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Crammed in small wire cages, too small to stand up or move, is how most of these dogs spent their days waiting to be dragged off to slaughter. However, thanks to an amazing rescue team, they now have a brighter future filled with love.

Dog meat farms are slowly being shut down by the Humane Society International (HSI). They have been hard at work in South Korea since 2014, raising awareness of the cruelty and working on permanently closing dog meat farms. This will be the 11th dog meat farm they have shut down in the country, saving over 80 dogs at this location.

Photo:Facebook/Humane Society International

All of the dogs will be flown to Montreal, Canada, to a shelter to begin their journey to recovery and health. For the first few weeks, they will have their health and behavior evaluated. Then they will receive the necessary treatment and training to help them become the companions they were meant to be.

Many of the dogs are Great Pyrenees mixes, but all breeds are found on the farm. Christopher, named by an HSI team member, is a friendly Great Pyrenees who ended up at the farm after his family no longer wanted him. This sweet boy does not know his size and just wants to sit in your lap and be petted. It is heartbreaking to see all the wagging tails, and all they want is attention.

Photo:Facebook/Humane Society International

Simba, a husky mix, was found with an open wound that had not been treated. No medical care is given to the dogs, since they are bound for slaughter. Thankfully, he will now receive the care he needs and a loving home.

Puppies are also part of the rescue. Dog meat farms are constantly breeding as well. One puppy, named Beemo, already has a forever home when he arrives in Canada. Gus Kenworthy, who has supported and adopted a dog meat farm dog before, had his heart stolen by Beemo. They met when he visited the farm while he was participating in the Winter Olympics.

Photo: Facebook/Gus Kenworthy

All of the dogs were living in poor conditions, either crammed in a too-small cage with multiple dogs or chained on a 1.5-foot chain to a makeshift cage. The dogs were not even provided the necessities to live, like fresh water, shelter from the elements, or enough food. One of the HSI team members says, “can you imagine how good that must taste,” as she pours fresh water into a bowl for a dog.

Meanwhile, all the dogs are wagging their tails and begging for a pat. They are starving for attention just as much as they are for food. If you are interested in adopting one of the rescued dogs, you can visit the HSI website, where they will list the dogs once they are ready for their forever homes.

Photo:Facebook/Humane Society International

Upon arriving at the farm in February, HSI took pictures and videos to show the public that just a few miles from the Winter Olympics was a dog meat farm with 80 dogs suffering. After signing a contract with the farmer, the team scheduled the rescue and removal of all the dogs.

The farmer has signed a contract with the HSI stating he will never breed dogs again and that the land will be used to farm mushrooms. HSI will assist the farmer in turning the property into a mushroom farm. They will also perform checkup visits after the transformation to be sure the farmer is following the contract.

Photo:Facebook/Humane Society International

Sunny, one of the over 80 dogs on this dog meat farm, takes a long drink of fresh water. Who knows how long it has been since he has had water.

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The HSI team is working on changing the minds of South Korean people to view the dogs as companions. According to an update posted to their website, “In addition to saving the animals, the dog meat farm closures help dispel a strong misconception in South Korea that there is a difference between a “pet dog” and a “meat dog.”

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a federal drug raid. The dogs were more lethargic than usual, and they refused water. In West Virginia, the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department has also become concerned about dogs used in drug raids. Al Kisner, the department’s chief deputy, told that they no longer take dogs off their leads in houses that might contain fentanyl, since the dogs could chew on an object covered in the potent opioid and inadvertently overdose.

Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin—so deadly that just a few inhaled grains can cause an overdose. (A few human police officers have been hospitalized after accidentally inhaling puffs of the substance.) That can be a problem when sniffing is a police dog’s primary mode of detective work.

Fully trained police dogs are worth around $30,000 each, and police departments are looking for ways to protect these four-legged officers on the job. Colorado is equipping all of its police canine teams with Narcan, the overdose-reversal drug. Police in Canada are training dogs on liquid, rather than powder, fentanyl to minimize the risk of exposure during training. Maryland state police also carry Narcan for their dogs and are trained to look for “excessive drooling and severe limping” as symptoms of overdose. Illinois even has a law that allows for the use of ambulances to transport police dogs, if they aren’t needed for humans.

The DEA doesn’t keep records of canine overdoses, but experts say the overdoses, if they happen, are rare. Fentanyl has medical uses, after all, says Robert Palmer, the president of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. The people who are overdosing are primarily fentanyl users, not first responders—be they human or animal. “Even the fentanyl derivatives like carfentanil, vets have been using that for decades,” Palmer said. “We’re not inundated with dead veterinarians.”

