Westminster Dog Show Day 2 in Photos

Who really is Best in Show when they’re all so photogenic?

#dogs, #westminster-kennel-club-dog-show

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Westminster Dog Show Day 1: Saturday in Photos

After decades at Madison Square Garden, the dog show moves to the Lyndhurst riverside estate. And hundreds of dogs probably couldn’t be happier.

#dogs, #westminster-kennel-club-dog-show

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On the Covid Front Lines, When Not Getting Belly Rubs

In Thailand and around the world, dogs are being trained to sniff out the coronavirus in people. So far, the results have been impressive.

#chulalongkorn-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #thailand

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How Dogs Are on The Covid-19 Front Lines

In Thailand and around the world, dogs are being trained to sniff out the coronavirus in people. So far, the results have been impressive.

#chulalongkorn-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #innovation, #service-dogs-and-other-animals, #thailand

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The ‘Talking’ Dog of TikTok

Bunny, an internet-famous sheepadoodle, has brought attention to a new area of study within animal cognition: the use of assistive technology for language acquisition.

#animal-cognition, #dogs, #instagram-inc, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #voice-and-speech

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No, People Are Not Returning Pandemic Dogs in Droves

Despite alarmist headlines, the happy truth is most people are keeping their newly adopted pets, animal welfare groups say.

#abandonment-property, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #anxiety-and-stress, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #petpoint, #pets, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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The Latest Coronavirus Comes From Dogs

A newly identified coronavirus may not pose a serious threat, but the finding highlights the need to monitor animal viruses more proactively, scientists say.

#animals, #clinical-infectious-diseases-journal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #malaysia, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #viruses, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health

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On the Scrappy Fringes of French Politics, Marine Le Pen Tries to Rebrand

Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader and main challenger to President Emmanuel Macron in next year’s election, wants to persuade voters that she and her party can govern France.

#anti-semitism, #dogs, #france, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #illegal-immigration, #le-pen-jean-marie, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #national-front-france, #national-rally-france, #politics-and-government

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Why Do Humans Feed So Many Animals?

Researchers want to learn more about the connections between humans and the feeding of birds, beasts and other fauna.

#animal-behavior, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #birds, #cats, #delhi-india, #dogs, #great-britain, #isotopes, #monkeys-and-apes, #pet-foods, #pets, #rome-italy, #your-feed-science, #zoos

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Bo, the Obamas’ Portuguese Water Dog, Dies

Former President Barack Obama said the family had lost “a true friend and loyal companion.”

#bo-dog, #dogs, #obama-barack, #obama-michelle, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #sunny-dog, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Grumpy Dogs Outperform Friendly Ones on Some Learning Tests

Dogs that would not be the first choice of many pet owners do better than some of the more agreeable fellows when they have to learn from a stranger.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #budapest-hungary, #dogs, #oregon-state-university, #udell-monique-a-r, #university-of-pennsylvania, #working-dog-center, #your-feed-science

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Colorado Woman Killed in Apparent Bear Attack

Officials euthanized a grown female bear and two smaller bears that were found nearby. It was one of only a few fatal bear attacks ever recorded in the state.

#animals, #bears, #colorado, #dogs, #telluride-colo, #wildlife-services, #women-and-girls

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How the Owner of a Doggie Day Spa Spends His Sundays

Brian Taylor runs the business out of his home, but he has also started a mobile service, which has grown popular during the pandemic.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #dogs, #fur, #hamilton-heights-manhattan-ny, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #harlem-doggie-day-spa-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #taylor-brian-1983

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Five Charged in Shooting of Lady Gaga’s Dog Walker

The dog walker was critically injured and two of Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs were stolen in the violent robbery in Hollywood on Feb. 24, the police said.

#dogs, #fischer-ryan-february-24-2021-shooting, #lady-gaga, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-los-angeles-calif, #robberies-and-thefts

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‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side

Many truckers depend on the companionship of dogs, cats, birds, pigs — or even a hedgehog.

