Anyone with a Facebook account has probably heard about the death of an infant dog during a United Airlines flight last week. The airline has taken full responsibility for the death and recently announced a new policy to prevent similar incidents.
Late last month, Barbra Streisand revealed that two of her three puppies are clones of her deceased Coton du Tulear, Samantha. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Streisand explained that her decision was largely motivated by a friend who had cloned his former pet, “and I was very impressed with that dog.” She was also having trouble finding another Coton with the same curly hair as her pet of fourteen years.
Your pup might look cute dressed in a sweater on a cold day or in a funny costume for Halloween. But does dog clothing actually help your pet stay warm during the winter? Or does dog clothing only restrict your pup’s movements and not do much else? I have heard solid arguments for both sides. Depending on who you talk to, some will say that dog clothes are the best or worst thing you can do for your pup.
Last Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that traces of a drug called pentobarbital might be found in numerous popular dog food brands. Pentobarbital is a barbiturate that is commonly used to put dogs, cats and sometimes horses to sleep.
Countries that host the Olympics usually make a conscious effort to emphasize the beauties of their culture and downplay their flaws. Before the TV cameras arrive, hosting countries invest in “covering up” certain practices or policies that athletes and viewers might find distasteful.
One of the most interesting differences between dogs and cats is the diversity between breeds. There are dogs that weigh well over 200 pounds while others are just over five pounds. Certain dog breeds look extremely different from each other as well, almost to the point where they seem like different animals altogether.
Chinese scientists have reportedly cloned the world’s first dog from a gene-edited donor in an attempt to find a cure for disease.
Many studies have suggested that owning a dog is good for your health. One found that newborns who grew up with dogs were less likely to get sick, while another revealed that children with dogs in their households are less stressed. Dogs can apparently improve the health of senior citizens as well, largely because of the active routine that comes with pet ownership.
Pet owners have traditionally defined themselves as “dog people” or “cat people” in order to explain their choice of pet. They often claim to have personalities that make them a perfect match for one animal and a complete mismatch for another.
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