Indeed, experts couldn’t tell me of a single police dog that has died of an accidental fentanyl overdose. For one thing, it takes 20 times as much fentanyl to affect a dog as it does a person, according to Cynthia Otto, the executive director of the Working Dog Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Overdoses, however, sometimes look different in dogs than in humans, so that could be something to watch out for. Otto said fentanyl can sometimes make dogs excited, so that they pant and pace instead of passing out like a human would. The real risk comes from the dog getting fentanyl on its fur and bringing it back to the human handler, who might pet the dog and get traces of the drug on his or her hands. Otto recommends teaching all dogs to do “passive alerts”—to sit and stare at the drugs, rather than to touch them.

The good news is, if a police dog is exposed to fentanyl, Otto says, there aren’t any lasting effects after it recovers. It can go right back to work keeping humans safe.

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When you’re bloated after a big meal, a few glasses of water (and maybe a nap) is usually all you need. But bloat in dogs can turn into a deadly condition, known as gastric dilatation-volvulus or GDV in dogs.

What is GDV in dogs?

A dog looking sick and sleeping under a blanket.

GDV might be fatal to dogs — so know the signs. Photography ©fotoedu | Thinkstock.

Most commonly referred to as bloat, GDV in dogs is a rapidly-progressing gastrointestinal condition that can be fatal to your dog. “It’s a condition in which the stomach flips upon itself and then distends with fluid and gas,” explains Dr. John Gicking, DVM, a board-certified emergency and critical care veterinarian with BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “It then causes dogs to go into shock, and causes a great amount of pain.” Because the stomach swells, the common term for GDV is bloat — but your pet can experience other types of bloat, such as from foreign bodies or undigested food.

“GDV is a condition that I’ve nicknamed ‘the jet plane crash of veterinary medicine,’” adds Dr. Marty Goldstein, DVM, author of The Nature of Animal Healing and founder of Nature’s Blend dog food. While Dr. Goldstein notes that GDV is most commonly found in large-breed, deep-chested dogs like the Great Dane, German Shepherd Dog, Greyhound, Standard Poodle and Saint Bernard — and it’s also usually associated with older pets — it’s a condition that can affect dogs of any breed, age and size.

What Are the Symptoms of GDV in Dogs?

According to Dr. Angela Hughes, DVM, PhD, veterinary genetics research manager at Wisdom Health canine genetics company, the most obvious clinical sign of GDV in dogs is retching — when your dog looks like he’s going to vomit, but nothing is coming up. Your pet may also show other signs of abdominal pain, such as appearing anxious and looking back at her stomach, standing and stretching, or drooling or panting. “Finally, after a little bit of time, you may notice that her stomach area looks distended — like she swallowed a basketball,” she explains. However, it may not always be obvious, particularly in larger dogs with more muscle mass because it can hide the enlarged stomach.

As the condition progresses, your dog will likely become weak, and she may even collapse and be unable to stand or walk. “Your veterinarian may also note that the dog’s heart rate is increased, her pulse feels weak, and she is breathing more rapidly than normal,” Dr. Hughes adds.

Think It’s GDV? What to Do About GDV in Dogs

Seek immediate treatment the moment you see any warning signs of GDV in dogs. “Oftentimes, these dogs can decline very rapidly … so you may have less than an hour to seek care,” Dr. Hughes warns. “Time is definitely of the essence because the longer the stomach is expanding and the dog’s blood supply is compromised, the more damage is being done to their tissues and the worse the prognosis for survival.” Sadly, Dr. Hughes says reported mortality rates for GDV in dogs range from approximately 15 to 28 percent.

“The longer the delay in diagnosis and treatment, the worse the dog’s going to do,” Dr. Gicking adds. “You need to get to a veterinarian as soon as possible … and if you’re away from home or it’s at night or a weekend, find an emergency veterinarian. GDV is a surgical emergency.”

A veterinarian will immediately X-ray your pet. GDV in dogs presents with a large, gas-filled stomach that occupies most of your dog’s abdomen. Dr. Goldstein explains that a vet will stabilize your dog with intravenous fluids and sometimes even oxygen, and at the same time, decompress the gas in your dog’s stomach. “If the stomach is twisted, it can be temporarily deflated from the outside of the body by your veterinarian, followed by surgery to untwist it … then it can be tacked down to the abdominal wall to prevent it from happening again,” he adds.

How to Prevent GDV in Dogs

So, how can pet owners prevent GDV in dogs before it happens? While the causes of GDV in dogs are still not completely understood, Dr. Hughes says that consuming a larger meal once a day — as opposed to two or more smaller meals — and eating from an elevated platform seems to increase the risk of developing this condition. “It also doesn’t hurt to slow down their food consumption through the use of feeding aids — like a ‘bloat bowl’ — or training them to eat more slowly,” she says.

You may also want to limit your dog’s exercise and water intake for an hour before as well as an hour or two after meals to help reduce the risk. “Stress may also play a role … so trying to lower your dog’s stress levels can help prevent a bloat or GDV event,” Dr. Hughes says.

