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Short Leash! Episode #28 by Real.Dog/Box


Did you know…the USDA bans one of the key ingredients in Scotland’s national dish? Yup! Haggis, Scotland’s national dish is made of lamb lungs and also not allowed in the U.S! (Not allowed for humans, that is, but they are your dog's box this month 😉 Scottish and British government officials have been making the case to legalize haggis or lamb lungs as people food for years. While we, people, might not get to enjoy them anytime soon, our dogs sure will!

Yup, we’ve got lungs for days... Available until January 28th, here's the lineup of the first box of 2018: stanky green tripe patties, lamb lung, salmon skin & chunks, beef aorta, duck neck, pig ear. The Super Chew is spiral steer pizzle. Check out the unboxing. #feedreal

She’s mine! An Illinois law set to go into effect on Jan. 1 will allow for a judge to decide who gets to take home the family pet in the event of divorce. The legislation is intended for pets to be treated more like family and less like property. Divorcing couples instead will have to prove who will be the better owner. Alaska earlier this year became the first state to adopt similar legislation.


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Now, this is scary. Under a proposal before the City Board, 33,000 shelter dogs in Los Angeles could feed a vegan diet. Proponents of a vegan diet contend not only is a plant-based diet healthier, but can also reverse the environmental effect the meat industry has had. The city’s chief veterinarian recommended rejecting the proposal, saying it could deprive dogs of sufficient protein, calcium and phosphorous. The commission unanimously voted for a feasibility study and analysis that will detail the benefits and risks such a switch would make, expected in February.

And in case you were wondering why some dogs poop so much… Prupas (the city’s chief vet) wrote a vegan diet higher in fiber could “lead to increased fecal bulk and frequency of bowel movements,” leading to more cleanup work for shelter staffers. ?

‘Dogs’ may soon be called ‘doggos,’ per Merriam-Webster. The term “doggos” — internet speak for “dogs” — has spread across social media and gotten so popular that the dictionary deciders at Merriam-Webster have taken note. Its editors deemed “doggo” a “Word We’re Watching” in the coming year. Doggo actually originated in the late 19th century.

Puppies bred with medical disorders cloned. In China, a dog named Apple has been cloned into 3 different dogs with specific genomes edited to develop various diseases. Scientists deliberately encoded these diseases into their DNA so they study them more closely and possibly find cures. “Dogs share the most inheritable diseases with human beings, which makes them the best disease models to study," says Feng Chong, technical director at Sinogene.

Russia’s scientists “drown” dog in an experiment with breathable liquid. Russian scientists developed a breathable liquid that is rich in oxygen and to test it, dunked a dog into a tank of liquid and held a dog under the surface. Though the dog did appear to be unharmed and fully recovered, animal rights activists and critics on social media are not happy. The demonstration was broadcast one day before Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law meant to increase punishment for animal abuse. In response to the backlash, the scientist said that he would adopt “Nikolas” the dog, but continued to hail the research as a "breakthrough.

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These goldens might help us find the cure for cancer. Samples from more than 3,000 other purebred golden retrievers from across the country have been collected in a biorepository to participate in an ambitious, $32 million research project that researchers hope will yield insights into the causes of cancers and other diseases common to goldens, other breeds and maybe even humans.  The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, run by researchers from Colorado State University and the Morris Animal Foundation are compiling exhaustive data, recorded and reported each year by the dogs’ owners, on every aspect of the pooches’ lives: what they eat, where they sleep, whether their lawns are treated with pesticides, whether their teeth get brushed and more. Longitudinal studies like this can help researchers detect causes and effects that might be missed in other kinds of studies.

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