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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The list you’ve all been waiting for: The top 10 most popular dog breeds

The list you’ve all been waiting for: The top 10 most popular dog breeds

Thursday, April 28, 2011
The team designed an experiment to test whether the dogs would notice a ball that inexplicably grew or shrank. In some trials, for instance, a tennis ball-sized ball would roll behind a screen, and after a short wait, a larger ball would appear on the other side. When the ball was a different size after emerging from the screen, female dogs stared at it longer than they did a ball of the expected size, an indication to Müller and his colleagues that the females had noticed something amiss. In contrast, male dogs looked at the surprising ball and the ball of the expected size for similar amounts of time. "Great (Dane) Minds Don’t Think Alike" — Female and male dogs react differently to the same thing
Thursday, February 3, 2011
An 8-year-old black Labrador named Marine was 97 percent accurate in detecting colon cancer among watery stool samples collected from nearly 200 patients with and without the disease, according to a study by Japanese researchers. Health Buzz: Dogs Can Detect Colon Cancer
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Border Collie Comprehends Over 1000 Object Names as Verbal Referents

The authors demonstrated that their dog, Chaser, learned the names of 1022 objects—no upper limit is apparent—they stopped training the dog after three years due to their time constraints, not because the dog could not learn more names. This study demonstrates Chaser’s ability to learn the names of proper nouns, and her extensive vocabulary was tested repeatedly under carefully controlled conditions. The authors admitted that she remembered the names of each of her 1022 toys better than they could. Chaser’s ability to learn and remember more than 1000 proper nouns, each mapped to a unique object, revealed clear evidence of several capacities necessary for learning receptive human language: the ability to discriminate between 1022 different sounds representing names of objects, the ability to discriminate many objects visually, an extensive vocabulary, and a substantial memory system that allowed the mapping of many auditory stimuli to many visual stimuli.

(Image via wofford.edu)

Border Collie Comprehends Over 1000 Object Names as Verbal Referents

The authors demonstrated that their dog, Chaser, learned the names of 1022 objects—no upper limit is apparent—they stopped training the dog after three years due to their time constraints, not because the dog could not learn more names. This study demonstrates Chaser’s ability to learn the names of proper nouns, and her extensive vocabulary was tested repeatedly under carefully controlled conditions. The authors admitted that she remembered the names of each of her 1022 toys better than they could. Chaser’s ability to learn and remember more than 1000 proper nouns, each mapped to a unique object, revealed clear evidence of several capacities necessary for learning receptive human language: the ability to discriminate between 1022 different sounds representing names of objects, the ability to discriminate many objects visually, an extensive vocabulary, and a substantial memory system that allowed the mapping of many auditory stimuli to many visual stimuli.

(Image via wofford.edu)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Congress is one of the few workplaces where one can get away with bringing a dog (as most lawmaking pet-owners do) or a cat (not so common—the cats tend to demand their own offices) to the office without being too disruptive. And while the upkeep can be a distraction, the benefits are substantial: senators and congressmen who have their pets in the office are almost uniformly more sanguine—and thus more likely to have a civilized relationship with their colleagues—if there is a tail-wagging, non-judgmental domesticated animal waiting for them then they return from a contentious committee hearing or caucus lunch. Even staffers who don’t much enjoy taking the pup out for a quick pit-stop will attest that the positive impact the pets have on their bosses makes it all worthwhile. Advice for New Members of Congress: Bring Your Dog to Work
Monday, December 27, 2010 Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Washington Whispers: First Dog Bo Obama Gets PETA Treats

Today, PETA tells us, they delivered a gift basked filled with goodies, all of which were made from non-animal natural ingredients. Among the goodies were vegan treats such as Booda Bones and sweet potato dog chews (as well as a harness, which PETA says is better than a collar when walking dogs).

"Our cruelty-free basket of gifts didn’t cause harm to any animals, and we think that’s how Bo would want it," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "Every day should be like Christmas for Bo and all the other dogs and cats who give us so much joy and unconditional love."

Washington Whispers: First Dog Bo Obama Gets PETA Treats

Today, PETA tells us, they delivered a gift basked filled with goodies, all of which were made from non-animal natural ingredients. Among the goodies were vegan treats such as Booda Bones and sweet potato dog chews (as well as a harness, which PETA says is better than a collar when walking dogs).

"Our cruelty-free basket of gifts didn’t cause harm to any animals, and we think that’s how Bo would want it," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "Every day should be like Christmas for Bo and all the other dogs and cats who give us so much joy and unconditional love."