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The first dogs in America likely came here around 10,000 years ago with people from Siberia, according to a new study by an international team of researchers.

The research, which looked at ancient and modern dog DNA, suggests that populations of the so-called pre-contact dogs almost completely disappeared following the arrival of European settlers, leaving little or no trace in more modern American dogs.

It has long been been a matter of dispute whether these first American dogs survived in some form, perhaps only as a portion of the DNA in some breeds or mixed breeds of today’s dogs. But the study, published July 6, 2018 in the peer-reviewed journal Science, overwhelmingly suggests that the pre-contact dogs have disappeared. The evidence found no more than 4 percent of pre-contact dog DNA in any sample.

The researchers also found that a cancerous condition spread through the mating of dogs thousands of years ago is still present in dogs today and is the last remaining trace of these early dog populations that arrived in the Americas. In what the calls “a macabre scientific twist”:

… the new study found that the closest living DNA match to the pre-contact dogs is a strange, but well known cancer, a tumor in which the cancerous cells themselves spread from dog to dog during sex, like rogue tissue transplants. Called canine transmissible venereal tumor, it originated thousands of years ago in one dog, probably from East Asia. The cancer is now present worldwide, still carrying the genome, much mutated but still identifiable, of that original host dog.

Evidence suggests dogs arrived in the Americas about 10,000 years ago. Some believe the ancient dogs looked a lot like present-day dingos. Image via Angus McNab.

The team collected genetic information from 71 ancient dog remains from the Americas and found that early dogs arrived alongside people who eventually settled throughout North, Central and South America. The teams said in a joint statement:

It is fascinating that a huge population of dogs that inhabited all corners of the Americans for thousands of years could have disappeared so rapidly.

This suggest something catastrophic must have happened, but we do not have the evidence to explain this sudden disappearance yet. It is ironic that the only vestige of a population that was likely wiped out by a disease is the genome of a transmissible cancer.

Anna Linderholm, assistant professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University, did much of the genome work. She said:

The sudden disappearance of dogs in America was probably associated with European colonization, but we don’t know the details yet. This is further evidence of the strong bond between humans and dogs. Humans will bring their dogs to every new place they explore and colonize, regardless of time and space.

When we compare our ancient dog DNA to all other known dog/wolf DNA, we find that the closest relatives are the Siberian dogs. This mirrors what we know about humans at the time and sites in Siberia have records of people using dogs then.

Linderholm said the study further proves

… that we can say with certainty that the first wave of people entering the Americas brought dogs with them.

But the cancer genome we found was a real surprise.

This is the biggest twist I have seen in any project I have done. It is amazing to think that these cancerous cells spread and that they still exist all over the world. So in a weird way, the ancient dogs of America live on through these cancerous cells.

Bottom line: A new study of dog DNA suggests that the only genetic remnant of America’s first dogs is a kind of cancer that still exists in dogs today.


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Jose Maveli is a man possessed, pursuing what he says is a mission to save his home state Kerala transforming from “God’s own country” to “Dog’s own country”

His mission is macabre: killing dogs and exhorting others to do the same in a state where some 2.70 lakh strays prowl the streets of its cities.

After a man was mauled by strays in Varkkala in the state’s south last week, he organised the killing of 40 dogs in revenge. Locals supported his gory act and when the police arrived, they foiled his arrest.

Maveli, 66, already has eight police cases pending against him under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. But he remains undeterred and has emerged as the public face of the campaign against stray dogs in Kerala.

Jose Maveli shares a light moment with children. (HT Photo)

The state is facing a canine crisis so huge that the matter got discussed recently in the state assembly. Some 10 people have been mauled to death and there have been 90,000 dog bite cases this year alone. As a fierce debate rages on to how to resolve the problem – mass culling or sterilization – Maveli insists it is time for the public to take matters in their own hands.

In September, he was arrested for urging people to kill dogs in Cheganamad. A few days later, he was booked for offering Rs 500 to anyone who kills a dog. In early October, he was again booked for accepting an air gun from an organisation that backs mass culling of dogs.

Anjali Sharma, a member of the state animal welfare board, has accused Maveli of fear-mongering and provoking people. Animal lovers of the state liken him to a ‘demon’.

Stray dog vigilantes at a police station with bodies of dogs they have killed. (HT Photo)

But Maveli insists he is no killer by choice. “Killing of dogs is for securing the safety of men, women and children in the state,” he says.

“We killed many cattle when foot and mouth disease broke out and two years ago in Kuttanad (central Kerala), lakhs of ducks were also culled in the wake of bird flu threat. No cases were registered against anyone then. Why dogs are not killed when they pose grave danger to people,” he asks indignantly.

