One of my favorite kinds of news stories is the report of a new scientific study that verifies the obvious. You’ve seen them. New research finds that heterosexual men are attracted to very attractive women. Evidence collected by wildlife researchers has confirmed that bears really do use the woods as toilets. But some research that corroborates the obvious is exciting because some people refuse to accept the obvious. Which brings me to the work of Dr. Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University and the author of What It’s Like to Be a Dog. Berns has, from what I can
Tonite, all night, overnight, I have been dog sitting for a friend. Guess how many pups? Six. 2 Bearnese, 3 Black Labs (including my own), and 1 Belgian Malinois.
For various reasons, they have been brought together under one roof until some things can be worked out with owners. Only 2 are hers, and my one Lab, of course.
Best night ever. We´ve played so hard, managed so many different personalities and quirks and in the end - lots of love and appreciation. I´ve never seen my dog so happy - and he is a shelter dog who almost didn´t make the cut - and fulfilled. My fourth Lab and he is our only dog right now.
Doggy slobber kisses all night. I´ll take that over most anything else. Great article by Jonah....love these.
Over the years we have had a stray Welsh terrier, 4 retired racing greyhounds and a rescued pit bull. Every one of them would love you to death if you let them. Dogs love us unconditionally and that is one of the reasons that we love them.
#4 As a cat person ( and I have owned dogs) I must say I am deeply offended! I can´t deny it´s truth, but my master won´t let me think of such things. (evil grin) As to the subject at hand. I had always felt cats treated me (at best) as a ´buddy´. My dogs treated me like a king, After 16 yrs my 2 Golden Retrievers passed within 2 mo of each other. But I still carry the knowledge that I was *truly* loved.
Thank you Jonah for the wonderful article. Though we true dog lovers have always known how special and caring our pups are, you are spreading the word. Yes, they greet us at the door with tails going a mile a minute, they calm us by sitting close and touching us, they are joyous with us when we are celebrating something. They are such a great gift and it´s hard to imagine life without at least one.
We always had cats until the last one passed away 11 years ago. They were loyal, funny and very protective of us. They used to take walks in the woods with us. We had one growl at strangers who came to the door and one who chased a dog out of the yard. We loved them so much but when they passed over we said never again our hearts were broken. Last year a stray showed up and guess what? Yup he is ours now. Once again, just like to last ones he has proven to be a wonderful friend.
He will have a new friend shortly - our first puppy! We are very excited for this addition to the family and look forward to all the love and wonder that dog owners have always known.
Any helpful advice from dog owning LDotters would be warmly welcomed by this first time dog owning family.
No matter your thoughts about Jonah, he is Miss Lucianne´s son, and she our lovely hostess. It is good to be gracious to her when we post here and mindful of the importance of respect no matter his politics. This is her "house" after all.
I have had at least 2 dogs at a time for most of my adult life. Aussie, Border Collie, requisite Lab mix, Cocker Spaniel, and mom´s Schnauzers. Loved them all. But I now have a Pit Bull (stray who showed up in my yard when it was 20 degrees outside). BEST. DOG. EVER. Also adopted some friends´ Cocker who are moving out of the country. I love me some dogs. Advice for #12. Crate training and enjoy learning the difference between dog and cat personalities. Also teach early Sit and Stay commands. And THE most important command: COME. Enjoy!
For my reply @ #2 - I forgot to add the hamster in the room as well - his name is Taco. He thoroughly enjoyed his seat at this dog fest all night.
And for #12 - I can give my advice, which would match that of my dear friend Robert Cabral, who runs BoundAngels.org. THE BEST in dog training anywhere. He´s on Facebook as Robert Cabral and has ALL his training videos and "as me anything" training problems posted. Robert takes dogs in shelters that most would put down, and turns them into amazing dogs for families, veterans w/ PTSD, etc.
I have never seen a man with more connection to the dog mind and behavior than Robert. He offers so much for free. Take advantage of it online. He works with the military members stationed in the areas he works to train them to train dogs. (Malibu is his home base, but he goes all over and has many take their dogs to him for training from all over.) He shows you beginning-to-end result behavior training, in the shelters. No editing.
Search for the dog breed that fits your life, activity level and temperment for your home. I also had cats (4) w/ dogs and it worked out beautifully. 24 Paws Productions at one time.
I have had four dogs over the years, a dog of unknown parentage, a Westie, a black lab mixture that showed up on our farm while we were building and stayed, and several cats, the last a feral kitty that was injured and ended up staying. They were all wonderful, loving pets. The really hard part is having to put one down when they become old. My first dog, the one of unknown parentage, lived to be 18 years old, and the hardest thing I have ever had to do was take him to the vet to be euthanized. I was with him when the vet did it, petting him, and the last thing he did was lick my hand. I was bawling like a baby. Our feral friend got sick and we had to put him down, also. My husband cried that time, because Hobo, our cat used to wake him up every morning at 60 every morning. My husband called him his little furry alarm clock.
