Category Archives: In The News

Science Needs To Do More To Earn A Seat At The Public Policy Table

I was reading an article the other day about the emergence in Spain of the previously unknown Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus. In 2016 in Spain this virus killed two people – one was bitten by an infected mosquito, the other

Science Needs To Do More To Earn A Seat At The Public Policy Table

I was reading an article the other day about the emergence in Spain of the previously unknown Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus. In 2016 in Spain this virus killed two people – one was bitten by an infected mosquito, the other

A Tragic Reminder To Never Leave A Child Alone With A Dog

A child should never be left unsupervised with a dog. For any length of time. Period. It’s a simple message but sometimes we all need reminding: “A SIX-DAY-OLD baby has died in the most horrific circumstances after being mauled by

A Tragic Reminder To Never Leave A Child Alone With A Dog

A child should never be left unsupervised with a dog. For any length of time. Period. It’s a simple message but sometimes we all need reminding: “A SIX-DAY-OLD baby has died in the most horrific circumstances after being mauled by

City Terrorized By Packs Of Wild-Roaming Chihuahuas!

This, I must say is one headline I never expected to come out of my blog. But yes, it’s true – Maryvale is a city in Mexico (where else) where wild chihuahuas are terrorizing the residents: “Frank Garcia has also

City Terrorized By Packs Of Wild-Roaming Chihuahuas!

This, I must say is one headline I never expected to come out of my blog. But yes, it’s true – Maryvale is a city in Mexico (where else) where wild chihuahuas are terrorizing the residents: “Frank Garcia has also

A Sobering Tale Of Why Dogs And Lighters Don’t Mix

Here is a heartwarming story of an owner risking his life to save his beloved dog… or is it? You be the judge: “A South Florida man is recovering from second-degree burns after he tried to save his dog, Ruby,

A Sobering Tale Of Why Dogs And Lighters Don’t Mix

Here is a heartwarming story of an owner risking his life to save his beloved dog… or is it? You be the judge: “A South Florida man is recovering from second-degree burns after he tried to save his dog, Ruby,

Would You Give Your Dog Away After This?

A border collie-spaniel cross named Lucie is being rehomed after chewing on the panel of her owner’s $380,000 car: “I came home and saw her covered in white stuff and I thought she had got a bird and it was feathers

Would You Give Your Dog Away After This?

A border collie-spaniel cross named Lucie is being rehomed after chewing on the panel of her owner’s $380,000 car: “I came home and saw her covered in white stuff and I thought she had got a bird and it was feathers

Who Takes The Lead On Your Walks?

Researchers are discovering that many personality traits of your dog can be revealed by simply observing who takes the lead on a walk: “Dogs that consistently took the lead during group walks were more responsive to training, more controllable, older

Who Takes The Lead On Your Walks?

Researchers are discovering that many personality traits of your dog can be revealed by simply observing who takes the lead on a walk: “Dogs that consistently took the lead during group walks were more responsive to training, more controllable, older

Another Reason Why Cats Are Not Miniature Dogs

New research is arguing that cats see humans as… very large cats: “It turns out cats treat humans as though they were the mama cat. When a cat rubs against you with its tail straight in the air, it is

Another Reason Why Cats Are Not Miniature Dogs

New research is arguing that cats see humans as… very large cats: “It turns out cats treat humans as though they were the mama cat. When a cat rubs against you with its tail straight in the air, it is

A Hero? A Villain? No, Just A Dog

Here are two stories plucked from the media, in one the dog is portrayed as a hero, in the other the dog is the villain. The fact is, both dogs are doing exactly the same thing. Story 1: “A heroic

A Hero? A Villain? No, Just A Dog

Here are two stories plucked from the media, in one the dog is portrayed as a hero, in the other the dog is the villain. The fact is, both dogs are doing exactly the same thing. Story 1: “A heroic

Dogs, Cocaine and… Unanswered Questions

I read this news story in the local media. It didn’t ring a bell at first glance but the more i thought about it, the more it made no sense: “The Albuquerque Journal reports 1-year-old Maddie showed “strong positive cocaine”

Dogs, Cocaine and… Unanswered Questions

I read this news story in the local media. It didn’t ring a bell at first glance but the more i thought about it, the more it made no sense: “The Albuquerque Journal reports 1-year-old Maddie showed “strong positive cocaine”

Is Your Vet Googling You? Probably Not

A (not very intelligent) GP in the US admitted in an article to Googling his patients’ details: “Doctors do “Google” their patients”, writes Dr Warraich. “In fact, the vast majority of physicians I know have done so. To my generation,

Is Your Vet Googling You? Probably Not

A (not very intelligent) GP in the US admitted in an article to Googling his patients’ details: “Doctors do “Google” their patients”, writes Dr Warraich. “In fact, the vast majority of physicians I know have done so. To my generation,

Beware of the Dog Burglar!

