Voting time again

While Couscous stayed home in comfort other dogs around the country went to the polls:

Dogs at polling stations

2017 update

We recently moved home. Here are a couple of Couscous in her new domain:

Sunday morning

New yard

Dogs and voting

A timely piece showing various dogs at polling stations – click here.

Cross-post from the BBC.

Japan’s largest pet fair

Photo Franck Robichon/EPA

Nearly 30,000 visitors and more than 10,000 pets are expected to attend the Interpets Asia Pacific fair in Tokyo, where the photo opportunities are endless.

Click here for the pictures

 

Art for dogs

World’s First Art Exhibition for Dogs

British inventor, artist and satirist Dominic Wilcox  is at it again, this time with a contemporary art exhibition aimed at canine attendees with a range of interactive installations purpose-built for pups.

Play More in London has an array of dog-oriented artworks set low on the gallery walls as well as other more directly experiential displays.

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For the full article from WebUrbanist click here.

Weald Country Park, Essex

We haven’t been anywhere new for a while but today we went over to Essex to check out Weald Country Park. Lovely day, lots of families out with picnics.  Lots of mixed woodland, deer and a few cows.

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Emmett’s Garden

Back to Emmett’s, this time with Sophie.

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Couscous enjoying the new archery magazine

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Couscous and archery mag (3)

I own the world’s ugliest dog

When my colleague at the animal shelter called me to meet a dog that had just been brought in, I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. It was about 10 years ago, and a man had come in saying he’d found three dogs and couldn’t keep them. I wondered if I was on Candid Camera: I’d worked at the shelter as a vet for 20 years, and had seen thousands of animals, but never anything like this.

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As he walked them towards the shelter, someone said, “He’s meant to be bringing three dogs, but that one’s a pig or something.” Quasi Modo, as I later named her, was around a year old and had a birth defect called short spine syndrome: everything fused together in her back and she couldn’t move her head. She still has to turn her whole body to look at anything.

For the full story go to the Guardian.

Dogs are twice as friendly to humankind as previously thought, suggests study

Humankind’s long friendship with the dog may have begun at least twice. Grey wolves in western Eurasia may have started hanging around Stone Age hunter-gatherer clans even before humans and dogs clinched the relationship perhaps 14,000 years ago in east Asia.

New research based on DNA samples from prehistoric hounds, as well as genetic studies of modern dogs and wolves, suggests that two populations of grey wolves – separated by thousands of miles and thousands of years – may have begun the connection that turned Canis lupus into Canis lupus familiaris.

The scientists say in the journal Science that their scenario remains hypothetical. Researchers have been arguing about the origins of the spaniel, the terrier and the collie for more than a decade.

“Animal domestication is a rare thing and a lot of evidence is required to overturn the assumption that it happened just once in any species,” said Professor Greger Larson, one of the authors and the director of the Wellcome Trust palaeogenomics and bio-archaeology research network at Oxford University.

Our ancient DNA evidence, combined with the archaeological record of early dogs, suggests that we need to reconsider the number of times dogs were domesticated independently. Maybe the reason there hasn’t been a consensus about where dogs were domesticated is because everyone has been a little bit right.”

The domestication of cattle, sheep and goats began with the first farm settlements in the Fertile Crescent at the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago. The only animal known to have been domesticated twice is the pig, in both east Asia and the near East. The same story might be true for Rover and Fido. If so, grey wolves must have started hanging around human settlements for food scraps: the step from scavenger to hunting companion would have taken many generations.

For the full article go to the Guardian