Dog Companions

Monkeys are cute but are not domesticated animals
Dogs are domesticated and cute and our best friends.
Choose a dog every time over exotic pets and you will be happier.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Great Pyrenees among the Sheep

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Bhagavan "Doc" Antle


Bhagavan "Doc" Antle

Dr. Bhagavan "Doc" Antle is the founder and director of T.I.G.E.R.S., The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species and the R.S.F., The Rare Species Fund. He grew up on a vast cattle ranch in Arizona, where his great love for wild and exotic animals began and from a very young age he began raising and caring for every amazing animal he could get his hands on. As a young man he had many great opportunities to travel and explore the world and this eventually brought him to China where he studied for and received his Doctoral degree in medicine. He then interned as a traveling Doctor throughout many villages in mainland China and other parts of Asia. He returned to the United States in the early 80's and located in Buckingham, Virginia, where he co-created and ran Integral Health Services; an alternative drugless therapy clinic utilizing meditation, diet and exercise programs.

In 1982, the clinic was visited by a zoo director who introduced Doc to a Siberian tiger cub. He was so amazed by the presence of the tiger that he asked if he might use it at the end of one of his lectures, to demonstrate how even the most powerful animals were greatly affected by their environment. The presentation was a great success and after it was over an impressed audience member introduced himself as the local head of Exxon Oil. He asked Doc if he would present the tiger and his message of the dangers of environmental damage at an upcoming Exxon Convention. 
Needless to say, they were blown away and an amazing partnership was born between Doc Antle and the big cats of the world. T.I.G.E.R.S. was soon created as a wildlife education organization, dedicated to promoting global conservation with informative, educational, and entertaining interactive programs. It's animal ambassadors are important living examples of current worldwide environmental issues, helping to educate the world about the importance of conservation and global biodiversity. Today, Doc is widely recognized as one of the foremost animal trainers in the world, having worked with thousands of animals, and traveled the globe promoting the education and conservation of some of our planet's most rare and endangered species. 

Suryia and Roscoe: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship







Suryia and Roscoe: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship

Hardcover – April 26, 2011

Who can imagine an orangutan being friends with a dog? Is it even possible? With Suryia and Roscoe it is!Dogs and orangutans rarely meet, and when they do, they are naturally shy around each other. But when Suryia the orangutan first meets Roscoe, a stray dog, they become best friends from the start.Set on a preserve for rare animals, The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) in South Carolina, here is a true story of a remarkable friendship between two characters.

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Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe a Blue Tick hound became friends when they crossed paths at a South Carolina preservefor endangered animals. Now they swim together, play together and Suryia even takes the dog for his walks.

The pair first encountered each other two years ago when Roscoe followed staff from The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in Myrtle Beach home.

He was immediately spotted by the orangutan who ambled over to make friends.

Dr Bhagavan Antle, founder of TIGERS said: 'Roscoe looked really thin and a little lost so we fed him and took care of him;

'He followed us through the gate and ran over and found Suryia. As soon as he saw Roscoe, Suryia ran over to him and they started playing. It was unusual because dogs are usually scared of primates but they took to each other straight away. We made a few calls to see if he belonged to anyone and when no-one came forward, Roscoe ended up staying.'

Suryia is an animal ambassador at the preserve helping to raise baby primates but likes nothing better than spending quality time with his canine friend on his day off.

'They will spend a few hours each day together rolling around, swimming,' said Dr Antle. 'Suryia will take Roscoe for walks around the enclosure and even feeds him some of his monkey biscuits. When they are both feeling a little lazy they will go for a ride on the back of Bubbles, our 27-year-old African elephant.'

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Dog Attends Mass Daily

                                              Dog Attends Mass Daily

In San Donaci Italy a German Shepherd named Tommy attends mass everyday. When Tommy was a stray, a kind hearted lady named Maria Lochi adopted him. Tommy would walk to church with Maria everyday and was allowed to sit at her feet during mass. When Maria died Tommy followed the mourners into the church attending her funeral, and followed behind the casket after. Since then when the bell rings signalling the beginning of mass Tommy attends mass waiting for his master to return.

Father Donato Panna the priest of the church has said Tommy attends every mass without making a sound, and that he is well behaved. After the mass he lets him out and the whole village has been feeding, and watching out for the dog. The loyalty of this animal is so bittersweet, hopefully by this time someone has adopted him and given him a home like maria did for him.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Why Do Parrots Talk?

This whimsical wrap-up of TED2006 — presented by Einstein, the African grey parrot, and her trainer, Stephanie White — simply tickles.  

