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  7.    <updated>2018-06-21T07:02:04-07:00</updated>
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  11.        <title>Service dog is picture perfect in yearbook</title>
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  15.        <published>2018-06-21T07:02:04-07:00</published>
  16.        <updated>2018-06-21T07:02:04-07:00</updated>
  17.        <summary>Isn’t it great that disabled students can finally exercise their legal right to have the help of a service dog without having to sue the school system? It wasn’t always this way. Linda, a 4-year-old yellow Lab, attends Orange City Elementary School in Florida with Rachel Watton, an 11-year-old with spina bifida. Linda helps Rachel navigate in her wheelchair. Linda opens doors and picks up things but most important serves as the little girl’s best...</summary>
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  19.            <name>Jan</name>
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  25. <p>Isn’t it great that disabled students can finally exercise their legal right to have the help of a service dog without having to sue the school system? It wasn’t always this way.</p>
  26. <p>Linda, a 4-year-old yellow Lab, attends Orange City Elementary School in Florida with Rachel Watton, an 11-year-old with spina bifida. Linda helps Rachel navigate in her wheelchair.</p>
  27. <p>Linda opens doors and picks up things but most important serves as the little girl’s best friend.</p>
  28. <p>Linda also supported Rachel’s classmates when they started to get anxious or nervous and she became everyone’s favorite classmate. She was very intuitive, always knowing who needed doggie love.</p>
  29. <p>When it came time to take yearbook pictures for the graduating fifth-graders, everyone agreed that Linda, a very special service dog, deserved a place in the yearbook.</p>
  30. <p>Linda also received special recognition at graduation service. Principal Charlie Bynum awarded Linda a plaque of honor for three years of dedicated service.</p>
  31. <p>It wasn’t long ago that some school systems defied the law and wasted taxpayers’ money trying to keep service dogs out of their schools for some imagined reasons.</p></div>
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  38.        <title>Like most Americans I greet the World Cup with a yawn</title>
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  42.        <published>2018-06-18T06:34:13-07:00</published>
  43.        <updated>2018-06-18T07:36:13-07:00</updated>
  44.        <summary>This post is reprinted from June 19, 2014 Growing up in Indiana, to me soccer is a game played by little girls. I loved playing it. It was my favorite sport through school and into college. I&#39;m not sure when I became aware that grown men played it. And got paid for it. Or that people filled whole stadiums to cheer on their favorite teams. Or that a player might be killed for accidentally scoring...</summary>
  45.        <author>
  46.            <name>Jan</name>
  47.        </author>
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  51. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><h3><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><em>This post is reprinted from June 19, 2014&#0160;</em></span></h3>
  52. <p><strong> <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e2022ad3795200200d-pi"></a><br /> <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e2022ad3535c23200c-pi" style="float: left;"><img alt="Soccer" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e2022ad3535c23200c img-responsive" height="125" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e2022ad3535c23200c-500wi" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;" title="Soccer" width="126" /></a>Growing up in Indiana, to me soccer is a game played by little girls</strong>. I loved playing it. It was my favorite sport through school and into college.</p>
  53. <p>I&#39;m not sure when I became aware that grown men played it. And got paid for it.</p>
  54. <p>Or that people filled whole stadiums to cheer on their favorite teams. Or that a player might be killed for accidentally scoring a point for the other team. Or that a fan might be beaten to death by rival fans. Or that a referee might stab a player and then get disembowled, quartered and beheaded by angry fans. Or that a man might be killed by a toilet bowl thrown from the stands of the stadium.</p>
  55. <p>I had students in my college classes who were on the soccer team and they tried to tell me how exciting the game is. I tried. But I found watching grass grow to be more exciting.</p>
  56. <p>When my son joined a junior soccer league, I signed up to be a soccer coach. As I remember, it was primarily to embarrass him at that age when everything a parent does is embarrassing.</p>
  57. <p>&#0160;</p>
  58. <p><strong>I became a California state certified soccer coach</strong>. That involved an evening of class work followed by a long day of on-field instruction.</p>
  59. <p>Our class consisted of&#0160;a bunch of middle aged daddies, a group of athletic college students, and all 110 pounds of me—the only female.</p>
