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  3.    <title>The Poodle (and Dog) Blog</title>
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  7.    <updated>2017-03-27T07:26:04-07:00</updated>
  8.    <subtitle>Celebrating the remarkable, the ordinary and the very funny dogs who live among us</subtitle>
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  11.        <title> Male Australian Shepherd is the nanny at the zoo</title>
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  15.        <published>2017-03-27T07:26:04-07:00</published>
  16.        <updated>2017-03-27T07:26:04-07:00</updated>
  17.        <summary>Blakely is a valuable member of the staff at the Cincinnati zoo. His official title is “Resident Nursery Companion.” Last year 6-year-old Blakely took over the care of five orphan cheetah cubs whose mother had died. Last summer he mentored Dale the takin, a baby goat-antelope, who was rejected by his mother after he had trouble learning how to walk. Recently he was assigned three rare Malayan tiger cubs after their mother ignored them. His...</summary>
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  19.            <name>Jan</name>
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  25. <p><strong>Blakely is a valuable member of the staff at the Cincinnati zoo.</strong></p>
  26. <p>His official title is “Resident Nursery Companion.” Last year 6-year-old Blakely took over the care of five orphan cheetah cubs whose mother had died. Last summer he mentored Dale the takin, a baby goat-antelope, who was rejected by his mother after he had trouble learning how to walk. Recently he was assigned three rare Malayan tiger cubs after their mother ignored them.</p>
  27. <p>His babysitting rèsumè includes cheetahs, an ocelot, a warthog, wallabies, skunks and bat-eared foxes.</p>
  28. <p>&#0160;</p>
  29. <p><strong>Blakely has been trained to help the babies social</strong><strong>ize</strong> by becoming a surrogate mother. Humans can weigh them, clean them, and bottle feed them but they are not very good at snuggling, comforting and providing a body to cling to.</p>
  30. <p>Blakely also teaches them proper animal etiquette by not letting them get too rough or aggressive. They learn from him the difference between play biting and serious fighting. In other words he is the adult in the room who provides comfort and keeps order in the litter. Sort of a 4-legged Mary Poppins.</p>
  31. <p>&#0160;</p>
  32. <p><strong>Last year, to recognize Blakely’s nurturing nature,</strong> the City of Cincinnati proclaimed Oct. 19 Blakely Day.</p></div>
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  38. <entry>
  39.        <title>The moment you realize you haven’t thought the plan through</title>
  40.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/the-moment-you-realize-you-havent-thought-the-plan-through.html" />
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  43.        <published>2017-03-25T07:53:51-07:00</published>
  44.        <updated>2017-03-25T07:52:38-07:00</updated>
  45.        <summary>The dog kennels at the Denver Animal Shelter do not have tops on them. That wasn’t a problem until Pearl arrived. The shelter posted a photo of the little Chihuahua trying to make a daring escape from her enclosure. Fortunately, her better judgment prevailed. You can&#39;t tell from this photo, but she was so shy that she was transferred to another animal rescue group where she was taken into foster care until she gains self...</summary>
  46.        <author>
  47.            <name>Jan</name>
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  53. <p>The dog kennels at the Denver Animal Shelter do not have tops on them. That wasn’t a problem until Pearl arrived.</p>
  54. <p>The shelter posted a photo of the little Chihuahua trying to make a daring escape from her enclosure. Fortunately, her better judgment prevailed.</p>
  55. <p>You can&#39;t tell from this photo, but she was so shy that she was transferred to another animal rescue group where she was taken into foster care until she gains self confidence or finds someone looking for a monkey dog.</p></div>
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  61. <entry>
  62.        <title>It takes a village, some money and a lot of technology to rescue a Chihuahua</title>
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  65.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201bb0986aeee970d</id>
  66.        <published>2017-03-24T07:12:48-07:00</published>
  67.        <updated>2017-03-24T07:12:49-07:00</updated>
  68.        <summary>Credit: Resource Group Unmanned Aviation Service In Wales Cherry the Chihuahua disappeared while going for a walk with her owner’s father. He threw a stick and she just disappeared. For five days she was trapped in a deep shaft of an abandoned mine. The situation looked hopeless until many agencies came together. Over $1500 was crowdfunded in just one day to get the rescue started. The rescue involved RSPCA Cymru, South Wales Fire and Rescue...</summary>
