America’s Bark Off to McDonald’s | Pit Bulls Against McDonald’s

Letter sent to BADRAP in protest to McDonald's commercial mentioning stray pit bulls 22

McDonald’s very foolishly ran a radio ad in the midwest which said, “Trying a brand new menu item at McDonald’s isn’t risky. You know what’s risky… petting a stray pit bull…” Naturally, this created an outburst from the owners of pit bulls, also known as American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier. Especially those owners which rescued a stray or an abandoned pit.

February 2012 Dog Cover for National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic February 2012 cover dog

Artist William Wegman discusses shooting the February 2012 cover of National Geographic magazine in his studio and home. The video features Wegman’s dogs: Penny, Candy, Bobbin and Flo.

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Ancient Domesticated Dog Skull Found in Siberian Cave

The skull of the fossil dog found in Siberia.  Photograph courtesy Yaroslav Kuzmin, PLoS ONE

A 33,000-year-old dog skull unearthed in a Siberian mountain cave presents some of the oldest known evidence of dog domestication and, together with an equally ancient find in a cave in Belgium, indicates that modern dogs may be descended from multiple ancestors.

An ancient dog skull, preserved in a cave in the Altai Mountains of Siberia for 33,000 years, presents some of the oldest known evidence of dog domestication and, together with equally ancient dog remains from a cave in Belgium, indicates that domestication of dogs may have occurred repeatedly in different geographic locations rather than with a single domestication event.

In other words, man’s best friends may have originated from more than one ancient ancestor, contrary to what some DNA evidence previously has indicated.

At 33,000 years old, the Siberian skull predates a period known as the Last Glacial Maximum, or LGM, which occurred between about 26,000 and 19,000 years ago when the ice sheets of Earth’s last ice age reached their greatest extent and severely disrupted the living patterns of humans and animals alive during that time. Neither the Belgian nor the Siberian domesticated lineages appear to have survived the LGM.

However, the two skulls indicate that the domestication of dogs by humans occurred repeatedly throughout early human history at different geographical locations, which could mean that modern dogs have multiple ancestors rather than a single common ancestor.

The dogs are not necessarily providing products or meat. They are probably providing protection, companionship and perhaps helping on the hunt. And it’s really interesting that this appears to have happened first out of all human relationships with animals.

The 33,000-year-old skull of a domesticated dog was extraordinarily well preserved in the Razboinichya cave in the Altai Mountains of Siberia. (Photo: Nikolai D. Ovodov)

 

Heart-breaking Photos of Navy SEAL’s Devoted Dog, Hawkeye, Guarding his Coffin

Hawkeye Navy Seal dog laying by owners casket

This heart-wrenching photo shows how a Navy SEAL’s dog refused to leave his master’s side during an emotional funeral.

Petty Officer Jon Tumilson, 35, killed in the major U.S. helicopter crash in Afghanistan in August 2011, was remembered by around 1,500 mourners.

But it was his Labrador retriever Hawkeye that really captured the public’s emotions in the photo taken by Mr Tumilson’s cousin, Lisa Pembleton.

Here are two photos of Hawkeye laying by his owners casket. A news coverage video is below the photos.

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World’s Smallest Working Dog, a Yorkie, Sets Guinness World Record

Lucy world's smallest working dog a Yorkie

A mini Yorkshire terrier from New Jersey is now the holder of a very big world record: world’s smallest working dog.

Lucy, who weighs just 2 1/2 pounds, was named the world’s smallest working dog last week by Guinness World Records. In the process, she doggedly beat out the previous record holder: Momo, an eight-year-old chihuahua from Japan that works as a police search-and-rescue dog.

The tiny terrier makes her rounds each week, visiting hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. She also works with children with disabilities, and troubled youth.

 

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