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  1. In Case You Were Worried, Snoopy Is Officially a DogFri, 29 Aug 2014 11:20:00 -0700
    Just in case you were wondering, we can put your mind at rest: Yes, Snoopy is a dog. We have official confirmation of that via the Peanuts Twitter account. On Thursday, Peanuts sent out a tweet to put nervous fans' minds at rest and said unambiguously: "We can confirm, Snoopy IS a dog." 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($(obj).width()) Normally, this wouldn't be an issue, but this has been kind of a weird week. The Internet ran completely amok over the official statement by Sanrio that Hello Kitty is not a cat. If that can be true, what can we be certain of? Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) So, it's not unreasonable for Peanuts fans to be a little bit concerned. Just this morning, there was anxious (if somewhat tongue-in-cheek) discussion about the topic on Snoopy's Facebook page, even though the official word had gone out via Twitter. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) On the other hand, I wouldn't blame anyone for questioning non-doggy nature. In some ways, it's easier to understand than Sanrio's claim that Hello Kitty is not a cat. At least one of the characters within the strip took a while to get it: For years, the character Peppermint Patty didn't understand that Snoopy was a dog. She referred to him as "That funny-looking kid with the big nose," and thought that his dog house was a guest cottage. It was only in 1974 (eight years after she made her debut) that her friend Marcie forced her to face up to the facts. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Also consider this: Snoopy seems to have a more active interior life than any of the other characters in Peanuts: He's a novelist, a World War I flying ace, a doctor, a lawyer, a beatnik, and whatever else he wants to be. According to the rules of reality, he's more human than dog. Share this image Snoopy statue at Harbour City in Hong Kong. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) But the reality in Peanuts, as in other comic strips, is cartoon reality rather than the reality that we know. The boundaries of species, identity, and the very laws of nature are rubbery and unpredictable. Maybe that's why I fell in love with comics so early as a kid. Actual reality was rigid, unforgiving, and dull, and I particularly identified with Snoopy's flights of fancy. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) But no matter what we think about how Snoopy compares to real-life Beagles, he and everyone around him (except for Peppermint Patty of course) was very clear about the fact that he was a Beagle. He was born and grew up at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, and had several brothers and sisters who were also Beagles. In our hearts, I think that most of us knew that Snoopy was a dog, and he would continue to be so no matter what the official Peanuts people said. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The lesson? Dogs, cats, and children look and act very different in cartoon reality than in our reality. Sometimes that's a good thing, but as an adult, I think I'd rather visit cartoon reality than live there. Reality can still be unforgiving, and even brutal, but I find it a lot less dull than I used to. Via Twitter and Facebook Check out more cuteness on Dogster: Monday Miracle: Bunny The Dog Defies Cuteness Conventions Cute Video Alert: A Dog and a Disabled Cat Are Great Play Pals Vid We Love: Charcoal the Lab Loves His Bucket More Than ANYTHING More...
  2. Is Your Dog a Candidate for Doggie Daycare?Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:00:00 -0700
    Its the time of year when children go back to school, and many dogs get the blues because they miss their playmates. Unfortunately, these feelings can play out in the form of separation anxiety, and your house and your furniture can suffer from the effects of your overly anxious dog. Doggy daycare could be a good way to provide your dog some relief from boredom and separation anxiety.  Share this image Photo naughty playful puppy dog after biting pillow tired of hard work. by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) However, not all dogs are cut out for a group environment. Good candidates for doggy daycare are healthy, spayed or neutered and well-socialized dogs who enjoy other dogs and seek interaction with them at every opportunity, according to the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). And younger dogs seem to adjust better to the daycare environment than older dogs. As much as I would love to take my dog, an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix, I believe her introverted personality would not be a good match. But if your dog is a social butterfly, read on to see if doggy daycare is a good option for the two of you. Pros: The opportunity to socialize with other dogs. Exercise! A tired dog is a happy dog. Your dog gets more mental stimulation. It provides relief from boredom. Cons: Not all dogs are suited to a group environment. Your dog could either get bit or bite another dog. You run the risk of exposure to contagious diseases. Be sure the facility has a vaccination policy. Share this image A female staff member at a kennel supervises several large dogs playing together. by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) What to look for in a daycare facility Many daycares conduct an initial behavior assessment to determine how a dog behaves around other dogs and people. You will also want to assess the daycare to decide whether its a fit for your dog. Look at how the playgroups are structured. Dogs should be grouped by size, and the safest number of dogs in a group is no more than 10. Dogs also need times for rest between play sessions. There arent any national standards for canine daycare facilities; however, the ASPCA says a good rule-of-thumb for staffing is one employee per 10 to 15 dogs. The staff should be well-versed in handling dogs and managing canine behavior. The ASPCA recommends dog parents ask