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Dog lovers can find themselves being teased (or even outright mocked) for treating their beloved pets like people. The next time one of your friends rolls their eyes and reminds you that "It's just a dog!" You might want to let that pers...
Dog lovers can find themselves being teased (or even outright mocked) for treating their beloved pets like people. The next time one of your friends rolls their eyes and reminds you that "It's just a dog!" You might want to let that person know about Gregory Berns, a professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University. Share this image Mason, one of Berns's test subjects, getting fitted for earmuffs that protect against the loud noises inside the fMRI. (@gberns Twitter feed) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Berns has trained 12 dogs to enter a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine, or fMRI, and lie still while their brain activity is mapped. This is remarkable enough in itself; it's notoriously difficult to get humans to lie still in MRI machines, which are small, cramped, and loud. But Berns has, for the first time, gotten neurological scans of fully awake, unrestrained dogs. Share this image A test subject named Honey waits patiently in a mockup of the fMRI machine used to train the dogs. (@gberns Twitter feed) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Writing on the opinion page of the New York Times over the weekend, Berns claimed that the results show that a dog's cognition and emotional responses are on a par with those of a human child. And maybe, he says, that means that it really is time for us to start thinking of dogs as people: Dogs, and probably many other animals (especially our closest primate relatives), seem to have emotions just like us. And this means we must reconsider their treatment as property. One alternative is a sort of limited personhood for animals that show neurobiological evidence of positive emotions. Many rescue groups already use the label of "guardian" to describe human caregivers, binding the human to his ward with an implicit responsibility to care for her. Failure to act as a good guardian runs the risk of having the dog placed elsewhere. But there are no laws that cover animals as wards, so the patchwork of rescue groups that operate under a guardianship model have little legal foundation to protect the animals' interest. The research is undeniably interesting: How often do you get to see a dog's brain at work? But there is some room for skepticism. At this point, Berns has only one study based on the 12 highly trained dogs. A sample that size offers more opportunities for questions rather than answers. The next step is to see what happens when Berns' colleagues start to pick his research apart like a pack of Chihuahuas fighting over a new sock monkey. But for anyone who's looked into a dog's face and felt warmed by the love and loyalty, there's at least the beginnings of some evidence that they're not just looking at you as a kibble dispenser. Via the New York Times Top photo: Dog Intelligence by Shutterstock.
about 3 hours ago
Film at 11, cute youtube video about a girl and her dog who travel from Wisconsin to Hollywood…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqeyjwoemyM&feature=youtu.be EPISODE DESCRIPTION: Jahnna and her dog, Gizmo, move from Wisconsin to H...
Film at 11, cute youtube video about a girl and her dog who travel from Wisconsin to Hollywood…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqeyjwoemyM&feature=youtu.be EPISODE DESCRIPTION: Jahnna and her dog, Gizmo, move from Wisconsin to Hollywood for her attempt at becoming a famous actress. The film crew documents the outlandish obstacles that take place when the two try to find a place to live. 2Fur1 2:1 – Gizmo, We’re not in WI anymore! 2Fur1 Web Series 2013! New episode every Tuesday! There’s a total of 11 episodes! TAGLINE: Will a Midwestern gal, a talking dog, and her film crew survive Hollywood? ABOUT: 2Fur1 is a comedy mockumentary where a film crew follows two best friends, a girl and her talking dog, to Hollywood. The star struck girl can’t catch her big break while her dog seems to be making his mark. The dog lands every acting audition and pays their bills even though he wants nothing to do with the industry. Will their friendship stay strong or will the dog end up stealing the show? OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.2Fur1.com
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about 8 hours ago
Ahhh....Fall! It's such a great time of the year. Cooler weather. Beautiful color. And don't forget all the outdoor fun! With fall, however, come all those leaves. Living in the mountains we are very, very familiar w...
Ahhh....Fall! It's such a great time of the year. Cooler weather. Beautiful color. And don't forget all the outdoor fun! With fall, however, come all those leaves. Living in the mountains we are very, very familiar with leaves. Dogwood leaves, oak leaves, maple leaves, ash leaves, birch... Visit my blog to read more! Woofs!
about 9 hours ago
Now that the Ohio Department of Agriculture has ruled out circovirus as the cause of the mysterious dog deaths in Ohio, canine activities are beginning to return to normal in parts of the state. In my home county (Stark), a dog park has ...
Now that the Ohio Department of Agriculture has ruled out circovirus as the cause of the mysterious dog deaths in Ohio, canine activities are beginning to return to normal in parts of the state. In my home county (Stark), a dog park has re-opened, but a recent Humane Society Mutt Strut was cancelled due to […]
about 9 hours ago
There are lots of reasons to dig the month of October: It signals the beginning of the holiday season, the weather really begins changing, and the month is host to my favorite holiday -- Halloween. But there's another reason to love Oct...
