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Watching them poop, researchers discover that dogs can sense which way is north

The next time you’re lost in the wilderness, trying to figure out which way is north, forget about moss growing on the side of a tree. Just pay attention to how your dog poops. He’s a regular canine crap compass.

Okay, that is a vast oversimplification of two years’ worth of study by a group of German and Czech researchers, but it illustrates how much we’re still learning about the mysteries of man’s best friend. It turns out that when he squats to defecate, your dog may be communing with the unseen lines of magnetism that girdle our planet.

 

That, at least, is the gist of an article published late last year in the journal Frontiers in Zoology titled, “Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth’s magnetic field.”

Read more: Watching them poop, researchers discover that dogs can sense which way is north – The Washington Post.

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Loyal dog, stayed with deceased owner in woods for more than a day, needs home

Lancaster PA — Chase apparently stayed in the woods for more than a day, barking to draw attention to his owner, who lay dead in the snow.

Now, the family of Claudine Louise Murphy, a Brecknock Township woman who likely died of hypothermia sometime Saturday, is trying to find a good home for the devoted pooch.

“Chase was not on a leash, he was just walking beside her,” said Nancy Althouse, who lives nearby and who first rescued Chase, a mixed yellow Labrador retriever, from a bad living situation some nine years ago.

“She rescued him, and then he tried to rescue her. And now he is without a home.”

Read more: Loyal dog, stayed with deceased owner in woods for more than a day, needs home – LancasterOnline: Local News.

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Mysterious photo found in dog’s collar

(CNN) — When animal control officers were called to a Greenville, South Carolina, neighborhood to pick up a wandering pit bull on a cold Monday in December, they didn’t expect a mystery to unfold.

But inside a fold of the dog’s collar, they found a wrinkled black-and-white photo. It had no name or date. A smiling man seated on a railing looks straight into the camera — but, beyond that, the photo offers no clues.

The friendly tan canine, now named Soldier because the man in the photo may be wearing a military uniform, was skinny but well-behaved, said Susan Bufano, community relations coordinator with Greenville County Animal Care. He was not neutered or microchipped.

Read more: Mysterious photo found in dog’s collar – CNN.com.

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Video: Colorado prison-trained dog turned autistic boy’s life around

Susy Tucker marks the time her autistic son, Zach, began hugging her again — after a lapse of four years — by the arrival of Clyde, a chocolate Labrador trained behind bars by a convicted killer.

Within three weeks of Clyde’s arrival at the Tuckers’ home in Colorado Springs, Zach went from petting his dog to wrapping his arms around his mother. It was a stunning moment, one of many to follow. The boy who once grimaced and whined at any skin-to-skin contact had learned the warmth of touching from a dog. Read More

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National Dog Show backs therapy program with broadcaster David Frei’s Angel on a Leash effort

You wouldn’t necessarily think of a television dog show as “interactive.”

But the National Dog Show Thursday on NBC, noon-2 p.m., will show you how, if you have a dog of your own, it could be.

Okay, you can’t drive Rover to the show and expect to come home later that afternoon with a blue ribbon.

But if you have the time and inclination, there’s a good chance Rover could do something even more valuable and rewarding: become a therapy dog.

Read more: National Dog Show backs therapy program with broadcaster David Frei's Angel on a Leash effort – NY Daily News.

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B.C.-bound dog lost by Air Canada staff dies after being hit by a car

VANCOUVER _ An American woman who was attempting to relocate an Italian greyhound to a family in British Columbia, only to learn the dog was missing after it bolted from Air Canada employees at San Francisco’s airport, says she’s confirmed the animal died after apparently being hit by a car.

The case of Larry the greyhound caused a PR nightmare for Air Canada, first because of the nature of the missing cargo and then after a company official inadvertently sent a dismissive email about the subject to an American television station.

The dog ran away from its handlers at San Francisco International Airport on Oct. 7. Air Canada has said workers took the dog out of its crate during a flight delay, but the animal fled after either slipping out of its collar or breaking it.

Read more: B.C.-bound dog lost by Air Canada staff dies after being hit by a car.

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Video: Dog shelter sleuths seek to reunite dogs with their owners

Beth Smith walked by the dachshund once, then twice.

The dog was injured; it could barely move its hind legs. And its muzzle and face bore superficial cuts, as though it had tangled with a cactus or perhaps another dog.

Many of the strays brought into Maricopa County Animal Care and Control have such marks from their time on the street. But Smith, an animal-care technician at the shelter, was noticing other things, too.

The dachshund’s unusual coloring caught her eye; she knew the dappled look was prized among admirers of the breed. And there was something else. Despite the little dog’s obvious pain and bedraggled face, its eyes were bright.

This dog had a home, Smith knew. And she needed to find it. Read More

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F.D.A. Bids to Regulate Animal Food, Acting After Recall and Deaths

The Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Friday that would govern the production of pet food and farm animal feed for the first time.

The regulation would help prevent food-borne illness in both animals and people, officials at the agency said, as people can become sick from handling contaminated animal food and from touching pets that have eaten it.

The proposal comes six years after the biggest pet food recall in history, when a Chinese producer contaminated dog and cat food with melamine, a compound used in plastics, causing the deaths of animals across the United States.

Read more: F.D.A. Bids to Regulate Animal Food, Acting After Recall and Deaths – NYTimes.com.

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Dog culls for leishmaniasis: How many dog lives is one human life worth?

How much is a dog’s life worth? Less than a human life, obviously, but how much less? Would you kill 1,000 dogs to save one human? A million dogs? Perhaps you’re an absolutist, and you’d sacrifice every dog in the world to save one person. But what if you weren’t sure how many people you’d save? How many dogs would you euthanize for a 10 percent chance of saving one human?

This sounds like chatter at an exceptionally morbid cocktail party, but it’s not the slightest bit hypothetical. For the past 20 years, public health experts in parts of Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe have debated the ethics and efficacy of large-scale dog culling to prevent transmission of a deadly human disease.

Read more: Dog culls for leishmaniasis: How many dog lives is one human life worth? – Slate Magazine.

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Getting dogs to give blood takes more than cookies

GAINESVILLE — Most dogs probably don’t like going to the doctor any more than most people do.

But Louie Clark, a 6-year-old mixed breed, was lapping it up recently at the University of Florida’s small animal hospital. He got belly rubs, treats and playtime like he was at the dog park instead of the hospital.

In exchange, all Louie had to do was sit patiently for about five minutes while technician Kim Koelbel drew blood from the jugular vein in his neck, gathering nearly a pint of blood — which is what a person typically donates.

Read more: Getting dogs to give blood takes more than cookies | Tallahassee Democrat | tallahassee.com.