details about the facilitys dog handling and training methods, such as, What would you do if another dog keeps bothering my dog? and What would you do if my dog barks too much? in order to get a better idea how they would handle situations. Check out the facility. Is it clean? Visit the daycare more than once to get a more accurate picture of whats normal. The facility should be cleaned once or twice a day with adequate ventilation, and there shouldnt be any lingering odor. Also, is the space large enough? Overcrowding can lead to aggression with most animal species. The ASPCA recommends a play area be 75 to 100 square feet per dog. Share this image Stock photo a mixed breed poodle at a pet boarding facility. by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) Ask about the daycares vaccination policies and flea-prevention plan. Most veterinarians recommend puppies have at least two rounds of their vaccination series before going into daycare. Most veterinarians also recommend that dogs who go to daycare facilities get vaccinated for Bordetella (aka kennel cough) at least one week in advance. Ask about the daycares protocol in the event of emergency illness or injury. Does someone on staff know how to administer first aid? Will your dog be taken to a veterinarian or emergency hospital if necessary? If you decide your dog might be a good fit for daycare, you should visit the facility a couple of times and observe how your dog interacts with the others before leaving him or her for an extended period of time. And pay attention to how your dog seems when you pick him or her up from daycare. Does she seem stressed? A fearful or anxious dog will pant, have his ears and tail tucked down, and might have a wide-eyed look. For more information, read about a dogs body language here.  Do you take your dog to daycare? Tell us your experience in the comments! Learn more about dogs with Dogster: 9 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer Let's Talk: Does Your Dog Love to Roll in Stinky Things? Be Polite to Your Dog -- It Benefits Both of You More...
  3. Is Automating Sheepdogs the First Step to the Robot Apocalypse?Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0700
    While surfing Netflix a few months back, I came across the 1982 movie Blade Runner and realized that it's set in the year 2019 -- five years from now. While it now seems prophetic in its depiction of employment opportunities and the economy, it seems pretty clear that five years from now I will not have a flying car, and sentient androids will not run around the city. The Jetsons was set in the 2060s, so there's a slight chance that we all might have robot maids by then, but by that point, I'll probably be too old to appreciate how cool the future is. Share this image 2019 will most likeely not look like Blade Runner. For the most part, this is a good thing. 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($(obj).width()) The possibility of making robot dogs before then looks a little more likely, especially after an announcement earlier this week. Scientists from Swansea University in the U.K. believe they've figured out how sheepdogs round up sheep, and that they've developed a mathematical model that could be used to automate the process. It wouldn't apply only to sheep if it works out; the team says that the same algorithm could be applied to crowd control or cleaning up oil spills. According to the scientists, it turns out that the dogs don't focus on the sheep themselves. Instead, they see the gaps between the sheep, and try to close them by herding the animals together. Once the sheep are in one big crowd, they can be driven forward to wherever the shepherd and the dog want. Share this image Border Collie herding sheep by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) "What's so interesting about this is how simple the rules are," Dr. Andrew King said in an interview with the BBC. "At the beginning we had lots of different ideas. We started out looking from a bird's-eye view, but then we realized we needed to see what the dog sees. It sees white, fluffy things. If there are gaps between them or the gaps get bigger, the dog needs to bring them together." Share this image Herd of sheep by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The sheep gather into one group because of something called the "selfish herd theory," according to King: "One of the things that sheep are really good at is responding to a threat by working with their neighbors. It's the selfish herd theory: Put something between the threat and you. Individuals try to minimize the chance of anything happening to them, so they move towards the center of a group." Share this image Start with a cuddly robot dog, end with the robot apocalypse. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The hows and whys are fascinating, but not quite as interesting as the technological possibilities and the implied questions. The press and the scientists have talked about how this development might ultimately put Border Collies out of work, replaced by 'droid dogs. That, of course, begs the question: What kind of robot dogs would we get from such an algorithm? Would they be plucky and loyal, ready to defend us from invading hordes of space aliens like K-9 on Doctor Who? Or would they be more like the machines in Terminator and The Matrix, destined to run amok and slaughter the human race, enslaving the few survivors? Share this image A more cheerful option: always ready to outsmart Daleks and Cybermen, K9 is a much more benign robot. No apocalypse included. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Neither the BBC nor the Telegraph consider these questions, but when designing robot dogs -- or any other robot -- they're important to consider. What do you think? Could machines replace sheepdogs, and if so, would that bee a good thing? Via BBC and The Telegraph Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Why Do Dogs Lick People? 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog I Worked at a Large Commercial Pet Store, And What they Do to Puppies Will Shock You More...
