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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Puppy remorse? It’s time to call in the pros.

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Puppy remorse? It’s time to call in the pros.

That furry friend turned demon dog isn’t the problem. His owners are. by Rebecca Eckler

Oct 3, 2014

At 6:50 a.m., a few weeks ago, Laurel Adams posted on Facebook: “She may be cute, but I’m done. Anyone want a puppy? I cannot handle taking care of the house, kids, cooking, working full-time, marathon training and being up at 5 a.m., dealing with this dog and my six-year-old, feeling exhausted.”

It was buyer’s remorse, or, more specifically, Adams had a case of puppy remorse. “Our son has anxiety issues and ADHD and we work with a therapist,” Adams explains. “She suggested a dog would be great for his anxiety. Also, we knew we would not have a nanny much longer, so we thought it would be good to give our kids a companion.”

Adams admits she didn’t do much research on what breed of dog might best suit her hectic lifestyle. “I’m a bleeding heart, so we worked with a rescue [organization], who found us a puppy that was retriever-collie-spaniel.” At the time, Adams had a nanny. She also had two cats.

“When I introduced the cats to the dog, one cat lost her mind and attacked the dog and me. It was a Monday morning. I had a dog covered in poo and a terrified cat. I was covered in dog poo and blood from the cat scratching. I had 20 minutes to shower, bathe the dog and make it to an important meeting.” It was in the meeting when she realized she had made a hard-to-undo mistake.

Maggie Helen, a dog trainer in Toronto, says she sees owner’s remorse more and more. “People buy on impulse, or see a rescue and feel badly,” says Helen. “They want the dog, but don’t want to put in the time or work.” She has some compassion for them. “Everyone who calls me to try and find their dog a home isn’t flippant. They feel guilty. I say, ‘I get it. You can’t handle it. Let me help you find a good home, so you’ll feel okay with your decision.’ ”

Jenny Wisenberg, trainer and owner of the Bark Zone, has a different attitude about such owners. “It can be a 15-year commitment, and people aren’t doing their due diligence,” she says. “But you should feel guilt. So, next time, if there is a next time, you’ll make a better decision.” Wisenberg knew immediately, after a client cancelled her second training session, that she was done with her new puppy. “I could tell by how standoffish she was during the first training session. I later learned she re-homed the dog.”

She says it happens all the time, for various reasons. “One of my clients was a single parent. She bought a dog for her child, which is the worst reason to buy a dog. The child cared about the dog for about five seconds. I was like, ‘Did you really expect your five-year-old to take care of the dog?’ ”

Once a week, Caryn Liles, from Whatta Pup! Dog Training, holds orientations for new owners. “Everyone looks really, really tired. And they’ll say, ‘I don’t think my dog is normal.’ ‘Why?’ I ask, ‘because it barks and sheds?’ Dogs barking at strangers on your property; it’s like stating the sky is blue. ‘Guess what?’ I say. ‘That’s what dogs do.’ ”

She sometimes feels more like a therapist than a trainer. “I let them know it’s normal to feel this way.” She offers reassurance: “Why don’t you try to stick it out and let’s get through this together?”

Tiffany Hayes, of Fairy Dog Mother Adventures, also believes re-homing a dog should be a last resort. “We get a lot of calls from people who have gotten rescues and they’ve been told their dog’s ‘story.’ People get stuck on that, and say, ‘Oh, it’s because he was abandoned that he acts that way.’ If you adopt a child, you wouldn’t say, ‘My child isn’t behaving, because [he or she has] been adopted.’ We give children the chance to fit into their surroundings.”

Adams finally decided to keep her dog. Her Facebook posting helped. “There were a couple of mean comments, but I was blown away by a friend offering to take my dog for an afternoon, to someone offering to train her for free,” she says. (She did send her dog to a week-long boot camp.) She also learned some valuable lessons, and suggests you: avoid a puppy if you’re already overwhelmed, budget for trainers, and give yourself time to think it through. Still, says Adams, “I wouldn’t have taken any of that advice. I just really wanted a dog.”


Friday, October 19, 2018

Blue Face

How do dogs process words? Brain study investigates

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Dogs may have 'a neural representation for the meaning of words they have been taught,' finds a new study, which placed dogs inside a brain scanner.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wanted: Forever home for three 'gentle giants' who can't be apart

Wanted: Forever home for 3 'gentle giants' who can't be apart Staff Published Tuesday,

Wanted: Forever home for 3 'gentle giants' who can't be apart

October 9, 2018 


A trio of adorable Saint Bernard dogs is in need of a loving permanent home – but prospective owners are warned that the “gentle giants” who must be adopted together come with a gigantic food bill.

The Edmonton Humane Society acknowledges that burly brothers Goliath, Gunther and Gasket pose a “giant adoption problem.”

