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“But Tibetan mastiffs are so 2013.”

Once-Prized Tibetan Mastiffs Are Discarded as Fad Ends in China [New York Times]
“Then there is the Tibetan mastiff, a lumbering shepherding dog native to the Himalayan highlands that was once the must-have accouterment for status-conscious Chinese. Four years ago, a reddish-brown purebred named Big Splash sold for $1.6 million, according to news reports, though cynics said the price was probably exaggerated for marketing purposes. No reasonable buyer, self-anointed experts said at the time, would pay more than $250,000 for a premium specimen.”

posted by Fizz on Apr 17, 2015 - 34 comments

There is a different dog under there.

15 Dogs Before And After Their Spring Haircuts
posted by griphus on Apr 15, 2015 - 47 comments

Some Squee For Your Monday

A monkey meets puppies for the first time.
posted by ellieBOA on Mar 30, 2015 - 35 comments

I'm really good at... sneezing on your mouth

If Cats Were on OKCupid
[ via | via | for dogs ]
posted by not_on_display on Mar 26, 2015 - 19 comments

What to do with a cart and no horse?

Hitch the cart to a dog, of course. Dogs (and sometimes goats) were used to pull small carts in much of Europe, usually by people who could not afford to keep horses. The heyday of these small dog-drawn carts was in the 19th century, when dog carts were commonly used in places like England, the Netherlands, and Belgium to deliver milk and sometimes other groceries. In fact, the Belgian Army even experimented with dog-drawn carts toting machine guns during WWI. Previously. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Mar 23, 2015 - 30 comments

Together, they fight crime!

Tanja Brandt is a German photographer who has dedicated her career to photographing animals and wildlife. In one of her most recent projects, Brandt shot photographs of a highly unlikely pair of friends: Ingo, the Belgian shepherd, and Poldi (Napoleon), the one-year-old owlet.
posted by Lexica on Mar 21, 2015 - 9 comments

unmute for full effect

Maple is a majestic dog on Vine; she is musically accompanied by her owner, Trench
posted by NoraReed on Mar 19, 2015 - 20 comments

William Wegman Presents the Hardly Boys in "Hardly Gold"

"A bottle of nerve manna, a disappearing golf ball and some rocks...it all adds up to the Hardly Boys' toughest case yet. The Hardly Boys have returned to Rangeley Lake for another relaxing summer at the Hardly Inn. Fishing, boating, tennis and their friend Chip Mason await them, but the boys soon find themselves enmeshed in a perplexing mystery that puts to the test their sleuthing skills and secret dog powers..." [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Feb 27, 2015 - 6 comments

Dogs. Big Dogs.

SB Nation reviews the dogs in Westminster's "Working Group"
posted by backseatpilot on Feb 18, 2015 - 31 comments

"Oh no! You've found my only weakness!!"

Dogs Sitting on Cats [slyt | Turn Off Annotations]
posted by quin on Jan 31, 2015 - 36 comments

SPCA Dogs are Smart

So smart we taught them to drive a Mini.
posted by quin on Jan 21, 2015 - 24 comments

What my dog does when I leave

So, my buddy got a GoPro. We decided to put it on my dog to see what he does when we leave.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Dec 21, 2014 - 49 comments

It's like eating with a bunch of animals

Sometimes getting together with family for the holidays feels like the entire event has gone to the dogs (and cat).
posted by hippybear on Dec 18, 2014 - 10 comments

CURSE YOU AND YOUR DOGGY SPEED!!