  4. Mars Recalls Pedigree Dog Food After Finding Metal FragmentsThu, 28 Aug 2014 12:05:00 -0700
    On Wednesday (Aug. 27) Mars Petcare US announced a recall of 22 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the presence of a foreign material.  That foreign material is small metal fragments, which may have gotten in there during some production mishap -- the company isnt quite sure. It has shut down the production line in that facility to investigate. Mars says the metal is not embedded in the food, but is loose in the bags, and says it may present a risk if consumed. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The 22 15-pound bags were shipped to 12 Dollar General stores in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana, and they were sold between Aug. 18 and Aug. 25. The company has not received any reports of illness. Customers are encouraged to return the bags for a full refund.  Affected bags have the following information: Lot code: 432C1KKM03 UPC code: 23100 10944 Best Before date: 8/5/15 Pet owners can call 1-800-305-5206 or visit www.pedigree.com/update for more info. Read about dogs in the news on Dogster: Would "Candy's Law" Solve the Problem of Cops Killing Dogs? What Do You Do During a Tornado When Your Dog Is Barred from the Storm Shelter? In One Touching Video, An Alzheimer's Patient Speaks Again -- To the Family Dog More...
  5. The Worst Person in the Dog World This Week Is This Abusive CEOWed, 27 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0700
    The CEO of a large catering company has put himself and his firm in a lot of trouble after a video showing him kicking a dog and yanking it into the air by the leash has surfaced. Des Hague is the CEO of Centerplate, which contracts with large venues including sports arenas to provide food services. Centerplate appears to be a potential rival to Aramark, the firm that dominates the market. But the video showing Hague kicking and pulling the dog may threaten Centerplate's steady climb, or at least delay it for a while. Share this image Des Hague from behind in the elevator with his friend's dog, Sade. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The video, believed to be from July, shows Hague in the elevator of an apartment building in downtown Vancouver. He has a Doberman Pinscher on a leash, and as soon as the elevator doors close behind him, Hague begins to kick the dog repeatedly, then uses the leash to yank the dog into the air. Someone emailed the video to the British Columbia SPCA, which has taken the dog into custody and started an investigation into the incident. The video exacted immediate consequences for Hague and the company. GlobalNews reported that people going into Vancouver's BC Place stadium for a football game said they wouldn't buy any food during the game and that the stadium should break off its contract with Centerplate. "To see that fellow pull that dog and do that to that animal was an absolute disgrace," said one fan, John Kinney. "And it goes further than that -- the company that that gentleman worked for that's a black eye to everybody. That's a black eye to his friends and that's a black eye to society. Cruelty to animals is absolutely unacceptable. I'm not buying anything that this guy sells here -- it's a disgrace." Share this image The face that Desmond Hague shows as a corporate CEO. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Hague has already tried to handle the problem with an apology issued through his attorney. "I take full responsibility for my actions," Hague said. "This incident is completely and utterly out of character, and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed. Under the circumstances of the evening in question, a minor frustration with a friend's pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. Unfortunately, I acted inappropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that and am very grateful that no harm was caused to the animal. I have reached out to the SPCA and have personally apologized to the dog's owner. At this time, I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them." A lot of Hague's problems -- and by extension, those of Centerplate -- can be seen in that official apology. First, there's the problem of apologizing through his attorney, rather than stepping forward and trying to take personal responsibility. It seems like a very bureaucratic form of morality, and the bland, generic nature of the apology only strengthens the impression of someone who's going through the motions for the sake of the public. Share this image BC Place Stadium is one of Centerplate's big contracts. Fans outside said they wouldn't be buying food after hearing about the CEO's abuse of a dog. (Wikimedia Commons) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Naturally, the