New York – Humans aren’t the only members of the workforce! This Labor Day, the American Kennel Club (AKC®) celebrates the evolution of our canine coworkers – what jobs they were originally bred to perform and what work you can see them doing now. Meet all these breeds and more at this year’s AKC Meet the Breeds® event September 28th and 29th at the Jacob Javits Center.
“Dogs do so many important jobs,” said AKC Meet the Breeds Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “From hunting to bomb detection to saving lives, dogs have been and always will be valued members of the workforce and should be celebrated.” Read More
The growing field of canine behavior and cognition research is not built on the backs of lab beagles. Instead, research depends on the kindness and interest of dog owners who sign up their dogs to join any of the canine studies around the globe.
So whenever I meet a dog in NYC, I’m thinking, “Would your human companion be interested in signing you up for a study at the Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab?” And, just as important, “Would you, Mr. or Ms. Dog, be interested in participating in a study?” Nine out of ten times (not an exact science) the answer is yes.**
But dog participation doesn’t always go as planned. Which leads to one of the most interesting yet overlooked sections of research papers — the section that reports the dogs who didn’t make it into the final results. A blooper reel of sorts. These nuggets hidden in dense research papers offer little windows into the world of dogs and canine research methodologies. Why did a dog not perform according to plan? Was the dog not interested in playing along with the tasks required by the study? Or maybe the owner or experimenter goofed up the execution. Let’s take a look:
Read more: Drop Outs and Bloopers: Behind the Scenes of Canine Science | Dog Spies, Scientific American Blog Network.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Nestle Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of 3.5-pound bags of its Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food from a single production run and shipped to retail customers in the United States. This is being done because one bag of the product was found to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Only Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food with both the “Best By” date and the production code shown below are included in this voluntary recall:
“Best By” Date & Production Code*
OCT 2014 31071083
*”Best By” Date and Production Code are found on the back or bottom of the bag.
No additional Purina or Purina ONE dog or cat products are involved in this voluntary recall at this time. No salmonella-related illness has been reported to date in association with this product.
Consumers who have purchased Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food products with the specific “Best By” Date and Production Code should discontinue feeding the product and discard it.
OXFORD — When James Glaser and his Jack Russell terrier padded into Big I’s diner last weekend, a firestorm erupted that has shaken and divided this small town. The Iraq war veteran was greeted with expletives by the owner, Glaser and his service dog were evicted, and police were summoned to the door of the modest Main Street eatery.
“Get that [expletive] dog the hell out of here,” Big I’s owner Russell Ireland yelled at Glaser, according to the police report.
Nearly a week of invective followed, leading to a possible climax on Saturday when hundreds of veterans are expected to descend on this Worcester suburb to heighten awareness about post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Read more: Oxford diner owner weathers storms over ejecting Iraq war veteran and dog from restaurant – Metro – The Boston Globe.
From Bytesize Science:
The Bytesize team were floored by the response to the Everyday Chemistry contest last month. We received 32 great videos from all over the world, and all this week we’ll be running our favorite clips from the competition.
The top spot went to a video on what to do if your dog gets “skunked.” The video was produced by Sally B. Mitchell, a chemistry teacher from East Syracuse Minoa High School in Syracuse, NY. It turns out that tomato juice is not the best way to de-skunk your dog — watch the video to find out more!
Read more: Bytesize Science.
A dog was fatally shot by police early Friday morning after it reportedly charged at them
Colorado Springs officers were on Sandpiper Drive investigating a report of a disturbance when the pit bull began to run at them, police said.
According to the police blotter report, officers repeatedly tried to get the animal to stop but it kept coming. One of the officers shot the dog to keep from getting attacked, the report said. Other officers also used their guns, firing four shots at the pit bull.
Read more: Charging dog shot, killed by Colorado Springs police.
Dog-fighting defendants plead not guilty in Alabama
Read more: Dog-fighting defendants plead not guilty in Ala. – YouTube.
A man who tried to kill his pet dog because he wasn’t able to find a new home for it has been sentenced to jail.
Marc Turnbull, 38, shot cross-breed Rocky five times in the head and once in the leg, hit the animal with a shovel and then left him to die in a ditch.
The dog was found by a member of the public some three days later, near the A5 at Weedon, Northamptonshire.
X-rays showed the extent of the damage dealt to Rocky, which included a large open wound on the back of his head that went down to the ridge of the skull, and multiple injuries caused by an air rifle.
Miraculously the animal survived the ordeal, and police were able to trace the dog back to Mr Turnbull, who is from Northampton, because it had been microchipped.
He claimed inflicting the injuries was his only option after he failed to find another home for the dog.
Read more: Miracle dog survives after being shot in the head six times and beaten with a shovel – Independent.ie.
One man was wheeled out of Youngstown Municipal Court just before his arraignment Thursday after being cited on charges of obstructing justice after his dog mauled a letter carrier.
The carrier is hospitalized in intensive care, officials said.
About 2:40 p.m. on the East Side, officers were called to the 700 block of Verona Avenue when an assistant dog warden and paramedics called for help after a letter carrier, Shawn Miller, suffered a bite from his lower jaw to his eye, reports said.
While there, the dog’s owner, Robert Baldowski, 60, was rude to emergency workers, according to reports.
Reports said the dog was chained but broke loose and bit Miller as he prepared to pepper spray it. Miller was taken to the intensive-care unit at St. Elizabeth Health Center, according to reports.
Dog Warden Dave Nelson said postal inspectors were at the house Thursday and interviewing witnesses, and there is a chance Baldowski might face federal charges. Nelson said during his tenure on the job he has seen only three other attacks on carriers that have been this vicious.
Read more: Youngstown News, East Side dog attack puts mail carrier in hospital.