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A fascinating exhibit of extraordinary artifacts of mummified animals, “Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt” is on display at the Bowers Museum, located in Santa Ana, California. Many species are on display including the beloved dog. Ancient Egyptians, including Kings so adored their dogs that many of were laid to rest eternally with them. […]

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A Mummified Dog from Ancient Egypt.

A fascinating exhibit of extraordinary artifacts of mummified animals, “Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt” is on display at the Bowers Museum, located in Santa Ana, California.

Many species are on display including the beloved dog. Ancient Egyptians, including Kings so adored their dogs that many of were laid to rest eternally with them.

Mummified Dog Head

Ancient Egyptian mummified dog head inside a sarcophaguses.

Dogs played a role in Egyptians’ natural and supernatural worlds. Ancient Egyptian dogs were trusted to use their souls to carry sacred messages to the god Anubis. Indeed, considered by Egyptians to be a job of great importance as the god Anubis was associated with the protection of the dead for their journey into the afterlife, performing the measurement that determined the worthiness of the deceased to enter the realm of the dead.

The exhibit includes more than 100 items such as drawings and sculptures and the mummified remains of dogs and other animals. Some of the mummified dog remains are placed in sarcophaguses carved to resemble how the dog looked in life.

The Bowers exhibit is further evidence of our eternal and everlasting bond through the ages between man and dog.

Anubis Statue

Statue of Anubis, a jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in ancient Egyptian religion.

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New Book, Decoding Your Dog, Will Help Give You And Your Pup A Happier Life! http://www.thedogfiles.com/2014/01/20/new-book-decoding-your-dog-will-help-give-you-and-your-pup-a-happier-life/ http://www.thedogfiles.com/2014/01/20/new-book-decoding-your-dog-will-help-give-you-and-your-pup-a-happier-life/#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:21:17 +0000 Kenn Bell http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=29931

A great new book is out! It’s called Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones. I found Chapter 4, Housetraining 101 – Do It Here, Do It Now of Decoding Your Dog to be quite informative and a motivator for me to address […]

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Decoding Your Dog

A great new book is out! It’s called Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones.

I found Chapter 4, Housetraining 101 – Do It Here, Do It Now of Decoding Your Dog to be quite informative and a motivator for me to address housetraining issues I have had with my two dachshunds, ages 10 and 5. I have a doggie door and a large backyard, yet they pee in the house often.

After reading this chapter, I concluded that the possible reason or reasons could be:
• Anxiety
• Weather
• Water
• Attention

Housetraining 101 provided me positive, simple solutions such as supervision, control of water and positive rewards. I will now join my pups when they go outside to ease their anxiety, provide attention and this will also help coax them outside when the weather is bad. They do love it when I join them in the backyard!

The Chapter also suggests confining my dogs to an area of the house instead of having run of the whole house. It suggests this will ease their anxiety when I am not home and I agree. Consistency and reinforcement are key!

Housetraining 101 – Do It Here, Do It Now provided solutions I can easily work with and also made me feel a bit better knowing I am not alone and I’m not a bad mommy. Sometimes, we just get off track and Housetraining 101 put me back on track!

Jake and Nate, dachshunds at large!

Jake and Nate, dachshunds at large!

Here’s some more info on what Decoding Your Dog has to share with you!

More than ninety percent of dog owners consider their pets to be members of their family. But often, despite our best intentions, we are letting our dogs down by not giving them the guidance and direction they need. Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.

The key to training dogs effectively is first to understand why our dogs do what they do. And no one can address this more authoritatively than the diplomats of the American College of Veterinary Behavior, whose work, the culmination of years of rigorous training, takes them deep into the minds of dogs in an effort to decode how they think, how they communicate, and how they learn.

The book includes:

• Effective, veterinary-approved positive training methods
• Expert advice on socialization, housetraining, diet, and exercise
• Remedies for behavior problems such as OCD and aggression

You can get the book right here: Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones

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Merry Christmas From Dog Files! http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/12/25/merry-christmas-dog-files/ http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/12/25/merry-christmas-dog-files/#respond Wed, 25 Dec 2013 13:38:05 +0000 Kenn Bell http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=29924

Dog Files wishes you and your family the greatest Christmas of all and an incredible 2014! Thanks for taking time out of your day all year to spend it with me (Kenn), Max and Remy. Hug your pooches for us! Merry Christmas!