  60. <p>At the time I was jogging 4-5 times a week and doing some light weight training. I was in pretty good shape, determined that even if I fell to the ground in a stupor, I would not let the&#0160;daddies see that I was even winded.</p>
  61. <p>At early rest times, they would leer, “How you doing, Jan?&quot;</p>
  62. <p>“Great, this is fun.”</p>
  63. <p>Soon they stopped asking. We established a bond of respect even though I did refuse to hit the ball with my head. We didn&#39;t do that in Indiana.</p>
  64. <p>&#0160;</p>
  65. <p><strong>Late in the afternoon came our final, a real soccer game.</strong></p>
  66. <p>The instructors called me over and told me that I was going to be on the team with the college students and that they wanted me to pass the ball off as soon as I got it.</p>
  67. <p>“These daddies are going to want to win the game and they don&#39;t care who gets hurt, even themselves,” they said. “Something sets off a competitive trigger in them. They will run over you. We see it at every certification class.”</p>
  68. <p>And sure enough, as soon as the game started, these tired, mild mannered middle-aged daddies became competitive wild men with no regard for injuring themselves or anyone who stood in their way.</p>
  69. <p>Every time I got the ball, a daddy was coming at me like an out of control Humvee. I decided that this was no time for athletic heroism and quickly kicked the ball to my teammates.</p>
  70. <p>Although the daddies got bruises and sprains that would take many days to heal, they seemed to be very happy, even losing the game.</p>
  71. <p>I got a certificate, patch and chevron for my efforts. I did enjoy coaching little kids and watching my little guys and girls play.</p>
  72. <p>&#0160;</p>
  73. <p><strong>Of course it&#39;s a matter of the culture we grew up in</strong>. Most American sports fans seem to think football is more physical, basketball has more scoring, and baseball is more intellectual than watching grown men kick a ball up and down the field and occasionally bouncing it off their heads.</p>
  74. <p><em>First posted by&#0160;<a href="http://profile.typepad.com/thepoodleanddogblog">Jan</a>&#0160;on June 19, 2014&#0160;</em></p></div>
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  80. <entry>
  81.        <title>Happy Father&#39;s Day</title>
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  84.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e20224df39227c200b</id>
  85.        <published>2018-06-17T07:21:53-07:00</published>
  86.        <updated>2018-06-15T12:55:10-07:00</updated>
  87.        <summary>This is Fred. He lives in an English castle with his nine fluffy children. He says that being a father is challenging but lots of fun.</summary>
  88.        <author>
  89.            <name>Jan</name>
  90.        </author>
  91.        
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  94. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df392224200b-pi"></a><span style="font-family: &#39;comic sans ms&#39;, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt;">This is Fred. He lives in an English castle with his nine fluffy children. </span></p>
  95. <p><span style="font-family: &#39;comic sans ms&#39;, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt;">He says that being a father is challenging but lots of fun.</span></p>
  96. <p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df392224200b-pi"><br /><img alt="Father" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20224df392224200b img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df392224200b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Father" /></a></p></div>
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  103.        <title>Lament of an Inveterate Watchdog</title>
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  106.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e2022ad398e10e200b</id>
  107.        <published>2018-06-14T20:09:54-07:00</published>
  108.        <updated>2018-06-14T09:36:55-07:00</updated>
  109.        <summary></summary>
  110.        <author>
  111.            <name>Jan</name>
  112.        </author>
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  117. </content>
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  122. <entry>
  123.        <title>Neuticles—Don’t you wish you had thought of this first?</title>
  124.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/06/neuticlesdont-you-wish-you-had-thought-of-this-first.html" />
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  126.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e20223c84fecf2200c</id>
  127.        <published>2018-06-13T06:56:34-07:00</published>
  128.        <updated>2018-06-05T17:57:16-07:00</updated>
  129.        <summary>When I first heard that there were implants to replace the testicles of male dogs who had been neutered, I thought it was a joke. But it isn’t. Gregg Miller, the inventor and founder of Neuticles, has become a millionaire since he started the company in the mid-90’s. Neuticles relies on the guilt of the owners. Particularly male owners who have ordered the dog’s testicles to be snipped away. Miller was inspired to create the...</summary>
  130.        <author>
  131.            <name>Jan</name>
  132.        </author>
  133.        