#cats, #dogs, #parakeets, #pets, #trucks-and-trucking

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Prancer, the ‘Demonic Chihuahua,’ Finds a Home

An adoption ad said he was “literally the Chihuahua meme that describes them as being 50% hate and 50% tremble.” Undeterred, a Connecticut woman has adopted him.

#adoptions, #dogs, #online-advertising, #prancer, #social-media

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Bradley Whitford Finds Inspiration in the Theater (and Dog Park)

The star of “The Handmaid’s Tale” talks about the magic sauce of Yo-Yo Ma and Aretha Franklin, and is ready to do some Ken Burns voice-overs.

#actors-and-actresses, #burns-ken, #content-type-personal-profile, #dogs, #ma-yo-yo, #television, #the-handmaids-tale-tv-program, #whitford-bradley, #wtf-with-marc-maron-radio-program

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Dogs Can Have a Little Charcuterie, as a Treat

“Barkuterie” boards are a new way to spoil your beloved pets.

#dogs, #food

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In Kabul’s Streets, Dogs Rule the Night

Almost every city in the world has to deal with street crime, and some with dog packs. But few, if any, have to navigate such an underworld while also confronting unrelenting war.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #dogs, #kabul-afghanistan, #terrorism

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The Family Dog Is in Sync With Your Kids

Dogs orient and move in synchrony with family members, which may have implications for the emotional development of people and pets.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #animal-cognition-journal, #children-and-childhood, #dogs, #emotions, #exercise, #oregon-state-university, #pets, #research, #udell-monique-a-r, #youth

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Can You Have a Puppy and Nice Furniture?

People with nice furniture do have dogs. So how do they do it?

#content-type-service, #dogs, #furniture, #pets, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Michigan Trooper Is Charged After Setting Dog on Man for Nearly 4 Minutes

The man, who the authorities said sustained several bite injuries, can be heard in dash camera footage pleading with Trooper Parker Surbrook to pull the dog off him.

#assaults, #cameras, #dogs, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fugitives, #michigan, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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North Carolina Officer Slams Dog Into Car, Prompting Investigation

A video obtained by a TV station appears to show an officer in Salisbury, N.C., hoisting a police dog off the ground by its leash and shoving it into the side of an S.U.V.

#dogs, #north-carolina, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-salisbury-nc, #salisbury-nc

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Lady Gaga’s Dog Walker Recalls Being Shot and Cradling ‘Guardian Angel’ Dog

Ryan Fischer wrote on Instagram about his “recovery from a very close call with death.”

#associated-press, #dogs, #firearms, #fischer-ryan, #hollywood-calif, #instagram-inc, #lady-gaga, #los-angeles-calif, #police-department-los-angeles-calif, #robberies-and-thefts, #social-media

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Lady Gaga’s Dogs Are Returned Safely

Thieves in Los Angeles stole the French bulldogs two days earlier, shooting the man who had been walking them on a Hollywood avenue.

#dogs, #lady-gaga, #los-angeles-calif, #robberies-and-thefts

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Lady Gaga’s Dogs Are Stolen and Dog Walker Is Shot

The Los Angeles police said that two French bulldogs were taken Wednesday night and that a dog walker was critically injured. Lady Gaga is offering a reward for their safe return, a representative said.

#dogs, #firearms, #hollywood-calif, #lady-gaga, #police-department-los-angeles-calif, #pop-and-rock-music

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Got a Pandemic Puppy? Learn How to Prevent Dog Bites

With new puppies and kids at home, doctors are worried about treating more children for dog bites.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #dogs, #emergency-medical-treatment, #parenting, #veterinary-medicine

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Ted Cruz Is Going to the Dogs

What’s worse than an Irish setter on the roof?

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #cruz-ted, #dogs, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #romney-mitt, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The People Who Got Puppies Were in Over Their Heads

Now professional dog trainers are all booked up. While you wait, they have some advice to share.

