, are they getting
enough doggie ice cream
and flavors are better reviewed than others
, but it seems to work well as an aid to training and as a distraction for new puppies. Just lay off the real ice cream
(and grapes, raisins, Easter lillies
, cat poop, chocolate
One dog's story
of her journey from bait dog (a non-fighting dog used as a "training dummy" for fighting dogs) to loved pet. She got by with a a little help from her friends.
"They are happy when they run."
So says Kalle Leissner, a Swedish musher, of the Alaskan Husky
, a breed of dog best known for pulling sleds over long stretches of unforgiving terrain, as in the world famous Iditarod
competition. (Not everyone,
it should be noted, agrees with Leissner's assessment.) But with climate change forcing the Iditarod's planners to rework their race
, could this sport's days be numbered? Maybe...and then again, maybe not.
"Don't tether her branches to the chair or kitchenette..."
(mp3) This weekend many of us will buy Christmas trees. MeFi fave
humorously, sweetly, but a dash of "you aught to know" musically urges us not to. She's also has thoughts on dogs
And humorless feminists
(at 1 minute into interview).
Who invited the dog
? People who think their pets are people vs. people who don't.
"Puppies Behind Bars"
gives cute lil pups
to hardened prison inmates, who train them to eventually be guide dogs and police bomb sniffers. The puppies teach the convicts as much, if not more. Being responsible 24/7 for a dog can turn the most hardened criminal's life around
. "This is my way of doing something to reparate," says one murderer
. Some say it's their first taste of unconditional love.
"The strongest guy in here's going to get that lump in his throat," says an inmate
. The dogs get weekend furloughs
to NYC so they can get used to city streets. No convict who trained a puppy has gone back to prison after being paroled.
Jumping Rope: A (not so) simple how-to
from suburbia, kids doing it to Madonna
, double dutch
, an Xbox ad
, then after a long introduction, jumping for Jesus
and, of course, dogs on Japanese tv
The French Fry Coated Hot Dog
and other artisan hot dogs from Korea.
"Pet custody disputes
have become an increasingly common fixture in divorce cases." Related: "Animal lawyers
are careful to distinguish themselves from animal rights advocates... These lawyers are concerned primarily with getting the legal system to acknowledge that animals have an intrinsic value beyond mere property."
The story of Sgt Stubby of the 102nd Infantry,
the most decorated dog of WWI, is an amazing tale. As a stray he wandered onto a troop barracks in the U.S. & was adopted by one of the young recruits. Barely a pup when he was smuggled aboard a troop transport to the front lines, he served in over 17 battles, providing morale boost up & down the trenches, early warning (through his enhanced sense of smell) for gas attacks, and even uncovering & capturing a german spy in the trenches. Though largely forgotten today, upon his return to the U.S., Stubby was met with a hero's welcome, and went on to become the original mascot for the Georgetown Hoyas
. After his passing in 1926, his preserved remains were put on display by the Smithsonian
, wearing the special coat he was given to hold the large number of medals & awards he received for his service in the Great War.
The mustard yellow belt returns to the U.S.
It just wouldn’t be the 4th without the annual Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest
. This year’s event was especially exciting, featuring not only a win by California gurgitator Joey Chestnut
, but a record-breaking 66 dogs consumed in twelve minutes. Former six time champ Takeru Kobayashi
, who had reportedly been nursing a sore jaw
, took second place, with 63 red hots downed, in spite of a last-second “reversal of fortune.” Truly a proud day.
"All Creeds. All Breeds. No Dogmas Allowed."
Whether you are a dog person or not, you have probably seen Stephen Huneck's woodcut illustrations
or children's books
. The man clearly likes his canines. About eight years ago, a wild idea
came to him shortly after he returned home with his wife and three dogs following a near-fatal illness that left him in a coma for two months. He was inspired to build a non-denominational chapel on his 400-acre mountain-top farm in St. Johnsbury (named "Dog Mountain," naturally), and to style it in the manner of a small village church built in Vermont around 1820. He then opened Dog Chapel
to the public. "I look at this chapel as the largest artwork of my life, and my most personal."
he says. It looks cool
Two nice conversations between a man and his dog on the subject of quantum physics.
[many worlds interpretation
, uncertainty principle
Is your plan of spending an idyllic Saturday at the lake playing fetch
with your chocolate Lab hampered by the fact that you don't own
a chocolate Lab? Flexpetz
to the rescue! If you live in Los Angeles or San Diego, you can rent a dog by the day.
