Dog Alerts Owner to Stranded Dolphin – Saving the Sea Creature!

Leia the dog saves baby dolphin

When most of us go walking along the beach with our dog, we might come across some cool sea shells or beach glass. One man came across a stranded baby dolphin!

According to NTD.tv, the unnamed man was fishing and taking photos of his dog, Leia, along a beach in North Whales on the day in question. He was near the mouth of the River Dwyfor when, as he wrote on YouTube, “I heard my dog barking at me from further down the beach….clearly she had found something!”

When the man got closer he saw that she had found a stranded baby dolphin. The shore there was rocky and the waves were crashing hard. Normally if one finds a stranded dolphin on a beach, it’s recommended to call the local emergency services for help. “Unfortunately,” the man wrote, he “didn’t have a mobile signal” that day at the beach and “there was nobody around for miles” to help.

Read more about Leia saving a baby dolphin.

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Former Shelter Dog New Canine Ambassador of The Claremont Club & Spa

For the new Canine Ambassador at a hotel dubbed “The Castle on the Hill,” life is a Cinderella story. Edie’s Tale Once upon a time, a puppy was found wandering the streets.  First…



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Happy as a Golden Retriever

‘There is something about the human condition. I don’t think dogs are like “If only I was a poodle instead of a golden retriever, I’d be totally happy.” Dogs are happy with who they are.’

~ Michael Ian Black 
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Derek…. The media has never been great about int…

Derek…. The media has never been great about interpreting stats, which need to be followed for several years before they serve any value. Would love for the Chron to explain the big post-2005 jump in bite stats.

This breakdown came directly to us from SFACC employee Kat Brown.

SFACC 2005-2006:
Total dog intake — 2545 (22 biters)
Total dog euth — 778 (unknown why total outcome of dogs does not add up to total intake — 2541)
Euth rate: 30.6% of intake
Last quarter of this period:
Total bites reported — 62 (of that, 9 were pit bulls, 12 were pit bull mixes)

SFACC 2006-2007:
Total dog intake — 2428 (34 biters)
Total dog euth — 616 (again, total outcome of dogs does not add up to total intake — 2446)
Euth rate: 25.4% of intake
Total bites reported — 336 (of that, 26 were pit bulls, 34 were pit bull mixes)
Last quarter of this period:
Total bites reported — 114 (9 were pit bulls, 9 were pit bull mixes)

More recently (2014) the SF dog judge hears "investigates about 450 cases a year, and presides over about 120 hearings."

(source) http://www.sfgate.com/pets/article/Dog-judge-acts-as-mediator-between-pets-people-3569829.php

If SF has solved its "bite problem" by targeting blocky headed dogs, then why do city dogs keep biting? We would suggest looking to contemporary, peer reviewed research for those answers. To start, science has confirmed that a dog's genetic make-up does not and cannot predict future behaviors.

Trying to suss out biters based on nothing but physical appearance is an old school belief that keeps cities like SF living in the dark ages and chasing down bite cases. Just imagine if those resources were used on bite prevention programs instead. For more info on dog bites than anyone can eat in one helping, please review the research archived on by National Canine Research Council.

http://www.nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/browse/research_library/?f[0]=im_field_topics%3A56
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The Chinese endemic wildcat

chinese mountain cat night

We lump. We split. We recombine. We split again.

Taxonomic disputes. Cladistics. Phylogenetic trees. We quibble. We quarrel.

I particularly love these disputes. They are what happens in this era of the Neo-Darwinian synthesis and the rise of cladistic classification models.

Ever since it was known to modern science, the tufted-eared wildcat of mountains of Qinghai and Sichuan were thought be a unique species, an endemic mountain cat of China.

It was called Felis bieti after the missionary naturalist Felix Biet who was stationed in Tibet. Pronounced the proper French way, Felis bieti sounds a lot like Felix Biet, though he was not the person who named it. Alphonse Milne-Edwards, the scholarly French mammalogist, named the beast.

And all was fine taxonomy-wise.

Then, as the Chinese population grew, they began to put lots and lots of pressure on the mountains. They poisoned the pikas and rodents, and the cat’s numbers have started to drop.

It might be easy to get people interested in preserving the cat.

Even more so, because its classical taxonomy has been called into question.  A 2007 genetic study that sought to find the origins of the domestic cat found that the Felis bieti was actually so close to the wildcat that it ought to be regarded as a subspecies. This was a limited mtDNA study, which has its potential problems.

It could be that there is indeed a unique Felis bieti but that it has hybridized so much with wildcats or their domestic kin that they have a wildcat-like mtDNA sequence. So we’re going to need some nuclear DNA studies to confirm whether this is a subspecies or not.

If it turns out to be wildcat subspecies, then it might actually be easier to rally support for conserving it. People love cats so much that it often gets very hard to have discussions about them as invasive species, so when we have a potential close cousin of Fluffy or Morris that might go extinct, it might be easier to get people interested in preserving them.

These cats are found not far from the where the last wild giant pandas roam. The Chinese mountain cat, as it is known in English, isn’t quite as rare as the panda.

Taxonomic quibbles and quarrels do have political consequences.  Some of them are good. Some are them are negative.

We use the information the best information we have, but we always manipulate symbols in order to rally support for our causes.