  69.        <author>
  70.            <name>Jan</name>
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  75. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p style="text-align: center;"><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb0986ae6a970d-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Cherry2" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201bb0986ae6a970d img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb0986ae6a970d-500wi" title="Cherry2" /></a><a br="" class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb0986ae6a970d-pi" style="display: inline;"><br /></a><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><em>&#0160; &#0160;Credit: Resource Group Unmanned Aviation Service</em></span></p>
  76. <p>In Wales Cherry the Chihuahua disappeared while going for a walk with her owner’s father.&#0160; He threw a stick and she just disappeared. For five days she was trapped in a deep shaft of an abandoned mine. The situation looked hopeless until many agencies came together.</p>
  77. <p>Over $1500 was crowdfunded in just one day to get the rescue started. The rescue involved RSPCA Cymru, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Gwent Police, Resource Group Unmanned Aviation Services and numerous volunteers.</p>
  78. <p>Drones are being used a lot for search and rescue today. Drone operators took just 20 minutes to locate Cherry using thermal imaging cameras. By using a grasper device rescuers&#0160;were able to reach down into the hole and entice Cherry into the <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d26ddcbe970c-pi" style="float: right;"><img alt="Cherry1" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b8d26ddcbe970c img-responsive" height="157" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d26ddcbe970c-320wi" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="Cherry1" width="184" /></a>loop by dropping food down to her. The third time she stepped into the loop they were able to safely lift her out of the crevice.</p>
  79. <p>Cherry was checked by a veterinarian and is doing well.</p>
  80. <p>Her owner, RSPCA animal care assistant Katinka Slingsby, said, “The rescue was absolutely incredible, and we are so overwhelmed by the levels of support from agencies and the public.”</p></div>
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  86. <entry>
  87.        <title>It’s very itchy being pink</title>
  88.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/its-very-itchy-being-pink.html" />
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  90.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201bb097f65cf970d</id>
  91.        <published>2017-03-22T07:51:36-07:00</published>
  92.        <updated>2017-03-21T14:02:48-07:00</updated>
  93.        <summary>(Picture: Caters) A pink dog is looking for a new home after being dumped overnight at an animal shelter. Ten-month-old Asia was left with her 2-year-old brother at the Animal Friends of the Valley in Wildomar, California. Her pinkness isn&#39;t from Kool-Aid like the pink Poodles. She is suffering from a treatable condition called Demodex Mange – which makes her look pink. This skin disease is caused by mites, resulting in severe itching and pain....</summary>
  94.        <author>
  95.            <name>Jan</name>
  96.        </author>
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  100. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p style="text-align: center;"><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8dc3f93970b-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Pink puppy" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8dc3f93970b img-responsive" height="305" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8dc3f93970b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Pink puppy" width="459" /></a><span style="font-size: 8pt;">(Picture: Caters)</span></p>
  101. <p>A pink dog&#0160;is looking for a new home after being dumped overnight at an animal shelter.</p>
  102. <p>Ten-month-old Asia was left with her 2-year-old brother at the Animal Friends of the Valley in Wildomar, California. Her pinkness isn&#39;t from Kool-Aid like the pink Poodles. She is suffering from a treatable condition called Demodex Mange – which makes her look pink. This skin disease is caused by mites, resulting in severe itching and pain.</p>
  103. <p>Both dogs had eye and ear infections.</p>
  104. <p>They are both responding well to treatment at the<a href="http://lastchanceatlife.org/"> Last Chance at Life Animal Rescue</a> in Oceanside, California. Asia will return to being white and they will soon be ready to go to a new home.</p>
  105. <p>(Don&#39;t you love the name, Last Chance at Life Animal Rescue?)</p></div>
  106. </content>
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  111. <entry>