Baby Elephant gets Frustrated Chasing a Dog. [slyt | cute]
posted by quin on Dec 14, 2014 - 14 comments

(Canine) Guardians of the Corpse Ways

Guardians of the Corpse Ways is a thorough one-stop resource for all of your canine Underworld mythological needs. Why did countless cultures associate dogs with the realm of the dead? Here's a tiny sample: "The essence of the hellhound is his intermediary position - at the border of this world and next, between life and death, hope and fear, and also (given its pairing with the dog of life) between good and evil. For this role, the dog is perfectly suited, being the domestic species par excellence, the tamed carnivore who stands midway between animal and human, savagery and civilization, nature and culture [26]. 'The growl of the hellhound is yet another expression of this liminal position, for the growl is a halfway station between articulate speech and silence. It is a speech filled with emotion and power, but utterly lacking in reason. Like death itself, the hellhound speaks, but does not listen; acts, but never reflects or reconsiders. Driven by hunger and greed, he is insatiable and his growl is eternal in duration. In the last analysis, the hellhound is the moment of death, the great crossing over, the ultimate turning point.' [27]" [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Dec 6, 2014 - 8 comments

Walter Benjamin for Children

Walter Benjamin presented "True Dog Stories" on September 27, 1930, as part of Radio Berlin's youth programming. Thoughtful but sometimes oblique commentaries on human society, Benjamin's radio shows have been called "Enlightenment for Children" and "NPR for weirdos," but an interview with the editor of their recent translations into English gives much greater context. Some essays have been re-recorded in German (including the dog episode, track 16), and Börne's original poodle letter is also online.
posted by Monsieur Caution on Dec 4, 2014 - 4 comments

R.I.P. Bobby Keys 1943-2014

Legendary saxophone player Bobby Keys has passed away at the age of 70. Best known for his work with the Rolling Stones, with whom he played and toured for over 45 years, his resume is a who's who of classic rock royalty. Keys has appeared on albums by George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, BB King, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marvin Gaye, Warren Zevon, and many many more. [more inside]
posted by rocket88 on Dec 2, 2014 - 27 comments

"Bonding with owners is much more important for dogs than other pets,"

"Dogs don't just seem to pick up on our subtle mood changes — they are actually physically wired to pick up on them." A recent neuroimaging study shows how closely tied to humans dogs have become over the last 30,000 years.
posted by quin on Nov 24, 2014 - 57 comments

And then the Golden Retriever is like

EAT THIS! SNIFF THAT! SNIFF THOSE TOO! CHEW ALL THESE! SNARF THIS THING IN PARTICULAR! [more inside]
posted by fuse theorem on Nov 20, 2014 - 39 comments

And then it happens again, when you’re sixty or seventy.

"A child’s body is very easy to live in. An adult body isn’t. The change is hard. And it’s such a tremendous change that it’s no wonder a lot of adolescents don’t know who they are. They look in the mirror — that is me? Who’s me?

And then it happens again, when you’re sixty or seventy."
Ursula K. Le Guin on Aging and What Beauty Really Means
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Oct 26, 2014 - 42 comments

Really, really old dogs

"Photographer Pete Thorne has discovered that, just as photographing the elderly can make for powerful portraits, the same can be said for old dogs as well. His “Old Faithful” photo series takes a warm and intimate look at man’s best friends as they live out their golden years."
posted by Jacqueline on Oct 23, 2014 - 27 comments

Dogs reenacting U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments

If there is any justice in the world, this will revolutionize the way you consume Supreme Court news. Fed up with the Supreme Court's refusal to allow cameras at oral arguments, John Oliver has proposed an alternative to existing television coverage that relies on artists' renderings of the justices. Oliver has released more than ten minutes of raw footage of dogs dressed up like the members of the Court, and has challenged news outlets to use the footage to create less-boring recreations of oral arguments. [more inside]
posted by heisenberg on Oct 22, 2014 - 32 comments

Five seconds of pure joy in dog form

A pair of dogs team up to retrieve a tennis ball from a backyard swimming pool. I could watch this all day.
posted by scalefree on Oct 15, 2014 - 20 comments

3.5/5 BONES: "THIS DOG IS A WIFI HOTSPOT."

Let me introduce you to Barkwire.com, a social network in which residents of the small town of Shaggy Butte rate their favorite four-legged friends, and gossip about all the gang fights and animal murders. Wait, what?