Harry Whittier Frees
— "These unusual photographs
of real animals
were made possible only by patient, unfailing kindness
on the part of the photographer
at all times."
If you took the concept of a cat scratching post, and replaced "cat" with "Horny Dog" and "Scratching Post" with "Hollowed Out Fuckdoll," you'd have the Hotdoll
look up! dogs on roofs! flickr dog clusters
take a look at the dogblog
take a puppybreak
. start a puppy war
. dogs and cats, living together. mass hysteria.
dogs are in ur livejournal macroing ur pix
pictures of dog noses (dog nose trivia: a digitally scanned dog nose provided the texture for the cgi shadow ships on babylon 5 - couldn't find a live link for it, tho).
as for the back end of the dog, there are reasons to train your dog to crap on command
(no direct link -- scroll down to "Level Three")
The effects of weightlessness
are most associated with astronauts
, but a more practical application
can be seen in this dog
Looking Rather Unworldly, the pharaoh hound
, believed by some to have originated in Egypt,
is the National Hound of Malta
and is claimed by the Maltese. This love of hunting is used to advantage in lure coursing
, which seems like a blast, for the dogs. They are the only breed in the sighthound group
never to place at the Westminster Kennel Club's
I want a labradoodle
, but a goldendoodle
would be OK if it could talk
. Then there’s Sam
Washington State Legislature to Allow Dogs in Bars.
And some people
are just not happy about it
in bars. What's the big deal
? Is it a health issue? In more civilized places, like Paris, they have been doing it for years - plague free.
Do you have too much money? Does your small dog still have some dignity? Solve both problems at once.
And of course you'll want to match
If the evening gowns are a bit much, there are more casual options
dogs. I love you pug
. Smart pooch
. [all videos]
has a distinguished career as a photojournalist who works in black and white. Although not limited to U.S. work, he excels in Americana. His portfolios are fun to surf - here's a sampling that I liked: window washer
, the Hatt family of Maine
, Cheer Squad
, and Prisoner, Adelaide Jail
. Oh, and whatever you do - don't miss the Show Dogs
, heh. [more]
For those who worry that the concrete pillars around U.S. Federal buildings aren't strong enough to stop a motivated car bomber in an 18 wheeler, this video should comfort you
. Similarly, for those of you who are worried that the concrete shielding around our weapons bunkers is not thick enough, this video should put you at ease
. And finally, for those of you that worry that dogs & monkeys are putting aside their differences to team up against mankind, this video should lay that myth to rest
The Drug War Goes to the Dogs.
SWAT teams (usually the young ones
) seem to commit a lot of puppycide
. (Via The Agitator, who is also a MeFite.)
What’s a dog worth?
Los Angeles kills more animals in its shelters than any other metropolitan area in the United States. For that to change, we will have to figure out what to do with the pets none of us want.
Bottled water for dogs.
For the malnourished or dehydrated pooch. I might be mistaken, but isn't this in Revelations as one of the portents of the apocalypse?
Fantasy football leagues not your thing? Think stock market sims are too dry? Have you ever dreamed of having your own quality dogs to raise, feed, groom, train, breed, and show? Monday non-flash fun, requires sign-up.
It wouldn't make sense if I explained it.
Dogs go backwards slowly in Vitalic
video. Vitalic 's last video was posted here
, but this is better.
(Vitalic is the last electronic artist I can remember being excited to find out more about. His Bjork remix, streamable though his site, is amazing).
Retrocrush is celebrating the Year of the Dog with a tribute to the 100 greatest dogs of pop culture history
. (via presurfer)
. Is your favorite famous canine on the list?
Dogs trained to sniff out cancer. In this study which will be published in the March 2006 issue of the journal Integrative Cancer Therapies published by SAGE Publications, researchers reveal scientific evidence that a dog's extraordinary scenting ability can distinguish people with both early and late stage lung and breast cancers from healthy controls.
A BBC Four documentary will be aired soon in the US, an article and a clip from the documentary can be found here
Sheep and Dogs
[Java] Tricky, but not impossible game of sheepherding with Boids
Dick Van Patten Eats Dog Food
Presumably because he's old and poor. But not like the neighbor lady in that one episode of "Good Times." Kids like it, too
and so do the continental Europeans and the Quebecois.
How do you make a pug more adorable? It's a trick question, you can't. But if you DO enjoy the odd bit of miscegenation in your puppy's bloodline, apparently pugs & beagles make a nice mix.
- because maybe a little humor wouldnt kill us.