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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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A therapy dog at the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon.

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A therapy dog at the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon.

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Therapy dogs at the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon.

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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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A therapy dog at the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon.

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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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Posted by in dog stories on October 8, 2018
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.


Posted by in dog stories on October 8, 2018

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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Posted by in dog stories on October 8, 2018
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.


Posted by in dog stories on October 8, 2018

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.


Posted by in dog stories on October 8, 2018


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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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Posted by in dog stories on October 8, 2018


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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Posted by in dog stories on October 8, 2018

Five days after “Show Dogs” opened as family-friendly fare in more than 3,200 theaters, distributor Global Road Entertainment announced that it will cut footage that — to parents and advocates — suggests sexual abuse. The Aussie theater chain Cineplex Australia had recently dropped the film from its lineup.

The company released the following statement to Deadline:

Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film ‘Show Dogs’ that some have deemed not appropriate for children. The company takes these matters very seriously and remains committed to providing quality entertainment for the intended audiences based on the film’s rating. We apologize to anybody who feels the original version of ‘Show Dogs’ sent an inappropriate message. The revised version of the film will be available for viewing nationwide starting this weekend.

A critic at Macaroni Kid instigated the film’s backlash in a review circulated by The American Conservative. Directed by Raja Gosnell (“Home Alone 3,” “Scooby-Doo”), “Show Dogs” is a canine take on “Miss Congeniality”: to thwart criminals, police Rottweiler Max (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) goes undercover at a dog competition. While Sandra Bullock’s “Miss Congeniality” character begrudgingly submitted to bikini waxes to go undetected at the Miss American pageant, Max is taught to channel his “zen place” when competition judges touched his private parts without his consent.

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“Disturbingly, these are similar tactics child abusers use when grooming children — telling them to pretend they are somewhere else, and that they will get a reward for withstanding their discomfort,” wrote Dawn Hawkins, the executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, in a statement on her non-profit’s website. She later accused the filmmakers of promoting “essentially a sextortion scenario,” and implored AMC and Regal theaters halt American screenings.

On Tuesday, the creative team apologized to parents who inferred “a message other than a comedic moment in the film,” adding that the aforementioned judging was “depicted completely accurately as done at shows around the world; and was performed by professional and highly respected dog show judges.”

“Show Dogs” also stars Will Arnett, Natasha Lyonne, RuPaul, Stanley Tucci, and Shaquille O’Neal.The script was written by Max Botkin and Mark Hyman, whose screenwriting credits include “Meet the Fockers” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”

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Posted by in dog stories on October 8, 2018
Mortal Kombat: Legacy”, “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist”, “Assassin’s Creed”, and “Tomb Raider”, to signal that the sub-genre might finally be climbing out of the gutter. When it comes to action films derived from fighting games, the forthcoming adaptation of 2012’s “Sleeping Dogs” is sure to be one fans are rooting to continue to break the video game movie curse, a goal whose odds are in its favour with the involvement of Donnie Yen!

“Sleeping Dogs will enter production next year; I’ve finally found my screenwriter. It’s a very ambitious project.”

Released on video game consoles in August, 2012 by United Front Games and Square Enix, the premise of “Sleeping Dogs” could’ve come right out of “In the Line of Duty IV” or any number of Donnie’s early roles. The game follows Hong Kong cop Wei Shen, who is tasked with infiltrating the Sun On Yee Triad gang. The open-world setting of the game makes extensive use of the urban jungle that is Hong Kong, and is packed to the gills with martial arts and parkour action right out of the very 80’s Hong Kong action films it homages. The title proved a major success, with over 1.5 million copies sold that year.

The film was first announced in March 2017, with Neal H. Moritz, long-standing producer of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, executive producing, and Donnie on-board in the role of Wei Shen. While no other casting announcements have been made for the film, given that the game utilized the voice talents of such Asian stars as Will Yun Lee, Byron Mann, Lucy Liu, Celina Jade, Tzi Ma, and Robin Shou, it’s a safe bet that Donnie will be in good company when “Sleeping Dogs” arrives at a theater near you.

Stay tuned for more info on “Sleeping Dogs” as it rises up to growl. In the meantime – looking forward to seeing “Sleeping Dogs”, what are your thoughts on the game? What other Asian stars would you like to see join Donnie in the film? Let us know in the comments below; Like, share and join in the conversation with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (Meantime, feel free to bark about KFK’s extensive FU-news section, as well!)

