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  7.    <updated>2017-05-23T16:26:35-07:00</updated>
  8.    <subtitle>Celebrating the remarkable, the ordinary and the very funny dogs who live among us</subtitle>
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  11.        <title>California shifts from scanners to dogs to halt prison contraband</title>
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  15.        <published>2017-05-23T16:26:35-07:00</published>
  16.        <updated>2017-05-23T17:58:24-07:00</updated>
  17.        <summary>Gov. Jerry Brown is asking state clowns lawmakers to dump a three-year, $15.3 million high tech program intended to stop prison smuggling. The program made extensive use of airport-style scanners, metal detectors, surveillance cameras, urine tests and drug-sniffing dogs at 11 of California’s 35 prisons. Although researchers found some improvement ... “the overall results were mixed and inconclusive,” said the revised budget that Governor Brown sent to lawmakers. The program certainly wasn&#39;t worth the millions...</summary>
  18.        <author>
  19.            <name>Jan</name>
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  24. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d282c093970c-pi" style="float: right;"><img alt="Clown 2" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b8d282c093970c img-responsive" height="219" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d282c093970c-320wi" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="Clown 2" width="127" /></a>Gov. Jerry Brown&#0160;is asking state <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">clowns</span> lawmakers to dump a three-year, $15.3 million high tech program intended to stop prison smuggling. The program made extensive use of airport-style scanners, metal detectors, surveillance cameras, urine tests and drug-sniffing dogs at 11 of California’s 35 prisons.</p>
  25. <p>Although researchers found some improvement ... “the overall results were mixed and inconclusive,” said the revised budget that Governor Brown sent to &#0160;lawmakers.</p>
  26. <p>The program certainly wasn&#39;t worth the millions wasted on it.</p>
  27. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">He instead is seeking to add 27 canine teams to the 43 dogs that already work in the &#0160; Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.</p>
  28. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">The 70 teams would be enough to have two dogs at every state prison. They are trained to sniff out drugs, cell phones and other contraband, and would be used to search housing units, parking lots, vehicles, incoming mail, prison entrances and around prison fences.</p>
  29. <p>Once again the low technology of the dog nose proves most effective.</p></div>
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  36.        <title> Roasted chicken beer and beef bones beer…</title>
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  39.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f469c7970b</id>
  40.        <published>2017-05-21T20:00:24-07:00</published>
  41.        <updated>2017-05-21T20:17:43-07:00</updated>
  42.        <summary>Photo Rachel Leathe Bozeman Chronicle ...don&#39;t sound good to the human palette, but dogs lap them up, according to Amy Henkle, owner and founder of Happy Dog Beer Co. There’s no alcohol or hops in these “beers,” rather the liquid is a chicken or beef stock. The glass bottles look just like normal beer, labels and all, but with one big difference: they feature dogs. The names — Irresistible Pooch Ale and Dubble Dog Dare...</summary>
  43.        <author>
  44.            <name>Jan</name>
  45.        </author>
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  50. <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>...don&#39;t sound good to the human palette,</strong> but dogs lap them up, according to Amy Henkle, owner and founder of Happy Dog Beer Co. There’s no alcohol or hops in these “beers,” rather the liquid is a chicken or beef stock.</p>
  51. <p style="text-align: left;">The glass bottles look just like normal beer, labels and all, but with one big difference: they feature dogs. The names <em><strong>—</strong> Irresistible Pooch Ale</em> and<em> Dubble Dog Dare Ya</em> —are another big clue.</p>
  52. <p>The brew is a nutritional supplement meant to be poured over a dog’s favorite meal.</p>
  53. <p>&#0160;</p>
  54. <p><strong>Henkle got the idea at a bar</strong> while on a recent trip to Belgium. She asked the bar’s owner, to recommend a beer for her and, as a joke, for her dog Bender. He came back with two bottles, a human beverage for Henkle and a canine-specific drink for her dog.</p>
  55. <p>When she returned to her home town Bozeman,&#0160; she began developing her own version of the “beer,” boiling various combinations of broths in &#0160;her home. The company officially launched last September.</p>