company has tried to distance itself from the whole issue by putting out a statement that basically says it's all Hague's problem. "This is a personal matter involving Des Hague," the statement said. "Centerplate in no way condones the mistreatment of animals and since learning about the situation late Friday night ha[s] reached out to local authorities to better understand the facts and circumstances related to the incident. As this is an ongoing review, we cannot comment further at this time." Nonetheless, as CEO, Des Hague is the public face of the company, and people identify him with Centerplate's corporate culture and ethics. Fortune Magazine quotes crisis management expert Steve Paskoff on the issue, and he sums up what a lot of other people are thinking: "My immediate reaction to this news was, this is a guy who will kick and drag a friend's dog -- what else is there to say about him? And if he treats defenseless dogs this way, how is he treating people? Is Centerplate going to be comfortable saying he represents our values, which state [on its website] that the company is 'a positive force in our communities?'" Hague has deleted his Twitter account since the video came to light, but people continue to talk about the incident, using the hashtag #DesHague. Many of them ask variations of Paskoff's questions. Some speak in much harsher terms, demanding that he be fired. A few examples: .@centerplate 's CEO kicking, abusing dog - if he treats defenseless dogs this way, how is he treating people? --@rafaelhuezo. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) #deshague You need to go to jail Centerplate - just do the right thing. You saw the video/ what r u waiting for? --@noradelaney Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Congratulations @centerplate. Your CEO abuses and mistreats animals. Quite a leader you have there. #DesHague --@maxflipper Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) If that is how #DesHague treats a friend's puppy, how does he treat his colleagues? Business partners? Other human beings? -- @GabbyBuona Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) It's hard to imagine anyone wanting Hague for a friend, neighbor, or employer at this point. What do you think? Should Centerplate hold their CEO responsible for his behavior at home? Can he continue as CEO? And what does this say about them as a company? Via Fortune and GlobalNews Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Why Do Dogs Lick People? 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog I Worked at a Large Commercial Pet Store, And What they Do to Puppies Will Shock You More...
  6. Now You Can Strap a GoPro Camera to Your Dog in StyleWed, 27 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0700
    How the world changes: A few years ago we would have never thought of strapping cameras to our dogs. But now that cameras are being strapped to everything -- body parts, surfboards, kayaks, bikes, helmets, skateboards, dashboards, sailboats, handlebars, hang gliders, refrigerators (?), carry-on luggage (?) -- strapping one to a dog doesn't seem so far-fetched. In fact, it sounds like a good idea, because your dog gets to look like he just stepped out of some top-quality Mad Max fan fiction: Share this image These are the droids you're looking for. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) These dogs look pretty badass.   We have GoPro to thank for this, of course. The leader in wearable cameras has finally released its dog mount, and although we haven't gotten our hands on one yet, the $60 Fetch looks solid. It comes with two mounting locations -- chest, for low shots of digging and the like, and back, for more expansive shots -- and it fits dogs from 15 to 120 pounds. It's also padded at the adjustment points, and the chest mount is removable for smaller dogs. The company says it made the Fetch specifically with the dog's comfort in mind.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Plus, the mount comes with quick-release bases, so you can easily take off the camera without having to remove the harness, and it comes with a tether, so if the camera gets knocked off during play it will stay attached to the dog.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width())   Check out the Fetch in action: Would you strap a camera to your dog? Do you really want to record what your dog sees when she is digging a hole or chasing after a ball? Tell us what you would use this for in the comments! Check out more at the GoPro Fetch page. Read about dogs in the news on Dogster: Would "Candy's Law" Solve the Problem of Cops Killing Dogs? What Do You Do During a Tornado When Your Dog Is Barred from the Storm Shelter? In One Touching Video, An Alzheimer's Patient Speaks Again -- To the Family Dog More...