From the earliest days of childhood, Brad Curran was utterly fascinated by martial arts, his passion only growing stronger after spending time living in the melting pot of Asian cultures that is Hawaii. His early exposure developed into a lifelong passion and fascination with all forms of martial arts and tremendous passion for action and martial arts films. He would go on to take a number of different martial arts forms, including Shaolin Ch’uan fa, Taekwondo, Shotokan Karate and remains a devoted student, avid and eager to continue his martial arts studies. Brad is also an aspiring writer and deeply desires to share his love for martial arts and martial arts movies with the world!


Posted by in dog stories on October 8, 2018

2 Wisconsin Humane Society dogs euthanized for strep zoo

SAUKVILLE, Wis. – The Wisconsin Humane Society has stopped accepting dogs from the public and is transferring animals to other shelters while investigating the source of a bacteria that caused staff to euthanize two dogs.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the dogs were euthanized Wednesday after testing positive for “strep zoo” at the humane society’s Ozaukee campus. One of the dogs was at the Milwaukee campus before being transferred to Ozaukee. Authorities are encouraging people to wait to surrender dogs or to take them to Racine or Green Bay.

he respiratory illness can cause coughing, nasal discharge, vomiting, labored breathing and coughing blood. It’s spread through the air, bodily fluids and contaminated surfaces. The illness can’t be prevented with a vaccine, but can be treated with antibiotics if it’s caught early.


— Rebecca Klopf (@RebeccaKlopf) February 14, 2018

— Rebecca Klopf (@RebeccaKlopf) February 14, 2018


Posted by in dog stories on October 8, 2018

KATHLEEN (FOX 13) – A Polk County family is having a hard time sleeping at night after its livestock has been attacked and killed.

“So we’re just living night to night and just hoping that the animals are alive when we get up in the morning,” Melissa Nichols told FOX 13.

The most recent incident happened over the weekend. On Saturday, they heard dogs outside near the barn.

When Nichols 12-year-old daughter went out to see what was going on, she saw her prize calf, which she was bottle raising, dead and bloody.

Nichols says when the dogs surrounding the calf started to move aggressively towards her daughter, the girl took off running. The dogs began chasing her.

Nichols grabbed a gun. She shot and killed 2 of the dogs. One of them was wearing a collar imprinted with the name Hayden Davis on it, a neighbor.

“It shouldn’t have come to this,” said Nichols. “The dogs should have been gone.”

Nichols blames Davis’s dog for killing a steer and a cow in the past, as well as injuring at least one of her other cattle.

A spokeswoman for the Polk Sheriff’s Office, Carrie Horstman says Davis has been cited five times in the last two years for a allowing his dogs to wander.

“We hate that she was put in this position,” said Horstman. “It is a horrific thing to kill an animal, but she is within her right to do this.”

Davis was just cited again for this recent incident.

Horstman says he could end up paying up to $2,000 in fines. She also says a vicious dog investigation has been launched which could result in criminal charges.

Davis refused to talk to FOX 13 for this story.

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San Diego writer Greg van Eekhout likes dogs. So much so that his new book, “Voyage of the Dogs,” is centered on four of them.

The adventures begin when the dogs accompany their human counterparts on a space voyage to install a new outpost far, far across the galaxy. The book is written for the 8-to-12 age group.

Raised in Los Angeles and a graduate of UCLA, Van Eekhout published his first novel, “Norse Code,” in 2009. His other books include 2014’s “California Bones,” the first part of a fantasy trilogy for adults.

In San Diego, he lives with his wife, who is an astronomy and physics professor, and their two dogs. On Sept. 8, he will be at Mysterious Galaxy.

Q: What was your inspiration for the book?

A: I’m one of those people who spend possibly too much time looking at dog pictures on the Internet. It’s not just distraction or amusement. It gives me a deep sense of comfort to see good dogs. And they’re all good dogs, of course. Even my own two little terrier monsters. I’d just finished my adult urban fantasy trilogy, “California Bones,” and I was thinking about what to write next. I’d also just come off a really difficult year of caring for my elderly parents and experiencing their deaths. I wanted to spend the months it takes to write a book in a happier head space. A children’s novel about dogs left alone on a spaceship and working to complete their mission presented itself as the only thing I wanted to write about. If there’s a message, it’s that hope and comfort fuel the strength we need to get through difficult times.

