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Your Dog is Super Jealous of Other Dogs, Study Finds
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WASHINGTON, (AFP) - Dogs show jealousy when their owners spend time with what appears to be another dog, suggesting that the emotion may have survivalist roots, US researchers said Wednesday.

 
Scientists tested 36 dogs and their owners with an experiment in which the owners were told to play with three separate objects in front of their dog.
 
One of the objects was a toy dog that barked and wagged its tail when a button on it was pushed. The owners were told to play with it as if it were a real dog for one minute.
 
They were told to do the same in the next phase of the experiment with a toy jack-o-lantern pail, acting as if it were a dog and playing with it.
 
Finally, they were asked to read aloud a pop-up children's book that played a song, as if they were telling the story to a small child.
 
Certain dog behaviors were much more common when owners played with the toy dog versus the other objects, the researchers found.
 
For instance, dogs more often snapped, pushed their owners, pushed against the object and tried to get in between the owner and the toy dog than they did with the other toys.
 
The dogs were about twice as likely to push their owner (78 percent of dogs did this) when he or she was playing with the toy dog than when the interaction involved the jack-o-lantern (42 percent). Just 22 percent did so with the book.
 
About 30 percent of the dogs tried to get between their owner and the toy dog, and 25 percent snapped at the stuffed canine.
 
The dogs came from a range of breeds, including dachshund, Pomeranian, Boston terrier, Maltese and pug. Almost half of those in the study were mixed breeds.
 
The research, led by Christine Harris and Caroline Prouvost from the University of California, San Diego, is published in the journal PLOS ONE.
 
"Our study suggests not only that dogs do engage in what appear to be jealous behaviors but also that they were seeking to break up the connection between the owner and a seeming rival," Harris said.
 
"We can't really speak to the dogs' subjective experiences, of course, but it looks as though they were motivated to protect an important social relationship."
 





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Elephants Sense of Smell 'Superior' to Dogs http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/elephants-sense-smell-superior-dogs-31892


Elephants Sense of Smell 'Superior' to Dogs
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WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Elephants possess a sense of smell that is likely the strongest ever identified in a single species, according to a study by Japanese scientists out Tuesday.
 
The African elephant's genome contains the largest number of olfactory receptor (OR) genes -- nearly 2,000 -- said the study in the journal Genome Research.
 
Olfactory receptors detect odors in the environment.
 
That means elephants' sniffers are five times more powerful than people's noses, twice that of dogs, and even stronger than the previous known record-holder in the animal kingdom: rats.
 
"Apparently, an elephant's nose is not only long but also superior," said lead study author Yoshihito Niimura of the University of Tokyo.
 
Just how these genes work is not well understood, but they likely helped elephants survive and navigate their environment over the ages.
 
The ability to smell allows creatures to find mates and food -- and avoid predators.
 
The study compared elephant olfactory receptor genes to those of 13 other animals, including horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, cows, rodents and chimpanzees.
 
Primates and people actually had very low numbers of OR genes compared to other species, the study found.
 
This could be "a result of our diminished reliance on smell as our visual acuity improved," Niimura said.
 
The research was funded by the Japan Science and Technology Agency and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grants-in-Aid program.
 





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New York Sells Out Adult Sleepover Under Blue Whale http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/new-york-sells-out-adult-sleepover-under-blue-whale-31891


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 NEW YORK, (AFP) - Ever dreamt of kipping down under a blue whale? For grown-ups equipped with a sleeping bag and toothbrush, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adult-only sleepover.
 
The August 1 overnight adventure was so popular that it sold out within hours of being advertised at the celebrated museum opposite Central Park, home to more than 32 million specimens.
 
For 150 guests, paying $375 a head, the night's festivities will kick off with a champagne reception and a little jazz, before adults are invited to roam through the empty halls of the giant museum.
 
They can come head to head with a herd of elephants and dinosaur skeletons, including a 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex and visit the planetarium at midnight if they so wish.
 
As bedtime approaches, guests will be invited to unroll their sleeping bags and curl up under the museum's much loved fiberglass model of a 94-foot-long blue whale that was found off the southern tip of South America in 1925.
 
The curator of the museum's "Power of Poison" exhibition will be on hand to give a special presentation, and visitors can also take in "Spiders Alive!" -- a show featuring live spiders, tarantulas and scorpions mounted to combat arachnophobia.
 
The evening's fun comes complete with a three-course dinner and drinks, an evening snack of cookies and milk, and a light breakfast of fruit, yoghurt, muffins and granola bars.
 
Visitors have been told to bring sleeping bags, a pillow, their camera, toothbrush and toothpaste, washcloth and ear plugs.
 
Pajamas -- oddly -- are not allowed, instead adults are asked to bring "warm, comfortable clothing" to sleep in.
 
Oh and you have to be 21 years old and over.
 
The American Museum of Natural History has already hosted 62,000 children aged six to 13 for regular sleepovers since 2007.
 
It's collection of more than 32 million specimens of animals, birds and insects and dinosaurs come from all over the world.
 
It also houses the Star of India, the world's largest gem-quality blue star sapphire and two billion years old.
 





