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Impulsive Rabbit Purchases Make Shelters Hopping Mad

       You’d think that after all these years of stories just like this one – making a point that a pet bunny is not an awful impulsive purchase – the message would have sunk in. “I can’t say why the message hasn’t (sunk in), but it really hasn’t,” says Toni Greetis, vice president of the…

Dogs Look to People for Answers; Wolves Do Not

A wolf won’t look at you the same way as a dog. According to a Hungarian study (from Current Biology, 2003), dogs do far better at understanding people or even making the attempt, compared to socialized wolves.  Wolf These days, for reasons I don’t quite get – some are equating dogs and wolves. Sure, they’re…

Dog Camp: Where Dogs Can Be Dogs

Sending your kids off to camp this summer? I mean fur kids. Camp Dogwood gives your dog a chance to be a dog. There are now camps for dogs all over America, but in Ingleside, IL, Camp Dogwood is Chicago area choice. Dogs can swim the old fashioned way, just by their people tossing toys…

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…

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