National Make a Dog’s Day

“National Make A Dog’s Day on October 22nd provides an opportunity to give all dogs the best day of their lives. The day not only encourages visits to shelters, but it is also a reminder to animal lovers everywhere to adopt instead of shop for a new pet.

Approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters in the United States annually, many being relinquished by their owners. Worse still, approximately 35% of the animals that enter shelters are euthanized. While numbers continue to decline, the need for adoption continues to be overwhelming. One sure way to make a dog’s day is giving them a new, loving home through adoption.”

NationalDayCalendar.Com

The purpose of National Make a Dog’s Day is to encourage animal lovers to adopt a shelter dog.

I adopted my pooch, Princess, from an animal shelter, and I’m confident I made her day when I took her home with me, but she’s made my day every single day since I rescued her.  

Princess is persuaded that her reason for living is to make me happy: she jumps on me with joyful exuberance when I take her walking, she gazes at me lovingly when I’m watching TV or surfing the Internet, and she jumps on my bed at night to keep me company. Her life revolves around me, and when I’m happy she’s happy.

Adoption is just the beginning of the process of making a dog’s day. A canine is concerned primarily with our welfare, it’s time to reciprocate. Every day we just ask ourselves, “How can I make my pet happy today?” When was the last time you took your dog to the dog park? When’s the last time you bought her a new toy or a super-sized bone?

When you do something special for a friend or family member, they don’t always appreciate it, but I guarantee your doggy will appreciate every little thing you do for him.

I don’t know about you, but for me every day on my calendar is National Make a Dog’s Day.

Study: Cats Know Their Names as Well as Dogs

“Call a dog by its name, and its tail wags, it starts panting happily, and it showers you with love and affection.

Call a cat by its name and … well, cats are a bit harder to read. Does the cat even know what its name is?

So researchers in Japan set out to answer the question: Can a cat understand the difference between its name and any other random word that sounds like it?

In any case, the results were clear: Most of the cats moved their head or ears in response to hearing their name. The results, researchers said, showed that the cats could identify their own names among other, similar words.”

NPR

When I adopted a 7-year-old 25-pound kitty from the Humane Society, the animal shelter employee told me that he was named “Tico” by his previous owner, so I decided not to change his name.

When I took him home he failed to respond to his name, at first I thought he was just too fat, lazy and indifferent to pay any attention to me. But after a few days of failing to respond to his name, I grew worried that he might be deaf, and I took him to the vet. The vet`s verdict was that he wasn`t deaf at all, but a typical feline who`s too arrogant to respond to his slave`s voice.

No fat cat is going to outsmart me, so every time I opened his can of food I simultaneously called him, and now he usually acknowledges me when I call out his name.

There`s more than one way to skin a cat, and there`s more than one way to get your kitty`s attention.

Don`t let your cat fool you, he darn well can recognize his name.

Read More:

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/04/709916647/study-your-cat-knows-when-youre-calling-him-he-just-doesnt-care

Kitty the Cat and Leila the Chihuahua: A Love Story! Video!

“An unlikely duo at MSPCA-Angell`s animal shelter in Boston is hoping to be adopted together after they were surrendered in the same crate.

A cat named Kitty and her Chihuahua best friend Leila were surrendered to the Jamaica Plain animal shelter on March 14 after their owners lost their home and could not find a new place to accommodate the pets.

The pet pair`s bond is so paws-itively unique and true, that the two were even surrendered to the shelter in the same pet carrier.”

NECN

A friendship rarely blossoms between a cat and a dog, the natural state of affairs is them being at each other`s throats.

If you put a cat and a dog in the same pet carrier mayhem and perhaps murder will soon ensue.

But a cat named Kitty and dog named Leila were surrendered to an animal shelter in the same crate. It turns out that these adorable creatures are best buddies, and the animal shelter is trying to find an owner that will adopt them as a pair.

The Palestinians and the Israelis may never live side by side in peace, and Trump supporters and Democrats may never hold hands and sing Kumbaya, but the friendship between Kitty and Leila gives me hope that humans can resolve some of their differences.

Read More:

https://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Friends-Fur-Ever-Cat-Dog-Duo-Hoping-to-Be-Adopted-in-Same-Home-507514931.html

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Viral Video: Cat Feeds Dog Popcorn

Mat cat, Tico, takes a catnap with me every day, but she sleeps with my pooch, Mandy every night. Mandy took an instant liking to my new kitten, Hady. Mandy, who is 80-something in human years, seems to be energized by watching Handy run circles around her. Whoever said that cats and dogs don`t get along is doggone wrong!

Mandy loves popcorn, whenever I eat the delicious snack I l always share with her. Here`s a heartwarming video that proves that cats and dogs love on each other, and that dogs love popcorn:

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.

