John Pilley, who with Alliston Reid trained Chaser, a Border Collie with the largest tested memory of any dog, has reportedly signed a six-figure deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to publish The World’s Smartest Dog, the story of the pup’s extraordinary talents, in fall 2013. Read more and catch some video of Chaser on YouTube.
From death row to star of Broadway
The award-winning animal trainer William Berloni on Thursday unveiled the pooch who is slated to star in the Broadway revival of the Tony Award-winning musical “Annie” — Sunny, a 2-year-old female terrier mix rescued from a city pound in Houston. Read more
No dog for Michael Vicks’ kids, says ASPCA
After Vick went on CNN and told Piers Morgan he hopes to get a new puppy for his kids, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals immediately spoke out against the NFL star who spent 19 months in prison for illegal dogfighting.
“Vick’s journey toward rehabilitation and redemption has not reflected any direct concern for the wellbeing of animals, and we’ve never heard him express a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed” … the org. tells TMZ. Read more
In New York, an extravagant dog marriage breaks Guinness records
The bride, Baby Hope Diamond, wore a $6,000 dress to the most expensive pet wedding in history last Thursday night. It was not a love match but, rather, an arranged marriage. Read more
Belfast council puts Lennox to sleep despite outcry
An international effort to save a dog on death row in Northern Ireland ended in failure, heartbreak and recrimination Wednesday when Lennox — described by the Belfast City Council as a “dangerous, illegal pit-bull terrier type” — was put to death. Read more
Dogs may protect babies against germs
Dogs are no longer just man’s best friend – the furry family members may also protect infants against breathing problems and infections, according to a European study. Read more
Most of us are all too familiar with the feeling of dread that comes upon us when we pass by the window of a car and realize that a dog has been left inside on a hot day. What should I do? Do I break the window? Do I call the police? Do I try to find the car owner? There’s no easy answer, unfortunately, and those decisions are ones that only you can make, but now you can be better prepared for your next encounter. Read more
North American dogs get ready for fireworks
Canadian Canines will be affected tonight, while south of the border, things will light up on Wednesday July 4. Different dogs react differently. At the last local fireworks, a regular at our dog park got spooked and bolted, and was hit by a car. He’s now wearing a cast and recovering. Get firework coping tips
“I don’t like dogs. There, I said it.”
What can we say? It’s a slow news week. The dog days, I think they call it. Read more
Travelling with dogs seems like a good topic to cover as we bid farewell to June and usher in July. Reader Hillary writes:
I am a travel journalist based in New Jersey, right outside of NYC. I take my Scottie Seamus on a lot of drive-able trips (mostly for fun, sometimes for work) and blog about it here: www.lifewithluggage.com. I’ve had Scotties all of my life, but as I’m sure you know some of them don’t travel as well as others. Luckily Seamus enjoys coming along for the ride and he is a great (if typically high-maintenance) travel companion. He has now been to every state on the East Coast and then some.
You knew it was coming, the doggie version of the meme as Corgi covers Carly Rae’s Call me Maybe or should that be Woof me…Maybe?
Pain can cause aggression in dogs — even friendly ones
Dogs can sometimes suffer sudden episodes of aggression without their owners understanding why. But, in many cases, the cause of these attacks can be pain that has never been diagnosed or treated. For the first time, a study describes the characteristics of this irritability, which can make dogs violent and increase aggression in already conflictive individuals. Read more
What your dog says about you to the opposite sex
According to the Klooff iPhone app, the top dog breeds to attract men were:
2. Labrador Retrievers
1. Golden Retrievers
The top dog breeds to attract women were:
5. French Bulldogs
4. Siberian Huskies
3. Labrador Retrievers
2. Golden Retrievers
1. German Shepherds
The Daily Mail provides an interesting interpretation. Read more
Thieves steal collar belonging to former first Airedale
An antique dog collar belonging to former President Warren G. Harding’s beloved pet “Laddie Boy” has been stolen from the 29th president’s historic home in central Ohio. Read more
Man falsely accuses dog of setting apartment afire
A western Pennsylvania man who blamed his dog for causing an apartment fire has been jailed on charges that he set the blaze himself. Read more
Reminder: Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day
On June 22, millions of pets are expected to show up at workplaces around the United States. But for many companies, notably high-tech firms in Silicon Valley, well, every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day.
“We’ve got hundreds of dogs at Google (GOOG) everyday,” says spokesman Jordan Newman. “We’ve allowed dogs to come to work since the early days because we find having your dog with you can make people more comfortable and thus more productive. Plus, it’s tough owning a dog and having it sit at home all day.” Read more
Do dogs have actual empathy for their crying peeps?
Plenty of pet owners are comforted by a pair of puppy-dog eyes or a swipe of the tongue when their dog catches them crying. Now, new research suggests that dogs really do respond uniquely to tears. But whether pets have empathy for human pain is less clear. Read more
RIP, Lucky Diamond, the Dog who set a record for posing with celebs
On an annual basis, dogs deposit 9,000 tonnes of droppings in Greater Victoria. Add to that another 15,000 tonnes of urine, and the total would fill 10 Olympic-class swimming pools. Imagine trying to clean that up, one pooper-scooper at a time.Read more
Dog sniffs out what’s worrying west coast killer whales
With the help of Tucker, a dog that can smell killer-whale scat from more than a kilometre away, researchers have learned that orcas become stressed by a lack of salmon, but not so much by tour boats. Read more