Maveli – who runs an NGO and claims to have rehabilitated hundreds of abandoned children – says he is full of love and compassion. “I never killed a dog before. But what can we do when monstrous strays attack small children and elderly people,” Maveli, who currently shelters 250 children at his Jana Seva Shishu Bhawan, asks.

He cites a recent article written by a senior IAS officer who claimed that the sale of anti-rabies vaccine was a Rs 7,000-crore business in India. “Kerala is their biggest market. They want strays to multiply so that their business will thrive,” he alleges.

He says stray dogs are also responsible for some 30 percent of accidents involving two-wheelers in the state.


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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A Navy sailor has been accused of beating his dogs so badly that they had be euthanized.

Chesapeake police arrested 29-year-old Michael Ott Tuesday night. Officers say Ott tortured the two dogs about a week apart.

Investigators believe there could be a third dog.

Over the weekend, someone brought in an injured dog to Acredale Animal Hospital. Vets realized what happened, so they called Animal Control.

On Tuesday, officers went to Ott’s apartment on Fairwind Drive. Court documents obtained by 10 On Your Side say that when they got there, they found blood on walls, doors and inside closets.

According to court paperwork, one of those dogs was a Yorkie named Gizmo. He reportedly had severe trauma all over his body.

Investigators go on to say that the other dog was an Alaskan Malamute named Ghost. Ghost had been beaten a week before Gizmo and had severe trauma to the head.

Both dogs had to be euthanized to the injuries.

10 On Your Side has learned that Ott has been in the Navy for five years as an avionics tech.

Officers say this is an ongoing investigation, but there are pending charges for Benji, a Yorkie currently recovering in Virginia Beach.

Ott will be back in court November 1. He declined our request for an interview.


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Donald Trump once said “I never understood why people like dogs. Dogs are disgusting.”



In September 2018, a quotation emerged online which appeared to offer support for the widely-held perception that President Donald Trump doesn’t even like man’s best friend: dogs.

A Facebook user posted a meme to that effect on 10 September 2018, quoting Trump as having said “I never understood why people like dogs. Dogs are disgusting”:

We could find no evidence of Donald Trump’s ever having said this, despite checking newspaper archives, the archives of the New York Times (which has closely covered his career and pronouncements for several decades), the FactBase web site’s archive of interview and speech transcripts, and the Internet Archive’s “Trump Archive.” The quotation appears to be bogus.

However, does it allude to a real dislike of dogs on the part of the 45th president?

The perception that President Trump dislikes or even hates dogs is a widely-held one. An October 2017 article by article made just such a claim, asking “Why does President Trump hate dogs?”

As evidence that Trump felt this way about canines, the article pointed to three pieces of evidence variously cited in a series of similararticles about his alleged negative sentiments and comportment toward dogs.

‘Like a dog’

Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again–just watch. He can do much better!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2012

The first piece of evidence is the fact that Trump often uses “dog” as an insult. A cursory glance at his Twitter history reveals a penchant for calling his perceived enemies or rivals “dogs,” or describing their failures or shortcomings in somewhat unusual canine similes: “choked like a dog,” “got fired like a dog,” “sweating like a dog.”

However, this habit does not necessarily demonstrate a fervent dislike of actual dogs. It could just as plausibly be part of the president’s idiosyncratic way of speaking and writing, what the Huffington Post’s Nick Wing aptly described as a “lack of oratorical creativity.”

The logic of the argument is as follows: Donald Trump compares people to dogs as a way of insulting them, therefore Donald Trump thinks being a dog is undesirable, so it must follow that Donald Trump hates dogs.

However, if one were consistent in applying this logical framework to all simile-based insults (or praise), one would end up forced to make some pretty bizarre claims: that anyone who calls someone else a “rat” for being disloyal is thereby declaring their hatred for actual rats, that anyone who uses the word “snake” to criticize someone else’s duplicity must by necessity hate actual snakes, that anyone who praises someone as being a “wily old fox” must therefore have a love for that particular species, and so on.

President Trump’s 2012 declaration that Robert Pattinson should not reunite with Kristen Stewart because “she cheated on him like a dog” is evidence of his idiolect, and might suggest he doesn’t fully understand how similes work. But that insult, along with all the others, is not sufficient evidence to conclude that he hates dogs.

No dog in the White House

The second piece of evidence cited by Newsweek (and others) is the fact that President Trump is the first occupant of the White House in more than a century not to own a dog. (According to the , William McKinley was the last dog-free president before Trump.)

Again, the logic of this argument collapses fairly easily. The absence of a dog from the White House (although unusual from a historical point of view) is not evidence that the president dislikes dogs. If one were consistent in drawing that conclusion from that premise, one would be forced to claim that the many millions of people who don’t keep pet dogs in their homes are motivated by a dislike of dogs, when clearly other reasons might be more primary: allergies, time constraints, frequent travel, and so on.

