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Relax, Have a Slice of Turkey

Feeding the amino acid tryptophan to young female pigs makes them less aggressive and easier to manage, according to a  recent study. Tryptophan, which is only acquired through diet, is the precursor for the calming cerebral neurotransmitter serotonin. The supplemented diet raised blood concentrations of tryptophan in 3-month-old female pigs by 180 percent, and by…

Smiling Dog Contest – Who Do You Think Won?

At least, 2,000 people submitted photos of happy dogs with pearly whites waiting to be discovered in the Petrodex Superstar Smiles Photo contest. However, only one dog won. Here (in this gallery) are the ten finalists. Look at all 10 first, and then click on this Superstar Smiles site, and a cartoon mini-me will tell…

Mother Birds Know Best

This is the ultimate chicken and egg question. According to Science Daily, mother birds ‘talk’ to their chicks before they hatch. So, what do they tell them?Do they chirp about Obama care? Or perhaps, flying conditions? Probably, not. Well, scientists looked at Canaries – and learned by attending to messages in the egg, nestlings gain…

Global Pet Expo

I was at the largest pet trade show, the Global Pet Expo March 27 for a press conferences (to name the dog with the best smile – more on that in a blog post to come). Here’s are highlights:

Doggie Gaga

You need a poker face to take this gallery seriously. Pet photographer Jesse Freidin created the Doggie Gaga Project, dressing dogs like Lady Gaga. The result – a viral epidemic. Of course, the question remains – ‘why do that?’ Is it because Jesse just wants to be taken seriously as a member of the paparazzi? …

Is a Growl a Growl Still a Growl?

Is there hidden meaning in your dog’s growls? In the April issue of Animal Behaviour, scientists report on dog what dogs are trying to say, including an experiment in which they put a pooch in a room with a juicy bone. As the animal approaches the bone, the researchers play a recording of a dog…

The Truth About EPA Warnings Concerning Flea and Tick Products

The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring beefed up labeling for flea and tick products used on dogs and cats amid a significant increase in adverse incidents, the EPA is taking a series of actions to increase the safety of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for cats and dogs. I wonder if this…

Sentenced for a Decade in Jail for Dogfighting

Dogfighting is a felony. However, because the crime isn’t often taken seriously, and because our prisons are too filled – most often, in my opinion, the penalty doesn’t fit the horror of the crime. Dogfighting isn’t only a crime against dogs, often times children are dragged in. When that happens kids are desensitized to violence.…

The Evolution of the Human/Dog Relationship

The dogs with DNA most linked to wolves are the Basenji, Chinese Shar-Pei and Chow Chow, according to a recently released study.  Basenji originated in Africa The study also concludes that the dog was probably domesticated in the Middle East. This coincides with other previous evidence, maintaining the first species we mights call dogs likely…

The Link: Animal Absuse Is Warning

American Humane should have been mentioned in this piece from the New York Times on animal abuse as a clue to additional cruelties. The Link, documented by the American Humane Association years ago, is nothing new. That’s the link between violence and abuse to animals begetting violence to people. The good news is that even…

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