Watch dogs: How the clocks changing for daylight saving time, can affect your dog.

Here in the UK as in many other countries, we use daylight saving time to enable us to make the best possible use of the hours of daylight, which change throughout the year along with the seasons.

Dog With Clock

This means that each spring and autumn, the clocks go forwards or back an hour, and most of us take some time to adjust to this and begin to readjust our natural body clocks to accommodate for the change. Not everyone is a fan of daylight saving time, and there has been some debate in recent years as to whether or not it is still beneficial to keep to it – but it is fair to say that nothing is likely to change in the near future!

Given that we as humans often find the transition from GMT to BST and back each year makes us feel slightly out of kilter for a few days each time, it is only natural to wonder if changing the clocks has an effect on our dogs too – and the answer to this is largely yes, for a variety of reasons.

In this article, we will examine how the clocks changing back and fore between BST and GMT each year can affect your dog, and why. Read on to learn more.

Changing routines

When the clocks change over from GMT to BST and vice versa, that little change of only an hour can have quite an impact on our own routines. We’ll be getting up and going to bed an hour earlier or later than normal, going out to work and coming back at a different time, adjusting our meal times, and generally doing everything that we normally do at the same sort of time each day or in a fairly regular pattern an hour out of sync.

It can take some time to adjust to this, even though we know why it has happened and can anticipate the change – many of us think in terms of “new time” and “old time” for a couple of weeks after a change, as we get used to the new balance.

However, our dogs don’t know that a change is coming, or how or why it is – but they do very much know about and notice anything that changes their usual routine!

Assuming that your dog gets up at around the same time each day and expects their walks and meals at certain times, adjusting to a whole hour’s difference in the jump from one day to the next when the clocks change can have quite an impact on your dog.

If the clocks have gone back, your dog will probably be up and moving around on “old time” for a while – and there are some ways in which you will have to accommodate for this, such as by bearing in mind that if your dog toilets on a set schedule, this won’t automatically move an hour to reflect the change!

As the change in when your dog gets up, gets fed and walked becomes the new routine, they will settle into it fairly quickly, but expect a little confusion for the first week or so.

Circadian rhythms

Dogs don’t keep time by the clock like we do – their routine, physical needs and natural circadian rhythms all serve to tell your dog what time of day it is by means of what they need or what normally happens at those times.

Changing what you do and when you do it, such as your sleeping patterns (and those of your dog) can lead to a little disorientation for your dog – the cycles of day and night and how light it is when it is time to sleep and be awake will change by an hour, which again, can cause low-level disorientation and confusion for a while, much as is the case in people suffering from jet lag.

Forwards or back?

Interestingly, the transition when the clocks go forwards can be more challenging for dogs than when the clocks go back – as many people find to be the case too. When the clocks go back, we have an extra hour to catch up, rather than an hour lost, which makes the transition in spring more likely to confuse your dog than the transition in autumn.

Medications and special considerations

One particular thing to bear in mind when the clocks change is how to accommodate for this if your dog needs to take medications at a set time each day, or otherwise needs to follow a very rigid schedule in order to support their health.

For instance, if you have an insulin-dependent diabetic dog, keeping them in good health and controlling their condition relies on a firm routine of feeding times and insulin administration, and a sudden change of an hour can throw your dog’s body out of whack.

In order to counteract this, plan for the change and begin to adjust your dog’s timings by a few minutes each day, so that when the clocks do change, the transition will be much more subtle and easy to manage, for both you and your dog.

 (Article source: Pets 4 Homes) 

“Puppy dog eyes”: dogs have evolved a new eye muscle to communicate, say researchers

If you sometimes feel as if your dog’s eyes seem to have an almost hypnotic effect on you which always seems to result in your hand drifting towards the treat jar, you’re not alone.

Boxer

Of course, that well-known phrase “puppy dog eyes” is a very good descriptive for the way our dogs can look at us with total love and adoration when they want something!

We’ve all fallen for the charms of a begging dog and know all too well how the facial expressions and body language our dogs use can direct our actions in their favour, but new evidence uncovered by researchers into human/canine communication has today taken us one step closer to understanding the evolutionary science behind this phenomenon.

It turns out that not only does your dog know exactly what they’re doing when they give you those wide, adoring puppy dog eyes and use them deliberately to garner favour and get their needs met, but they have even evolved a brand new facial muscle to allow them to do just this.

In this article we will share the findings of this latest research into human/canine communication and what these findings mean for our understanding of dogs and how they communicate with us. Read on to learn more.

All about those puppy dog eyes

Past research into dogs and their facial expressions and how they communicate with people has already revealed that dogs can and do subtly alter their facial expressions when communicating with people, in contrast to the expressions they use when communicating with other dogs.

Dogs use facial expressions that are particularly likely to appeal to humans and bring out our nurturing instincts, which today, might mean that your dog simply gets an extra treat or two when you had planned to put the jar away.

