Your faithful blogger plans to pull the plug for the long weekend. Have fun, be careful, get some quality time with your critters.
This is the third in South Florida in the past two years-- outrageous. This is from the Herald website. Cilck here for the comments.
Coral Springs police dog's death in car investigated
Hieke, an 8-year-old German wirehaired golden retriever mix, apparently succumbed to the heat about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
The dog's handler, an undercover narcotics officer whose name was not released by police, had left the dog for two hours. Protocol is to leave the car running while a canine is inside, but the 20-year veteran of the force turned off the engine.
''It appears to be an accident,'' said Sgt. Joe McHugh, a Coral Springs police spokesman. ``There's an internal investigation into why the car wasn't running.''
The officer has been a canine handler for the past 14 years with no history of this type of incident.
Just look at this magnificent animal. He's 2, and has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. They're calling him Strongheart at the county shelter, where his ID number is A1082632. The shelter is at 7401 NW 74th St. in Medley. Someone PLEASE go get this great dog! Check out the other critters on the Animal Services site.
This is SUCH a great story-- out of Argentina. A baby boy was found in the care of a dog named China who kept him alive with her own six pups. No one knows if the 14-year-old human mother placed the baby with the litter or if China found him and brought him into her den. Either way, she should get Canine Mother of the Year award. Click here for the video.
This is Xander, a healthy,4 year old male full of energy and personality.
He's a typical retriever of toys when he's out in the yard and a cuddly bunny when inside. Xander is a well behaved sweetheart inside the house. He has lots of love to give and is always seeking love and attention from his human friends. Xander is doing very well in his LRROF foster home but he is looking for that special 'furever' family. Come visit and I am sure he would love to retriever or take a walk with you. Who knows.....that special friend you are looking for maybe Xander. If you are interested in meeting or adopting Xander or one of our labs
please contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRRoF has all our labs microchipped, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if
Please consider donating to support Labs that have been abandoned and are in need of medical attention. These loving animals would be euthanized if LRRoF did not take them into foster care. Please know that costs average $350 dollars to save each dog. Each dollar we raise is critical....please consider a $20 donation...every dollar counts.
They need help - fast. This is from Craig's List.
State of Emergency for Brevard County, Melbourne,FL. Shelter
Brevard County.FL. has been declared a "State of Emergency" thanks to tropical storm Fay. All our animals have to be evacuated from our shelter here in Melbourne, ASAP. Our shelter is in dire need of repairs, and due to the continuing rains is now unsafe to keep our animals in....PLEASE HELP US WE NEED TO GET THEM TO A SAFE PLACE.
Rescues need to fax their 501, adopt, and vet policy info to pull. Fax to 321-253-6623. We have a partial listing available but unable to update due to conditions here.....PLEASE, PLEASE, HELP THEM!
Living with humans has taught dogs morals, say scientists
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:39 AM on 21st August 2008
Dogs are developing a sense of fair play, scientists have found. Dogs are becoming more intelligent and are even learning morals from human contact, scientists claim. They say the fact that dogs' play rarely escalates into a fight shows the animals abide by social rules.
During one study, dogs which held up a paw were rewarded with a food treat. When a lone dog was asked to raise its paw but received no treat, the researchers found it begged for up to 30 minutes. But when they tested two dogs together but rewarded only one, the dog which missed out soon stopped playing the game.
Dr Friederike Range, of the University of Vienna
The first Canine Science Forum in Budapest was attended by more than 200 experts to discuss what is going on inside the mind of a dog. Human's inclination to invest dogs with human-like states of mind isn't as unscientific as it might appear as they really do have some remarkable mental skills that allow them to thrive in their strange habitat - our world.
Domestic dogs evolved from grey wolves as recently as 10,000 years ago since when their brains have shrunk so a wolf-sized dog has a brain around 10 per cent smaller than its wild ancestor.
Dr Peter Pongracz from Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, and colleagues have produced evidence dog barks contain information that people can understand. They found even people who have never owned a dog can recognise the emotional 'meaning' of barks produced in various situations, such as when playing, left alone and confronted by a stranger.
His team has now developed a computer program that can aggregate hundreds of barks recorded in various settings and boil them down to their basic acoustic ingredients.
They found each of the different types of bark has distinct patterns of frequency, tonality and pulsing, and that an artificial neural network can use these features to correctly identify a bark it has never encountered before.
This is further evidence that barking conveys information about a dog's mental state, reports New Scientist magazine. They also discovered people can correctly identify aggregated barks as conveying happiness, loneliness or aggression.
'Even children from the age of six who have never had a dog recognise these patterns,' says Dr Pongracz.