The two-year-old dogs were transferred to EHS underweight but otherwise healthy. Feeding them costs around $300 each month.
All three have been neutered and weigh in at over 115 pounds each.

The canine companions are described as friendly and playful, but EHS said they show signs of anxiety when separated so must be adopted together.

“These three gentle giants have won over the hearts of staff and volunteers – even with the excessive drool,” Jamey Blair, manager of animal health and protection at EHS, said in a news release.
“While their status as bonded pets creates a unique challenge to find a home that can care for all 350 pounds of them, we are confident that there is a family out there who will give these three dogs their second chance. “

EHS reminded those interested to consider the expenses, including vet bills, of adopting giant-breed dogs like Saint Bernards, who have a life expectancy of eight to 10 years.
The humane society has also recommended the trio be adopted into a home with a large outdoor area. Because of the dogs’ size, the adoptive family should have either older children or no kids at all, EHS said.

The dogs appear to be house trained and get along with other dogs, EHS said.

Goliath, Gunther and Gasket will be available for adoption on Wednesday.

Those interested in adopting the dogs must email to schedule an appointment to meet them, and will be required to go through an adoption interview with all family members present to ensure it can fulfill the animals' needs.

A City of Edmonton bylaw only allows three dogs per residence. 



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The Edmonton Humane Society says it may be hard to find someone who wants to adopt three big dogs all at once.



The Edmonton Humane Society is searching for a family to take in all three brothers, who are bonded with each other.

EDMONTON, AB (October 9, 2018) – The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) is facing a giant adoption challenge – literally. Three adult Saint Bernard dogs are looking for their forever home and must be adopted all together.

Goliath, Gunther and Gasket were transferred in to EHS’ care from another animal welfare agency.

The dogs are estimated to be approximately two years old. While friendly and playful, their behaviour assessment showed signs of the trio being bonded with each other, including high levels of anxiety, searching, and attempting to escape in order to find each other when separated. As a result, EHS is requiring that they go to the same home.

“These three gentle giants have won over the hearts of staff and volunteers – even with the excessive drool,” said Jamey Blair, Manager of Animal Health & Protection at EHS. “While their status as bonded pets creates a unique challenge to find a home that can care for all 350 pounds of them, we are confident that there is a family out there who will give these three dogs their second chance.”
“We also wanted to ensure their welfare and given the outcome of their assessment, we could not put them through the stress of being separated,” she added.

The dogs arrived underweight but are otherwise healthy. All three of them weigh over 52.5 kilograms (115 pounds). They have recently undergone their neuter surgeries, and will be available for adoption as of Wednesday, October 10.

EHS is recommending that interested adopters seriously consider the significant expense of adopting three giant-breed dogs before making the commitment. Their food alone is estimated to cost over $300 a month.

The life expectancy of a Saint Bernard is 8-10 years, and potential veterinary expenses must be considered as well. Because of their large size, EHS is recommending they go to a home with older or no children and with a large outdoor area. The dogs appear to be house trained and get along with other dogs. City of Edmonton by-law only permits up to three dogs per residence.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Monkey Drives State-Owned Bus in Karnataka, Driver Removed from Duty | T...

Monkey Drives State-Owned Bus in Karnataka, Driver Removed from Duty | The Quint


In a viral video, a langur is seen taking control of the KSRTC bus. The driver who let the monkey control the steering with passengers onboard was later removed.










Tony Randall and Zamba the Lion

Tony Randall and Zamba the Lion, seen in a new book of the work of photographer Orlando Suero 

 A new book brings together the work of photographer Orlando Suero, who always established a good rapport with his subjects. It makes for a mixture of striking posed images and off-the-cuff shots, featuring some of the 20th-Century’s most famous politicians and celebrities, writes Christine Ro.

Orlando Suero’s photography career extended from his teens to his 80s. A new book, Orlando/Photography, gathers around 200 intimate shots of well-known actors, politicians, musicians and other celebrities in their heyday, ranging from the 1950s to 1980s. Some of these photos have remained unpublished for 50 years.

(Credit: Orlando Suero)
Tony Randall and Zamba, 1965

The opening image from Orlando/Photography is of actor Tony Randall placidly reading to Zamba the lion. 

This is one of more than 100 photos that Suero took of Tony and Zamba on the bed while on the set of the film Fluffy, a comedy about a psychology professor who attempts to prove that a lion can be domesticated. 

Suero began working on film sets while living in his native New York, before moving to Hollywood to further his entertainment career.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Young grizzly and dog are best friends


Young grizzly and dog are best friends

Millie a year old Syrian Brown Bear ( Grizzly ) and her dog King wrestle and play on a cool spring morning at GarLyn Zoo.