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Sarah Palin‘s heart is breaking over her daughter Bristol Palin‘s divorce from ex Dakota Meyer.

On Monday night’s episode of , the former Alaska governor listened as her daughter detailed how Meyer moved her things out of their shared bedroom in their Austin, Texas, home after the two had called it quits.

Bristol, 28, was in Los Angeles for her 9-year-old son Tripp‘s Dancing with the Stars: Juniors rehearsals.

“When I came to Texas, Dakota had moved all my stuff into the guest bedroom,” Bristol told her mom.

Shocked, Sarah asked, “The room that we sleep in? That bare, empty room?”

“My bed, all my belongings in this guest bedroom,” Bristol affirmed.

“And, of course, that was a symbolic thing,” her mother replied.

“Oh, 100 percent. So, I’m not comfortable with that. And I know in my divorce, it says I can stay in the house for a year, but it’s tough on the kids,” Bristol shared. “Can you imagine Tripp coming home from California and seeing his mom’s stuff gone out of her room?”

The former Republican vice presidential candidate said, “That’s heartbreaking, Bristol.”

“I know. calling me and , ‘I need my wedding ring back.’ It’s like, what? All this little stuff that is so petty. He literally said, ‘You better get your mommy’s money because I’m going to fight you tooth and nail until the girls are 18,’ ” Bristol said.

The comment caused Sarah, 54, to gasp in shock and say, “This is so unnecessary.”

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Bristol explained she had attempted to find a solution that would prevent her oldest child, Tripp, from seeing the turmoil that her and Meyer’s relationship was enduring.

The mother of three explained that she’d reached out to Tripp’s father, Levi Johnston, and asked him to take their son hunting to Alaska for a couple of days.

“Levi and his family are picking him up tomorrow just so I have some time to figure out my living situation in Austin,” Bristol explained.

“I refuse, refuse to let Tripp go to Austin under these circumstances,” she added.

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“That’s a perfect attitude. You have a choice in how you’re going to react to the circumstances. So does though,” Sarah said.

Bristol admitted she was worried about how she and her ex were “going to learn to communicate as co-parents and putting our kids first and not having these petty arguments or going through our attorneys on pointless stuff that is costing us both money.”

The former politician began to tear up, saying, “I’m not going to start crying about it, but …”

“Don’t cry,” Bristol said, attempting to console her mother.

“Even if the rest of the world doesn’t know, your family knows who you are and what you have within you,” Sarah said. “You have everything going for you to start anew.”

Bristol and Meyer called off their first wedding in May 2015 but later reunited and got married in June 2016. Meyer filed for divorce in February and they finalized it earlier this summer.

Teen Mom OG airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on MTV.


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Therapy dogs at the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon.

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A therapy dog at the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon.

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Beth Neuman with her dog April.

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Therapy dogs at the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon.

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Margaret Sheehan and her dog Murphy.

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Therapy dogs heading to the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon starting line.

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Therapy dogs at the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon.

Petting Puppies At The NYC Marathon

After rising super early on Sunday, Murphy and April will leave their homes in Manhattan and eagerly hop on a bus to the start of the .

Their big goals for the day? To look adorable and happily accept belly rubs.

As certified therapy dogs with New York Therapy Animals, Murphy, a Maltipoo, and April, a Toy Poodle, are trained to socialize with large groups of people, soothing stressful situations and evoking smiles from everyone who meets them.

“Our therapy dogs are a catalyst to help the runners to relax,” says Nancy George-Michalson, executive director of New York Therapy Animals.

The nonprofit, which requires its pooches and “pawrents” to complete a rigorous training program, will have 18 teams in the starting area on Staten Island.

It’s the second year in a row Murphy and April will mingle with runners at the marathon.

Margaret Sheehan, Murphy’s caretaker, said they enjoyed their experience so much last year, she volunteered their help again.

“The people we met from all over the world were so happy to meet Murphy and to get hugs from her, which is what she is famous for,” Sheehan says.

Beth Neuman, “dog mom” to April, also loved watching the runners excitedly meet the charming group.