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'Bee-harming' Pesticides Also Hit Bird Populations http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/bee-harming-pesticides-also-hit-bird-populations-31890


'Bee-harming' Pesticides Also Hit Bird Populations
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PARIS, (AFP) - Already suspected of killing bees, so-called "neonic" pesticides also affect bird populations, possibly by eliminating the insects they feed upon, a Dutch study said on Wednesday.
 
The new paper comes weeks after an international panel of 29 experts found that birds, butterflies, worms and fish were being harmed by neonicotinoid insecticides, although details of this impact were sketchy.
 
Studying areas of the Netherlands where surface water had high concentrations of one such chemical, imidacloprid, it found that the population of 15 bird species tumbled by 3.5 percent annually compared to places where the pesticide's level was far lower.
 
The fall, monitored from 2003 to 2010, coincided with rising use of imidacloprid, noted the study led by Caspar Hallmann of Radboud University in Nijmegen.
 
Authorised in the Netherlands in 1994, annual use of this neonicotinoid increased more than ninefold by 2004, according to official figures. Much of the chemical was found to have been sprayed at excessive concentrations.
 
By wiping out insects -- a crucial source of food at breeding times -- it affected the birds' ability to reproduce, the authors suggested, cautioning that other causes could not be ruled out.
 
Nine of the 15 bird species monitored are exclusively insectivore.
 
"Our results suggest that the impact of neonicotinoids on the natural environment is even more substantial than has been reported in the past," declared the probe, published in the journal Nature.
 
"Future legislation should take into account the potential cascading effects of neonicotinoids on ecosystems."
 
Neonics are widely-used as a seed treatment for arable crops. They are designed to be absorbed by the growing seedling and be toxic for the nervous system of crop-munching pests.
 
In a commentary carried by Nature, Dave Goulson, a biologist at Britain's Sussex University, said neonicotinoids may well have a long-term impact on insect populations.
 
Only about five percent of the pesticide's active ingredient is actually absorbed by the crop, he said.
 
Most of the rest enters the soil and soil water, where it can persist for months and even years -- it can take more than 1,000 days for concentrations to fall by half.
 
As a result, the chemicals build up over time if fields are sprayed seasonally or annually, he said.
 
The chemical may also be taken up by the roots of hedgerows and follow-on crops, and be washed from soils into lakes, canals and rivers, where it could affect aquatic insects, a food for birds and fish, Goulson said.
 
He saw a similar knock-on process to that of DDT, a notorious pesticide whose environmental damage came to the fore in 1962 thanks to Rachel Carson's investigation "Silent Spring."
 
The debate over neonics has raged since the late 1990s, when French beekeepers blamed them for the collapse of honeybee colonies.
 
In 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) declared that neonic pesticides posed an "unacceptable risk" to bees.
 
This was followed by a vote by the European Union in favour of a two-year moratorium on the use of three widely used neonic chemicals on flowering crops, which are visited by bees.
 
But the measure does not affect barley and wheat, nor does it cover pesticides used in gardens or public areas.
 
Last month, the White House ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry out its own review of the effect of neonicotinoids on bees.
 





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Senior Dogs Find Refuge in Japanese Nursing Home http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/senior-dogs-find-refuge-japanese-nursing-home-31865


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TOKYO, (AFP) - A new Japanese nursing home has everything seniors could want, from a hair salon and 24-hour medical care to comfy beds and a swimming pool to keep those legs in shape -- all four of them.
 
The facility in a Tokyo suburb is throwing open its doors to ageing dogs of all shapes and sizes with the promise of a comfortable retirement for the elderly canines, and their equally wrinkly human owners.
 
Aeonpet Co., a unit of major shopping mall operator Aeon, billed its nursing home as the ticket for a pet-loving nation which also has a rapidly ageing population.
 
"Many pets are getting old while their owners are also ageing. This is a serious social issue," company president Akihiro Ogawa said during a media tour Wednesday.
 
"I hope this business will provide part of the solution for this problem."
 
Owners who worry about their pet's future after they die need not fret -- the pool has dog-sized life jackets and there is a CT scanner for thorough medical check ups.
 
And when those beloved pets aren't getting a shampoo and trim, the home offers memory games to help ward off dementia and comforting care during the final stage of life.
 
There is an interview to make sure owners aren't just trying to get rid of old pets, with costs ranging from 100,000 yen ($1,000) a month for small pets to double that number for bigger dogs.
 
The nursing home opens next week.
 





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Cause of Death Remains a Mystery in China Pet Food Scare http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/cause-death-remains-mystery-china-pet-food-scare-petmd-31843


Cause of Death Remains a Mystery in China Pet Food Scare
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WASHINGTON, (AFP) - US authorities have yet to determine what exactly caused the deaths of more than 1,000 dogs that consumed jerky pet treats made in China, a Congressional panel heard Tuesday.
 
Major pet supply retailers Petco and Petsmart have said they will phase out all China-made pet food in their stores over the coming months, amid growing consumer jitters about the safety of their ingredients.
 
Tracey Forfa of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told the Congressional-Executive Commission on China that more than 5,600 dogs in the United States are known to have fallen ill since 2007 due to jerky products imported from China.
 