Written by Josh Boruff, who's become known 'round these parts for his interest in assigning ratings to dogs, Barkwire is an unexpectedly-engaging drama which plays out across user comments on social networking pages. Its first "season" [chapters 1-16], written in 2008, revolves around the emergence of the nightmarish El Cráneo Negro, who plunges the town into fear. Its second "season" [chapters 17-now] started earlier this year, and revolves around the unsolved murder of the much-loved Hope. (My advice: start with the newer story first.)

But the town of Shaggy Butte does not stop with Barkwire. There's more. Much, much, much [more inside]
posted by rorgy on Oct 9, 2014 - 17 comments

Cats drink water "as if they're doing the equations in their head."

NPR's 2010 story about "the conclusive study of how cats drink." With videos. [more inside]
posted by artsandsci on Oct 2, 2014 - 49 comments

R.I.P. Hot Dougs

Doug wants to do other things so you had better go while you still can... Previously
Hot Doug's is a Chicago, Illinois-based restaurant specializing in a variety of hot dogs and sausages. The self-proclaimed "Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium" is in its second location at 3324 North California Avenue in the city's Avondale neighborhood. Its first location, on Roscoe Street, closed after a 2004 fire. Hot Doug's is frequently featured in local and national media for its unique menu, and its purveyor and head chef, Doug Sohn, has been noted for his work to create affordable gourmet food.[1] The restaurant is an extremely popular dining destination among both locals and tourists, and at lunch time and throughout much of the weekend customers can expect to wait in lines sometimes exceeding an hour just to get in the door. On May 6, 2014, Doug announced that he will be permanently closing Hot Doug's on Friday, October 3, 2014 (WiKi)
Anthony Bourdain(slyt) [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp on Sep 27, 2014 - 57 comments

Doggie Drawings!

Dogs of the World: adorable illustrations of dog breeds, grouped by the regions where they originated.
By Lili Chin, whose Doggie Drawings include numerous infographics on dog training and behavior. Some examples: Greeting a Dog, Space Etiquette for Dogs, Positive Reinforcement Training, How to Create a Dangerous Dog.
Wondering about the Boston Terrier who keeps popping up in these infographics? Meet Boogie.
posted by Metroid Baby on Sep 26, 2014 - 15 comments

Big Dog, Small Person

Twenty two fantastic pictures of little kids with big dogs.
posted by quin on Sep 18, 2014 - 48 comments

Spiderdog, Spiderdog, does whatever Spiderdog does!

Giant spider prank [SLYT]
posted by Jacqueline on Sep 5, 2014 - 67 comments

I might as well call this “Don’t Read This Article”

How to Know When it’s Time to Euthanize Your Dog
The most important thing to be alert for is The Look. It’s capitalized because it is a Real Thing. At some point near the end of its life, your dog will make eye contact with you. There will be something about that particular eye contact that you will recognize when you see it. Your dog will tell you, as clearly as if they had it notarized, that they are ready to go.
At Dear Prudence, Pet Euthanasia and Can I Lie About It?
...the subject of euthanizing her has come up at home and briefly in the vet’s office. Is this wrong? And if we decide to go down this path, am I obligated to be honest about why she was put down when relatives and friends ask?

posted by almostmanda on Sep 5, 2014 - 97 comments

They Ate What?

Animal hospitals in Texas, Florida, and Oregon won Veterinary Practice News’ ninth annual radiograph contest, which awards prizes for x-rays of unusual items found in pets' stomachs. [more inside]
posted by item on Aug 31, 2014 - 33 comments

Underwater Puppies

Puppies. Underwater.
posted by OmieWise on Aug 22, 2014 - 25 comments

Homosexuality Is For The Birds

Koryos, who previously explained how cats got domesticated using tumblr, now explains why homosexual pair-bonding can be a successful reproductive stratagem. Also, Coot Parenting Tips, Queen Cowbird Of The Brood Parasites , There's No Such Thing As An Alpha Wolf, and Can Animals Have Pets?
posted by The Whelk on Aug 16, 2014 - 9 comments

Cat countries, dog countries

Where cats are more popular than dogs in the U.S.—and all over the world. We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too.
posted by whyareyouatriangle on Jul 29, 2014 - 52 comments

