21 Jun 2010
Tags: Aborigines, animals, Australia, Canis dingo), Canis familiaris, Canis lupus, dingo, Dog, dog-like, domesticated dogs, Pet, smarter, South Australia, studies, Wild, wild animals, wolf-like, wolves
Studies in the past have shown that wolves are smarter than domesticated dogs when it comes to solving spatial problems, and now new research has shown that dingoes also solve the problems well.The dingo is considered a “pure” prehistoric dog, which was brought to Australia tens of thousands of years ago by the Aborigines. While they have in the past been associated with humans, they have adapted to surviving “wild” in the Australian outback.
The dingo lies somewhere between the wolf, its ancient ancestor, and the domestic or pet dog, and has cognitive differences between the two. There has been little research done on dingoes, even though studies would aid in the understanding of the evolution of dogs, and it was unknown whether the dingo was more “wolf-like” or “dog-like”. Researchers in South Australia have now subjected the Australian dingo (Canis dingo) to the classic “detour task,” which has been used by previous researchers to assess the abilities of wolves (Canis lupus) and domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) to solve non-social, spatial problems.
The detour task involves placing a treat behind a transparent or wire mesh fence. The dog can see the food but cannot get to it directly and has to find its way along the fence and through a door and then double back to get the food. More
18 Jun 2010
Tags: Cesar Millan, Cooper, Divorce, Dog, dog whisperer, Family Reunite, Humane Society Donates, Ilusion
Dog Whisperer and Wife Split
Cesar Millan and his wife, Ilusion, have decided to call it quits after 16 years of marriage, the trainer and TV host said on his website. While he states that they’ll both remain committed to parenting their two-legged children, there was no mention of who will get custody of the dogs.
Dog Reunited With Family After Four Years
When Cooper, a coton de Tulear, disappeared in 2006, his family feared the worst. Now, four years later, he’s been returned to his owners thanks to the microchip found by shelter workers, reports the Long Island Press. How did Cooper’s four years of freedom treat him? Aside from his coat being matted, he’s in good shape and, according to his owner, very happy to be home.
12 Jun 2010
Tags: astrology, black dog, Bulldog, Calculate, Chinese, chirping, Dog, Eight, Fish, Five, Four, ketu, love birds, mercury, moon, Nine, Number, number one, numerlogy, pets, rahu, romantic, saturn, Seven, Six, sparrow, sun, Three, Two, venus
Surprising as it may sound, Numerology does affect your relationship with those around you and pets are not an exception. After all, a pet compatible to your number can be your best friend!
We bring astrologist and numerologist, Rajeev Khattar to delve into the number game and reveal, which pet suits your number the most…
How to calculate your number?
Total of the digits of your birth date determines your birth number. For example if a person is born on 11th October, he will be governed by number 11 and number 2 (1+1 = 2 ).
People born on dates including 1, 10, 19 or 28 are ruled by number 1 and the sun.People with number 1 are known to be determined and disciplined by nature. A dog suits their temperament the most because dogs are also known to be disciplined and alert like them. Amongst the many breeds of dogs, German Shepherd will be the best companion for people with Number 1.
People born on dates including 2, 11, 20 or 29 are governed by number 2 and are ruled by Moon.
Just like moon changes its phases, people with number 2 are notorious for their changing moods. For them, the soft and sensitive Pomeranian dogs are the best. Since people with this number get depressed easily, having white pigeons as pets will give them the required peace of mind.
People born on dates including 3, 12, 21or 30 of any month are governed by number 3 and are ruled by the planet Jupiter.Jupiter is the largest of all the planets in Indian astrology and keeping small chirping birds as pets will greatly benefit them. Chirping of the birds will keep their moods and mind in perfect working order.
04 Jun 2010
Tags: 17, animal planets, billboards, bug eyes, Chinese, chinese crested hairless dog, Comedy Barn, Commercial, Dies, Dog, Dogs 101, Keith Whaley, Killer Cows, Miss Ellie, Miss Ellie Day, Mountain Press, Pigeon Forge., Reported, small dogs, Ugliest, World's
The ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ has died at age 17 following a career in show business. Miss Ellie, a small, bug-eyed Chinese Crested Hairless dog whose pimples and lolling tongue helped her win Animal Planet’s “World’s Ugliest Dog” contest in 2009, died according to reports on Thursday.The Mountain Press reported that Ellie starred in shows at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge.