  56. <p>Much of the work was trial and error, testing out the recipes on Bender and his drinking buddies, before arriving at two flavors that most dogs preferred.</p>
  57. <p>&#0160;</p>
  58. <p><strong>The whole idea of a dog beer </strong>is to give owners another way to connect with their pets. You can have a brewski together while you watch the game.</p>
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  65. <entry>
  66.        <title>Iranian veterinarian could win local election…or he could get 60 lashes</title>
  67.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/iranian-veterinarian-could-win-local-electionor-he-could-get-60-lashes.html" />
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  69.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f9afb8970b</id>
  70.        <published>2017-05-19T06:23:10-07:00</published>
  71.        <updated>2017-05-19T06:23:10-07:00</updated>
  72.        <summary>Credit Newsha Tavakolian In today’s Iran it’s hard to predict. Payam Mohebi, Teheran’s star veterinarian, thinks it’s worth the risk of a public lashing to get one seat on the City Council for the animals. His campaign posters feature him with stray dogs. The Koran does not prohibit contact with dogs. However, according to Islamic law dogs are unclean and must be avoided. Today satellite TV and the internet have opened a world where Iranians...</summary>
  73.        <author>
  74.            <name>Jan</name>
  75.        </author>
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  78. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  79. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p style="text-align: center;"><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb099cc497970d-pi" style="display: inline;"></a>&#0160;<a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb099cc53a970d-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Iran vet" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201bb099cc53a970d img-responsive" height="343" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb099cc53a970d-500wi" title="Iran vet" width="439" /></a><br /><span style="font-size: 8pt;">Credit Newsha Tavakolian</span></p>
  80. <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>In today’s Iran it’s hard to predict.</strong></span></p>
  81. <p>Payam Mohebi, Teheran’s star veterinarian, thinks it’s worth the risk of a public lashing to get&#0160;one seat on the City Council for the animals. His campaign posters feature him with stray dogs.</p>
  82. <p>The Koran does not prohibit contact with dogs. However, according to Islamic law dogs are&#0160;unclean and must be avoided.</p>
  83. <p>Today satellite TV and the internet have opened a world where Iranians see cute puppies and devoted dogs being part of people’s lives and they are willing to take risks.</p>
  84. <p>&#0160;</p>
  85. <p><strong> <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f9b1a2970b-pi" style="float: right;"><img alt="Iran" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f9b1a2970b img-responsive" height="131" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f9b1a2970b-320wi" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="Iran" width="95" /></a>I first wrote about<a href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2011/07/dogs-in-iranillegal-and-immoral-status-symbols.html"> dogs in Iran</a> in 2011</strong>. Among educated Iranians dogs were becoming a symbol of status and rebellion. Since then dog populations have grown in spite of fatwas denouncing ownership.</p>
  86. <p>Three years ago, dominated by hard-liners, the parliament passed a law that increased the fines for dog owners to the equivalent of $2,500, as well as killing the animal and 60 lashes for the owner.</p>
  87. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><br />“We have one million pets in this city — what are they thinking?” Dr. Mohebi said. “There is a massive gap between our politicians and us.”</p>
  88. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&#0160;</p>
  89. <p><strong>Dr. Mohebi is running for one of the 21 seats on the City Council.</strong> &#0160;He has spent most of his life fighting for animals or, more precisely, for the right of people to &#0160;keep&#0160;pets in their houses and to walk them without being stopped by authorities. In 2002, he started Tehran’s first pet hospital&#0160;at a time when few people had dogs and cats. Now he is planning to open a 10-story clinic that will be one of the largest in the Middle East.</p>
  90. <p>&#0160;</p>
  91. <p><strong>Changes seem to be coming to Iran with dog lovers leading the way.</strong></p>
  92. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&#0160;&#0160;“The educated middle class and urbanites are emerging and asserting themselves for the first time,” said Farshad Ghorbanpour, a political analyst close to the moderates. “The City Council is a venue for seeing the real Iranians who want to change the quality of their lives.” <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/world/middleeast/tehran-city-council-elections.html">&#0160;Source</a></p></div>