  112.        <title>It&#39;s time for a toy Poodle police dog</title>
  113.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/the-worlds-first-toy-poodle-police-dog.html" />
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  115.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201bb09850aaa970d</id>
  116.        <published>2017-03-20T07:46:20-07:00</published>
  117.        <updated>2017-03-20T08:36:50-07:00</updated>
  118.        <summary>Photo: Kyodo Siriusly. Here is the story we&#39;ve been waiting for. At least I have. In Japan veteran police dog handler Hirofusa Suzuki, 66, and his toy Poodle partner, Anzu, are not only fighting crime but they are also working as inspirational speakers in their community. When she was three months old, Anzu was saved by Mr. Suzuki. She was about to be put down after her previous owners dumped her because they couldn’t house...</summary>
  119.        <author>
  120.            <name>Jan</name>
  121.        </author>
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  125. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p style="text-align: center;"><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8e1d6e7970b-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Anzo the police poodle" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8e1d6e7970b img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8e1d6e7970b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Anzo the police poodle" /></a><span style="font-size: 8pt;">Photo: Kyodo</span></p>
  126. <p>Siriusly.</p>
  127. <p>Here is the story we&#39;ve been waiting for. At least I have.</p>
  128. <p>In Japan veteran police dog handler Hirofusa Suzuki, 66, and his toy Poodle partner, Anzu, are not only fighting crime but they are also working as inspirational speakers in&#0160; their community.</p>
  129. <p>When she was three months old, Anzu was saved by Mr. Suzuki. She was about to be put down after her previous owners dumped her because they couldn’t house train her and she barked at night.</p>
  130. <p>Suzuki has been training police dogs for about 30 years.</p>
  131. <p>Anzu was afraid of people at first but she started building a trusting relationship with the Suzuki family and with the other dogs, German Shepherds training to be police dogs. Anzu showed an interest and started learning the behavior of the dogs-in-training. She totally thought she was a German Shepherd.</p>
  132. <p>Fortunately the local police force was expanding the scope of police dog recruitment to all dog breeds on a trial basis. Anzu passed the test on her first attempt and she became a fully commissioned police dog in January.</p>
  133. <p>In 2011 toy Poodles, <a href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2011/12/toy-poodles-set-to-join-japanese-police-force.html">Karin and Fuga</a>, were the first to be commissioned in Japan. They have been invaluable in search and rescue during various disasters in that country.</p>
  134. <p>Anzu has been employed in around 10 cases, including searching for missing persons and finding evidence at crime scenes. Small dogs have some important advantages. They are good at finding smaller objects that large dogs tend to overlook; they can&#0160;work undercover in &#0160;public places without drawing attention; and they can fit into narrow spaces. The police have been very impressed with her abilities.</p>
  135. <p>Besides fighting crime, Suzuki and Anzu do community outreach work. The public loves Anzu. Suzuki has an important message to parents:</p>
  136. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Do not give up on your children’s dreams or limit their career choices based on preconceived notions or prejudice, as there are many ways for them to live their lives by maximizing their talents — just like Anzu is doing.</p>
  137. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Instead of stereotyping, like small pet dogs should live their lives as pet dogs, I think we ought to help maximize their potential. If (dogs) become aware of their own potential, it is important for us to prepare an environment in which they can bloom.</p>
  138. <p style="text-align: left;">He hopes people will be inspired by the tiny once unwanted, fearful dog who developed into an outstanding and most Sirius police dog.</p>
  139. <p style="text-align: left;">&#0160;</p>
  140. <p style="text-align: left;"><em><strong>UPDATE ON CAPONE</strong></em></p>
  141. <p style="text-align: left;">As we thought Capone has no wolf DNA. &#0160;More details on the case later.</p></div>
  142. </content>
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  147. <entry>
  148.        <title>Update on Capone (the dog, not the gangster)</title>
  149.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/update-on-capone-the-dog-not-the-gangster.html" />
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  151.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8e1b304970b</id>
