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Expert Advice: Did You Know? 5 Collies Who Are Real-Life Lassies
Everyone knows Lassie, the brave Collie who guarded the little farm boy, Timmy Martin, with her life. Week after week, Lassie dragged her trouble-prone charge from the brink of disaster. From her very first incarnation, in Eric Knight’s classic Lassie Come Home in 1940, her name—and her breed—has been synonymous with intelligence, courage, love, and […] | November 18, 2015
Bulldog Skateboard Guinness World Record
Expert Advice: News Skateboarding Bulldog Sets Guinness World Record
There’s a new international canine celebrity—Otto the skateboarding Bulldog. In Lima, Peru, Otto, a 3-year-old owned by Luciana Viale and Robert Rickards, set a Guinness World Record for “longest human tunnel traveled through by a dog skatboarder” by zipping through the legs of 30 people. The people all stood in a row, facing the same direction, […] | November 12, 2015
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Expert Advice: Common Conditions ​Dog Constipation: Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment
Constipation refers to an inability to produce normal stools on a regular schedule, which, for a dog, is generally once or twice per day. Dogs who are suffering from constipation will not “go” at all, strain to defecate, or produce rock-hard stools. In chronic cases, dogs may retain hard, dry fecal matter in their digestive […] | November 9, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? 7 Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About the Cairn Terrier
The Cairn Terrier is one of several related breeds that emerged on the wild, windswept British Isle of Skye and in the Scottish Highlands as early as the 1600s. Originally used for the unglamorous job of clearing vermin from farms, the best-known Cairn ever was a movie star, playing the role of the mischievous canine […] | November 3, 2015
Expert Advice: Cute & Funny Book Captures Unique Beauty of Senior Dogs
Canadian photographer Pete Thorne got the idea of using his camera to explore aging at his grandmother's 100th birthday party. He later decided to turn his lens toward dogs. "I was naive going into it. I was initially interested in photographing old dogs as caricatures of old guys and gals," he says. Then, as he […] | November 2, 2015
Expert Advice: News Gentle Dog Uses Sixth Sense to Protect Family from Criminal
What appeared to be a canine sixth sense for judging character came into play on Sunday, October 25, when Tim Luckenbaugh’s big pet dog, Diesel, spotted a man hurrying through his family’s backyard in Dover Township, Pennsylvania. “My dog noticed him, and I ran up to him and I was like, ‘Hey, can I help […] | October 29, 2015
Expert Advice: News This Giant Dog Saved An Autistic Girl Just By Sitting Down
It was all over in a second, before you could even scream. Jennie* and her daughter, Goose, 4, had just gotten out of the car in a shopping center parking lot in Durango, Colorado, when the child turned and bolted. Jennie did not have time to react, but their Newfoundland, Porter, knew just the right […] | October 29, 2015
Expert Advice: Cute & Funny Is Your Dog A Star Wars Character?
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away … A young aspiring filmmaker owned a dog. She was just a pet, but this big, fuzzy friend would turn out to be one of the most influential animals, ever. As the filmmaker, George Lucas, tells it, here’s what happened. “I had an Alaskan Malamute […] | October 21, 2015
Expert Advice: News These Dogs Were Near Death In A Burning House, Then Firefighters Worked a Miracle
Arizona firefighters showed both heroism and heart when they dashed into a burning house in Tucson at around 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 14, and rescued two dying dogs. They rushed the limp creatures outside, where other members of their team immediately got to work, administering oxygen with the Tucson Fire Department’s (TFD) pet CPR kits. […] | October 16, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? 10 Surprising Facts About Akitas
1- Before Akitas had an “official” breed name they were referred to simply as "snow country dogs." The breed originated from the snowy, rural, mountainous region of Japan, Akita and Odate, where they were used to hunt boar, elk, and the small Yezo bear. There is a museum in Odate devoted to the breed. Courtesy […] | October 15, 2015

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