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Pot for pets: Cannabis treatments catch on for dogs and cats

Pot for pets: Cannabis treatments catch on for dogs and cats | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some pet owners say marijuana works better than veterinarian-approved drugs
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We Americans love our pets more than anything. If pot will help our dogs and cats, that may well push the legalization of marijuana over the top. From the anecdotes I've heard, it really does work, especially for animals that are in chronic pain and maybe dying from cancer. I sure would have given it to our dogs if it would have made the end less painful. I hated seeing them suffering. Shouldn't government policy aim for the reduction of pain and suffering among not only our pets but our people? Maybe that was what was missing in the Clinton campaign. How about a political party that wants to end pain and suffering and we can model it on how we would choose to treat our animals? Too bad PetSmart is taken; it might make a good informal name for that party. Anyway, no, I'm not high, just ruminating. 
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Science Surprisingly Finds Why Dogs Often Tilt Their Heads

Science Surprisingly Finds Why Dogs Often Tilt Their Heads | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Dogs are incredibly smart beings, no matter how silly they seem at times. That head tilt just might be telling you something...!
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Why do dogs tilt their heads? Turns out it's because they want to be absolutely sure what their humans want. What a great little piece to reaffirm the bond between us and our canine friends.
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Meet the Man Who Makes Music for Cats

Meet the Man Who Makes Music for Cats | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Cellist and musician David Teie has created the first ever album specifically for cats to listen to
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Here's a delight of a story. See how your kitty reacts to the sample and maybe find your pet's best Christmas present. 
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World’s Most Patient Pet Owner Walks His Giant Tortoise Through Streets Of Tokyo

World’s Most Patient Pet Owner Walks His Giant Tortoise Through Streets Of Tokyo | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Residents in Tokyo have recently reported several sightings of possibly the most patient pet-walker in the world: an elderly man who takes his enormous African spurred tortoise (or sulcata) out for walks around the town. Judging by the tortoise's size, the mysterious pair has probably been together for a very long time, and the tortoise always plods faithfully by its owner's side. It even tolerates the occasional silly costume!
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Be sure to check out all the pictures.

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Here are the most popular dog breeds in the U.S.

Here are the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Why are they all smiling? Because they are too stupid to understand what suffering is
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A great slide show of the ten most popular breeds, so just ignore the snide comments and enjoy these lovely animals. And, yes, I know that there are many rescue dogs in need of homes and that mixed-breed dogs are wonderful.

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Unlikely Pets That Improve Your Health

Unlikely Pets That Improve Your Health | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Every pet has the possibility of bringing joy and healing. So let's hear it for those goldfish and hamsters, those guinea pigs and tarantulas.

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The Domestic Cat Genome Has Been Fully Sequenced, and It's Fascinating

The Domestic Cat Genome Has Been Fully Sequenced, and It's Fascinating | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Felis catus genome has been fully sequenced and annotated, which means your pet kitty is about to give up its genetic secrets to science.
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Meanwhile on the subject of cat-human symbiosis. Cats started out as independent contractors getting rid of vermin (most likely in China), but figured out that they could get better benefits with a few purrs. 

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Cat Lovers Smarter Than Dog Lovers? Study Arrives With Controversial Conclusion, But Is Consistent With Prior Results

Cat Lovers Smarter Than Dog Lovers? Study Arrives With Controversial Conclusion, But Is Consistent With Prior Results | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Ah, but what about people who are loved by dogs versus those loved by cats? Just asking. Meanwhile, enjoy the story.

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Most of us prefer dogs over cats, but what does that say about us? This is some fun stuff.