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Dog Files wishes you and your family the greatest Christmas of all and an incredible 2014! Thanks for taking time out of your day all year to spend it with me (Kenn), Max and Remy.

Hug your pooches for us! Merry Christmas!

Max relaxes below Christmas tree.

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Beagle Detects Polar Bear Pregnancies http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/22/beagle-detects-polar-bear-pregnancies/ http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/22/beagle-detects-polar-bear-pregnancies/#respond Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:09:01 +0000 Mary Dunn http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=29912

Zoos around the country have a new tool to detect if they can expect the pitter patter of little bear cub paws. Elvis, age 2, has undergone a year of training in Kansas to be able to detect proteins found only in the stool of pregnant polar bears. So far, Elvis has an accuracy level […]

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Elvis the Beagle uses his super-sniffer to detect polar bear pregnancies.

Elvis the Beagle uses his super-sniffer to detect polar bear pregnancies.

Zoos around the country have a new tool to detect if they can expect the pitter patter of little bear cub paws. Elvis, age 2, has undergone a year of training in Kansas to be able to detect proteins found only in the stool of pregnant polar bears. So far, Elvis has an accuracy level of 97%!

A Cincinnati Zoo animal conservation scientist had the idea of employing a dog for the detection job after reading about studies on being able to identify the scent of cancer through proteins found only in cancer cells. Could a dog detect the proteins found in pregnant polar bears’ stool?

Thinking outside the box for polar bear conservation

“We didn’t even know if this was possible,” said Matt Skogen, who runs Ironheart High Performance Working Dogs in Shawnee, Kansas. Dogs trained at his facility have learned to detect everything from explosives to bed bugs. So when Erin Curry, from the Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife, approached them with the idea of training a dog to identify pregnant bears, Skogen was intrigued.

Confirming pregnancies in the threatened species is difficult yet important. Knowing if a bear is expecting helps the zoo provide specialized care. This includes separating the mother to be from the males, providing a den with extra bedding, video camera surveillance, and line up staff for 24-hour cub watches.

The right dog for the job

To train dogs for the pregnancy detection project, Skogen started with samples of bears that had already delivered babies, and used samples from females who were known not to be pregnant. A Border Collie was initially trained as well, but it was soon apparent that Elvis, a former Ozarks rabbit hunter, was much more skilled.

“He was very methodical,” Skogen said. “You could tell he was really running it through the think tank.” As any Beagle lover knows, when food and play are involved, there isn’t much a Beagle can’t do! Elvis is rewarded with food and getting to play with his favorite squeaky duck toy.

Soon Elvis was scoring with near-perfect accuracy in the lab. But how would he do with fresh samples from zoos across the country?

Soon Curry delivered a cooler full of current samples, and the real work began. She watched Elvis with anticipation to see if her idea would actually come to fruition. He sat down right in front of a control sample of a bear that had recently delivered. “I thought, ‘Whew, this works!’” Curry said.

Stool samples were flown in from around the country.

Stool samples were flown in from around the country.

Only a few cubs are expected

Elvis continued to work on samples of 22 female bears from 14 zoos,and Skogen made notes of the dog’s reactions. Unfortunately, it appears that only a few cubs will be arriving in the coming weeks. A few more tests results will be processed, but only Sea World in San Diego had a positive result so far.

Last year, only three polar bear cubs were born in U.S. zoos. Polar bears have complicated reproductive cycles and false pregnancies are common. The non-invasive service Elvis provides can be an important new tool in ensuring proper care of the ambassadors of this threatened species.

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Dog Rescued From Dump Climbs Everest For A Cause http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/20/dog-rescued-dump-climbs-everest-cause/ http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/20/dog-rescued-dump-climbs-everest-cause/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:42:31 +0000 Mary Dunn http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=29877

Even through the tears of tragedy, puppy breath can help heal a broken heart. Joanne Lefson, from South Africa, was visiting a donkey sanctuary she had started years ago at a Himalayan village in northern India. She was trying to recover from the tragic death of her dog, Oscar, that happened a few months earlier. […]

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A puppy rescued from the depths of a dump in India now ascends to a base camp on Mount Everest.

A puppy rescued from a dump in India ascends to a base camp on Mount Everest.

