Category: People and their pets

The continuing fallout from Chernobyl

Will you, please, consider taking one of these puppies!

I closed last Saturday’s post with this plea: “If only there wasn’t a single dog in need of adoption in the world!

That plea is being used to introduce today’s post. An article that was recently read on the Smart News section from The Smithsonian magazine website.

I have republished it, hopefully without infringing copyrights, because it’s a story that needs to be circulated as far and wide as possible.

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Chernobyl Puppies Going Up for Adoption in the U.S.

Now in quarantine, the pups are expected to come to the U.S. this summer in search of their forever homes.

Please for to adopt us, Comrade. (Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Authority)
By Jason Daley smithsonian.com , May 16, 2018

In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant melted down, sending nearby residents fleeing the disaster zone. And sadly, most pets got left behind. Over the last 32 years, the surviving pups have multiplied, creating a community of hundreds that live in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and another 250 that live on the grounds of the former power plant itself.

Now, a dozen of those homeless puppies will head to the United States for adoption, reports Matt Novak at Gizmodo.

According to the Russian website Meduza, Ukrainian authorities have captured 200 of the stray Chernobyl puppies. They are currently keeping them in a 45-day quarantine in the city of Slavutych, and then a dozen will be shipped to the United States.

“We have rescued the first puppies, they are now in our adoption shelter going through the quarantine and decontamination process,” Lucas Hixson, co-founder of the U.S.-based Clean Futures Fund, a non-profit created to take care of Chernobyl clean-up workers, their families and the dogs tells Novak. “The goal is 200 dogs but will likely be more in the long run. My hope is to get 200 dogs rescued and adopted in the next 18 months and then go from there.”

The pups have a heartbreaking story, as The Guardian’s Julie McDowell detailed earlier this year. During the evacuation, more than 120,000 people were herded onto buses to escape the meltdown of the Unit 4 reactor, leaving most of their valuables and their pets behind. Many dogs tried to follow their owners onto the buses but were kicked off. People left notes on their doors asking authorities not to kill their animals, but Soviet Army squads were dispatched to put down as many contaminated animals as they could find.

Some of the dogs survived the army and the radiation, rebuilding their community as a pack. The Clean Futures Fund reports that the 250 dogs living on the grounds of the former power plant were likely driven out of the surrounding forests by wolves and a lack of food. Another 225 dogs roam Chernobyl City and hundreds of others live and scrounge at security checkpoints and throughout the woods and abandoned communities in the Exclusion Zone. Most of the dogs around the plant are under the age of 4 or 5, and clean-up workers at the site sometimes feed and tend to sick animals.

But last year, after becoming aware of the animals, The Clean Futures Fund decided the pups needed a more permanent solution. That’s why they’ve implemented a three-year program in the Exclusion Zone to spay and neuter 1,000 animals and vaccinate them against rabies. At their first clinic last August, the Fund spayed and neutered 350 dogs and cats in the area. Each animal was tested for radiation, given antibiotics, vaccinated for rabies and microchipped. Each dog’s vital data was also recorded.

For the next clinic scheduled for June, the Fund has also partnered with researchers from the University of South Carolina. The team will study the dogs for signs of radiation poisoning as well as genetic damage and disruptions to the dogs’ microbiomes, reports Mary Katherine Wildeman at The Post and Courier. The team will sedate the dogs and look for tumors and cataracts, which can signal radiation poisoning.

Understanding the impacts of radiation exposure is becoming increasingly important, says Timothy Mousseau, a researcher who has studied radiation in the birds, insects and small animals of Chernobyl and will lead the project. Exposure rates in daily life from medical treatments and other sources are on the rise, with the average yearly dose Americans receive doubling in the last 20 years alone.

There is no word when or where the dozen Chernobyl pups will go up for adoption. But even if you’re not lucky enough to have one of the reminders of Soviet-era nuclear power at the foot of your bed, it’s still possible to see the place for yourself and hand out treats to some of the remaining pups. There’s a booming tourism industry in the area to visit the eerie ghost towns and surprisingly quiet and beautiful green space that has overtaken the Zone.

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I am going to contact The Clean Futures Fund to see how one can register a potential interest in taking one of these puppies.

