Scientists use MRI to see what Fido is thinking

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t look at my quirky Border collie, Bandit, and say, “I wish I knew what you were thinking right now.” My guess is that, if you have dogs, you often think the same thing.Well, researchers at Emory University have found a way to study what’s going on in Fido’s brain with what is likely the first functional MRI performed on a dog.In this kind of brain scan, dogs were studied while they were awake and unrestrained – no sedation, no leashes. Just a dog … [Read more...]

Manatees visit Ft. Lauderdale beach (video)

Imagine heading to the beach for a day of fun in the sun, and being joined by an invasion of manatees.That's what happened to beachgoers on Sunday, when several sea cows swam into the shallow waters at Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Video taken by Craig Hossack and posted on YouTube has gone viral, giving even us landlubbers a rare glimpse of the beauty of the sea.Hossack says on his YouTube page that, "It appears as if there were multiple males wresting for the affection of one female." The Sun S … [Read more...]

Pet foods recalled due to Salmonella outbreak at Diamond Pet Foods

It's been a busy day here at The Funny Farm as I've been trying to keep up with the recalls of dog (and now cat) foods associated with Diamond Pet Foods.It started last month when the company recalled their dry Lamb Meal and Rice formula after a bag tested positive for Salmonella.Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food and Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food also tested positive. Other recalls soon followed as a precaution.Right now, the pet food recall i … [Read more...]

Washington Capital’s defenseman Karl Alzner’s dogs make a pretty, Twitter-worthy mess

After a marathon triple overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner headed home, and was greeted by his dogs - who had a little surprise for him:Alzner tweeted the photo early Thursday morning (1:57 a.m, to be exact), with the message, "Dogs not happy about the loss either."Poor Alzner. I didn't see the game and can't imagine how exhausted he was when he opened his front door. But you know that those dogs were so happy to have him … [Read more...]

Seneca Park Zoo celebrates first artificial insemination of polar bears

I love being able to shine light on my wonderful hometown of Rochester, NY and today there's super news that makes animal history: The Seneca Park Zoo, in partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo's Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW),  is celebrating the first successful artificial insemination of polar bears in the world.Aurora and Zero, the Seneca Park Zoo's polar bear couple, have been together for two years without any cubs to show for it. And while the bears are older … [Read more...]

Loose puppy on runway delays flights

On Wednesday, the AP reports that a 30-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback named Byrdie escaped from her crate while being loaded onto a Delta flight. The pup ran around the runway until authorities, unable to catch the dog and leash her, could find her owner on the Memphis-bound flight.The owner called, and the 14-month-old pup came running.This is one reason why I refuse to travel by air with my dog: he'd have to fly with the luggage, and there's no way I'd hand my dog over to strangers who … [Read more...]

International Justice Mission celebrates 15 years fighting oppression – not for puppies, but for people

I wanted to share a non-animal story with you today, because it's so important to me - and if you're the compassionate reader I think you are, it will be important to you, too.This year, International Justice Mission celebrates 15 years of seeking justice around the world on behalf of the oppressed, the abused and the forgotten. Their team not only rescues people from oppression and slavery, but uses the legal systems in their countries to bring the perpetrators to justice.This is on my … [Read more...]

Honey bees, pesticides and why you should care about them both

When the news came out this week that researchers now believe that pesticides are causing what is commonly referred to at Colony Collapse Disorder, my guess is that most people scanned the headline and moved on.But I read the story with interest, because ever since I watched two documentaries on bees I've been more and more intrigued with how our food supply - and the overall health of the nation - is tied to those buzzing little insects we take for granted.Both films - "Colony" and … [Read more...]

Michael Vick featured in Humane Society videos

The Humane Society of the United States has released a 30-second video public service announcement featuring Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick (see below). In the video, Vick urges viewers to report animal cruelty and fighting activities in their communities via the HSUS toll-free animal fighting tip line.Vick is also featured in a two-minute video for the HSUS Pets For Life program, which "brings critical resources such as vaccinations, spaying and neutering, dog training, and ot … [Read more...]

Hollywood plays host to the 26th Annual Genesis Awards, Saturday March 24, 2012 (Updated with winners)

Tomorrow night, the Humane Society of the United States and Hollywood will honor the major news and entertainment media who over the last year have produced "outstanding works that raise public awareness about animal issues" with the 26th Annual Genesis Awards.The list of nominees includes (full list at the end) features films like "Dolphin Tale," "Rio," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and "War Horse" as well as talk shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show."Dancing With The Stars" judge Ca … [Read more...]


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