She also appeared on US TV’s Animal Planet cable show “Dogs 101″ and was on billboards and in a commercial.Pigeon Forge Mayor Keith Whaley proclaimed Nov. 12 as “Miss Ellie Day” for her owner’s efforts to raise money for the local humane society. Over the years, Ellie helped raise more than $100,000 for the Sevier County Humane Society.
04 Jun 2010
Tags: 56Year, Australian, Bichon Frise, Brenda van Bovene's, Bushland Beach, Dog, Old, Python, Save, Tammy, terrier, Van Bovene, Woman, Wrestles
Brenda van Bovene’s Monday was punctuated by screams. First, the screams of her 11-year-old Australian silky terrier Tammy, then by her own shrill cries — so loud that a neighbor across the street heard them through his ear buds as he listened to his iPod.
Van Bovene heard Tammy crying in a terrible, distressed way from the backyard that afternoon, which prompted the 56-year-old woman to rush outside to see what was wrong. She was shocked to find her 15-lb. dog caught in the stranglehold of an 8-ft. python, which was slowly coiling itself around Tammy in a bid to kill her.
And that’s when van Bovene started yelling for help. “Nobody was responding to my screaming, and in a split second, I just knew I had to get the snake off my dog,” van Bovene, of Bushland Beach, Australia, t “I literally pulled and pulled and pulled on the snake’s tail. I didn’t stop to think of my own safety, I just knew there was no way in hell was I letting this python eat my dog!’”
Somehow, without any tools or aid, just her own adrenaline-fueled strength, van Bovene wrested the cold snake off of her yelping dog. She can’t say how long it took because the experience seemed to happen in a blur. “When I pulled that final pull, it sounded like fabric ripping,” van Bovene says. “When I went to the vet, the snake’s tooth was lodged in Tammy’s chest. I ripped the snake’s tooth out! After I did it, my whole body just shook.”
01 Jun 2010
Tags: Aussie, Australian, count, Davis, Dog, dog can count, kibble, Maxine Davis's, shepherds, Sydnee
It was just another afternoon at Maxine Davis’s house. She and her husband were sitting in their living room, watching TV. Out of habit, and somewhat distractedly, Davis gave one of her two Australian shepherds a piece of kibble as a treat.
The 6-year-old Aussie, named Sydnee, took the treat, and having much enjoyed it, hoped to get a little more. So she stared at Davis for as long as she could, but when the TV seemed to be winning the battle, Sydnee barked. Twice.”I didn’t think about it, I’m watching TV,” Davis tells “She barks again! Three times! She was adding. I thought, well, maybe this dog can count.”
Sydnee had everyone’s attention. After giving the dog another piece of kibble, and realizing that she was adding one bark to the series with each new piece, Davis and her husband thought they could do something with Sydnee’s nascent math skills.Davis practiced counting with the dog for about a week before the dog fully mastered her counting and learned to count from 1 to 10 (she can now bark a number on command). Will she learn how to get to 100?
17 Apr 2010
Tags: Ailments, Allergies, Avoid, Canine, Cats, Clinic, Crazy, Culprit, Diet, Dog, Duck, Fish, gastrointestinal, Infection, Ingredient, Korinn, Medicine, North Carolina State School of Veterinary Medicine, Nutritionist, parasites, Protien, Saker, Scrap, Scratching, Similar, Specializes, Stomach, Symtomps, Vomiting
Your dog is scratching like crazy, or sick to his stomach. Could his food be the culprit?
Food allergies aren’t extremely common in dogs, but they aren’t uncommon either. Food allergies affect dogs in two primary ways, says Korinn Saker, a clinical nutritionist at the North Carolina State School of Veterinary Medicine who specializes in canine allergies. “We either see skin issues, or GI [gastrointestinal] issues,” she says. If your dog is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea on a regular basis, or is itching constantly and licking or biting at his skin or fur, allergies may be to blame. (Your vet can help you rule out other ailments, like parasites or infections, that could cause similar symptoms.)
Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell whether an allergic dog is having a reaction to his food or to an environmental allergen such as pollen. (Dogs can also become allergic to food they’ve happily eaten their entire lives making detection even more difficult.) Still, there are ways to tell if food is the foe, Sakar says. “The most definitive way to do that is to do a feeding elimination trial,” she says. In other words, try removing the suspected ingredient or ingredients from the dog’s diet, and see what happens.