Scientists use MRI to see what Fido is thinking

What do you think Bandit is thinking right now?

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...]

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

Karl Alzner's dogs weren't happy about the Washington Capital's loss. They were just happy to show off their handiwork!

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...]

Animal testing and a little Monday morning crankiness

(source: Wikipedia Commons; Janet Stephens, photographer)

It's Monday, and to be quite frank, I'm feeling a little cranky, animal-wise. It's 10:30 AM and I've already been out to clean and feed the chickens, who are raising such a ruckus the neighbors must think I've been plucking them bald. The dogs are engaged in their daily in and out and in and out, and considering that Bailey and Bandit still can't be in the same room, it's a little exhausting.So when I read this article at GlobalAnimal.com, my initial response is probably more sarcastic than … [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...]

It’s a Pitty Pup Pawjama Party (photo)

Photo (c) 2012 Sarah Anderson. From L to R: Mabel, Misha, Tessie

 This picture shared by a Facebook pal was just too doggone cute to not share with readers: this is Mabel, Misha and Tessie, taking time out for a snuggly snooze.Who needs pillows when you have best friends?The photo was snapped by Sarah Anderson - Mabel is her dog, and Misha and Tessie are foster dogs she's caring for while they find their furever homes. Sarah fosters through Pitty Love Rescue in Rochester, NY; the rescue is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating pit bulls, and … [Read more...]

The egg is empty! (Easter photo)

"But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.  Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this ..."

I was out in the yard this morning and found a tiny, delicate half of a bird egg resting on the ground. My first instinct was to look up to the tree branches overhead, knowing that up there somewhere is a nest with at least one newly hatched baby being cared for by his mother.The small egg, recently occupied and now emptied. The shell shed and left behind, the new life taking its first breath under the glorious morning sunshine. What a symbol of the new life Jesus gave to us.May you have … [Read more...]

Gorham, NY approves one year moratorium on dog breeding

Last night, the town of Gorham unanimously approved a one year moratorium on wholesale dog breeding kennels, according to 13WHAM. And all animal advocates said, "YAY!"The wholesale dog breeding facility proposed in February by Curtis and Jolene Martin, and the town board's initial unanimous approval of their special use permit, sparked a controversy that quickly spread from coast to coast. (There is a list at the end of related posts about the issue.)Calls, emails and petitions flooded … [Read more...]

Humane Society announces Fifth Annual Dog of Valor Award winner

Hank, Fifth Annual Valor Dog of the Year and People's Hero. (photo: www.humanesociety.org)

When "McKenzie" suffered a severe beating with a hammer at the hands of her boyfriend, her dog Hank stepped into protect her, earning him a beating that shattered ribs and a hip. It was this story of valor, along with the healing both McKenzie and Hank experienced, that earned this Great Dane the title of Fifth Annual Dog of Valor.Sponsored the Humane Society of the United States, the Dogs of Valor Awards honor and celebrate dogs who have shown extraordinary courage or resolve by heroically … [Read more...]

Lily the teacup Chihuaua naps in a hat (photo)

Lily, the teacup Chihuahua

When I saw this photo on my friend Shannon Becker's Facebook page, I thought it was so cute I had to share it with you!Lily is a 9-week-old, long haired, teacup Chihuahua who recently came to live at the Becker household. On a car ride this week, Shannon's 8-year-old daughter Elle tucked the tiny pup into the hat, where Lily promptly settled in for a nap.Too cute!Shannon Becker is the Sr. Director of Promotions and Marketing at Big Town Productions, where he works with some of Ch … [Read more...]

Mt. Hope Cemetery – and wildlife habitat

Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY offers not only a walk through history but a beautiful place to wander with your dog.

 I've been neglectful in posting this last week because here in the Northeast, spring made an early appearance and I wanted to be outside as much as possible before another snowstorm hits. That's life in Western NY.One of my favorite places to walk with a dog is a local historical cemetery, but last week I visited Mt. Hope Cemetery for a change of scenery. It's ironic that I've lived in Rochester my entire life and have only once been inside Mt. Hope Cemetery, the nation's f … [Read more...]


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