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  98. <entry>
  99.        <title>“A match made in heaven”</title>
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  102.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201bb09998d66970d</id>
  103.        <published>2017-05-17T07:26:21-07:00</published>
  104.        <updated>2017-05-17T07:26:21-07:00</updated>
  105.        <summary>Connor Guillet is a nonverbal 6-year-old boy from Florida. He was born addicted to opiates, with a disorder that causes severe developmental delays. Connor was adopted when he was just a few weeks old. From the beginning his mother Brandi knew her son would have an uphill battle. She was searching for the right canine companion for Connor. That’s when the Coastal Boxer Rescue in West Melbourne, Florida asked if she would be interested in...</summary>
  106.        <author>
  107.            <name>Jan</name>
  108.        </author>
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  112. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb09998d47970d-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="ELLIE THE BOXEE" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201bb09998d47970d img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb09998d47970d-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="ELLIE THE BOXEE" /></a></p>
  113. <p>Connor Guillet is a nonverbal 6-year-old boy from Florida. He was born addicted to opiates, with a disorder that causes severe developmental delays. Connor was adopted when he was just&#0160;a few weeks old. From the beginning his mother Brandi knew her son would have an uphill battle.&#0160;</p>
  114. <p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb099c3868970d-pi" style="float: right;"><img alt="Connor-and-Ellie-Released" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201bb099c3868970d img-responsive" height="181" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb099c3868970d-320wi" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="Connor-and-Ellie-Released" width="186" /></a>She&#0160;was searching for the right canine companion for Connor.&#0160;That’s when the Coastal Boxer Rescue in West Melbourne, Florida asked if she would be interested in fostering Ellie, a 3-year-old deaf Boxer.</p>
  115. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“She and Connor bonded immediately,” said Brandi. “I&#39;ve never thought about a deaf dog until that moment. It&#39;s so beautiful to see my son be able to ‘talk’ to his dog. Once she came to our house, I knew she wasn&#39;t leaving.”&#0160;</p>
  116. <p>Connor uses sign language to communicate with Ellie who is always there for him in the bad times and the good times.</p>
  117. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“When something is wrong, he will always go to her and hug her before me,” Brandi &#0160;said. “When he has meltdowns, it’s loud and he will drop to the floor -- crying, yelling, kicking -- and Ellie stands over him 99 percent of the time as if she knows something is wrong.</p>
  118. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“She will run up the slide on his play set outside,” Brandi said. “Ellie will get on his trampoline at times. He will play tug-o-war with her and her rope, or he&#39;ll run with her toy, making her chase him.” <a href="http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/nonverbal-boy-autism-shares-special-bond-deaf-new-shelter-dog/">(Source)</a></p>
  119. <p>Most of all, she&#39;s thrilled that her son has found an everlasting friendship with&#0160;Ellie. It&#39;s truly a match made in heaven.</p></div>
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  126.        <title>K-9  officer saved his partner’s life; now making a full recovery</title>
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  129.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201bb099bbeb2970d</id>
  130.        <published>2017-05-15T15:42:18-07:00</published>
  131.        <updated>2017-05-16T06:51:54-07:00</updated>
  132.        <summary>K-9 officer Casper was shot Friday after Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies encountered a suspect who was wanted in connection with a robbery. Philip O’Shea, 46, had a long criminal history and fled the scene. Deputies pursued O’Shea who crashed his vehicle, then began shooting at police. O’Shea was killed in the exchange. Casper was hit in his hind leg during the gunfight, catching the bullet meant for his partner. Since no internal organs had...</summary>
  133.        <author>
  134.            <name>Jan</name>
  135.        </author>