Even through the tears of tragedy, puppy breath can help heal a broken heart.

Joanne Lefson, from South Africa, was visiting a donkey sanctuary she had started years ago at a Himalayan village in northern India. She was trying to recover from the tragic death of her dog, Oscar, that happened a few months earlier.

Lefson and Oscar had documented adventures to more than 36 countries on their “World Woof Tour” in an effort highlight the plight of homeless dogs worldwide. This cause was close to their hearts, since Oscar had been adopted just days before he was scheduled to be put down in 2004.

Their world tour was to culminate with an expedition to a Mt. Everest base camp, where they would hang prayer flags with wishes for homeless dogs everywhere to find their forever homes.

Unfortunately, Oscar was unable to complete “Expedition Mutt Everest” after tragically being run over and killed in January of 2013 at the age of 9.

Oscar's legacy lives on...

Oscar’s legacy lives on…

Perhaps Lefson was thinking about Oscar in the shadow of the same mountain range of Everest, some 700 miles away. Perhaps Oscar knew his guardian needed encouragement from beyond the Great Divide and sent her another puppy who needed her too.

Who rescued who?

Somehow the weak puppy used his last bit of strength to make a beeline towards the hurting animal advocate, and collapsed at her feet.

“The puppy couldn’t have been in a lower place. The little fellow had heart, I could tell that, but he was so weak having no food or water for days – if not weeks. How could I possibly turn away?” said Lefson. She took him in and nursed him back to health with a high-protein diet of eggs and rice. She wondered about the events of that day and if there was a deeper connection. “Dogs up here are afraid of people – but this one ran to me with a purpose. Perhaps Oscar had sent him to me to stop my tears.”

Rupee and Lefson.

Rupee and Lefson.

She named the pup Rupee, after the Indian currency, which is worth just a fraction of a penny. But Rupee has turned out to be invaluable as a travel companion and soul salve. Due to his upbringing at high altitude, his veterinarian felt he was a good candidate for the climb to the Mount Everest base camp.

Lefson was still concerned enough about Rupee’s well being that she hired an extra porter to carry him, should the trek become too difficult. The hikers did encounter difficulties including weather delays and even a yak attack. But Rupee seemed born for the journey and did just fine, often pulling her onward. The young dog appeared to be delighted with the snow, playing in it and biting the flakes.

Not the first, but still a hero

News outlets around the world are trumpeting the amazing feat of the rescued Rupee as “The First Dog to Climb Mt. Everest”. Rupee is not the first, nor has he climbed the highest (read this amazing article about dogs on Everest), but his story is still compelling.

We are in awe of Lefson and Rupee’s stamina as they have gone through considerable difficulties to bring attention to the problem of dogs dying for a second chance in shelters around the world. Surely Oscar is proud too. Perhaps his spirit was carried along with the prayer flags blowing in the wind.

Maybe it smells a bit like puppy breath.

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November 19th Is National “Get A Pal For Your Pet” Day http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/19/november-19th-national-get-pal-for-your-pet-day/ http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/19/november-19th-national-get-pal-for-your-pet-day/#respond Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:10:22 +0000 Mary Dunn http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=29889

It’s difficult to imagine Max and Remy not having each other. They look like litter mates, but they actually came from two shelters in two different states! Max and Remy are the dynamic duo… destined to make a difference as spokesdogs for the Dog Files! Watching these two best buddies hang out is a treat […]

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Max and Remy… best buddies!

It’s difficult to imagine Max and Remy not having each other. They look like litter mates, but they actually came from two shelters in two different states! Max and Remy are the dynamic duo… destined to make a difference as spokesdogs for the Dog Files!

Watching these two best buddies hang out is a treat for anyone who chances to meet them, so it is from experience that we heartily endorse National “Get a Pal for Your Pet” Day, celebrated on November 19th.

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Why should you consider getting a pal for your pet?

  • Social interaction: Having at least two pets of the same type allows for more social interaction and will help keep them happier and healthier. This is especially important for dogs, which are pack animals. Even cross-species buddies can be beneficial.
  • Improved health through exercise: A playful chase through the yard or a game of tug-o-war with a fellow pet buddy will provide animals with regular, fun exercise a single pet isn’t likely to experience.
  • Companionship: Pets that have a buddy to hang out with are much more emotionally stable and less likely to engage in destructive boredom behaviors while you’re at work. More pets provide more companionship for multiple family members as well.
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Unexpected friends…

How do you choose another pet that will fit your family?