In the meantime, is there any reader who would be interested in having a puppy? Send me an email if so.

All dressed up!

And I am not referring to that wedding!

But on behalf of Jean and me and all you wonderful followers, we would like to wish Prince Harry and Megan Markle many congratulations on their marriage this day in Windsor and a long happy and healthy life together.

No, I was referring to shelter pups all dressed up, as read recently on Mother Nature News.

(And please read my closing remarks about a change in the frequency of my blog posts!)

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These shelter pup moms are all dressed up, waiting for that special visitor

Puppies are quick to get adopted, but the moms are often left behind.

by CHRISTIAN COTRONEOMay 11, 2018.

Duchess, left, and Buttercup, haven’t let losing their families dampen their spirits. (Photo: Christie Lynn/Best Friends Animal Society)

Every mother has her day. And if that old saying holds true, so too does every dog. But it seems a couple of dogs at a shelter in Atlanta have waited a long time for their day to come.

So long, in fact, that both dogs — Duchess and Buttercup — became mothers before finding a family to adopt them.
Although for Buttercup, that distinction was tragically fleeting.

Buttercup has bounced back from the heartbreak of losing her babies. (Photo: Christie Lynn/Best Friends Animal Society)

She was already pregnant when she arrived at Fulton County Animal Services. But in her weak condition, none of her puppies survived.

And Duchess? She experienced a different kind of heartbreak, having arrived at a shelter with five healthy and rambunctious babies in tow. One by one, they were adopted by families — leaving just mom behind.

When it comes to finding a family, puppies are typically the first out the shelter door, even though there are so many reasons why older dogs often make the most meaningful impact on a family.

Duchess nursed her puppies — until they were big and strong enough to be adopted. (Photo: Christie Lynn/Best Friends Animal Society)

The thing is, as we’ve seen time and time again, a shelter dog’s heart isn’t easily shattered.

In fact, both Buttercup and Duchess aren’t exactly sulking at the Atlanta chapter of Best Friends Animal Society. In the hands of their heart-healing keepers, they’ve blossomed in every way.

Buttercup is available for adoption at the Best Friends shelter in Atlanta. (Photo: Christie Lynn/Best Friends Animal Society)

Duchess still likes to prance around on her daily walks, and, as the shelter notes in a press release, “demonstrate her good manners with both people and other dogs.”

Buttercup, the release adds, has “healed and made lots of human and canine friends alike.”

But shelter staff know all too well that shelter life can wear a dog down. This weekend, Best Friends is hoping that some families, in the spirit of that special day, will give these mothers the best gift of all — a home where they can truly spread their roots.

Think you can help?

If you happen to be in Atlanta, you can pay these moms a visit at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center any day between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m., or email atladoptions@bestfriends.org.

Duchess’ manners appear to extend to the dinner table. (Photo: Christie Lynn/Best Friends Animal Society)

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If only there wasn’t a single dog in need of adoption in the world!

Postscript!

Dear people,

I’m struggling to stay on top of stuff in and around the house. So, please forgive me if there are days when a post doesn’t appear!

Thank you!

More tips for healthy dogs

Another interesting article from Susan Combs.

It’s self-explanatory and needs no further introduction from me save to say that this is the third guest post from Susan.

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Four Essential Tips to Make Your Dog Healthy and Active Round the Year

Dogs have been living with us for tens of thousands of years. This evolutionary relationship and a special chemistry with us have made them our best friends. Their affection for us makes them extraordinarily attentive with which they uncannily predict what we are going to do. They are so attuned to our emotional state that whenever we get annoyed, they even express contrition. As stated by a Harris poll, as many as 90 percent of parents consider their cats and dogs to be part of their family.

If you are a dog owner, you surely are treating him as your family member and you also want him to live as long as possible. Living and playing with your dog gives you immense pleasure and also keeps you stress free. However, sometimes your canine friend may go through health issues, which can render him inactive as well as distressed.

So how are you going to take care of your dog’s health?

Usually dogs are happiest when they are healthy; you need to ensure your dog’s physical and mental well-being by keeping him active and stimulated, even when you are not at home.