Q: How did you balance humor and science?

A: There’s some science in the book, but it’s not a science book. It’s just part of the dogs’ reality. I like braiding humor and serious stuff together, and dogs are just naturally funny. Dogs in space? Even funnier. Sometimes the science actually drives the humor, like when the artificial gravity on the spaceship goes out and the dogs are floating around and bashing into each other.

Q: Why is Daisy important to your story?

A: Daisy is a Great Dane pup at the stage where her body is big, but her brain hasn’t caught up. She’s rambunctious and clumsy. It was a lot of fun to write scenes where she’s uncoordinated and bouncing around the spaceship. But she’s also smart, even though the other dogs don’t immediately realize it. Characters who are initially underestimated give you a lot of interesting opportunities for character interaction.

Q: Should humans create a brain implant so we can translate dog barks and body postures into human language?

A: I spend a lot of time asking my dogs what they want and why they won’t just tell me in English, so I am 100 percent in favor of this idea. I don’t know that their thoughts would be particularly interesting, but then I don’t know that my thoughts are all that particularly interesting either.

Q: Why did you want to incorporate true hero dog stories?

A: People have heroes, or at least people who inspire us and give us courage and hope. Even heroes have heroes. It made sense to give the dogs heroes as well. Also, I find the true hero dog stories interesting.

Q: What is the hardest part of writing for a younger audience versus your adult fantasy series?

A: I find writing for the different audiences equally challenging. I want to keep them turning pages. I want to evoke a range of emotions. I want to give them opportunities to think their own thoughts about the worlds and themes and characters I’m writing about. I want the things they felt while reading my story to stick with them after they’ve finished the last page. I think those are things most readers want, regardless of age.

Q: Do you have dogs yourself?

A: I pretty much can’t not talk about my dogs. My wife and I have two. Dozer’s some kind of terrier mix. We got him from Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. He hunts socks and recently swallowed an entire dead ground squirrel. He was so pleased with himself — really smug. Amelia, a mash-up of corgi, rat terrier and whatever, we got her from The Barking Lot in El Cajon. She’s a favorite wherever we go and has never seen a park bench she didn’t try to jump up on, especially if there are people sitting on it. They’d both be disasters on a spaceship, to be honest.

“Voyage of the Dogs” by Greg van Eekhout, HarperCollins, 224 pages.

Conversation with Greg van Eekhout

When: 2 p.m. Sept. 8

Where: Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego.

Phone: (858) 268-4747


Davidson is a freelance writer.

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Posted by in dog stories on October 7, 2018

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Not many would call me a man of danger. They would call me a man of pancakes, a man of poop rolling, or a man of bad breath. But a man of danger?

As we went walking on the trails in Louisiana yesterday, it became very obvious that we had company.


I was scared and fearing for my life
I was shaking like a leaf on a tree
‘Cause he was lean, mean
Big and bad, Lord

Now, I know that I don’t live here, and this is in fact their house. We are just guests. But a man of danger, I am not. I am a man of respect in this case. And even Sheriff Brickle knows that these guys would probably resist arrest.


I am also a man that knows you gotta give me a running start if in fact I am going to outrun a gator. I am not a fast man. Ok. I am not a man. It took me a long time to get to that. And it would take me a long time to get outta there.

Oh, won’t you
Gimme three steps, gimme three steps, mister
Gimme three steps toward the door?

You see, alligators are fast I hear. We lived in that Florida place most of our life, so we know a thing or five about alligators.

If I was a man, it would not be of danger, but a man of appreciation. You see, as much as we don’t want to get hurt by an alligator or worse, persons have to understand, like animals, that we all have our place. To not live or appreciate things in nature because we are scared that they may possibly be out there is enough to cause Sheriff Brickle to arrest you. Twice.

Don’t want no trouble with you
And I know you don’t owe me
But I wish you’d let me
Ask one favor from you

Why are people so afraid? Well, I think it is because they don’t realize the dangerous things that they do everyday like drive in their cars or fly in airplanes.  We all get used to certain things, but it doesn’t make them any less dangerous.


