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

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

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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.

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

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Nathan Chung's dog really hates it when he “blows raspberries.”  Read the rest

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Following up on their highly successful data-driven charticle about toddlers shooting people to death in America, the Washington Post publishes a new infographic about all the people being shot to death by dogs.

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Real stories of psychiatric support dogs, and the people who rely on them

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Hopes&Fears has a beautiful feature up today on the lives of service dogs for people with psychiatric disabilities and mental illnesses.

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We should all be so lucky to be loved this much.

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Boy, 11, asks girl, 8, to see her puppies. She declines. He shoots and kills her.

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Authorities in Tennessee say an 11-year-old boy has been detained on first-degree murder charges after shooting and killing an 8-year-old neighbor with a shotgun because she would not show him her pet puppies.

The gun belonged to the boy's father. The two kids went to the same school.

Neighbors interviewed by local news reporters identified the victim as Maykayla Dyer.

"Wanting to see a puppy, the little girl laughed and told him no... and that was it," said neighbor Chasity Arwood.

"Watching the Tennessee football game, heard the bang," Arwood said. "And then everybody screaming that he shot her baby girl."

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It's not easy living in the big city, especially when you're a lost dog. Read the rest

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Margaret writes, "Esteemed NYC game-maker Kevin Cancienne (part of the team behind highly adored Drop 7) is launching Home Free, an utterly unique dog exploration game. It's Minecraft, but you're a dog, and everything's beautiful." Read the rest

Cat discovers an effective method for dog shutdown

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Works every time. “We've been monitoring our pup at home to get a sense of how much barking he's been doing,” Devon Meadows explains.

“Chazz had just started barking after my wife and I left for work but luckily our cat, Greyscale, shuts that down.”

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