18-yr-old Kerala student dies of rabies, month after being bitten by dog

A college student in Kerala passed away in the early hours of Thursday, June 30, a month after she was bitten by a dog and was being treated for rabies. Srilakshmi (18), who lived in Mankara area of Palakkad district was bitten by a dog on May 30, when she was on her way to college. She was studying Bachelors in Computer Application (BCA) at a college in Coimbatore, where she was a first year student.

Having taken an anti-rabies vaccine, Srilakshmi did not show any symptoms initially. She began showing symptoms later after which she was first taken to a private hospital in Mankara in Palakkad. She was later admitted at the Thrissur medical college with high fever two days ago. The hospital then said that she had all the symptoms of rabies and began treatment for the same. However, Srilakshmi passed away on June 30.

According to reports, the dog had even bitten its owner on May 29, and a day later, bitten Srilakshmi. The owner’s condition is said to be stable.

In October last year, the death of a 7-year-old boy from Kasargod district had led to demands of a study into deaths due to rabies, especially among people who had been vaccinated. The 7-year-old boy in the case had taken the first dose of the rabies vaccine after a stray dog had bitten him, but passed away three weeks later.

The rabies virus is a member of the Lyssavirus genus. An anti-rabies vaccine is administered to people after their exposure to a rabies-infected animal. It is given over a period of a few weeks in four doses. The immediate steps to be taken when someone is bitten by an infected animal is to wash and cleanse the wound thoroughly with soap and water after which a tetanus toxoid injection is given. The vaccine is given after this.


Fri, Jul 1, 2022 9:16 PM

Scientists sniff out the reason why dogs’ noses are cold

A scientific study has answered a question on a lot of people’s lips about a lot of dogs’ noses: Why are they so cold? While it has been widely assumed the phenomenon is related to body temperature regulation, researchers have now revealed it is because dogs’ noses serve as ultra-sensitive heat detectors. In a study published in Scientific Reports, a team of researchers from Sweden and Hungary found when the ambient temperature is 30C, a dog’s rhinarium – the bare end point of the nose – is some five degrees cooler. If the outside temperature is 0C, a dog’s nose will be around eight degrees. The two factors equal out at 15C.

The researchers believed such differences suggested the tip of the nose served a sensory function, and that hypothesis has been proven correct. The study showed a dog’s nose can detect often very faint heat sources – such as the presence of a small mammal – from five feet away. The research team from Sweden’s Lund University and the Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary studied three dogs – Kevin, Delfi and Charlie – who were trained to identify which of two identical four-inch wide objects had been heated to around 12 degrees warmer than room temperature.

All three dogs could detect stimuli of weak thermal radiation in double-blind experiments,’ the study said. ‘In addition, we employed functional magnetic resonance imaging on 13 awake dogs, comparing the responses to heat stimuli of about the same temperatures as in the behavioural experiment. The warm stimulus elicited increased neural response. ‘All stimuli of radiating heat used in our experiments were too weak to be felt by human hands, even at very short distances. We had to touch the surfaces to feel the warmth.


Thu, Mar 5, 2020 11:33 AM

India’s First War Memorial Dedicated To Service Animals Is Coming Up In Meerut

New Delhi: A war memorial that is being planned in Meerut is set to feature a heroine who lost her life in a counter-insurgency operation in Kashmir in 2016.

It is also likely to feature some others who acquitted themselves creditably in the Kargil war India fought with Pakistan in 1999.

What makes the memorial unique is that it is devoted to service animals, mostly dogs, but also horses and mules. It will be the country’s first animal war memorial and recognise heroics on the battlefield, devotion to duty and outstanding contribution to military service alongside soldiers, three senior officers said, asking not to be named.

The memorial will come up at the Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC) Centre and College in Meerut where the army breeds, rears, and trains dogs, mules and horses.

“Approval from the defence ministry is expected soon to construct a war memorial to commemorate RVC animals and men who have sacrificed their lives or have been commended for exceptional gallantry or distinguished service. Land has already been identified in Meerut and the preliminary design has been frozen,” said one of the officers.

He added that the monument would be similar to the National War Memorial in Delhi but on a smaller scale.

The names and service numbers of more than 300 dogs, 350 handlers and a few horses and mules will be inscribed on granite tablets at the memorial. The dogs include around 25 killed in action during counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the country’s North-east, the first officer said.“It will be a befitting token of remembrance and a mark of respect and gratitude towards the RVC soldiers (men and animals) who laid down their lives for the country. Several western nations have memorials dedicated to animals,” said the second officer.

Topping the list of animals whose names will be inscribed on the memorial’s walls is Mansi, a Labrador who was posthumously “mentioned in dispatches” (the highest honour that a dog can get in military service in India) four years ago for her role in a counter-infiltration operation in north Kashmir, the second officer added.

Her handler, Bashir Ahmed War, was also posthumously awarded Sena Medal for gallantry and his name will be alongside Mansi’s.

The highest award won by a dog handler is the Shaurya Chakra, the country’s third highest peacetime gallantry award.

The army has more than 1,000 dogs, 5,000 mules and 1,500 horses.

Five Labradors were awarded commendation cards on Army Day 2020 for helping soldiers track down terrorists in J&K and sniffing out deadly explosives in the North-east last year.

Army dogs are trained for a variety of roles, such as detecting mines and explosives, tracking, assault, infantry patrol, and search and rescue.

“Explosives detection dogs are an invaluable component of road opening parties that safeguard

the movement of men and material in terror hotbeds. These dogs have saved innumerable lives by timely detection of explosives. Mine detection dogs are used along the Line of Control to create safe lanes,” said the third officer.

The RVC pioneered war dog training in India in the late 1950s.

Labradors, German Shepherds and Belgian Shepherds (Malinois) are the mainstay of the army’s canine work force. The RVC has introduced some Mudhol Hounds (an indigenous dog breed from Karnataka) and Cocker Spaniels on a trial basis for explosives detection.

Recognising the contribution of animals, the army in 2017 named an officers mess lounge in Delhi cantonment after the longest serving army mule, Pedongi, who carried military loads in

forward areas for over 30 years.