"Unfortunately, to date, the FDA has not been able to identify a specific cause for the reported illnesses or deaths despite an intensive scientific investigation," said Forfa, deputy director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.
 
Sixty percent of the sick dogs -- of all sizes, ages and breeds -- suffered gastrointestinal illness, while 30 percent exhibited kidney or urinary issues, including a rare kidney disease called Fanconi syndrome, she said.
 
"Without knowing what is causing the illnesses, and thus no means of screening products to ensure that they are safe, firms and authorities have limited options," added University of Minnesota professor Shaun Kennedy, an expert in food systems.
 
Worries about the quality of China-made pet food date back to 2007, when melamine, a chemical compound typically used for making plastics, was detected in some brands, prompting a sweeping recall.
 
Patty Lovera of Food and Water Watch, a non-profit advocacy group, said melamine is intentionally added to various food products in China to enhance their nitrogen content and thus pass protein tests.
 
Tuesday's congressional hearing was held amid wider questions over labelling food imports from China for human consumption.
 
Last year the Department of Agriculture gave a green light for China to export processed, cooked chicken to the United States, so long as the raw poultry originates from US slaughter houses.
 
"While no such chicken has entered our shores yet, it's possible that very soon this processed chicken could end up on our dinner tables and school lunchrooms," said Senator Sherrod Brown, one of the committee's co-chairmen.
 
"Americans want and require better answers, clearer labels and the peace of mind that the foods we import from China are safe," he said, urging Beijing to make "significant improvements" in its food safety system.





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jjcozy molded jerky 07/17/2014 10:37am well my experience with people jerky which I used to eat alot, for one thing if it is not stored correctly or gets too old it will mold. I had some to go bad on me several times. sometimes the mold is not that notiicable depending on the kind of meat it is made of. I do not chance feeding mine jerky anymore. I stick to a regular diet if they get anything extra maybe veggies.
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Pet Dog Saves Japanese Boy from Bear Attack http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/pet-dogs-saves-japanese-boy-bear-attack-31842


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TOKYO, June 24, 2014 (AFP) - A placid pet dog was being hailed a hero after saving a five-year-old boy from a mauling by a wild bear in northern Japan, police and media said Tuesday.

 
The dog, a six-year-old shiba inu, took on the metre-high (three-feet) bear after it attacked the young boy during a riverside walk with his great-grandfather.
 
The dog barked "unusually loud" and chased off the animal on Saturday evening in Odate, some 550 kilometres (340 miles) north of Tokyo, a local police spokesman said.
 
"The boy suffered slight bruises and was taken to hospital but he was released on the same day," the spokesman said.
 
The boy's 80-year-old great-grandfather, who was a short distance away near his car, raised the alarm.
 
Local media identified the dog as a six-year-old bitch named "Mego" ("Cute").
 
"Mego is usually calm and timid. It was a great surprise that she chased away a bear," the dog's owner told the Sports Hochi daily. "Mego has always been his friend and we have rewarded her with meat and other treats."
 
The Sports Hochi reported that the boy's clothes were torn and his back and bottom were covered in scratches where the bear had apparently clawed at him.
 
Asian black bears are native to large parts of Japan, including the main island of Japan, while brown bears roam Hokkaido further north.
 





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Spanish Zoo Vet Tranquilizes Keeper in Gorilla Escape Drill http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/spanish-zoo-vet-tranquilizes-keeper-gorilla-escape-drill-31786


Spanish Zoo Vet Tranquilizes Keeper in Gorilla Escape Drill
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MADRID, June 06, 2014 (AFP) - A Spanish zoo vet shot a keeper with a tranquillizer dart when a gorilla escape drill went awry, knocking out the unfortunate victim who spent the next three days in hospital.
  
Zoo workers ran a drill simulating a gorilla escape on Monday, said the Loro Park zoo, a popular holiday destination in Lanzarote on Spain's Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.
 
But a park vet armed with a tranquillizer gun then shot a loaded dart into the 35-year-old keeper by mistake, Loro Park spokeswoman Patricia Delponti told AFP on Friday.
 
"For an unknown reason it fired accidently and hit his co-worker beside him in the leg," Delponti said.
 
"The dart was loaded to neutralise a 200-kilogram (440-pound) gorilla. So when it goes into a human weighing about 100 kilograms it is very dangerous," she explained.
 
The vet reacted by injecting a gorilla tranquillizer antidote into the keeper.
 
An ambulance then rushed the victim to intensive care at the University Hospital of Tenerife, where he was aroused from his slumber nearly eight hours later, the spokeswoman said. "He was obviously very woozy because of the tranquillizer dose he had received."
 
After two days in intensive care and a day under observation, doctors discharged the keeper Thursday morning.
 
Delponti denied a Spanish newspaper report that the keeper had been dressed in a gorilla suit, confusing the vet who then shot him with the dart.
 
"He was not disguised as a gorilla and was not wearing a hairy costume, and the vet did not get confused," she said. "It is impossible to confuse a gorilla with a human."
 