  7. Jiff the Pomeranian Outdoes His Colossal Cuteness by Winning 2 Guinness World RecordsWed, 27 Aug 2014 02:01:00 -0700
    As a writer, I spend a lot of time doing research, some of which takes me into obscure and strange regions of our modern information culture. Even so, it's unlikely that I'll ever have a furious need to know the largest gathering of people dressed as bees, the loudest purr by a domestic cat, the holder of the speed record for breaking three balloons with the back, or the most people ever to have written telegrams at the same time in multiple locations. However, just in case that kind of compelling need comes up, it's good to know that the folks at Guinness World Records are around, keeping track of the details for me. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Now, add to all of those one adorable Pomeranian named Jiff, who has been certified as holding not one, but two records: for running the fastest 10 meter run on his hind legs (6.56 seconds) and running the fastest 5 meter on his front paws (7.76 seconds). Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) It's not like Jiff didn't already have his share of celebrity. If you're a longtime Dogster reader, you might remember this piece by Liz Acosta about Jiff and the tricks that had already endeared him to thousands on the Internet. How many dogs do you know who can impersonate a burrito? Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Since then, Jiff's following has only grown, culminating in a cameo appearance in Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" music video earlier this year. That makes Jiff the first and only reason I've had to watch a Katy Perry video, a true testimony to the dog's on-screen charisma. Share this image Jiff strutting his stuff in Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" video. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The video showcases Jiff's talent at walking on his hind legs, but it took the crew at Guinness to document just how good he is. Not only did Jiff complete the 5 meter and 10 meter runs in less than 10 seconds, but he did both on the first try. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) Like a lot of people, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday couldn't help gushing over Jiff. "When Jiff first walked into our offices, we weren't even sure he was real," he said in a press release. "He looks like a living, breathing cuddly toy. He might be tiny but he's got a huge personality, and his wealth of talents can't be doubted. He certainly deserves his place in the new Guinness World Records book, which is particularly special this year because it marks our 60th anniversary. Jiff is just one of the many incredible new record holders in the book, and the first of many special announcements we'll be making." Guinness World Records awards only those things that can be measured, weighed, or counted in some way, so there won't be a "cutest Pom" entry. But if there were, we're sure that Jiff could give Boo some serious competition. Check out more cuteness on Dogster: Monday Miracle: Bunny The Dog Defies Cuteness Conventions Cute Video Alert: A Dog and a Disabled Cat Are Great Play Pals Vid We Love: Charcoal the Lab Loves His Bucket More Than ANYTHING More...
  8. Would You Include Your Dog in Your Will? Lauren Bacall Did!Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0700
    When Lauren Bacall died last month, she left behind quite a legacy. It went far beyond the iconic scenes she did with Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not, Key Largo, and The Big Sleep. She was a fascinating, charismatic person in her own right, and probably would have made a great name for herself even without Bogart. On screen, stage, and in real life, she had an uncompromising voice. Unlike a lot of Hollywood stars, her politics weren't built on the flavor of the month; she was proudly liberal from the beginning to the end, even when that label was unfashionable or even dangerous. Among other things, she famously spoke out against the anti-Communist paranoia that spread through Hollywood during the McCarthy Era. Share this image Lauren Bacall 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 addition to her cultural legacy, Bacall had a substantial amount of money when she died, and last week when her will was read, it showed that she remembered the ones who mattered. Most of the money went to her children, but she also set aside $10,000 for the care of her beloved Papillon, Sophie, according to The Telegraph. Share this image Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart at home with one of their Boxers. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) Already, the press is pointing at the bequeathment with amusement and characterizing Sophie as "pampered." You can hear the sneer in the headlines, but if you have $26 million to bequeath to the loved ones, it seems reasonable to make sure your dog is also taken care of. Bacall was a lifelong dog-lover. Even from her early career, there's a famous photograph of her at home with Bogart, their son, and three dogs. The interior of her apartment at the Dakota was covered with pictures of Sophie and other dogs, and the little Papillon had become a familiar sight to people in the neighborhood and those who worked with Bacall on her final movies. Bacall is the best one to describe her relationship with Sophie, and you can hear her do so in the video below, where Glenn Close visits Bacall and Sophie at home. Bacall describes Sophie as "oversexed and underpaid," while Sophie enthusiastically humps her own toy dog, known as "The Humperdink." Our best wishes to Sophie, Lauren Bacall's human family, and all the people who knew her. Via The Telegraph Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Why Do Dogs Lick People? 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog I Worked at a Large Commercial Pet Store, And What they Do to Puppies Will Shock You More...