Watch for the moment when Einstein has a moment with Al Gore.

Einstein the Parrot’s TED talk


A talking, squawking parrot

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Why Do Parrots Talk?

And do they know what they’re saying?
By Ashley P. Taylor
August 06, 2015

Alex the parrot counts red and blue objects at the behest of his owner, Dr. Irene Pepperberg. 
Photo: Jeff Topping for The New York Times/Redux

Of all the creatures on Earth, only two can produce human language: humans…and birds. Of the few birds that can imitate human speech, including mynah birds, crows, and ravens, parrots are clearly the best at it—they give TED talks, speak multiple languages, and even front heavy metal bands. So why can parrots talk when our closer primate relatives cannot?

Parrots are vocal learners, meaning they grasp sounds by hearing and then imitating them. Although several other bird species can discern and repeat sounds, parrots are the pros.

Erich Jarvis, a Duke University neuroscientist and vocal learning expert, recently published a study in Plos One explaining why. Any bird that’s a vocal learner has a part of the brain devoted to this, called the ‘song system.’ But in parrots, the song system has two layers—an inner ‘core,’ common to all avian vocal learners, and an outer ‘shell,’ which is unique to parrots. Jarvis thinks that this recently discovered ‘shell’ is what allows parrots to be such expert mimickers (though he hasn’t figured out exactly how it works yet).

But why do they copy human speech? Peer pressure, it turns out. Parrots naturally try to fit in, be it among other parrots or other people.

In the wild, parrots use their vocal prowess to share important information and fit in with the flock, says Irene Pepperberg, a research associate and part-time lecturer at Harvard. Pepperberg is best known for her work probing the intelligence of an African Grey Parrot called Alex, who lived in Pepperberg’s lab for 30 years, until his death in 2007.  “A single bird in the wild is a dead bird; It can’t look for food and look for predators at the same time,” Pepperberg says—but in a flock they can trade off responsibilities.

Parrots are even capable of learning and using varying dialects. Yellow-naped Amazon Parrots in Costa Rica, for example, have regional dialects, and when they swap regions, the transplants often pick up the local twang, Tim Wright, who studies parrot vocalization at New Mexico State University, found in his research.

So plop a parrot into a human household, and it will “try to integrate itself into the situation as though the people were its flock members,” says Pepperberg.

Pet parrots have all the essential conditions for picking up language—time, inspiration, and mental ability. Wild parrots, on the other hand, lack the needed close proximity to speech. (Though wild parrots have been overheard spouting human phrases, presumably learned from escaped pet parrots, this behavior is rare.) “In the wild, parrots focus on other parrots for what they want to learn,” Wright says. It’s only in captivity, when humans become their sources of social interaction, that they start paying attention to us.

The question is, do these precocious birds know what they’re saying? For parrots, words may have some associations but not complex meanings, says Wright. “But they are very attuned to the context in which we use [words], and so I think that often fools people a little bit.” When a parrot says “Hello; how are you?” when its owner enters the room, for example, it’s “not necessarily interested in your well being” but is mimicking what it hears the owner saying when he or she comes in. In fact, a parrot’s understanding of “how are you,” is probably “Oh look, someone has come into the room.” Parrots are also drawn to phrases and sounds associated with excitement and commotion, Wright adds, which may be why the birds are so good at learning profanity.

With training, though, it can be a different story, says Pepperberg. She bought Alex right after she completed her PhD in 1977, and decided to train him rigorously: The bird listened and watched a pair of researchers identify and exchange simple objects (importantly, objects Alex liked). One human acted as a model for the bird, exchanging objects with the other researcher while Alex watched. They sometimes intentionally made mistakes, so the bird could see that “not any random new noise mediates transfer of the object”—just its label. Only when the bird was “practically falling off his perch” lusting after these objects did the researchers loop him into the conversation—and, if he identified an object correctly, let him play with it.

“Parrots who talk know what they’re saying if they are taught appropriately,” Pepperberg says. For example, a bird trained to identify favorite foods knows exactly what they mean when they ask for them. For example, Waldo, a 21-year-old African Grey Parrot who has been part of the band Hatebeak for 12 years (what started as a joke has become a successful venture), likes snacking on bananas and crackers. As drummer Blake Harrison told Vice, “We got him dehydrated banana chips, and he pieced it together and called them ‘banana crackers’ on his own. It's a little creepy.”