The army’s animal transport units, equipped with mules, are assigned the responsibility of supporting some of its remotest outposts located at heights of up to 19,000 feet. Mules played a crucial role during the 1999 Kargil war with Pakistan.

Mon, Jan 27, 2020 1:47 PM

Leopard pounces upon dog outside house in Gujarat. Blood-curdling CCTV video is viral

In a spine-chilling incident that was caught on camera, a dog was attacked by a leopard outside a house in Gujarat's Amreli. CCTV footage of the incident has gone viral and the internet is super scared.
The dog was sleeping at the doorstep of the house while the leopard crept in. It walked along the portico silently and pounced on the dog as it shrieked in fright and freed itself. But the leopard wasn't willing to give up as it chased the dog while it attempted to escape.
Soon after being shared on social media, the video has been viewed over 80,000 times and the comments section of the post is filled with fearful expressions. "I hope the dog is fine! Couldn't they just let the dog inside," a user said.
Several others enquired about the dog asking whether it is alive. That isn't clear as yet considering the camera was only able to capture the leopard chasing the dog till a certain point. "Oh my God..such a horrible thing...caught on camera," another user exclaimed.
What do you think about this incident?

Wed, Oct 16, 2019 3:09 PM

Starvation and beating caused death of 90 stray dogs in Maharashtra?

The carcasses of at least 90 canines, with their muzzles and legs tied with strings, were found strewn across various spots on Girda-Savaldabara Road in a forest area on Thursday evening. 

MUMBAI: Starvation and beating with sticks seem to be the prima facie causes behind the death of as many as 90 stray dogs in Maharashtra's Buldhana district as per a preliminary postmortem report, a police official said on Monday.
The carcasses of at least 90 canines, with their muzzles and legs tied with strings, were found strewn across various spots on Girda-Savaldabara Road in a forest area on Thursday evening. 
The incident came to light due to a foul odour emanating from decomposing carcasses.
A case under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered on Sunday against unidentified killers of the strays on a complaint lodged by a forest guard.
"Postmortem of few carcasses revealed that the dogs had not eaten food for a few days. Prime facie, we suspect the strays died due to starvation as their muzzles were found tied with strings and due to them beaten up with sticks," the official said.
He said those carcasses which were not decomposed and different parts of the carcasses were used for postmortem.
The viscera samples have been sent for examination, he said, adding that the final postmortem report will be received within a week.
More than 100 dogs were found thrown on the road at five locations.
Of them 90 dogs were found dead while some were found to be alive, the official had said.
Police suspect the strays were picked up from the city limits, killed, and their carcasses dumped in the forest area.
Police are questioning dog-catchers from nearby areas for clues.

Fri, Sep 13, 2019 9:47 AM

Lost Bloxwich dog reunited with owners after two years

An "overjoyed" family were reunited with their lost dog more than two years after he was suspected of being stolen.
Nicola Spragg, 34, from Bloxwich, Walsall, said her Shar-Pei disappeared without a trace from her back garden in April 2017. 
Last week Mata, aged four, was found wandering the streets 25 miles away in Telford, Shropshire. He was traced back to her through his microchip. Ms Spragg said son Frazer, 11, "sobbed" when he realised the pet had returned. Mata, named after Frazer's favourite Manchester United player Juan Mata, had been with the family since he was a puppy. Last Thursday Ms Spragg received a phone call "out of the blue" from staff at a dogs' home in Telford asking if she wanted her dog back. 
"My son came home and I told him to shut his eyes," the mother of three said. "He opened them and looked at me and started stroking the dog and said 'it's not Mata'. 
"I said 'bab, it's Mata'. He sobbed. It's a lot to take in. "He's not just a dog he's our family." She said Mata was in immaculate condition when he was found. "I do thank whoever had him. I know they are going to be heartbroken, but he's with the rightful owner," she added. Marty Burrell, the co-owner of Hilbrae Rescue Kennels, which helped rescue the dog, said the "lovely outcome" was down to the microchip.
"All we want to do is reunite dogs and their owners as quickly as possible," she said.

Sat, Aug 31, 2019 10:01 AM


4. I.P.C. Section 428 and 429 provides SEVERE PUNISHMENT (up to 5 years imprisonment) TO PEOPLE RESORTING TO DISLOCATION, ABDUCTION, AND ACTS OF CRUELTY towards community animals or pets.
5. Delhi Police act 1968, sections 73 to 79, 99 gives special powers to police to take action when an animal offence has been committed.
6. Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act makes all animal cruelty a criminal offence. Fines and imprisonment are both provided for. The Indian Penal Code has similar provisions.
7. The Animal Birth Control (Dog) Rules, 2001, enacted under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, provide for sterilization and vaccination as a means of stabilizing/reducing stray dog populations and eliminating the risk of rabies; and prohibits relocation of stray dogs, i.e. throwing, or driving them out of one area, into another. An order passed by the Supreme Court of India in this regard, which prohibits removal, dislocation or killing of all dogs.
8. Under Stray Dog Management Rules 2001, IT IS ILLEGAL FOR AN INDIVIDUAL, RWA or estate management to remove or relocate dogs. The dogs have to be sterilized and vaccinated and returned to the same area. Vaccinated and sterilized dogs cannot be removed by the municipality too.
9. Ministry of Public Grievances notification and a similar notification by Animal Welfare Board of India to PROVIDE IMMUNITY TO ANIMAL FEEDERS AND RESTRICT and restrict government employees or bodies such as Resident Welfare Associations SOCIETIES FROM HARASSING PEOPLE WHO FEED OR HELP ANIMALS.
10. The Supreme Court of India gave a similar stay order against removal culling or dislocation of a dog anywhere in India.
*Article 51-A (g) states - " It shall be duty of every citizen of India to protect & improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures." So the animal lover is protected under the Constitution.
*Article 19 of the Constitution of India, deals with right to freedom and in this freedom comes the right to profession, occupation, trade and business which means that if someone has taken the caring of animals as his occupation, it is legal and he has every right to carry on with his occupation.
*Article 21 of the Constitution of India states the right to personal life and liberty. If someone wants to feed and provide shelter to dogs, he is at liberty to do so. He has the same right to liberty that the law provides to every citizen of India.

