Nice Pet Scratch photos

A few nice Pet Scratch images I found:

Pet of the Week: Winnie, #16213674
Pet Scratch

Image by LollypopFarm
Winnie is a six-year-old female Domestic shorthair mix. She was brought to Lollypop Farm as her family had no time for her. This beautiful girl with the sparkling green eyes loves to be brushed and to have her back scratched. Winnie will keep you company but also enjoys her solitude. She would do best in a home without dogs or other cats. Winnie is eligible for Lollypop Farm’s Seniors-for-Seniors program. An approved adopter, age 60 or older, can bring her home at no charge. Are you the perfect companion for Winnie? She’ll make a good one for you!

www.lollypop.org/petoftheweek

-”Ooh yeah, scratch that spot right there”
Pet Scratch

Image by JunCTionS
A very friendly dog that saw a group of physics students talking about him and came close to get his belly scratched. It’s a 15 second exposure I actually petted him on this one so he’d stay still for the shot.

In a trance
Pet Scratch

Image by leeno
Lailee scratches her leg like this and gets embarrassed if you watch her doing it. It’s like a habit or something.

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Pics We Love: Kids Who’ve Had Facial Surgery Meet Dogs Who Have Too

On July 17, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia threw a heartwarming party for its young patients. Dubbed the “Best Friends Bash,” the party allowed young human craniofacial patients to meet and interact with dogs who had suffered and recovered from similar injuries — canine craniofacial patients, as it were. 

As you can imagine, this went over quite well with the children. 

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“It was incredibly powerful watching these remarkable kids interact with these remarkable dogs,” said John Lewis, VMD, associate professor of dentistry and oral surgery at Penn Vet, who provided the dogs. “These canine patients serve as specialized therapy dogs, so children can really relate to them. Since the dogs and children are dealing with the same problems and treatments, there’s an instant bond that allows the children to realize they are not alone.”

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Dogster readers might remember Lentil from our earlier story. The French Bulldog puppy, who had surgery to repair his cleft palate and became a Facebook celebrity, joined three other stellar patients from Penn Vet: Georgia, a Gordon Setter who had a cancer removed from her upper jaw; Buddy, a Golden Retriever who had part of his lower jaw removed; and Rosie, a Golden Retriever therapy dog who had part of her foot removed due to a tumor. 

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The event was a hit with the kids, who loved interacting with dogs.

"It's really about the awareness of appearance," Scott Bartlett, Children's Hospital chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery, told Philly.com. "The dog is an ideal vehicle. They have unconditional love."

Visit Penn Vet on Facebook; all photo courtesy of Penn Vet's Flickr


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Yellow Ribbons and Wishful Thinking

For families of veterans a yellow ribbon is an article of faith. How about for dog people?

For families of veterans a yellow ribbon is an article of faith. How about for dog people?

A movement that has been making the rounds for a while now is encouraging people to place yellow ribbons on dogs that need space. "Needing space" is a euphemism for dogs that display aggressive behavior toward other dogs and/or toward people. (Labeling dogs as aggressive is bad. So we give them a different label.)

While this idea comes from a sentiment that I can certainly empathize with, I think it is not only doomed to failure but that it actually has the potential to cause more problems than it solves

Yellow Ribbons Will Never be Widely Adopted

First there’s the issue of whether or not enough people will use this to make it a reliable tool. We can’t get people to stop buying dogs from pet stores and puppy mills. We can’t get trainers to stick to science to choose and discuss their methods. (This goes for trainers on both sides of the fence by the way. "Do as I Do Dog Training?" Really? Let’s start a new training method based on a couple of studies.) Hell, we can’t even get people to agree on administering vaccinations to prevent disease in our children, let alone our dogs.

But we’re going to get people to reliably put yellow ribbons on dogs that need distance from each other?

Right. The check is in the mail too.

False Security or Denial?

Do you believe that these ribbons would be, if they somehow gained widespread adoption, a trustworthy indicator of an aggressive dog? Do you think that the absence of a ribbon would be a good indicator of a friendly dog?

Go to any conference, or even a working seminar, that allows "friendly" dogs and objectively watch the dogs that (alleged) professionals decide to bring. Chances are you’ll see at least a few that honestly do not belong there. Strike up a conversation and the rationale for bringing the dog there will be appalling…if there even is any recognition that there is a problem.

The sad fact is that denial is a very powerful force, powerful enough to make the desire to have one’s dog with oneself more important than the comfort of the dog. People, especially dog enthusiasts are terrible at self-selection when it comes to their dog’s behavior. The sad fact is a creative explanation for a dog’s behavior is often an acceptable substitute for actually addressing the problem.

And what happens when it’s possible to place a warning signal on an aggressive dog? Who’s problem is the behavior then?

Your Dog is Your Problem

Whether your dog "needs space" or not, your dog is your responsibility. Period. Placing a warning on your dog so that others can look out for her, or relying on other people to tell you that it is safe for your dog is not a good idea. Either way, you are relying on the judgement of others.

