Russia works on its stray-dog problem at Sochi Olympics

Russia works on its stray-dog problem at Sochi Olympics
Article from Los Angeles Times:
BARANOVKA, Russia — Nestled into a hill overlooking the Black Sea, the PovoDog shelter provides sanctuary to more than 120 strays who were lucky enough to escape the life-threatening streets of Sochi.

Some have matted fur and bald patches. A few look emaciated.

And all face uncertain futures when the Olympic flame is extinguished Sunday.

“We have the world’s attention now,” said Nadezhda Mayboroda, a private tutor who set up this makeshift shelter a few weeks ago. “When the Games end, there will still be dogs in Sochi that need help.”

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Sochi’s abundant stray population made international headlines during these Games, as authorities began rounding up dogs by the dozens. The animals — many of which had served as guard dogs at construction sites or as companions for workers before being abandoned after the building ended — were taken to undisclosed locations and often put down.

Olympic organizers repeatedly have said that only diseased dogs have been killed. They insist the healthy ones have been “relocated” to better places, even as local veterinarians reporte…………………continues on Los Angeles Times

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How Hank the stray dog became a hit at Brewers camp
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UMass sophomore's border collie wins dog show
Although Ratner has entered many dogs into agility trials in the past, she said that the Westminster competition was a very different experience. Ratner described most competitions as smaller events, attended mostly by competitors and maybe a couple of …
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Dogs can detect emotion in human voices, study shows

Dogs can detect emotion in human voices, study shows
Article from Fox News:

Think your dog can tell when you’re feeling sad or happy? You may be right.

Dogs are sensitive to cues of emotion in human voices, according to a new study from Current Biology. Researchers suspect the area of the brain responsible for voice and sounds in both dogs and humans evolved at the same time, 100 million years ago, when the two species shared common ancestors.

“Dogs and humans share a similar social environment,” Attila Andics, of MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group in Hungary, said in a press release. “Our findings suggest that they also use similar brain mechanisms to process social information. This may support the successfulness of vocal communication between the two species.”

For their study, researchers trained 11 dogs to sit still in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner. The researchers than analyzed the brain activity of both dogs and humans as they listened to 200 different dog and human sounds, ranging from crying to playful barking and laughing.

While the brains of both dogs and humans responded most strongly to noises produced by their own species, they processed emotionally-loaded sounds in similar ways. For example, both species experienced a greater activation of the brain’s primary auditory cortex when hearing happy sounds.

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US Bobsled Official Gets Approval to Adopt Sochi Stray Dog
Article from Bloomberg:

Amanda Bird, a spokeswoman for the American bobsled and skeleton team at the Sochi Winter Games, will be bringing home a stray puppy from a dog shelter in the Russian city after the adoption was approved.

Bird, who was a competitive bobsled and skeleton athlete for more than 10 years, visited a shelter earlier this week and will bring a home a pup, she said by text message today. She plans to name the dog “Sochi” after the Black Sea resort town hosting Russia’s first Winter Olympics.

During the opening days of the winter games, organizers drew criticism from athletes and visitors for the city’s cull of stray dogs. Olympic silver-medalist Gus Kenworthy said he was planning to adopt a family of stray dogs that have been living outside media center at the Games’ Mountain Cluster.

Volnoe Delo, a charity foundation set up by Deripaska, chief executive officer and a shareholder of United Co. Rusal, opened Sochi’s first dog shelter, called PovoDog, a play on the Russian word for “leash,” to help…………………continues on Bloomberg

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Community helps 7-year-old boy get diabetic alert dog
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Sochi’s Stray Dog Controversy

Sochi’s Stray Dog Controversy
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Stray dogs might be more plentiful than Olympians in Sochi. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

They’re everywhere and come in all shapes and sizes from fluffy and petite to hairless and somewhat corpulent. They wander in and out of Olympic venues looking for food, a warm snuggle or even a kiss from a stranger.

Problem is, the Kremlin doesn’t think the strays look good for Russia’s image after spending the most ever on an Olympics, $ 50 billion and counting. So before the games, officials in Sochi stepped up efforts to get rid of the canines, with exterminators shooting poison darts at loose dogs.

Sochi 2014 Olympic spokeswoman Alexandra Kosterina denied that was the policy.

My sister sent me a text saying she saw piles of dog and cat bodies.