Mon, Aug 19, 2019 10:19 AM

Heartbroken dog owners mourn the loss of their pets from deadly algae

Dogs owners, particularly in the southern U.S., are being warned to keep their animals away from ponds and lakes where blooms of blue-green algae could be deadly to their fury loved ones. Melissa Martin and Denise Mintz said their four dogs — Abby, Harpo and Izzy — died within hours of frolicking in a pond Wilmington, North Carolina. In a heartbreaking Facebook post, Martin wrote that "our dogs crossed the rainbow bridge together. They contracted blue green algae poisoning and there was nothing they could do. We are gutted." "I wish I could do today over," Martin continued. "I would give anything to have one more day with them." 
In another incident, a couple from Marietta, Georgia, said they lost their dog recently just an hour after visiting Lake Allatoona in Bartow County. "We took our sweet Arya to the lake and had the best day playing ball and swimming around! About 30 minutes later on the drive home, we noticed her making weird noises. They rushed her to an ER but by "the time we got there, she was brain dead," Fleming reported. In Austin, Texas, pet owner Clare Saccardi said she recently lost her 4-year-old Golden Retriever, Harper, after a visit to Red Bud Isle on Thursday. Within about an hour and a half of leaving, Saccardi says Harper began showing symptoms. “She’s struggling to breathe, and she starts getting a little foam in her mouth, and so we take her to the emergency vet, and ten minutes after we got there, they told me that, ‘Your baby’s not doing good. We have to give her CPR,’ and she died shortly after that.” The dog deaths in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas have all been linked to blooms of blue-green algae. 

Tue, Aug 13, 2019 10:39 AM

Man bathes dog with two chimps

A video of a man bathing a dog with two chimpanzees has gone viral after a video was shared on Instagram by a user named Kody Antle. The clip, which has been viewed over six lakh times, features a dog sitting in a small tub while Antle, along with the two chimpanzees, gives him a bath.
And after the dog is done, the chimps and the man are seen cleaning themselves in the floatable pools. The chimps also help the man by rubbing soap on his body. 
However, some have pointed out that the actions of the two chimpanzees shown in the video were unusual. Wildlife experts have pointed out in the past that such behaviour is not normal for the animals and people should not be encouraged to keep them as pets.

Tue, Aug 6, 2019 5:39 PM

Dog beaten up to teach other strays a 'lesson' in Mumbai's Worli area

Mumbai: A stray dog was mercilessly beaten up by security guards in Worli, Mumbai after it took shelter at a building during the heavy rains. Two of the accused were arrested but were let off later on bail. The video of the incident has been going viral on social media. The dog is in a coma and is undergoing treatment. It is being alleged that the people living on the fourth floor of the building asked the security guards to thrash the dog in such a way that no other stray ever comes into the building. In the video, the dog can be seen writhing in pain as the security guards look at him from a distance. After the incident surfaced, the police registered a case and arrested the two accused but they were later released on bail. Bombay Animal Rights took cognizance of the incident and an FIR has been registered. Incidents like these hold testimony to the shallow nature of human beings who are blinded by success and status. On one hand, the rich of the country shell thousands to buy dogs as 'status symbols' while on the other hand, they despise homeless animals. Left at the mercy of these people, several strays are left to die in the so-called 'developed' and 'urban' parts of the country. 

Wed, Jul 31, 2019 3:10 PM

How To Choose A Dog Breed That Fits Your Budget And Lifestyle?

Thinking about bringing a four-legged friend into your life? Owning a dog can be an incredibly rewarding experience. But it’s not cheap, by any means. According to research, new dog owners can expect to spend near about Rs 5000/- in up-front expenses. After that, caring for dog will cost an average of Rs 1000-1500/- per month, plus an extra Rs18000/- in annual expenses. Of course, these are just averages. The specific breed you choose could be much more or less expensive to own. And aside from money, you want to be sure that your dog is a good fit for your home and family, too. So to figure out what type of breed would best suit your budget and lifestyle, consider the following questions.
Do you live in a small apartment or house with a yard?
You should consider your living situation when choosing a pup. For starters, bigger dogs simply need more space. And highly active breeds often require access to a yard where they can burn off energy throughout the day. However, your home type can matter for financial reasons, too. If you’re lucky enough to find an apartment that allows pets, you might be required to pay an additional pet deposit, slightly higher rent or both. Some home insurance companies also place restrictions on the types of breeds homeowners can have. You might know that Spike is all bark and no bite, but insurance companies might not be willing to take the chance. If you own a breed that’s considered aggressive or vicious by an insurer— like a Pit Bull, Doberman or Rottweiler — you might be denied coverage or charged a higher premium.
Are you a homebody or frequent traveler?
Since dogs require regular attention, feeding and exercise, you can’t leave them home alone when you go out of town. If you don’t have a family member or friend who can take over doggy duties while you’re gone, you might need to hire a petsitter or board your dog overnight.
Can you commit to regular grooming?
“While consistent grooming and coat care are requirements for every dog, the expenses can start adding up if you have a dog that’s particularly high maintenance,” It is said that “Breeds with intensive grooming requirements, like Cocker Spaniels, Samoyeds, Bichon Frise and mixed-breed doodles, will require dedication and financial investment to maintain a healthy coat.” However, costs could be much higher if you have a particularly large dog or require show-worthy styling. If you aren’t equipped to handle a dog with extensive grooming needs, consider a more low-maintenance breed.
Do you have the time and money to spend on vet care?
Though it’s a good idea to take your dog in for regular check ups, some dog breeds are notorious for having many medical issues. Many larger breeds are prone to dysplasia of the elbow and hip, while flat-faced breeds are prone to breathing issues and skin and ear problems. Bulldogs, Boxers and Labrador Retrievers are all prone to health issues as well. “It’s important to extensively research the breed you’re interested in getting so you understand what health conditions your potential dog could develop. We should well aware of the medical expenses. “Skin irritation is very common in bulldogs because of all the wrinkles,” we have to keep special wipes on hand to treat bulldogs ’s face and paws regularly. Regardless of what type of dog you choose, you should be financially ready for any health risks or emergencies that could arise. The best way to save money is to stay on top of your dog’s medical needs and practice prevention. “Always make sure your dog is spayed or neutered, is up-to-date on shots, and consistently takes flea, tick and heartworm preventative medicine.”This, will keep your dog from developing a condition or disease that could end up requiring extremely pricey medical care.

