Category Archives: Dog News

Read to a Dog? Yep, That’s What They Said!

According to the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin, The Rochester Public Library will host the following event in June. There is no charge.

• Sit, Stay, Read: 6:30 p.m., June 9, held in the auditorium. Read aloud for 20 minutes to a friendly therapy dog. Reading times are 6:30 p.m., 6:50 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. When registering online, please enter your preferred dog and time in the e-mail address box ([email protected]) Dogs and times will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Only registered child and accompanying parent/adult should attend. Register online, at the children’s desk or by calling (507) 328-2303.

What will they think of next?

Cancer-Sniffing Dog to Be Cloned

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Park Chen-Kyong, AFP, via Discovery News at on the Discovery Channel reports that a Japanese center which says it has trained a dog to sniff out human cancer cells is cloning the animal in South Korea, a Seoul-based biotechnology company and the dog’s owner said Wednesday.

Your thoughts? Is this good? Is this dangerous? Are the risks worth the potential benefits? Are there important moral issues here? Please post you comments and let us all know what you think.

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It’s a Dog’s World

The American Pet Products Manufacturing Association estimates that people in the United States will spend $43.4 million on their animals this year, as compared to a paltry $41.2 million in 2007.  What is it that we’re spending so much of our disposable income on?  Laura Bennett, CEO of Embrace Pet Insurance has this to say about pet trends in 2008.

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Do They Get to See Pluto and Goofy, Too?

Walt Disney World is said to be in the design stages of a luxury pet resort.  The resort will welcome four-legged family members of resort guests as well as employees.

Suites will include television sets and raised beds, because God-forbid your pet should sleep on the floor.  Animals will be treated to play groups, nature walks, ice cream treats, and even bedtime stories.  Maybe they’ll read my favorite children’s book, “The Pokey Little Puppy”.


Dog trumps dad in some families, study reveals

Shannon Proudfoot of Canwest News Service reports that while plenty of people describe their pets as members of the family, a new study shows that for the most devoted dog owners, Fido outranks some two-legged loved ones.

Dog lovers report being as attached to their pooches on a series of standard relationship measures as they are to their mothers, siblings, best friends and significant others, and even closer to them than they are to their fathers. The most striking results came from those most attached to their pets, but even among a general sample of 111 college students living with dogs, people say they crave their dog’s company as much as some human family members. Continue reading Dog trumps dad in some families, study reveals