The following tips will help you make your dog happy and active always:
1. Training and socialization is vital

First of all, your dog needs to know that humans are important and their company is quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, many pets are not properly socialized and are fearful of strangers. You need to expose your dog to a wide variety of people so that he can get accustomed to the presence of people. As a matter of fact, if your dog hangs out with only one person, he may get wary of anybody else. Therefore it’s important to diversify your dog’s attention and make time for ‘meets and greets’. A dog that is confident of his training and routine also becomes highly socialized. Take your dog to training classes because they are a great place to meet other dogs and people in a safe and controlled environment. Stop rewarding dogs for displaying submissive behavior as it can turn them into a nervous wreck.

2. Take care of his diet and nutrition

A nutritious and balanced diet is highly essential to keep your dog healthy. Everything that your dog eats affects him – from weight, to the wear on his teeth, to the luster of her eyes and to the health of their fur. The food that you are giving to your dog can even change his moods. Many cheap packaged dog foods do not contain the necessary nutrient profile to be deemed as healthy.

Your dog also needs a healthy source of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

As suggested by a reputed pet care website, read the label and package for AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) labels such as “complete” and “balanced”.

3. Play with him like a friend

Playing and having fun with your dog eliminates stress from your life – the same holds true for your dog as well. Playing games keep your dog’s heart healthy and its joints well-lubricated. Games that have rules end up honing your dog’s analytical skills. When playing with your pet it’s crucial to realize that you are the boss. You get to decide what boundaries to set for your dog. Both of you also need to learn to communicate better with each other. Moreover, playtime can be an excellent opportunity to teach your dog good manners. When you teach him new games, reward him if he does well. Rewards don’t necessarily have to be treats; you can hug him and give him his favorite toys.

4. Make friends with your vet

Your pet should more often visit vets even if they seem to be fine. Much like humans, dogs need to be kept under a close watch by conducting regular health checkups to keep aging-related health problems at bay. Even if your pet may appear perfectly healthy, he might be sick without you ever knowing about it. Based on data provided by Nationwide pet insurance, one of the primary reasons why their customers seek veterinarian treatment is to treat skin allergies in pets. Dogs with hairy ears are prone to ear infection since germs build up in humid and warm parts of the body. Dogs with allergies also tend to scratch the affected area which aggravates the infection. Visiting the vet is also important for your dog because he can get used to whenever being poked and prodded.

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Susan also included the following graphic that I will leave you with.

We all love our dogs too much to take any risks with them!

Taking our dogs out and about.

Another great article from Mary Jo of MNN

On Monday I published an article written by Wendy Lipscomb about summer heat for dogs, especially for long-haired dogs. It was well-received!

That article implied that our dogs frequently go out with us more often than not.

Summer brings in many outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, running and going for a picnic or maybe going out just for a walk. There is nothing wrong with taking your dog out with you if you know how to regulate your pet’s body temperature.

But Mary Jo of Mother Nature Network published an article just a few days ago that offers another perspective. Here it is!

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Please don’t take your dog everywhere

Not all dogs are happy at public events.

by MARY JO DILONARDO, May 11, 2018.

Always be in tune to your dog’s body language when you take him to a public event. (Photo: Arina P Habich/Shutterstock)

Whether it’s a farmers market or a summer art festival, when the weather warms up, people head outside. And when they go outdoors, many people take their dogs. But while plenty of pups are happy to browse the produce stands and mingle with hundreds of strange people and their pets, there are many who are stressed by the adventure.

Some owners just assume that if they’re having fun, their dogs are happy, too. But not all dogs love the noises and smells, people and activity that come with going to outdoor events or restaurants. They get nervous and maybe even cranky when faced with scary or new situations.

Chicago trainer Greg Raub suggests asking yourself a few questions before snapping on the leash and taking your pup with you:
  • Will my dog be comfortable at the event or would he be happier at home?
  • Can I be sure my dog won’t react aggressively if a stranger rushes up to him?
  • Can I make sure my dog won’t get into something like dropped food or trash?
  • Even though my dog is harmless, could he scare little kids because of his size or looks?
  • Will it get too hot for my dog if I can’t find a spot in the shade?

Tips for a good outing

If you decide to take your dog to a public event, it’s key to set him up for success, says Maryland trainer Juliana Willems.

First up, she says, don’t use a retractable leash.