Fri, Jul 26, 2019 12:23 PM

Four out of five dog owners only walk their pet for peace and quiet, study finds

Eight out of ten dog owners admit they take their pet out for a walk – just to get some peace and quiet, it as emerged. The study carried out among 2,000 canine-keepers found as well as exercising their pooch, 73 per cent believe getting out and around with the hound is a vital de-stressing tool amid the hustle and bustle of life. Another eight in 10 said the time spent with mans’ best friend gives them valuable thinking time while almost three quarters see it as a chance to escape from the stresses of everyday life. Almost six in 10 even claimed the daily dog walk is the only point in the day they get out and about and enjoy some 'headspace', with almost half saying regular ‘me time’ is the best part of their walk. It also emerged one in five dog owners have made a major life decision while out walking their pet, as it allows them to ‘mull over’ solutions to life's problems or dilemma. One third of those have used the time to move to a new house, while more than one in four have taken the plunge and ended a relationship. Others have made the decision to change jobs, start their own business or even try for a baby. Walking the dog is one of the most important jobs as an owner. “But while it is primarily for the benefit of the dog, it can also be beneficial for dog owners too. Getting away from everyday life for a bit while you go on a quiet stroll can give you some much needed time with mans best friend to clear your head and enjoy some time to yourself – something many can struggle to get otherwise. “Not only is it good for your own health and wellbeing, but you can be safe in the knowledge that your beloved pooch is also going to be better off for it.” More than three quarters said the opportunity to get outside and do some exercise at the same time as their pet is one of the best things about walking their dog, while six in 10 enjoy the opportunity of having quality time and bonding with their pooch. It also emerged 68 per cent of dog owners believe their daily walk with their pet helps to improve their own physical health and another 64 per cent think it boosts their mood and mental health. Others feel guilty, irritable and even sad when they don’t get to enjoy their daily dog walk. Being outdoors, meeting other dog owners and discovering new places are also among the reported benefits of walking the dog. More than one in five also think walking the dog improves their relationship with their family and almost eight in 10 also say their relationship with their dog has improved thanks to their regular walks. As a result, four in 10 say walking together has bought them more laughter and enjoyment, while 21 per cent say it has made them more trusting. We have developed a handy exercise calculator to work out how many miles your dog would be happy and comfortable walking to ensure you are keeping them happy and healthy for as long as possible.

Mon, Jul 22, 2019 10:16 AM

Civic Body in Telangana Allegedly Slaughtered 70 Dogs, Video Shows Corpses Being Dumped in Yard

A shocking case of animal cruelty surfaced on Twitter on Sunday after a video captured a group of workers mercilessly throwing corpses of 40 dogs in a dump yard in Telangana's Siddipet. The video, shot by Vidya from Siddipet, shows 40 dead dogs, which the workers claim were slaughtered after receiving an order from the Siddipet Municipality authorities to curb dog menace. “Of the 40 dogs dead, I regularly used to feed three dogs which belonged to our area. On Saturday morning, I couldn’t find any of the animals in the locality and that’s when one of the residents here told me that they saw workers picking dogs from around the area. I spotted the truck that was carrying the dead animals. They told me that the permission was given by the civic body. Is this how the authorities enforce birth control among animals? They didn’t even spare the little ones which were just a few months old,” The News Minute quoted Vidya as saying. Vidya, a member of the Compassionate Society for Animals (CSA) and an animal rights activist, said none of the workers deployed for the job belonged to the municipality. The carcasses of the dogs were recovered and taken for postmortem, ANI reported. According to the report, the team found another 30 corpses, which were dumped in the yard on Sunday morning. Last Wednesday, civic authorities in Vikarabad were pulled up after 30 dogs were found slaughtered and their corpses thrown in a government dump yard. The Siddipet police have registered FIR under Section 11 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Section 429 (killing animals by mischief) of the Indian Penal Code.

Mon, Jul 15, 2019 5:22 PM

Amazing Facts About Dogs You Probably Didn't Know

Do you think you know everything there is to know about canines? Think again! Check out these interesting facts you may have never heard:
1. Dogs have a sense of time. It's been proven that they know the difference between a hour and five. If conditioned to, they can predict future events, such as regular walk times.
2. Your dog is as smart as a two-year old! Ever wonder why children around this age seem to have a special bond with the family dog? It could be because they speak the same language, roughly 250 words and gestures in fact.
3. A study at UCSD claims that your dog can genuinely get jealous when they see you display affection for another creature.
4. The United States has the highest pet dog population in the world. Approximately 75.8 million in fact.
5. Seeing eye dogs are trained to do their “business” on command. This way their owner can clean it up a bit easier. Some of the popular commands are “get busy” and “go time”.
6. Man’s best friend? Petting a dog and gazing into their eyes releases oxytocin (i.e the “love hormone”) not only for you, but for them as well.
7. The Saluki is the world’s oldest dog breed. They appear in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 2100 B.C.
8. Dachshunds were originally bred to fight badgers.
9. Dogs that have been spayed or neutered live longer than dogs who are intact.
10. More than half of all U.S presidents have owned dogs.

Wed, Jul 10, 2019 9:35 AM

Dog owner reunited with pet Labrador Buster NINE YEARS after the pup disappeared

Dog owner Rob Smith has told of his joy after being reunited with pet Labrador Buster nine years after it vanished as a pup.