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Hill’s Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls 62 Bags of Science Diet Dry Dog Food http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/hills-pet-nutrition-voluntarily-recalls-62-bags-science-diet-dry-dog-food-31746


Hill’s Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls 62 Bags of Science Diet Dry Dog Food
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Hill’s Pet Nutrition, of Topeka, KS, is voluntarily issuing a pet food recall for a limited quantity of dry dog food due to possible Salmonella contamination.
 
The following products (pictured here) are included in the dog food recall:
 
Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed          
15.5 lb bags
SKU: 9097
“Best Before” Date/ Production Code: 08 2015 M094   
 
According to a press release issued by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the 62 bags affected by this dog food recall were distributed to 17 veterinary clinic and pet store customers in California, Hawaii and Nevada between April 24 and May 13, 2014. The bags were part of a single production run.
 
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled dog food and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
 
There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
 
Customers who may have purchased any of the affected food should discontinue use of the product and immediately call Hill’s Pet Nutrition at 1-800-445-5777. Customer service representatives will be available Monday-Friday during the hours of 7am-7pm CST. Hill’s will arrange to collect the unused portion of the product at its own expense at a time convenient for the consumer and will provide a full refund.
 
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Pet Center, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Lamb Dog Treats http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/pet-center-inc-voluntarily-recalls-lamb-dog-treats-31741


Pet Center, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Lamb Dog Treats
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Pet Center, Inc., a Los Angeles-based pet-treat manufacturer, has issued a voluntary recall of specific lamb-based dog treats due to potential contamination with Salmonella.
 
The following products are included in the dog treat recall:
 
Lamb Crunchy’s Dog Treats (Made in the USA)
3 oz. bags
Lot code: LAM-003
UPC# 727348200038
Date code:  122015
 
According to a press release issued by the FDA, the product was distributed in California, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Washington states to retailers including Gelson’s Market, General Pet, Nor-Sky Pet Supply and Independent Pet.
 
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
 
There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
 
Salmonella was detected by the State of Colorado, Department of Agriculture in a random sample of these dog treat products. No illnesses have been reported to date.
 
Customers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Pet Center, Inc. customer representatives will also be available to answer questions related to the dog treat recall at 1-800-390-0575 Monday-Friday between 7:30am through 4pm PST.
 
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Four-Legged Stars of Canine Thriller Win Cannes 'Palm Dog' http://www.petmd.com/news/lifestyle-entertainment/four-legged-stars-canine-thriller-win-cannes-palm-dog-31722


Four-Legged Stars of Canine Thriller Win Cannes 'Palm Dog'
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CANNES, France, May 23, 2014 (AFP) - Luke and Body, two mongrels who shared the role of an adorable pet that turns into a killing machine in the film "White God", scooped the Palm Dog for canine talent Friday at the Cannes Film Festival.
 
The young brothers appeared as Hagen in the latest movie by Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo, a strange, dystopian canine thriller that intrigued critics.
 
Describing the film as "The Expendables for dogs", the London Times' chief film critic Kate Muir handed over the unofficial Palm Dog award -- a toy bone with Union Jack colours -- to Mundruczo, who had just flown back to the French Riviera resort after promoting his film earlier in the week.
 
"It was really great to watch how these two races can cooperate," Mundruczo said, adding that the two golden-furred mongrels were talented young newcomers to the movie industry.

 
"White God" is competing in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival that seeks to recognise new talent and encourage innovative, daring work. The winner is announced Friday evening.
 
The unofficial Palm Dog award has become something of an institution at the festival, and several dogs were present at the UK pavilion where the event took place.
 
Imogen Diamond, the elderly, jewel-clad former Bond Girl, showed up with her pooch James Bond, and black Chihuahua Bobik made an appearance with his owner, Russian actress and producer Julia Koroleva.
 
Luke and Body's star turn in "White God" caps a festival that has seen several stellar performances by man's best friend.
 
"Every year, I am sorry to say, I receive what I can only describe as joshing from the French journalist community: 'Oh you Anglo-Saxon eccentrics, you and your dogs'," said The Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, a member of the Palm Dog jury.
 
"Well I can only say that nobody can doubt the importance of dogs this year at Cannes."
 
In other canine star moments at Cannes, film legend Jean-Luc Godard cast his own dog in his Palme d'Or contender "Goodbye to Language" and "Saint Laurent", a biopic about the famed designer, sees a bulldog dying from a pill overdose.
 
Previous winners of the Palm Dog include a white poodle who played the part of a blind pet owned by Liberace as well as terriers Smurf and Ged, which featured in British black comedy "Sightseers".
 





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Dog Bites In US Reaching 'Epidemic Proportions' http://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/dog-bites-us-reaching-epidemic-proportions-31679


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WASHINGTON - Dog bites are reaching "epidemic proportions," a well-known TV dog trainer said last week, as video of a cat fearlessly chasing off a dog that bit a small boy in California went viral.
 
Every year more than 4.5 million Americans -- more than half of them children -- are bitten by dogs, said the American Humane Association ahead of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which began this week.
 
Insurers paid more than $483 million in dog bite claims in 2013. Plastic surgeons performed 26,935 operations to repair injuries caused by dog bites.
 
And the U.S. Postal Service said 5,581 of its employees were attacked last year.
 