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  139. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f8a1cb970b-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Casper" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f8a1cb970b img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f8a1cb970b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Casper" /></a></p>
  140. <p>K-9 officer Casper was shot Friday after Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies encountered a suspect who was wanted in connection with a robbery. Philip O’Shea, 46, had a long criminal history and fled the scene.</p>
  141. <p>Deputies pursued O’Shea who crashed his vehicle, then began shooting at police. O’Shea was killed in the exchange.</p>
  142. <p>Casper was hit in his hind leg during the gunfight, catching the bullet meant for his partner. Since no internal organs had been hit, vets removed the bullet surgically. He was well enough to go home the next day.</p>
  143. <p>A veteran of the force, Casper is trained for bomb detection, SWAT team, and patrol. His service record includes stints protecting the president.</p>
  144. <p>He’s on antibiotics and expected to make a full recovery.</p></div>
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  151.        <title> Newport, Oregon Police trap armed and dangerous suspect</title>
  152.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/newport-oregon-police-trap-armed-and-dangerous-suspect.html" />
  153.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/newport-oregon-police-trap-armed-and-dangerous-suspect.html" thr:count="7" thr:updated="2017-05-19T08:12:52-07:00" />
  154.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b8d28194f9970c</id>
  155.        <published>2017-05-15T06:44:53-07:00</published>
  156.        <updated>2017-05-14T16:32:56-07:00</updated>
  157.        <summary>The Newport Police Facebook page posted a picture of this suspect holding an assault rifle. &quot;The feline was contacted by our canine,&quot; the post continues, &quot;and was determined to be in possession of a non-lethal branch.&quot; Still, the Newport Police weren&#39;t going to let the cat off scot-free. &quot;The cat was given a verbal warning for posing with what could be mistaken as an assault rifle while wearing poor camouflage attire.&quot; The whole matter of...</summary>
  158.        <author>
  159.            <name>Jan</name>
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  164. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f74acb970b-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Cat with gun" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f74acb970b img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f74acb970b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Cat with gun" /></a></p>
  165. <p>The Newport Police Facebook page posted a picture of this suspect holding an assault rifle.</p>
  166. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&quot;The feline was contacted by our canine,&quot; the post continues, &quot;and was determined to be in possession of a non-lethal branch.&quot;</p>
  167. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Still, the Newport Police weren&#39;t going to let the cat off scot-free.</p>
  168. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&quot;The cat was given a verbal warning for posing with what could be mistaken as an assault rifle while wearing poor camouflage attire.&quot;</p>
  169. <p style="text-align: center;">The whole matter of armed cats is pretty scary...</p>
  170. <p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb099a67fb970d-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Cat and gun2" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201bb099a67fb970d img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb099a67fb970d-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Cat and gun2" /></a></p></div>
  171. </content>
  172.  
  173.  
  174.  
  175.    </entry>
  176. <entry>
  177.        <title>Extreme alpaca grooming</title>
  178.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/extreme-alpaca-grooming.html" />
  179.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/extreme-alpaca-grooming.html" thr:count="10" thr:updated="2017-05-16T14:22:02-07:00" />
  180.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f78148970b</id>
  181.        <published>2017-05-12T09:09:12-07:00</published>
  182.        <updated>2017-05-12T09:56:21-07:00</updated>
  183.        <summary>SWNS Some time ago I was writing a story about a local alpaca farm for a regional magazine. The owner and I were sitting outdoors. During the interview she suddenly said, “Don’t be alarmed, but Michael seems to have a crush on you.” At that moment I felt somebody (something?) nuzzle my neck. It was Michael the alpha alpaca. And that is when I fell in love with these goofy, gentle and lovable animals. Alpacas...</summary>
  184.        <author>
  185.            <name>Jan</name>
  186.        </author>
  187.        
  188.        