The 39-year-old feared he would never see the animal again when he disappeared in 2010. But he got a phone call on Saturday morning from a vet 10 miles from his home telling him he had been found and identified through tagging. Buster was only a few months old when he disappeared from Rob’s mum’s garden in Llanelli, south Wales, in 2010.  “I believe he was stolen. We searched for him for weeks. I think I had half of Llanelli looking for him,” said Rob. Buster was found wandering the streets by a member of the public who took him to a nearby vet. Delighted Rob said: “I raced around to the vet’s after work. I just burst into tears. It was the biggest shock of my life. “It was very emotional seeing him again. He seemed pleased to see me. "He just rolled straight over. I can’t believe he’s back. "Nine years down the road and you get your best friend back. What are the odds? I guess we’ll never know where he’s been. I believe he was stolen.” Rob, of Llanelli, South Wales, got another black Labrador, Bruno, after Buster disappeared. He said: “They are already best mates.” Rob also met partner Samantha, 33, through the hunt for his missing pet. They now have two daughters, Ella-Louise, seven, and Mia-Grace, 16 months. Rob said: “I would never have had any of that if it hadn’t been for losing Buster.” Rob wants it to be made compulsory that every animal newly-registered with a vet should be scanned and the owner’s details checked to see if they match the details on its microchip. Meanwhile, distraught dog owners have contacted police after their pets went missing while under the watch of a professional dogsitter. Louise Lawford is reported to have told the owners that their pooches ran off on Sunday after being spooked by a gunshot. But the owners have contacted West Midlands Police about the disappearances. The dogs are still being considered as 'lost' by the police force. According to a 'missing' poster for the pooches, their microchips have had a 'stolen' alert placed on their records.

Tue, Jul 2, 2019 5:12 PM

Three-legged dog saves newborn baby buried alive by teenage mother

A dog with only three legs has rescued a newborn baby that was buried alive – reportedly by its teenage mother.

Ping Pong is being hailed a hero in Thailand for saving the child whose 15-year-old mother was believed to have been hiding her pregnancy from her parents.

The dog was barking and scratching at dirt by a field, alerting his owner, who then found an infant’s leg sticking up.

Locals rushed the 5.2lb baby to hospital, where doctors cleaned him up and declared he was healthy.

Police said they had arrested the mother and charged her with child abandonment and attempted murder.

The girl’s parents have offered to raise the baby although authorities have not yet decided whether to allow that.

Lt Col Panuwat Puttakam, of Chum Phuang police station, told the Bangkok Post that although the girl was underage, police were bound by law to charge her and she would be interrogated in the presence of child service workers.

“The girl is now in the care of a psychologist and her parents because she is in great fear. She regrets what she did and said she acted on impulse without thinking it through. She feared her parents would find out she had been pregnant,” the officer said.

The teenager will also be assessed for her mental health.

“Police officers are preparing to prosecute the mother but she is also a child and we must consider her mind and be professional. It is important that she is nurtured and treated fairly,” said Wichian Chantharanothai, governor of the Nakhon Ratchasima area.

He said the baby survived because he was buried only shallowly.

Ping Pong’s owner, Usa Nisaikha, said the dog lost the use of a leg when it was hit by a car.


“I kept him because he’s so loyal and obedient, and always helps me out when I go to the fields to tend to my cattle. He’s loved by the entire village. It’s amazing,” he said.

Fri, Jun 21, 2019 5:47 PM

UK's first canine blood bank launched in Derbyshire

The bank, which is fitted into a lorry, will allow for extra donation sessions to be put on as well as getting to areas not covered before. It has been organised by Loughborough-based charity Pet Blood Bank UK, which launched in 2007 to help vets treat dogs across the country. Sessions hosted within veterinary practices collected 3,000 units last year, it said. Currently, about five standard sessions are run every week across the UK. The mobile unit is a self-contained space where a dog is first checked by a vet before donating approximately 450ml (16floz) of blood. This is taken to Loughborough to be separated into red blood cells and plasma, with last year's 3,000 units making 5,000 blood products. Each donated unit can help up to four dogs. 

Tue, Jun 11, 2019 9:56 AM

Are you holding your dog's lead wrong? You could be about to seriously injure yourself

Thousands of dog owners are suffering serious hand injuries because they're holding their pet's lead wrong. Doctors from the British Society for Surgery of the Hand are warning people about the dangers after a huge number of nasty fractures, dislocations and even cases of 'degloving' - when when the skin is completely ripped off. Dog owners should refrain from wrapping the lead around their wrist, hand or fingers as sudden movement could cause a lot of damage. They should also avoid hooking their fingers under the collar. Last year there were 30 serious hand injuries from dog leads in Cornwall alone, including 65-year-old Jillian Tisdale.

Sat, Jun 1, 2019 5:28 PM


People say dogs are a man’s best friend, and according to a new survey, those people are right.

The General Social Survey (GSS), which is run by social research organisation NORC at the University of Chicago, found that 36 per cent of dog owners report being “very happy” compared to just 18 per cent of cat owners.Of course, having a dog might not be the only thing contributing to a person’s happiness levels.For example, the survey’s findings, as reported in The Washington Post, also revealed that dog owners are more likely to be married and own homes than cat owners, both of which are factors known to contribute towards life satisfaction.The GSS has been gathering data on the attitudes, behaviours and attributes of Americans since 1972, tracking everything from participants' marijuana habits to their relationship status.

But the GSS isn't the first study to look into the benefits of owning a dog versus a cat.

A recent study of 2,000 adults found that dog owners walk an average of 870 miles a year, which not only revealed they tend to be fitter than non-dog owners, but that they also have overall improved levels of mental health and reduced stress levels.

Meanwhile, another study from 2016 found that dog owners scored higher on all aspects of wellbeing when compared to those with cats.But cat owners shouldn’t despair yet.

One survey of 1,000 dog and cat owners over the age of 55 from last year found that pet owners are more likely to be satisfied in their jobs while almost half of those surveyed said they never felt lonely thanks to their pet.

Other research has claimed that owning a pet can lead to improved cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure while simply bonding with a pet has been linkedto assuaging symptoms of depression.