However, back in the earlier history of the evolution of dogs when our relationships were still in the formative stages, this learned behaviour was even more useful to dogs, and helped them to bond with us, and encourage us to see dogs as friends and companions that we should protect and care for.

This behaviour is something that dogs have expressed as far back in time as we’ve researched and kept records about it – but now, we have learnt that evolution has taken dogs one step further still!

Dogs have evolved a new facial muscle to enhance communication with people

Researchers in the UK and USA have recently published the results of studies into canine evolution and communication and have identified that dogs have evolved specific muscles around the eye areas which enable them to make facial expressions that historically they would have been unable to – and which are deliberately designed to appeal to people.

One newly-identified facial muscle in particular permits dogs to produce an expression like that of a human baby, which is designed to result in a protective, nurturing response in people. The researchers involved refer to this as the “expressive eyebrows” muscle, which dogs use to mimic human facial expressions and so, give the impression of communicating with us in more human terms.

Triggering this newly found eyebrow muscle results in the dog’s eyes appearing bigger and humanistic, mimicking those of a human baby, particularly one that is unhappy! This in turn creates an instinctive, caring response in people, resulting in a preference for dogs that possess the trait and reinforcing its presence in subsequent generations of dogs.

The muscle itself permits dogs to raise the inside corner of their eyebrows, providing greater mobility to the eye area – and we’re not sure exactly when this change evolved, but we do know that it happened after the evolutionary split from wolves into domestic dogs, during the several millennia which dogs have lived with and relied upon humans for mutual survival.

This is a relatively short timescale for an evolutionary change of this nature to occur, and researchers at the University of Portsmouth, which undertook the UK-side of the research, say that this indicates how important facial expression is within social communication and interaction, and the power of expression in terms of capturing the attention and eliciting a desired response.

Can you spot the muscle?

It might not be all that easy for the average dog owner to pinpoint the exact facial muscle in question on their own dog’s faces, but if you get some treats to hand, you can have a go!

The presence of the muscle is usually particularly evident in dogs who don’t have masses of fur above their eyes, and particularly, those who have distinctive “eyebrows” of sparser fur, or fur of a different colour.

When you’ve got your dog’s attention with the treats, look at their eyes and eyebrows, and you might see a kink towards the centre/inner corner of the eyes, resulting in a raised eyebrows type of expression – and the chances are that your dog’s special “human-manipulating eye muscle” will be working hard to help them win that treat!

(Article source: Pets 4 Homes) 

Sticks and twigs: Why are they so appealing to dogs?

Some dogs are very keen to find twigs and sticks when out on walks, turning this into something of a scavenger hunt and often being very selective about what type of stick makes the grade.

Dog With Stick

Whilst historically, dogs used to play with sticks very commonly and dog owners would try to find an appropriate one on walks to throw for the dog to retrieve as part of play, this is far less common today.

Sticks are not really safe and appropriate toys for dogs, and safe, specially designed dog toys are very easy to buy these days (if often rather pricey!) and so we don’t tend to allow, much less actively encourage, our dogs to play with sticks any more.

The risk of splinters, puncture wounds and even internal injuries if your dog chews bits off a stick, as well as the risk of impalement if your dog fell on a stick and the fact some sticks are rotting and full of spores, all mean that few dogs that are around today have ever been encouraged to play with sticks, as dog owners tend to be very aware of the risks for dogs.

Even so, many if not most dogs find sticks and twigs very appealing nonetheless, and will often actively seek sticks out to chew or carry around, even if you strongly discourage this.

So, why do dogs like sticks and what makes sticks so appealing to them? This is a question that crosses many dog owner’s minds, but it isn’t always easy to get a comprehensive answer! With this in mind, this article will explain all of the different factors that make sticks and twigs appealing to dogs. Read on to learn more.

Mouth exploration

We as humans explore the world using our hands, primarily; these are our main tools for touch exploration. For dogs, their main tool is their mouths, and this is why dogs are so commonly found chewing, picking up, licking, and eating things that might seem odd; it is an ongoing journey of explanation.

Mouth exploration and the drive to hold things in the mouth to learn more about them is common to all dogs, but more acute in some dog types than others; particularly dog breeds from the retrieving group, which are said to have a “soft mouth,” which means they have a fine degree of control over the pressure exerted by the jaw.

This means that retrieving dog breeds like the Golden Retriever are apt to be more keen than others to carry sticks around.

Texture

The texture of a stick is part of its appeal, as is the fact that no two sticks are alike. From fresh, supple green twigs that you can bend over without breaking to dry, crumbling sticks so old that they fall apart as soon as you pick them up, the range of textures that can be found in sticks in the average park means there is a lot to explore and something to appeal to every dog.

Environmental smells

A stick obviously smells like the tree it came from (to dogs; virtually all of the scent subtext of this tends to be lost on humans, other than for very fragrant trees like pine) but also the wider environment too; the ground, the air, and the general locale.