My best friend is Airborne. During a training mission a number of years ago he had a near fatal parachute "mishap". He said that his last thought before he hit the water was, "I hope someone feeds my dogs."
What a wonderful article. I grew up with dogs and loved and loved them dearly. The first dog my Mom and Dad had would guard me while I was in the Teeter Babe. Talk about dating myself! Our next dog was a mutt with mostly Schnauzer in him and he was the cutest dog I´ve ever seen. My sister and I would dress him up in panties and a bonnet and push him in our baby buggy. He just stayed there! What a sweet, precious boy he was.
When I moved out to my first apartment I got my first cat and have never been without one since. They are certainly easier to care for while being a full-time worker. Last year I lost my 19-year old beloved Tabby and was devastated the day he died. He was one of the funniest, most affectionate, ´dog like´ cats I have ever had. He always came when I called him, he never knew a stranger and was always by my side. That little imp even figured out how to open french door handles by jumping up and down. I only have one left from the original three and she is now 19. l and so far so good. I will never be without a cat.
The tale of Harvey Weinstein is now a thread that has tangled its way through Hollywood, connecting women, mostly actresses, in a depressingly common way. We all seem to have a Harvey story, each one a little different but with essentially the same nauseating pattern and theme. Women were bullied, cajoled, manipulated, and worse, and then punished. My Harvey story is different, mostly because of timing. I was in one of the first films that Weinstein produced. I accepted a supporting role in a small movie based on “Loser Takes All,” the short novel by Graham Greene. I was twenty years
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She didn’t name names, but when Monica Lewinsky joined the viral online campaign against sexual harassment Sunday by retweeting #MeToo, the first person who came to mind was President Bill Clinton. Therein lies the problem for the Clintons with the Harvey Weinstein sexual-harassment scandal: It hits perilously close to home. Not only was Mr. Weinstein a political ally and a major donor to the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation, but his alleged sexual misconduct has refocused attention on Mr. Clinton’s own checkered past as the tide turns against powerful men who take advantage of women. “The question is on everyone’s lips: how
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A collective jaw dropped this week as Asia Argento, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette and a host of other women joined Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan in speaking publicly about being harassed, mauled and even allegedly raped by Hollywood’s heavyweight gorilla, Harvey Weinstein. Media outlets ironically wrung their hands and asked in big, bold block letters: How could this have gone on for so long? If everyone knew, why didn’t anyone say anything? And the inevitable: What can be done? To answer these questions, let’s look beyond the Harvey-shaped elephant in the room. Behind the touted veneer of creative
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Former President George W. Bush offered an unmistakable denunciation of Trumpism Thursday without mentioning the president by name, urging citizens to oppose threats to American democracy. “Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication,” Bush warned in remarks at the Bush Institute’s Spirit of Liberty event in New York. By chance, Bush was standing in the same spot at the Time Warner Center where former President Barack Obama made a similar plea for democracy and American leadership in late September, shortly after President Donald Trump had finished a belligerent, isolationist speech to the United Nations
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George W. Bush hinted Thursday at his dissatisfaction with Donald Trump, complaining in a New York City speech that ´bullying and prejudice´ has become a caustic norm in American public life. At an event hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, the 43rd U.S. president rattled off a thinly veiled litany of complaints about the current commander-in-chief, focusing on both his tone and his isolationist policy choices. ´Our young people need positive role models,´ he said. ´Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children.´
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Damning new evidence appears to show that Hillary Clinton used her office as Secretary of State to confer benefits to Russia in exchange for millions of dollars in donations to her foundation and cash to her husband. But there’s more. It seems it was all covered up for years by the same three people who are now involved in the investigation of President Donald Trump over so-called Russian “collusion.” (Snip) What’s more, Holder was a member of the “Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States” which approved the uranium sale to the Russians in 2010.
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A Massachusetts elementary school has canceled its Halloween events and is celebrating ´black and orange spirit day´ instead. Boyden Elementary School´s principal sent a letter to parents this week saying that it had decided to cancel its traditional Halloween parade on October 31 because it was ´not inclusive of all students´ and was ´difficult´ for many. Without specifying which students the parade excluded, Principal Brendan Dearborn said the school would instead hold a ´black and orange spirit day´. Children are allowed to dress in those colors but cannot come to school in costume. They are however allowed to wear costumes to an
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