When the job is chasing down tennis balls, really who better to hire than a dog?
For the second year in a row, organizers of the Brazil Tennis Open welcomed in a group of eager canines to serve as "ball boys" during last week's tournament. But rather than merely serve as mid-match entertainment for animal-loving spectators, their participation throughout the games was about so much more.
Dogs are music fans, too.
In a study conducted by the University of Glasgow in partnership with the Scottish SPCA, they found that piping music into dogs’ kennels had a positive effect on behavior. From the five types of music tested, soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae, and classical, reggae emerged as the clear victor. The study will be printed in Physiology and Behavior.
The FDA is advising pet owners not to feed their pets certain lots of Evander’s Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog foods after unopened cans from both brands were found to contain pentobarbital, a barbiturate. This drug is used in animal euthanasia. It should not be in pet food.
Veterinary staff have long known that pets are considered part of clients’ families; a claim that is validated by data. A September 2016 survey by the Human–Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation (HABRI) found that 98 percent of pet owners consider their pet to be an important member of their family.This reflects a 10 percent increase over a similar survey conducted by PetSmart in 2007. In fact, 71 percent of survey respondents let their pet sleep in the bed with them, and nearly half bought their dog or cat a birthday present.
This has certainly been the year for flying pigs, but the San Francisco International Airport has the first official one.
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