"The dog bite situation in America is at epidemic proportions -- in Europe less so, but still a huge issue," British-born dog trainer and television presenter Victoria Stilwell, host of the reality series "It's Me or the Dog," told AFP.
 
"Everywhere needs to take the situation very seriously," said Stilwell at a media event in Washington attended by Elle, a mellow therapy dog that happens to be a pit bull.
 
Stiwell appealed for greater education and awareness among dog owners and the public -- as well as better-trained dogs.
 
In a surveillance video going viral on YouTube, four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo of Bakersfield, California is seen being attacked and badly bitten in the leg by a pit bull-looking dog.
 
But the dog immediately turns tail when Tara, the Triantafilo family cat since 2008, leaps to the defense of the mildly autistic lad, who was playing on bicycle on the sidewalk.
 
"Our cat saved our son!" his mother Erica Triantafilo, who was close by watering a tree, told ABC television affiliate KERO in Bakersfield, north of Los Angeles.
 
"It was truly amazing. She's my hero."
 
The boy needed several stitches to close the wound. The dog, which belonged to neighbors, was taken away by local authorities for quarantine. Tara was unhurt.





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WATCH: Cannes Film Trailer About Girl's Eternal Friendship with Dog Under Extreme Circumstances http://www.petmd.com/news/lifestyle-entertainment/watch-cannes-film-trailer-about-girls-eternal-friendship-dog-under-extr


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CANNES, France, May 19, 2014 (AFP) - A girl rides her bicycle in the deserted streets of Budapest. Suddenly, a pack of wild dogs bursts from round a corner, hurtling towards her as she anxiously pedals on.
 
The dramatic opener of "White God", the latest film by Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo competing in the Cannes Film Festival, sets the scene for a strange, dystopian canine ride that has critics intrigued.
 
In the story, Hagen -- the beloved dog of 13-year-old Lili -- is dragged through heartbreak and violence after being abandoned on the side of a highway, before toughing up and exacting his revenge with the help of fellow, wronged mutts.
 
The gold-furred mongrel is played by two dogs -- real-life brothers Luke and Body -- and the latter stole the show at the screening when he appeared with a bow tie around his neck, barking his appreciation and performing a few tricks.
  
But his five-star treatment in the French Riviera resort contrasts sharply with the way his character Hagen is handled in the film.
 

 
As a mongrel and not a pure-breed, Hagen is denigrated by every human being except his devoted owner Lili.
 
But when the lonely girl finds herself staying with her father when her mother travels abroad, problems abound and Lili's dad ends up abandoning her best friend on the side of a highway.
 
Unused to being alone, a whimpering Hagen has to survive with other strays
 
-- including a cute mutt who saves him from more than one scrape.
 
Lili desperately looks for her friend, whose trust in humans proves to be his downfall. He is sold off to a man who trains him how to fight, gradually turning a lovable, adoring dog into a violent, killing machine.
 
By the end of the film, an unrecognisable Hagen rises up against his oppressors and leads a pack of other strays on a murderous spree through Budapest.
 
For Mundruczo, Hagen is a symbol of the marginalised and oppressed and the director drew inspiration for the film on the current political situation in Hungary and much of Europe, where rising populism and nationalism is causing concern.
 
In Hungary, for instance, the far-right Jobbik party is now the third largest bloc in parliament.
 
"In my eyes, art is communication and art is criticism," he told AFP.
 
- 250 street dogs -
  
Mundruczo was inspired to use dogs to depict the oppressed by South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, who has written about the human treatment of animals in several books including Booker Prize-winner "Disgrace."
 
"His works called attention to the fact that there is a layer below even the most outcast of all, consisting of another species of intelligent, rational beings that can be exploited in any manner by humans: animals," he said in production notes.
 
Some 250 street dogs were used as supporting canine actors in the film, and new homes were found for all of them after the shoot.
 
Finding the right dog to play Hagen, though, was a challenge.
 
"We looked for three months," Teresa Ann Miller, a dog trainer for the movie industry who taught Body and Luke all their tricks, told AFP.
 
"I finally found him online and it was a small family who had too many big dogs and had to find a home for them," she said, adding she promptly acquired two brothers to play the one part.
 
Training them took five months before the young mongrels were ready for their moment of stardom.
 
All in all, critics have been seduced by the acting skills of the dogs in the film, which is competing in the "Un Certain Regard" section of the Cannes Film Festival that seeks to recognise new talent and encourage innovative, daring work.
 
"Cast credits include a deserved mention for Hagen performers Luke and Body, but many dogs have their day here," said entertainment industry magazine Variety.





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FDA: Jerky Treats Kill 1,000 Dogs, Cause Illness in 3 People http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/fda-jerky-treats-kill-1000-dogs-cause-illness-3-people-31677


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Jerky pet treats, mostly imported from China, are now linked to more than 1,000 deaths in dogs and illness in some 5,600 others – along with sickness in 24 cats and at least three people, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed Friday.
 
But after seven years of investigating and testing, the FDA still doesn't know exactly why.
 
“The agency continues to caution pet owners that jerky treats are not required for a balanced diet, and encourage them to consult with their veterinarians, both prior to feeding treats and if they notice symptoms in their pets,” the FDA reported in an update on its investigation on May 16.
 
