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Enrichment play for dogs can make them happier and their lives fuller. Let them be dogs! Dogs typically have a need to engage in the specific activities that they enjoy. The activities may be digging, barking, going on sniffari, sleeping a lot, chewing, foraging or playing.
Cancer is the word no one wants to hear in connection with themselves or their loved ones, including their dogs. Yet, statistics show that one in four dogs will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetimes, and that people and dogs develop cancers at about the same rate.
Canine Parvovirus (CPV), often referred to as “parvo,” is a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus that affects dogs’ intestinal tract. Not only does parvo have a high mortality rate if left untreated, it can survive in the environment for months, or even years, in the right conditions.
This Sunday we celebrate that uniquely American event, the Super Bowl, number 55 to be exact. It is an unmatched celebration of sport and commerce, something that people either love or loathe. As others analyze the historic passing prowess of each team, we will share some thoughts about Sunday’s events from our own colored lens … from a canine point of view.
My brother died in December 2019. In January 2020, the word “coronavirus” popped up in the news. The world faced a severe health crisis. In March, my husband and I started working from home with no return-to-work date in sight. It was clear that 2020 would be a year like no other, and not in a good way. We needed a smile.
Enter Smiley Syrus.
The previous fall, we had seen her walking the roadside, dirty and scrawny. She appeared to be mostly Redbone. It was apparent that she had mothered a litter of pups at some point, but no little ones ever accompanied her. If we approached the dog, she tilted her head and smiled, her lip curling up in a way Elvis could appreciate. It seemed her way of ingratiating herself to strangers, as if a toothy grin might keep her from being mistreated.
By winter, she lost the lean, hungry look. She was pregnant.
Win or lose, Tom Brady loves his dogs. Super Bowls come and go (ten of them!) but Brady’s dogs are a constant presence. They keep him grounded, and offer him companionship away from the bright lights. Tom, his wife, super model-activist-author Gisele Bündchen and their two children live with four dogs. And based on their life documented on the couple’s social media, it’s quite a nice life.
Some comments overheard at the dog park make me nod my head in agreement, while others make me cringe. Here are some of the statements I’ve heard at dog parks, as well as my reactions to them.
We’ve gathered together a selection of tasty treats and fun toys for your special canine co-pilot this Valentine’s Day. Show your pup some extra love this year with a Valentine surprise!
The magnificent actress Cicely Tyson shall be remembered for many outstanding roles—The Diary of Miss Jane Pittman, her performance in Roots, as well as dramatic turns on Broadway, in particular for her Tony-winning master class in The Trip to Bountiful. One of our favorites remains her portrayal of Rebecca, the tower-of-strength mother in the film Sounder. The movie is based on the Newberry-award winning novel for young readers by William H. Armstrong. Both the book and the movie present an honest portrait of the rural south—the story follows the oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers coming of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food. Sounder is the family’s beloved dog, who helps them hunt, thus enabling them to keep food on the table.
Seeing the photos and news coverage over the past few weeks of the legions of National Guard troops protecting the nation’s Capitol and our elected officials is a reminder of the good people who stand ready to serve and protect during national disasters, threats and calamities.
When it comes to veterinary care, barriers to access, including a lack of trust on the part of dog owners, play a bigger role than differences in race, gender, or socioeconomic status, according to a new study. Findings could help veterinarians develop outreach strategies for underserved communities.
“I was interested in how different demographic groups viewed health care and how those views might affect relationships between veterinarians and their clients,” says study first author Rachel Park, a PhD student at North Carolina State University. “The existing literature wasn’t national in scope and hadn’t accounted for multiple identities held, such as one’s socioeconomic status or education, so I saw a knowledge gap that could be filled.”
Dogs and studies of these amazing canids seem to be “in.” Clearly we’re learning a good deal about the cognitive, emotional, and moral lives of homed and free-ranging dogs from a wide variety of sources, some more credible than others.
Along with all sorts of media I encounter, I also receive queries about what all of these studies actually mean. The question in the title—”What Do All These Dog Studies Really Mean?”—came via email from a graduate student in canine studies. Felicity went on ask if I could make sense of a series of research essays published in the past 5-10 years, especially those that were concerned with studying “similar phenomena” but reporting different results.
Successful political campaigns require an almost magical mix of attention to demographics, complex social factors and mind-bending marketing tactics. Rarely do they succeed or fail on the shoulders of a dog. But when future generations study the recent Georgia race for the U.S. Senate—in which the state flipped from red to blue (or at least, purple)—they may want to consider the impact of a Beagle named Alvin in changing the Democratic Party’s fortunes in this long-time Republican stronghold.
The word “enrichment” has become synonymous with other words that dog owners may come across, especially if they are working with a dog training professional (particularly in the force-free community). Words like “mental stimulation,” “exercise” and “activity” all represent ways of enriching a dog’s life. But what’s the end game? What are we trying to achieve by doing these activities with our dogs?
In my opinion, the overall result we’re looking for is satisfaction. A dog who feels satisfied is unlikely to rehearse destructive or disruptive behaviors, or worse, to develop problematic emotional issues associated with a lack of satisfaction (e.g., depression, frustration, decreased ability to cope with stress and so forth).
Kennel cough is one of the most common diseases that dog owners should look out for and, in some cases, it can cause serious health issues for canines. Kennel cough is officially known as Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC) and it affects the respiratory system of dogs. The name “kennel cough” became widely used because of the belief that the disease spreads most easily in kennels, where large numbers of dogs are kept together. However, don’t let this fool you–dogs can contract kennel cough from anywhere that they come into contact with other dogs, whether they are out on a walk or playing in the yard.
What are brain injuries? Brain injuries can be broken down into two categories. Primary brain injuries occur when there is a direct injury or problem with the brain. Secondary brain injuries occur as a result of a primary injury. Hemorrhaging and swelling are examples...
When your dog is healthy, his poop shows it. It can be large, firm and range in shades of brown. A sudden change, like blood in your dog’s stool, tells you something is wrong. Keep reading to learn how you can spot health problems simply by looking at your dog’s poop....
Do you want to make sure your dog has the best food and gets the proper nutrition for their breed or age? Proper nutrition is a basic need for people and dogs. Ensuring your dog has food that provides the right nutrition is essential to keep them healthy. Today, you...
Dogs can develop the same types of allergies that people can develop. When having an allergic reaction, some of the signs can be mild. Severe clinical signs associated with an allergic reaction can be life-threatening, and your pup can go into anaphylactic shock if...
Get a dog, lose weight A number of studies have linked owning a dog to losing weight: A year-long study at the Wellness Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago found that walking an overweight dog helped both the animals and their owners shed unwanted...
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