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Dog Bytes

October 6th, 2011

It’s been a varied week for dogs. There were just too many diverse subjects to pick one to cover, so I’ve decided to offer tidbits and links to articles of interest. They cover the gamut from informational to political.

Not Fashion, Not Sense: Shame on the women who have reduced dogs to accessories and caused serious problems for them. Shame on the women who are now dumping these dogs like a pair of last year’s shoes. The Telegraph reports these dogs are being dumped in increasing numbers and have some serious issues and shelters are struggling to cope with them.

Harry Potter’s Padfoot Up For Adoption: Huffington Post reported that Paul Thompson, owner and trainer of Berry, the German shepherd that played Padfoot in the Harry Potter movie, could no longer care for the dog and he is up for adoption, along with his best friend, Porridge.

A Negative Positve Report on What Dogs Get From Dogparks: Vernon, BC, Canada, has seen five dogs die of parvo and had 14 others fall ill. ““All it takes is one dog who has a parvovirus infection to go to a dog park, spread some diarrhea — well, now you have an infected dog park for the next five or six months.” — veterinarian Ken Gummeson” Kamloops This Week has the story.

Purina Gears Ads To Dogs To Increase Dog Food Sales: Subliminal messages in advertising are not allowed. Yet Purina is selling their Beneful dog food using that strategy on dogs, and by extension, the owners. How low can we go? While many blogs are carrying this ad, you can read about it on the Washington Post National.

A Good Overview of the working Border collie: Hailey, Idaho is hosting a national working sheepdog competition and the Idaho Mountain Express and Guide has a wonderful explanation of the working dogs, the working terms, and what they do. Hopefully this will correct the misuse of terms so prevalent among the general populace, i.e., “slick” coated dog, which is actually called “smooth” coat, “lift”, etc.

Lakota Dog Finds New Home: Zi, a North Dakota dog that understands the Lakota language, has found a new home in Wyoming. Casper Journal

Urban Legend Making the Rounds: It’s not true and Snopes states that there are no nails in cheese left at dog parks according to Tinley Park Patch

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