“The one phrase I heard over and over again about the dogs was, “This was so great–just what I needed,’” she recalls.

In addition to April and Murphy, a French Bulldog named Tugboat, a Samoyed named Joy and a yellow Labrador Retriever named Lass will be among the furry friends ready to lend a paw to nervous runners.

Bonnie Price, a 36-year-old from Woodside, Queens who is running her sixth NYC Marathon, says she will keep an eye out for the cute canines.

“I am usually nervous before a marathon,” Price says. “I think having dogs there is awesome, and I hope I get to pet one.”

Studies have shown that interacting with dogs can reduce blood pressure and release a social-bonding hormone in our brains called oxytocin, which makes us feel affectionate toward dogs and other people.

Pet therapy is frequently used in hospitals to lift the moods of patients, but can help in any setting in which people need a mental boost.

New York Road Runners began working with the cuddly crew at last year’s marathon. (New York Therapy Animals also brought a group to the NYRR’s Mini 10K in Central Park earlier this year.)

“Runner response at the TCS New York City Marathon in 2016 was phenomenal, with many shaking off those last-minute race-day jitters with the unconditional love from man’s best friend,” says Jim Heim, senior vice president of event development and production with NYRR.

All that attention is great for the dogs, too.

“Their tails are wagging, and you know they are having a good time,” George-Michalson says.

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KTVQ reported that a local dog group fell through and the arena staff made calls nationwide, eventually locating one in Atlanta that would cost the venue $7,500 in additional expenses.

But when bad weather prevented the dogs from leaving Atlanta on time, the search had to start again. This time a group in Missoula, Montana was located. They were able to travel Friday night and be ready for work on Saturday, all for $2,000.

The two grand was on top of the $50,000 spent to install a dozen brand new metal detectors, another request from the FOO FIGHTERS. The venue’s general manager, however, said that the metal detectors would be used for all events in the future.

MetraPark marketing director Ray Massie told the station: “It really was a team effort. It’s just another thing we do to make sure that shows get to come to Billings and are comfortable coming to Billings.”

FOO FIGHTERS tour manager Gus Brandt called last year for an overhaul of security procedures at venues across the country, arguing that additional measures make sense during an era of increased violence at public events.

FOO FIGHTERS will play in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve (December 31) and will launch a spring 2018 North American tour next April.


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Veterinarian examining Great Dane

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For most animals, being bigger means living a longer life. For example, elephants tend to live longer than mice. But for some reason, the opposite is true for dogs. Great Danes don’t usually live as long as, say, Yorkshire Terriers. Large dogs tend to die younger. The reason for this is debated in the scientific community, but a new study could give clues as to why big dogs don’t live as long.

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The main culprit may be oxygen free radicals. When an organism grows, it’s cells break down food to make energy for the body, but this process can also produce free radicals. These molecules are missing electrons, so they steal them from other cells. The process damages cell membranes and can lead to cancer and diseases. Some scientists believe it also leads to aging. A new study out of Colgate University tested dogs to see if free radicals might be responsible for larger dogs dying younger.

Chihuahua on Great Dane's back

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Samples were collected from large and small breeds. In adult dogs the amount of free radicals was about the same, but in puppies it was not. Large breed puppies had more free radicals, probably because large breed puppies have faster metabolisms. In order to grow so big that quickly, they need more energy than small breeds. The resulting cell damage from free radicals can have effects that last throughout a dog’s life.

Jack Russell closer to a bullmastiff. Care and love between two different breeds.

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The findings from these studies don’t necessarily prove that free radicals are the main cause for large dogs to die sooner, and other theories have been put forth. But if free radicals contribute to larger dogs dying more quickly, it could be possible to fight the aging process with antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals. More studies will have to be conducted to find out for sure.

Do you find this study interesting? Do you think we may one day find out how to prolong larger dogs’ lives so they can live as long as smaller dogs? Let us know in the comments below!

The post Why Do Big Dogs Tend To Die Younger Than Smaller Dogs? appeared first on Dogtime.


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Vets have launched an online tool to help you track nearby cases of deadly dog disease Alabama Rot.

