Meat dog dislikes mechanical dog

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From Steve Jurvetson's YouTube channel: "The robot's lifelike movement catches the attention of a real dog. The uncanny uncanine valley. This is the latest quadruped robot from Google's Boston Dynamics group, and the only one outside of the military." Read the rest

Parents rent drug-sniffing dogs to search teens' bedrooms

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The Last Chance K9 Service in New Albany, Indiana is just one of several companies that sells the services of drug detection dogs to parents who think their kids are hiding drugs in their room. A visit costs $99. Since opening in September of last year, owner Michel Davis says his K9 teams have searched more than 50 homes and have a 90 percent hit rate. For example, one teen had stashed his weed in a cereal box and another hid her pot pipe in an Altoids can. The dogs weren't fooled. I'm sure these cases end with big, teary, loving family hugs and the kids say nope to dope from then on. From the Courier-Journal:

Davis, who has tactical training in the detection of drugs, firearms and bombs, said the majority of his work has been focused on bigger contracts, including searches of businesses and other private contracts he said he's not at liberty to discuss.

But he said he's motivated to aid parents, adding a personal touch and pep talk because of his own experiences. He said had a tough upbringing in Louisville, experimented with marijuana and saw some of his friends progress to harder drugs. He was inspired to fight addiction in his own way after an addict seeking money in 2005 attacked his pregnant fiancee, causing her to lose the baby.

"We want to take drugs off the streets," Davis said of his team, which includes other dog handlers with military backgrounds.

"What we do is help the family fix the issue," he said.

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Dog screams like man being tortured instead of barking

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LADY: Cody! Coooodyyyy!

CODY: *scream of despair and terror*

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Identify your dog's breed

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Results from What-Dog.net have become awful exciting, in my family. Submit photos via the website or app for instant results of widely varying accuracy.

My dogs both got great matches the first time, but my sister has had some fun results. Evidently my father is a Pekinese.

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Stolen dog returned to heroic owner

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Poor 15 year old cocker spaniel, Otis! He was stolen while walking his human down the street, off leash, in Claremont, California on Monday afternoon. Upon witnessing the dognapping, Otis' buddy Mike Heredia leapt into action, risking his life to rescue his pal. The thieves made off with Otis, but later released him in a local dog park.

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Backyard transformed into snow maze for dogs

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Reddit user anneewannee shoveled a backyard snow labyrinth for dogs to play in! I hope they don't run into Jack Torrance.

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How to wash a very large dog

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Allison Gallagher spotted this helpful tip on how to wash very large dogs, posted by an Amazon user reviewing the OptiSex Romantic Fantasy Swing Kit.

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Meet the Great Pyrenees, AKC's breed of the day

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Life with a Great Pyrenees is really everything great about having a dog. My buddy, Nemo, is pretty darn amazing. It is no surprise the AKC is honoring them, today.

I can not say enough good things about Nemo. He's fairly brilliant, intensely loyal, loves kids, wants to be pet and snuggled, and sticks by my side most of the day. My eight year old daughter, who is quite small, can walk him with ease. He loves his cat and his Cavalier King Charles, although he can be bossy at times.

Nemo gets stopped, while we're walking, to be pet by so many folks it is ridiculous. Folks who don't like dogs, however, are mortally afraid of his size. Small dogs may try to eat him, it can be quite comical.

If you are interested in a Great Pyrenees, I work with a rescue here in California that'll help you out! We've always got more dogs than I can believe.

I think they should be breed of the decade.

From the AKC:

The Great Pyrenees dog conveys the distinct impression of elegance and unsurpassed beauty combined with great overall size and majesty. He has a white or principally white coat that may contain markings of badger, gray, or varying shades of tan. He possesses a keen intelligence and a kindly, while regal, expression. Exhibiting a unique elegance of bearing and movement, his soundness and coordination show unmistakably the purpose for which he has been bred, the strenuous work of guarding the flocks in all kinds of weather on the steep mountain slopes of the Pyrenees.
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Dogs that have their tongue sticking out just a little

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A tumblog of greatness: “dogs that have their tongue sticking out just a little.”

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Review: A heated dog bed, for a senior pup whose old bones love warmth

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My dog is a 10-year-old whose history includes time in animal shelters, and in various homes. He has arthritis, a progressive condition that will cause him more pain as he grows older. Direct heat through my electric blanket or heating pad is clearly very comforting for him--if there's a heated throw of some kind around, he'll find it and snuggle up. But the best solution I've found for both of us is this gently heated dog bed, which warms up to your dog's body temperature when they sit down on it.

You don't have to worry about it heating up too hot, or about remembering to switch it on or off. When your pup needs it, they get warmth. When they step away, the device shifts to "off." I bought mine a few months ago, and it is the center of his world. The color is attractive, and works with the neutral tones in my modest, minimalist living space. Strongly recommended if you have a smaller, older dog, or a cat who likes extra body warmth.

From the manufacturer's specs:

• Heater uses only 6 watts and is MET Listed • Removable cushion and removable heater make washing a breeze • Thermostatically controlled to warm to your pet's normal body temperature when in use • 5-inch thick bedding keeps pet comfortable • Removable, machine washable cover for easy maintenance • Safe plush heated pillow insert for winter warmth • Available in 2 sizes and 2 colors; 1-year warranty

amazon: K&H Manufacturing Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper

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Huskies howl at video of howling Siberian Husky

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Crank it up and freak out your dogs, people! Read the rest

Merry Dogsmas

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Redditor ShayGoes2Work posted this amazing shot of “Zane, 10 year old rescue dog,” wishing you a Merry Christmas. Read the rest

This is seriously some next-level dog training right here.

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Dogs are amazing, intelligent creatures, and are capable of such complex communication and behavioral intelligence.

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Dog has had quite enough of this Thanksgiving shit

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Gus the dog tries to comprehend a Thanksgiving toy, and gives up.

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Meeting Cow Dog

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In this telling short story, Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin meets a homeless neighbor and his big, rambunctious dog. When time is short, sometimes more can be found in companionship and reflection of a simple truth: that the now, in all its peace, beauty and suffering, will pass.

Dog Angel

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Photographic proof that dogs are angels. Not shopped, we can tell by the pixels.

HT: d0gbl0g.dog

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Wolf puppies are hunting for mice in the meadow

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“Wolf puppies hunting for mice. Polar Park 2014.” Read the rest

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