The State of the American Dog

Reviled, pit bulls have become representative. There is no other dog that figures as often in the national narrative—no other dog as vilified on the evening news, no other dog as defended on television programs, no other dog as mythologized by both its enemies and its advocates, no other dog as discriminated against, no other dog as wantonly bred, no other dog as frequently abused, no other dog as promiscuously abandoned, no other dog as likely to end up in an animal shelter, no other dog as likely to be rescued, no other dog as likely to be killed. In a way, the pit bull has become the only American dog, because it is the only American dog that has become an American metaphor—and the only American dog that people bother to name.
posted by latkes on Jul 15, 2014 - 146 comments

Stay. Stay. Nope! Nope! Nope! Nope! NOPE!

Pets Interrupting Yoga. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jul 12, 2014 - 24 comments

Dogs At Work :: Hey Mister, what's in the bag? RESPONSIBILITY!

How SparkFun has maintained a high dog:human ratio as the company has grown up.
posted by zamboni on Jul 9, 2014 - 31 comments

Vrooooooommmmmm

Cats love car racing. Dogs too.
posted by jaguar on Jun 30, 2014 - 7 comments

Whippet Good

The new standard for dogsitting has been set. (SLYT)
posted by Lou Stuells on Jun 12, 2014 - 28 comments

Humping a playmate during a romp...

Decades of scientific research suggests that beneath dogs' seemingly frivolous fun lies a hidden language of honesty and deceit, empathy and perhaps even a humanlike morality.
posted by gman on May 21, 2014 - 57 comments

One Bucket, One Dog

No one loves his bucket more than Charlie This is my bucket. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My bucket is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My bucket, without me, is useless. Without my bucket, I am useless. I must run with my bucket . I must with my bucket, be better than my enemy who has another bucket. My bucket is a dog, even as I am a dog, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its roundness and its red color. I will keep my bucket clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...Before God, I swear this creed. My bucket and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our yard and the yard with the cat next door. We are the saviors of my life . So be it, until victory is ours and there is no enemy, but peace! [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp on May 16, 2014 - 36 comments

woof along if you feel like happiness is the truth

Happy dogs on the beach! Includes a cat on a surfboard, who also seems happy. Ubiquitous soundtrack. much wag. so splashing.
posted by not_on_display on May 5, 2014 - 30 comments

Just stay off the river...

Dogs.... Dogs playing "Dueling Banjos"
posted by HuronBob on May 5, 2014 - 19 comments

Steadfast Stanley, a Calarts student cartoon by John Cody Kim

Steadfast Stanley the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is left behind in the break of an apocalypse. All he wants to do is get back to his owner…
posted by The Devil Tesla on May 2, 2014 - 18 comments

Alton Brown presents his recipe for cat poo dog treats

Alton Brown presents his recipe for cat poo dog treats.
posted by Evilspork on May 1, 2014 - 48 comments

One Friedman unit in, victory is almost within the dog's grasp

"The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue. -- Schlachtbummler Jamie K. imagines the introduction of a new cat to his dog owning household as a classic guerilla war. Read the comments for counter insurgency strategies for the dog.
posted by MartinWisse on May 1, 2014 - 9 comments

I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him

Dogs Annoying Cats with their Friendship (SLV)
posted by bibliowench on Apr 28, 2014 - 63 comments

It is 2 am, and we sing the song of our people.

Shelby and Shiloh ... a duet... By the way, if you're a Husky fan (or even a generic dog fan) , this is just one video of hundreds on the Gone To The Snow Dogs youtube channel (a great place for kids to learn about dogs....)
posted by HuronBob on Mar 28, 2014 - 9 comments

Noodles, Scout and Ioli

Photographer Elke Vogelsang's thirty, joy-filled, dog portraits that will bring a smile to your face.
posted by quin on Mar 24, 2014 - 18 comments

Best in Something

Dogs Gone Wild: Photos of ‘Creative’ Fur Styles at A New Jersey Dog Grooming Competition
posted by Going To Maine on Mar 22, 2014 - 18 comments

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