News Reporter Gets Assaulted With Love By Dog

Posted By Ben Goulding, 18 August, 2009 | permalink


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“Global BC noon anchor Randene Neill tries to handle Ginger, a dog looking to be adopted from the SPCA. What ensues during the segment is pure hilarity.”

I love the way it goes from this dog is “so well mannered” to “this dog is crazy!”

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No Treats From Obama

Posted By Ben Goulding, 11 August, 2009 | permalink


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Opie is extremely picky about who he takes his treats from. Perhaps he’s not a great fan of the stimulus and healthcare plans…

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Dog flies business class for $32,000

Posted By Ben Goulding, 11 August, 2009 | permalink

An Israeli woman paid $32,000 so that her dog could travel with her in business class from Paris to Tel Aviv.

The woman, named Rivkah, 60, booked the entire business-class cabin to carry her, her boxer “Orchuk” and a vet on the four-hour flight. Airline El Al had to remove several seats to make room for Or’s cage.

I didn’t think for a minute to leave Or, my little Orchuk, with the cargo,” said Rivkah. “I’ve been raising him for eight years and four months in France.”

“He is my child, not a dog. And he deserves the best,” she said.

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World’s Oldest Dog Turns 26

Posted By Ben Goulding, 10 August, 2009 | permalink

Max

Max, a terrier-cross from Louisiana, who is the world’s oldest dog, turned 26 yesterday, which is equivalent to 182 in dog years.

“I never spoiled Max,” said his owner Janelle Derouen.

“I’ve never fed him anything but Kiddles and Bits [brand of dog food] and a few treats like those beefy doggy bones.

“We don’t give him any food from our table,” added Janelle, 49, who lives with her husband Billy, also 49, in New Iberia.

Max, who is greying, has a veterinary birth certificate to prove his age and is awaiting official confirmation from Guinness World Records.

Happy birthday and congratulations Max!

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Dogs As Clever As Two-Year-Olds

Posted By Ben Goulding, 10 August, 2009 | permalink

Samson - Britain's most talented dog

New research by animal psychologists suggests that dogs are as clever as the average two-year-old child.

They have found that dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations.

“The average dog is about as bright linguistically as a human two-year-old,” said Professor Stanley Coren, a leading expert on canine intelligence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver who has carried out the work.

“This means they can understand about 165 words, signs and signals. Those in the top 20 per cent were able to understand as many as 250 words and signals, which is about the same as a two and a half year old.

“Obviously we are not going to be able to sit down and have a conversation with a dog, but like a two-year-old, they show that they can understand words and gestures.”

The research also found that Border collies were rated as the most intelligent while Afghan hounds were the least intelligent.

I guess it’s difficult to have a specific criteria to measure intelligence, especially when dog and human needs are very different, however what the research has found is most impressive.

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Crazy French Hairstyles

Posted By Ben Goulding, 8 August, 2009 | permalink

Take a look at these unbelievable hairstyles from France. They feature different animals within the hair, from dogs and rabbits to giraffes and pigs. Can you see this catching on?

Lion Hairstyle

Dog Hairstyle

Click the link for more pictures.

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A Dog Is An Orangutan’s Best Friend

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 July, 2009 | permalink

Here are a couple of best friends just hanging out. Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the Blue Tick Hound. Now that’s not something you see everyday!

Best Friends

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Bowlingual Translates Dog Barks Into Words

Posted By Ben Goulding, 20 July, 2009 | permalink

Bowlingual. Image: AFP

Bowlingual. Image: AFP

The Bowlingual, a gadget that analyzes a dog’s bark to detect its emotion, is being relaunched.

Japanese toy maker, Takara Tomy produced the Bowlingual. The device is able to analyse the acoustics of a dog’s bark and translate it into words. It focuses on six emotions including sadness joy and frustration and is able to convey these emotions to a human.

The Bowlingual Voice was first put on sale in 2002, however today’s model is much more technologically advanced. It consists of a microphone which is attached to the dog and a hand-held unit device. When the dog barks, the technology is able to translate the sound into words displayed on the hand-held device which attempts to tell the user what the dog is trying to say.

A good idea, but is it really needed? Dogs aren’t the most complicated of creatures. Surely an owner could take an educated guess at why the dog is barking. It doesn’t have too many thoughts or demands does it? Having said that, with 300,000 orders of the first Bowlingual, maybe it’s a must-have gadget.

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Multicolored Dogs?! What Next?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 14 July, 2009 | permalink

Multicolored Dogs. Image: caption-thisA growing trend seems to be multicolored dogs. No, this is not a genetic condition, but rather the decision of their overpowering owners.

Dog owners with nothing better to do, are becoming obsessed with dying the fur of their four legged pets. This trend began in China and spread to the West, but has it gone too far now?

Dogs will be taken to grooming parlors, not just for a trim and shampoo, but now for a full-body painting.

Although owners may be doing this with good intent, surely it is at the expense of the dog’s dignity. Perhaps owners should first dye their own hair multicolored and then let the dog decide if they theirs done.

Do you believe that fur dying is a harmless act which people do as a treat for their pets or are dog owners just trying to make their dog stand out from the crowd to compensate for the lack of attention they receive themselves?

Make your own mind up on this one.

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