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7 Heartwarming Animal Rescues in 2015

animal rescue toddBy Linda Cole

Like us, animals sometimes find themselves in perilous situations and need assistance from a human. Thankfully, there are brave people who are quick to extend a helping hand. Read on for seven heartwarming animal rescue stories from 2015.

Duke

Edward Emmerich and his Belgian Malinois, Duke, were down on their luck and homeless. For seven months, “home” for the construction worker and his dog was an encampment under a bridge in McKinney, Texas. The day after Thanksgiving, the rain swollen river quickly rose, and Emmerich was trapped by the rising water. He dialed 911; rescuers pinpointed his location using pings from his cell phone. A rescue team found Emmerich standing chest deep in floodwaters with Duke perched on his shoulders. One of the rescuers, Del Ray Pope, was lowered down to the pair and assisted them as they were pulled to safety. On dry ground, Duke and Emmerich were checked out while Pope removed his gear. What happened next shows that even dogs understand it’s important to thank their rescuer. When Pope walked back to the truck, Duke immediately recognized the firefighter and rushed to him – planting his front paws in the middle of Pope’s chest and gratefully licking his face.

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Do Dogs Remember Their Canine Family Members?

dogs remember jeffreyBy Langley Cornwell

Because our dogs are so much a part of our lives, we tend to humanize them a bit, calling them our babies, saying they are brother and sister even if they’re not from the same litter (I’m guilty of this with Frosty and Al), etc. We think of our dogs as family members and we know they recognize us easily. The question of whether a dog remembers and recognizes canine family members, however, is another story altogether. Some people believe that their dog remembers their original canine family members throughout their lifetime while others claim there is no way for this to be true.

One of the reasons we can’t believe that dogs remember their canine family members is because, as humans, we tend to moralize many aspects of a dog’s nature. For instance, we believe that if a pup would mate with his mother or sister then there is no way that he realizes the other dog is a family member. Nature is a whole different story, and it is important for us to realize that our dogs are not the same species we are, and they do not hold to the same code of morality that humans do. Their drive is instinctual. When a female dog is in heat, the pheromones and hormones will lead any male dog—regardless of family relation, size or breed—to mount her. So that is not a logical argument for or against familial remembrance.
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Why is the Greeting Ritual of Dogs Different from Cats?

greeting tonyBy Linda Cole

Cats and dogs both see the world with their own unique perspective as individuals and from the way they evolved to interact with us and other animals. A dog isn’t shy about racing to meet you at the door the minute you walk in. A feline is typically more subtle in the way she greets you; a twitch of the ears or flick of the tail will do for some kitties. Have you ever wondered why the greeting ritual of dogs and cats is so different when saying hi to their owner?

Dogs are social creatures who evolved to be comfortable living within a family unit, and prefer the social company of other dogs and humans. Because of that preference, your dog has a small degree of stress when you aren’t around. Some canines have a much harder time dealing with their stress and suffer from separation anxiety. The degree of stress your dog experiences depends on his personality and environment. When you leave your pet home alone, he is forced to accept a non-voluntary detachment from those he has a bond with. When you finally return home, your dog is filled with relief and welcomes you home in his own special way. His expression of joy is one way of telling you he has a special attachment to you and is really happy you’re home.
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Does Your Dog Hog Your Bed?

dogs sleep joaoBy Laurie Darroch

Dogs love being close to their human companions, even when they sleep.  If your dog is allowed on the bed or furniture, they will very soon take it over and make it their domain as well as yours. In their minds it must be allowable to establish the most comfortable arrangement they can on their sleeping spots, even if it makes your sleeping arrangement uncomfortable. For our loved dogs though, we often make concessions that we don’t even do for our human companions.

Unerring loyalty is sometimes worth bending the rules for when it comes to rest time. The sense of safety and security humans and dogs get from each other is an added bonus, but dogs know how to push the limits of sleeping comfort if you allow them to. Sometimes they are quite humorous about their sleep time maneuverings. They have a way of wiggling in where they want to be, to sleep right next to the person they love most.
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2015 Top 10 Googled Dog Questions

google rexBy Linda Cole

For the last 15 years, Google has published a list of topics that garnered the most searches for that particular year. The total number is compiled from searches on YouTube, Google Search, and Google News. Curious humans searched for information about the “dress” (was it white/gold or blue/black?), movies, celebrities and diets – to name just a few popular topics. Our canine friends also have a category. So what dog questions did people search for most often in 2015?

10. How to Stop Dogs from Biting?

Correcting this behavior requires patience and persistence. When your dog bites hard enough that it’s painful, yell “Ouch” and turn your attention away from him for around five seconds. If he bites again, yell “Ouch” and move away. Ending your interaction with him is negative punishment to a dog. Repeat this exercise each time he bites hard. Reward with tasty CANIDAE treats when he controls his bite. He’ll learn through repetition about bite inhibition.
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Potty Grass for Dogs

potty grass topBy Laurie Darroch

Potty grass is a product that offers an option for your dog if they are stuck inside and need to relieve themselves, or if some situation or condition keeps your dog inside. Some owners find potty grass to be a good alternative for times when their dog does not have access to the real thing. Here are some of the reasons to consider potty grass, and tips on using it.

Night Trips

Your dog may need to find relief in the middle of the night. If they urinate frequently or you live in an area that is not conducive to outside potty walks, having an indoor option or one in an enclosed patio or balcony or even the bathroom or laundry room, may be just what you need.

Illness or Injury

In the case of a very ill dog, a dog with an injury, or one with lessened physical function, a grass potty pad offers your dog the dignity of a particular place to find relief that is close enough and easier for them because it doesn’t involve excessive painful walking.

If you are sick or disabled yourself and find that you cannot handle long walks, potty grass helps you be a responsible pet owner and may be a very helpful alternative for dealing with your dog’s calls to Mother Nature.
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