  152.        <published>2017-03-18T09:07:08-07:00</published>
  153.        <updated>2017-03-18T09:26:59-07:00</updated>
  154.        <summary>An online petition to four Colorado lawmakers resulted in their sending a letter to the Aurora animal shelter manager asking that any plans to euthanize Capone be put on hold. “As members of the Colorado Legislature, we are concerned about the impoundment of Tracy Abbato’s family pet, Capone,” wrote state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, and state Reps. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, and Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins. An Aurora judge continued a hearing until...</summary>
  155.        <author>
  156.            <name>Jan</name>
  157.        </author>
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  161. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb0984ecfb970d-pi" style="float: left;"><img alt="Capone1" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201bb0984ecfb970d img-responsive" height="160" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb0984ecfb970d-320wi" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;" title="Capone1" width="176" /></a>An online petition to four Colorado lawmakers resulted in their sending a letter to the Aurora animal shelter manager asking that any plans to euthanize Capone be put on hold.</p>
  162. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“As members of the Colorado Legislature, we are concerned about the impoundment of Tracy Abbato’s family pet, Capone,” wrote state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, and state Reps. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, and Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins.</p>
  163. <p>An Aurora judge continued a hearing until March 22 to allow the family’s attorney to review the case.</p>
  164. <p>The DNA testing continues at UC Davis in California. I read not many years ago that the dog and wolf share 99% DNA. The results should be interesting.</p></div>
  165. </content>
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  170. <entry>
  171.        <title> Animal control says that long time family dog is part wolf...</title>
  172.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/-animal-control-says-that-long-time-family-dog-is-a-wolf.html" />
  173.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/-animal-control-says-that-long-time-family-dog-is-a-wolf.html" thr:count="11" thr:updated="2017-03-19T09:30:56-07:00" />
  174.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b8d26b128f970c</id>
  175.        <published>2017-03-15T17:33:02-07:00</published>
  176.        <updated>2017-03-15T15:57:16-07:00</updated>
  177.        <summary>And they won’t return him to his family. The Abbato family in Aurora, Colo. has had Capone for nearly 10 years. They rescued him as a puppy from a shelter where he was classified as a German Shepherd mix. The family&#39;s veterinarian also says the same thing. But Aurora Animal Control thinks based on his mannerisms, behavior and physical characteristics Capone is a wolf-hybrid. However, a dog who is accustomed to being in a loving...</summary>
  178.        <author>
  179.            <name>Jan</name>
  180.        </author>
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  184. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb0983e444970d-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Capone1" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201bb0983e444970d img-responsive" height="226" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb0983e444970d-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Capone1" width="386" /></a></p>
  185. <p><strong>And they won’t return him to his family.</strong></p>
  186. <p>The Abbato family in Aurora, Colo. has had Capone for nearly 10 years. They rescued him as a puppy from a shelter where he was classified as a German Shepherd mix.</p>
  187. <p>The family&#39;s veterinarian also says the same thing.</p>
  188. <p>But Aurora Animal Control thinks based on his mannerisms, behavior and physical characteristics Capone is a wolf-hybrid.</p>
  189. <p>&#0160;</p>
  190. <p><strong>However, a dog who is accustomed to being in a loving home</strong> is often traumatized by the experience of being trapped by strangers and put into prison. Even&#0160;animal behavior experts cannot always identify wolf hybrids with any degree of accuracy just from looks and behavior.</p>
  191. <p>With all due respect to Animal Control, &#0160;I would be more inclined to accept the word of a veterinarian who has had prior experience with the animal.</p>
  192. <p>&#0160;</p>
  193. <p><strong>Capone jumped the fence&#0160;on February 24</strong> for the first time in the 7 years they lived there. Animal Control picked him up that same day but would not release him to the family when they came to claim him, saying he was part wolf.</p>