Read More:

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.

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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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New York Theater Invites Patrons to Bring Their Dogs

“A theater in upstate New York is telling patrons to bring their dogs to four movies this month.

For its Dog Movie Week from Feb. 11 to Feb. 17, the Smith Opera House in Geneva, N.Y., will show dog-related films Best in Show, Must Love Dogs, The Artist and Bolt. The theatre will offer free treats to dogs, who can attend for free, as long as they are leashed and well-behaved.”

UPI

We`ve all taken a dog to a movie, we all have a date from hell horror story.

But taking a real dog to a movie is a dream come true; I can`t think of anything better than sharing a bucket of popcorn with my pooch as we enjoy a movie in a theater.

When a dude takes a date to a movie, he`s usually the one who pays for both tickets and the overpriced snacks. A night at the movies can easily set you back $50, but for Dog Movie Week at the Smith Opera House canines attend for free, plus they get free dog snacks.

Going to the movies has gone to the dogs, and I`m doggone happy.

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https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/02/01/New-York-theater-invites-movie-goers-to-bring-dogs/1891517503419/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=18

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Study: Dog Owners Would Rather Be With Pets Than Friends

“More than half of American dog owners admit they flake out on social events to hang out with their pet, according to new research.

The study of 2,000 dog owners found skipping out on human commitments specifically to get a bit of quality furry friend time is a common occurrence.

That bond is understandable given the way they aid our mental health – from their ability to lessen relationship stress to softening bad days at work and more, the average dog gets their owner through five (4.83) stressful events every week.

In fact, six in ten survey-takers said their dog often takes care of them in some way, shape or form, reinforcing the important two-way relationship between dogs and humans.”

Fox 10

I`m not surprised by the results of this study, I`d rather hang out with my pooch, Mandy, than engage in any social interaction with a friend, colleague or family member.

Of course I would rather spend quality time with my loyal and faithful canine companion than attend a social event where rats are scheming to climb the social ladder or flirting to find a rutting partner for the night.

Even innocuous small talk with a friend or coworker is like navigating a minefield, whereas walking or playing with Mandy is an oasis of peace and relaxation in a chaotic world.

Don`t feel guilty if you flaked out on attending a baby shower or a friend`s birthday party to hang out with your dog. That adorable baby will probably grow up to be an ungrateful spoiled brat, and your friend is probably bonking your girlfriend, whereas your pooch will remain faithful and loyal for the rest of his life.

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http://www.fox10phoenix.com/health/dog-owners-would-rather-be-with-pets-than-friends-study-suggests

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Nativity Scene Gone to the Dogs

“A woman has been overwhelmed by the response to her dog nativity scene after a photograph posted on Twitter was liked more than 83,000 times.

Jo Kingston, who runs a dog walking and grooming business in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, said `it`s gone bonkers`.

BBC

A Nativity Scene fills Christians with a feeling of hope and promise that into this world of sin and sorrow a Savior is born.

Non-Christians may walk by a Nativity Scene and consider it just another symbol of the Holiday Season.

But nobody can look at this blessed pic of a Doggie Nativity Scene and not exclaim: IT`S A WONDERFUL WORLD!

Merry Christmas!

Pic of Dog Nativity Scene:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-42430724

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Rookie Airport Bomb-Sniffing Dog Pooping While on Duty

“Everyone makes mistakes early in their careers.

So the fact that a rookie bomb-sniffing dog has been pooping in the terminals and concourses at Midway International Airport is being dealt with delicately by her employer.

`It`s not going to ruin her career,` Kevin McCarthy, who heads up Transportation Security Administration operations at Midway, said earlier this week.

`It doesn`t impact her ability to do the job.`

The issue: the pooch, who`s just over two years old, has been getting a bit jittery in crowds.”

Chicago Sun Times

Putting up with an incontinent bomb-sniffing pooch is like a breath of fresh air compared to dealing with TSA Agents who think they`re proctologists.

There is no reason to act as if the shit has hit the fan, rookies are allowed to make mistakes.

I get jittery in large crowds also, although I haven`t crapped myself in frustration and nervousness, I have farted away my anxiety.

I don`t give a crap if a bomb-sniffing canine takes a crap while on duty, it`s a small price to pay for lessening the risk of getting blown to smithereens.

I`m glad the dog has an understanding trainer, there`s no reason to banish the poor creature to the doghouse.

Read More:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/midway-bomb-sniffing-dog-has-pooping-problem/

 

 

Evil Woman Begs Cops to Shoot Dog Who Was Ripping Apart Her Car’s Bumper

“On Nov. 9 in an apartment parking lot in Dalton, Georgia, a dog went ape-shit on a Dodge Journey (an automobile that falls squarely in the unfortunate category) in an effort to catch some cats hiding in the engine bay. The cars owner was livid, and asked a responding officer to shoot the canine.