#animal-behavior, #dogs

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The Most Popular Pet Name of the Century (Maybe)

A survey of tombstones from the oldest continually operating pet cemetery in the U.S. reveals a passion for “Princess.”

#cemeteries, #dogs, #hartsdale-ny, #pets, #your-feed-selfcare

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Dogs have been our best friends for at least 23,000 years

Color photo of a husky slightly less stuck under a bed

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Dogs tagged along with the first humans to venture into the Americas, according to a recent study that analyzed existing collections of canine and human DNA. The results suggest that people domesticated dogs sometime before 23,000 years ago in Siberia, where isolated groups of wolves and people were struggling to survive the Last Glacial Maximum.

A tail of two species

Researchers generally agree on how dogs evolved (more on that below), but the when and where have remained more elusive. Durham University archaeologist Angela Perri and her colleagues used genetics to try to narrow it down.

Because genomes collect small, random mutations at a predictable rate, geneticists can compare genome sequences and tell how long ago two animals last shared a common ancestor. Perri and her colleagues used already-sequenced genomes from ancient and modern dogs to calculate when populations had split or interbred, and then they repeated the process with human genomes.

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#ancient-dna, #dog-domestication, #dogs, #domestication, #human-migration, #mitochondrial-dna, #paleogenomics, #peopling-of-the-americas, #pleistocene, #science

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A Dog’s Place Is at the White House

A home feels different when a dog lives there. Now 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will be different, too.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #champ-dog, #dogs, #major-dog, #presidents-and-presidency-us

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An Unleashed Dog, Sentenced to Death After an Attack

Part of the allure of country life is space where pets can run free. I’ve learned the hard way the importance of a leash.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #catskill-mountains, #dogs, #pets

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Dogs May Have Come From an Ice Age Meetup of Carnivores in Siberia

Researchers propose that some remote ancestors of Native Americans may have been the first humans to forge the bond with wolves that led to domestication.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #dogs, #durham-university, #larson-greger, #native-americans, #north-america, #oxford-university, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #siberia, #southern-methodist-university, #wolves, #your-feed-science

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How Martha Teichner, CBS Correspondent, Spends Her Sundays

One thing is for certain: She will have a bull terrier by her side and at least another one in her thoughts.

#cbs-sunday-morning-tv-program, #content-type-personal-profile, #dogs, #manhattan-nyc, #pets, #teichner-martha, #television

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Does a Woman ‘Walking’ Her Boyfriend on a Leash Signal Covid Ennui?

Coronavirus restrictions across Canada, including a new curfew in Quebec, are fraying patience and spurring protests in some quarters.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #dogs, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #meng-wanzhou, #montreal-quebec, #quebec-province-canada

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Dire wolves aren’t wolves at all—they form a distinct lineage with jackals

Two canid skeletons facing each other.

Enlarge (credit: Wikimedia commons)

Dire wolves had a burst of newfound fame with their appearance in Game of Thrones, where they were portrayed as a far larger version of more mundane wolves. Here in the real world, only the largest populations of present-day wolves get as large as the dire wolf, which weighed nearly 70 kilograms. These animals once shared North America—and likely prey—with predators like the smilodon, a saber-toothed cat. Prior to the arrival of humans, dire wolves were far more common than regular wolves, as indicated by the remains found in the La Brea tar seeps, where they outnumber gray wolves by a factor of about 100.

Like the smilodon and many other large North American mammals, the dire wolf vanished during a period of climate change and the arrival of humans to the continent, even as gray wolves and coyotes survived. And with their departure, they left behind a bit of a mystery: what were they?

A new study uses ancient DNA from dire wolf skeletons to determine that they weren’t actually wolves and had been genetically isolated from them for millions of years.

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#dire-wolves, #dogs, #evolution, #genetics, #genomics, #paleontology, #science, #wolves

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Pet Food Recall is Expanded After 70 Dogs Die

Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. expanded a voluntary recall after fatal levels of a toxin produced by mold were found in some of its products, the F.D.A. said.