  194. <p>The city ran a DNA test to determine his breed on March 1 and if the results prove he&#39;s a wolf-hybrid, the family dog would be sent to a wolf sanctuary or put down if there is no space available.</p>
  195. <p>I understand the need to protect the public. I wrote a<a href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2007/10/the-wolf-dog-hy.html"> post on wolf-dogs</a> several years ago calling them dangerous and unpredictable. I was besieged with letters and comments saying how loyal and gentle these animals are as pets.</p>
  196. <p>&#0160;</p>
  197. <p><strong>The Aurora Animal Control seems to be overreaching by far.</strong> A 10-year history of being a good dog should outweigh any DNA testing. Don&#39;t they have bigger problems than Capone and his loving, heartbroken owners?</p>
  198. <p>In ten years Capone hasn’t once blown down pig houses, dressed as a grandmother, or eaten neighborhood children.</p>
  199. <p>&#0160;</p>
  200. <p><strong>Meanwhile,&#0160;he sits in the shelter</strong>, away from his family and his two dog buddies who&#39;ve grown up together.</p>
  201. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Owner Tracy Abbato said, &quot;It&#39;s hard for me. It&#39;s hard for my kids. He&#39;s a family member. We&#39;ve had him for almost 10 years. We miss him, I don&#39;t understand. This dog has a loving, caring home. People who abuse dogs, leave them outside in 2-degree weather, how do they still have their dogs?”</p></div>
  202. </content>
  203.  
  204.  
  205.  
  206.    </entry>
  207. <entry>
  208.        <title>New app lets you borrow or lend a dog</title>
  209.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/new-app-lets-you-borrow-or-lend-a-dog.html" />
  210.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/new-app-lets-you-borrow-or-lend-a-dog.html" thr:count="7" thr:updated="2017-03-16T14:03:59-07:00" />
  211.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b8d25958cb970c</id>
  212.        <published>2017-03-15T06:50:16-07:00</published>
  213.        <updated>2017-03-14T18:49:22-07:00</updated>
  214.        <summary>Siriusly. Bark &#39;N’ Borrow is an app for-- People who want to play with another person’s dog People who want to lend their dog to a total stranger Owners looking for play dates for their dogs Founder, Liam Berkeley, said he wanted to make ownership of dogs easier. The app is designed for users to find nearby dogs to take care of for a day or just play with for a few hours. But some...</summary>
  215.        <author>
  216.            <name>Jan</name>
  217.        </author>
  218.        
  219.        
  220. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  221. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8cf1049970b-pi" style="float: right;"><img alt="App" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8cf1049970b img-responsive" height="222" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8cf1049970b-320wi" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="App" width="138" /></a></p>
  222. <p>Siriusly.</p>
  223. <p>Bark &#39;N’ Borrow is an app for--</p>
  224. <ul>
  225. <li>People who want to play with another person’s dog</li>
  226. <li>People who want to lend their dog to a total stranger</li>
  227. <li>Owners looking for play dates for their dogs</li>
  228. </ul>
  229. <p>Founder, Liam Berkeley, said he wanted to make ownership of dogs easier. The app is designed for users to find nearby dogs to take care of for a day or just play with for a few hours.&#0160;</p>
  230. <p>But some owners may be concerned with trusting their beloved dogs with strangers.&#0160;</p>
  231. <p><em>Ya think?</em></p>
  232. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">According to the&#0160;<a href="http://barknborrow.com/"><strong>app&#39;s website</strong></a>, after those interested create a profile on the app, users are then vetted by an &#39;experienced and trustworthy team&#39; who carefully formulates criteria to maintain &#39;the most passionate and genuine dog-lovers.&#39;</p>
  233. <p>So you entrust your dog to people who are vetted on the basis of their own profiles? What could possibly go wrong?</p>
  234. <p>Under frequently asked questions on the website, the company says their aim at Bark&#39;N&#39;Borrow is to provide the safest experience possible to all our members and their dogs...For extra protection, each user is covered by our comprehensive Premium Insurance Plan,&#39; the website says.&#0160;</p>
  235. <p>It also has 24/7 customer support in case of emergencies.&#0160;The app&#39;s monthly subscription fee is $7.99&#0160; or 3 months for $4.99/mo. Berkeley&#39;s app is available only in major cities across the US.</p>
  236. <p>Through the years there have been quite a few attempts to form companies to rent dogs. Has anyone had any experience with a rent-a-dog?</p>
  237. <p>Great idea or disaster waiting to happen?</p></div>
  238. </content>
  239.  
