I cannot begin to explain the loss that is Molly. She was just a few weeks shy of her 13th birthday. She lived the most amazing, cared for, caring life a Cavalier King Charles could dream. My Molly had the deepest, most soulful eyes you have ever seen on any creature or finest work of art. Everyone who met her loved her. Even dog haters could not resist this dog, because Molly might actually have been love herself.
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Pretzel going bonkers for the Treat Triad dog puzzle on a rainy, indoors day.
These past few rainy days, I've been trying to entertain my dogs with puzzles. The Treat Triad is a clear winner.
Both a Great Pyrenees and a Cavalier King Charles, dogs large and small, love smacking the spinner around and then figuring out how to open the treat bay doors. It is light, simple and hasn't broken apart after hours of battering.
Treat puzzles are no way to get the dog to let you sleep, but they certainly keep them busy when its too nasty to go out!
The Treat Triad
Bill Flowers, 93, of Nisqually Reservation, Washington, didn't know what to do when his dog Liberty brought home a curious gift last week: a human leg. So he buried it in his backyard. Eventually, his daughter convinced him to call the police. "I was afraid to call," Flowers told KOMO News
. "I'm 93 years-old. I didn't want to have to go to the pen for something I didn't do," Police have since located additional body parts in the woods nearby and are attempting to figure out the who and why behind the dismemberment.
SHAKE is a new photo book by Carli Davidson collecting her photographs of dogs mid-shake. The photos (here) are fun but I really appreciate the full-motion silliness of the slow-mo video above. SHAKE by Carli Davidson
We like to let our dogs take us outside for both our benefits and theirs. But keeping them hydrated without letting them resort to slurping up who-knows-what from puddles has been a sort of a problem.
We’ve tried a variety of doggy-intended canteen things. Nalgene bottles & floppy bowls. Little buckets & bottles. Everything was either a pain for us or the dogs weren’t interested in some stinky wet plastic — no matter how thirsty they were.
I recently bought some bottles from H2O4K9.com. The dogs took to them immediately. The bottles themselves are stainless steel. The “insulated” version’s dog-trough is big enough that both our dogs get water at the same time, sorta, and it looks like it’s big enough for large-muzzled pooches.
The insulated “K9 Unit” and non insulated bottles are both 25 ounce capacity. There’s a 9 ounce model for dogs-who-are-cat-sized too. -- Wayne Ruffner
H2O4K9 Dog Canteen: $10 – $15 | Insulated model: $20
I am a dog person, mostly, but that does not mean I can't acknowledge that they are an easy mark. [Video Link.]
Update: Huh, "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Huffington Post." Looks like this edited compilation of other people's youtube clips can thereby only be viewed at HuffPo itself.
The rear end of Tinu and the head of Uno, two Eurasiers, are seen from behind a tree during the launch of the Crufts dog show in Green Park, central London, February 24, 2004. Photo: Natasha-Marie Brown
After a seven-year career leading hundreds of search and rescue operations, 10-year old collie Mij—personally responsible for saving 14 lives, according to the Daily Mail
—is retiring. — Rob
Jack, a 13-year-old Jack Russell, is recovering after an operation to remove the $1.11 in pennies that he had eaten.
[NY Daily News] — Rob
In the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, BB reader Dan Bennett shares photos of Yogi and Bambi, two adorable Dachsund puppies who are growing up adorably.
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"Fat Tuesday," shot and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Fred Facker. "He was absolutely not excited about Mardi Gras at all ... whatsoever."
Barking might just be a reflex for agitated dogs. It might be a side-effect of domestication — i.e., when you select for less-aggressive animals you get ones that tend to bark. Or, it really might have meaning, both for other dogs and for humans. At Scientific American, Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods describe some of the research on dog communication, including studies that show both humans and dogs can tell the difference between barks associated with, say, food, and barks associated with the presence of a threatening stranger. — Maggie
Ambergris in Morecambe, England. [BBC]
A man from Morecambe believes his dog has found a rare piece of whale vomit while walking on the beach. ... Mr Wilman said: "When I picked it up and smelled it I put it back down again and I thought 'urgh'.