– Sonia Turpietkina, veterinarian

“We have a special service that catches dogs; it’s a city service,” said Kosternia. “As far as I know the city has got a kennel or shelter, but they also catch them and examine them to see whether they are healthy. The service does exist.”

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A shy boy, a three-legged dog and a soul-binding friendship
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When 7-year-old Owen Howkins met his new dog, Haatchi, he was a shy boy suffering from a rare syndrome that left his muscles permanently flexed and his mobility limited. When Haatchi met Owen, he was recovering from losing his left rear leg after being hit by a train in north London.

For the boy in the wheelchair and the three-legged Anatolian Shepherd, it was an instant, soul-binding friendship, one that Owen says “changed my life.”

In the video “A Boy and his Dog,” recently released on YouTube, Owen’s stepmother Colleen Drummond explains, “The day that Haatchi met Owen was utterly incredible. It was electric. It was spiritual…they immediately understood they were going to work together as a team.”

Owen has a condition called Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, which his father, Will, explains leaves his muscles in a permanently flexed state. Because they never relax, it affects his balance and Owen uses a walker or wheelchair to get around.

Now, Owen says, he and Hattachi “like going for walks in my electric wheelchair.”

“His confidence has grown and grown this past year,” his father reports.

Owen agrees. “Everything changed in my life with him,” he says, referring to Haatchi, who was rescued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Iditarod makes good on promise to change dog-drop procedures following 2013
Unalakleet residents cheer on the first musher to arrive at the coast during the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. After a healthy dropped dog was found dead in the checkpoint last year, race organizers have made significant changes to how dropped dog …
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Brain Scans Show Striking Similarities Between Dogs and Humans

Brain Scans Show Striking Similarities Between Dogs and Humans
Article from Wired:

A new brain-imaging study of mankind’s best friend has found a striking similarity in how humans and dogs — and perhaps many other mammals — process voice and emotion.

Like humans, dogs appear to possess brain systems that are devoted to making sense of vocal sounds, and are sensitive to their emotional content. These systems have not previously been described in dogs or any non-primate species, and the new findings offer an intriguing neurobiological glimpse into the richness of our particular corner of the animal kingdom.

“What makes us really excited now is that we’ve discovered these voice areas in the dog brain,” said comparative ethologist Attila Andics of Hungary’s Eötvös Loránd University, lead author of the Feb. 20 Current Biology paper describing the experiments. “It’s not only dogs and humans. We probably share thi…………………continues on Wired
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These awards are going to the dog writers
Article from Los Angeles Times:
NEW YORK — This was the dog writers’ biggest night.

The only things missing were the red carpet and interminable speeches.

And the dogs.

But they were there in spirit at the recent awards ceremony of the Dog Writers Assn. of America, which each year honors the men and women who write about man’s best friend.

“This is our version of the Emmys, the Grammys and the Academy Awards,” member and past award-winner Mary R. Burch said as she opened the evening at the Hotel Pennsylvania.

For the next three hours, more than 50 medallions, cash prizes and a trophy with a blue bone attached were handed out in a variety of categories, from droll (“Dogs vs. Cats: 10 Reasons Puppies Are Better”) to dry (“Dachshund DNA Samples Help Advance Understanding About Hemangiosarcoma”), underscoring what dog writers say is the broad range of their craft.

“People who are not in and of the dog world think, ‘Dog writers. What do they know?'” said Terry Cardillino, former editor of Ruff Drafts, the group’s quarterly newsletter, and of the Courier, the official magazine of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America. “Peopl…………………continues on Los Angeles Times

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The Sochi Report: U.S. Olympic Athletes Saving Sochi Stray Dogs
Sochi's stray dog problem became national news when the furry animals began dropping like flies in the street. To deal with its stray dog problem ahead of its Winter Olympics, Sochi began poisoning the animals that saturate the Black Sea resort town …
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Bite-happy dog terrorizing Chelsea building

Bite-happy dog terrorizing Chelsea building
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Dr. Amy Bleyer and her rescued dog, Bolt. Residents of Bleyer’s building say the dog’s vicious, has bitten several people and want the crazed canine gone.

This dog’s bite is much, much worse than its bark — and a lot more piercing, too.

Residents of a W. 27th St. building are running scared from Bolt, the chomp-crazy canine accused of biting eight people over the last two years while menacing his owner’s neighbors.