  240.  
  241.  
  242.    </entry>
  243. <entry>
  244.        <title>Luxury apartment building has its own house dog</title>
  245.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/luxury-apartment-building-his-its-own-house-dog.html" />
  246.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/luxury-apartment-building-his-its-own-house-dog.html" thr:count="7" thr:updated="2017-03-15T21:04:55-07:00" />
  247.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201bb096f7e7e970d</id>
  248.        <published>2017-03-13T07:11:04-07:00</published>
  249.        <updated>2017-03-09T18:13:34-08:00</updated>
  250.        <summary>Eight-year-old Daisy, a sweet Newfoundland, is the official greeter at the Next apartment building, an upscale 28-story, 310-unit high-rise which opened in September in the near north area of Chicago. Daisy works the front desk and common areas week days and occasionally on week ends. Her job is to welcome visitors and residents, give kisses, and be adorable. As a marketer of the building said: As animal lovers, we know many of our renters also...</summary>
  251.        <author>
  252.            <name>Jan</name>
  253.        </author>
  254.        
  255.        
  256. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  257. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><h1><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d2568a9f970c-pi" style="float: right;"><img alt="Daisy" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b8d2568a9f970c img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d2568a9f970c-320wi" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="Daisy" /></a></h1>
  258. <p>Eight-year-old Daisy, a sweet Newfoundland, is the official greeter at the Next apartment building, an upscale 28-story, 310-unit high-rise which opened in September in the near north area of Chicago.</p>
  259. <p>Daisy works the front desk and common areas week days and occasionally on week ends. Her job is to welcome visitors and residents, give kisses, and be adorable.</p>
  260. <p>As a marketer of the building said:</p>
  261. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">As animal lovers, we know many of our renters also love dogs, but because of their busy lifestyles and travel, the logistics of owning one aren&#39;t always feasible. Daisy, the house dog, is one more way that residents will find the building to be a warm, friendly place to call home.&#0160;</p>
  262. <p>For those who choose to bring in pets, they may have two pets per apartment. No weight limit, but breed restrictions apply. One-time fee of $540 per dog (includes DNA registration which is used to identify unremoved poop from commons areas) and $300 per cat.</p>
  263. <p>Among the amenities of the building are a dog wash and grooming station.</p>
  264. <p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d2568b68970c-pi" style="float: left;"><img alt="Daisy&#39;s house" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b8d2568b68970c img-responsive" height="166" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b8d2568b68970c-320wi" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;" title="Daisy&#39;s house" width="295" /></a><span style="font-size: 8pt;">Other amenities include outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace, hot tub and cabanas; fire pit and outdoor grilling stations; 24-hour fitness center with cardio and weight-training equipment; yoga studio with exercise videos; arcade gaming room; golf simulation room; billiards room; lounges; demonstration kitchen; business center; conference room; Starbucks coffee station and 24-hour concierge. Free Wi-Fi in the commons areas. Secure garage parking and personal storage available for an added fee...&#0160;</span></p>
  265. <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">and, of course unlimited kisses from Daisy.</span></p>
  266. <p>&#0160;Monthly rent ranges from starting at $1775 for a studio to starting at $6200 for a three bedroom.</p></div>
  267. </content>
  268.  
