Archive for January, 2010

Which Dog Is the Smartest?

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

A leading canine researcher says dogs understand more than 150 words and can count up to four or five. He has compiled a list of the world’s smartest dogs. See if your pooch cracks his Top 7.

The American Psychological Association’s 117th annual convention featured psychologist and leading canine researcher Stanley Coren, widely published author from the University of British Columbia. The subject of his talk: “How Dogs Think.”

The good news: Dogs are as smart as 2-year-old kids, can comprehend more than 150 words (although “super dogs” can understand 250), and can count up to four or five. The bad news: They are “consciously deceptive” and trick people into giving them what they want. “And they are nearly as successful in deceiving humans as humans are in deceiving dogs,” Coren said. But you knew that.

To settle the Mother of All Dog Park Arguments, Coren studied data from 208 dog-obedience judges in the United States and Canada to determine the differences in working and obedience intelligence across different dog breeds. And the results of the smartest pooch competition are in:

No. 1: Border collies.

No. 2: Poodles.

No. 3: German shepherds.

No. 4: Golden retrievers.

No. 5: Dobermans.

No. 6: Shetland sheepdogs.

No. 7: Labrador retrievers.

Fun Ways to Share Valentine’s Day With Your Pooch

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

February 14th is a special date to express our love for our sweethearts with flowers and candy or a romantic dinner, but this year, Valentine’s Day has gone to the dogs! Bark Busters offers helpful tips to help make the day of love even more extraordinary and unique by including your treasured canine companion in the day’s festivities. Here are a few tips to help you spoil your pooch this Valentine’s Day.

Try a night away for two. Getting out of town with your dog is a fun way to bond outside of the home. Whether you go down the road or somewhere exotic, there are many dog-friendly hotels that are more then happy to accommodate you and your pup.

Get some exercise. A spirited walk and a picnic in your local dog park is a great way to get exercise and spend some quality time together. Who knows; maybe your canine will find a valentine, too.

If outdoor therapy isn’t for your dog, maybe a little retail therapy is! Spend time together on a shopping spree at your favorite pet retailer or boutique. Clothing and accessories aren’t the only things that will spoil your dog. How about a luxury pet bed that will send your dog to an ultra comfortable dream world? You both will sleep easy knowing this purchase was meant to pamper.

Remember this special day forever by having a one-of-a-kind pet portrait made of your dog. You will appreciate the elegance and joy that this artwork will bring for years to come.

Give your pampered pooch a new toy. Nothing says “Be My Valentine” like some pink and red heart-shaped toys. Your dog will get hours of enjoyment out of these new toys. Plus, those cute little toys scattered throughout the house are just little reminders of how much you love your pup.

Dinner and a movie are a fun way to spend Valentine’s Day with your beloved pooch. Pick your favorite animal-related movie, and curl up with your pup and your favorite snacks. What’s better than a good movie, fun food, a blanket and a best friend?

Bake some homemade dog biscuits for your pooch. If baking isn’t your forte, pick up gourmet treats at a local pet boutique. Even our furry friends deserve to have their tummies pampered on Valentine’s Day.

It doesn’t really matter how you spoil your dog this Valentine’s Day as long as you both have fun. Whether you opt for simple or extravagant, make it a safe and enjoyable holiday for both you and your furry friend.

IFAW, WSPA, and other groups band together to help animals in Haiti

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) have formally agreed to head up a coalition of groups to address the needs of animals in Haiti following the earthquake that devastated the country.

On January 12, a 7.0 earthquake – the largest in 200 years – rocked the small island nation, reducing buildings to rubble, and demolishing the capital, Port-au-Prince. Tens of thousands of people are feared dead and countries such as the United States have pledged troops and aid to the Caribbean nation. The international response to the devastation has been the largest outpouring of support since Asia’s 2004 tsunami.

In addition to the massive humanitarian crisis, there are an estimated 5 million head of livestock in the country (mostly goats), a large stray dog population, an untold number of companion animals, and native wildlife all adversely affected by the earthquake.

IFAW and WSPA have formally agreed to lead a coalition of animal-related charities to collaborate on all work in Haiti. The belief is that partnering across organizations is the most effective way to address the serious and enormous problems facing animals in Haiti.

“This is a massive challenge and animal non-profits need to cooperate as much as possible,” said Ian Robinson, IFAW’s Emergency Relief Director. “We’re already concerned about a possible outbreak of rabies, leptospirosis, or another zoonotic disease. We need to set up vaccination and feeding programs as soon as possible. Finally, we need to get acute, critical care to the animals that need it most. There’s a lot to do. More than we can do alone.”

Currently, a team is staging in the Dominican Republic waiting to get into Haiti to begin work. IFAW and WSPA have also begun to stock a mobile clinic with vaccines, antibiotics, bandages, food, and other supplies in anticipation of bringing direct aid to animals.

“We’re not certain exactly what we’ll be doing, when we’ll start, or what challenges we’ll face,” said Robinson. “But we know a few things: we’re prepared, we’ve set up a system to work together with other groups, and, given the scale of this disaster, we know we’ll be there a long time.”

If you want to donate to help animals on Haiti see this link:
https://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_united_states/donate_now/haiti_earthquake.php?msource=DR100123001#x