“We’ve all been made to live in terror,” said rattled resident John Kalish.

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Kalish, 60, said the Cujo of Chelsea tore a totebag from his hand during a dreadful December elevator ride.

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One-of-a-Kind Aztec Dog Burials Found in Mexico
Article from National Geographic:
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Archaeologists in Mexico City have made an extraordinary discovery—the skeletons of 12 dogs all mysteriously buried together more than 500 years ago, in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.

Dog burials have been uncovered before at archaeological digs, but this is a first such finding not associated with a building or a human burial, according to a report published in Spanish last week by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

Dogs were important symbolically in Aztec mythology. They were believed to serve their masters even after death, guiding the soul of the deceased through the many hazardous layers of the underworld to reach Mictlan, the place of the dead. Also, a god known as Xolotl—sometimes depicted with the head of a dog—had strong ties to the underworld.

Whether the Aztecs associated the buried dogs with such symbolism is still unknown. The researchers hope that the burial offers deeper insights into how dogs were regarded by the r…………………continues on National Geographic

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Dog recovering after front legs riddled with shotgun pellets
Dr. Sarah Boyd, the shelter's Director of Shelter Health & Wellness, says that while both of the dog's front legs were injured, his left front leg has a "massive, infected wound" as a result of a gunshot wound at close range. "We are doing all we can …
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Archaeologists find ancient dog burial site under Mexico City apartment building

Archaeologists find ancient dog burial site under Mexico City apartment building
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Archaeologists on Friday announced the discovery of “an exceptional” old burial site under an apartment building in Mexico City containing the remains of 12 dogs, animals that had a major religious and symbolic significance to the Aztec peoples of central Mexico.

Previously, the remains of dogs have been found accompanying human remains or as part of offerings, experts with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said in a statement. But this is the first time a group of dogs has been found buried together at one site.

‘This is definitely a special finding because of the number of dogs and because we have found no connection to a building or with the deceased.’

– archaeologist Rocio Morales Sanchez

“This is definitely a special finding because of the number of dogs and because we have found no connection to a building or with the deceased,” said archaeologist Rocio Morales Sanchez.

Aztecs believed dogs could guide human souls into a new life after death on earth, and could guard pyramids and other monuments when buried under them.

The dogs were buried at around the same time in a small pit between 1350 a 1520 A.D., the heyday of the Aztec empire.

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Boy survives 14 hours in bitter Tennessee cold by cuddling with dog
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Dominic Jeffries recalls how his dog Coco may have saved his life from the bitter cold.

Loving his dog saved his life.

A 7-year-old boy survived for 14 hours in the bitter Tennessee cold last week by cuddling with his black Shih Tzu.

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Litle Dominic Jeffries had accidentally slipped into some bushes behind a retainer wall while walking Coco near his home in Cordova, Tenn. Despite being so close to home, Dominic was not discovered for 14 hours.

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Robbyne Manning, Dominic’s legal guardian and a former contestant on ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ was amazed by the boy’s survival skills.

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Ohio woman made complaints before fatal dog attack
DAYTON, OHIO: An Ohio woman fatally mauled by two of her neighbor's dogs had installed surveillance cameras to capture what was happening next door and made numerous calls to authorities about the animals, according to a published report.
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Ancient Dog Burial Site Found

Ancient Dog Burial Site Found
Article from ABC News:

Archaeologists on Friday announced the discovery of “an exceptional” old burial site under an apartment building in Mexico City containing the remains of 12 dogs, animals that had a major religious and symbolic significance to the Aztec peoples of central Mexico.

Previously, the remains of dogs have been found accompanying human remains or as part of offerings, experts with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said in a statement. But this is the first time a group of dogs has been found buried together at one site.

“This is definitely a special finding because of the number of dogs and because we have found no connection to a building or with the deceased,” said archaeologist Rocio Morales Sanchez.

Aztecs believed dogs could guide human souls into a new life after death on earth, and could guard pyramids and other monuments when buried under them.

The dogs were buried at around the same time in a small pit between 1350 a 1520 A.D., the heyday of the Aztec empire.