  189. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  190. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p style="text-align: center;"><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f7803d970b-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Alpaca-4" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f7803d970b img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f7803d970b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Alpaca-4" /></a><span style="font-size: 8pt;">SWNS</span></p>
  191. <p><strong>Some time ago I was writing a story about a local alpaca farm</strong> for a regional magazine. The owner and I were sitting outdoors. During the interview she suddenly said, “Don’t be alarmed, but Michael seems to have a crush on you.” At that moment I felt somebody (something?) nuzzle my neck. It was Michael the alpha alpaca.</p>
  192. <p>And that is when I fell in love with these goofy, gentle and lovable animals.</p>
  193. <p>&#0160;</p>
  194. <p><strong>Alpacas are raised for their fiber.</strong>&#0160;They&#0160;are usually sheared once a year in the spring. Each shearing produces around five to ten pounds of luxurious fiber which can be knitted or woven into expensive clothing.</p>
  195. <p>Like Poodle fur, alpaca fur grows until it is clipped. And like the Poodle, the fur can be shaped into a variety of styles. <a href=" http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2015/06/creative-poodle-groomingcan-you-guess-the-state.html">Extreme Poodle grooming</a> meets extreme alpaca grooming.</p>
  196. <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f780a1970b-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Alpaca-1" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f780a1970b img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f780a1970b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Alpaca-1" /></a><span style="font-size: 8pt;">SWNS</span></p>
  197. <p><strong>To celebrate her tenth year in the alpaca business,</strong> breeder Helen Kendall Smith had their coats cut into hilarious non-alpaca styles. And like Poodles the alpacas seem to be happy with their new looks as they pose for pictures groomed like a Poodle, a dinosaur, and a lion. <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f782b8970b-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Alpaca-2" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f782b8970b img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f782b8970b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Alpaca-2" /></a></p>
  198. <p><br /><br /></p></div>
  199. </content>
  200.  
  201.  
  202.  
  203.    </entry>
  204. <entry>
  205.        <title>Minnesota doubles the size of zebra mussel sniffing crew</title>
  206.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/minnesota-doubles-the-size-of-zebra-mussel-sniffing-crew.html" />
  207.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/minnesota-doubles-the-size-of-zebra-mussel-sniffing-crew.html" thr:count="8" thr:updated="2017-05-12T11:26:35-07:00" />
  208.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201bb09993823970d</id>
  209.        <published>2017-05-10T07:21:58-07:00</published>
  210.        <updated>2017-05-09T12:48:25-07:00</updated>
  211.        <summary>Photo Credit: Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources Dogs...they are solving problems for humans that I didn’t even know we had. Zebra mussels, an invasive species, are infesting waterways across the world. Originally native to the waters of southern Russia and Ukraine they were accidentally introduced to other areas where they have no natural enemies. They have made their way to Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and North America where they are causing a lot...</summary>
  212.        <author>
  213.            <name>Jan</name>
  214.        </author>
  215.        
  216.        
  217. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  218. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 12pt; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; color: #313029;"> <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb09993756970d-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="ZebrA MUSZS" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201bb09993756970d img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb09993756970d-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="ZebrA MUSZS" /></a><span style="font-size: 8pt;">Photo Credit:&#0160;</span></span><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; color: #313029;">Minnesota</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica; color: #313029;"> Dept. of Natural Resources</span></span></p>
  219. <p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 12pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; color: #313029;"><strong>Dogs...they are solving problems for humans</strong> that I didn’t even know we had.</span></p>
  220. <p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; color: #313029;">Zebra mussels, an invasive species, are infesting waterways across the world.</span></p>
  221. <p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: #222222;">Originally native to the waters of southern<span class="apple-converted-space">&#0160;Russia and Ukraine</span> they were accidentally introduced to other areas where they have no natural enemies. They have made their way to Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and North America where they are causing a lot of harm.</span></p>
  222. <p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: #222222;"> <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d28062d7970c-pi" style="float: right;"><img alt="Zebral mussels" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b8d28062d7970c img-responsive" height="139" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d28062d7970c-320wi" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="Zebral mussels" width="209" /></a></span></p>
  223. <p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background: white;"><strong>They disrupt the ecosystems,</strong> damaging harbors, waterways, ships, boats, water treatment and power plants. </span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: #222222;">They are commonly found on the bottom of boats and ships and eat the algae that is food for fish.</span></p>
  224. <p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; color: #313029;">They can hitchhike inside of motors, in bilges, live wells—places where an inspector can’t see them. But the dogs can smell them.</span></p>
  225. <p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; color: #313029;"><strong>Two German Shorthair Pointers, Shelby and Storm</strong>, are joining four-year Labrador Retriever veterans Brady and Reggie at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.&#0160; After a five week training period the new dogs circle a boat and when they detect an invader they sit down next to the spot.</span></p>
  226. <p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; color: #313029;">They are rewarded with a favorite toy and lots of praise.</span></p></div>
  227. </content>
  228.  
