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Dogs Get Jealous Like Us

A study similar to one conducted with babies finds jealousy-like behaviors in pups

(Newser) - What will a puppy do if its owner both ignores it and showers affection on a lifelike stuffed dog? Push its way between its owner and the toy, raise its tail, push its owner, bite at the toy, and even whine and bark. Whether that amounts to jealousy in the... More »

Elephants Win Most Discerning Nose Award

They have twice as many olfactory genes as dogs and 5 times as many as humans

(Newser) - Dogs may hold the reputation as having the best noses among mammals, but when it comes to the number of genes associated with smell, the elephant stands alone. By a mile. New findings published in Genome Research suggest that African elephants have 2,000 active olfactory genes, the highest number... More »

Rocker's New Project: Music for Your Lonely Dog

Andrew Dost of fun. scores relaxation number for DogTV

(Newser) - Score one for the dogs. DogTV , the nascent television network for dogs , asked Grammy-winning musician Andrew Dost of the pop-rock band fun. to write some psychoacoustic music. The unnamed result, nearly four minutes of harp, piano, and repetitive electronic undertones, debuted Monday during a relaxation segment. "I approached this... More »

Woman Eating Dog, Cat Food for 30 Days

Dorothy Hunter says it's just that nutritious

(Newser) - Forget the ice diet or downing 1,000 McNuggets : For real culinary adventure, there's a pet-store owner in Washington state who's pledged to eat nothing but cat and dog food for a whole month, Fox News reports. Dorothy Hunter says all of her products at Paw’s Natural... More »

Kennel Took Woman's Dogs After Mass Deaths

As stories of neglect arise from customers

(Newser) - Nothing seemed amiss when Snow Aubel dropped her two dogs off at a Gilbert, Ariz., kennel last Saturday morning. Just two hours later, however, police swarmed Green Acre, removing numerous dogs thought to have died sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning. In total, 20 of the 28 dogs found... More »

Mass Deaths at Kennel After Dog Cuts AC

17 dogs die of heat exhaustion

(Newser) - A horrifying story out of Arizona, where 17 dogs died at a pet boarding facility after one dog apparently chewed through a wire and disabled the air conditioning in the room where 28 dogs were sleeping. Authorities say employees at Green Acre in Gilbert, Arizona, checked on the dogs at... More »

Behold: 'World's Ugliest Dog'

Owner hopes win raises awareness of abused animals

(Newser) - It's that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies, and other oddities compete to be the World's Ugliest Dog. This year's winner? A 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white and brown hair, bulging eyes, and protruding teeth belie his sweet, energetic... More »

Study: Your Dog Doesn't Want Your Charity

It wants to earn that treat

(Newser) - Your dog doesn’t want you to just give him that treat, he wants to work for it. That’s the conclusion of a Swedish study that sought to discover which dogs like better—a reward freely given or one earned. The study was adapted from one that sought the... More »

Dog People, Cat People Really Are Different

And study finds one group may be smarter

(Newser) - "Dog people" and "cat people" may both fall into the animal lover category, but they're not exactly cut from the same cloth, a new study finds. Carroll University researcher Denise Guastello and her team surveyed 600 college students and found cat lovers to be more open-minded, sensitive,... More »

Woolly Mammoths' Undoing: Dogs?

They may have helped humans round up the huge creatures

(Newser) - Scientists are floating an intriguing new theory about the demise of woolly mammoths: Dogs may have driven them to their graves. Specifically, dogs that learned to hunt with humans, reports Science . The idea stems from research of sites around the world known as mammoth cemeteries because of the huge number... More »

Dog Tackled by 'Hero Cat' Put Down

Thousands urged shelter to save 'unadoptable' dog

(Newser) - While Tara the cat has become a celebrity after saving her owners' 4-year-old son from a dog attack , the dog involved was euthanized over the weekend. The 8-month-old Labrador-Chow mix who bit the boy and tried to drag him down his driveway before the cat intervened was put down with... More »

App Tracks Down Pets That Match Your Old One

PetMatch uses your photo to find adoptable dogs and cats nearby

(Newser) - A new app could help you get over Rover—with a lookalike replacement for the pooch who's passed on. You upload a picture of your pet, and PetMatch uses visual recognition technology to find a matching one that's available for adoption, TechCrunch reports. It's a product from... More »

After 1K Dog Deaths, Petco Drops All Treats Made in China

3 humans also made ill by jerky treats

(Newser) - Exactly why certain pet jerky treats have been linked to 1,000 dog deaths—and a handful of human illnesses—remains a mystery. But the concern over the treats , in particular those made in China, is enough for Petco to take action, the company says in a statement. Now, the... More »

How Border Collies Ward Off E. Coli

Researchers train them to keep gulls off beaches

(Newser) - A new defense against the nastiness of an E. coli infection during summer has four legs and a wagging tail. Researchers at Central Michigan University trained border collies to keep seagulls away from Lake Michigan beaches, a feat that in turn reduced the amount of infected droppings from the birds,... More »

Animals Are Capable of Abstract Thought

And, in the case of apes, using touchscreens apparently

(Newser) - We humans have some pretty big britches when it comes to our intellectual prowess, thinking our high-falutin' language gives us the unique ability to grasp abstract concepts and make connections. But research increasingly shows that animals can do the same, Scientific American reports. In a remarkable experiment last fall, researchers... More »

Watch This Cat Save Boy From Dog Attack

'Tara' plays the hero in dramatic video

(Newser) - Even those who prefer dogs over cats will have to give it up for the cat on this one. In video from Bakersfield, California, a 4-year-old boy is getting bitten and dragged by a neighbor's dog when the family cat streaks in out of nowhere and saves the day.... More »

Hurricane Sandy Dog Home After Bizarre Reunion

Family found him at shelter when they went to adopt

(Newser) - Reckless the dog is back home with his New Jersey family more than a year after getting lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. But the weird part is the reunion itself. Chuck and Elicia James tell the Daily Intelligencer that they held out hope Reckless would return but finally... More »

Our Planet Just Can't Sustain Pets

Erik Assadourian: We need to change pet culture drastically

(Newser) - In a piece that may not sit well with some pet owners, Erik Assadourian argues that pets are detrimental to the planet—and it's time to take action. "Two German Shepherds use more resources just for their annual food needs than the average Bangladeshi uses each year in... More »

Army Vet Reunited With His Military Dog

'They gave me my life back,' says soldier with PTSD

(Newser) - It took a few years to cut through the military red tape, but an Army vet back in the US has been reunited with the bomb-sniffing dog he deployed with in Afghanistan, reports the Army Times . Spc. Joshua Tucker returned to the US in 2011 with a head injury and... More »

China's Dog Crackdown Is Boneheaded

Regulators will determine which breeds can be house pets

(Newser) - Dogs in China better watch their backs. A creepy-sounding government panel called the National Companion Animal Standardization Committee has been formed to start assessing which types of dogs will make the cut as house pets, writes Adam Minter at Bloomberg View . These "dog-hating Chinese bureaucrats" will rank breeds in... More »

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