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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Biden’s Dogs to Return Presidential Pets to the White House

President Trump was the first president not to have a White House pet in more than 100 years. Mr. Biden will bring two German shepherds, one of which was adopted from a shelter.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #champ-dog, #dogs, #german-shepherds, #major-dog, #pets, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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Modern Love Podcast: A Dog Story for Election Relief

Feeling election stress? These two stories about a man and his dog may help.

#anxiety-and-stress, #dogs, #love-emotion, #podcasts

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Ancient DNA sheds light on our prehistory with dogs

Close up of a dog's face.

Enlarge (credit: Elizabeth Tersigni)

Genomics researcher Anders Bergstrom and his colleagues recently sequenced the genomes of 27 dogs from archaeological sites scattered around Europe and Asia, ranging from 4,000 to 11,000 years old. Those genomes, along with those of modern dogs and wolves, show how dogs have moved around the world with people since their domestication.

All the dogs in the study descended from the same common ancestor, but that original dog population split into at least five branches as it expanded in different directions. As groups of people split apart, migrated, and met other groups, they brought their dogs along. Dog DNA suggests that their population history mirrors the story of human populations, for the most part.

“Understanding the history of dogs teaches us not just about their history, but also about our history,” said Bergstrom, of the Francis Crick Institute, in a statement.

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#ancient-dna, #archaeology, #dog-domestication, #dogs, #domestication, #mesolithic, #neolithic, #paleolithic, #population-genetics, #science

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Ancient Dog DNA Shows Early Spread Around the Globe

Research on fossil canine genomes is expanding and producing some surprises about the lives of dogs and humans in prehistoric times.

#anatolia, #dogs, #europe, #genetics-and-heredity, #paleontology, #pigs, #research, #science-journal, #wolves, #your-feed-science

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A common plant virus is an unlikely ally in the war on cancer

A cowpea plant flower.

Enlarge / A cowpea plant flower. (credit: Maria Dattola Photography | Getty Images)

Jack Hoopes spends a lot of time with dying dogs. A veterinary radiation specialist at Dartmouth College, Hoopes has spent his decades-long career treating canine cancers with the latest experimental therapies as a pathway for developing human treatments. Recently, many of Hoopes’ furry patients have come to him with a relatively common oral cancer that will almost certainly kill them within a few months if left untreated. Even if the cancer goes into remission after radiation treatment, there’s a very high chance it will soon re-emerge.

For Hoopes, it’s a grim prognosis that’s all too familiar. But these pups are in luck. They’re patients in an experimental study exploring the efficacy of a new cancer treatment derived from a common plant virus. After receiving the viral therapy, several of the dogs had their tumors disappear entirely and lived into old age without recurring cancer. Given that around 85 percent of dogs with oral cancer will develop a new tumor within a year of radiation therapy, the results were striking. The treatment, Hoopes felt, had the potential to be a breakthrough that could save lives, both human and canine.

“If a treatment works in dog cancer, it has a very good chance of working, at some level, in human patients,” says Hoopes.

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#cancer, #dogs, #plant-viruses, #science

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Dogs Once Made Pretty Nice Wool Blankets, Too

Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest once bred dogs in large numbers and sheared them for wool.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #british-columbia-canada, #dogs, #fashion-and-apparel, #indigenous-people, #journal-of-anthropological-archaeology, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #research, #textiles, #vancouver-island-british-columbia, #washington-state, #wool-and-woolen-goods, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Here are the Best Animal Livestreams

Research shows that watching footage of them can make you happier, so here’s a list of round-the-clock camera footage that will bring koalas, penguins and puppies straight to your screen.

#animals, #aquariums, #bears, #computers-and-the-internet, #dogs, #elephants, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #monkeys-and-apes, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-diego-zoo, #smithsonian-national-zoological-park, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #zoos

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Cats Shed More Than Dogs. The Coronavirus, Not Fur.

A new experiment confirmed that cats can spread the virus to one another, and found dogs did not shed the virus. There’s still no evidence that pets transmit it to humans.

#cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dogs, #ferrets, #pets, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-healthcare

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Helsinki Airport Uses Dogs to Sniff Out Coronavirus

Several animals now working on a trial at Helsinki’s airport have been trained to detect the virus by scent on arriving passengers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #helsinki-finland, #research, #tests-medical

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Is It Safe to Exercise if the Air Is Hazy With Wildfire Smoke?

Fast or slow? Is there a time limit? Can we bring the dog along? Expert advice for working out when the smoke gets in your eyes — and lungs.