Dog owners across Coventry and Warwickshire are being warned to watch out for signs of Alabama Rot amid fears that the disease is spreading in the region.

There are currently three confirmed cases within a 20-mile radius of Coventry.

The disease CRGV, commonly known as Alabama Rot, is a nasty bug of unknown cause that affects all breeds of dog.

Vets have warned about the devastating malady, which can lead to a dog’s flesh rotting – resulting in kidney failure, loss of appetite, tiredness and vomiting.

Without urgent treatment, dogs develop a raging fever and can eventually die.

Vets4Pets, an online search site that helps locate veterinary practices across the Coventry and Warwickshire, has an online search tool to help owners track the spread of the disease.

The site also gives owners advice and help from expert vets on what can be done to tackle the disease.

What is Alabama Rot?

CRGV, commonly known as Alabama Rot, is a dog disease of unknown cause that affects all breeds.

A total of 78 dogs have been confirmed with the disease in the UK since 2012, with 14 in the first four months of 2016.

The mysterious illness, which first appeared in the late 1980s affecting greyhounds in America, has been found in at least 27 counties in England and Wales since 2012.

“The cause of Alabama Rot, clinically known as idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), is still unknown and there is no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease,” said David Walker, from Anderson Moores Vetinary Specialists.

“While there is currently no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease, there is a very useful guide available online to help people understand where in the UK confirmed cases have been found and advice on how to spot signs.

Will your dog be as relaxed as these on bonfire night?

How to avoid your dog getting Alabama Rot:

Avoid taking your dogs for walks in muddy wooded areas – particularly after a period of heavy rainfall.

Wash your dog’s paws and legs thoroughly when you get back from the walk.

What signs should dog owners look out for?

One of the most noticeable signs of the disease early in its onset is skin lesions.

This abnormality in the tissue of an organism begins as a slow-healing ulcer.

Owners who spot wounds or lesions to the limbs of their pet, or on their dog’s face, that appear to take a long time to heal, should make a prompt visit to the vet.

Dogs can also appear to become ‘depressed’ with a loss of appetite and they may start to vomit.

This can lead to acute injury to the kidneys.

To help collate correct data for dog owners, Anderson Moores is calling for all UK vets to contact them if they see a dog they suspect has Alabama Rot.

“Only tests on a kidney from an affected dog, most likely post mortem, will give 100% confirmation of the disease,” added David.

“There have been a number of cases ‘confirmed’ by vets, but unless we carry out analysis of the affected pet, we will never be able to confirm the disease.”

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Image caption The RSPCA removed more than 100 dogs from 4 Paws Veterinary Clinic in South Killingholme

Dogs at a vets and rescue centre were left in their own faeces in overcrowded kennels, a former employee has claimed.

The RSPCA removed more than 100 dogs from 4 Paws Veterinary Clinic, in South Killingholme, on Thursday after a warrant was executed by police.

Inspectors said they were investigating welfare conditions at the site in North Lincolnshire.

Following the raid, a number of people have spoken about their experiences with the kennels.

Image caption Inspectors said they were investigating welfare conditions at the site

Speaking to BBC Look North, the former employee, who did not want to be named, said the dogs were kept in cramped conditions and were often covered in their own faeces when he went to attend to them in the morning.

A woman also claimed her dog came back from the kennels with an infection and was unable to sit down because of red-raw skin between his back legs.

One woman spoke out about the lack of support received when she had taken on a rescue dog from the centre.

Charlotte Morgan, who paid £235 for her dog Sherbet, said she was forced to take him back after he bit a friend.

Image caption Charlotte Morgan paid £235 for Sherbet from the kennels, a fee which she claims was supposed to include help and advice

She said she had repeatedly asked for help and advice on training for Sherbet but received no response.

Ch Insp Ian Briggs, from the RSPCA’s special operations unit, said anyone who had obtained animals from 4 Paws or had dogs at its kennels to get in touch.

No arrests have been made but he said a number of people were “helping us with our inquiries and have been taken away by the police”.

“We’re investigating everything about this organisation,” said Mr Briggs.