  269.  
  270.  
  271.    </entry>
  272. <entry>
  273.        <title>Iditarod  dogs reach checkpoint before the musher</title>
  274.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/iditarod-dogs-reach-checkpoint-before-the-musher.html" />
  275.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/iditarod-dogs-reach-checkpoint-before-the-musher.html" thr:count="9" thr:updated="2017-03-15T21:28:31-07:00" />
  276.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8df0b2f970b</id>
  277.        <published>2017-03-10T14:22:55-08:00</published>
  278.        <updated>2017-03-10T14:22:55-08:00</updated>
  279.        <summary>Siriusly. According to KTVA-TV, the CBS Anchorage affiliate, a dog team arrived at a checkpoint without a musher. Linwood Fiedler, 62, a race veteran, arrived at the checkpoint Ruby about an hour behind his dogs after falling asleep and toppling off his sled. He has fallen off the sled before but was awake enough to shout “whoa” and the dogs stopped. But this time was different. “I wish I had some great story about how...</summary>
  280.        <author>
  281.            <name>Jan</name>
  282.        </author>
  283.        
  284.        
  285. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  286. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><h1><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8df0b12970b-pi" style="float: right;"><img alt="Linwood Fiedler " class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8df0b12970b img-responsive" height="138" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8df0b12970b-320wi" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="Linwood Fiedler " width="177" /></a></h1>
  287. <p>Siriusly.</p>
  288. <p>According to KTVA-TV, the CBS Anchorage affiliate, a dog team arrived at a checkpoint without a musher.</p>
  289. <p>Linwood Fiedler, 62, a race veteran, arrived at the checkpoint Ruby about an hour behind his dogs after falling asleep and toppling off his sled.</p>
  290. <p>He has fallen off the sled before but was awake enough to shout “whoa” and the dogs stopped. But this time was different.</p>
  291. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&#0160;“I wish I had some great story about how a moose attacked my team, but I just fell asleep,” Fiedler&#0160;said. “I nodded off and caught a snowsnake, and I went flying, and I yelled for them to whoa, and they almost stopped, but they know where Ruby [the checkpoint] is.</p>
  292. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“You feel a little alone and naked walking down the Yukon River all by yourself in the middle of the night, looking at wolf tracks that every once in a while, you go, ‘Hmm.’”</p>
  293. <p>Other mushers were able to give Fiedler a lift to the checkpoint.</p>
  294. <p>&#0160;Fiedler checked in at 4:09 a.m. Thursday and was back on the trail at 11:37 a.m., race standings show.</p></div>
  295. </content>
  296.  
  297.  
  298.  
  299.    </entry>
  300. <entry>
  301.        <title>Stray dog joins monastery</title>
  302.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/stray-dog-joins-monastery.html" />
  303.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/stray-dog-joins-monastery.html" thr:count="6" thr:updated="2017-03-12T17:32:50-07:00" />
  304.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b8d268967b970c</id>
  305.        <published>2017-03-09T08:09:10-08:00</published>
  306.        <updated>2017-03-09T09:51:44-08:00</updated>
  307.        <summary>Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm The Franciscan monastery of Cochabamba, Bolivia, recently adopted a stray pup into their sacred fold, where he quickly was named their cutest member. In honor of his new position, the dog has been named Friar Bigotón (that&#39;s Spanish for &quot;mustache&quot;--his most distinguished feature). He also got a tiny Franciscan robe to wear. He once lived as a stray, but now all the brothers love him as a creature of God. Besides...</summary>
  308.        <author>
  309.            <name>Jan</name>
  310.        </author>
  311.        
  312.        
