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High Tech Treat Machine
Feeding cookies remotely via e-mail.
When John created the NYC CNC Machining and Prototype Shop back in 2007, he started a video blog documenting the successes and failures he learned while mastering the art of machining. His latest project is a fun combination of many aspects of his work—CAD, machining, fabrication, powder coating, Raspberry Pi, electrical engineering, and programming—and his love of dogs. John used all of those...
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Revisiting Fake Service Dogs
A growing problem which has no easy solution.
A few years ago I wrote about people passing off their pets as service dogs so they could ride in the cabin together (thus avoiding the hazards of cargo and extra fees).  Although the practice is  unethical, and makes travel harder for people with legitimate service dogs, the problem seems to only be growing. Heated discussions crop up every time there's a national dog competition.  The latest...
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Update on Missy
Happy ending for dog left on a mountain
Last summer I wrote about Missy, a German Shepherd who got caught up in a custody battle between Anthony Ortolani, the man who left her to die 13,500 feet up on a mountain, and her rescuers. In the end Anthony entered a guilty plea for cruelty to animals and was recently sentenced to a year of probation and 30 hours of community service. In addition, John Steed, one of the rescuers, was allowed...
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One Million Likes for a Puppy
Kids launch a Facebook campaign to convince their parents
When I was a kid, I desperately tried to convince my parents to get a puppy by creating presentations on how responsible I was and assembling mock schedules showing how all the chores would be completed.  Unfortunately I was never successful and ended up having to wait until after college to get my first dog. Now children these days have technology on their side.  When the Cordell family in...
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Crowdfunding a Canine Film
Student makes a documentary about a special town dog
From the outside, Rockford, Alabama is just another symbol of the bad economy, a community of just 400 people on the verge of becoming a ghost town. The recession hit Rockford hard, forcing many of the town's shops to close and many people to move away in search of jobs. But those who know Rockford, know that it's a special town with a rich history and character. Ava Lowrey, a film student at...
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Sniffing Out Superbugs
A Beagle is trained to detect Clostridium Difficile
With the recent flu outbreak, controlling contagious diseases has been a hot topic lately.  While the flu is mostly a seasonal challenge, hospitals and nursing homes battle "superbugs," or antibiotic resistant bacteria, year round. Illnesses related to superbugs can be difficult to control in health care facilities and pose a serious health threat.  Transmission can be prevented with early...
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Mistaken Identity
Labradoodle masquerading as a lion results in a 911 call
It was a case of mistaken identity. Earlier this week, a 911 call came in reporting a baby lion walking down Colley Avenue in Norfolk, Va. The police immediately called the Virginia Zoo, but all lions were accounted for. It turns out that the big cat in question was a 3-year old Labradoodle named Charles and the caller wasn't crazy. Charles really did look like a lion. Daniel Painter has his dog...
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Playing with Our Pups
Dog Cognition Lab is looking for play videos
A couple years ago, I brought my two Shelties to the Harvard Canine Cognition Lab to participate in a study on dogs’ understanding of human gestures.  Boston isn’t exactly close, but I was happy to drive the three hours to check out the research being done on the canine brain. As pets become a bigger part of our lives, universities are getting more funding to understand what going on in our dogs...
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Stolen Pup Reunited
NYC Good Samaritan saves a pet and identifies a dognapper
Last week the Bendrat family was shopping in Manhattan when they tied their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Marley, outside of a grocery store while they picked up a couple of last minute supplies. When the family came back out, the dog was gone and surveillance videos showed a man stealing Marley.  Later on the other side of the city, Tina Cohen saw a man selling a Cavalier Kind Charles Spaniel...
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Dogs Join Protests in Chile
Demonstrators take on furry mascots at the front lines
For the past year and a half, students in Chile have been demanding education improvements, redistribution of wealth, and environmental protections. Their protests have meant almost daily confrontations with police, but there has also been another presence on the front lines. Stray dogs learned to follow the sounds of sirens after realizing there were water cannons at the other end. The strong...

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