Old Codger Forgives Pooch Who Shot Him

“A 74-year-old man who was shot by his dog while hunting in New Mexico says he forgives the 120-pound Rottweiler-mix named Charlie.

`He`s a good dog,` Tex Gilligan, recovering in Texas after the accidental shooting, told ABC News. “`He] did not mean to do it,` he said.

Gilligan was in the New Mexico desert hunting jackrabbits when Charlie, one of three dogs with him at the time, reportedly caught his paw on the trigger of the gun and fired a shot which hit Gilligan in the back through the driver`s seat.”

Time

A septuagenarian has no business driving, let alone hunting, at that advanced age your vision is shot, your reflexes are as slow as molasses, and your mind is on permanent vacation.

Gilligan`s license should be suspended, his hunting rifles should be confiscated, and he should be confined in a rest home where the most dangerous weapon at his disposal would be a plastic butter knife.

Gilligan doesn`t deserve any credit for forgiving his pooch, he`s the one who left the gun positioned in the truck with the barrel facing up, towards the driver.

I respect the elderly and when I see my eighty-something neighbor raking the leaves on his front lawn I wave hello, but if I saw him loading a rifle into his vehicle I would pray that the Grim Reaper would pay him a visit.

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http://time.com/5442886/man-forgives-dog-shot-him-new-mexico/

Staring at Your Phone Makes Your Dog Sad

“Spending hours staring at your phone is making your dog sad, according to one expert.

When we pay more attention to our phones than to our dogs, we damage our emotional bond, making our dogs feel lonely and isolated. That can lead to doggy depression and behavioural issues.

`If it`s sitting there looking up at you, but you`re too busy gawping at someone`s irrelevant snap on Facebook, you`ve got a problem.

`You do that consistently for weeks, months and years on end and you`re going to get some real behavioural issues.`”

Metro

My cats could care less if I waste the entire day and night staring at my phone, as long as I remember to feed them, and clean their litter boxes.

My pooch, Mandy, is a different story, she stares at me when I`m slouched on the sofa watching TV, when I`m pecking away at my keyboard writing essays, and even when I`m taking a bath.

I occasionally stare back at my muse to let her know that I appreciate her company, and to reassure her that after I complete my daily chores that I will spend some quality time with her.

Canines have an intimate bond with their owners, and if you stare at your cellphone hours on end, completely ignoring your furry friend, you will strain your most important relationship.

I never get so caught up with a movie I`m watching, an essay I`m writing, or a CD I`m listening to, that I forget to occasionally smile at Mandy or pat her on the head.

Most of the interaction that we have with our dogs is non-verbal, and it`s the pat on the head and the smile that sustains and nourishes the love that they have for us.

Pretend your dog is a needy wife or girlfriend, and don`t let more than a few minutes go by without glancing in his direction.

A responsible dog owner will walk his pet, play with him, and never ignore him by staring at his phone for hours on end.

Read More:

https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/18/all-the-hours-you-spend-staring-at-your-phone-are-making-your-dog-sad-warns-expert-7956554/

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Never Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car

These are the dog days of summer and man and beast are at the mercy of the sweltering heat. The A/C in my car sucks, and in the summer I usually drive with the windows rolled down.

My pooch, Mandy, is my constant companion, and she loves to ride shotgun with me. I always roll the windows down when she rides we me, even in the winter, the look on her face as she sticks her head out the window, is the picture of contentment.

When I`m running errands with Mandy in the summer, I always roll the windows down, even when I make a quick stop at a convenience store. Mandy is more precious to me than anything that a thief can snatch from my vehicle, because I left the windows open.

Before you leave your dog in a hot automobile there are two things that you need to remember:

IT TAKES ONLY SIX MINUTES FOR A CANINE TO DIE IN A HOT CAR

It takes only six minutes for your pooch to die in a hot car, but it takes only a second to lower the windows.

“If a dog`s internal temperature goes above 41°C (105.8°F) it is at risk of heatstroke, which only 50% of dogs survive. Some breeds are more susceptible than others – large dogs, dogs with short faces such as bulldogs and boxers, and overweight or long-coated dogs are most at risk – but every dog has the potential to suffer from heatstroke. It doesn`t have to be boiling hot for this to happen either – when it`s 22°C, (71.6°F) outside, the inside of a car can easily reach 47°C within an hour(116.6°F).”

http://theconversation.com/it-takes-just-six-minutes-for-a-dog-to-die-in-a-hot-car-99692

DOGS CAN`T SWEAT

Dogs can`t sweat, let me repeat that, dogs can`t sweat.

