2018 Top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

Having just talked to a shaken friend who recently got bitten by a Dachshund, it made me wonder who the bad boys are in the bite world now. As I came across this info, it doesn’t look like much has changed in the last 20 years.

In the mid-1990s The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted its first study into the dog breeds involved in deadly U.S. attacks between 1979 and 1996. During that time, the Pit Bull was involved in 60 fatal attacks, the Rottweiler was recorded in 29 and the German Shepherd was in 19.

According to the most recent research, the breeds responsible for most fatal attacks have remained the same. DogsBite.org compiled a 

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By |2018-09-14T17:00:47+00:00September 28th, 2018|Dogs in General|0 Comments

There’s a Word for That

You know how it smells outside after a rainstorm? There’s a word for that.

Dog after rain

Petrichor [pe-trahy-kawr, ker] is the distinct smell of rain in the air. Or, to be more precise, it’s the name of an oil that’s released from the earth into the air before rain begins to fall. Specifically, Webster’s Dictionary defines it as:

  1. a distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground.

Who knew?

And why might I be fixated on this scent and therefore with finding this word?

Because the word that I can’t find is for the smell of pet urine that becomes especially strong when the air is damp.

Sorry to set […]

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By |2018-09-03T21:39:24+00:00September 18th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

Cait Has Serious Puppy Hunger

Cait has intensely wanted her own dog for a couple of years. She knows she can’t have a dog right now— it wouldn’t be fair to the dog. So she does the next best thing and spends hours looking at cute puppy photos and funny puppy videos. I must get at least one of these a week from her. This is the latest. (You’ll have to click thru to post to watch video. No way to set it up to play in excerpt view, sorry.)

I must admit, it did give even me a twinge. Boy, do I miss my Aussie girl.

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By |2018-09-09T12:55:00+00:00September 9th, 2018|Dogs in General, Funnies|0 Comments

Planet Earth Team Humanity

messy cakeWhen did it happen that we’ve come to live in a time where it has somehow become socially acceptable to publically behave badly by expressing anger and frustration, and a willingness to harm others. Whether by yelling, name-calling, flipping someone the bird, or worse threatening someone’s integrity or safety.

And, conversely, showing signs of sensitivity and vulnerability are frowned on as being weak.

Not an upside down cake I have any interest in taking a slice from.

What if we remembered to start doing and saying even tiny, decent things instead?  What if we extended the great power of kindness and compassion, and remember that we’re all on the same team–Planet Earth Team Humanity.  Now there’s a […]

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By |2018-08-30T14:43:45+00:00August 28th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

What Makes a Mutt? DNA Tests Can Tell.

Dog DNA test kitDNA testing has come a long way from the days when tests were exorbitantly expensive and results could take months to get. Today, you can order an inexpensive DNA test that can tell you what your mixed breed dog’s heritage is.

In an AP article, Nate Jenkins tells of how one woman did just that. She wanted to know the origins of her dog, Rascal.

“Rascal’s mom looked like Lassie. His dad? Well, that’s a good question.

Rascal’s ears make it clear he was the product of something besides a Collie, but his owners couldn’t say exactly what. So Kathie Svoboda of Lincoln dabbed a swab in her pet’s mouth, mailed […]

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By |2018-08-10T09:04:24+00:00August 10th, 2018|Dogs in General|5 Comments
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