Choosing another pet is a big responsibility. Your existing pets’ temperaments and family lifestyle need to be taken into account. Many shelters have tips for acclimating a new pet into your home and helping ease the transition with resident pets.

For tips on adopting a pet, visit HealthyPet.com, or the Pets Add Life (Pal) guide to multiple pet ownership.

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I am blogging on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network and the Pets Add Life (Pal) campaign. I received compensation for my time from Pal for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine.

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Max & Remy: Swan Wars: Cute Dog Video http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/18/max-remy-swan-wars-cute-dog-video/ http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/18/max-remy-swan-wars-cute-dog-video/#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:33:41 +0000 Kenn Bell http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=29884

Max & Remy seem to have a hate/hate relationship with the swans. Watch as Max & Remy defend the homestead and I try badly to get them to stop. Can two dogs take on a gang of swans?

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Max & Remy seem to have a hate/hate relationship with the swans. Watch as Max & Remy defend the homestead and I try badly to get them to stop. Can two dogs take on a gang of swans?

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Man Comes Out of the Doghouse, Admits Dog Lifestyle http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/13/man-comes-doghouse-admits-dog-lifestyle/ http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/13/man-comes-doghouse-admits-dog-lifestyle/#respond Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:15:03 +0000 Mary Dunn http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=29856

Some people love dogs, but Gary Matthews, age 48, would love to be one. Matthews is a retired IT technician in Pittsburgh who wears a collar, styles his hair in a dog-eared loops, and loves to don a homemade paper costume with the pet name of “Papey” to fulfill his chosen dog lifestyle. Matthews feels […]

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Boomer in his living room.

Boomer in his living room.

Some people love dogs, but Gary Matthews, age 48, would love to be one. Matthews is a retired IT technician in Pittsburgh who wears a collar, styles his hair in a dog-eared loops, and loves to don a homemade paper costume with the pet name of “Papey” to fulfill his chosen dog lifestyle.

Matthews feels he’s a dog in spirit and has named his alter ego “Boomer.” In fact, for much of his life, he has gone by the nickname that was inspired by a television show, “Here’s Boomer,” which ran from 1979 to 1982 about a stray dog.

Boomer’s obsession started before that, at age 11, when his father took him to see Disney’s “Shaggy DA,” about a lawyer who changes into a Sheepdog.

“I loved that movie, and thought how great it would be to transform into a dog just like that,” says Matthews. “It affected me somehow, it was just an idea filled with strong emotions for whatever reason. I started to ‘play Dog’ and just thought it was a fun game” according to his website.

From that young age, he started collecting dog-related items and studying everything that had to do with his canine obsession.

His parents did become concerned when he never seemed to grow out of the dog stage. They grew to accept the fact that Matthews felt more like a dog, and even began calling him Boomer like his friends did. He underwent evaluation and attended a special school due to the social complications related to his preferences. His parents were apparently comfortable enough with his mental state to leave him their house and a trust fund from their estate, which he now lives off of.

Boomer with some Collie friends

Boomer with some Collie friends

Living the dog lifestyle

To get more deeply in touch with his inner dog, he eats and drinks from dog dishes, occasionally eats dog food (Pedigree canned is his favorite) and carries a squeaky dog toy around with him for security. He has built himself a portable dog house that he keeps in the attic and can move outside during nice weather. He states his dog bed is much more comfortable than human mattresses.

Boomer felt it would be natural to change his name to what he goes by, since only his bills and identification carry his birth name. His request was denied in 2010 by a judge who deemed the change to be too confusing. In the event of an emergency or testimony situation, as soon as he would state, “Boomer the Dog” the report would instantly be considered a prank.

Man’s best friend is looking for puppy love

Boomer has had the most acceptance in the Furries subculture, where people who dress up like mascots and assume anthropomorphic personalities. He has attended several Furries conventions and hopes to one day meet a “puppy girl” who shares his love for all things dog.

We admire many traits of dogs, but is this taking things a bit too far?