Police have apprehended a burglar who stole a prize-winning French Bulldog and 15 puppies:  “Police said on Saturday 29-year old Vigil Philip Birch was in custody, charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property. The dogs went missing on

Beware of the Dog Burglar!

Police have apprehended a burglar who stole a prize-winning French Bulldog and 15 puppies:  “Police said on Saturday 29-year old Vigil Philip Birch was in custody, charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property. The dogs went missing on

Does Berlin Need A Dog Restaurant? Of Course It Does!

An eatery with a difference opened in Berlin this year – it caters exclusively for dogs: “Business owner David Spanier, 31, had the idea for the doggy deli after finding his own canine friend could not digest pet food from

Does Berlin Need A Dog Restaurant? Of Course It Does!

An eatery with a difference opened in Berlin this year – it caters exclusively for dogs: “Business owner David Spanier, 31, had the idea for the doggy deli after finding his own canine friend could not digest pet food from

Dog Grooming – The Good, The Bad and… Dog Dyes?

Dog Grooming is big business. Most of the groomers i know are fantastic pet professionals but sometimes things can go a bit too far: “Brown is one of the “extreme groomers.” The fad has become a sport of sorts —

Dog Grooming – The Good, The Bad and… Dog Dyes?

Dog Grooming is big business. Most of the groomers i know are fantastic pet professionals but sometimes things can go a bit too far: “Brown is one of the “extreme groomers.” The fad has become a sport of sorts —

Dog ‘Thought Translator’ – Like Palm Reading, Only High Tech

The developers of this new ‘Dog mind reading’ device are promising to bring a working version to market in just 4 months: “The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery hoped to raise $10,000 (£6,066) using crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, but has

Dog ‘Thought Translator’ – Like Palm Reading, Only High Tech

The developers of this new ‘Dog mind reading’ device are promising to bring a working version to market in just 4 months: “The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery hoped to raise $10,000 (£6,066) using crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, but has

How Robert Pattinson Saved His Dog From Certain Death

This week my appreciation of Robert Pattinson has increased by 200%. I have long imagined that his dog, Bear would be having a pretty good life. I didn’t know how close Bear came to certain death: “He was in a

How Robert Pattinson Saved His Dog From Certain Death

This week my appreciation of Robert Pattinson has increased by 200%. I have long imagined that his dog, Bear would be having a pretty good life. I didn’t know how close Bear came to certain death: “He was in a

Dogs Point The Way The World Is Moving

America still retains the title as the largest (both in per capita and absolute terms) dog owner country in the world. But there are changes afoot: the rising giants – India, Brazil, Philippines are catching up: “India is the world’s

Dogs Point The Way The World Is Moving

America still retains the title as the largest (both in per capita and absolute terms) dog owner country in the world. But there are changes afoot: the rising giants – India, Brazil, Philippines are catching up: “India is the world’s

Is Adopting A Dog Together The New Equivalent Of Marriage?

Marriage is out of favor these days. I don’t need to tell you that. The new generation has worked out that tying the knot is so 2000, and at any rate, who need to be stuck in a rut if you can

Is Adopting A Dog Together The New Equivalent Of Marriage?

Marriage is out of favor these days. I don’t need to tell you that. The new generation has worked out that tying the knot is so 2000, and at any rate, who need to be stuck in a rut if you can

Surprise! Dogs Like Toys They Can Break

I am sure it will come as a great surprise to all of you dog owners (NOT) that dogs prefer the toys they can break to pieces. You see, it’s evolutionary development. Dogs want toys which resemble real prey animals,

Surprise! Dogs Like Toys They Can Break

I am sure it will come as a great surprise to all of you dog owners (NOT) that dogs prefer the toys they can break to pieces. You see, it’s evolutionary development. Dogs want toys which resemble real prey animals,

This Survey Had A Lot To Tell… About Deceptive Statistics

This survey has frightening findings, until you read the fine print and realize that all the questions are meaningless. “More than half of dog owners said they knew someone who had been bitten or attacked by a dog while a

This Survey Had A Lot To Tell… About Deceptive Statistics

This survey has frightening findings, until you read the fine print and realize that all the questions are meaningless. “More than half of dog owners said they knew someone who had been bitten or attacked by a dog while a

Will The Zoo Put An End To This Beautiful Friendship?

In a zoo in Israel an amazing bond has developed – a baboon has taken over the care of a young kitten which has strayed into his cage. Now that Zoo management is threatening to break up the pair and

Will The Zoo Put An End To This Beautiful Friendship?

In a zoo in Israel an amazing bond has developed – a baboon has taken over the care of a young kitten which has strayed into his cage. Now that Zoo management is threatening to break up the pair and