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How to ‘Winterize’ Your Dog

Source:  NY Times / Personal Health /By JANE E. BRODY DEC. 18, 2017 We winterize our homes and cars and bundle up to brave icy winds outdoors, but too often we fail to do the same for our four-legged friends. Yet regardless of what nature delivers, dogs have to go out and they need regular exercise for their physical and psychological well-being. Whether urban or rural, dogs can face multiple hazards during the colder months, ranging from cracked paws and dry skin to electrocution or immersion in a frozen pond. Even pets that escape the cold by heading south with their snowbird owners can...

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They’ve Got Personality: Ant ‘Superorganisms’ Have Unique Temperaments

Source:  Live Science / By Wynne Parry | December 6, 2017 10:42am ET Individuality isn’t just for individuals. Insect colonies, which function as so-called “superorganisms,” appear to have personalities, scientists are finding. A new study has uncovered evidence of consistent behavioral differences among the Azteca ant colonies that inhabit tropical Cecropia trees. What’s more, a colony’s character appears to be connected to the health of the superorganism’s tree, which the ants protect from attack. Each tree-inhabiting colony that the researchers studied...

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Ollie the pit bull: Dog’s torture sparks push for tougher laws against animal abuse

Source:  CBS NEWS / December 11, 2017, 12:14 AM HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Animal lovers, rescuers and pet owners placed flowers beneath a portrait of Ollie the pit bull Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood, CBS Miami reports. More than a 100 mourners, many weeping, attended a memorial service for the dog, whose story of torture and death went viral. “I think the sheer brutality of it drove us to find who did this and the fear they wouldn’t stop,” said Jane Ziemba, an animal rescuer. Ollie was found stabbed more than 50 times and stuffed in a suitcase on Oct....

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Dogs are watching us….

Source: AAHA Newstat October 23, 2017     Dogs know you’re watching, and they’re letting you know they know…..to read more go to http://www.aaha.org/blog/NewStat/post/2017/10/23/402553/Dogs-know-youre-watching.aspx 

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VIDEO: Dog swept out to sea spotted by coastguard on training flight

Source:  The Telegraph 16 OCTOBER 2017 • 8:48AM A Cockapoo that was swept out to sea off the north-east coast of Scotland has been safely returned to dry land after a coastguard crew in training spotted the dog in deep waters. Please click here to watch the video...

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California becomes 1st state to require pet stores to sell rescue animals

Source: ABC News / By KELLY MCCARTHY / Oct 17, 2017, 8:12 AM ET Gov. Jerry Brown last Friday signed into law bill A.B. 485, making it illegal for pet stores to sell dogs, cats, and rabbits from any source other than a shelter or rescue group. The law will go into effect in 2019 and supporters have praised the move. “The problem is puppy mills, and this law is specifically targeting shutting down and not supporting puppies being manufactured in unsafe, unsociable, and horrific conditions,” Elena Bicker, executive director at Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, told ABC...

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