  229.  
  230.  
  231.    </entry>
  232. <entry>
  233.        <title>Blind cat and disabled dog are BFF’s</title>
  234.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/scarlett-the-dog-and-mowgli-the-blind-cat-are-always-there-for-each-other-to-cuddle-and-have-adventures-they-belong-to-al.html" />
  235.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/scarlett-the-dog-and-mowgli-the-blind-cat-are-always-there-for-each-other-to-cuddle-and-have-adventures-they-belong-to-al.html" thr:count="7" thr:updated="2017-05-12T11:23:12-07:00" />
  236.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f5430f970b</id>
  237.        <published>2017-05-08T06:56:54-07:00</published>
  238.        <updated>2017-05-07T17:58:52-07:00</updated>
  239.        <summary>Scarlett the dog and Mowgli the blind cat are always there for each other to cuddle and have adventures. They belong to Alison and Steve Smith, founders of Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue, which they started to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome neglected and abused miniature horses. Through the years they have also rescued goats, ducks, chickens, roosters, cats, dogs, and cows. They don’t usually take dogs or cats, but Scarlett and Mowgli had special needs....</summary>
  240.        <author>
  241.            <name>Jan</name>
  242.        </author>
  243.        
  244.        
  245. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  246. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d27f90c0970c-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Scarlettt and mowg;o" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b8d27f90c0970c img-responsive" height="345" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d27f90c0970c-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Scarlettt and mowg;o" width="432" /></a></p>
  247. <p>Scarlett the dog and Mowgli the blind cat are always there for each other to cuddle and have adventures.</p>
  248. <p>They belong to Alison and Steve Smith, founders of <a href="http://hhhmhr.org/">Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue,&#0160;</a>which they started to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome neglected and abused miniature horses. Through the years they have also rescued goats, ducks, chickens, roosters, cats, dogs, and cows.</p>
  249. <p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d27f910c970c-pi" style="float: left;"><img alt="Scarlett" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b8d27f910c970c img-responsive" height="230" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d27f910c970c-320wi" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;" title="Scarlett" width="172" /></a>They don’t usually take dogs or cats, but Scarlett and Mowgli had special needs.</p>
  250. <p>Mowgli was found wandering the street bumping into things. He was only about 9-10 weeks old, but his eyes were so infected they had to be removed. When he first came into the Smith house he was afraid to move, but like most&#0160;blind animals he soon adapted.</p>
  251. <p>Scarlett was found abandoned in a North Dakota ditch after she had been hit by a car. &#0160;It was so cold that she suffered frost bite on her paws so severe that the skin on her feet had to be removed.</p>
  252. <p>When Scarlett arrived Mowgli and Scarlett were immediately attracted to each other and have been inseparable from day one.</p>
  253. <p>According to Alison:</p>
  254. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">They eat, sleep and play together every day and even ride in a stroller together. They have a unique bond that I have never seen before and truly show love for one another almost like humans. <a href="http://people.com/pets/disabled-dog-and-blind-cat-form-precious-friendship/">People Pets</a></p></div>
  255. </content>
  256.  
  257.  
  258.  