The tufted wildcat of China might be one of those species we might easily manipulate.  The Scottish wildcat has been called “the Highland tiger, ” and even though it’s unlikely that any pure Scottish wildcats still exist, it has captured the imagination of the British conservation-minded community.

Perhaps something could be done here as well.  People love that which is nearest to their own understanding, and domestic cats losing their closest wild kin is something that would bother many.

This is what has helped wolves in their public relations and led to their ultimate success as a conservation story.

A little wildcat could have a lot of appeal, and maybe it can be saved, bieti or silvestris or whatever it is.


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Friday Funny: The Good Old Days

He probably had to walk barefoot to school, uphill both ways, too. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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IKEA’s New Boho Collection Is Everything

IKEA JASSA Collection
IKEA JASSA Collection
IKEA JASSA Collection
IKEA JASSA Collection

In March, I gave you guys a sneak peek of IKEA’s new STOCKHOLM Collection (which became available for purchase on April 1st!), and it ended up being the highest traffic (and most pinned) post of the entire month. Since you guys seem to like IKEA as much as I do (in case you missed it, we were on their home improvement show last fall, which was the most fun blog project I’ve ever done), I decided to share my favorite new collections of theirs from time to time here on the blog. (And again, these posts are not sponsored. I just love my IKEA!)

This particular collection, my friends, is quite possibly my favorite ever…

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IKEA JASSA Collection
IKEA JASSA Collection
IKEA JASSA Collection
IKEA JASSA Collection

My regular readers probably have a pretty good idea of my style by this point – I like simple, neutral decor, but I also love when it’s mixed with vibrant bohemian inspired pieces. And that is why I am completely smitten with IKEA’s new limited edition JASSA Collection, which was designed by Piet Hein Eek and launched a couple of weeks ago. Described as possessing “a sense of free-spirited fun” (I’m in!), it features handmade furniture, bold patterns and textiles mixed in with natural elements, and lots of other bohemian inspired goodness that I can’t wait to get my hands on. As with most of IKEA’s products, the pieces in the JASSA Collection are also reasonably priced.

IKEA JASSA Collection
IKEA JASSA Collection
IKEA JASSA Collection

I think my favorite pieces in the collection are the pendant lamp shade ($ 29.99), the speckled side plates ($ 3.95), the rattan room divider ($ 129), and all of the gorgeous cut fabric pieces ($ 14.95). Between this and the STOCKHOLM Collection, I’m counting down the days until my next IKEA excursion.

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How to Puppy Proof Your Home

Puppies are inquisitive and playful by nature. They can be heaps of fun, but it is important to take the right steps to protect your home and protect them from themselves, as having a big heap of energy bulldozing through your home can end in a disaster.

Destructive chewing, playful chewing, jumping on people and getting on the furniture are common behavioural patterns in puppies, but are these preventable?

Chewing and biting

To begin with, puppies may chew and damage furniture in front of you, and it is important to be consistently assertive and to tell them no. But punishing your puppy doesn’t always solve the problem, some cheeky canines continue to chew and destroy your furniture when you’re not around. Simple ways of stopping this from happening are investing in puppy fences that divide up the room into puppy “safe zones”.

Also trying out different behavioural correction techniques can be effective, each puppy will respond differently to the things you try, so don’t give up and stay consistent. Non-aggressive techniques like spraying your puppy with water and saying “no” assertively can be effective. It is important to be consistent with your training, but remember never to be aggressive with your puppy. The end game is to stop them from misbehaving, not to scare them. An unusual but effective remedy is to invest in bitter apple spray to spray on wires and your furniture, this will soon stop your pups from chewing.

Why do puppies chew and bite furniture?

A lot of dog owners believe that chewing furniture is a phase or a mild behavioural problem, such as separation anxiety. Not many people know that chewing could actually be an indication of poor nutrition or not enough food provisions. To prevent chewing from continuing to happen, make sure that you are feeding your puppy the right amount of food every day, and also that you are buying food specifically designed for puppies that have the right kind of nutrients, vitamins and protein. If you are unsure of which food to buy, then it is always useful to consult with your vet,

Over-excited puppies

Puppies have heaps of energy, they jump up at people, can run for hours and always want to play. In order to protect your home, always remember to move breakable ornaments and objects out of the pathway or reach of your puppy, especially if they could fall and result in an injury. Protecting your puppy is equally as important as protecting your home. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure you vet fits them with a pet microchip. If they are ever lost (or worse, stolen) they will be more likely to be reunited with you.

Caring for a puppy can be challenging, it is important to remember to remain consistent and to think of them like another member of the family. If there are small objects that are a choking hazard on the floor, then the chances are that they will end up in your puppy’s mouth. And if there are breakable objects in reach of your puppy, then chances are that they will get broken. And finally, if you catch them chewing or destroying your furniture, chances are that they will try again until they know better. All of these things are preventable, and the older your puppy gets the less likely they will be to destroy your home.

Cathy is a new author and has experience pet sitting and with pets in general. Three years as a pet sitter in college and extensive experience volunteering in a shelter environment, fostering, training, a year as a vet assistant, etc.


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Aww! This is too adorable! Amazing post, thank you…

Aww! This is too adorable! Amazing post, thank you for sharing with us! :)
Henry
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What a great idea: wedding puppies

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