The car`s owner, Jessica Dilallo, can be heard asking the responding officer, Lieutenant Matthew Locke, to use force, saying:

`You can`t throw a rock at him, you can`t do anything?…You could shoot him!`”

Jalpopnik.Com

If I looked outside my window and saw a dog ripping apart the bumper on my car in an effort to catch some cats hiding in the engine bay, my first concern would be for the terrified kitty cats, and my second worry would be that the crazy pooch might injure himself attacking my vehicle.

I wouldn`t even be thinking about my automobile, especially if it was a nondescript freaking Dodge Journey, my car is insured after all.

The car`s owner, Jessica Dilallo, screamed and begged at the police officers to shoot the dog. She could care less that a bullet might kill the cats or a human being, her only thought was that her car was being destroying right before her eyes.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but Jessica Dilallo is a monster who doesn`t deserve to live in civilized society. Diallo should be exiled to an uninhabited island where there are no humans or animals that she can hurt or kill.

Police officers` mandate to “protect and serve” extends to the animal family, and of course they didn`t hurt the hapless pooch.

The Pitbull-mix was taken to a shelter, the owner was identified, and he promised to pay for the damage to the wretched woman`s vehicle.

Read More:

https://jalopnik.com/woman-pleads-with-officer-to-shoot-dog-chewing-up-her-d-1820927006

Study: People Are More Empathetic Towards Dogs Than Fellow Humans

“Some dog owners love their four-legged friends so much that they treat them like they would a child – and sometimes even say they prefer them to some friends and family.

And according to new research, there`s a scientific reason why.

A study published in the journal Society and Animals suggested that people are more empathetic towards dogs than fellow humans.”

Business Insider

I make no apologies over the fact that I prefer the company of canines over human beings.

If a virus wiped out the entire human population except for me, I wouldn`t be terribly distressed as long as animals, and especially my pooch, were immune to the deadly virus.

When I`m with a human being, whether it`s a close friend or a stranger, holding up my end of the conversation is tiresome, but when I`m with Mandy my dog, our conversation is almost telepathic, we communicate nonverbally with glances and facial expressions that speaks of our loving bond.

Of course I`m more empathetic with towards dogs than my fellow humans, dogs are guileless and trusting unlike deceitful and` treacherous humans.

Unfortunately, dogs can`t read my essays, but if you love dogs more than humans let me know.

Read More:

http://www.businessinsider.com/humans-love-dogs-more-than-other-humans-2017-11

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Fall is the Perfect Time to Walk Your Dog

The dog days of summer are finally over, your pooch survived the season of ticks and fleas and you made it through the cruel months of sweat, sunburns and humidity.

Many a summer day you stayed inside the confines of your air-conditioned home, sipping a cold one and watching TV while your faithful companion was begging to go outside for a walk.

Now that the temperatures and the leaves are falling, there`s no excuse not to walk your dog every day.

Fall is the perfect time to go on long hikes or leisurely walks with your canine buddy.

A dog isn`t a high-maintenance pet, all he requires is a little love, a few bones and a daily walk so he can bond with his owner.

Fall is also the perfect time to go camping, consider taking your pooch instead of your drama queen girlfriend who will go into hysterics if she sees a fox or a snake.

Many campgrounds are dog-friendly, enjoying the great outdoors with your best friend is heaven on Earth.

Fall was created for a man and his dog, get with the program and go enjoy a walk with your pet.

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Should You Let Your Dog Lick You?

“Dogs lick us because they love us, but should we love their kisses?

There are more than 700 different types of bacteria in a dog`s mouth – and that`s just normal bacteria (it doesn`t count the rotting ham sandwich Fido found on his morning walk). So, that saying about a dog`s mouth being clean is rubbish.

Veterinarians Will Draper and Francoise Tyler, Web MD contributors from The Village Vets practices in Atlanta, Ga., say there are two reasons to be concerned: One, if a dog licks someone who has a weak immune system (like those with cancer) or two, if the dog has a medical condition that could spread.

There`s also a more obvious reason you might not want a smooch from your pooch, and that is: They put a lot of nasty stuff in their mouth.

USA TODAY

There`s nothing more heartwarming than watching a puppy lick a child, or a grown man kiss his pooch.

But in a society where every product has a warning label, some germaphobes are warning dog lovers that exchanging smooches with Fido is unsanitary and potentially dangerous.

I realize that unlike cats dogs don`t have a cleanliness fetish, they will greedily eat any rotting piece of meat they find during their daily walk, and they have a penchant for licking their nether regions.

But when my dog licks me when I come home from work, his demonstrative affection for me overwhelms any concerns I may have about what else he may have been licking.

