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Why Dogs Really Do Feel Our Pain

My dog Cleo has never been able to handle any conflict between people, or sadness. She is a natural at knowing how to console someone, and be a therapist. 

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Via Discovery News

Dogs may empathize with humans more than any other animal, including humans themselves, several new studies suggest.

The latest research, published in the journal Animal Cognition, found that pet dogs may truly be man (or woman's) best friend if a person is in distress. That distressed individual does not even have to be someone the dog knows.

"I think there is good reason to suspect dogs would be more sensitive to human emotion than other species," co-author Deborah Custance told Discovery News. "We have domesticated dogs over a long period of time. We have selectively bred them to act as our companions."

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Watch Canine Freestyle Dancing Movie Doggie B

Staying in the city this Labor Day weekend? Get tickets to see the cutest movie, featuring dancing, music and canine freestyle dog dancing! This Friday, August 31 is the theatrical premiere of Doggie B in San Francisco! 

When aspiring vet Cassie finds out that her Uncle Peter’s dog dancing studio is in danger of closing, she enters her devoted pup Pijo in the Dog Dancing Championships. Standing between the grand prize and the glory is ten-time champion Gertrude and her dancing canine Chaos, who will stop at nothing to win. With the help of family and friends, Cassie and Pijo lace up all six dancing shoes, raise the woof, and take on the competition tail on.

The film stars and features music by The Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin (Pretty Woman, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure), and includes unreleased songs by The Go-Gos.

Also starring are Jesse Draper (Mighty Macs, “The Naked Brothers Band”), Patrick Alan Davis (The Amazing Spider-Man, Prom), and Bettina Devin (Rent, No One Will Know). The film is produced by Delicia Niami, Delphine Suter, and Romanus Wolter.

image from wearemoviegeeks.com
Debuting director Romanus Wolter fuses the wholesome family fun of Hotel for Dogs with the wackiness of Best in Show and the comic book villainy of 101 Dalmatians in this hilarious take on “Canine Freestyle” dancing.

Doggie B” (“Doggie Boogie” Internationally) opens for a limited theatrical run August 31st in San Francisco’s Landmark Opera Plaza Theatres.

601 Van Ness Avenue 
San Francisco, CA 94102 
(415) 267-4893

Other cities/VOD Video On Demand on itunes, amazon, your cable or satellite system) on September 7, 2012.

DVD November 27, 2012 (Walmart, Toys-R-Us, Redbox).

For additional information on Doggie B, please visit:

www.doggieboogiemovie.com

http://www.facebook.com/DoggieBoogie

http://twitter.com/DoggieBoogie

 

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Why they foster dogs: Family opens heart and home to shelter dogs

via mywebtimes.com

The family's goal in fostering dogs is to allow potential owners to meet the dogs in a home environment, where they often behave better than they do in shelter kennels.

"A lot of dogs get adopted better after fostering," Alyssa said.

Lauren added that shelter dogs can be the most affectionate pets.

"All of our dogs have had hard lives," she said. "They will just stare at you, and they're so happy to see you. You know they really appreciate having a home."

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Give Fearlessly Story: Meet Service Dog Jacob

via www.baltimoresun.com

When Debbie Catena wakes up at 6:25 a.m., it’s not the beep of an alarm clock that gets her attention, but a nudge and a sniff from her golden retriever, Jacob.

A childhood illness left Catena with 60 percent hearing loss in her right ear and completely deaf in her left ear. Jacob is a hearing dog that was paired with Catena, a 55-year-old Ellicott City resident, through Fidos for Freedom, a nonprofit organization based in Laurel that provides service dogs, hearing dogs and therapy dogs to residents of the Baltimore-Washington area. Catena is unable to hear her alarm most mornings, but Jacob makes sure she is up in time to catch the MARC train to Washington for work.

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Sat Sept 15 Dog-themed Scavenger Hunt in San Francisco

In a city where dogs outnumber children it's a crime there has never been a scavenger hunt directly for dog lovers. 

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You don't need a dog to play, just style. You can form a team of 4-6 players or come as a free agent and be assigned to a team. 

When: Saturday, September 15, 2012

Time: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

Where: Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem

2323 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Ticket Cost: $20 - $40 (plus handling fee) depending on when you buy.

CLASH produces urban scavenger hunts for special events, birthdays, bachelorettes, and team building.  

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Pet oxygen mask kit donated to Webster NY Fire Dept

via www.websterpost.com

Webster, N.Y. —

Diesel and Mini have two things in common: They have similar coloring and both were invited to the Webster Fire Department’s firehouse just off Main Street in the village of Webster Monday night.

Oh, and they’re both dogs.

Diesel, a 75-pound boxer, is also probably about 10 times the size of Mini.