The team of archaeologists determined when the dogs were buried through ceramics and other items found in nearby pits under the apartment building in the populous Mexico City borough of…………………continues on ABC News
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‘Trigger-happy’ cop kills disabled man’s service dog
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Tarek Hassani’s dashboard-mounted camera shows moments leading up to and following shooting that left a dog dead

When Officer Tarek Hassani responded to a call of dogs running wildly through a Filer, Idaho, neighborhood on Feb. 8, a pair of Labradors – one yellow, one brown – barked and bounded around him like agitated guard dogs.

The video camera on Hassani’s squad car reveals the stunning events that happened next.

The dogs can be heard barking and growling. They leap around the police officer. The cop draws his gun. He kicks out wildly at the dogs, only stirring them up more. Then, as he makes his way around a vehicle in the driveway, Officer Hassani pulls the trigger.

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Area group reunites war-zone dogs with troops back in U.S.
When the Army 307th Military Police Company pulled up to a police station in the Shinwar district of Afghanistan in October 2011, a little white-and-brown spotted dog appeared. The soldiers, especially Sgt. T.J. Homan, began caring for the stray. The …
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Dog survives ill-advised Super Bowl buffet

Dog survives ill-advised Super Bowl buffet
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Logan the Golden Retriever put his own life in danger on Super Bowl Sunday while digesting a plate of chicken wings… and a football!

KARE 11 Staff, KARE 5:33 p.m. EST February 13, 2014

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Newark child in critical condition after dog attack
Article from The Star-Ledger:

NEWARK — A 10-year-old child from the city’s Ironbound is in critical condition this afternoon after being mauled by two pit bulls inside a city apartment this morning, Newark police said.

The child was taken to University Hospital with life threatening injuries after the 11:26 a.m. attack inside an apartment on Hawkins Court, police said.

Robert Michael Ricks said he heard the boy screaming and kicked an apartment door open around 11:30 a.m. when he found what he described as two pit bulls mauling and biting the child. Both Ricks and police said the child was at home alone.

“It was a bloody mess,” Ricks said.

Ricks said he wrestled with the dogs for several minutes while the child tried to escape. At one point the boy slid past Ricks and fell down the stairs to the first floor of the apartment complex, but the dogs gave chase.

Police arrived shortly afterward, Ricks said. Police said they were dispatched to the apartment on Hawkins Court after a neighbor reported that a child was being mauled by dogs.

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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: Here’s what happened

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: Here’s what happened
Article from Entertainment Weekly:

Welcome to the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at none other than the splashiest venue, Madison Square Garden. What an amazing night of shiny pups, showy handlers, and some stellar announcing. I should state upfront that my only knowledge of dog shows comes from Best In Show, the Christopher Guest mock-umentary that now seems like much less of a mocku and more of a docu.

For some background, America’s Dog Show extended its standing as the second-longest continuously held sporting event in this country, a streak that began in 1877. This year’s event drew an entry of 2,845 dogs. We experienced a real national treasure here.

Let’s meet our cast of characters. First and foremost, we have the illustrious Michael LaFave acting as the announcer, a position that he has held since 2001. It is Mike MyFave’s seasoned talent that makes this show especially enjoyable. He’s dressed in black tie just like the judges, as is befitting for America’s Dog Show. The two commentators are NBC correspondent Erica Hill and David Frei, the communications director of the Westminster Kennel Club.

After a vigorous performance from the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem, we jump right into the competition. This was the closing night of the dog show, so there are only 90 dogs and three categories left to judge: sporting,…………………continues on Entertainment Weekly
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Filer Police show video of officer killing dog
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Dog attack: 70-year-old woman hospitalized
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How to adopt a stray dog from Sochi

How to adopt a stray dog from Sochi
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Six years after winning Westminster Dog Show, Uno is still top dog
Article from CBS News:
Uno, the only beagle to ever win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Cub, plays on the ranch where he now lives in Austin, Texas, Feb. 8, 2014. Uno, who won Westminster in 2008, will be 9 in May. AP Photo/Dan Huebner

NEW YORK — More than 2,800 dogs are in the Big Apple this week, all competing to be chosen Westminster Kennel Club’s best in show. Yet no matter who wins Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, chances are they’ll never make as much noise as Uno.

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Ben Roethlisberger's foundation to buy new police dog
A foundation set up by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will purchase a new K-9 dog for the Pittsburgh police after the loss of Rocco, a German shepherd who died late last month after he was stabbed by a suspect. The purchase was not unexpected.
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