#air-pollution, #athletics-and-sports, #content-type-service, #dogs, #exercise, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #wildfires

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What My Sled Dogs Taught Me About Planning for the Unknown

Working with them in the wilderness means negotiating countless shifting variables. Sounds a lot like the world we’re living in.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dog-sledding, #dogs, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Officer Who Ordered Police Dog to Bite a Black Man Is Charged With Assault

Officer Nickolas J. Pearce of the Salt Lake City Police Department ordered the dog to bite Jeffrey Ryans, even though Mr. Ryans was doing nothing to resist, prosecutors said.

#dogs, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-salt-lake-city-utah, #salt-lake-city-utah

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On the Packing List This Year: Masks, Sanitizer and a Very Good Boy

Neither house sitters nor jetting off for the weekend are possibilities for most dog owners who want to travel right now. So these furry friends are increasingly curled up in the back (or front) seat, enjoying the ride.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #pets, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations

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We Didn’t Want to Co-Parent a Puppy

Getting a pandemic puppy seemed like a bad idea for a blended family. Until we did it.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #dogs, #parenting, #quarantines

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Singing Dogs Re-emerge From Extinction for Another Tune

The animal was believed to have disappeared from the highlands of New Guinea, but was found on the island’s Indonesian side.

#dogs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #genetics-and-heredity, #indonesia, #new-guinea, #papua-province-indonesia, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research

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You, Me and 53 Dogs

Liz Raines met Matthew Failor, a champion dog sledder, just before the start of the 2018 Iditarod race in Alaska, where she was on assignment as a TV reporter.

#alaska, #dog-sledding, #dogs, #iditarod-trail-sled-dog-race-alaska, #weddings-and-engagements

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Salt Lake City Suspends Use of Police Dogs After Black Man Is Bitten

The Police Department said that the use of the dogs in arrests would be suspended until the city could review its policies and practices.

#dogs, #jeffery-ryans, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #salt-lake-city-utah, #salt-lake-city-tribune

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I Have a Cure for the Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot, Donald Trump is still president, the pandemic is still raging, and did I mention that it’s hot?

#butterflies-and-moths, #dogs, #insects, #nashville-tenn, #summer-season

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A Rare Economic Bright Spot in the U.S. Health System: The Vet’s Office

Usually during an economic downturn, people tend to spend less on health care for pets. This time, the opposite is happening.

#cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #finances, #pets, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #recession-and-depression, #veterinary-medicine

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How to Help Your Pet With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety

The pandemic is hard on our dogs and cats, too.

#animal-behavior, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #pets

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Getting Your Home Ready for Your Pandemic Puppy

You don’t have to give up on design just because the dog will probably chew everything in sight.

#animal-behavior, #content-type-service, #dogs, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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The Dog Days of Quarantine

Animal Haven was always rescuing animals. Now the shelter is doing it on the front lines.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-haven, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #lacey-tiffany-a, #new-york-city, #pets, #rescue-animals, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Trump, Unleashed

What could possibly go wrong?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #birx-deborah-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #dogs, #fauci-anthony-s, #homeland-security-department, #masks, #quarantines, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Meet This Popular Essential Worker. And Give Her a Scratch Behind the Ear.

Children in the hospital lost many of their activities during Covid-19. More than ever, they rely on the contact and comfort of therapy dogs.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #hospitals, #quarantines, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

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Gemma Correll’s Pandemic Diary: Just Like Her Normal Diary

The illustrator spends time with her pugs and counteracts social media with calm reality TV.

#careers-and-professions, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comic-books-and-strips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correll-gemma, #dogs, #graphic-novels, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #social-media

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N.Y.C. Enters Phase 3 of Reopening

The city took its narrowest reopening step yet as it welcomed the return of personal-care services and outdoor recreation spaces.

#beauty-salons, #brooklyn-tattoo-brooklyn-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #dogs, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #tattoos

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Dog Breeding in the Neolithic Age

Fossils and modern DNA show the ancient roots of Arctic sled dogs.

#alaska, #arctic-regions, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #dog-sledding, #dogs, #europe, #genetics-and-heredity, #greenland, #national-institutes-of-health, #siberia, #university-of-california-santa-cruz, #university-of-copenhagen, #wolves, #your-feed-science

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In Fight to Ban Dog Meat, China’s Activists Find an Ally: The Coronavirus

A fast-growing network of activists sees the pandemic as an opportunity to push legislation that bans the consumption of dog and cat meats.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #meat, #politics-and-government, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19

The pandemic’s human toll in New York has been well documented. But what about the dogs and cats of those who become seriously ill?

