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  • October Golden Poodle awards

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    Friday October 31st, 2014 at 07:30 AM

    The Golden Poodle award goes to Texas nurse Nina Pham and all the health care professionals who risk their lives to care for Ebola victims. And to her little Spaniel, Bentley, who helped establish new protocols for dogs of Ebola patients. The Neanderthal award goes to the officials in Spain who made the decision to euthanize 12-year-old Excalibur, the dog who was part of the family of Teresa Ramos, "the son we never had." Ramos...
  • Downton Abbey's beloved dog could be written out --and for a very unfair reason

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    Tuesday October 28th, 2014 at 08:47 AM

    Lord Grantham's beloved Labrador was named ISIS after an Egyptian goddess years ago when she made her debut in season two. Now in an unfortunate coincidence, jihadist group leaders have settled on the name ISIS for their merciless army of terrorists. Isis the dog is involved in a storyline about her health in the ongoing fifth season and there are hints that she may be written out of the show by the time the new...
  • Dog who protected drug trafficker now helping police

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    Monday October 27th, 2014 at 07:02 AM

    Pecas, a 3-year-old mixed breed, worked as a drug dog, but not in the usual sense. He belonged to Cesar Martinez, a Colombian drug lord. Pecas' job had been to protect him and warn him about activities around them. Martinez, the third most important member of the drug cartel that controlled cocaine routes to Central America, had 100 men working under his command to obtain and move heavy equipment. When Martinez was captured, the question...
  • Pavlov would be so proud of this puppy

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    Saturday October 25th, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    As every psychology student learns, early in the 19th century Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov discovered the conditioned reflex while studying digestion in dogs. He learned that a stimulus such as a metronome or the ringing of a bell stimulated the response of salivation in dogs when they learned to associate the stimulus with food. In this video Maddie, a clever 10-month-old Dachshund puppy, is teaching a responsive human to feed her whenever she rings a...
  • “Down Time” with Tom Brady and Lua -- my new favorite commercial

    from The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

    Thursday October 23rd, 2014 at 07:29 AM

    Through years of blogging, I have always enjoyed making fun of writing about Tom Brady. Tom Brady is someone who truly has it all: three Super Bowl rings, movie star good looks, a billionaire supermodel wife, adorable small children, millions from his football contract, endorsements, and really great hair. With the loveable Lua, a dog he rescued from a shelter, he has also been a strong voice for the Pit Bull dog as Family Pet...
  • The miracle underdog '69 Mets and the black cat

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    Tuesday October 21st, 2014 at 08:40 AM

    The 1960's was not a happy time for many New York City baseball fans. Their beloved Dodgers and Giants had moved to California and the new team, the New York Metropolitans, were the punchline of a joke. As the 1969 season opened, the odds were barely one in a hundred that they would win the World Series. In August they were 9 games behind the league leading Cubs. But the Cubs in typical Cubs fashion...
  • I don't want to talk about it

    from The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

    Sunday October 19th, 2014 at 08:49 PM

    San Francisco 49ers - Denver Broncos -
  • Ebola-quarantined dog is inspiring new canine protocol

    from The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

    Saturday October 18th, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Bentley, the cute King Charles Spaniel owned by Ebola-stricken Texas nurse Nina Pham, 26, seems to be thriving under quarantine cared for by Dallas workers in full protective gear. They are feeding him, playing with him, showering him with attention and affection. He is being monitored under a 21-day quarantine. His owner was transferred last week from Dallas to the National Institute of Health in Maryland. [Bentley] is doing well. Hes sleeping well. Hes...
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