Since 2007, the agency has received more than 4,800 complaints from consumers whose pets fell ill after consuming chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats usually made in China – including 1,800 reports since its last update in October 2013. About 60 percent of cases -- some of which affect more than one family pet -- involve symptoms of gastrointestinal or liver disease, 30 percent involve kidney or urinary disease, and 10 percent involve other complaints, including neurological or skin ailments.
 
The three humans include two toddlers who accidently ate the snacks, and one adult who may have purposely eaten them. One child was diagnosed with salmonella infection; the other developed fever and GI distress that mirror the symptoms of dogs in the same home that also ate the treats. The adult reported nausea, according to an FDA spokeswoman.
 
The FDA now plan to team up with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to launch a study to compare foods eaten by sick dogs with “controls” that did not fall ill “in order to determine whether sick dogs are eating more jerky pet treats than health dogs are,” the FDA reported.
 
In its new report, the FDA said it detected in some China-made chicken jerky samples the antiviral drug amantadine, used to treat the flu and Parkinson’s disease. The agency said it doesn’t believe that amantadine contributed to illness or death in pets but has warned suppliers, both in China and the U.S., that its presence is an adulterant and could be grounds for banning of the sale of those products.
 
The tainted treats are not sold by a single manufacturer. Based on demand, some U.S.-based companies that sold the China-made treats are now manufacturing them in this country, using only American-sourced ingredients.
 
Article originally appeared on Pet360.com
 
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Bravo! Recalls Select Dog and Cat Foods http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/bravo-recalls-select-dog-and-cat-foods-31663


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Bravo! is recalling select lots of Bravo! pet food due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
 
The following Bravo! pet food products are being recalled:
 
RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! BEEF BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
All 2lb., 5lb., and 10lb. tubes
Product Numbers: 52-102, 52-105, 52-110
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier
 
BRAVO! BALANCE PREMIUM TURKEY FORMULA (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
3 lb. box with (12) 4oz. burgers                   
Product Number: 31-401
Best Used By Dates: 1/07/16 and 2/11/16
 
RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
All 2lb., 5lb., and 10lb. tubes
Product Numbers: 42-102, 42-105, 42-110
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier
 
RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BASIC FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
2lb. tubes
Product Number: 42-202
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier
 
RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! BEEF & BEEF HEART FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
5lb. tubes
Product Number: 53-130
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier
 
RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! 100% PURE & NATURAL PREMIUM GRASS-FED BUFFALO FOR DOGS AND CATS (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
NET WT 2LBS (32 OZ) .91KG (Tubes)
Product Number: 72-222
Best Used By Date: 1/7/16
 
BRAVO! TURKEY BALANCE FORMULA (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
NET WT 2 LBS (32 OZ) .09KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 31-402
Best Used By Dates: 1/7/16 and 2/11/16
NET WT 5 LBS (80 OZ) 2.3KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 31-405
Best Used By Dates: 1/7/16 and 2/11/16
 
RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
5 LBS (80 OZ) 2.3KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 42-105
Best Used By Date: 2/11/16
 
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Additionally, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
 
If you or your pet had contact with the recalled product, you are advised to watch for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Listeria infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. If you, your pet or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, you are urged to contact a medical professional.
 
According to a company release, Bravo! discontinued all manufacturing in New Zealand on Oct. 10, 2013, and will work immediately with distributors and retailers to properly dispose of any affected product left on freezer shelves.
 
The recalled Bravo! pet food products, which can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube or on a label on the box, were dispersed nationwide to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers.
 
At the time of this release, a limited number of dogs were reported to have experienced nausea and diarrhea that may have been associated with the recalled Bravo! pet food products. The company has received no reports of human illness as a result of these products.
 
Pet owners who have product(s) affected by this food recall are advised to dispose of the product(s) in a safe manner such as placing the item(s) in a securely covered trash receptacle. Customers can also return to the store where the product(s) were purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo! website www.bravopetfoods.com for a full refund or store credit.
 
More information on the Bravo! recall can also be found at www.bravopetfoods.com, or call toll free 1-866-922-9222.
 
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Usually when we write about heroic animals, 9 times out of 10 the story is about a brave dog. Cats rarely throw themselves in harm’s way to save their human pet parents. But one cat in California risked its fur to save a young boy from a dog attack.
 
Erika Triantafilo told 23ABC that her son was playing in the driveway when a neighbor’s dog ran up behind him, pulled the child off his toy bicycle and began to bite his leg.
 
When Triantafilo saw the attack, she rushed over to save her son, but the family cat beat her to it.
 
The cat named Tara lunged and hurled herself through the air to rescue the boy from the dog. The dog was completely scared off by the cat’s heroic leap, and likely saved the boy from serious injuries.
 
According to the boy’s mother, her son needed a few stiches, but is recovering and doing just fine. The neighbor’s dog is under observation.
 
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Study to Document Benefits of Therapy Dogs for Pediatric Cancer Patients http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/study-document-benefits-therapy-dogs-pediatric-cancer-patients-31652


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On May 8, researchers, families, and country-music star and animal advocate Naomi Judd testified in front of Congress about the benefits that therapy dogs have on kids diagnosed with cancer.
 