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-care-centers-of-nyc, #animals, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #new-york-city, #pets

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Call Off the Dogs, Mr. Trump

They are creatures with a knack for loving humans, not tools of oppression.

#dogs, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #secret-service, #trump-donald-j

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We Need a Trick to Feel Our Joys as Deep as Our Griefs

A true story.

#comic-books-and-strips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #grief-emotion, #happiness

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North Carolina Dog Was Not Infected With Coronavirus, U.S.D.A. Says

A small amount of the virus was detected in a swab of saliva from Winston, a 2-year-old pug, but he was not infected, the agency said.

#agriculture-department, #american-veterinary-medical-assn, #chapel-hill-nc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #duke-university, #north-carolina, #tests-medical

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Two Months Later, the Iditarod Champion May Finally Get a Ride Home

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Thomas Waerner of Norway and his dogs have been stranded in Alaska after finishing the race on March 18.

#alaska, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dog-sledding, #dogs, #iditarod-trail-sled-dog-race-alaska, #norway, #quarantines, #waerner-thomas-1973

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Not Saying My Dog Is Cupid, but …

It’s hard to argue with the results.

#boulder-colo, #dating-and-relationships, #dogs, #love-emotion

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When Cadaver Dogs Pick Up a Scent, Archaeologists Find Where to Dig

Recent research highlights the power of the canine nose to uncover buried remains from ancient human history.

#animal-cognition, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #croatia, #dogs, #florida, #forensic-science, #mississippi, #native-americans, #smells-and-odors, #tombs-and-tombstones, #your-feed-science

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Where Bats Are Still on the Menu, if No Longer the Best Seller

Indonesia’s wildlife markets are “like a cafeteria for animal pathogens,” but they have resisted efforts to close even as China has shut its own markets over coronavirus fears.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #epidemics, #indonesia, #joko-widodo, #meat, #sulawesi-indonesia

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Bangkok Opens Up as Virus Caseloads Drop, and Pretty Pups Benefit

Bangkok is crazy for purebred dogs. Some wear nail polish, and many wear clothes. Our overheated schnauzer needed a trim, and the government opened up pet groomers just in time.

#bangkok-thailand, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #dogs

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A Guide for First-Time Pet Owners During the Pandemic

How to care for your new cat or dog during and after lockdown.

#animal-behavior, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #pets, #veterinary-medicine

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The Ghost Dogs of the Amazon Get a Bit Less Mysterious

Scientists have produced data that shows the range of an enigmatic short-eared canid species that has yet to be widely studied.

#amazon-jungle, #amazon-river, #conservation-of-resources, #dogs, #research, #rocha-daniel-gomes, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #your-feed-science

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My Co-Anchor Is Pawing at the Door: Back to You in the Studio

As TV meteorologists and reporters work from home, pets have become a part of their reports — often by accident, and always to delightful effect.

#cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #news-and-news-media

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Consider Virtual Dog Training for Your Pandemic Puppy

You can use this time to address your dog’s behavioral issues, to make sure it has truly found its forever home.

#animal-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs

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Pug in North Carolina Tests Positive for the Coronavirus, Researchers Say

A team at Duke University detected the virus in the dog this month.

#agriculture-department, #american-veterinary-medical-assn, #animals, #cats, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #duke-university, #pets, #research, #tests-medical, #veterinary-medicine

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The Curious Incident of No Dog in the White House

What if Donald Trump had become the owner of a Goldendoodle?

#dogs, #pets, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How to Trim That Dog Right Up

Clipping your dog’s coat is not exactly a fetch in the park.

#animal-care, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #pets, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #your-feed-selfcare

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You’re Quarantined. Is It Time to Get a Puppy?

New pets can offer companionship, but don’t forget to provide proper care and to socialize them even while you’re maintaining social distance.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #pets, #quarantines, #rabbits, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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11 Numbers That Show How the Coronavirus Has Changed N.Y.C.

Unemployment has skyrocketed, but so has the size of the city’s volunteer pool and the number of people fostering animals. One month into the shutdown, the city is as complex as it ever was.

#air-pollution, #bridges-and-tunnels, #city-harvest, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #dogs, #food-bank-for-new-york-city, #new-york-cares, #new-york-city, #noise, #police-department-nyc, #roads-and-traffic, #subways, #unemployment, #volunteers-and-community-service, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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