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Abandoned Baby Girl Rescued by Dog Hero http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/12/abandoned-baby-girl-rescued-dog-hero/ http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/12/abandoned-baby-girl-rescued-dog-hero/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:51:08 +0000 Mary Dunn http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=29866

Not only is a dog man’s best friend; this one is also a hero to a newborn baby girl. Roger Wilday was walking his german Shepherd, Jade, off leash through a park in Birmingham, England. It was cold, and the park was empty. Jade suddenly headed for the bushes and wouldn’t respond to her owner’s […]

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Thanks to the persistence of a dog hero, a newborn girl left in a bag is safe.

Not only is a dog man’s best friend; this one is also a hero to a newborn baby girl.

Roger Wilday was walking his german Shepherd, Jade, off leash through a park in Birmingham, England. It was cold, and the park was empty. Jade suddenly headed for the bushes and wouldn’t respond to her owner’s calls. She lay down next to a bag and wouldn’t move.

Wilday knew he had to investigate with his usually-obedient dog not coming when he called her. “She wouldn’t leave until I’d seen it,” Wilday said.

“I walked over and saw a carrier bag — then I saw it move,” Wilday recounted. “I thought it was a bag of kittens, but then I saw her little arms and a head, and the baby started to cry.”

A dog hero, just in time

Wilday ran to a friend’s house nearby to call the police. They brought the baby girl to the hospital, where she was checked and found to be 6 pounds, to have her umbilical cord still attached, and to be less than 24-hours old. Pediatricians confirmed that had the baby not been discovered, she probably would have perished in the cold within a few hours.

A gem of a name

Staff members named the baby girl “Jade” after her rescuer, the 9-year-old German Shepherd.

“Jade’s never found anything before,” said Wilday’s wife, Catherine. “She must have heard the baby crying as these dogs have very good hearing, plus she’s very keen on our grandchildren.”

Police are searching for the baby’s mother and released pictures and video of the “alert, happy and contented” little girl, who’s still recovering in the hospital.

The Wildays, who have four children and five grandchildren, are hoping to get the chance to visit baby Jade.

 

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Scientists Decode Secret Message Of Dog Tail Wags http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/06/scientists-decode-secret-message-dog-tail-wags/ http://www.thedogfiles.com/2013/11/06/scientists-decode-secret-message-dog-tail-wags/#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:00:27 +0000 Mary Dunn http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=29850

Humans have been able to decipher messages about dogs wagging their tails… we see the fast wag, full-body wiggle as “I’m about to jump out of my skin, I’m so happy!” Then there’s the tucked tail – a tell-’tail’ sign the dog knows he’s in trouble. Researchers from the University of Trento, Italy, noticed a […]

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What is her tail telling you?

What is her tail telling you?

Humans have been able to decipher messages about dogs wagging their tails… we see the fast wag, full-body wiggle as “I’m about to jump out of my skin, I’m so happy!” Then there’s the tucked tail – a tell-’tail’ sign the dog knows he’s in trouble.

Researchers from the University of Trento, Italy, noticed a few years ago that there are subtle differences in how dogs wag their tails, listing to one side or the other. It was noted that when a dog sees something that makes them happy, such as seeing their owner, the wagging would tend to be to the dog’s right. When faced with something uncertain, like an intimidating-looking dog, the tail would tend to wag to the left. Other measurements, such as heart rate, were used to gauge stress or anxiety, which corroborated the tail language.

The tale of the tail – what do dogs see?

These same researchers wondered if dogs viewing the tail wagging on other dogs would be able to read and respond to these visible cues. The test subjects were shown videos of other dogs with either left or right tail wagging. When dogs viewed a canine wagging to the left, the test subjects’ heart rates sped up and they looked nervous. Conversely, when the wagging happened on the right, the heart rate only increased mildly, and the dog being tested looked relaxed.

One of the study’s authors, Giorgio Vallortigara, doesn’t believe that the dogs intentionally communicate with each other through the tail movements. He theorizes that dogs have learned from experience what body language signals they should and shouldn’t feel worried about.

“If you have several meetings with other dogs, and frequently their tail wagging one way is associated with a more friendly behavior, and the right side is producing a less friendly behavior, you respond on the basis of that experience,” said Vallortigara. Instead, the tail-wagging behavior stems from how different emotional cues activate different parts of the brain, he said.

The report appears in Current Biology: “Seeing Left- or Right-Asymmetric Tail Wagging Produces Different Emotional Responses in Dogs” 

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