Friday, January 25, 2013

With a little help from my friends--dogs and partners in the news

When a working dog is stricken with any kind of disability, you have to re-assess whether or not continuing to work is in his best interest. When Gonzo went blind, the veterinarian offered the advice that this driven dog--still young and fit--needed to keep running. With help from his faithful brother Poncho, who is always lined up at his side, Gonzo gets to keep running as an active member of the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel team.

A sweet pup was rescued from a frozen lake by firefighters--way to go first responders!

A pet owner is crediting her Boston Terrier with saving her from a possible death, when the pup awoke her as their apartment was filling with deadly carbon monoxide. The dog may also have saved many others living in the same condo complex-- the source of the carbon monoxide was a neighbor's car in a garage below, running for hours in the night. Good thing that everybody made it out safe and sound!

Just a short byline, but the picture was too much to resist! Check out this mini-sled-dog race in Duluth!

You may have noticed Dave's mini-quiz on the chalkboard (what is the world's largest dog?)-- I'll give you a hint with this article about super-sized Zeus, the current Guinness World Record holder for the world's tallest dog. I thought that some of our dogs here were huge, but this pup definitely takes the cake!

And lastly, I'll leave you with a cool science-news article about the early domestication of dogs. It's amazing how much we can learn about the past by studying things (such as dog DNA) here in the present! This new study presents the ability to digest carbohydrates with ease (an important part of a dog's diet, though not essential to their predecessor wolves) as a key turning point in the domestication of wild dogs.

We'll see you again tomorrow!


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