The American Humane Association, with the financial support of Zoetis and the Pfizer Foundation, has launched the first scientific effort to document the positive effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) in helping pediatric cancer patients and their families.
 
“I believe that, to a very large extent, how you treat the whole patient and the family makes a difference,” said Judd, who appeared before Congress in support of the study. “I’ve seen with my own eyes how the power of the human-animal bond can help patients muster the life force they need to overcome anxiety, depression, and fear, and begin to heal.”
 
Each year in the U.S., nearly 13,000 children are newly diagnosed with cancer and more than 40,000 are in treatment at any given time. Three years ago, the American Humane Association began the Canines and Childhood Cancer (CCC) Study to rigorously measure the well-being effects of AAT for children with cancer, their parents/guardians, and the therapy dogs who visit them.
 
“AAT is an accessible and affordable adjunctive treatment option that holds promise for populations from all ages and walks of life, including children who often have a natural affinity for animals,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the American Humane Association, in a statement. “The documented benefits of AAT include: relaxation, physical exercise, unconditional support, improved social skills, enhanced self-confidence, and decreased loneliness and depression.”
 
The study, which is currently in its final stage, includes a comprehensive needs assessment (Stage I), a six-month pilot study (Stage II), and a full clinical trial (Stage III).
 
“Until now, evidence of the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy has been largely anecdotal. These are powerful stories, but they lack the precise scientific detail that hospitals and physicians require to include them in a medical regimen of care,” says Judd. “That’s where the researchers at American Humane Association come in.”
 
The full clinical trial is happening in five hospitals nationwide: St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa, Fla.; Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, Oreg; UC Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento, Calif.; UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center/Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts in Worcester/North Grafton, Mass.; and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.
 
The groundbreaking study hypothesizes that pediatric cancer patients undergoing a consistent, regular chemotherapy treatment regime will have an improved health-related quality of life throughout the course of their treatment sessions with therapy dogs.
 
Research will also focus on how ATT affects the health and mental states of animals that take part in therapy programs. So far, data from the study demonstrates that participating dogs do not experience distress when participating in AAT sessions with children.
 
Judd, who is a Hepatitis C survivor, understands first-hand the impact that animals can have on patients with life-threatening illnesses.
 
“Several years ago, when my doctors told me that exposure to a contaminated needle during my nursing days had caused me to be infected with Hepatitis C, I was given just 3 years to live,” she says. “I experienced the bone-chilling fear that these little ones must have to deal with every day of their lives. I can tell you that my four-legged companions were more than a constant source of comfort — there were days when they were the only reason I got up in the morning, and they gave me a renewed desire to live.”
 
The full clinical trial is expected to last for 14 months, with findings being distributed in 2015.
 
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Endangered Hamster May Get Second Chance in France http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/endangered-hamster-may-get-second-chance-france-31632


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STRASBOURG, France, May 06, 2014 (AFP) - Authorities in the French region of Alsace have launched an action plan to save a hamster facing extinction, more than two years after Europe's top court rapped Paris for neglecting the little rodent.
 
The five-year project will see farmers in the eastern region implement measures to try to encourage the reproduction of the Great Hamster of Alsace, which can grow to 25 centimetres (10 inches) long, has a brown and white face, a black belly, white paws and little round ears.
 
It aims to raise the population of the creature to around 1,500 from 500 to 1,000 currently.
 
As part of the three-million-euro ($4.2 million) project announced on Monday by Alsace's regional council, farmers have pledged to grow plants or grains that the rodent likes -- such as wheat or alfalfa -- on parts of their fields.
 
An action plan for the hamster had been put in place in 2007, but the European Court of Justice ruled in 2011 that France was still not doing enough to protect the furball, which hibernates for six months and spends the vast majority of its life alone.
 
The hamster has been protected legally since 1993 but its numbers fell from 1,167 in 2001 to as few as 161 in 2007, although they have since gone up slightly.
 
The preferred grazing of the creature -- forage crops such as alfalfa -- have largely been replaced by the more profitable maize, which it does not like.
 
Farmers will therefore try planting a mix of maize and alfalfa, or leaving strips of plants in between each line of maize.
 
"The aim is to find innovative... practices to preserve the animal without harming farmers' activities," the regional council said in a statement.
 
Rampant urbanisation has also contributed to eroding the rodent's population, and the hamster currently lives in just 14 zones in Alsace criss-crossed by busy thoroughfares.
 
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Canadian Town Tries to Sell Whale Carcass on eBay Before it Explodes! http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/canadian-town-tries-sell-whale-carcass-ebay-it-explodes-31631


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MONTREAL, (AFP) - A fishing village in easternmost Canada tried on Monday to auction off on eBay a sperm whale carcass that washed up onto its shores.
 
By midday, the town of Cape St. George, Newfoundland had received dozens of bids -- the highest topping $2,000 -- before running afoul of the online auction site's rules and the law.
 
The 12-meter (40-foot) sperm whale carcass washed ashore about a week ago.
 