“In humans, sweating is primarily a means of thermoregulation, which is achieved by the water-rich secretion of the eccrine glands. Maximum sweat rates of an adult can be up to 2-4 liters per hour or 10-14 liters per day (10-15 g/min·m2), but is less in children prior to puberty.[3][4][5] Evaporation of sweat from the skin surface has a cooling effect due to evaporative cooling. Hence, in hot weather, or when the individual`s muscles heat up due to exertion, more sweat is produced.”

Wikipedia

Imagine taking a jog in the heat of summer and not being able to sweat, even the healthiest athlete in the world would pass out from heat exhaustion after a few minutes.

A dog is man`s best friend, they provide us with companionship, protect our lives and property, and slobber us with love. The least we can do for them is to never leave them in a hot car without the windows rolled down.

Most of my readers are responsible dog owners and they would never leave their faithful pets in a hot car, but if you see a dog locked in a hot vehicle, call the police immediately, and break the damn window.

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When It’s 90+ Degrees, Asphalt Can Burn Your Dog’s Paws

It`s late June in Virginia, and that means that it`s sizzling outside, and most Virginians are cooling off in the comfort of their air-conditioned homes.

My dog, Mandy, loves to walk regardless if it`s snowing or sweltering outside, and I walk her almost every day of the year.

When I go walking with Mandy in the heat of the summer I keep in mind that dark colors absorb heat, thus I typically wear white shorts and white shirt.

But I`m also aware that the color black also applies to asphalt, and when it`s upwards of 90 degrees outside, asphalt can reach scorching temperatures of around 150 degrees. Needless say that can burn your doggie`s paws.

By all means walk your canine companion in the heat of the summer, but exercise caution by walking him on lawns as much as possible, and shortening your daily walk.

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Norwegian Company Gives Employees Paternity Leave for New Pets

“A Norwegian pet supply company is giving employees paid time off to bond with their new pets.

Musti Group, described as the largest pet supply company in the Nordic countries with more than 1,500 employees, began offering `pawternity leave` to employees, which consists of three paid days off when they acquire a new puppy or kitten.

Musti Group CEO David Rönnberg says the first few days a puppy is in a new home are vital to getting used to its new owner and environment.”

UPI

When I adopted a puppy from my local animal shelter I took a week`s vacation so I could bond with her, and in case there were any issues with my little doggie getting along with my other dog and cats.

Pawternity leave should be a standard fringe benefit in an employee`s compensation package, employers should do everything they can to encourage their employees to adopt cats and dogs.

“Bring your pet to work day” is a great first step but all employers, not just pet supply companies, should give their employees paid time off when they adopt a pet.

“Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.

Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren`t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes.”

https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-animal-homelessness

Employers should be less generous with maternity leave, do we really need to encourage women to have more babies? The last thing this polluted and overpopulated world needs is another mouth to feed.

I don`t expect people to agree with my stance on maternity leave, but certainly any sensitive and compassionate individual will agree that we must do everything we can to persuade people to adopt pets from animal shelters.

If a pet supply company in America offered pawternity leave to their employees, I would buy all my pet supplies from them.

Brave David Rönnberg, you are a gentleman, scholar, and a real friend to animals.

Read More:
https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/06/07/Norwegian-company-gives-employees-paternity-leave-for-new-pets/7101528425431/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=3

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Huskie Stuck on Roof Repays Firefighter with Doggie Kisses

“Even doggies need to be saved sometimes! This beautiful dog managed to get out onto the roof of his home thru an upstairs window. We received numerous calls but one concerned citizen, Phil Burke, discovered him early on and notified us. Another awesome citizen stood by with the dog until we could arrive on scene! Officer McDonald, in conjunction with the Wells Fire Department, worked together to rescue him! Thank you to all that called and helped save him.”

Wells Maine Police Facebook Page

Firefighters usually rescue cats from trees, not dogs from the roof of a house. When firefighters rescue a kitty who is stuck on a tree, the pet owner may be eternally grateful, but the cat is more likely to scratch his rescuer than to shower him with kisses.

But this beautiful Huskie was quick to show his appreciation, planting sweet slobbery kisses on the brave first responder.

This story illustrates that canines are smarter and more affectionate than felines. A cat who is precariously perched on top of a 200-foot tree doesn`t realize how much danger he`s in, but a pooch who`s on a roof twenty feet high in the air is cognizant of his perilous situation.

Kudos to the concerned citizens who called the police, and the courageous first responders who rescued the silly pooch. There`s nothing like a dog to bring out the best in humanity.

https://www.facebook.com/WellsMainePolice/posts/1977839738900880

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

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Would You Rent a Drug Sniffing Dog to Raid Your Kid’s Bedroom?

