bark will be heard in Johannesburg!"  Forgot to say: This video comes from South Africa.  In any case, Criminal does try to make it into the house, Scamp does flip, and Criminal flees like he's in a Looney Tunes cartoon. He almost runs in mid-air and scales not one but two fences in his panicked escape. This dog nailed his duties, and he is one proud Yorkie. Watch: Don't you love the way Scamp turns a little 360 at the end?  The video was first posted on Reddit, where it went nuts, and then on YouTube, where it swept past 500,000 views after just two days. One commenter says the man was arrested later while committing another burglary and told police he has cynophobia -- fear of dogs. Fear of Scamp, more like. Share this image Do you feel lucky, punk? Photo via Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Read more about dogs in the news on Dogster: Uber Driver Leaves Blind Woman With Service Dog Stranded A Golden Retriever Fails an Obedience Contest in a Glorious Way Watch This Pit Bull Face His Fears Butt First More...
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