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There’s dancing, and then there’s dancing. While the throbbing chaos of a mosh pit holds an allure for some, it’s hard to beat the crisply calibrated turns of a tango, or the daring dips of a foxtrot. The key to success, of course, is choreography. And it’s no different with the canine version.

Doggy dancing emerged in the late 1980s out of heelwork to music, and has evolved into an actual canine sport that’s formally called musical canine freestyle. Moves are seemingly as limitless as a handler’s imagination, with dogs weaving, jumping, spinning, bowing, rolling over, and, for that big finale, jumping into their human’s arms.

In most competitions, dogs compete off-leash, and the team is judged on a variety of factors, including creativity, accuracy of moves, and choreography. Points can be lost for excessive barking and physical manipulation of the dog by the handler. A quick visit to YouTube yields dozens of entertaining routines, like this bow-tied Great Dane in New Zealand kicking up his heels to “Big Spender.”

All of this takes a great deal of training and practice, which Sara Carson of Los Angeles knows firsthand. She and her trio of “Super Collies” have performed dance routines internationally. Last year, Carson and her pup Hero placed fifth on “America’s Got Talent,” auditioning with a pirate-inspired performance that drew a standing ovation from the crowd, and even the notoriouslycantankerous judge, Simon Cowell.

“I’ve never seen a dog have a sword fight with his owner before,” Cowell said to his skeptical co-judges, climbing onstage to console a weeping Carson and plead — successfully — to have comedian Howie Mandel and supermodel Heidi Klum change their no votes to yeses.

Today, Carson tours the globe, conducting dog-trick workshops and teaching the basics of the fledgling sport of musical canine freestyle to eager owners; she also teaches dance maneuvers like “hooped arms” and leg weaves on her Puppr app. Carson notes that it’s likely not a coincidence that, unlike the show’s American judges, British-born Cowell “got” her performance: musical canine freestyle is hugely popular in the United Kingdom, where dog shows like Crufts prominently feature the crowd-pleasing performances.

“Trick dog stuff is just becoming a thing in the United States and Canada,” Carson explains, adding that part of the problem might be the sheer amount of training involved. “Freestyle is actually a bond you have to build with your dog. You have to train each individual trick, and that takes time.” Fudging things with a four-footed dance partner is almost impossible, she adds. “If you mess up, most of the time people can tell.”

That said, there appears to be a desire among the dog-owning public to go beyond basic obedience training — “sit,” “down,” “come” — to teaching more sophisticated behaviors. The American Kennel Club recently introduced four Trick Dog titles that owners can earn with their dogs; the most advanced of them, AKC Trick Dog Performer (TKP), requires the handler and dog to perform a routine with at least 10 previously learned tricks, and is a logical stepping stone to formal freestyle competition.

Not surprisingly, Carson says the most common breeds for musical canine freestyle are herding dogs like her Border Collies, who have an innate desire to please and work for their handlers, and are congenital overachievers. Likely because they strike a balance between agility and sturdiness, medium-size dogs are popular candidates for freestyle competitions, though Carson says she gets inquiries from individuals who own everything from Pugs to Rottweilers. “I’ve seen some pretty good Chihuahuas, too,” she muses.

dancing dogs

Photo courtesy of Sara Carson.

The key is tailoring your routine to your particular dog. Having an Irish Wolfhound weave in and out of your legs might not be the best option — nor even a physically possible one — so choose tricks that work for your dog, such as walking on his hind legs, “which is something most every dog can learn to do,” Carson says.

More than anything, owners need a dog with a stable temperament and willingness to work, and one that finds his handler more interesting than what’s in the audience or on the floor 10 feet away.

In the aftermath of his performance with Carson on “America’s Got Talent,” Hero stood by, tail wagging, as the judges critiqued and debated. And that, in the end, is the real appeal of musical canine freestyle — dogs may not be able to tell the difference between Broadway tunes or classic rock, but they always know when they’re having fun.


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Two “hero” retired army dogs who face being put down because they cannot be re-homed must be reprieved, a minister has said.

