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Weather Dogs Have Meteorological Names
“Radar” is very common
Many weather stations have dogs, and they typically have weather-related names, with the name “Radar” being especially common. There is, for example, a dog named “Radar” at WNKY in Bowling Green, one at KPRC in Houston and another at WARN KOTV* in Tulsa. Besides Radar, the following meteorological names have been suggested for dogs at weather stations: Cloudy, Puddles, Snowy, Storm, Sunny,...
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You Get The Behavior You Reinforce
It’s not just true with dogs
“It’s time to line up.” Upon hearing this once, 30 kids who had been happily engaged in soccer matches were immediately racing at top speed across the field to line up with their teams. They formed straight lines quickly and cheerfully, just like they do every time their coaches tell them to. Is this a particularly good group of children? Are they all the type that do what they’re told right...
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Robot Dog Expands on Virtual Pets
Wappy Dog is here
Having a dog is so enjoyable that gamers are seeking out the experience in the virtual world. Wappy Dog is a robot dog that interacts with a person by way of a Nintendo game. Virtual pets are not new, but this system expands on virtual pets by including an actual toy. The toy robot dog develops—changing its behavior, skills, mood, personality and responsiveness based on the virtual...
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Retirement Funds for Pet Care
IRS denies request
Tank was diagnosed with cancer. When his guardian, Victor Mills, attempted to withdraw money from his retirement plan to pay for treatment, the request was denied. Withdrawals for certain types of emergencies are allowed, but the American Bulldog’s cancer was not considered a qualified “unforeseeable emergency.” Mills says he told his plan administrator that it made no sense that he could...
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Trick Video Reveals Happy Dog
Mental exercise improves quality of life
I love this video of a dog going performing a series of tricks and tasks. (It helps that this dog is so cute it hurts!) The first thing I notice when I look at this video is an adorable dog performing tricks. But I also see the benefits of a dog who has had ample mental exercise. This dog looks incredibly happy as she goes through her repertoire. Everybody knows that dogs need physical...
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Dogs In Motion
A new study of canine locomotion
Many studies of locomotion in dogs focus on sick dogs while others focus on particular aspects of locomotion. The recently published book Dogs In Motion includes the comprehensive findings of a study of more than 300 dogs and how they move. More than 30 breeds were studied with several techniques helping reveal how dogs move. Researchers Dr. Martin Fischer and Dr. Karin Lilje used high-speed...
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Recycled Canine Couture
High fashion for dogs
Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Chanel and Burberry are all sources of material for Anastasia Torres-Gil’s creations. She designs high fashion for dogs using items from her own closet or from thrift stores, sticking to the motto, “If I wouldn’t wear it myself, I wouldn’t put it on a dog.” Her company is called My Favorite Couture. Torres-Gil is amused by seeing dogs wearing fancy items, such as a...
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Winning Dog Art for Wine Label Contest
Artist Nancy Schutt takes it with “Out of Reach”
Over the years, Mutt Lynch Winery has created wines with names such as “Unleashed Chardonnay” and “Merlot Over and Play Dead.” They consistently combine a love of dogs with a love of wines, and the results are often as charming as they are delicious. They just announced the winner of their third annual wine label contest, which is “Out of Reach” by artist Nancy Schutt. There were many...
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Causes of Death Vary by Breed
What’s your dog’s risk?
Most dog guardians have some idea what to look for in terms of health issues based on the breed of their dog. Those who have Pugs and Bulldogs know that respiratory problems may crop up, while those with Dachshunds and Bassett Hounds are aware that their dogs are more likely than many other breeds to have back issues. A recent study of almost 75,000 dogs over a period of 20 years delved...
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Why Do Dogs Bite Mail Carriers?
There are so many reasons
A press release from the Postal Service titled “Postal Service Announces Top Dog Attack Cities” shares the statistic that 5,669 postal employees were attacked by dogs last year in 1,400 cities across the United States. Houston was the city in which the most such bites occurred with 62 and Columbus and San Diego tied for second with 45 each. Of course, many more people nationwide are bitten,...

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