There are lots of reasons to dig the month of October: It signals the beginning of the holiday season, the weather really begins changing, and the month is host to my favorite holiday -- Halloween. But there's another reason to love October. A reason that you're probably familiar with. October is also Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, so if you've been considering adding a dog to your family, now is the time. And here's why shelter dogs in particular need your help. Share this image Homeless dog behind bars in an animal shelter by Shutterstock'> Homeless dog behind bars in an animal shelter by Shutterstock'> I feel like the numbers are telling us that most dogs are given up simply because people do not take the commitment seriously enough. Photo: Homeless dog behind bars in an animal shelter by Shutterstock function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) According to Petfinder, the top 10 reasons people relinquish dogs are: Moving (7 percent) Landlord not allowing pet (6 percent) Too many animals in household (4 percent) Cost of pet maintenance (5 percent) Owner having personal problems (4 percent) Inadequate facilities (4 percent) No homes available for litter mates (3 percent) Having no time for pet (4 percent) Pet illness(es) (4 percent) Biting (3 percent) The characteristics of these dogs are as follows: The majority of the surrendered dogs (47.7 percent) were between five months and three years old. Many dogs (37.1 percent) had been owned from seven months to one year. Approximately half of the pets (42.8 percent of dogs) surrendered were not neutered. Many of the pets relinquished (33 percent of dogs) had not been to a veterinarian. Animals acquired from friends were relinquished in higher numbers (31.4 percent of dogs) than from any other source. Close to equal numbers of male and female dogs were surrendered. Most dogs (96 percent) had not received any obedience training. To sum up, people got these dogs, had them for less than a year, didn't go to the vet, didn't pursue any kind of training, then had to move and were all like, "Well, I guess it's time for the dog to go." It seems really absurd. Share this image adoption event we did with Muttville at Dogster HQ.'> adoption event we did with Muttville at Dogster HQ.'> This Buddy who was part of an adoption event we did with Muttville at Dogster HQ. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) This is why I think the most important aspect of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is not about people rushing out to rescue every single dog from every single shelter (although that would be kind of cool), it's about taking a moment to educate folks on the importance of carefully considering the decision to adopt a dog in the first place. I also think it's important for folks to talk about the rewards of adopting a shelter dog, because there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the practice. So I encourage you to take this post as an opportuni
about 9 hours ago
Four years ago, Nancy Granato was sitting at home in Pitman, N.J., with her granddaughter’s dog on her lap. Suddenly the shih tzu began going in circles, nudged her in the left breast, then got down on the floor and howled. It was ...
Four years ago, Nancy Granato was sitting at home in Pitman, N.J., with her granddaughter’s dog on her lap. Suddenly the shih tzu began going in circles, nudged her in the left breast, then got down on the floor and howled. It was unusual in several ways. For one thing, Taffy never barked. Granato, as the dog […]
about 11 hours ago
In early October, Subaru of America Inc. and the Center for Pet Safety announced the results the 2013 Harness Crashworthiness Study to test the effectiveness of pet harnesses marketed with safety claims. As we've reported before, pet ha...
In early October, Subaru of America Inc. and the Center for Pet Safety announced the results the 2013 Harness Crashworthiness Study to test the effectiveness of pet harnesses marketed with safety claims. As we've reported before, pet harnesses for cars have a dismal record, and this study proved no different: Of the seven harnesses, only one aced all the tests -- the Sleepypod ClickIt Utility. The other six were far less impressive, with many succumbing to what researchers called “catastrophic failure," which means the harness “fails in such a way that it allows the test dog to become a full projectile or releases the test dog from the restraint.” Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) There are currently no performance standards or test protocols in the U.S. for pet travel products. While many pet car restraint manufacturers claim to test their products, this study proves that their claims are overblown. “Selecting the wrong harness could be just as detrimental as not using one at all,” said Michael McHale, director of communications at Subaru of America. “Most pet owners don’t know the dangers of not properly harnessing their pet while in the car.” Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The tests were performed on crash test dogs, including a 25-pound terrier mix, a 45-pound Border Collie, and a 75-pound Golden Retriever. According to the study, the Sleepypod ClickIt Utility was "the only harne
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Sam We're going to join the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday blog hop, if we figure out how to do it today.  We're on a roll of mass confusion around here.  (In other words, we're not doing so well on figuring out directions lately.)  If w...
Sam We're going to join the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday blog hop, if we figure out how to do it today.  We're on a roll of mass confusion around here.  (In other words, we're not doing so well on figuring out directions lately.)  If we don't figure it out, Sam is going to be so angry because he wants his treat!
about 17 hours ago
Tuesday's views from The PF Palace Monday morning - trying to khonvince Mom to get moving so we khould go walkin' BEFORE the rains arrived By now, it had already to drizzle - and BLOW - so when we got down the blokhk, we turned towards ...
Tuesday's views from The PF Palace Monday morning - trying to khonvince Mom to get moving so we khould go walkin' BEFORE the rains arrived By now, it had already to drizzle - and BLOW - so when we got down the blokhk, we turned towards home fur Mom and I had a pretty good feeling we would have gotten to the most distant point from the house and it would have let loose - We guessed khorrekhtly fur about five or ten minutes after we got bakhk, the rains khame - BIG TIME!!!So we had a nappy mellow kind of Monday - In anticipation of the non-walkin' Wednesday video, Mom shot this sport short Sunday afternoon - we khalled it Wrestling For FursMom and I did get a nice walk Tuesday morning - we hit the street about 7:10am - khrispy and khlear - did our favourite furst 1.28 mile route of the day THEN she whisked me into The Zen-terra fur a ride - andSHE LEFT ME FUR THE DAY - and they STOLE MY BLOOD AND MY TEETH - SIGH!I hope I have - the - *SIGH!* - energy and strength to TRY and share the horrible day - instead of taking Mom fur a long long long walk, I was napping and dreaming of Khumbu and Summit and Ben and Angel Mango RH and Brice The Handsome - then I heard the SHRIEKING OF THE BIG BOTTOMED LACIE BOBEASTIE - she kept trying to smoooooosh me - *SHUDDER* -I won't furget this Mom - sleep lightly!Happy Wednesday EvFURRYone!Hugz&Khysses,KhyraP.S. Khyra's Mom here - I got the call just before 3pm that Khyra's bloods showed no worms nor lymes - and that she had done well throughout the procedure - and they had taken 87 of her teeth - well, maybe NOT 87 but more like 5 - I went to get her at 5:30pm - I think she'll let me paw a few words along with hers here tomorrow - thanks for the good wishes - I know they SO helped her!
about 18 hours ago