The town of 1,000 residents does not have the means to dispose of the rotting carcass itself, according to the mayor, and Canada's fisheries department declined to get involved.
 
Worried that the smell from the rotting carcass would soon become intolerable, the town's council voted on Sunday to list the whale on eBay, hoping to find a buyer to take it away.
 
Federal officials "didn't offer any suggestions about what to do with it, and didn't offer assistance, they just said 'You have to get rid of it', so we decided to list it on eBay," Mayor Peter Fenwick told AFP.
 
"Frankly we would sell it for zero if we had to... as long as they take responsibility for removing the whale," he said, suggesting that its skeleton could be put on display in a museum.
 
The eBay listing, after gaining notoriety, was soon removed by the online auction website because it is against its rules on not selling animals, alive or dead, an employee told AFP.
 
At the same time, federal officials contacted the mayor to tell him it is illegal to try to sell the whale carcass.
 
"We are now at a point where we want to have a look at the regulations and see if there is any way around that," Fenwick said.
 
He said he doesn't want to break the law by "selling a whale illegally," but added, "we don't have very much choice because if it sits there, as it starts to rot... it will give off a tremendous stench."
 
Coincidentally, two other Newfoundland towns faced similar problems after two endangered blue whales washed up on their shores. One of them began to bloat from a build-up of methane gas inside, threatening to explode its stinking innards on the town of Trout River.
 
An Ontario museum is sending a team of researchers to collect the pair of whale carcasses this week.
 
The rare animals' skeleton and tissue samples will be stored in the museum's research collection, which will be accessible to researchers worldwide.
 
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Investigators Pursue 100 Stray Dogs Buried Alive Claim http://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/investigators-pursue-100-stray-dogs-buried-alive-claim-31609


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BEIJING, (AFP) - Claims that about 100 stray dogs were buried alive in northern China are being investigated, an official said Sunday, the latest apparent case of animal cruelty to shock the nation.
 
Allegations that a pit pictured online Wednesday containing scores of stray dogs had been filled in by local government officials were made by a charity based in Inner Mongolia.
 
The Yinchuan Dawn Pets Home group investigated after a woman searching for her pet dog near a garbage dump in Alxa League, near China's border with Mongolia, told them that the animals were trapped on Wednesday.
 
When the charity visited the site the following day, they found that the pit had been filled in.
 
A charity volunteer told AFP that another visit was made on Friday, but by then it appeared that the dead dogs had been moved elsewhere, in what the group said was an attempt by local officials responsible for enforcing city laws -- called Chengguan in China -- to hide the grim burial.
 
"We hired an excavator and found in the place where the dogs were buried six dead dogs which were damaged by an excavator before we got there," the volunteer surnamed Fan told AFP.
 
"These dogs all had soil in their mouths and noses, which means before we arrived at the scene local Chengguan had already transferred the dogs' bodies to another secret place."
 
An official from the local Chengguan office denied the allegations and said an investigation had been launched.
 
"We are investigating if some stray dogs were buried alive," the official told AFP.
 
"I can ensure you we didn't do this kind of thing, and moreover, we are not in charge of stray dogs."
 
- Internet outrage -
 
Pictures of the dogs before the alleged burial were posted by the charity on Sina Weibo -- China's version of Twitter.
 
The images showed scores of animals in a dusty ditch about six feet (1.8 metres) deep.
 
The original post was followed by subsequent updates detailing the burial claims.
 
The allegations against the Chengguan -- who have a reputation for brutality in China -- sparked a wave of fury, with some online comments being forwarded tens of thousands of times.
 
"(We) should put these officials into a pit, no better than a group of beasts," one netizen said in a Weibo post Sunday.
 
Pet ownership has ballooned across China, with more than 30 million households now keeping a cat or dog, according to research group Euromonitor.
 
China -- which has no laws against animal cruelty -- has also witnessed an increase in animal rights campaigning in recent years.
 
In May 2013, dozens of stray cats were slaughtered in a residential district in Beijing, with their fur almost completely plucked out, state news agency Xinhua reported.
 
Animal rights campaigners in Shanghai highlighted the case of a woman who was alleged to have killed hundreds of cats, the Global Times newspaper reported in 2012.
 
Official policy in many Chinese cities is that stray dogs are rounded up and found new homes, but activists say they are usually put down or sometimes sold on to restaurants for their meat.





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cfivecoa1701 :'( 04/30/2014 01:08pm That's so sad! Why would anyone do it, let alone have the guts to tell someone about it? Reply to this comment Report abuse 19 Kinzie :-( 04/30/2014 04:03pm [b]thats so sad[/b] Reply to this comment Report abuse 18 MAYIMUSE INVESTIGATORS PURSUE 100 07/10/2014 10:36am THIS IS HORRIFIC. WHAT A BARBARIC COUNTRY. I WOULD HUNT DOWN EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS AND BURY THEM ALIVE !!!!!!!!!! THIS IS THE ONLY PUNISHMENT THAT FITS THE SEVERE CRUELTY AND INHUMANE TORTURE THEY INFLICTED ON THESE BEAUTIFUL, INNOCENT, HELPLESS DOGS. THESE PEOPLE ARE SAVAGES !!! Reply to this comment Report abuse 4


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