“There is hardly any control with these leashes, and in high activity environments you need all the control you can get,” she writes on her blog. “For the sake of all other dogs and owners at the event, I encourage you to stick to 4′ or 6′ standard leashes.”

Then, make sure to stuff your pockets with treats.

“I understand that shoving a bunch of treats in your dog’s mouth won’t solve real problems, but it can sure help manage some when you’re out in a distracting environment,” she says. “Oftentimes when there is an overwhelming amount of stimuli, your dog will only pay attention to you if you’ve got something they want: yummy food. In new environments it is essential to be able to capture your dog’s focus. Treats will help enormously for this, especially if they are high value.”

Pick and choose

Some dogs might be very stressed at an outdoor cafe, while other might enjoy watching the people go by. (Photo: Budimir Jevtic/Shutterstock)

Just be smart about when your pet tags along, suggests veterinarian Patty Khuly, V.M.D.

“Over time, I’ve learned that your life has to be 100 percent dog-friendly if your dog is going to tag along 100 percent of the time. And precious few of our lives are that accommodating,” she writes in Vetstreet.

For example, Khuly says that she only takes one of her four dogs to outdoor restaurants because her other three don’t have the right dispositions.

“There’s no point in taking your dog to a restaurant if he doesn’t have the temperament for it, won’t enjoy it or if it will cause a lot of disruption. But smaller, well-behaved and socialized dogs may be just fine.”

Look for signs of stress

Wherever you go with your pup, it’s key that you always pay attention to him. That’s not only so his leash doesn’t get tangled in a stroller, but it’s primarily so you can sense his mood.

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of stress so you know when it’s time to take off. Here are some of the most common things to look for, according to veterinarian Lynn Buzhardt, D.V.M. of VCA Hospitals.

  • Yawning
  • Nose or lip licking
  • Pacing or shaking
  • Whining, barking or howling
  • Pulled or pinned-back ears
  • Tail lowered or tucked
  • Cowering
  • Panting
  • Diarrhea
  • Avoidance or displacement (focusing on something else like sniffing the ground or turning away)
  • Hiding or escape behaviors (hiding behind you, digging, running away)

If you notice any of these stress signs, take your dog home or at least give him a break from all the activity.

“Dogs are extremely sensitive and can go from being fine to absolutely not fine in a matter of minutes. It is essential that you stay in tune to how your dog is reacting to other dogs or people, and the minute things start getting hairy, you skedaddle,” says Willems. “Your dog might not necessarily need to leave all together, but a time out away from all the hubbub can really help a dog’s mentality.”

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Must close by including the following:

Mary Jo DiLonardo writes about everything from health to parenting — and anything that helps explain why her dog does what he does.

We are on the verge of a thunderstorm arriving so please forgive me for signing off without delay.

Summer heat and caring for our dogs.

A guest post by Wendy Lipscomb.

Already there are some places in the USA that are experiencing some pretty hot days. For instance, at the time of me writing this introduction, around 2pm last Friday, the temperature in Phoenix, Arizona is 97 deg F. (36 deg C.)  That’s perfectly hot enough for us humans even before we think of dogs. Especially dogs that have thicker coats.

Over to Wendy!

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Regulating the Body Temperature of Your Thick-Haired Dog during the Summer.

by Wendy Lipscomb, May 9th, 2018

Summer brings in many outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, running and going for a picnic or maybe going out just for a walk. There is nothing wrong with taking your dog out with you if you know how to regulate your pet’s body temperature.

Humans regulate their body temperature by sweating but animals do not have this property. Dogs do sweat very slightly from their nose and paws but that cannot help them regulate their body temperature. Dogs regulate their body temperature by panting; when a dog breathes through his mouth the saliva evaporates cooling down the blood in the veins. Put another way, the air that a dog breathes passes through its nasal passage before reaching its lungs. The air is cooled when it is passed through that nasal passage.

Therefore, it becomes even harder for dogs to regulate their body temperature when the sun is shining down, and also when the humidity in the air increases. This builds up a pressure on the dog’s lungs and heart as he breathes in and out more frequently to regulate his body temperature.

But you can take some measures to help your pet to regulate his body temperature during summer outdoors.

