Archive for March 2010

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »
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Chicago Blackhawks Scoring For Shelter Adoptions

The Chicago Blackhawks shot a video supporting pet adoption at the Tree House Humane Society, and here at Urban Outsitters on Randolph, where Lake Shore Animal Shelter dogs are. Soon, the finished product will be shown between periods at the UC. When that happens, there will be no stopping the Blackhawks.

Animal Lover Gone Wrong

This animal lover was – well, just a little late, and more than a little loaded. Donald Wolfe saw an animal lying in the middle of the road. He pulled over. He bent down, put his mouth on the mouth of the dead opossum and tried very hard to resuscitate the animal. Sadly, Mr. Wolfe... Read more »

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... Read more »
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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... Read more »

Deaf Dogs Are Fur Angels

Deaf dogs make quality pets no different than dogs that aren’t hearing impaired. Sure, screaming the dog’s name doesn’t help, so hand signals are required. The truth is that dogs are better at following our body language than our voice commands, so training is easier. And for safety, deaf dogs need to be kept on... Read more »

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:
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American Humane's Field Trip 'Cross Town to Denver Dumb Friends League

Denver Dumb Friends League CEO and President Bob Rohde calls his facility a ‘little old shelter in a cow town.’ Not hardly. This is a Hilton among animal shelters. I’m on the Board of American Humane, and our Board of Directors and members of senior staff took a field trip to the shelter on Saturday... Read more »
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