In fact, President Trump has reportedly already given an explanation for why the First Family does not currently keep a dog at the White House: he’s just too busy.

In the same Newsweek article whose headline read “Why does President Donald Trump hate dogs?” the president’s friend Lois Pope recounted how she identified a Goldendoodle named Patton as the perfect dog for the family and offered to arrange for the Trumps to adopt him:

[Pope] came across the gentle teddy bear, and presented him to Trump and son Barron at the Mar-a-Lago, where she has been a member for 24 years. “I went through great trouble to find the perfect dog for Donald Trump,” she told Newsweek. “He would’ve been a perfect dog for any president.” Patton is hypoallergenic, loyal and beautiful, she said.

But it seems Patton wasn’t destined for the White House — Pope said Trump told her he was too busy for a dog, and she, in turn, was actually relieved she wouldn’t have to give up the “lovable giant pup” with whom she had fallen in love.

It is not intellectually supportable to speculate or conclude that the reason President Trump doesn’t keep a dog in the White House is because he doesn’t like them, when several plausible alternative explanations exist, and the president has already reportedly provided one (i.e., that he’s too busy).

‘Not a dog fan’

The third piece of evidence typically cited by those claiming Donald Trump hates dogs (including Newsweek) is arguably the strongest, but it is challenged by other available evidence.

In her memoirRaising Trump, the president’s ex-wife Ivana Trump wrote that he only reluctantly agreed to allow her poodle Chappy to live with them in New York and claimed he was “not a dog fan”:

So I spent my first month in New York exploring the city with my poodle at my side. Donald was not a dog fan. When I told him I was bringing Chappy with me to New York, he said, “No.” “It’s me and Chappy or no one!” I insisted, and that was that …

I’ve told you about Chappy and his deep love for my chinchilla coat. He had an equal dislike of Donald. Whenever Donald went near my closet, Chappy would bark at him territorially.

Newsweek cited that section as evidence that “the feeling was mutual” between the future president and his wife’s dog Chappy. However, the very next line in the book, omitted from the Newsweek article, added nuance to the picture of Donald Trump as a dog-hater who feuded with his wife’s pet poodle: “Despite their issues with each other, Donald never objected to Chappy’s sleeping on my side of the bed.”

Donald Trump has gone on record stating his dislike for pitbulls, specifically, saying in a 2008 interview with radio host Howard Stern that:

I’m not a big fan of pit bulls. I’ve known too many people who were badly hurt by pits. I know a girl who is beautiful who is taking care of a dog who was a pit bull. The dog ripped her apart. So I’m not a big fan. You know these people come out, “oh the poor dog the poor dog.” These are trained killers these dogs.

However, we could not find any similarly negative statements about dogs in general, and we did find evidence which might indicate that, at the very least, Trump is not as averse to dogs as is widely believed.

Evidence to the contrary

From 2010 to 2015, the Westminster Kennel Club in New York kept an annual tradition in which the winner of the Westminster Dog Show would visit Donald Trump for a photo-op at his office in Trump Tower, as shown in photographs from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 (below):

In 2013, the Westminster Kennel Club even wrote on Facebook that Trump had a “genuine affection for dogs,” next to a photograph of him smiling and holding that year’s winner, “Banana Joe”:

In 2017, the Associated Press spoke to several people associated with the Westminster Dog Show, who described Trump as being welcoming and at ease while spending time with the illustrious competition’s winners:

People in the room for Trump’s visits, in those pre-presidential days, describe him as friendly and relaxed, smiling broadly while spending up to a half-hour with the victors. A self-confessed “germaphobe,” Trump didn’t seem bothered a bit by the close brushes with the dogs, either.

…“He could not have been more engaging,” said [David] Frei, host of Westminster telecasts for 27 years. “He did not have any qualms.”

Will Alexander, who was the handler for the 2015 champion “Miss P” and was interviewed by the Associated Press for its 2017 article, told us by phone that Trump seemed genuinely comfortable around the beagle during their 30- to 45-minute visit at Trump Tower, holding her and talking to her before and after the cameras were on him:

He wanted to hold her right away. It wasn’t just for a photoshoot … I remember when he finally did put her down, he had some beagle hair on his suit — because beagles tend to shed quite a bit — and somebody went to wipe it off, but he told them to leave him alone, that it was fine. He didn’t come across to me as someone who didn’t like dogs … He seemed quite genuine about it … He seemed like he wanted her there, and he wanted to hold her and talk to her — he seemed quite comfortable with her.


Ultimately, we can’t say for certain how Donald Trump feels about dogs. However, at least as much evidence (if not more) suggests that he is comfortable around them as suggests that he finds them aversive, or even disgusting.

