15. April 2014

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Pets’ Emotional Connections to Owners

A study in the University of Tokyo has recently found out that pets are emotionally connected to people, especially to their owners compared to strangers.

Teresa Romero and her team did a psychological study of a dog’s yawn in response to seeing people yawn. The study also resulted that the emotional connection is genuine because the dogs didn’t respond much to fake yawns compared to the real ones.

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This mirror effect proves that dogs and their owners have a mutual connection. For the sake of Science, this study was conducted, though a lot of pet owners already know this.

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14. April 2014

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American Pet Food Buying Habits’ Show Preference for More Expensive Labels

How much budget do you usually allocate for your dog’s meals?

A recent observation based on dog food expenditure in America is winking to big companies to join or upgrade the available ones on the market.

Mars is planning to spend $2.9 billion to upgrade their premium products and produce new, and better ones. While most pet owners prefer the lesser brands, almost half of the pet food profit goes to the premium brands.

Scout: Master Balancer

Scout: Master Balancer

There’s simply nothing wrong with buying the best for your loved ones because experts say, that premium pet foods are really as good as the brand claimed it to be. However, Marion Nestle, co-author of “Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat,” stated that “While there is plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that better quality, more costly ingredients provide superior nutrition, there are no scientific studies proving so.” Lastly she added that, “Ninety percent of pets live on the cheapest pet food and survive.”

As a loving owner, this sure is hard to give up. But for the practical ones, kudos to Nestle for giving a sense of relief to the non-premium buyers.

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11. April 2014

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Pets meet the Easter Bunny

On a rainy Sunday afternoon pet owners from Lackawanna County brought their pets to Toyota of Scranton to get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny on March 30.

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It was the second year in a row Toyota of Scranton held the fundraiser, in which the proceeds from the photos go to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter in Clarks Summit. The cost was $5 per photo.

“People enjoy it,” said Marisa Ford, volunteer of the animal shelter. “It’s a great thing Toyota lets us do.”

The Easter Bunny posed with petson a bench on the side of a fireplace. Some of the owners dressed their female dogs in dresses, while others placed plush bunny ears on their dog’s head. Pet owners had the option of getting their photo taken with their pet or just having their pet get its photo taken with the bunny.

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10. April 2014

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Lessons in cuddling: Pit bulls and tabby cat show us how it’s done

Sabrina Paige has just about the cutest trio of pets on Instagram, and her avid followers are proof that we all love a good cuddle session among dogs and cats. Located in Washington, D.C, Paige picked up photography as a hobby as she volunteered to photograph adoptable pets at a local animal shelter when she […]

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9. April 2014

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OC resident helps dog-fighting victims

The national organization assisted in the seizure of 367 dogs suspected to be bred for fighting in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Georgia. With help from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the groups transported hundreds of pit bulls to temporary shelters, and then turned their attention to providing ongoing care of […]

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8. April 2014

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Pit Bull Starring In Shakespeare Play Needs A Good Home

Jazz the pit bull mix doesn’t have a long theater resume, at least as far as anyone knows. His life before coming to the Baltimore Humane Society is something of a blank slate. “We either have owner surrenders or pull from high kill shelters,” says Wendy Goldband, spokesperson for the privately-funded shelter, which also runs […]

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7. April 2014

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Dolly The Pit Bull Won’t Stop Sitting On Her Brother Duke

Dolly and Duke are both pit bulls who live in a suburban Indianapolis home, where Dolly just won’t stop sitting on her brother. Duke doesn’t seem to mind. He is an older gentleman, adopted from a local animal shelter where he was “emaciated and heart worm-positive,” having been found alone in the apartment where his […]

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6. April 2014

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Coachella pit bull Gideon left to die, but wins hearts worldwide

When she first saw him, cuts covered his beaten body, fear shimmered in his eyes. Whoever owned the starving pit bull had abandoned him near the Coachella desert, possibly for months, before Annie Hart of the Bill Foundation drove from Los Angeles to rescue him in late December. “Truly, he was one of the sickest […]

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5. April 2014

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Must Love Pit Bulls: Animal Rescue Creates Adorable Personal Ads For Dogs Who Need A Family

A North Carolina shelter is putting out human-style personals ads for its pit bull-type dogs — which make up “over 24 percent of dogs entering shelters in our community,” says Darci VanderSlik, spokesperson for the SPCA of Wake County. “Pit bulls are over-represented entering shelters, are under-represented in adoptions and are at greater risk for […]

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4. April 2014

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Gracie’s Story: a Rescue Tail and an Exposé of Animal Suffering at the Stockton Animal Shelter

When local government fails to enforce laws that protect animals from suffering, turning to the courts is often the only remaining option—and that is why ALDF is monitoring the situation at the Stockton, California animal shelter closely. When Eileen McFall first visited Stockton Animal Services on March 2, 2012, she thought she knew what to […]

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