#cats, #dogs, #food-and-drug-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #midwestern-pet-foods-inc, #pet-foods, #pets, #recalls-and-bans-of-products

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The Leftovers Route to Dog Domestication

If ancient hunters ate the juicy fat parts of their prey and gave wolves the lean meat, it could have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arctic-regions, #dogs, #finland, #ice-age, #research, #university-of-exeter, #wolves, #your-feed-science

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FDA Issues Sportmix Recall After 28 Dogs Die

Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. issued the voluntary recall after tests showed that aflatoxin, which is produced by mold, exceeded acceptable levels, the F.D.A. said.

#cats, #dogs, #food-and-drug-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #midwestern-pet-foods-inc, #pet-foods, #pets, #poisoning-and-poisons, #recalls-and-bans-of-products

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Recall Is Issued for Sportmix Pet Food After 28 Dogs Die

Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. issued the voluntary recall after tests showed that aflatoxin, which is produced by mold, exceeded acceptable levels, the F.D.A. said.

#cats, #dogs, #food-and-drug-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #midwestern-pet-foods-inc, #pet-foods, #pets, #poisoning-and-poisons, #recalls-and-bans-of-products

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Alaska Airlines Clamps Down on Emotional Support Animals on Flights

The airline says it will permit service dogs only, following a move by the U.S. Department of Transportation to reclassify the types of service animals allowed on flights.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #alaska-airlines, #disabilities, #dogs, #service-dogs-and-other-animals, #united-states

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In a Miserable Year, I Had the Dodgers and a Stray Dog

I mourned my father, democracy and happiness. But there were wins, too.

#betts-mookie-1992, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #los-angeles-dodgers

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Puppy Scams Have Spiked in the Pandemic

As the demand for pets has surged since the arrival of the coronavirus, consumer advocates are warning people to be wary of offers that seem too good to be true.

#consumer-protection, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #frauds-and-swindling

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She Saved Thousands of Best Friends. Then Covid-19 Killed Her.

Valerie Louie rescued dogs and matched them with families, including ours. These beloved pets helped countless people bear up during the pandemic, making her death a particular Covid-19 cruelty.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #dogs, #louie-valerie-1960-2020, #pets, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif

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My Neighbor’s Dogs Are Driving Me Crazy. What Can I Do?

Incessant barking is the top complaint to animal-control centers. As always, it’s better to start with a personal approach.

#dogs, #noise, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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A Chinese County Aims to Curb Dog Walking by Threatening to Kill the Dog

Restrictions on dogs are common in China. But one county’s plans to uniformly ban dog walking and kill the pets of rule-breaking owners has shocked the internet.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #china, #deaths-fatalities, #dogs, #fines-penalties

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When the White House Was Full of Claws, Scales, Stripes and Tails

The long tradition of presidential pets is set to resume this January with two German shepherds belonging to President-elect Joe Biden. Their predecessors weren’t always cats and dogs.

#animals, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coolidge-calvin, #dogs, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #pets, #presidential-pets, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #roosevelt-theodore, #white-house-building-washington-dc, #white-house-historical-assn, #wilson-woodrow

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Who Will Win the ‘Genius Dog Contest?’ Watch the Competition Begin

Scientists in Hungary are streaming experiments with dogs that know many words, featuring them in a contest of canine intelligence.

#animal-cognition, #budapest-hungary, #contests-and-prizes, #dogs, #fugazza-claudia, #your-feed-science

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Old Dogs, New Research and the Secrets of Aging

The ways that dogs grow and age may provide potentially useful similarities with people.

#animal-behavior, #budapest-hungary, #dogs, #eotvos-lorand-university, #genetics-and-heredity, #homer, #poetry-and-poets, #seattle-wash, #university-of-vienna, #university-of-washington, #your-feed-science

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