The claim that he “hates dogs” appears to be based on shaky logic (he doesn’t own one and he insults people by comparing them to dogs) and relatively scant evidence (his ex-wife said he was “not a dog fan,” but she also said that he had no objection to sharing a bed with one). It is also contradicted by photographic evidence and first-hand accounts of Trump’s cheerful demeanor around dogs.


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Some people believe dogs and mail carriers don’t mix — but UPS driver Doniel Kidd is breaking the stereotype.

The delivery driver is a well-known animal lover in at least one Athens, Louisiana, neighborhood, where he has befriended the dogs of one of his customers. 

Earlier this month, Staci Burns spotted the driver sitting on her driveway, snapping selfies with her three pups: Reba, Buster and Jade.

The sight brought a smile to Burns’ face and she took a quick video and posted it on her Facebook page with the caption, “When you have the best UPS man on the planet…”

The video went viral with 1.4 million views and more than 16,400 shares, with thousands of people leaving comments.

“If I was a UPS man,” some Facebook users joked.

“What I want to do every time I pass a pup,” another added.

While the video is both hilarious and adorable, Burns says there’s a reason why the dogs love Kidd so much — and why one dog, in particular, has a little more affection for him than the rest.

Kidd has a special bond with Burns’ Australian shepherd named Reba. One day, while driving along his regular route, he spotted the dog sitting on the side of the road — miles away from home.

Luckily, he knew right where to deliver the lost dog.

“We live in the country and she went through a phase of going off on adventures and also following me when I left without my knowledge,” Burns told CBS News. “Doniel saw her miles from home and pulled over to get her. Of course, she hopped right in and he delivered her home.”

Ever since then, Kidd has referred to Reba as his “baby,” and Burns has welcomed him into her home with open arms.

“He asks about her if he doesn’t see her,” Burns said. “She loves to jump up in the truck and beg him to take her with him.”

Whenever they hear the roar of his UPS truck engine, they speed around the corner to greet him. And Burns says he can play with the dogs whenever he wants.

“Doniel is incredibly well known in our area, he is always extremely happy, caring, courteous, and the most kind hearted man,” Burns said.


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Betty McGuire is no stranger to dog urine. If you live with a dog, neither are you. I’m guessing your dog pee story is probably one of waiting: Waiting while your dog checks out another dog’s pee, or waiting while your dog leaves a deposit. And who hasn’t experienced the occasional, “Ack! Why did you pee there?!?” followed by a cleaning session. But if you’ve ever gazed at a peeing dog and asked yourself any number of “Why” questions, Betty McGuire is the person for you.

McGuire, a researcher and senior lecturer at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, studies dog urinary behavior. Her research looks at the complex amalgam of dog factors — like age, sex, reproductive status, height, and body size — that contribute to how and where dogs pee. For over ten years, McGuire and her colleagues have shown there’s not one way to look at a peeing dog. Her scientific studies have tackled topics like dog urinary posture — including the squat, squat-raise, arch-raise, combination, and yes even the handstand (which I covered here) — motor laterality, i.e.,which hind-limb dogs lift when peeing, and scent-marking behaviors like ground scratching.

McGuire conducts much of her work in collaboration with local SPCA animal shelters. “Our research provides shelter dogs with additional opportunities for exercise and socialization, as well as chances to display species-typical behaviors,” she explains on her website. Also, animal shelters are great places to watch a lot of dogs pee.

Even if you don’t think much about dog pee, McGuire’s latest question has probably crossed your mind: when a dog pees on an object like a tree or a fire hydrant, do some dogs aim their pee to land “higher up” on the vertical surface than other dogs? Does what I’ll call Pee Height — where the urine lands — accurately represent the size of the urinator? (“The Urinator” must be the name of a rejected Marvel superhero.) McGuire and colleagues’ study was recently published in the Journal of Zoology.

First, the basics: Adult male dogs tend to raise a back leg to pee; juveniles tend to assume a lean-forward posture; and females tend to squat. (Of course, if you’re thinking, “Not my dog!” you’re right. Individual dogs can deviate from these trends, as I cover here). Dog researchers love dog pee (for research purposes only, they swear) because dog urine isn’t merely for excretion. It carries social information about individuals, like sex, age and reproductive status. Pee Height, too, might provide information to other dogs. The hind-leg raise attracts attention because, in this position, dogs have the most control over urine placement.

To explore whether a dog’s Pee Height reflects the dog’s size, McGuire and colleagues recorded adult male mixed-breed dogs, both intact and neutered, out on walks at two animal shelters. The researchers excluded juveniles who might not raise a leg and seniors who might not raise due to orthopedic issues. The researchers accounted for factors like body size — height and mass — and used the videos to measure raised-leg angle during urination as well as urine mark height (Pee Height).