Sat, May 25, 2019 5:05 PM


Having a dog is good for your social life, a new study has suggested.
A poll of 2,000 dog owners found that nearly half of respondents have made new friends while taking their pet for a walk.
Those surveyed had met an average of four new people while out for walks with their pet or at puppy training classes, with a majority saying that owning a dog had boosted their confidence as they can more easily talk to strangers.
Health, stress levels and love-life were all reported to have been improved by dog ownership.
This has led to the dogs themselves having a vast social life too, with 60 per cent of those polled believing their pet has "dog friends".
Owners believed their dog to have an average of three friends, with more than a quarter having a consistent "walking buddy".
Eight in 10 of the pet owners polled said they believed it was important for dogs to have friends, which they regularly see.
“Similarly, dogs are the perfect ice-breaker to start conversations with people you might otherwise pass by and are proven to bring numerous health benefits along the way, such as improvements in mental and physical health, which this research has also shown.”

Thu, May 16, 2019 5:45 PM

Dogs join Middlesex University staff to help students with exam stress and homesickness

Dogs have joined Middlesex University to help students with exam-related stress and homesickness.Five Labradors have been trained as “canine teaching assistants” to reduce anxiety and prevent students from dropping out of university.The dogs have even been given their own ID badges to ensure they are seen as a fundamental part of the teaching and wellbeing team at the university.Fiona Suthers, head of clinical skills at the university, said: “It’s hard to describe the impact of just having a dog lying down in the corner of a class. You can literally feel stress levels reducing."It's amazing and we're very keen to continue and expand what we're doing.”It comes after the University of East Anglia recently offered students the chance to take a dog for a walk in a bid to tackle stress during the exam season.And last month, Sir Anthony Seldon, University of Buckingham’s vice-chancellor, said every school should have a dog or another pet to reduce stress in the classroom.Education secretary Damian Hinds added that more schools seem to have "wellbeing dogs" and "the pets can really help".

Wed, May 8, 2019 12:03 PM

10 Amazing Facts About Dogs You Probably Didn't Know

1. Dogs have a sense of time. It's been proven that they know the difference between a hour and five. If conditioned to, they can predict future events, such as regular walk times. 2. Your dog is as smart as a two-year old! Ever wonder why children around this age seem to have a special bond with the family dog? It could be because they speak the same language, roughly 250 words and gestures in fact. 3. A study at UCSD claims that your dog can genuinely get jealous when they see you display affection for another creature. 4. Man’s best friend? Petting a dog and gazing into their eyes releases oxytocin (i.e the “love hormone”) not only for you, but for them as well. 5. The Saluki is the world’s oldest dog breed. They appear in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 2100 B.C. 6. Your dog can smell your feelings. In fact, your dog’s sense of smell is approximately 100,000 times better than yours. So it shouldn’t be shocking that they can in fact, smell things such as fear. When a human is fearful, they perspire, and a dog is easily able to pick up on this change. 7. Your dog can smell your feelings. In fact, your dog’s sense of smell is approximately 100,000 times better than yours. So it shouldn’t be shocking that they can in fact, smell things such as fear. When a human is fearful, they perspire, and a dog is easily able to pick up on this change. 8. Dogs have wet noses because it helps to absorb scent chemicals. 9. Dogs can be trained to to detect cancer and other diseases in humans. Cancerous cells release different metabolic waste products than healthy cells in the human body. Dogs may even be able to sniff out cancer cells simply through smelling someone’s breath. 10. Have you ever wondered why your dog curls up in a ball when they sleep? It’s actually an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and to protect vital organs while they sleep.

Sat, Apr 27, 2019 5:21 PM


Being a dog owner comes with a lot of responsibility, including making sure that your pet leads a healthy and active lifestyle.Some people may choose to take their dogs running with them so that they can both enjoy their fair share of exercise at the same time. However, taking a dog on a jog can be extremely detrimental to its wellbeing if done irresponsibly. When a puppy is young, the growth plates on the end of its bones will still be in the early stages of development. As the puppy grows older, these areas of developing cartilage tissue harden and become stronger, as explained by former veterinary. Therefore, if a puppy is made to do particularly arduous exercise, such as going for a lengthy run on a lead along a hard surface such as a pavement, this can result in the dog sustaining long-term injuries. According to Heather Loenser, senior veterinary officer at the American Animal Hospital Association, a puppy’s bones will become fully developed at around nine months.

Wed, Apr 17, 2019 5:54 PM

Dog saves neighbor when other dogs attacked

A Westside woman is crediting a neighbor's dog for keeping her from being more injured when two other dogs attacked her last week in front of her Normandy Estates home.
Rhonda Broadnax was leaving on an evening walk March 25 when two dogs chased her until she fell to the ground, then attacked. The entire incident was caught by her home surveillance camera. "They bit me in five different places," Broadnax said.Her neighbor's dog, Jordan, heard the commotion and came to her rescue. "If it were not for Jordan, I don’t know where I would be or what state I would be in, or even if I would be alive," Broadnax said. Jordan, an 8-year-old chocolate Lab, made his owner, Johnny Mims, proud. "This is my baby boy. He is my pride and joy," Mims said. "For a situation like this to happen and for my dog to be outside at the time -- because normally he is inside -- that’s just a blessing in disguise ... for him to be able to be outside when she really needed him." Broadnax said her attack is not the first disturbing incident in the neighborhood involving these two dogs, but it will be the last if she has it her way. A Jacksonville Animal Care and Control report on the incident said someone in the area was attacked the next day. The report lists two homes where two loose dogs could potentially live. There was no answer at either of those homes on Thursday.The attack is striking up a lot of conversation on social media. One woman claimed she watched two dogs kill a cat in the neighborhood not too long ago. People are concerned for the safety of children in the area and they say they want this problem solved.
Broadnax said she wants answers.
"Today I am OK, but because they are not found and not taken care (of), I can’t guarantee my tomorrow," she said. While her physical wounds are healing a week later, Broadnax is still hurting. "My mental wounds are excruciating at this point because, as I said, I need to be able to have an outlet to make sure that I am able ... I need to feel safe in my own home," Broadnax said.

Fri, Apr 5, 2019 10:49 AM

Dog-walking may be hazardous to seniors’ health

Dogs need to go on walks, and walking is good exercise for older adults. Seniors who combine the two - by walking a dog - are healthier than people who don't, according to some research. But a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers offers a cautionary note. Strolling with a leashed dog, it says, "imparts a significant and rising injury risk in older adults." Some seniors may be underestimating the physical risks involved in walking a dog every day.It is also said that some seniors might not be as prepared to handle a pet as they should be but Some of them are really well-trained. The research shows,Injuries resulting from dog-walking account for fewer than 1 percent of fractures among older adults.The researchers say seniors’ increasingly active lifestyles may be the biggest factor, because dog ownership among older adults has remained stable over the past decade.