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  136. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df37a104200b-pi"><img alt="NEUTICLES" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20224df37a104200b img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df37a104200b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="NEUTICLES" /></a></p>
  137. <p>When I first heard that there were implants to replace the testicles of male dogs who had been neutered, I thought it was a joke.</p>
  138. <p>But it isn’t.</p>
  139. <p>Gregg Miller, the inventor and founder of Neuticles, has become a millionaire since he started the company in the mid-90’s.</p>
  140. <p>Neuticles relies on the guilt of the owners. Particularly male owners who have ordered the dog’s testicles to be snipped away.</p>
  141. <p>Miller was inspired to create the product out of concern for his late dog Buck. Not long after being neutered, Buck tried to clean himself and appeared troubled, as if, according to Miller, “he noticed his manhood was missing.”</p>
  142. <p>He loved cleaning his nether regions and looked up at Miller as if to say, “‘They’re gone. What happened?&#39;”</p>
  143. <p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df37a339200b-pi" style="float: left;"><img alt="Testicals" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20224df37a339200b img-responsive" height="182" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df37a339200b-320wi" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;" title="Testicals" width="233" /></a>Soon after that Miller created the prototype of Neuticles, working with a veterinarian who thought he was crazy as did most of his family and quite a few others. By 1995&#0160;— after testing the product on 30 different pets&#0160;&#0160;— the first&#0160;commercial set of Neuticles was successfully implanted into a boy pup.</p>
  144. <p>According to the company they have sold more than half a million sets of Neuticles, with the average pair costing about $310. However, some pairs cost more; today they can run as high as $469.</p>
  145. <p>The original set of balls were hard, like plastic, and some customers complained about clunking noises when their dogs moved. Neuticles soon switched to soft silicone.</p>
  146. <p>Customers couldn’t be happier with their purchase according to their website. &#0160;Some testimonials:</p>
  147. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>The old way of neutering is 200 years old-&#0160;Neuticles&#0160;is about 199 years overdue!</em></p>
  148. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Frodo never knew he lost anything and is just a happier little dog since he&#39;s been neutered with&#0160;Neuticles.</em></p>
  149. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Baby Snow has all the benefits of being neutered-&#0160;Neuticles&#0160;are just a whole lot nicer.</em></p>
  150. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Just call me a caring pet owner.</em></p>
  151. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Neuticles</em><em>&#0160;were the absolute least I could do.</em>&#0160;</p>
  152. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>He&#39;s a guy and I wanted him to remain looking like one.</em></p>
  153. <p>Are neutered dogs aware of their missing man parts? Miller is convinced they are, but it is the owner who is the real customer. He (usually <em>he</em>) is the one who writes the check.</p>
  154. <p>Classic Gary Larson:<a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224e03e90f3200d-pi"><br /><br /><img alt="Tutor1" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20224e03e90f3200d img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224e03e90f3200d-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Tutor1" /></a></p></div>
  155. </content>
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  160. <entry>
  161.        <title>Blind dog and his guide dog buddy get a forever home</title>
  162.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/06/blind-dog-and-his-guide-dog-buddy-get-a-forever-home.html" />
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  164.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e20224e0400caa200d</id>
  165.        <published>2018-06-11T07:22:08-07:00</published>
  166.        <updated>2018-06-11T07:22:08-07:00</updated>
  167.        <summary>A blind Dachshund named O.J. and his Pit Bull bff, Dozer, were surrendered to the Richmond Animal Care and Control in Virginia because their owner became homeless. From the beginning they were inseparable. O.J. had lost his sight and Dozer serves as his guide dog to keep him from running into things. Their former owner pleaded with the shelter staff to keep the bonded pair together as she could no longer care for them. A...</summary>
  168.        <author>
  169.            <name>Jan</name>
  170.        </author>
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  175. <p>A blind Dachshund named O.J. and his Pit Bull bff, Dozer, were surrendered to the Richmond Animal Care and Control in Virginia because their owner became homeless.</p>