No doubt about it that dogs are super active animals and love to go outdoors. But while taking them out in those summer months it is easy to forget that the paws of our dogs are very sensitive and they can be burned by walking on the pavement and roads in the daytime. So, invest in good protective booties or apply paw wax to protect your dog’s paws.

In addition, your dog can also get sunburned by excessive exposure to the sun. Therefore, either limit the exposure of sun for your four footers or visit your vet clinic so that they can recommend a good sunscreen for your dog.

Another thing that you can consider while going out in the summer is that if you are traveling in a car and stop for rest never ever leave your furry companion in a locked or closed car. Because in summer your car becomes extremely hot by trapping the heat inside. If you leave your pet inside a hot car it can suffocate within minutes. Yes, within minutes!

Always carry a bottle of water to keep your dog hydrated. Create breeze for your dog to make the hot temperature tolerable for them. The breeze helps in cooling sweat and will make your dog feel relaxed. For this purpose buy a shop fan that is portable; a good option to create a breeze to keep yourself and your dog cool.

The above-mentioned tips are general tips that you must keep in your mind to implement in the summer. However, thick-haired dogs require a little more attention to maintain their safe body temperature.

People have the misconception that a dog with thick hair will suffer more during summer but let me tell you that thick-haired dogs are good at regulating their body temperatures. The fur of thick-coated dogs helps them to stay warm in winter and in summer their fur works as insulators and protects their skin from direct exposure to the sun.
Bathing For Thick-Haired Dog:
Well, fleas and ticks are around all of the year. Fleas can survive outside for long periods of time, particularly in a warm and sticky climate. As mentioned previously, summer bring in more heat, humidity and more outdoor time. Thus, it is the peak time for your thick-haired dog to catch fleas or ticks. Therefore, bathing your dog regularly is as important as anything else because it will not only help your dog to regulate his body temperature but bathing will also help you and your puppy be rid of these tiny crawlies as flea bites can cause redness, irritation, allergy and even illness such as Lyme diseases. It is recommended to use a good quality flea shampoo to get rid of fleas. Always examine the ingredients of the shampoo to avoid buying one with harsh chemicals because it may cause a reaction to your dog’s skin.
You should not Shave Your Dog in summer:

People ask me if I am going to shave my thick-haired dog in the summer? The answer to this question is “No”. Thick-haired dogs have two layers of hairs. The long-guard hairs protect the dogs in the winter from snow and the inner layer helps them to stay warm in those same winters. However, these dogs shed their undercoat in the summer and they are left with only long-guard hairs that insulate dogs from heat and protects them from sunburn.
Shaving your double-coated dog is not a good idea because shaving changes the texture of the coat. Your dog sheds off his inner coat in the summer. If you shave his coat his hair will soon start growing back and you will see that the soft and fluffy inner coat will grow first and later on the guard-hairs will combine with them. In addition to this, the texture of the new coat will be sticky and your dog will bring in whatever he passes through and that sticks to his new coat.
Moreover, the combination of the new growing inner and outer coat will also make your dog feel hotter on summer days.
Brush Your Dog Frequently:
Instead of shaving your dog’s coat, try to brush it every alternate day. Brushing your dog’s coat with a fine-toothed comb will untangle the hairs and it will also help in removing the winter undercoat of your thick-haired four-footer. This will increase air circulation and will make your dog feel cool and comfortable.

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I asked Wendy for a little about herself. This is what she sent in:

Wendy is a self-employed beauty therapist, mother of two; life-long pet parent and lover of dogs who somehow manages to squeeze in the time to satisfy another of her loves – writing. Wendy is the founder, main contributor to and editor of TotallyGoldens.com

So no other way than to close this post with the message: Stay Cool Peeps!

(Brandy! Take Note!)

Jean and Brandy at a local yard sale back in June 2016.

Doggie Aromas!

Dogs! We love them to pieces but sometimes they do smell a tad!

Zara Lewis has provided two previous guest posts for you good people and both of them were well received. Very well received!

So here is Zara’s third. My intuition is that will similarly go down well with all you good people out there!

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8 Tips for Keeping a Dog-Friendly Home Clean and Odor-Free

The love and affection that you give your dog and that it gives back to you makes the whole relationship truly fulfilling. But it wouldn’t be lying if we said that taking care of a pet dog and keeping a clean and tidy home at the same time does requires quite a bit of effort and energy. Here are some of the most practical tips on how to confront your four-legged companion’s gift to create a mess.

