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HELLO (AND A PAT)
New research published in Physiology
and Behavior confirms that touch creates a strong, affectionate bond between human and dog.
The study, which mimicked a
typical situation of a familiar person
leaving the house and then returning
home after about 25 minutes, determined the dogs’ emotional responses
by measuring the amount of oxytocin
(“feel-good” hormone) and cortisol
(“stress” hormone) released into the
dogs’ blood stream.
At the sight of the familiar person
returning, the dogs became more active, with tails wagging.
When the person greeted the dog
with voice and touch, the increase in
oxytocin was much higher than with
just voice alone; the drop in cortisol
levels was sharpest when the person’s
greeting used both voice and touch.
The positive emotional effects persisted for a long time after the voice and
touch greeting; no social interaction
visibly bothered the dogs, who often
wandered over to an unfamiliar person in the room (a neutral veterinary
student) and tried to make physical
contact with them.
THEN IT WAS TIME …
Dog ownership provides many of life’s greatest joys and one of its most heartbreaking sorrows—the day when it’s time to say goodbye.
Anything Comic’s spot-on illustration was posted by barkpost.com, which reminds us that “our dogs don’t know that sadness. They only
know love, bacon and belly rubs. It also reminds us that we should focus on the joyful times that we have with
our dogs, because we won’t have them with us forever.” See the entire tale at anythingcomic.com.
According to Freedom of Information
research conducted by Atlanta journalist Jim Strickland, approximately every
36 hours someone reports that Trifexis,
a popular flea and heartworm pill made
by Greenfield, Ind.-based Elanco, has
killed their dog.
After gaining the information from
the U.S. Federal Drug Administration
(USFDA), Strickland spoke to Dr. Stephen
Connell, one of Elanco’s top veterinarians.
Dr. Connell said the company wanted to set the record straight but wouldn’t
release information on the number of
complaints the company has received
or how many actual dog deaths truly
can be considered the result of Trifexis.
The USFDA said that 700 dog deaths
were reported—120 more deaths than
the number of reported cases surrounding Chinese-made chicken jerky treats.
Strickland has talked to Atlanta residents who are convinced that Trifexis
killed their dog and share similar stories: The dogs either died only hours after the administration of Trifexis or became so ill they had to be euthanized.
The USFDA also said that the numbers actually might be higher, as the
figures given to Strickland were not
the most current.
STEAL TO RESCUE?
The question “Would you steal a dog in order
to save it?” piqued interest and opinions.
“Done it more than once and will again if the
situation calls for it” was the most repeated
type of response. One follower wrote, “It is
not stealing, it is rescuing, rehabilitating and
rehoming in a loving and safe environment.
‘Stealing’ is the wrong word. Animals should
not be considered property. Several states
have already passed laws that support animal
rights, and they do not consider them proper-
ty. If you see an animal dying from heat inside
a locked car with no windows open, do you
break a window to save the animal and its
life? Interestingly, people are afraid to do this,
but I would do it in a heartbeat. More states
are looking into passing laws that would help
with this issue also. Would anyone even think
twice if it were a child or a baby in a locked
car? Animals deserve the same attention.”
For others, it wasn’t so cut and dry.
“The authorities are there to do a job and,
in my experience, have done an excellent job
if you would learn to work with them.”
“Even if the authorities back you up,
stealing is stealing … Yes, these unfortu-
nate animals need to be rescued as soon
as possible; however, breaking the law … is
not the way to go.”
“People who steal dogs always call it
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