The researchers found that in some cases, Pee Height accurately reflected the size of the urinator. This means if you’re a dog checking out pee on a fire hydrant, the height of the pee you’re sniffing could tell you about the size of the dog who left it.

But small dogs didn’t fit the pattern. McGuire and colleagues found that, on average, small dogs raised their legs higher when peeing, which increased their angles, and resulted in their pee hitting higher than the dogs’ height might predict. There is no better use of trigonometry. “Thus, even though height of urine mark does reflect size of signaler in part,” the researchers observe, “small dogs seem to ‘cheat’ by using larger raised-leg angles to deposit higher urine marks, thereby exaggerating their size.” 

If you think you’re going to read this piece without an exceptional visual example, you are incorrect. Meet Patches. As shown below, his leg begins at 115 degrees to produce a urine mark with a Pee Height of 15.3 cm. Then, during the same urination — and without shifting his planted legs or moving closer to the tree — Patches raises his leg higher to 120 degrees to achieve a Pee Height of 17.8 cm. Bravo, Patches. Bravo. 

Figure 2 in McGuire et al. (2018) featuring Patches

Exactly why small dogs aim high remains to be seen. One hypothesis involves the intersection of two concepts: dogs use pee as part of communication, and small dogs might engage in more indirect forms of communication because direct social interactions could be more costly for them. For example, in a 2017 study, McGuire and Bemis observed that small dogs urine mark more frequently than large dogs, spreading themselves around more than large dogs. And by increasing their Pee Height, what might be happening is that small dogs are using pee to exaggerate their own size and possibly aid in avoiding conflict.

Another potential explanation is that small dogs might perform these leg lifting exercises in an attempt to “over mark” — pee on top of another dog’s pee. Mammals, including dogs, use over marking to cover others’ deposits with their own scent, and dogs of all sizes seem to over mark. Of course, the higher a dog’s Pee Height, the more urine a dog can potentially over mark. Due to their natural height advantage, larger dogs don’thave to work their leg much to over mark, while smaller dogs need to limber up. Maybe attempting to over mark is what prompts smaller dogs to perform these acrobatics in the first place, a possibility that should be explored — and controlled for — in future studies, the researchers add. 

There’s also the possibility that larger dogs might be physically constrained from lifting their legs higher. Because dogs often lean in the opposite direction of the target during raised-leg urinations, larger dogs might be limited in how high they can lift without toppling over. No one wants to fall over mid-pee. Not even dogs. 

And then there are the dogs who lift and miss. The researchers note that “dogs sometimes miss targets, especially poles and tree trunks of small diameter…” It remains to be seen if there are any trends or patterns in who lifts and misses. If social meaning is being attached to where deposits “land,” but some deposits don’t “land,” how might poor aim affect dog social interactions? Do they even know they missed?

Because McGuire’s study was observational, experimental studies exploring why small dogs tend to aim high, and how dogs respond to urine encountered at different heights, is a much-anticipated next step.


McGuire, B., Olsen, B., Bemis, K. E., & Orantes, D. (2018). Urine marking in male domestic dogs: honest or dishonest?Journal of Zoology, First published online: 25 July 2018

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Courtesy of Ball Park

You’ve probably thrown these on the grill a lot, and that’s okay — so have we! But char marks and mustard can do a lot to mask a hot dog’s taste and texture. When eaten naked, we realized how artificial-tasting and soft these really are. They’re also creepy AF to look at. They look impossibly smooth (like plastic!).


Courtesy of Applegate

“Something’s not right” was heard more than once during the judgment process. The problem, we suspect, is it’s jerky-like aftertaste, which nobody hopes for in a frankfurter. Another thing: These were particularly sweaty!

Whole Foods 365

Courtesy of Whole Foods

Some said these were nicely chewy, others said they were rubbery and tough. Either way, the main takeaway here is that they’re definitely not worth a special trip to the expensive market chain if hot dogs are all you need.

Courtesy of Nathan’s

As New Yorkers who have trekked to Coney Island for Nathan’s infamous hot dogs, we were pretty disappointed by their grocery product. They were way too salty! But to be fair, they weren’t so offensive that we wouldn’t eat one (or three) at a barbecue.

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Though these were somewhat mushy and wet, their familiar saltiness was nostalgic. When we were younger, however, they weren’t free of nitrates, nitrites, and artificial preservatives, as they are now.

Trader Joe’s

Courtesy of Trader Joe’s

What we were into: the strong beef flavor and chewy exterior. What confused us: notes of both honey and nutmeg. WHY?

Hebrew National

Courtesy of Hebrew National

“It tastes like real meat!” one person exclaimed. Sadly, the same could not be said about many of the other contenders. Hebrew National prides itself on using only “premium cuts of beef from the front half of the cow.” So the “whole hot dogs are scary because you don’t know what’s in them” argument doesn’t apply here.