Sir Alan Duncan has intervened in a bid to save Kevin and Dazz, reported to have served in Afghanistan by working with troops to locate explosives in Helmand Province, by writing to Ministry of Defence (MOD) ministerial colleagues.

The Belgian shepherds are due to face lethal injections next week, but former soldiers and handlers have called for the decision to be reversed.

They have written to the Defence Animal Centre in Melton – where the dogs have been working with trainees since being retired – to save the pair.

Foreign Office minister Sir Alan represents the constituency where the centre is based and has spoken with a dog handler involved with the campaign.

He has been told letters of support offering homes to the dogs have been rejected.

Sir Alan said: “These are hero dogs who have fought fearlessly alongside our soldiers.

“Let us now be the ones to fight for them and give them a chance to live happy lives where they can thrive. It is the least they deserve.

“Of course, it is of great importance that all military dogs are properly assessed before re-homing to ensure they do not pose a danger to civilians, but only in circumstances where such danger has been properly proven should they be put down.

“I have written to MOD ministers personally to ask for a reprieve and am awaiting a response.”

An MOD spokesman said: “Wherever possible, we endeavour to re-home them (dogs) at the end of their service life.

“Sadly, there are some occasions where this is not possible.”

A petition has been launched by Andy McNab – which The Sun reports is the former SAS soldier – in a bid to stop the duo being put down, as well as a third canine, a former police dog named Driver.

On the site, he wrote: “Dogs like Kevin, Dazz and Driver are an asset when they are serving but they even more of an asset when they are retired.

“We owe them every chance possible to be housed and not killed.”

He praised service dogs for saving “countless lives when I was in the Special Air Service sniffing out explosives”.

“In Afghanistan when I was on a patrol the dogs found an IED in front of us, I was number three in line, I was very, very lucky to survive.”

The Sun also reported Kevin and Dazz are both aged nine and retired from the frontline about four years ago.


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NEW YORK (FOX5NY) – Two life-long friends have started a monthly delivery service catering to dogs in New York City.  It delivers treats, toys, fashion accessories, and other essentials. 

It is called ShaggySwag.  Part of the proceeds from the sales got to help a Brooklyn animal rescue shelter.

Matt Powers and Chris Riley founded the company after they got dogs around the same time and were looking for cool items for their pets.

Subscriptions start at $38.

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More than 1,200 workers flooded into Montecito, California on Friday, as part of a massive search and cleanup effort into a small town first ravaged by a monster wildfire and now devastated by a mudslide that killed at least 18. (Jan. 12) AP

the 7-year-old dog searched for any survivors still trapped in wreckage from the massive debris flows that slammed into the community. He bounded down a creek undeterred by the mud that clung to his coat and swallowed his paws.

“We were searching houses, debris fields and basically anything they couldn’t visually clear, we would clear with the canines,” said Brent Brainard, Decker’s handler and captain with San Diego City Fire-Rescue. “Anything we searched, we were able to clear successfully.”

None of it was simple. They saw homes swept from their foundations from “the sheer force” of the river of mud that came down the mountains, he said. Others had collapsed, just their roofs sticking out of several feet of thick mud.

“It’s something you can’t describe,” Brainard said. “It’s total devastation.”

More: In mud-battered Montecito, back-to-back disasters ‘overwhelming’

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Intense rain had pounded the fire-scorched mountains above Santa Barbara County and triggered the flood of mud and rocks. Hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged and 19 people killed. Five people were still listed as missing Saturday night.

The canine teams worked in areas others couldn’t access as easily or quickly. In all, 18 canine teams trained at the Santa Paula-based National Disaster Search Dog Foundation were on the ground in Montecito this week.

That included Decker and Stella, a 10-year-old lab, both part of the California Task Force 8 San Diego FEMA team. They are trained to track live human scent and find survivors.

Friday’s mission was to clear the creeks and ravines now full of mud, boulders, shattered trees and anything else carried downstream in the storm. At the bottom of a steep slope, Decker strained at his leash until Brainard released him to search.

— Cheri Carlson (@vcCheri) January 13, 2018


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