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Top three most popular dogs by US State

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MentalFloss put together some quick infographics sharing which dogs we love most, by US State. My Great Pyr, Nemo, ranks in at 73rd "most popular" with the AKC, unlike others the AKC knows the Pyr is smart.

Terrier takes tight corners while pulling his human on long board

Who's walking who?

Dogs that can't dog

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Star Trek communicator and dog waste bag dispenser

Star Trek Communicator Dog Bag Dispenser

This $8 Star Trek bag dispenser is dangling off Nemo's leash, ensuring I am ready to clean up after he has boldly gone.

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Image search of the day: "pets in lion manes"

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Typing random thoughts into Google image search is always delightful, but "pets in lion manes" was especially delightful.

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Yoda dog toy, also for kids

Yoda and Company

My daughter insisted that Nemo, our Great Pyrenees, needed this stuffed Yoda dog toy. My daughter likes it so much she now wants the Jedi master for her own.

A few days ago my daughter found this very nice quality Yoda for our dogs to play with. Today, when I suggested she let them have the doll, a giant fight broke out. It appears Yoda is so soft and snuggly that my seven year old wants him for her self. Yoda is inexpensive enough that I offered to buy a second one, but she now wants to try and share.

The stuffy feels well made and ought to last. I wouldn't give this to a puppy, for fear the stuffing will be everywhere, but my 2 year old dogs will not destroy it. The kid can share.

STAR WARS Yoda Plush Dog Toy, 10" L X 9" W

Most popular dog names of 2014

Rover.com released its annual list of top dog names, with top ten lists for males and females. Many also made 2014's top human baby names.

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WATCH: Dog's-eye view of going off-leash

Ever wonder what it feels like to be a dog who FINALLY gets let off-leash? Witness the excitement as this GoPro-equipped yellow lab bounds across the rocks toward a very happy ending.

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Tug-a-Jug, treat dispensing dog toy

tugajug My dogs love toys that pay out treats. The Tug-A-Jug by PetSafe is another winner for the small to medium sized dog.

Pretzel, my Cavalier King Charles, drags the medium sized bottle around even after it is empty. The design is simple, a knotted rope in the neck of the bottle offers treats some resistance, so they don't just pour out. Your dog has to tip, tilt and batter the bottle to get treats to fall out. Note, however, if Nemo, my Great Pyrenees, was interested in this bottle it would be dust.

PetSafe claims you can feed your entire dog an entire meal with this bottle. I have two dogs and carefully regulate the amount of food each gets I doubt I'll try.

PetSafe Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug Meal Dispensing Dog Toy, Medium/Large

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KONG Extreme dog toy

Treat Triad dog puzzle

Another great dog distraction - the Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble

Starmark's 'Everlasting Groovy Ball,' a long lasting dog chew

I am always looking for dog toys that'll keep both a very large Great Pyrenees and a pretty small Cavalier King Charles happy. The Starmark Everlasting Groovy Ball is a winner!

The Groovy Ball is a big rubber chew with ridges to work your dogs gums. It has several holes that snugly fit the Everlasting treats. Dogs find the variety of treats delicious and work at the ball until its gone. Everlasting means 1-2 hours if your dog isn't a able to pop the treats out. Nemo, my Great Pyr, can remove the treat with ease while Pretzel the Cavalier enjoys a really long chew.

Most importantly the Groovy ball, as are all the similar Starmark toys, is quiet. This is a go to treat when I need to focus.

Triple Crown Everlasting Groovy Ball
Everlasting Treat for Dogs, Chicken, Large, 2-Pack

Previously on Boing Boing:
Treat Triad dog puzzle
KONG Extreme dog toy

Dog of the day (a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool)

Boing Boing reader Benjamin G. Levy shot and shared this photograph in the Boing Boing Flickr pool, where you can also share your images.

"This Bulldog in Amoeba Records showed very little interest in the Jazz section," says Benjamin. Awesome shot, man!

KONG Extreme dog toy


Nemo pictured with his KONG Extreme extra large.

Nemo and Pretzel love toys. On rainy days and lazy afternoons I am always trying out toy, after toy. The Treat Triad and the Kibble Nibble were both good finds, but nothing has eclipsed the entertainment power of our KONG Extreme.

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Nemo's rescue needs your help

The organization that rescued my dog Nemo is under a lot of financial pressure. A number of very needy dogs have come along in a very short period of time. The video above details just some of their current hard-luck cases. They've started an Indiegogo project to find some help.

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Human-faced dog up for adoption

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Tonik, a canine-human hybrid, is available for adoption in Mishawaka, Indiana. He is a Poodle/Shih Tzu/human mix. (via Nothing To Do With Arbroath)

Labradoodle confused for lion

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This Labradoodle named Charles lives in Norfolk, Virginia where he's frequently mistaken for a lion on the loose. Apparently, 911 dispatchers received three separate 911 calls this week reporting the "lion."

“I just saw an animal that looked like a small lion.” It had “the mange and everything,” a man said. He had seen it on Delaware Avenue near Llewellyn Avenue.

“I don’t know if it got away from the zoo, or what,” he said

"Norfolk 911 calls for 'baby lion' turn up a coiffed dog" (Virginian-Pilot)

Puppyday

"murlin, buttercup," shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool by beckitten. Says the photographer, "My mother is documenting her pup at murlin.net if you're interested in more photos and videos of murlin."

Los Galgos Guapos ("The Handsome Hounds"): photo-essay on greyhound rescue in Tijuana

Photojournalist (and author) Erin Siegal has a wonderful photo-essay up on the The Reuters Photographers Blog about "Fast Friends," a group that adopts/rescues "retiring" greyhound dogs that have been used in racing in Tijuana, Mexico. On Erin's personal blog, there are more photos that didn't fit in. What beautiful creatures.