1 – Brush and bathe regularly

One of the most effective ways in which you can avoid finding your pooch’s hair in your soup, ears, sock drawers, or anywhere else in your home is to brush its coat on a daily basis, preferably somewhere outside. Besides keeping a neater appearance, you will prevent tons of hair piling up in the furthest, least accessible corners and areas of your rooms.

Make sure your pet also gets a good bath whenever it needs to. The frequency depends on its coat—dogs with more oily coats may need a bath as often as once a week, while for others, it is usually no more than once a month.

2 – Keep those paws clean

Whenever you and your pooch return from a walk, thoroughly wipe its paws with a damp towel or baby wipes. That way, no mud or dirt will be spread around, and maintaining the hygiene of the whole place will be even easier.

3 – Teach your dog where to do its business

Don’t let your precious one do its business wherever and whenever it feels like doing it. It may seem like something implied and silly to even mention, but some dog owners still do disregard this advice. Train your pooch to poop or pee outside, or only at specific places in your home if it’s left alone for a longer period of time—for example, in a litter box. Even when it does happen that he or she simply can’t control it, clean the mess right away.

4 – Maintain hygiene in all rooms

Ok, this one is somewhat obvious—keep your vacuum cleaner, duster, and mop close. No matter how much hair you manage to brush off your friend, some of it will inevitably sneak its way into your surroundings. Cleaning and dusting all the surfaces in your home will significantly reduce the amount of hair lying around, but also dander, dirt, and bacteria.

5 – Wash your dog’s food bowls

Not only can the remains from your dog’s previous meals get stuck in there and start smelling pretty bad, dirty bowls and dishes can be a breeding ground for masses of bacteria. That is why you should wash them at least once a day to prevent any minor or major consequences. After all, you do it with your plates, don’t you? Same thing.

6 – Be aware of the air you breathe

Living with dogs, we quickly get used to their smell and stop noticing the unpleasant odor that they may occasionally leave behind. But your guests certainly notice. You can tackle this problem by airing all the rooms regularly, along with lighting scented candles or sticks, or using high-quality air fresheners.

An even more effective solution than scented candles and sticks would be to equip yourself with an air purifier. If you’re looking for a top-notch product with more long-lasting benefits, turn to a mold air purifier by Oransi. It contains a HEPA filter which, besides removing the unpleasant odor, keeps the air even fresher, and gets rid of dust, dander, mold, and allergens floating round your room. A highly recommendable option for people with pets.

7 – Define your pooch’s territory

If you have the luxury of living in a bigger house or apartment, set boundaries or determine the space where your pet can roam freely. For example, allow him or her to enjoy the first floor of the house, and make the second floor a ‘humans only’ area. Also, determine a specific space or object for them to sleep on, like a cushion or a cozy blanket that will always remain in the same spot.

8 – Lint rollers are your friends

Lint removers are a really convenient way of keeping your furniture, as well as your clothes, hair and dander-free. It only takes a minute and requires minimal effort. Moreover, you can use them on any kind of textile. So, in case you haven’t got one, you might want to consider changing that.

Remember that keeping a clean and odor-free home primarily means keeping you and your beloved pet healthy and happy.

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Let me repeat Zara’s opening sentence: “The love and affection that you give your dog and that it gives back to you makes the whole relationship truly fulfilling.” No question at all about that!

But I would word it in a more gutsy manner ( and this is in no way a criticism of Zara) especially as the coming-home greeting that Jean and I had from our dogs just last Friday is still fresh in my mind.

Pure unconditional love is very rare between humans as opposed to true love that, thankfully, is common. Our dogs offer us unconditional love. Pure, total, perfect unconditional love!

Looking deeper into the dog!

Yet another fascinating guest post.

Another post from Alex. The last one from him was back in November, 2016.

I should repeat the fact that Alex has an interest in promoting his articles:

I am writing to you on behalf of Premier Pups, one of the main partners of Doctorpup.com. We have read your materials and we found them very interesting for dog lovers.

But this one, as with the previous one, contains much useful information and although I hardly need to say it, I will repeat the fact that I have no financial or commercial connection with Alex, Premier Pups or Doctorpup.com.