Fri, Mar 22, 2019 5:47 PM

5 Reasons Why Keeping Dog a Pet is Good for Dog and Owner

1. Dogs offer invisible shield against threatening health issues. There are several other aspects than offering companionship or sharing mental or emotional burden. The noticeable contribution to our health is: Lower blood pressure, decreased cholesterol and better cardiovascular health. Studies have proved that dog owners have lesser chances of heart attack, make quicker recovery and higher survival percentage.

2. Walk yourself every morning. Now either you can do it alone or accompany someone. The human partner is subject to several situations. What about a dog? A dog would not fall ill to excuses, slept late excuses’, work pressure excuses’. Studies have shown that dog owners are likely to achieve the required amount of exercise week in, week out. The good part is that it would help you to stay active and fit in old age too.


3. No other family member could help to reduce stress like a dog. Talk about the demons of blood pressure and anxiety and dog is our saviour. People assigned with high stress level tasks handle pressure a lot better with dogs sitting around to those who don’t have dogs or other pets around. Married couples have found dogs to be a healing force during tough times.


4. Old people have a strong case to keep dogs as pets. Old age dog owners are considered to have a healthier lifestyle. They make fewer visits to medical facilities to fellow citizens without dogs. Keeping pets such as birds, cats are considered beneficial however dogs have an advantage over them.


5. Dogs help old age people to have a realistic purpose, objective in life. Dogs reduce the signs of loneliness, isolation in old age. They help us to stay busy and organize things. We often see how old age causes loss of meaning in life. Dog is the right companion to say the least.

Wed, Oct 24, 2018 12:31 PM

FDA Indicates Dog Heart Disease is Related to Certain Types of Food

“What you eat, you become”. The message has echoed louder to positivity inherited in statement. Dogs seem to have developed heart disease after consuming certain types of food for a longer period. FDA has informed about the growing tendency in breeds not considered or categorized susceptible to such conditions earlier.
The Food and Drug Administration has found ‘Grain-free’ food based on potatoes and peas causing the damage.
Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy was previously found in certain breeds however it’s been reported in other breeds too. This is an alarming situation. 
FDA is studying the results further and requested pet owners to keep a close eye on situation. The focus is upon breeds not vulnerable to such health conditions historically. The usual symptoms are laziness, loss of weight and occasional cough.
The only positive to come out from news is dog breeds falling outside the usual list can improve depending changes in diet and timely treatment offered.
Pet owners need to have information about dog breeds in list: Great Danes, Boxers, Newfoundland, Doberman pinchers and St. Bernard. The new cases have included a few more breeds to the existing list: Golden and Labrador Retrievers, Whippets, Shih Tzu, Bulldog, mini Schnauzer and mixed breed.
FDA has urged veterinarians and pet owners to pay more attention, report such issues at an early stage.

Thu, Sep 20, 2018 8:23 AM

Common Medicines For Dogs

In a year once or even more time our dogs got sick.Nowadays we have many medicines to treat our dogs whenever they got sick. The common medicines are:

Thu, Sep 20, 2018 6:43 AM

Never leave your dog in parked vehicle during hot weather

A number of dog's are losing their life's just because they can't toleratehe heat that gets trapped in a parked vehicle during hot weathers. It has been considerably advised couple of times by police that never leave your dog in parked vehicle, though if it isn't that hot outside but parked car can trap heat even if windows are open. Recently, a suspect came out in which police saw a dog uncomfortable in direct sunlight inside the car parked, the owner's of dog went on shopping for more than hour. Police came and raised the alarm to let their owners get the dog out. Owner's said that we left the car under shade and it wasn't that hot though, but temperature still rises inside the car, if its 22c outisde, it can be 45c inside which can worse the condition of dog. Shade get's away after some time and hence direct sunlight causes car to heat up more. It is highly advised please never ever leave your dog in parked car during summers, it's better to let him stay at home instead of such situation. 

Mon, Sep 3, 2018 10:09 AM

Police dog lost his life in a cop car crash

Last sunday was a very sorrowful day for New York police department, when they lost their one of the most brave and beloved dog of their department. "Rocky" a German shephard who was in the cop car with Riverhead officer when suddenly an Audi car hit them at around 2:30AM and speeded away, in the car chase run the rocky handler lost control of car and crashed in a road side pole. This incident lead to life-threatening injuries to Rocky which he was not able to survive. The officer on the next seat too faced some injuries but after getting some medical treatment he is safe now. Rocky was 1 and a half years old when he became a member of police department and became a canine officer and ranked as K9 Rocky. Whole of his life he served for the protection of public and helped police in suspecting various cases. This shocking incident caused a huge loss to police department and he will be missed by everyone. He was very motivated towards his work, just two weeks ago when he suspected a a person who had fled on foot after a shooting. Dog's are such a lovable creature by GOD that when they are once in the house or deprtment, they become a part of our life, every morning when you enters the place, a dog is the one who will be excitingly waiting for you and willing to hug you. Rocky was a very honourable dog, may Rocky rest in peace.

Mon, Sep 3, 2018 7:44 AM

Owner's life saved by his dog from robbers.

Two men's who attempted to rob a man walking along the street with his dog were arrested by police on Sunday morning. Police claims that Branson jones and jaylin Humphries were arrested on Sunday early morning at 2:00 am for armed robbery. Victim states that four boys were following him in the red car and parked the vehicle in a parking lot near to his street way. Jones and Hamphries grabbed the victim armed and was yelling "GIVE ME YOUR MONEY" and headed a gun on his head. They punched the victim and suddenly dog began to bark on them, which scare them and went back to their vehicle. All this footage got caught in street camera's, hence victim had to face minor injuries but saved his belongings. The two robbers were caught and arrested by police on early sunday morning.

Mon, Aug 6, 2018 11:16 AM

Dog rescued by flight attendants with oxygen mask.