  9. Not Cool: A Police Dog Dies After Sitting in a Hot Patrol Car for SIX HoursMon, 25 Aug 2014 12:06:00 -0700
    Every summer, we hear horrible stories about dogs left in hot cars by owners who should know better and those who should really know better, like this dog sitter. This time, however, we're genuinely stunned. A police officer left his police dog in his car -- with the engine running, the windows rolled up, and the air conditioning off -- for six hours. The car was parked outside the police department. Outside temperatures reached 86 degrees, according to the AP, but as you know, temps inside a car can soar to lethal levels in a very short period.  Which they did. The 10-year-old Black Lab, who was trained to detect drugs, died, and Officer Zachary Miller of the Mills Police Department in Natrona County, Wyoming, has been charged with animal cruelty.  Share this image Nxy meeting kids during a educational visit. 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($(obj).width()) Miller pleaded not guilty. He's been with the department four years and was named Officer of the Year in 2013. He'd been the handler to the dog, Nyx, for two years, and the dog had lived with Miller. Nyx had been with the department for eight years, and he was the only dog in the K-9 program. That program has since been suspended. "It was a mistake he's going to have to pay for," Mills Police Chief Bryon Preciado said. "He's going to be disciplined through our department." "It's a tragedy," said Mills Mayor Marrolyce Wilson. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) What was Miller doing inside the department for six hours while his dog was trapped in the hot police car? He was training another officer on "patrol-duty procedures." The chief says that Miller is no longer a training officer. Also, dogs are allowed in the station -- Miller could have simply brought his dog inside. The police chief was also baffled by the engine running for six hours.  Its not normal to leave a car running that long, said Preciado. Im not justifying it. He shouldnt have been here that long. Miller was suspended with pay for a week following the death, and he's now on paternity leave. The chief said he still has his job, but that "if he violated the law then he should be held accountable just like anybody else, according to the Star Tribune. If he's convicted, he faces as much as six months in jail and a $750 fine. Nyx was buried on Miller's property, and the department is planning to create a memorial at the station. Visit the memorial page here. Via the AP; photos via the Mills Police Department Facebook page Read about dogs in the news on Dogster: Would "Candy's Law" Solve the Problem of Cops Killing Dogs? What Do You Do During a Tornado When Your Dog Is Barred from the Storm Shelter? In One Touching Video, An Alzheimer's Patient Speaks Again -- To the Family Dog More...
  10. When Is a Dog Rescue Not a Rescue? Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0700
    A rescue organization closing is rarely a good thing for dogs and dog lovers. The case of Precious Pups, a dog rescue group based in Calverton, New York, might just be that rare example when it is. Precious Pups was closed down by court order this week after allegations that it was little more than a glorified puppy mill, subjecting dogs to animal abuse. According to people who've adopted dogs from the organization, it regularly adopted out dogs who were sick, sometimes to the point that they die days or weeks after arriving at their new homes. Share this image Deborah Maffettone function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Deborah Maffettone, for example, told a CBS crew she adopted a poodle from Precious Pups, only to have the dog die 36 hours later from starvation. "We've got eight dogs documented that came out of the shelter with 20 percent less body weight," she says. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says that there were many more complaints about dogs coming out of Precious Pups. "The representations they made about the health of the dogs, that they received veterinary treatment were all false," Schneiderman told CBS. "We subpoenaed them, they refused to comply with the subpoena." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) Adoption fees for dogs from Precious Pups ran from $300 to $600 with no background checks or screening process, according to clients. The company's Yelp profile includes several highly detailed and highly critical accounts of bad dealings with Precious Pup's owner Laura Zambito. One woman, writing as "Tina F," says that Zambito asked her to provide a foster home for several dogs. "I completed an application to foster but never received a foster agreement," she writes. "My vet and personal references were never checked, nor was a home check done." Nevertheless, she fostered three dogs but says they needed more than $900 in veterinary care. Health problems included heartworm infection, pneumonia, and sutures from previous surgeries that had to be removed. Share this image Activist Lisa Ludwig function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) According to Schneiderman and other critics, this kind of situation was typical of practices at Precious Pups. Animal activist Lisa Ludwig, a longtime critic, said, "This is a dog-flipping operation. So many people have been stuck with thousands of dollars in vet bills and dead dogs too." Zambito has denied all charges, on Yelp and in court, and claims that the entire situation is the result of a malicious smear campaign against her. Precious Pups is fighting the charges in court. Zambito told CBS she plans to reopen: "We will be telling the truth in court. We will be presenting the facts with our attorney. So there is no further comment." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) Maffettone says the real problem is bigger than Zambito or Precious Pups -- there's no oversight or regulation for who is or isn't a legitimate rescue operation. "Our main goal and the big picture here is to regulate rescue," she said. What do you think? What kind of laws are needed to make sure that rescue operations are legit, and that dogs find good homes? Via CBS New York, Shut Down Precious Pups Facebook Page, and Yelp Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Why Do Dogs Lick People? 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog I Worked at a Large Commercial Pet Store, And What they Do to Puppies Will Shock You More...
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