By the end of his life, Pepperberg’s Alex had learned to identify 50 objects, seven colors, six shapes (such as “three-corner” for triangle and “four corner” for square), and quantities up to eight. He could tell you, for instance, how many purple popsicle sticks (“How many purple wood?”) were on a tray of assorted objects. He could also identify things that were the “same” or “different,” as well as “bigger” and “smaller.” What stood out about Alex was not his vocabulary (at around 100 words, it was average for a parrot). Instead, it was his ability to learn and repeat concepts: For example, when researchers fed Alex cake on his birthday one year, he called it “yummy bread.” He also had his own special word for ‘apple’—‘bannery,’ “cause it probably tasted a bit like a banana and looked like a big cherry,” Pepperberg says.

While that might sound pretty ingenious, remember that many other animals—vocal learning or not—have sounds that they use to communicate (particularly about food, one of the most important aspects of any animal’s life). We likely just find parrots particularly endearing because we can understand them.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Future of Zoos

The Future of Zoos
Is there any ethical way to keep apes, elephants and other intelligent animals in captivity given growing understanding of their emotional life - and rights?

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Man's Best Friend

“A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a
sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people
have dangerous ones.”
― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
The Case
Book of Sherlock Holmes

Dog Scooters

This is a great sport if you have a big dog.  Keeps the dog and the human healthy...

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Urban Mushing

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Pawtrek Dog Scooters



Is your dog bored?  Is your dog destructive?  Do you have a high energy dog that never seems wear itself out?  The Pawtrek Xplora Dog Scooter is a great way to help you and your dog.  Join the growing number of people from all over the world who have discovered Urban Mushing as a sport and is an excellent way of exercising your energetic dog. A tired dog is a happy dog.

Dog Scootering 101
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Where there is snow, dog lovers hitch their dogs to sleds and let their dogs run.

Where there is no snow, dog lovers hitch their dogs to scooters and let their dogs run!
After work they and the dog go out the front door, hitch to the scooter and trot down the sidewalk, to the park, along the bike trail, across the soccer fields and dash back home. On weekends they load up the car and head for the trails in the countryside. Scooting along with an eager, running dog is a blast!
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Why Scooter With Your Dog? PDF Print E-mail
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When we first discovered scootering, what it meant to me was freedom. Suddenly we could run for miles together in any direction. This was not something we could do before. My dog was getting a workout, building strength and aerobic fitness, and we were outdoors together. Another benefit I didn't completely understand at the time was that we were learning to work together. We learned to perform a somewhat complex task together. We learned how to communicate and read each other's signals. And we built a relationship that's based on getting outdoors and having a good time.
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Does Your Dog Love to Run? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 August 2008 05:11
If your dog loves to run, if you can't walk him enough, if he pulls your arm off, if you would not want your mother or daughter to walk him, if driving to the dog park each night is difficult/boring/expensive, if the Iditarod grabs your imagination, try the new dog sport: dog scootering. Slip your dog into a sled dog harness, rope him to a scooter, hop on the scooter and let him run. The dog and you become a mini mushing team. You ride the scooter; he runs and pulls. Scooter dogs can run for a few city blocks or for 5 to 20 miles on back country trails. You and the dog are a team.
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Any Dog Can Pull A Scooter PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 July 2007 04:54
Does your dog weigh just thirty pounds? Take a look at the photo section and see the beautiful cocker spaniel running like fury pulling her scooter. Eighty pounds? That is the weight of the German shepherds pictured to the right. Two dogs weighing 15 pounds each? Why not? See the miniature poodles in the photo section. Size is less important than you think. Little dogs can scooter. You scoot the scooter and they run in front and keep the line tight. Think of it as walking the dog with a scooter instead of a leash. Scoooter wheels offer little resistance. When you use a scooter, you can kick on the flats to help the dog maintain its speed. Run beside the scooter when going uphill. Dog Scootering exercises both you and the dog!
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 October 2010 15:22
Dog Powered Vehicles are Alternative Modes of Transportation. PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 July 2007 04:54
Dogs have served as transportation throughout domestication. We are familiar with the dog teams of the north. Remember also the milk dogs of Switzerland, the war dogs of World War I and the travois dogs of the plains Indians. Now with scooters, sulkies, roller blades, skiis, and kicksleds, dogs are pulling for recreation and exercise. Some dogs are pulling for work. Some people hitch a trailer to their scooter and pull their child while riding the scooter. My rottweiler pulls the laundry to the laundromat and delivers the boxed Torker scooter to UPS for shipping. A woman in Florida gave up her car and does her errands by dogs and scooter. Another woman drives her sulky to work. When she needs to carry stuff, she hooks a cart behind the sulky.
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