Courtesy of Sabrett

This is the dog they sell throughout the streets and parks of New York City, so you know it’s legit. Thankfully, it’s available outside of the big apple, too. (Just check their website to find a store near you.)

Visually, it’s very shiny. It’s also longer than average, so when you’re eating it at a cookout, expect more hot dog than bun. Most importantly, it has a “snap so loud you can hear it as you chew.”

Chances are that when you’re buying hot dogs, you’re not thinking too much. You go with a familiar brand or the kind that’s a few cents cheaper. A hot dog is a hot dog right?

Flavor-wise, maybe. With the exception of a few, it was pretty difficult for us to taste the difference between a lot of the franks. But don’t forget about texture. The range of textures here was very drastic and, quite frankly, pretty upsetting. Though some dogs were meaty and snappy, others were watery and soft.

This was as very difficult task (as you’ve probably already assumed) and one that we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies. Even when sliced into 1″ coins, you still end up eating a ton of hot dog. Plus, these were boiled (grilling would’ve given them an unfair advantage) AND there was no ketchup, mustard, or bun allowed. Trust us, we couldn’t make this taste test any more fair.


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A single working mother in Salina, Kansas, is in trouble with the city after her two dogs got escaped the yard and were picked up by animal control.

Jo Ann Morgan has two dogs that officials claim fall under the breed ban that Salina maintains.  Morgan stated that she sees “pit bulls” everyday in the community and had been unaware of the ban until obtaining her first dog.

The first dog, Celeste, was obtained not knowing there was a ban in place.  When the family asked a friend about a good vet in town, they then became aware of the ban.  Soon after, the second dog, Maicee, came to the family because of the ban.  The dog was owned by a boyfriend and girlfriend who had domestic issues.  At one point the girlfriend had threatened to call animal control on the dog for being a banned type as revenge.  The dog was taken in by Morgan, in what was supposed to be a temporary situation.

The dogs escaped the yard when the gate to their yard was left open after a trash pick up.  It was not noticed the gate was left open until the next morning, when the dogs were let out as the family got ready for their day.  A few minutes after they got out, on the morning of October 23rd, Morgan discovered the yard was empty and immediately began looking for the dogs.

They were picked up by animal control in a nearby parking lot.  It was later discovered, on a lost pets page for the community, that someone had spotted the dogs and was urging people to pick them up before animal control got them.

After searching for sometime, Morgan contacted the shelter, where she was told the dogs cannot be released because they are banned and that she would be charged.  Morgan also told that if she signed over the rights to Celeste and Maicee to the shelter, the prosecutor would drop the charges for harboring dangerous dogs.  Salina law declares “pit bulls” dangerous by appearance only, so any person caught with a banned type is charged with harboring a dangerous dog.  Celeste and Maicee had not harmed anyone.  Morgan asked if the dogs would be killed if signed over and was told that is the case.  She refused to sign over the dogs and was given a summons for the possession of two dangerous dogs.

Celeste and Maicee are currently being held as evidence and there are multiple criminal charges against Morgan.  Though Morgan is seeking legal representation, it is an expensive proposition for a case of this nature.

Salina has a bad track record with their handling of these sorts of cases.  Few, if any, confiscated dogs make it out of the shelter alive.  There was the story of Lucey, from 2010, who was taken as a banned dog and released after a DNA test showed she was a pure through and through mixed breed.  Officials came back on that family, saying the DNA tests are not reliable after the vet responsible for breed identification, Dr. Atherton, got a DNA test on his own dog and didn’t like the results.

Dr. Atherton is notorious for bad identification practices, and has, in at least one case, identified a pure breed dog (not a banned breed) as banned because of the dog’s teeth structure.

Morgan would love to get Celeste and Maicee back home but the odds of that are extremely slim.  The best hope right now is for the dogs to be placed in rescue.  When asked about it, Morgan was told that they do not release “pit bulls” to residents of other towns because of the “legal liability” of doing so.

The council is not open to discussing the issue.  Morgan attended a meeting and was told she would need to make a formal paper petition of registered voters and file specific forms in order for the council to consider the issue.

At this time, there is a Christmas card campaign for Celeste and Maicee, as well as one other confiscated dog.  The families are asking for cards to be sent, individually, to Celeste Morgan, Maicee Morgan and Remi Phillips, care of Salina Animal Shelter, 329 North 2nd Street, Salina, KS, 67401.  The families are asking that the messages in the cards be ones of support only and not directed at shelter staff in anyway.  The idea behind the campaign is to subtly let people know that the dogs are cared about without engaging in any animosity or vitriol.

For those who want to help more, there is a fundraiser being held to cover legal fees.  The odds that there will be a fair trial in municipal court are slim.  Appeals are expensive and funds must be raised in order for there to be any chance of Celeste and Maicee being about to get out of the shelter alive.


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