  176. <p>From the beginning they were inseparable. O.J. had lost his sight and Dozer serves as his guide dog to keep him from running into things.</p>
  177. <p>Their former owner pleaded with the shelter staff to keep the bonded pair together as she could no longer care for them.</p>
  178. <p>A photo of them resulted in their being adopted by someone who promised to keep them together.</p>
  179. <p>&#0160;But &#0160;a few days later O.J. turned up in another shelter. Despite good intentions not everyone can deal with a blind dog.</p>
  180. <p>The director of the Richmond shelter was distraught. She convinced the adopter to return Dozer while she looked for a new adopter.</p>
  181. <p>It looked like an uncertain future until a local family came forward, promising to keep them together in their forever home.</p></div>
  182. </content>
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  187. <entry>
  188.        <title>Succesful program for shelter dogs</title>
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  190.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/06/succesful-program-for-shelter-dogs.html" thr:count="5" thr:updated="2018-06-13T08:15:56-07:00" />
  191.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e20224df388b0c200b</id>
  192.        <published>2018-06-07T19:11:59-07:00</published>
  193.        <updated>2018-06-07T19:11:59-07:00</updated>
  194.        <summary>A very successful program is operating at Olomana School in Hawaii. It involves at-risk youth and shelter dogs. Twice a week, seventh graders become dog trainers to teach rescue dogs basic obedience. The program is having a positive impact on both the students and the dogs. While the dogs learn to be good citizens to have a better chance of being adopted, the students learn consistency, patience and understanding. The neglected dogs in need of...</summary>
  195.        <author>
  196.            <name>Jan</name>
  197.        </author>
  198.        
  199.        
  200. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  201. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224e03f783a200d-pi"><img alt="Program" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20224e03f783a200d img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224e03f783a200d-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Program" /></a></p>
  202. <p>A very successful program is operating at Olomana School in Hawaii. It involves at-risk youth and shelter dogs.</p>
  203. <p>Twice a week, seventh&#0160;graders become dog trainers to teach rescue dogs basic obedience. The program is having a positive impact on both the students and the dogs.</p>
  204. <p>While the dogs learn to be good citizens to have a better chance of being adopted, the students learn consistency, patience and understanding.</p>
  205. <p>The neglected dogs in need of a home are having a profound effect on the boys who have struggled with academics and absenteeism. The boys become strongly motivated to help the dogs find a home.</p>
  206. <p>Through the program, the boys are learning to be leaders, determined to train the dogs so they could increase their chances of getting adopted. They know that what they&#39;re doing makes a difference in not only the dogs’ lives but the lives of the people who adopt them</p>
  207. <p>One teacher noted,&quot;We are definitely noticing a big change in the students who have become more responsible. They work better together more than they ever have before and that really helps with their academics.”</p>
  208. <p>Once their four-legged friends are better trained, the students hope to train some of them as therapy dogs to help other high school students who are feeling stressed, anxious or looking for companionship or emotional support.</p>
  209. <p>There are big plans and the funding to grow the program. Olomana School just got&#0160;a grant for $35,000 from the Castle Foundation to build a new learning space on the campus complete with a dog training area.</p></div>
  210. </content>
  211.  
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  214.    </entry>
  215. <entry>
  216.        <title>Whosa good boy? Who wants go walkies?</title>
  217.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/06/whosa-good-boy-who-wants-go-walkies.html" />
  218.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/06/whosa-good-boy-who-wants-go-walkies.html" thr:count="8" thr:updated="2018-06-19T11:19:08-07:00" />
  219.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e20224e03ee44c200d</id>
  220.        <published>2018-06-04T08:07:04-07:00</published>
  221.        <updated>2018-06-04T08:10:06-07:00</updated>
  222.        <summary>Getty images Many people talk to dogs in the same high pitched cartoony voice that they use with babies. A team of researchers from UK’s York University, who seemed to have nothing better to do, wanted to see if there was any real benefit to this strange human to animal behavior. And what they found was somewhat surprising. The researchers borrowed 37 pet dogs from volunteers and ran a series of tests. Each dog was...</summary>
  223.        <author>
  224.            <name>Jan</name>
  225.        </author>
  226.        
