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  • Do good dogs live longer?

    from News Hound

    Monday June 28th, 2010 at 05:37 AM

    I like to think that all my dogs are good. If that's true, I can expect them to live long, happy lives.

    This isn't my theory. A Canadian biologist, Vincent Careau, believes that good dogs - those that are docile or are not aggressive - may live longer than those that expend a lot of energy.

    A couple of months ago, The American Naturalist published the results of Careau's study comparing numerous dog breeds and their personalities. Poodles, for instance, are rated 29 percent more docile than...

  • Dog inherits millions from owner

    from News Hound

    Tuesday June 22nd, 2010 at 07:14 AM

    We've all heard about rich people who die and leave their fortunes to their pets, but there's a real battle going on in Miami Beach between the son of a wealthy heiress and a Chihuahua who's in line to inherit a $3-million trust fund.

    That's a lot of money for a little dog, but the will of Gail Posner, who died of cancer in March at age 67, specifies that Conchita, her pet Chihuahua, and two other pets be left a significant amount of money - plus the run of her $8.3-million mansion.

    Bret...

  • Can dogs detect prostate cancer?

    from News Hound

    Wednesday June 2nd, 2010 at 03:18 AM

    I never cease to be amazed at the incredible detection powers of dogs. Now comes a report in HealthDay News , reported this week in U.S. News and World Report, that they may be able to detect prostate cancer in human urine.

    Although there's considerable controversy about dogs' ability to notice small signs that might indicate cancer or other illnesses, it's possible this new finding could lead to better technology.

    "The dogs are certainly recognizing the odor of a molecule that is produced...

  • 'Octomom' supports spaying, neutering pets

    from News Hound

    Thursday May 20th, 2010 at 02:39 AM

    The woman known as "Octomom" wants people to practice birth control with their pets. Is this the definition of irony?

    Could be. Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight babies through in vitro fertilization 16 months ago, kept a promise to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and unveiled a 3-foot-by-4-foot sign in her front yard in La Habra, Calif., this week advising pet owners to spay or neuter their cats and dogs.

    Here's the message PETA is paying Suleman $5,000 to display:...

  • National Dog Bite Prevention Week

    from News Hound

    Friday May 14th, 2010 at 06:56 AM

    Mail carriers seem to have an innate fear of dogs, and really, can you blame them? In 2009, more than 2,800 carriers suffered dog bites in the U.S., and although it was a drop over the number of bites the previous year, it's still far too many.

    Next week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and the U.S. Postal Service is advising dog owners that there are a few simple rules you should follow to make sure your pet doesn't go after your mail carrier. Most important: Keep your dog inside the...

  • Labradoodle 'creator' regrets his decision

    from News Hound

    Thursday May 6th, 2010 at 02:24 AM

    If you own a Labradoodle, you might be surprised to learn that the man who bred the first one now regrets it.

    Wally Conran, 81, who crossed a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle in 1988 and then coined the term "Labradoodle," wishes he'd never done it. He originally bred the two dogs after receiving a letter from a woman in Hawaii who was looking for a seeing-eye dog for her husband, who had allergies.

    Conran was the manager of the puppy program at the Royal Institute of the Blind in Melbourne,...

  • 'Gay' dog prevented from entering restaurant

    from News Hound

    Tuesday April 27th, 2010 at 05:27 AM

    In news of the weird, an Australian restaurant is paying a heavy price for an odd sort of discrimination - one of its waiters refused entry to a blind man because he thought the man's service dog was gay.

    Yep, you heard that right. Now the restaurant's owners must pay Ian Jolly $1,500 Australian (about $1,391 U.S. dollars) and offer him a written apology for discriminating against him on grounds of his disability.

    How did this happen? Jolly's female companion told the waiter that they wanted...

  • Court strikes down law banning sale of animal cruelty videos

    from News Hound

    Wednesday April 21st, 2010 at 05:43 AM

    Free speech is precious right that's guaranteed to all U.S. citizens. But the Supreme Court used it this week to protect a man's right to make videos depicting extreme violence against animals, including dogfighting. I'm not sure that's right.

    In order to preservewhat it called people's right of free speech, the Court on Tuesday threw out the conviction of Robert Stevens of Pittsville, Va., who was sentenced to three years in prison for making and selling videos on a website about pit bull...

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