I am not a man of danger, but if I was, I would tell you to live life fully and to do things that may be beyond your comfort zone.  Go places that are waiting for you to visit them and to learn about them.  Yes, even like the swamps of Louisiana.

And if something makes you afraid, like the alligators? Maybe that isn’t such a bad thing either.  Feeling emotions, feeling life makes us think about other parts of our life.  For Girl Person, being respectful and careful of the alligators on our hikes makes her aware.  She is more cautious of us getting in bushes, or too close to the water.  It makes her more cautious with us in other places, because sometimes, you go too fast, not being observant.  For the persons, they have been worried about the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV and how we are even going to get out of here.  Which is making us appreciate the alligators too.  We may be staying at their house for awhile.

Ça c’est bon (Sa say boh(n)): That’s good.  There is your cajun lesson today, y’all.


So what am I trying to tell you today in a round about, swampy way? If there is something you have been wanting to do, try it even if it makes you scared.  You can always turn around.  I’ll give you three steps towards the door.  But just do it.

So there you have it.  Coming from a man of pancakes, not danger.  Don’t let life bite you. Bite back.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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Posted by in dog stories on October 7, 2018

Luna playing with her human Wade Simmons.

Dogs are our trail companions, snuggle buddies, adventure partners, and best friends. Here are just a few of the pups which were found wandering around Whistler Village for Crankworx 2018. Which good dog is your favourite?

Part of the Pinkbike family, Emmy is an intelligent pup who can mischievously open doors and cupboards.

Name: Emmy
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Age: 1 1/2 years
Hometown: Squamish, BC

Jessie’s favorite toy/food is a pinecone. A nearly endless supply keeps this pup happy, and when she’s tired she’ll just put herself to bed.

Name: Jessie
Breed: Cole Retriever
Age: 4 years
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

This fast moving pup is named after the Mersey river in her human’s hometown of Liverpool, England.

Name: Mersey
Breed: Springer Spaniel
Age: 5 months
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Ender is no stranger to mountain biking and watching big freeride lines. She actually came from the old Rampage site!

Name: Ender
Breed: Australian Cattle Dog
Age: 3 months
Hometown: Boulder City, Nevada

Khyber was named after the famous Khyber pass and loves to chase squirrels and swim in rainbow park.

Name: Khyber
Breed: Lab/Golden
Age: 4 years
Hometown: Surrey, BC

Luna was adopted from Tawain as a street dog and now calls BC home.

Name: Luna
Breed: Ormosain Mountain Dog
Age: 7 months
Hometown: Langley, BC

Trapper is an energetic pup and is eager to learn. Rubble is currently teaching the ways of dock jumping.

Name: Trapper – Rubble
Breed: Boxer – Boxer/Black Lab
Age: 5 months – Older but wiser
Hometown: Whistler Locals

Sprocket was recently adopted from a shelter in Korea. Her 10 year old owner saved up money to rescue the cute pup and was named by her brother who is here competing at Crankworx.

Name: Sprocket
Breed: Mixed Breed
Age: 7 months
Hometown: BC

Luna came from a breeder in the interior and wasn’t used to the wet conditions of the shore. It took her a while get over her fear of water and the rain. Luna also happens to be Wade Simmons’ family dog.

Name: Luna
Breed: Lab Retriever
Age: 10 months
Hometown: North Shore, BC

She may be small, but she is fierce. Ellie is a master squirrel hunter.

Name: Ellie
Breed: Dachshund
Age: 6 years
Hometown: Canada

Tito is a regular at the Coast Gravity Bike Park and probably scrubs better than you. When he’s not ripping up the trails he can be found on the paddle boards.

Name: Tito
Breed: French Bulldog
Age: Veteran
Hometown: Sechelt, BC

Mabel has experimented with many different hair styles, but after much deliberation has settled on the punk rock mohawk look.

Name: Mabel
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 2 years
Hometown: Portland, Oregon

In typical pug fashion, Stanley often snores while wide awake. What a good boy.

Name: Stanley
Breed: Pug
Age: 11 years
Hometown: Unkown

Sydney is an accomplished model and can be seen in numerous images for companies like Fox Clothing.

Name: Sydney
Breed: Mexican Border Mutt
Age: 2 years
Hometown: BC

Mayzie’s grandfather won best in show at the Westminster Dog Show

Name: Mayzie
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 5 years
Hometown: Fox Island, Washington

Bonus dog. Takes big dumps.

