Follow the link below for adorable picture of pit bull and bunnies

“She was initially quite shy, but soon came around with the help of my other dogs,” Wolf says. “She is a young girl, no more than 18 months old. She will have no handicaps really. She does have a severe neck wound with a lot of scar tissue there, and will never be able to wear a collar. Her voice is a little funny because of it too. If I can figure a way to get the funds, I am going to see about having the vet reduce and modify the excess scar tissue to make a smoother and less restricted skin area there. Otherwise a healthy, smart girl that will be up for adoption.” For now, Parfait is keeping company with a menagerie. She met the bunnies a few days before Wolf took the photo she sent to us. She has also cuddled with lambs and chicks. Check out more of the multi-species healing at Rocky Ridge in our slideshow.

via Rescued Pit Bull Loves Bunnies | The Bark.


February 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

Visit to a Japanese cat cafe: lots of pictures and video

At the request of a regular reader here, I have betaken myself and the kids intrepid reporter that I am to the Neko Cafe Leon in Yokohama.  Yes, there really is such a thing–a coffee shop with a separate room filled with kitties to play with…for a sizable chunk of change $6 each for 30 minutes, and an additional $2/10min each after that–and you have to buy at least a drink.

via yokohamamama: An Afternoon at the NekoCafe Leon.

February 5, 2011 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

Scientists have good evidence that handler’s beliefs cause ‘false positive’ performance by ‘sniffer’ dogs

Drug- and explosives-sniffing dog/handler teams’ performance is affected by human handlers’ beliefs, possibly in response to subtle, unintentional handler cues, a study by researchers at UC Davis has found.

The study, published in the January issue of the journal Animal Cognition, found that detection-dog/handler teams erroneously “alerted,” or identified a scent, when there was no scent present more than 200 times — particularly when the handler believed that there was scent present.

“It isn’t just about how sensitive a dog’s nose is or how well-trained a dog is. There are cognitive factors affecting the interaction between a dog and a handler that can impact the dog’s performance,” said Lisa Lit, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology and the study’s lead author.

via Explosive- and drug-sniffing dog performance is affected by their handlers’ beliefs.

February 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

How much language can dogs learn? No one knows yet.

The 1,022 words in Chaser’s vocabulary are all proper nouns. Dr. Pilley also found that Chaser could be trained to recognize categories, in other words common nouns. She correctly follows the command “Fetch a Frisbee” or “Fetch a ball.” She can also learn by exclusion, as children do. If she is asked to fetch a new toy with a word she does not know, she will pick it out from ones that are familiar.

via Dog Might Provide Clues on How Language Is Acquired –

January 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

Houston SPCA foster care program for homeless animals

Sometimes a longtime shelter resident simply needs a respite from cage life. Spending time with a family seems to boost an animal’s spirits, said Janella Clay, foster-care coordinator for the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The animals usually return acting more confident, which makes them more attractive to potential owners.

Clay remembers a dog that had been in the shelter for two months. A family took it home for the Thanksgiving holiday. “It came back, and they changed its name, and it was adopted like two days later,” she said.

Kitten wrangler Rittinger is one of about 150 foster caretakers registered at the Houston SPCA.

via Foster care gives pets new start | Life | – Houston Chronicle.

January 20, 2011 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

A&M center expanding retirement home for pets | Houston & Texas News | – Houston Chronicle

A&M’s animal house was the “burning concept” of the late Dr. Ned Ellett, head of the veterinary school’s small animal clinic, and named for La Porte’s Madlin Stevenson, an early benefactress.

Ellett, a veterinary ophthalmologist, was a “very warm, genuine guy,” who shared the concern of his elderly clients about the future fates of their pets, Presnal said. Ellett, who died the year the center opened, viewed the program as a way to ensure quality care for masterless pets and as a tool to further medical research on aging animals.

The latter goal, Presnal said, is achieved through the four veterinary students who live at the center and through the attention the animals receive at the adjacent vet school clinics.

Kindred spirits

Stevenson, an inveterate rescuer of strays, responded enthusiastically to the idea, providing an initial $250,000 donation to get the project rolling. The center’s endowment now tops $10 million.

via A&M center expanding retirement home for pets | Houston & Texas News | – Houston Chronicle.

January 12, 2011 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Lovers, Joy Lee on Houston Dog Blog

Adopting just one or two of these suggestions can help you to have a more peaceful household and can help the problem of pet overpopulation and neglect in your community.Within our own families: Take Fido for a walk every day – not only will the exercise help him stay fit, but canine physical activity helps to keep dogs calmer and better behaved – and the walk will help your fitness, too

via New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Lovers! Guest Post from Joy Lee from Rover Oaks Pet Resort! – Houston Dog Blog | Houston Pet Resource | Houston Dog Information | Houston Dogs | Come. Sit. Stay..

December 31, 2010 at 7:39 am Leave a comment

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