Of course many of the ribbons’ advocates are thinking “but the ribbons are only meant to serve as a warning, not as a crutch!” But that’s how they are likely to be used, and at best they are a distraction from what we need to be teaching our clients to do, as well as doing ourselves.

In situations in which you will meet dogs that you are not familiar with:

If your dog does not want to interact with other dogs, keep her away from other dogs.

If your dog does want to interact with other dogs, keep her away from other dogs.

It’s really simple, and all you need to do is look out for yourself and your dog, which is what you should be doing anyway.

Yellow Ribbons and Wishful Thinking is a post written by . You can see the actual post at Dog Training in Bergen County New Jersey


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Deer Tick Announces Instagram Contest for Sold-Out Newport Blues Café Tickets

Deer Tick Announces Instagram Contest for Sold-Out Newport Blues Café Tickets
This year, Deer Tick frontman John McCauley will return to the Newport Folk Festival to play a solo set on Friday. Fans of the band will also be excited to know the rest of Deer Tick will be on-hand to play a series of after-parties that, in true
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Deadly Deer Tick Virus on Rise in New York State
A new, potentially lethal tickborne threat known as Powassan or deer tick virus is emerging in New York's Hudson Valley, researchers reported. In an extensive 5-year project that involved collecting nymphal and adult ticks from multiple locations in
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Tick Population Up in Illinois
"The way to remove a tick is with a pair of tweezers," entomologist Linn Haramis said. "Grasp the tick firmly and just pull it out. If you don't have a pair of tweezers, use a tissue to protect your fingers from the tick. Simply grasp the tick and pull
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The Truth about Ticks and Lyme Disease in Marin County
Ticks pose a significant danger to both pets and humans in California. The blacklegged tick (scientifically known at the Ixodes pacificus), which is not uncommon across the state, carries Lyme Disease because it can contain the potentially fatal agent
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Mikey’s Story by Nicole Bruder

MikeyMikey’s Story
Sometimes you find the best things when you aren’t looking for them, and that’s exactly how I found Mikey. I was driving home on one of my rare days off and suddenly there he was, running down Richmond and Montrose near a Chase Bank with a clearly pregnant Chihuahua in tow. Of course, I pulled over, though I was surprised that only one other driver stopped with all the traffic in the area. Either no one else seemed to notice or care enough that these dogs, the tiniest of dogs, were loose and clearly terrified. The female was friendly enough thanks to some doggie treats, so I was able to get a slip-leash on her and walk back to my place. Mikey, on the other hand, was stand-offish, not letting me get close. Luckily, he followed us home. What a sight we must have made on the way!
By acting quickly, I was able to get the female into a no-kill shelter. Initially, I had planned to find a safe place for both of the dogs, but before I knew what hit me, Mikey, with his big, brown, cartoon-character eyes, had officially stolen my heart.


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Simple Woman’s Daybook for July 24, 2013

FOR TODAY Outside my window… The day has been absolutely gorgeous with the clouds framing the bright blue sky and a good breeze blowing through the trees. I can see that the jasmine and roses are growing, thanks to the rains we have had, and the tomatoes are showing more signs of fruits growing. I…



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C’mon WalMart, hire her back!

In a sad commentary on our world, a WalMart worker in Kemptville, Ontario was recently fired for confronting a customer after he left his dog in his truck on a hot day. What gets me is that the woman was not in uniform nor on the clock when the confrontation occurred, but the store manager [...]


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Hungry little red mites

A few nice Mites images I found:

Hungry little red mites
Mites

Image by Cornell Fungi
It is hard to take photos of mites while they are running about ceaselessly (video). I tempted them with a lily anther, and here we find them munching pollen. I believe them to be a species of Balaustium. I’m sure you would enjoy a closer view.

Mite Invasion
Mites

Image by dbnunley
These tiny little flowers blossomed today and the red mites found them immediately. The mites are very small – pinhead size or maybe a little smaller. This was shot with a Raynox DCR 150 or 250 lens.

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Mites Everywhere
Mites

Image by dbnunley
These tiny little flowers blossomed today and the red mites found them immediately. The mites are very small – pinhead size or maybe a little smaller. This was shot with a Raynox DCR 150 or 250 lens.

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A Little Bit of Fun

We’ve been looking after my sister’s family’s dog Micah for the last few weeks.  She is such an easy dog to look after.  Even Jack liked her – and he doesn’t like anyone.  :)

She went home today and seeing as I had some time to kill this afternoon I thought I’d play around a bit in Photoshop and convert some of my favourite images to black and white.

I really don’t know what I’m doing in Photoshop and everything seems to take forever, but I realize I’m never going to get better if all I do is the same things over and over again.

These four images (which have nothing amazing done to them) took me a few hours.  LOL.  I flounder A LOT.  I’m quite enjoying the second and last ones though.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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