Name: Ryan
Breed: Hucker Spaniel
Age: 3 years
Hometown: Aptos, CA


Posted by in dog stories on October 7, 2018

SYLMAR, Calif. (KABC) —

Dog lovers across Southern California can get their puppy fix while committing an act of service at the same time.

Guide Dogs of America, a Sylmar-based nonprofit organization, is looking for volunteers to provide loving homes to raise 8-week-old puppies until they are around 18 months old.

Volunteer foster individuals and families, which the organization calls “puppy raisers,” will be part of changing the lives of those who are blind or visually impaired.

First-time applicants must be interviewed before a puppy is placed in their home. Puppy raisers must live in the Southern California area, and households with children and other pets are a plus.

Puppy raisers are an essential part of making sure the puppy receives proper socialization needed to help adjust to the important job they will later do in life.

The organization plans an orientation meeting where they explain the “Dos” and “Don’ts” of raising dogs. At the training, volunteers receive a manual, care supplies, five pounds of dog food and, of course, their puppy!

Food and any items purchased for the puppy are tax deductible. The dogs will receive care from the organization’s state-of-the-art veterinary clinic.

Puppies are also required to attend monthly obedience classes where they will learn how to walk on a leash, how to sit, stay, lay down and come when called.

At 18 months of age, the dogs return to the organization for formal guide dog training.

The ultimate reward comes when volunteer puppy raisers get the opportunity to meet the blind recipient of the dog they raised at the team’s graduation ceremony.

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Posted by in dog stories on October 7, 2018

We’ve all been told that there is a soulmate for everyone out there. Someone who is put on this Earth that will we connect with in a way that is rare.

And that doesn’t necessarily mean someone you’re romantically involved with.

According to Merriam-Webster, a soulmate is defined as ” person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament” or “a person who strongly resembles another in attitudes or beliefs.”

Apparently, animals have soulmates too. Hailee Graham and her husband have a dog named Potate, a.k.a. Tate. They adopted the dog after she had been living on the streets.

Tate loves her family very much.

She also loves her newfound soulmate, a dog named Vernon. Graham’s neighbor got Vernon around the same age as Tate and about the same time that Graham adopted Tate.

The two instantly became curious about each other, even though they were separated by a tall fence.

That curiosity soon turned into an obsession.

These two were determined to get to know each other. And to do that, they had to be side by side. The dog’s decided that they would do a little construction.

“I walk outside and catch them digging a tunnel to each other. We couldn’t get them to stop,” Graham told The Dodo. “We couldn’t keep them apart. They would just keep digging holes to each other.”

Instead of letting the dogs dig up their yard, Graham and her neighbors figured that they would get together so that the dogs could regularly spend time together.

Minus the fence.

But Graham came up with an even better idea that would allow the pups to hang out whenever they wanted, whether their humans were around or not.

“I thought, ‘Why not just put a door in the fence, so they can play whenever, and their humans don’t have to get involved?’” Graham said.

So, that’s exactly what they did with the help of Graham’s dad.

Tate watched anxiously as her human dad installed her new door. But when construction was finished… it was well worth the wait!

Now, these two are practically inseparable and loving their newfound freedom.

“They love being together!” Graham said. “I don’t know if they are actually in love, but I like to think so.”

Either way, these two are the best of friends… and definitely soulmates! Graham says that a doggy fence might not be suitable in all situations but it’s working in her neighborhood.

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Graham says she hopes that her story will inspire others to make their backyards more open and inclusive spaces.

“I hope that it encourages people to be more friendly with their neighbors, and encourage a sense of community,” Graham said. “It has worked out well for us so far.”

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Posted by in dog stories on October 7, 2018

UPDATE: Dogs who police say killed Virginia woman have been euthanized

By: WRIC Newsroom

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 06:01 PM EST

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – The two dogs who authorities say mauled their 22-year-old owner to death have been euthanized, according to Goochland County Sheriff’s Office.

The department held a press conference Monday to provide an update on the investigation and revealed grisly new details surrounding Brittany Stephens’ death.

The sheriff explained the two dogs were euthanized on Saturday after the victim’s family gave authorities permission to put the animals down.