  313. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  314. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8de3423970b-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Francisca" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8de3423970b img-responsive" height="501" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8de3423970b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Francisca" width="427" /></a>Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm</span></p>
  315. <p>The Franciscan monastery of Cochabamba, Bolivia, recently adopted a stray pup into their sacred fold, where he quickly&#0160;was named their cutest member.</p>
  316. <p>In honor of his new position, the dog has been named Friar Bigotón (that&#39;s Spanish for <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8de34f1970b-pi" style="float: right;"><img alt="Francisean1" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201b7c8de34f1970b img-responsive" height="222" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201b7c8de34f1970b-320wi" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="Francisean1" width="167" /></a>&quot;mustache&quot;--his most distinguished feature). He also got a tiny Franciscan robe to wear.</p>
  317. <p>He once lived as a stray, but now all the brothers love him as a creature of God.</p>
  318. <p>Besides playing he seems to enjoy preaching to the fish.</p>
  319. <p>Their hope is that his story will serve as an inspiration for more monasteries to open their doors to needy pets and the parishioners will follow their example.</p></div>
  320. </content>
  321.  
  322.  
  323.  
  324.    </entry>
  325. <entry>
  326.        <title>Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle faces a new challenge</title>
  327.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/fan-favorite-aliy-zirkle-has-been-racing-in-the-iditarod-since-2001-but-this-year-her-off-season-race-prep-has-included-some.html" />
  328.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2017/03/fan-favorite-aliy-zirkle-has-been-racing-in-the-iditarod-since-2001-but-this-year-her-off-season-race-prep-has-included-some.html" thr:count="9" thr:updated="2017-03-09T14:23:43-08:00" />
  329.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e201b8d267c57c970c</id>
  330.        <published>2017-03-08T07:13:42-08:00</published>
  331.        <updated>2017-03-08T09:58:26-08:00</updated>
  332.        <summary>Fan favorite Aliy Zirkle has been racing in the Iditarod since 2001 but this year her off season race prep has included something new -- months of counseling. During last year’s race her team was stalked and attacked by snowmobiler Arnold Demoski. She feels permanently traumatized by the assault and continues to experience panic attacks. &quot;I’ve come to realize that it is now part of me. And it has changed me. Not necessarily for the...</summary>
  333.        <author>
  334.            <name>Jan</name>
  335.        </author>
  336.        
  337.        
  338. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  339. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><strong> <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb098095c8970d-pi" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Night" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201bb098095c8970d img-responsive" height="150" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb098095c8970d-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Night" width="436" /></a><br />Fan favorite Aliy Zirkle has been racing in the Iditarod </strong>since 2001 but this year her off season race prep has included something new -- months of counseling.</p>
  340. <p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb098096c5970d-pi" style="float: right;"><img alt="Aily" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e201bb098096c5970d img-responsive" height="169" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e201bb098096c5970d-320wi" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="Aily" width="130" /></a>During last year’s race her team was stalked and attacked by snowmobiler Arnold Demoski. &#0160;She feels permanently traumatized by the assault and continues to experience panic attacks.</p>
  341. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&quot;I’ve come to realize that it is now part of me. And it has changed me. Not necessarily for the better. But it has changed me,&quot; Zirkle said. &quot;But I’m still an Iditarod musher. And I’m still ding-dang competitive.&quot;</p>
  342. <p><strong>In separate incidents at around 2 or 3</strong> in the morning last March, Demoski, 27, hit Jeff King&#39;s team with his snowmobile, killing one dog and injuring others. Later he made repeated runs at Zirkle’s &#0160;team, injuring three dogs and making her fear for her life.</p>
  343. <p>Demoski had been drinking and claims to have no memory of the events. He has gone through rehabilitation and tearfully apologized as he entered a guilty plea in December. He was given six months of jail time and ordered to to pay restitution of more than $36,697.</p>
  344. <p>Zirkle went on to finish third.</p>
  345. <p><strong>This year for the first time</strong> mushers will be allowed to carry cell and satellite phones. Many mushers have protested this change. One of the reasons the Iditarod was started was to preserve the dog sled culture&#0160;in a time of snowmobiles and airplanes. Cell phones are not part of&#0160;that world.</p></div>
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