  259.    </entry>
  260. <entry>
  261.        <title>The Family Dog  Contract</title>
  262.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/the-family-dog-contract.html" />
  263.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/the-family-dog-contract.html" thr:count="9" thr:updated="2017-05-12T11:20:02-07:00" />
  264.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b8d2771f66970c</id>
  265.        <published>2017-05-06T08:18:29-07:00</published>
  266.        <updated>2017-05-06T08:18:29-07:00</updated>
  267.        <summary>The kids wanted a dog. Dad draws up a contract that the kids must agree to if they want a dog. The terms of the contract are hilarious. And very serious. Too often children get tired of their living toys when they realize how much work is involved. Then mom or dad will have to take over 12-15 years of dog duty. Or the dog will be relegated to the backyard and given no attention...</summary>
  268.        <author>
  269.            <name>Jan</name>
  270.        </author>
  271.        
  272.        
  273. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  274. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb0998850f970d-pi" style="float: left;"><img alt="Chil" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201bb0998850f970d img-responsive" height="107" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb0998850f970d-320wi" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;" title="Chil" width="161" /></a>The kids wanted a dog. Dad draws up a contract that the kids must agree to if they want a dog. The terms of the contract are hilarious. And very serious.</p>
  275. <p>Too often children get tired of their living toys when they realize how much work is involved. Then mom or dad will have to take over 12-15 years of dog duty. Or the dog will be relegated to the backyard and given no attention or discipline. Or to the shelter where the dog will be one more destructive no-longer-cute-puppy.</p>
  276. <p>The kids must sign a contract agreeing that among other things Dad doesn&#39;t pick up dog poop or messes, the dog does not shed or slobber, it&#39;s&#0160;to be treated like a dog not a sibling, and it&#39;s the kids&#39; responsibility for its entire life.</p>
  277. <p>&#0160;</p>
  278. <p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d277166c970c-pi"><img alt="Contract" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b8d277166c970c img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d277166c970c-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Contract" /></a></p></div>
  279. </content>
  280.  
  281.  
  282.  
  283.    </entry>
  284. <entry>
  285.        <title>Canine colleges are opening up across the country</title>
  286.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/canine-colleges-are-opening-up-across-the-country.html" />
  287.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/canine-colleges-are-opening-up-across-the-country.html" thr:count="8" thr:updated="2017-05-08T06:52:34-07:00" />
  288.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8eea33d970b</id>
  289.        <published>2017-05-04T07:05:48-07:00</published>
  290.        <updated>2017-05-05T09:56:08-07:00</updated>
  291.        <summary>Researchers across the country are opening academic doors to pet dogs. They usually look for dogs who are outgoing, friendly and good with people and other dogs. The dog colleges called Canine Cognition Centers are now popping up at colleges and universities. An early study several years ago was done comparing wolves with pet dogs. Both groups were shown food rewards that required them to solve a puzzle to get the food. The wolves solved...</summary>
  292.        <author>
  293.            <name>Jan</name>
  294.        </author>
  295.        
  296.        