The medical examiner also told the department that Stephens was attacked by the animals while she was still alive, and that one of the animals had a significant amount of blood on his collar and neck.

The sheriff added that both animals were still attacking the deceased victim when the officers arrived on scene.

The animals will be preserved for evidence.

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Posted by in dog stories on October 7, 2018

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Oh, it has been a long time since I have made an arrest. Not even a week, actually. But since I have arrested Texas so many times, let me keep going. Boy Person is next.

You see, it all started Friday night when Boy Person thought it was a good idea to go running on the beach in these frigid temperatures. Who does that, first of all? He put on his jacket because he couldn’t find his coat. He has been a bit scatterbrained lately.  Where the coat went by the way, no one knows. Seems like everything is either breaking down or disappearing.  I’d like that smell that Deputy Digby keeps making to disappear.  Also his crab breath since he ate a whole, dead crab and threw up everywhere.  Now that I’m thinking about it, this arrest report is a bit longer.  And perhaps the breath and the smell are related.  I will investigate that at a later time.


So to continue because I am getting off track, Boy Person put on his jacket and then he put on his gloves.  Well, he lost his running shoes to the trash last week when antifreeze from the RV poured all over them.  So he had to switch shoes, and apparently, these shoes have literally four sets of shoelaces.  Now, I am no fashionista, but that seems a bit overkill as do the stripes. But as long as he is into stripes, let the shoe fit.

So there he was, running down the beach with blue striped shoes with four sets of shoelaces, two right handed gloves and an old coat.  Have I mentioned we are all looking a bit worse for wear? Well, not me, but that goes without saying.  Anyways, he realized that one of the sets of shoelaces had become untied.  Well, he had the keys in his right handed glove and like Mickey Mouse, they were too dern big.  He couldn’t tie all these shoelaces with a Mickey Mouse glove, so he sat the keys down.  And then, because he was worried about running in the dark, which in retrospect would have been the only time to run in this attire, he forgot the keys were there.  And kept running.


Until his shoelaces became untied.  Again.  And when he stopped to tie them, he remembered.  He had sat the keys down.  Or had he?  Now, he couldn’t remember.  At all.  Probably because he had frostbite on the brain in my opinion.  Girl Person had tried to tell him not to run in this cold.  And he should have listened. Now he was going to have to go to jail.

As he ran back to the RV in the dark by now, because he had been looking for these keys with his Mickey Mouse gloves and shoelace breeding shoes, Girl Person saw his face.  I saw his face.  And as he asked her if she had saw any keys, she got her normal shoes without shoelaces back on and tried to help him.  Now, Girl Person was not in such a good mood.  You see, she had just stepped out of one of the coldest, grossest prison showers at camp around.

She was shivering, yet she knew that if they didn’t find these keys, they were in more ways of trouble than one.  I patiently waited with my arrest book and handcuffs because I was giving them the opportunity to find them without interrupting my treat time.  But it wasn’t looking good.  After they tried to find the keys for a very long time, they gave up.  They walked and walked the same path he had taken.  But they were just not there.

Girl Person said there were worst things in life than losing keys.  And yet, my decision was made.  Boy Person. Was. Arrested. In. Texas. But this wasn’t over yet.

The persons decided that they would in fact try the next morning to find the keys.


And as we walked up and down the beach, I smelled where Boy Person had ran.  The persons were totally on the wrong path and wrong part of the beach.  What was wrong with them?  The cold was still on their brains.  I pulled Girl Person slowly over to where the keys were.  Right.  Dern.  There.  Seriously?


I have a lot of jobs.  But arresting criminals and then tidying up their errors is just part of it.  A Sheriff’s work is never done.


You might think that since we found the keys, I would let Boy Person out of the jailhouse. Well, think again.  First of all, he interrupted our designated treat time.  He got me up early to be a key detective.  And in the process, he was distracted and Deputy Digby ate that crab I alluded to earlier.  Boy Person. Is. Still.  Arrested.

Now, today is Boy Person and Girl Person’s 24th anniversary.  Seems like in all of that time, he could have learned how to hold onto keys.  At least he has learned to hold onto Girl Person.  But if she has to take a shower in this camp prison one more time, that may change too.

Tomorrow, we are back on the road, headed to Louisiana!  If I don’t hide the keys.  I kind of like it here.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle


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