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Tunnel King Jake - Another Great Canine Escape

May 29, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

We love stories about dogs making great escapes. The latest to catch our eye is the one of the dog that escaped from a rabbit hole by losing weight.

Jake, a Jack Russell, disappeared after scrambling down into a rabbit warren in Pembrokeshire, Wales while out walking with his owners earlier this year. The owners, Jill and Rick Thomas, were distraught when he didn't reappear. Despite them offering a reward to anyone who might have seen Jake emerging from another part of the rabbit warren, he remained missing for 25 days.

But then one day Jake reappeared - looking a lot slimmer. It turned out that he had been too overweight to squeeze back out of the hole and had remained trapped in the warren. As he lay in the tunnel Jake started to lose weight. When he had shed 2kg he was able to wriggle free.
"We are just so glad to have him home - it's incredible he survived. He's a lot thinner but very happy," his owner Jill Thomas said.

Jake, Jack Russell

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Water Dogs - Some Intriguing Facts About Dogs and H2O

May 22, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Why do dogs love water so much? Well, scientists have discovered one intriguing possibility. It might be because, unlike humans, dogs can actually taste water.

They do so via the receptors at the tip of their tongue, which they use for lapping up liquids.
Interestingly, a dog's ability to taste water increases the more salt it eats. This is because salt heightens the sensitivity of the taste buds.
It's little wonder then that the dog takes in so much water. An average do drinks no less than nine times a day. But it doesn't only get its supply of H2O from its water bowl. Half of the water a dog takes in daily comes from the food it ingests.

There is a more practical reason why dogs need so much water, however.
Dogs produce different types of saliva, some of which are very watery while others are richer in mucus. Scientists think the salivas perform different functions. The mucus, for instance, is better at breaking down meat while the watery saliva is more suited to digesting vegetables. So the chances are the more meat your dog eats, the less water he will drink. And vice versa.


Old Dog, New Tricks - Meet Freddie and Percy the horse-riding terriers.

May 15, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

You can'’t teach an old dog new tricks, or so the saying goes. But, if the story of a pair of English Jack Russell Terriers is anything to go by, it seems an old dog can teach a younger one a thing or two.

For the past five years, a Jack Russell called Freddie, who lives with his owner Patricia Swinley in Gloucestershire, has regularly taken a ride on the back of a friendly Shetland pony called Daisy. When seven year old Freddie recently became friendly with a younger Jack Russell, called Percy, he was determined to share the experience with him.

Jack Russell riding a horse

One day Freddie invited Percy up and the pair went for a ride. Percy quickly got the hang of it and the pair became regular passengers on Daisy’s back, amazing locals in their village, Flaxley. The only problem now is th at the pair often argue over whose turn it is to go first. There is no such squabbling when the pair take an alternative form of transport, in a little cart that Daisy pulls through the village.

How Smart is Your Dog?

May 13, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Dogs are as bright as two-year-old children, at least when it comes to working out how to solve a simple puzzle.

That’s the fascinating conclusion of a new study by a team of Hungarian researchers. The team conducted a test in which a treat was hidden in a brown plastic flower pot. To help them find the treats, a group of 15 dogs - mostly around five years of age - and 24 children - 13 two-year-olds and 11 three-year-olds - were given various physical signals by the researchers. When they were shown pointed fingers, arms, legs and elbows the dogs and the children spotted where the treats were hidden. But more subtle clues were only understood by the three-year-old children. “Because of their evolutionary and developmental history, dogs are sensitive to the human signals,” said Gabriella Lakatos, lead author of the study and a research assistant in the department of ethology at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.

Smart Dog

There were two other intriguing conclusions. Firstly, the dog’s ancient ancestor, the wolf, didn’t respond in the same way when tested and ignored all signals.

Secondly, dogs get better at following and obeying the signals as they get older which contrasts with children, especially when they reach their teenage years. Then they either ignore or do the opposite of what they are being told to do!

To read more visit: Health News

The World's Oldest Dog - Meet Chanel No. 147

May 8, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

A dog named Chanel has just been declared the world’s oldest canine.

Chanel, a Dachshund cross that lives in New York, has been certified by the Guinness Book of Records as being 21 years old. Working on the widely held principle that a dog year equals seven human years, that makes Chanel an amazing 147 years old. According to her owners, Chanel is hard of hearing and suffering from cataracts. But otherwise she is in fine fettle and was even able to celebrate her 21st by visiting a New York Dog Hotel and Spa with come canine chums. You can read all about her - and see some fun photographs - here

Chanel, however, is far from the oldest dog to have ever lived. Until last Autumn, the oldest dog alive was believed to be Bella, a 29-year-old Labrador cross from Britain. Bella died from a heart attack in her Lincolnshire home a few months short of snatching the record for the oldest dog ever recorded. That honour remains the property of an Australian cattle dog called Bluey. He was put to sleep at the age of 29 years and 5 months. In human terms that means he was about 205 years old!