Army Pack: Horrie the Wog Dog, 2/1Australian Machine Gun Battalion.
An Australian soldier in WW2 befriended a puppy
, and he went to great lengths to save him after the War. I saw it this morning on Letters of Note
and thought it was great. Be sure to read to the end.
On Nov. 3, 1957
, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2
, a one-way, history-making trip for a dog named Laika
Take a moment to remember her. [more inside]
Old dog photos, lost and found. I’ve always loved and accumulated old photographs, but one day about 10 years ago I looked around my house and suddenly found all those long-dead babies and brides and wearers of extraordinary hats rather depressing. . . But I noticed that the dogs — frequent subjects of those black and white images, on purpose and not — seemed somehow to remain alive.
do it. Birds
do it. Even educated elephants
do it. But can a dog do it? Can a dog make art? Meet Tillamook Cheddar
, an adorable Jack Russell Terrier who, after 19 solo shows
, has made more than $100,000 in sales
of paintings like these
. (I believe she did not choose the titles.) Opinions on her work vary
. [more inside]
Tuesday is a so-called psychiatric-service dog, a new generation of animals trained to help people whose suffering is not physical, but emotional. They are, effectively, Seeing Eye dogs for the mind.
Tuesday's master is an Iraq war veteran suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. [more inside]
If you're tired of boring twee t-shirts with birds and swirly stuff and junk
on them, maybe it's time you started running with the Big Dogs.
From "Fart Now Loading"
to "Talk Slower - I don't speak STUPID"
, Big Dogs brand graphic tees are a great way to communicate your hip, in-your-face, modern attitude. [more inside]
The training of and science behind SAR dogs
is a quite interesting and well developed field... [more inside]
The Village Dog Project
is an ongoing
research project to document genetic diversity in pariah dogs. These dogs haven't been subject to breed pressure, and may be able to help researchers learn more
about the transition from wolf to dog. (via
They were in the stairwell that led down to the commode, a dangerous place in its time, the Grand Central Station Men’s, but for different reasons. I saw the dirt tracks leading there, and I left the monkeys in the chandelier and followed them. I kept to the tracks careful as I could. There were pits and corrugations everywhere in the old tile, any one of which could hide a man killing gob of explosive. At my back I heard Spot complain: “Leave ‘em be, Blacks. We’ve warned ‘em, ain’t we? If they blow themselves up, it ain’t on us.”
UXO, BOMB DOG by Eliot Fintushel
(single-link short fiction)
Three Woofs and a Woo
: the daily life of some border collies and the canine photographer who loves them.
Cooking with Dog
is a fantastic Japanese cooking show on YouTube - but don't worry, they don't actually cook dogs. It's just that in Japan, an internet cooking show comprised of short videos of simple Japanese recipes just wouldn't be interesting unless it was narrated by a talking poodle. Katsudon
This was fake. This is not. “Peanuts, my retired racer greyhound, didn’t participate at all. Instead, I did downward-facing dog while he ate the most treats he’s ever had in a 60-minute period.”
, thought dead for four months, has been surviving alone by living off of feral goats on a deserted island
Not the actress. She's still dead.
"The general public is not aware of how doomed black dogs are when they are brought to a pound.”
Does Does black dog bias influence
rescuers when it comes to adoption? Empirical evidence doesn't exist, but rescue groups insist
that it's a real concern
. Now some groups, including Black Pearl Dogs
and Start Seeing Black Dogs
are raising awareness and providing free PR and Marketing materials to rescue organizations in an attempt to decrease time spent in shelters and euthanasia rates for black dogs.
Perhaps the most edifying one minute a twenty nine seconds you'll spend on the internet today is right here
. [more inside]
Portuguese Water Dogs of the world, rejoice!
The Obama clan has finally decided on the new breed of dog that will be roaming the halls of the White House soon. [more inside]
Songs to Make Dogs Happy. (Or your cat, or bird, or gorilla.)
I'm not saying this is a good thing, but it's certainly a....thing that one can buy. Composers have used SCIENTIFICAL STUDIES to create a CD that dogs love. They had a scientist work with them and everything. From that study they perfected tunes like "Squeaky Deaky" and "Scratch my Back".
Says one of the musicians
, "It's actually a bit nauseating for humans, although people do get addicted to it," said Haynes. "Especially Squeaky Deakey." Doesn't work on everydog, apparently.
I can't wait for the mash-ups & remixes.
, the world's first luxury dog hotel, located in Freising, north of Munich, Germany. It opened for preview on December 9, 2008, and is to be opened to the public from December 15, 2008. The hotel can accommodate up to fourty-five dogs in nine heated dog lodges, with trained dogsitters offering full services including grooming, training, health care and exercise, twenty-four seven. Day care costs 65 euros, while an overnight stay costs 80 euros. The 20 trained dogsitters offer a seven-day, 24-hour full service for all guests. Check out these images
Winter showed up with a vengeance over most of the country. This video
is helping me love the season.
A homeless man on Queen Street, Toronto cuddling his dog,
was photographed by Kirsten Starcher (née Kirsten Bole) and is also the subject of another iconic web photo by Liz Corkery
. Kirsten Starcher's photo was even posted inadvisedly on Faildogs.com
. After Kirsten Starcher's photo was used by the charity Feeding Pets of the Homeless
, it was published in Pet Product News
. There it was seen by the man's mother who had thought him dead. [more inside]
The Dog Files
is a website and video podcast about dogs and the people that love them.
Time for some good news, for a change: Man saves dog from shark attack
You know it's a good day to be a reporter when you can use the phrases "giant inflatable dog turd
" and "wreaks havoc
" in the same story.
A brief, but touching short. Official site here
Owney the Postal Dog
was the unofficial mascot of the U.S. postal service in the 1890s, riding the rails with the mails and accumulating an impressive collection of dog tags on a specially designed vest. He even made it as far as Japan
, being issued a special postal class (Registered Dog Package) and an official Japanese passport. After an illustrious career, however, Owney met a sticky end -- shot by the police under dubious circumstances in Toledo in 1897. [more inside]
Intense debate about weighty issues like racism, abortion, and immigration... between animals in funny hats! This is the silly punditry of Scenario: Dog v. Cat
: Round 1
, round 2
, round 3
It's that time of year again, folks... don't forget to put in your vote
for the World's Ugliest Dog. [more inside]
First it was hostess bars
, then host bars
, then maid/anime cafes
, and now this
. Where will the madness
end? [more inside]
. Described by its developer, Boston Dynamics
, as "The Most Advanced Quadruped Robot on Earth."
Uno the Beagle named Best in Show at Westminster.
For the first time since its inception, a Beagle
took the top honors at Westminster Kennel Club
's annual Dog Show. The honors usually go to dogs such as Wire-Haired Fox Terriers
, and Welsh Corgis
, with traditional household dogs such as Beagles being honored merely by appearing in the ring. The winsome Uno
took the top hound honors, and was the audience favorite for Best in Show.