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9 Amazing Things That Happen When Dog Owners Date Cat Owners

9 Amazing Things That Happen When Dog Owners Date Cat Owners | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
While studies claim that cat owners are smarter, studies also claim that dog owners are more social, active and caring. What happens when they start dating?
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This is one of the cute, make the day brighter, pieces that we all enjoy reading. All, maybe not those who hate animals. Now, I'm a dog person. So is my wife. Nevertheless, cats seem to love me. Why not, I provide a soft, warm lap and a never fight with them over boxes or tuna. Have you ever dated across species preferences? What about icthyophiles (fish lovers)? Hmm a cat lover and a fish person. Now, that could be cold. 
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Owning a cat could make you get into bondage, according to new research

Owning a cat could make you get into bondage, according to new research | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
You may have thought that the worst a pet cat can do is leave you scratched and covered in fur, but according to new research, your cat could be having a much more serious effect on you without you realising. Owning a cat could be having an impact on your sexual behavioural patterns, and specifically, could make you more likely to be aroused by sadomachism, a new study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology revealed.
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What do you think? Do cats encourage us to enjoy s&m, b&d, or maybe some other kind of kinky sexuality? How about dogs? I sure got a lot of pleasure when my airedale would lick me. Hmmm! 
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He Posts A 'Goodbye Letter' From His Dog. What It Says Is Quickly Going Viral!

He Posts A 'Goodbye Letter' From His Dog. What It Says Is Quickly Going Viral! | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Yesterday was a weird day. I couldn’t get myself out of bed. The guy I live with lifted me up. I tried to get my legs under me, but they wouldn’t cooperate. He said, ‘Don’t worry, I gotcha buddy,’ carried me downstairs, and out the front door. That was so nice of him. I needed to pee so badly, I just had to go right there where he put me down. Normally I wouldn’t, but we both decided to make an exception to the rule..

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This had me in tears. It is a lovely tribute to the dogs who make our lives so much better. 

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Endangered Dog Breeds and the Market Forces Behind Them

Endangered Dog Breeds and the Market Forces Behind Them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The reasons for dog breed extinction have changed over the millennia. In today's world of post-functional dog breeds, no breed is safe.
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Because I love dogs, I thought I'd share this great article on dog history and breeds. In my life I've owned both purebred and mixed breed dogs. While I loved my Airedales and Cardigan Welsh Corgis, the ruler of the house was our poodle-terrier mix straight from the shelter. Some big rules: Be sure you are ready for the work of owning a dog. Be sure the characteristics of the dog are consistent with your lifestyle. Be sure you are prepared to deal with a dog's long-term life, not just the happy puppy days but the old, failing health days. 

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Border collie is named man's bestfriend

Border collie is named man's bestfriend | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Border collie came top of the study which ranked each breed on cost, intelligence, health, lifespan, and ease of grooming.
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For my part I love Airedales and Cardigan Welsh Corgis, but all dogs are great.

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Scientists Finally Figured Out What Makes Pets Look Like Their Owners

Scientists Finally Figured Out What Makes Pets Look Like Their Owners | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If ever you overhear someone comparing you to a dog, chances are it’s not a compliment. Yes, there’s the famous loyalty of dogs, their unbridled enthusiasm for life, their boundless love and devotion, their fierce protectiveness—qualities that any of us would be lucky to possess at even a modicum of...
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Of course we had three dogs, an Airedale, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and a poodle terrier mix. The Airedale had my eyes; Our poodle terrier mix, who ran the house, looked most like my wife. The Corgi, the sweetest of all dogs, looked like our kid, David.

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To understand how jealousy works, take a look at your dog

To understand how jealousy works, take a look at your dog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Dogs do experience jealousy, according to a new study. And their motivations might teach us about our own.
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Teaching dogs to share affection is crucial. That only occurs when the human is the alpha animal. Humans who coddle their pets will experience more pet jealousy and even territoriality.

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Giant George the world's tallest dog passes away at home

Giant George the world's tallest dog passes away at home | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Giant George, the world's tallest dog ever has died at home in Tuscon, Arizona one month before his eighth birthday.
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Sad to see this prince of a beast die. Can you imagine cleaning up his slobber and his poop?

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