It got a tough time for bulldog in the plane when he had to face the lack of oxygen during flight. As everyone knows that in-cabin air pressure causes some problem to breath but the worst impact got on the french bulldog named Darcy. Darcy was in the flight from florida to massachusetts with family when they noticed faintness, distress in dog. The 3years old bulldog's and she was having problem in breathing. Flight attendents of jet blue airline were alert and responsive. suddenly they saw the dog was getting problem in breathing, they took out oxygen mask and let her to pump. The pictures shows that dog was going through hypoxia(lack of oxygen) which can be deadly if not treated on time.

Renaud Fenster, a crew member at jet blue, who spoke "Good Morning America" on Monday, said that it's been 15years since he is working with this airline but he has never seen any situtation like this.

" i was going through the cabin and i noticed a passenger who had the dog out of her crate and the dog was not in well condition. For a momoent i believed that the dog passed out. The dog began to act unctrollably, and so as myself  French bulldog owner, the dog was gicing the signs of overheating and requires some ice. immediately ice was provided to dog but it didnt make any change in his behaviour. 

" According to me there was the need of oxygen to animal. So i called the caption, and told him that i require the use of some oxygen, he replied" Go Ahead". as soon as we placed the oxygen mask to dog, she began to revive.

Michele apprecitaed the work of crew members to save the life of Darcy with their attentiveness and wanted to convey a message for public that "Good poeple are doing good things on a daily basis even if it is in small ways or big ways."

"Crew members of jet blue airline ensures passengers to provide complete afety and comfort to passengers during their flight duration. In a statement to "ABC News" JETblue states that "We're thankful for our crew's quick thinking and glad everyone involved was breathing easier when the plane landed in Worcester."


Mon, Jul 9, 2018 12:04 PM

Unpleasant summers for dogs

Where summers brings joy to kids during there holidays, it also gets an irritational environment for their beloved pets especially when they are covered with heavy fur. When temperature arises there must be certain precautions required by owner as dogs are unable to stable their body temperature like humans do.

Fri, Jun 29, 2018 6:51 AM

Not everything is safe for dog's.

The essential oils that are diffused in air are quite in fashion for pleasant smelling homes and relaxeing the atmosphere. But have you ever thought about is it safe for your pet? We usually thinks that what is safe for us will be safe for animals too and that’s where we get wrong.

Dogs have the ability of senses about 10,000 to 100,000 times stronger then humans. So can it be possible that they won’t be able to smell the oils smell in the air or diffusers. These things might be good for humans but they acts as poison to your dog. Said by Dr.Michael Rickwald.

These diffusers and other essential oils when exposed to your dog can be toxic for them. We cant say them directly as toxic for your pets but there grade, purity level and how often are they used too depends upon product so be confirm before using them that are they dog friendly or not.

According to veterinary centres of America, oils with cinnamon, tea tree, peppermint, citrus and others can be poisonous to pets. If this thing is happening from quite a while in your house then do check for uncommon signs.

You might notice them more towards lethargic, might look like dunked and some other kinds of changes in behaviour. It could also cause problem in breathing or coughing. The worse of all if you are using a diffuser then stop it right there and take your pet to the veterinarian.

Rickwald says “according to me a count of people believes that if it’s safe for you then its safe for their pets too. It’s not the case I used to see commonly but people must take care of it.

Tue, May 15, 2018 8:25 AM

Amazon delivery driver had to return stolen dog after the owner emails Jeff Bezos

When a pup was missing from home after the Amazon delivery, the owner Richard Guttfield got the address of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos which is public to see if he could help.

The delivery man of Amazon dropped a package at the UK residence of Guttfield in Marsworth, Buckinghamshire. But while returning he secretly stoles the dog named wilma. That was later found nowhere by owners.

After an email to Jeff Bezos, they were served by someone from Amazon who tracked the delivery driver and found the dog in his house. After 5 days of search finally the dog returned to her home.

The lucky charm who helped owners to find their dog is an Amazon employ “Rob”. Who was going through Bezos inbox and investigated on this case, that lead to the Wilma returned back to her home from the driver’s home.

A spokesperson told CNBC in an email that such things doesn’t copes with companies standardised delivery partners. A reply from Amazon states that we take these matters seriously and the delivery person who committed such a shameful act is now no longer working with Amazon delivery service provider.

Guttfield was satisfied with the actions of company but cautioned other customers to be safe from such threat.

He stated that this can happen with anybody as our homes are exposed to such drivers although number of then are great persons, but we must be aware of them. Its just a good luck that I got Wilma back.

Mon, May 14, 2018 11:46 AM

Selfie dog's are here

Having selfies in events or meetups has been a common activity among humans but with the flowing time, this moment capturing activity is now adopted by dog’s too which can be seen by this online booming selfie of dogs in OAKLAND , Calif (KTVU).

Dog lovers hearts are filled with pleasure and joy with this selfie dog, the dog in front capturing selfie is a grinning black Labrador mix names as Rouge. He is loving to pose with his tongue out in the group of all other count of canines, all with a different pose and style.

Go Fetch Dog Daycare and Boarding published this picture merely 30days before, but it got in boom period on social media just couple a days ago.

Matt Ramsey the  owner states that the photo was not staged, all the dogs were standing still.


Mon, May 14, 2018 8:43 AM

Dog being called hero for staying with missing 6-year-old until rescuers arrived

TALLASSEE, Tenn. (WATE) - Authorities in Blount County say an endangered child missing since Monday night has been found safe along with his dog, which is being described as a hero. Deputies say Kaydon Leach, 6, was found about a half mile from his home. He was found lying down with his dog, a small black and white terrier. The dog is being hailed a hero by officials.

Wed, Apr 25, 2018 5:59 PM

Deaf, blind dog stays with missing girl, leads rescuers to her location

QUEENSLAND, Australia (WCMH) -- A little girl in Australia that was lost for several hours is safe thanks to the family's blind and deaf dog. Max is a 17-year-old cattle dog, who is deaf and partially blind. Now, he's being called a hero after saving the life of 3-year-old Aurora Kyle.

Wed, Apr 25, 2018 5:33 PM