  227.        
  228. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  229. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p style="text-align: center;"><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df37f8b1200b-pi"><img alt="Baby talk2" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20224df37f8b1200b img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df37f8b1200b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Baby talk2" /></a><span style="font-size: 8pt;">Getty images</span></p>
  230. <p>Many people talk to dogs in the same high pitched cartoony voice that they use with babies.</p>
  231. <p>A team of researchers from UK’s York University, who seemed to have nothing better to do, wanted to see if there was any real benefit to this strange human to animal behavior.</p>
  232. <p>And what they found was somewhat surprising.</p>
  233. <p>&#0160;</p>
  234. <p>The researchers borrowed 37 pet dogs from volunteers and ran a series of tests.</p>
  235. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Each dog was leashed and brought into a room with two humans and subjected to recordings of different words and phrases spoken in both a standard tone of voice and a more exaggerated high pitched, dog-directed tone. The researchers measured the amount of time the dogs were attentive to each individual and then, after the dogs were taken off their leashes, how long each dog spent near the human before wandering off.</p>
  236. <p>What the team discovered is that high pitched baby voice speech grabbed the dogs’ attention and held it for longer than a level voice tone…Puppies tended to respond to the high pitched tones regardless of what words were actually being said, while adult dogs were more likely to respond when the words being spoken had meaning to them (like “walk,” for example).</p>
  237. <p>So…there’s a scientific reason why you should talk to your dog in a baby voice. It may strengthen the bond between humans and their pets, according to&#0160; the researchers.</p>
  238. <p>So if anyone ridicules you for talking to your dog like a baby, tell them that it’s based on science and remove them from your circle of friends.</p>
  239. <p>&#0160;</p>
  240. <p>There are no plans to carry out this study with Huskies...or cats...</p>
  241. <p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20223c85046bc200c-pi"><img alt="Baby talk" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20223c85046bc200c img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20223c85046bc200c-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Baby talk" /></a></p></div>
  242. </content>
  243.  
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  245.  
  246.    </entry>
  247. <entry>
  248.        <title>Grateful Husky kisses rescuer</title>
  249.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/06/grateful-husky-kisses-rescuer.html" />
  250.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/06/grateful-husky-kisses-rescuer.html" thr:count="8" thr:updated="2018-06-13T08:10:55-07:00" />
  251.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e20224df3739ba200b</id>
  252.        <published>2018-06-01T08:09:16-07:00</published>
  253.        <updated>2018-05-31T20:39:28-07:00</updated>
  254.        <summary>Photos by Officer Steve McDonald Huskies are sweet, beautiful dogs but easily bored. They don’t usually make good watchdogs because they love all humanity. When his owners left him in the house alone, ten-year-old Jasper, a Husky from Maine, ripped a hole in the screen of an upstairs window, walked onto the roof and stood there waiting for human attention. It came quickly. Concerned neighbors called the authorities. Officers from the Wells Police and Fire...</summary>
  255.        <author>
  256.            <name>Jan</name>
  257.        </author>
  258.        
  259.        