  297. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  298. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8eea279970b-pi" style="float: right;"><img alt="Grad 3" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8eea279970b img-responsive" height="189" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8eea279970b-320wi" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="Grad 3" width="145" /></a><strong>Researchers across the country are opening academic doors</strong> to pet dogs. They usually look for dogs who are outgoing, friendly and good with people and other dogs.</p>
  299. <p>The dog colleges called Canine Cognition Centers are now popping up at colleges and universities.</p>
  300. <p>&#0160;</p>
  301. <p><strong>An early study several years ago</strong> was done comparing wolves with pet dogs. Both groups were shown food rewards that required them to solve a puzzle to get the food. The wolves solved the puzzle but many dogs went to their owners as if to ask them to join in.</p>
  302. <p>The researchers concluded that humans had dumbed down their pets while the wolves remained smart.</p>
  303. <p>&#0160;</p>
  304. <p><strong>Anyone <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">with half a brain</span> who has been around socialized dogs</strong> would recognize that the dogs were applying tens of thousands of years of companionship with humans working as a team to solve problems. Why work alone when you have a partner who is ready and eager to help you?</p>
  305. <p>Or the dog may have reasoned that, “This looks like a job to delegate to Opposable Thumbs.”</p>
  306. <p>&#0160;</p>
  307. <p><strong>Since that misguided study,</strong> we have seen dozens of studies that start “Researchers were surprised to find that… [the dogs were smarter than they had expected].”</p>
  308. <p>No dog lover would have been surprised.</p>
  309. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&#0160;</p>
  310. <p><strong>The goal of research is to figure out how the dog thinks</strong>--- using pet dogs, dogs that have been socialized to serve as human companions.</p>
  311. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&quot;Canine cognition centers are an incredibly promising and exciting thing. It&#39;s a whole new research model where rather than having labs full of animals we rely on the animals that are in our communities,&quot; said Evan MacLean, Ph.D. assistant professor at the University of Arizona&#39;s School of Anthropology. <a href="http://abc30.com/education/schools-across-the-country-opening-their-doors-to-dogs/1816169/">Source</a></p>
  312. <p>The dogs contribute to research and published studies, which will help dog owners better understand their furry companions.</p>
  313. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&quot;We also hope to learn about the ways that dogs solve complex problems, so that we can improve the things they do in society such as helping us to find explosives or helping people with disabilities, or even medical detection work,&quot; said MacLean.</p>
  314. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&#0160;&#0160;</p>
  315. <p><strong>I’m just glad that researchers are taking the study of dog cognition seriously at last</strong>. We have a lot to learn from them.&#0160;</p>
  316. <p>The dogs, not the researchers.</p></div>
  317. </content>
  318.  
  319.  
  320.  
  321.    </entry>
  322. <entry>
  323.        <title>Robin Lopez&#39;s dog Muppet steals the show at his exit interview</title>
  324.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/robin-lopezs-dog-muppet-steals-the-show-at-exit-interview.html" />
  325.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/05/robin-lopezs-dog-muppet-steals-the-show-at-exit-interview.html" thr:count="11" thr:updated="2017-05-04T12:31:07-07:00" />
  326.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b8d27df7be970c</id>
  327.        <published>2017-05-02T06:56:37-07:00</published>
  328.        <updated>2017-05-02T07:20:57-07:00</updated>
  329.        <summary>Everyone agrees that Robin Lopez, the 7-foot center for the Chicago Bulls, is a very cool dude. But not as cool as his dog Muppet who was the center of attention at a recent media event. The season ended for the Bulls on Friday when they lost their playoff series, 4-2, to the Boston Celtics. On Saturday the players met for their exit interviews, but Muppet, dressed in his little red Bulls shirt, was the...</summary>
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  331.            <name>Jan</name>
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  336. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d27df034970c-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Muppet" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b8d27df034970c img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d27df034970c-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Muppet" /></a><br />Everyone agrees that Robin Lopez, the 7-foot center for the Chicago Bulls, is a very cool dude. But not as cool as his dog Muppet who was the center of attention at a recent media event.</p>
  337. <p>The season ended for the Bulls on Friday when they lost their playoff series, 4-2, to the Boston Celtics. On Saturday the players met for their exit interviews, but Muppet, dressed in his little red Bulls shirt, was the center of attention.</p>
  338. <p>Muppet got to meet his hero, Benny the Bull, and pose for pictures.</p>
  339. <p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb0996b478970d-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Muppet and bull" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201bb0996b478970d img-responsive" height="453" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb0996b478970d-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Muppet and bull" width="442" /></a></p>
  340. <p>Here&#39;s what Robin said, but no one was paying much attention.</p>
  341. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“I’m just gonna try to be what I was during the season. I wanna be backbone, I wanna be consistent. I’m not gonna try to cause any problems. I wanna be here. Obviously, like you said, I’m under contract and I’m a positive guy. I take a lot of positives away from this season.”</p>
  342. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f3a822970b-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Muppet1" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f3a822970b img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8f3a822970b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Muppet1" /></a></p>
  343. <p>Some of the reporters made some remarks about grooming which were not very nice.</p></div>
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