Episode #70 by Real.Dog/Box
Did you know…. Male dogs lift a leg to pee to make themselves appear larger to other dogs. The higher up the pee, the larger the dog.
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Tennessee Man Leaves $5 Million to 8-Year-Old Dog Lulu in His Will. Martha Burton, his close friend, whom inherited Lulu expressed how much Mr. Dorris loved his dog. He left 5 million for his dearest Lulu, in a trust. Burton will have to submit the bills in order to be reimbursed, but anything “reasonably” for the dog goes.
Grain-free dog food linked to heart problems in pets is puzzling situation for FDA. The FDA is no longer naming grain-free pet food brands that might be associated with DCM. The FDA is looking closely at legumes like dried beans, chickpeas, lentils, and peas as a possible culprit. “Legumes are in grain and grain-free diet. But there appear to be more legumes in grain-free diets,” said Dr. Andrew Empel, veterinarian. “Unfortunately, they don’t contain taurine which is essential for heart health,” said Dr. Morgan. The FDA has not requested any recalls and it is not taking any compliance or enforcement action. Instead, it’s asking for patience, time for more study.
Carbon pawprint: is man’s best friend the planet’s enemy? In a 2017 study, Okin estimated that the 160M domestic cats and dogs in the US were responsible for between 25-30% of the environmental impact of meat consumed in the country. That’s 64M tonnes of C02, equivalent to the annual emissions of 13M cars. Kelly Swanson, a professor in animal nutrition, disputes the findings of that study, saying the calculations were based on “a lot of inaccurate assumptions”. Geography also plays a part in this, as a 20-40 pound dog in the Netherlands will produce 4.2-17 tonnes in its lifetime. But the same dog in China would only produce 1.5-9.9 tonnes.
Shortage of US working military dogs may pose security risk. A recent study conducted by the US federal government found that the US military "has faced a chronic shortage of domestically bred working dogs qualified for use by both the Department of Defense and other federal agencies." Unlike current technology, canines possess the ability to continuously adapt and provide consistent detection work. Within the document, researchers highlighted that the lack of a "robust domestic supply" of military dogs "may threaten the ability of departments and agencies that utilize working dogs to maintain readiness if the supply from foreign markets is contested or interrupted for an extended period."
Worried about your lockdown puppy when you go back to work? Experts urge owners to prepare NOW by giving dogs 'alone time' and establishing new routines to avoid separation anxiety. Recent research revealed that three in five dogs bought in lockdown haven't yet been left alone, with 62% of lockdown pups having not even been in any environments other than their home. As a result, 71% of owners worry their dogs will suffer separation anxiety when life returns to normal. Another survey revealed that 22% of owners have observed more barking, and 29% have noticed their dog being more needy. Dog professionals are urging you to take action now, before returning to normal life.
Poland plans pensions for dogs and horses under state employment. Working animals give their entire life, to save other human beings. Whether it is locating them alive, or dead. After they have served they go into retirement and are given away to citizens without any safeguard for their elderly future. Following appeals from concerned service members, the Interior Ministry has proposed new legislation that would give these animals an official status, and paid retirement to help cover the often costly care bills their new owners face. The new law would affect around 1,200 dogs and over 60 horses.
Most Wild Dogs in Australia Are Pure Dingoes. A study led by UNSW shows that all wild dogs are genetically more than half dingo. The study used more than 5000 wild DNA samples of canines from across the country. 99% of the samples tested 100% dingo or dingo dominant. Pure dingoes made 64% of the wild canines tested. While an additional 20% was at least 75% dingo. The findings challenge the view that pure dingoes are virtually extinct in the wild - and call to question the widespread use of the term 'wild dog'.
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