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Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's National "Mutt" Day!

Fabulous photo of me (a Mutt) by Rachel Lauren Photography

Today's the day, I've been waiting for all year...it's National Mutt Day! A day to celebrate all the wonderful doggie blends out there and to call attention to adoption. Why adoption? Because just about 75% of all dogs in shelters are mutts, mixed breeds or blends, whatever you prefer to call us, and these sweet pooches are all in need of a loving home.  The goal of National Mutt Day is to get 10,000 dogs adopted nationwide, both today and on December 2. The number will put a nice dent in the shelter populations, while those humans adopting will gain a loyal, loving family member—a win-win situation if I've ever heard one!

To read more about National Mutt Day and what you can do to help this worthy cause, check out DogTime Media's article on today's big day, or visit the National Mutt Day website. Thanks for all you do to help animals in need!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

In the waning days of July—otherwise known as Pet Safety Month—the good folks at BlogPaws are still posting safety tips galore! But it's almost the "Dog Days of August"...what are you planning to make it through the year's eighth (and maybe hottest) month with your pooch?

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...

             I've been digging in the garden (note muddy paws)

     And stealing other dogs' balls at the dog park. How about you?

And to add to all that fun, let's join up with the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and meet some new friends (who might have balls I can steal!)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dogs and Their Emotions: A Surprising New Study!

I don't have a jealous bone in my body, do I Parental Unit? Fabulous photo of me by Rachel Lauren Photography

When some of you humans talk to dogs like babies, or ascribe human emotions like anger, jealousy or even vindictiveness to your four-legged companions, most of you might not have really believed what you were saying, thinking instead that you were really just "anthropomorphizing". But science is catching up to what you knew intuitively, even when you tried to talk yourselves out of it: Dogs (and other animals) have rich emotional lives.

Take a recent peer-reviewed, scientific study discussed in this CNN article, that confirmed dogs at least acted jealous when their owners petted and sweet-talked a stuffed dog. Among their displays of jealousy were barking, trying to get between the toy dog and their owner and even nipping at the offending pooch. These results mirrored those conducted with 6 month old human babies who displayed signs of jealousy when their mothers gave affection to human dolls. What might this mean?
"These results lend support to the hypothesis that jealousy has some 'primordial' form that exists in human infants and in at least one other social species besides humans," the study said.

Say what you will about those other silly canines, but I can tell the difference between a stuffed animal and a real one...although Parental Unit claims I once barked at a statue of a dog. Just for the record, I have no recall of that scenario. 

Let us know what you think—do the conclusions of this study surprise you?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Goat and Burro Share A Friendship To Warm Your Heart

Most of us who live with and observe animals know intuitively how deeply they feel...for us and for one another. This video will still surprise you, though, because it demonstrates the depth of those feelings between an unlikely barnyard pair: a goat and burro. Hope this brightens your Saturday!

 Stay tuned tomorrow for the science behind the emotions of dogs—yes,your favorite pooch is really jealous!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pet 360 Inforgraphic Details Pet Summer Safety Tips

Our friends at Pet360 have culled the top pet summer safety tips and created a clever info graphic—perfect for posting on your fridge. That way, all family members are on the same page about caring for your furry best friends. We think it's a great idea!

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