When a man kisses a prostitute the last thing on his mind is what other creep she has been kissing, a dog owner`s love for his pet is stronger than the lust that a John has for a prostitute.

I don`t care if my pooch, Mandy, has 700 different types of bacteria in her mouth, a kiss from her is a tonic that fortifies me from life`s trials and tribulations.

Life is too short: Kiss your pooch!

Read More:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/08/22/exactly-how-gross-dog-kisses/522133001/

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Make a Bucket List for Your Pooch

“Mister Molson`s cancer diagnosis wasn`t going to stop his family from enjoying their last months with him. With the tumor in the golden retriever`s nose growing larger, his owners have been taking him on daily bucket list adventures.

Tim Griffin, Molson`s owner, posted the list on a blog and asked readers for suggestions. Since his March diagnosis, Molson, 12, has gone to the beach, ridden in police cars and fire trucks, gotten married, become a service dog and more.”

USA Today

I imagine that Mister Molson`s bucket list wouldn`t include any of the items on the list his owner made for him. I don`t think the pooch dreams about flying a helicopter or riding in a sidecar. But these are all activities that the dog would participate in with his owner, a canine is happy doing anything with his owner.

My pooch, Mandy, doesn`t have a green thumb, but she enjoys hanging out with me when I`m puttering around in my garden.

What would a dog`s bucket list look like?

Chew my owner`s new universal remote control.

Take a dump on that grouchy neighbor`s lawn.

Impregnate that cute poodle.

Urinate on every fire hydrant in the neighborhood.

Lick my ass one last time.

Find a decomposing bone to gnaw.

Don`t wait until your beloved animal companion is dying, show him some love now. All a pooch wants is to be with his master, include your dog in all of your favorite activities.

Read More:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/humankind/2017/06/30/dying-dogs-bucket-list-adventure-make-you-feel-better-world/440286001/

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What Pet Should Donald Trump Get?

“Of all the stains besmirching the Trump presidency – the ethical lacunae, the spasmodic “policy” fits, the Golf Digest aesthetic – none looms so large as the absence of a White House pet. Breathes there a man with a soul so dead that he doesn`t want a loyal dog or faithful feline trotting beside him when he mounts that lonely staircase to the venerable Master Bedroom?

Apparently, yes.

It seems emblematic of President Trump`s blaring tone-deafness for the office that he doesn`t even feign interest in recruiting a furry, fowlish or finny friend. Pets reap vast, humanizing rewards for presidents, as almost every one of his predecessors has discovered.”

New York Times

Even Hitler had a pet, Blondi, a German Shepherd that was given to him as gift when it was a puppy. Hitler and his pooch were inseparable, Blondi stayed with her master to the bitter end, she was there with him when he finally died in his bunker.

I`m not comparing Trump to Hitler, the first rule of politics and political commentary is never compare anyone to Hitler. But Trump desperately needs a pet to soften his image.

What pet would be ideal for Trump?

Bird

Trump`s wispy hair would make an ideal nest for any bird.

Cat

Maybe not, we all know how Trump loves to grab pussy. Trump might grope a pussy cat to death.

Snake

Perfect choice! A snake is a universal symbol of evil, I can picture the evil bastard snuggling to sleep with a serpent.

Rat

Maybe not, it would be almost impossible to tell the rat apart from Trump`s aides.

Dog

It`s hard not to trust a person who loves dogs, if Trump can convince us that he loves his pooch, we might learn to tolerate him.

Read More:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/15/opinion/sunday/what-kind-of-pet-should-donald-trump-get.html?_r=0

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Dad Kills Son Over Who Would Walk the Dog

“A family argument over who would walk the dog turned deadly when a dad shot and killed his son during a wild shootout Sunday in Chicago, police said.

Both men, whose identities were not immediately released, were shot multiple times and the father was critically injured.”

New York Post

Just another shooting in the crime-riddled city of Chicago, at least the pooch wasn`t collateral damage. I am so sick and tired of Chicagoans and their thirst for violence; I can honestly say that I care more about the dogs than the human beings of the Windy City.

Anybody who regards walking his dog as a chore instead of a pleasure doesn`t deserve to own a canine. The only way this story could have a happier ending would be if both morons had died.

Walking my pooch, Mandy, is the highlight of my day; I love walking around my neighborhood, greeting my neighbors, and letting the little kids pet my adorable pet. The fact that Mandy loves walking around the block as much as I do is just icing on the cake.

Animal control should take the dog away from the critically-inured survivor, that sorry excuse for a human being doesn`t deserve to have his dog waiting for him when he`s released from prison.

Read More:

http://nypost.com/2017/04/10/father-kills-son-in-shootout-over-who-would-walk-the-dog/

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