Here is that guest post:

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Customer Reviews from Premier Pups strengthen 3 lesser known findings about dogs

Dogs are a special species, preferred as companions due to their loyalty and love they display towards their owners. Although dogs are considered man’s best friend, there are many things that are still unknown about them. At Premier Pups Reviews, we are fascinated with dogs and their temperaments. From time to time, we analyze dogs’ behaviors based on our customers’ testimonials. Premier Pups Reviews is a division of Premier Pups, in charge with managing customer satisfaction and testimonials.We are glad to share with you some of the lesser known and catchy things about dogs.

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  1. People choose dogs with similar personalities

Every dog has a unique personality and his own preferences. After coming in a new family, dogs personalities adjust to match their owners’ characteristics. Dogs are pack animals that love to follow their leaders and imitate them to better fit into his new family. That’s why, dogs are like children, they watch, learn and mimic their family members.

On the other hand, it is known that people tend to choose dogs that look like them and have similar personalities and characteristics. Studies have revealed that the similarities go deeper. You may notice that a calm and quiet person prefers a quiet pup, while an extroverted person has an affinity for joyful and outgoing dogs.

  1. Dogs communicate with specific facial expressions

Dogs tend to communicate with specific facial expressions when their owners are looking at them without necessarily looking for food. Are you familiar with those puppy eyes? Puppy eyes are the response to the human gaze and are dependent on the attention state of their audience. Dogs are sensitive to humans’ attention and they are using expressions as an attempt to communicate.

Scientists have revealed that animals have the capability to produce facial expressions such as a happy or a sad face, but they are usually involuntary twitches. Recently, scientists have used the technology FACS – the Facial Action Coding System to analyze facial expressions in various species of animals. They have discovered that dogs are capable of displaying 16 facial expressions compared to humans that have 27 distinct facial expressions.

Dogs tend to engage in the same social gazing behaviors as people. They scan faces and eyes to determine intent and identify threats. We have some reviews with funny stories about how dogs adopted from Premier Pups analyze their reactions and intents, trying to establish a way of communication with their owners.

Scientists analyzed a small sample of 24 family dogs of various breeds and filmed them to catch their reactions in the response to their owners’ face. The owners faced them, offered them food or looked away. Scientists found out that dogs were prone to have more facial expressions when their owners were facing them than when they turned away or gave them food. According to Juliane Kaminski of the University of Portsmouth, dogs tend to make more facial expressions when their owners pay them attention as an attempt to communicate.

  1. Behaviors associated with guilt are driven by fear

Another interesting fact that surprised us is related to that “guilty” look, which is not actually driven by guilt, but by fear. You might be familiar with the face a dog makes after doing something it wasn’t supposed to do.

Behaviors like pooping on the floor, chewing home stuff, are assimilated with a reaction of guilt. A study conducted by Dr. Alexandra Horowitz in 2009, called “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know”, has shown that dogs don’t feel any guilt, but fear. They are conscious of their mistakes. When scolding a dog for something he has done, he tends to express fear which is always confused with guilt.

People tend to wrongly interpret dog emotions through the scope of human emotion, misattributing dog emotions based on human emotions. Dogs show the white of their eyes while looking up at you and pin their ears back to the head, yawning and licking the air because they feel fear.

Our customers left reviews on our website, Premier Pups Reviews, that confirms the fact that the so-called guilty look is more pronounced in obedient dogs than in those who are disobedient. This comes as a response of this type of dogs to their owner cues. Dogs have memories, but they don’t work in the same way human memories work.

Scientists don’t know exactly how dogs experience emotions and memory, that’s why people tend to use their own language and patterns to explain dogs’ behaviors and personalities.

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Want to close with two items.

The first is what Alex sent me in terms of his background. His bio!

Alex works as a Marketing Executive for PremierPups and Premier Pups Reviews. He is passionate about animals and loves to help people find the right dogs for them. In addition to reading and writing about animals and psychology, Alex enjoys spending quality time with his beloved dog.

The second is that the next post will be this coming Sunday, the 8th April. This next post will explain that from the 8th right through to the end of April there are going to be no more posts published on Learning from Dogs but that we will be back in May!