  260. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  261. <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/6a00d83451580669e20224df3738f4200b-pi"><img alt="Jasper" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20224df3738f4200b img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df3738f4200b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Jasper" /></a></span><span style="font-size: 8pt;">Photos by Officer Steve McDonald</span></p>
  262. <p><strong>Huskies are sweet, beautiful dogs but ea</strong><strong>sily bored</strong>. They don’t usually make good watchdogs because they love all humanity.</p>
  263. <p>&#0160;</p>
  264. <p><strong>When his owners left him in the house alone,</strong> ten-year-old Jasper, a&#0160; Husky from Maine, ripped a hole in the screen of an upstairs window, walked onto the roof and stood there waiting for human attention.</p>
  265. <p>It came quickly. Concerned neighbors called the authorities. Officers from the Wells Police and Fire Department quickly arrived at the house where they found Jasper welcoming them with a big friendly Husky grin.&#0160;</p>
  266. <p>&#0160;</p>
  267. <p><strong>Because power lines blocked the use of the ladder truck</strong>, Captain Nawfel decided to use a regular ladder to scale the roof to put Jasper back inside the house through the window he had climbed out of.</p>
  268. <p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df373940200b-pi" style="float: left;"><img alt="Jasper kiss" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20224df373940200b img-responsive" height="179" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df373940200b-500wi" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;" title="Jasper kiss" width="185" /></a>Jasper greeted his rescuer, Captain Nawfel, with&#0160; big slobbery doggie kiss as spectators cheered from the ground.</p>
  269. <p>Wells Police Department officer Steve McDonald captured the entire drama on camera and the pictures were shared &#0160;on the department’s&#0160;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/WellsMainePolice/?hc_ref=ARRzB7An2tBm6QhZb4dW5w-xhWzN2nViK-EjjzZkxjrz6Hgym5mZSzEQ3CRdzT_jZVA&amp;fref=nf">Facebook page</a> to a lot of online applause.</p>
  270. <p>&#0160;</p>
  271. <p><strong>Jasper&#39;s owners stopped by the station later</strong> to thank them for rescuing their adventurous dog.</p></div>
  272. </content>
  273.  
  274.  
  275.  
  276.    </entry>
  277. <entry>
  278.        <title>Police dogs--rural style</title>
  279.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/05/police-dogs-rural-style.html" />
  280.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/05/police-dogs-rural-style.html" thr:count="10" thr:updated="2018-05-29T14:26:16-07:00" />
  281.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e20223c84a6efe200c</id>
  282.        <published>2018-05-11T12:44:07-07:00</published>
  283.        <updated>2018-05-11T12:44:07-07:00</updated>
  284.        <summary>John Roark/Post Register Police dogs have been a vital presence in law enforcement for many years. Urban and village departments rely on K-9 officers. But what about rural departments? Dexter, an energetic 3-year-old black Lab, is one of three dogs in the Idaho Department of Fish and Game department. He joined the department in 2016 as part of its effort to incorporate canines into its law enforcement efforts. Dexter is trained to detect various wildlife,...</summary>
  285.        <author>
  286.            <name>Jan</name>
  287.        </author>
  288.        
  289.        
  290. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  291. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p style="text-align: center;"><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20223c84a6ee4200c-pi"><img alt="Dexter" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20223c84a6ee4200c img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20223c84a6ee4200c-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Dexter" /></a><span style="font-size: 8pt;">John Roark/Post Register</span></p>
  292. <p>&#0160;</p>
  293. <p>Police dogs have been a vital presence in law enforcement for many years. Urban and village departments rely on K-9 officers. But what about rural departments?</p>
  294. <p>Dexter, an energetic 3-year-old black Lab, is one of three dogs in the Idaho Department of Fish and Game department. He joined the department in 2016 as part of its effort to incorporate canines into its law enforcement efforts.</p>
  295. <p>Dexter is trained to detect various wildlife, humans, gun oil and gunpowder. But he’s not trained in defense or to attack people, said James Brower, Fish and Game spokesman.</p>
  296. <p>At check stations where hunters and fishermen are required to stop and show any game they have, Dexter will tell whether they’re being truthful.</p>
  297. <p>The dogs help find evidence that officers couldn’t have found without them. Dexter was able to find nine shotgun casings for someone who was hunting illegally. Since Dexter was able to find the casings, the officers were able to collect the needed evidence.</p>
  298. <p>Pepper, a black Lab, was the department’s first dog. One of the first cases Pepper worked was to find a missing 2-year-old boy near the Nevada border in 2012. Pepper was able to track the boy nearly a mile and probably saved his life.</p>
  299. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“You have to have a dog that has that high play drive and high prey drive,” Klucken said. “Once they have that, you can teach them to do anything. He’ll do whatever it takes to get his toy.”</p></div>
  300. </content>
  301.  