Dogs are not just able to 'speak' to us - they can also understand some aspects of human communication. At the forum in Budapest, Dr Akiko Takaoka from Kyoto University in Japan described as-yet unpublished work that examined what is going on inside a dog's mind when it hears a stranger's voice.
She played dogs a series of recordings of unfamiliar voices - both male and female - with each voice followed by a photo of a human face on a screen. If the gender of the face did not match that of the voice, the dogs stared longer, a sign that their expectations had been violated.
Dr Takaoka said: 'This suggests dogs generate an internal visual representation of a male or female correlated with the voice.' She suggests that this ability to infer information about a person from their voice alone might help dogs communicate with people.
It is generally accepted that a few other animals, including great apes, are capable of this mind reading to some extent, but it is nevertheless a quality reserved for only the most intelligent of species.
But Dr Alexandra Horowitz from Barnard College in New York prefers the term "theory of behaviour" to describe dogs' apparent insight.
She said: 'I think there is a massive territory between a theory of mind and a theory of behaviour.'
Her own recent study illustrates the point - when dogs play together, they use appropriate signals for grabbing attention or signalling the desire to play depending on their playmate's apparent level of attention, such as whether it is facing them or side-on.
That could be interpreted as mind reading, she admits, but a simpler explanation is that dogs are reading body language and reacting in stereotyped ways.
Animal Planet is now sending me DVDs of upcoming specials, the next of which is Animal Witness: The Michael Vick Case. I watched it last night and I recommend tuning in - if you can tolerate the graphic scenes of dog-fight violence of which the disclaimer warns.
The show examines the case from minute one to minute now, which happens to be Vick's bankruptcy filing. As he sits in federal prison - still facing state charges in Virginia - he's lost about $140 MILLION in earnings, endorsements and fines. And he threw away his NFL career AND his fancy real estate AND most of his human dignity.
The story is told through the police investigator who thought he was tailing a drug suspect - a Vick hanger-on - and ended up discovering a hellish kennel and fighting-pit complex where pit bulls mauled each other to death, or nearly so. The rescue scequences are heartbreaking, but the (relative) good news is that of 53 pit bulls, only two had to be destroyed.
Now here's the hidden blessing: Most of the dogs - billed as the most vicious curs in America - were meek, humble and sacred to death. But after months in cages, held as evidence, they were sprung after Vick plead guilty. They turned out to be sweet, loving, playful and desperate for affection.
Many - after socialization training and careful obsercation - found homes with families. Some will stay at sanctuaries, and one - her facial scars a poignant reminder of the abuse she endured - is a gentle, calm therapy dog bringing joy to sick people in hospitals and treatment centers. Those scenes will make you weep.
The show is partly a defense of the pit breed, which has been unfairly maligned because sick, cruel jerks like Vick have corrupted them for their own sadistic pleasure. It's also an enlightening glimpse into the bloody world of dog fighting, which, though illegal in all 50 states, flourishes in an Internet-connect netherworld that's nearly impossible to penetrate. A New York Times reporter spent a year trying to infiltrate, and offers sharp insights.
It starts airing on Sunday, 10 p.m. Click here for the Animal Witness/Vick Case site.
The plea: Broward County's Animal Care and Regulation Division needs foster parents for scores of kittens showing up at the shelters. Kittens may require bottle feeding throughout the day and need
lots of cuddling to help them survive. If you think you could be a foster parent so that a kitten can
grow old enough to be adopted, please contact Linda Hall at 954-359-1321.
The offer: A county low-cost spay/neuter program offers $10 sterilization of cats and dogs for low-to-moderate income Broward County residents. Eligibility is based on the number of people in the household and yearly household income compared to the Broward County median income. For example, a household of four with a yearly income of $60,200 would qualify for the program.
Pet owners can choose from over 20 veterinary clinics and nonprofit organizations to perform the surgery. The aim is to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs born, and later euthaanized. Download an application from the website in English or Spanish, call the program coordinator at 954-359-1318, or e-mail email@example.com.
Is this guy adorable or what? He's in foster care and REALLY needs a forever home. One look at him and you know he's a great dog. His name is Tripper and his story is the following - per his Adopt a Stray rescuer: "Tripper was found wandering the streets after his previous owners moved and just abandoned him. Although we have no idea what breed he is, he is one of the most adorable 'mutts' we've ever seen. He is about 1 year old, weighs 28 lbs, loves children, gets along great with dogs of all sizes and is learning to get along with cats. (He wants to 'play' with them and many cats are not thrilled with his enthusiam.) Tripper is house broken and would make a wonderful addition to any home.''
You can see him Saturdays and Sundays at the Aventura Petsmart. Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .