Roundup #13 – Our Favorite Dog Articles, Deals, & Videos of the Week
Laika and I were able to get out to the park every day this week and it’s been awesome. Well except for Tuesday when she decided to plop down face first into a giant mud puddle and roll around until she was completely covered (with bonus horse manure). What is it about mud and poop that is so irresistible to dogs? Luckily it’s nothing that a simple hose down can’t fix.
Our Favorite Dog Articles of the Week
If you’ve got some extra time this weekend check out some of these great articles – I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Have a great weekend – and try not to get too muddy. (I’m no mathematician but I’ve calculated that for each dog you own your risk of getting muddy increases by at least 200 percent)
- Rescue Decisions – The Dog or the Community?
The question of what animals to save is something rescue workers have to face, and it can be heartbreaking. There’s a moral dilemma that has to be asked – do you choose to save the dogs that are already “adoptable” or work on those that aren’t as likely to get adopted. This article explores both sides of that decision.
First of it’s Kind Canine Health Study Enrolls 3000 Golden Retrievers
The Morris Animal Foundation recently announced that they’d finished the enrolling 3,000 dogs for their Golden Retriever lifelong study. They’ll be studying the effects of genetic, nutritional, and environmental risk factors for cancer and other health issues.
- 5 Ways Adopting My Dog Saved My Life More Than I Saved Hers
Beautiful article about how adopting a dog changed one womans life for the better in many ways – something she wasn’t quite expecting.
- Dogs Get Anxiety, Too
A look at how behavioral pharmacology, such as treating dogs with anxiety medication, is becoming widely accepted amongst veterinarians. Since dogs don’t talk many pet owners remain conflicted about treatment options because it’s much easier to treat undesirable behaviors when they know why it’s happening.
- Rabies Causes 160 Preventable Deaths a Day
An estimated 59,000 human deaths occur each year due to rabies. Previous studies have found that vaccinating 70% of the world’s dog population is the key to eradicating the disease.
- Vet Billing Solution, Medical Billing Madness
Wonderful rebuttal to the “Vets are too Expensive, and it’s Putting Pets at Risk” article recently published in the Washington Post.
- Tens of Thousands of Dogs Are Still Used in Laboratory Tests Each Year
In 2013 an estimated 74,000 dogs were used in the United States for scientific research. Groups like the Beagle Freedom Project are working to pass legislature that would allow these animals to be re-homed after they’re done being used.
3 Ugly Truths About Buying a Pet #PuppyMills
An estimated 2.5 million puppies are born in puppy mills each year. Here’s a look at some of the facts you might not know about the puppy mill industry and what you can do to help.
- Female Canines Found to be Friendlier than Males
Researchers in Sweden found that female dogs tend to seek out the help of humans more than their male counterparts. Although they don’t know the exact reason why females seem to be more cooperative they think it might be a side effect of their natural nurturing instincts.
- Classic Literary Cardigan – Sheercrock Holmes and the Curious Stench
If you have both dogs and cats you’ll find this scene all too familiar. It’s the tale of a litter box and…OK I won’t spoil it all – but if you’re looking for a good laugh look no further.
- Does Training Make Your Dog Smarter?
It’s been long known that training can affect the way a dog reacts to stress and fear, but a new study is taking a look at whether there seems to be a measurable difference in the intelligence level of trained vs untrained dogs.
- Ty Foster – Timout Photo Series
Amazing photo serious of dogs wearing the “cone of shame” as seen in the featured image. If you’ve ever had a pet that’s had to wear one you’ll understand the total look of sadness and defeat.
- It’s Me or the Dog
Interesting look into how a dog can effect the relationship we have each at home. Since it can be easier to express love for a dog than another human it seems dogs might be inciting jealously between owners.
- A Bill for all the Debts Accrued by my Dog
One of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time. How much has your dog accrued over the years? I started adding up Laika’s bill and it became quite staggering.
- Adopted Dog Adventures – Life in a Cage to Life on the Road
Lovely photos showcasing the adventures a former shelter dog is getting to experience with her new owner.
I can honestly say some of the best moments from my travels have simply been watching her run free. Doing what she was meant to do.
Best Dog Deals of the Week
- Amazon – Easy Walk Reflective Harness Size M – Black & Silver – $14.39 (52% off)
- Amazon – Kong Extreme Toy Size M Black – $9.34 (41% off)
- Entirely Pets – May sale $10 off orders $75 or more w/code 10OFFA
- Only Natural Pet – 15% off with code AFTAKE15 thru June 1
- Petco – 30% off orders of $100 or more w/code MAYEXT thru 05/10
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Best Dog Videos of the Week
Someone bought a new toy to the dog park
Meet the heroic dog that fought off coyotes to save his owner.
Shelter dogs make art to raise adoption awareness
Great look at the Prison Puppy Raising Program
Here’s some Corgis in slow motion to brighten up your day
Awesome Infographic of the Week
Ever wondered how your sleeping habits compare to those of your pets? Check out this great Infographic by Web Blinds.
Read any great dog related articles this week? Be sure to submit them for a chance to be included in our weekly roundup series.
I guess I didn’t realize the incidence of deaths from Rabies was so high… wow! I had a professor in college who was from India and very old. He told us that when he was a boy, he one saw a man in his village become sick with Rabies and that it was awful. They had to tie him to a post to keep him restrained. That infographic is pretty cool too, especially since they have so many types of pets featured on it.
Jen Gabbard says
It’s just so heartbreaking to know so many people are still dying from a disease that we’ve pretty much been able to eradicate in the U.S. I’d imagine compared to other world health issues eradicating rabies would be one of the simpler things to accomplish
Dolly the Doxie says
What a great roundup of information. Thanks for sharing my post on the puppy mill situation we really need to spread the word more on this topic. Way to go Laika on the mud/manure rolling! Also, I have a Golden Retriever puppy in my neighborhood and he was signed up with the Morris Foundation. Love Dolly
Jen Gabbard says
It’s so sad that something as well known as puppy mills are still such a problem. But all things considered there has been a big decrease in their numbers over the past few decades – it’s just sad knowing how much more work is needed to put an end to them all.
I have my reading cut out for me today! Thank you!!!
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Carma Poodale Allen says
Mud AND Manure! That sounds like heaven to me!!
I love all the photos on the My Adopted Dogs Adventures link you put up! Its so rewarding seeing a former shelter dog so happy in another life!
Leah Erb, Let's Go Dog says
Busy week! I especially loved “A Bill for all the Debts…” story, the video of Sako the hero dog (I’m a sucker for dogs who rescue stories), and the “Adopted Dog Adventures” photos (although Envy raised it’s head on me on that one).
Wow – I’m surprised how accurate that sleep schedule from the infographic is for my dogs! Even when I am home on the weekend they sleep for the most part from 9-4.
Elizabeth Keene says
I repeat what I’ve already told you on FB and Twitter: Your round-ups rock! Such a great resource, including smile therapy (I hope) with the inclusion of my crazy cat poop mystery. Thank you again! 😀
I love these roundups that you do. I’m adding all of these articles to my must read list!
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