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  304.    </entry>
  305. <entry>
  306.        <title>Japanese Monks Host a Funeral for Robot Dogs</title>
  307.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/05/japanese-monks-host-a-funeral-for-robot-dogs.html" />
  308.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/05/japanese-monks-host-a-funeral-for-robot-dogs.html" thr:count="8" thr:updated="2018-05-23T15:27:43-07:00" />
  309.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e20224df307dcd200b</id>
  310.        <published>2018-05-07T07:48:09-07:00</published>
  311.        <updated>2018-05-07T07:48:09-07:00</updated>
  312.        <summary>Robot dogs are not usually considered members of the family, but recently 114 of Sony’s old generation dogs were given a send off as they shuffled off their immortal coil. The AIBO robot dogs were the world&#39;s first machine pets capable of developing their own personalities. They also made a lot of money for the Japanese economy.</summary>
  313.        <author>
  314.            <name>Jan</name>
  315.        </author>
  316.        
  317.        
  318. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  319. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20223c848d16f200c-pi"><img alt="Robot funrtal" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20223c848d16f200c img-responsive" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20223c848d16f200c-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Robot funrtal" /></a></p>
  320. <p>&#0160;</p>
  321. <p>Robot dogs are not usually considered members of the family, but recently 114 of Sony’s old generation dogs were given a send off as they shuffled off their immortal coil.</p>
  322. <p>The AIBO robot dogs were the world&#39;s first machine pets capable of developing their own personalities. They also made a lot of money for the Japanese economy.</p>
  323. <p>&#0160;</p></div>
  324. </content>
  325.  
  326.  
  327.  
  328.    </entry>
  329. <entry>
  330.        <title>May the fourth be with you...</title>
  331.        <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/05/may-the-fourth-be-with-you.html" />
  332.        <link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2018/05/may-the-fourth-be-with-you.html" thr:count="5" thr:updated="2018-05-06T15:26:07-07:00" />
  333.        <id>tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83451580669e20223c84793f2200c</id>
  334.        <published>2018-05-04T07:09:01-07:00</published>
  335.        <updated>2018-05-02T08:59:06-07:00</updated>
  336.        <summary>NOW AND FOREVER CONGRATULATIONS TO DAN AND LORRIE AND ALL YOUR MINIONS DOES THAT MAKE SUNDAY &quot;REVENGE OF THE SIX&quot;?</summary>
  337.        <author>
  338.            <name>Jan</name>
  339.        </author>
  340.        
  341.        
  342. <content type="xhtml" xml:lang="en-US" xml:base="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/">
  343. <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p>&#0160;</p>
  344. <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &#39;comic sans ms&#39;, sans-serif;"> <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20223c84792ba200c-pi"> </a> <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224e03650fb200d-pi"><img alt="STAR3" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20224e03650fb200d img-responsive" height="387" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224e03650fb200d-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="STAR3" width="402" /></a><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20223c84792ba200c-pi"><br /></a></span></p>
  345. <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &#39;comic sans ms&#39;, sans-serif;">NOW AND FOREVER</span></p>
  346. <p style="text-align: center;">&#0160;</p>
  347. <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &#39;comic sans ms&#39;, sans-serif;">CONGRATULATIONS TO DAN AND LORRIE</span></p>
  348. <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &#39;comic sans ms&#39;, sans-serif;">AND ALL YOUR MINIONS</span></p>
  349. <p style="text-align: center;">&#0160;</p>
  350. <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &#39;comic sans ms&#39;, sans-serif;"> <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20223c847937c200c-pi"><img alt="STAR1" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20223c847937c200c img-responsive" height="301" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20223c847937c200c-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="STAR1" width="401" /></a><br /></span></p>
  351. <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &#39;comic sans ms&#39;, sans-serif;"> <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df2f9f26200b-pi"><img alt="STAR6" class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451580669e20224df2f9f26200b img-responsive" height="241" src="http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451580669e20224df2f9f26200b-500wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="STAR6" width="400" /></a></span></p>
  352. <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &#39;comic sans ms&#39;, sans-serif;">DOES THAT MAKE SUNDAY &quot;REVENGE OF THE SIX&quot;?</span></p></div>
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