Both were on hand at the firehouse Monday night, however, to help Chris Shand, a visitor from Project Breathe, demonstrate an oxygen mask kit being donated to the department.

The kit, which retails for about $100, contains three different size oxygen masks for different-sized pets, and all the necessary equipment to resuscitate a pet rescued from a fire.

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Marine now raising his 13th Puppy for Leader Dogs for the Blind

via www.jdnews.com

At home, 5-month-old Hero is a typical playful and curious black lab, one that loves belly rubs and games of fetch. At work, he is an attentive and protective companion that will one day become a future guide dog for the blind and visually impaired.

Hero is the 13th puppy that has come into Brad Vande Hei’s life for a great cause. Since age 11, Vande Hei has seen the impact that raising a leader dog has in the lives of host families and future leader dog owners. Growing up in Wisconsin, his parents served as volunteer puppy raisers through a Michigan based organization called Leader Dogs for the Blind.

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New Miami-Dade Program Pairs Shelter Pets With Seniors

via miami.cbslocal.com

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Two county agencies have teamed up to implement a new program that provides lifelong companionship for independently living seniors while providing homes for abandoned dogs and cats.

The Senior PAWS (Senior Pet Adoption for Wellness and Support) program matches shelter pets with independently living seniors who are interested in owning a pet.

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Navy Lt. Offers Tips for Military Families Moving With Pets

via afps.dodlive.mil

By Navy Lt. Theresa Donnelly

As my military family prepares to move to San Diego next year after almost seven years of Hawaii duty, we are dealing with what many military families endure – how to find a rental that allows our big, goofy well-behaved boxer dogs.

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Dogs Help Lessen Young Ecuadorian Cancer Patients' Chemo Side Effects

"Over the next five years, statistics at the hospital showed that on Wednesdays, fewer children had to be kept over because of problems after chemotherapy. Doctors found that youngsters' adrenaline levels rose from being with the dogs, boosting their resistance to chemo's side effects."

via latino.foxnews.com

Quito, Ecuador – They manage to bring a sparkle to the eyes and smile to the faces of little ones in the midst of a huge struggle to stay alive.

They are dogs who are brought each Wednesday to the only hospital in Ecuador's capital that treats children with cancer.

Two of these morale boosters are Lancelot and Juci.

Veronica Pardo, the hospital volunteer who owns the dogs, says the animals are used to cheer up the most discouraged of the patients, especially those with the grimmest prognosis.

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Using Pet Oxygen Masks Kansas Firefighters Resuscitate Dog

via www.thekansan.com

Newton KansanWhen Newton Fire/EMS arrived at the scene of a house fire at 912 S. Ash Sunday afternoon, there was no one inside except the family dog.

Firefighters were able to get the dog out of the house, and administer CPR to save the dog’s life. It was the first time the department used a pet oxygen mask kit given by Invisible Fence of Central Kansas.

“I was happy the crew made an effort to locate the pet, find it and bring it out,” said police chief Mark Willis. “They went right to work to resuscitate it and were successful.”

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Sundays with Cleo: Home "more" not homeless

This time last year we marked National Homeless Pet Day next door on Cleo's blog. Look at how cute this old dog is. Living with her, it is always a surprise to me when I read that senior dogs are often left behind at shelters. Puppies are not the ones, but big beautiful girls like Cleo are unwanted. How is that possible?

NappyCleo

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Dog adoption tales: You can't hit undo but you can make it better

Looking back at the first few months with our adopted dog, I can see so many mistakes we made. Mistakes that I would love to do over, or hit the undo button on. Sadly, my time machine is broken so instead it is better that I forgive myself, and be grateful that my dog loves and trusts me today.

I've mentioned here before that I grew up with a mother who was a dog trainer in the 1970s and 80s. She trained our dogs, winning lots of ribbons, plates and crystal bowls at dog shows. She also trained a lot of other people's dogs privately and in groups. When we adopted our dog, I knew from my childhood experiences the importance of crate training. I knew how much our dogs loved theirs. I used to play hide and seek in them, or take my afternoon nap in one with Tasha or Shadow. Our dogs used them as sanctuaries from us kids, and as safe havens when we traveled to dog shows.

Why didn't I do a better job at crate training my dog Cleo?

cleo-goodbye-dog-crate
The day we sold the dog crate

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NY Pet Shelter Helps Struggling Owners Provide Meals

via newyork.cbslocal.com

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — A new kind of pet rescue is designed to help owners feed their pets when difficult financial times make it hard to pay for food.

Volunteers at the Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry told CBS 2′s Lou Young that they wanted to make sure that owners did not have to give up their pets for financial reasons.

“They love their pets and the pets are always there for them. You know if you give them up you give up a part of yourself,” said Suzanne Ferrara.

Pantry Director Cathy Fermi explained that the Pantry helps people who are living on a reduced income and are relying on the social safety net for survival.

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