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Pet Photo of the Day: If you no want me up here, why put up that picture?
ConnectedByPets.com - Monday, Jul 28, 2014

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Police officers learn how to save dog partners' lives
ConnectedByPets.com - Monday, Jul 28, 2014

Yesterday police officers in Vancouver got some training on how to perform first aid on their canine partners.

From The Province:

A lot of time and money goes into producing an effective police dog.

What money can't buy is the bond that develops between the police officer and the canine.

Typically after a work day, the dog goes home with the handler -- and the dog becomes a part of the family right through retirement.

More than 50 police-dog handlers met Sunday at the east Vancouver office of Canada West Veterinary Specialists, to, shall we say, bone-up on emergency medical procedures so they can be prepared if their prized pooch goes down in the line of duty.

Like most police forces, Vancouver cops have German Shepherds in their canine unit. Vancouver Police Department Const. Darin McDougall had Scout, a 3 1/2-year-old Shepherd, with him for the day’s seminars, specifically designed for emergency dog-responders.

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2014 Red List of endangered species has mixed news for birds
ConnectedByPets.com - Saturday, Jul 26, 2014

On the conservation front, good news occurs when formerly-unknown species are discovered. This year, however, the outlook is cause for concern because the recently-found birds are in danger of extinction.
From BirdLife International:

More than 350 newly recognised bird species have been assessed by BirdLife International for the first time on behalf of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Worryingly, more than 25% of these newly recognised birds have been listed as threatened on The IUCN Red List, compared with 13% of all birds, making them urgent priorities for conservation action.

The first of a two-part comprehensive taxonomic review has focussed on non-passerine birds, such as birds of prey, seabirds, waterbirds and owls,and has led to the recognition of 361 new species, that were previously treated as 'races' of other forms. The new total of 4,472 non-passerines implies that previous classifications have undersold avian diversity at the species level by more than 10%.

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College athletes attend class with canines
ConnectedByPets.com - Friday, Jul 25, 2014

Auburn University athletes get a workout as they train dogs to become detection dogs.

From Auburn Tigers Official Athletic Site:

What do Auburn University's varsity athletes and bomb sniffing dogs have in common? Actually, a bit more than you may think. Auburn's "Cardio Respiratory Fitness through Puppy Play" class currently features four Tiger student-athletes, including Ronald Delph and Jack Purchase from the men's basketball team, as well as Allyx Purcell and Ashley Neidigh from the women's swimming & diving team.

Auburn's Canine Performance and Science program is one of only two of its kind in the country, helping to condition and train dogs as "detection" dogs. Through extensive training, these dogs will graduate from Auburn, ready to seek out bomb and explosive devices, narcotics, and other paraphernalia in places such as stadiums, airports, train stations and others.

Auburn's dogs are widely used throughout the country, working with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys, and even in the White House. Using mostly Labrador Retriever's, the dogs will be in service anywhere from four to 10 years, which also may include undergoing different forms of research in order to better improve both training methods and also the dogs' abilities.

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Man puts life at risk helping animals near Fukushima
ConnectedByPets.com - Thursday, Mar 13, 2014

If you're reading this, chances are you love animals. But do you love them enough to put your health and life at risk from radiation poisoning?

Canadian animal lover Howard Watanabe-Jin did just that after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, where he's regularly worked in areas considered dangerous to help animals in need.

From CTV News:

"I think I sent (emails to) 11 or 12 rescue operations -- human and animal. And these (animal agencies) were the only ones that replied," the 51-year-old father told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview on Tuesday.

On the three-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami, Watanabe-Jin is speaking for the first time about his experience in Japan -- one that saw him put his health at enormous risk to save animals largely forgotten in the aftermath of the devastation.

With the help of the Japan Cat Network, one of the agencies he volunteered with, Watanabe-Jin was able to obtain a clearance pass into the restricted area near Koriyama.

Once a week, he would drive into areas as close as 10 kilometres from the Fukushima plant, setting up feeding stations on the side of the road for left-behind cats and dogs. The goal was to draw the animals in, so he and his coworkers could then trap them.

At the time, authorities were warning just how dangerous it was to enter the areas in which Watanabe-Jin was working. But he said that never really fazed him.

"We needed to do this because they (the animals) would just start to multiple too much," he said, adding that by 2012, many of the wild cats and dogs roaming the countryside were offspring of domestic pets that had been abandoned or separated from their owners during the disaster.

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Animal abuse and domestic violence are closely related
ConnectedByPets.com - Monday, Mar 10, 2014

Because domestic violence often includes animals in the home, many victims will stay rather than leave their pets with the abuser.

From Waterbury Republican American:

Animal abuse is often the first visible sign a family is living with the threat of domestic violence.

More than 70 percent of women who enter a shelter report their abuser has hurt, killed or threatened the family pet.

When animal cruelty investigators enter a house, it is not uncommon for them to find that an abuser not only has victimized the family dog, but also the children and other adults living there, according to the American Humane Association.

"Frequently, (victims) won't talk about their own abuse, but they will talk about the abuse their animals face," said Joy Wagner, one of the founders of Peace for Pets, a rare animal rescue that alleviates the anxiety of domestic violence victims by offering pets a safe haven, allowing the women, in most cases, to enter a shelter without abandoning the pet to their abusers.

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Pets are required at this Hollywood apartment complex
ConnectedByPets.com - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014

The landlord of an apartment complex in North Hollywood, California only rents to people with pets.

From CBS Local:

Drive up and down Laurel or Coldwater Canyon and you'll see a lot of upscale apartment buildings with places for rent - and in a good majority of these places the signs out front are very large and very clear.

- No Pets. - Only small pets. - No Dogs! - Cats Only!!

Judy Guth owns a 12-unit building in North Hollywood, 5053 Cartwright Avenue to be exact.

Not only is Guth pet-friendly, she doesn't want a tenant who doesn't have a pet.

And she means business. All pets welcome - cats, dogs, birds.

Residents of the building told CBS2's Greg Mills that if your pet dies, Guth will personally take you to a shelter to get a new furry friend.

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