“Would you rent a drug dog to raid your kid`s bedroom? It`s an option now available to Kansas City-area parents, and it`s one some people are choosing to find out if their children are using drugs.

Ray McCarty, founder of Metro K-9 Services, told WRDO that his service is the only of its kind that he`s aware of in the area, allowing users to rent a drug dog by the hour.

McCarty said most parents order their sweep when their kids aren`t home. Some parents merely flush the drugs and never say anything. And McCarty never calls the police.

`It makes them feel better. We aren`t going to say anything because it`s none of our business. We are just there to do a job. We do it, and we leave,` he said.”

KDVR

The War on Drugs has officially gone to the dogs …

A parent who rents a drug dog to raid his kid`s bedroom has bigger problems than his child possibly using drugs. A parent shouldn`t need a canine to tell him if his kids are on drugs, if an adult has a good relationship with his children he should be able to tell if they are on drugs by changes in their mood, disposition and personality.

For God`s sake don`t turn man`s best friend into a lowlife narc! Talk to your children, spend time with them, love them for God`s sake, and you will be able to tell they`re abusing drugs.

Instead of spending $200 an hour on a drug sniffing dog, spend that money on a trip to an amusement park vacation with your children.

Renting a drug pooch to raid your kid`s bedroom is just a doggone bad idea, period!

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http://kdvr.com/2018/05/23/company-lets-parents-rent-drug-sniffing-dog-to-raid-kids-bedroom/

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Pooch Raised by Chinese Family for Two Years Turns Out to be a Black Bear

“When Su Yun bought her family a puppy two years ago, she was surprised by how much the dog ate. “A box of fruits and two buckets of noodles every day,” she told Chinese media.

There was, it turns out, a reason for its prodigious appetite: the animal has grown into a 250lb bear.

The family realised their error when the pet did not stop growing and started showing a talent for walking on two legs.”

Independent

I`m not surprised that a Chinese family mistook a bear for a dog, after all the average Chinese sees a dog only when it`s packaged as dog meat in a grocery store or as the entrée in a restaurant.

It was only after two years when the animal ballooned to 250 pounds, and started walking on two legs did the clueless family say to themselves, “maybe this thing isn`t a pooch.”

If my dog developed a penchant for walking around on two legs, I would call an exorcist or animal control.

The bear has been taken to a wildlife rescue center after the family called the authorities requesting help.

I hope and pray the family is sentenced a year in a reeducation camp where they will learn the difference between a playful pup and a freaking bear.

Read More:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pet-dog-black-bear-china-family-grow-kunming-yunnan-stand-endangered-species-a8350451.html

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Why do Dogs Always Look So Guilty?

When I come home from work and find my curtains shredded or a hairball on my bed, I shoot an angry glance at my cats, but they don`t express any remorse, and look at me with total indifference.

But when I find my shoe torn to shreds my pooch, Mandy, looks as guilty as sin. Dogs would make horrible poker players, while felines would make a killing at the game.

Mandy looks guilty even when she hasn`t done anything wrong, guilt is their default expression.

We love canines because they are so transparently honest, they can`t get away with anything.

There are a gazillion and one videos on YouTube depicting dogs acting as guilty as hell:

Visit your local animal shelter, and you will fall in love with a guilty-looking puppy that you won`t be able to resist from adopting.

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Moose the Snoring Pooch is an Internet Sensation

When a human snores he is oblivious to the racket hes making, and he sleeps like a baby while waking up everyone in the household. The only cure for snoring is duct tape for the snoring son of a gun, or earplugs for his longsuffering partner.

Click the link at the bottom of the page to see a sleeping pooch wake himself up with his gentle snoring.

Moose, a mutt who happens to be an emotional support animal, sleeps with his owner, and I doubt he has ever woke her up with his soft snoring.

Moose has a smile on his face as he sleeps next to his owner, and his owner, Alexis Waclawski, is also smiling.

Waclawski rescued Moose from the humane society, and he is registered as an emotional support animal to aid her with anxiety and depression. The dog underwent six weeks of training before he was certified as a therapy animal. But truth be told from the moment a puppy is born he is an unofficial emotional support animal.

My pooch, Mandy, would probably flunk obedience school, but she`s been an excellent emotional support pet for the last decade.

There is an emotional support puppy waiting for you at your local animal shelter, he will help you deal with the trials and tribulations of life. What are you waiting for? Adopt a puppy today!

Moose, the snoring pooch, has become an Internet sensation garnering over a million views. Check out his video:

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2018/03/20/Snoring-dog-Rossford-resident-reach-millions-on-Twitter.html

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