Your dog can pick up all of these smells from a stick, and they may even pick up a stick to transfer some such smells to themselves, both to learn about the area and to better blend in with it, as an evolutionary survival instinct that helps them not stand out to predators.

A stick that was previously in the mouth of another dog will have great appeal to your dog, and a stick that has picked up any other animal smells will too; even if that’s dog pee or the pungent smell of fox!

Decay

Sticks that have been on the ground for a while or in leaf mould or that have fallen from a dying branch will develop distinctive smells of decay, and may become colonised by fungus, insects, and other unpalatable things too! However, this may all add to the interest for your dog.

Dogs need to chew, and this actually helps to clean their teeth; all dogs should be provided with appropriate chew toys for the purpose. If your dog’s chewing urges aren’t satisfied or if they just like the mouth feel of sticks, then sticks can be highly appealing.

A dog of any size and muzzle shape will be able to find a stick that suits them as a chew, and virtually all dogs that like sticks will chew their stick up eventually.

Teething and sore gums

A teething puppy or a dog of any age that has sore gums or dental pain will have a highly amplified urge to chew things, and may be much more likely than other dogs to want to chew sticks.

Potential nutritional deficiencies

Finally, getting a reaction out of their owners and holding their owner’s attention is very rewarding to dogs, and obviously the dog would prefer this attention and reaction to be positive; but a negative reaction is better than no reaction at all, in your dog’s mind!

The fact that dogs can sometimes be quite comical when playing with sticks and so, make us laugh rewards the dog and reinforces their behaviour.

On the flip side, if you try to get the stick from your dog because you know it’s a potential risk, this can quickly turn into a tug of war or battle of wits that is once more rewarding for your dog, albeit the attention in this case is negative on our parts.

(Article source: Pets 4 Homes) 

CBD for dogs: A Beginner’s Guide in pain management

In the last 2 years, the popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) has exploded in popularity for dog owners seeking to manage pain & anxiety. CBD is often touted by some as a miracle drug, capable of curing nearly any ailment.

Cbd

The truth, however, is much more nuanced and while the industry is plagued by unrealistic promises for using CBD, actual research backed science is emerging that shows great promise for this hemp based compound.

In this beginner’s guide, we’ll introduce you to canine pain management using CBD. We’ll cover topics on the safety and legality of CBD, what scientific studies have shown, the success rates of using CBD on dogs, and choosing a quality product.

We’ll conclude with a list of resources where you can learn more about CBD.

How CBD works in your dog’s body to modulate pain

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an interconnected chain of receptors found in your dog’s brain, their nervous system, glands, and organs. Scientists don’t fully understand the ECS yet (it was only first discovered in 1992) but its believed to help maintain balance within the body.

All mammals – humans, dogs, and cats included – rely the ECS system to regulate immune response. CBD oil interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your dog’s body and acts as a natural neuro-protective agent with multiple health benefits.

The cannabinoids in the oil open up two-way communication between endocannabinoid receptors to allow the body to either increase or decrease the immune response as needed. CBD oil is the natural way of regulating the system to maintain the perfect balance.

The reason CBD seems to help modulate pain is that many dog’s bodies are deficient in cannabinoids. Supplementing with CBD increasing cannabinoids in the body and restores balance to the ECS system.

Is it safe to use CBD to manage pain for dogs?

In 2016, Colorado State University completed a pharmacokinetic and safety study of CBD on healthy dogs. This was the first clinical trial to demonstrate that the cannabidiol compound was absorbed by the dogs and measurable in the blood. The study suggests that CBD usage in dogs is safe enough to warrant more studies.

For the study, 30 healthy dogs were given 2 different dosages CBD in 3 different methods of delivery: capsules, an oil tincture, and a cream applied on the skin. The results showed that CBD given orally as a tincture was best absorbed and bioavailable to the body. (This is why we recommend buying CBD in a tincture as your first choice).

What scientific studies or clinical trials have been done on CBD for Pain Management for dogs?

In addition to the safety and absorption study mentioned above, 3 clinical trials have recently concluded with promising results. It’s important to note that the we’re still in the early stages of understanding how CBD interacts with the body, and much more research needs to be done:

1. Cornell University: Osteoarthritis Pain Reduction in Dogs: Cornell University researchers found CBD increased comfort and the activity of dogs suffering from arthritis, according to a study published in July of 2018. This clinical study suggests that 2 mg/kg of CBD given twice daily can help increase comfort and activity in dogs with osteoarthritis.

2. Liberty Leaf: CBD Research Study on Canine Pain Management: In August of 2018, results from a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial demonstrated that dogs with diagnosed osteoarthritis receiving a daily dose of only 0.3 mg per kg of a CBD-infused oil formulation for 4 weeks showed reduced pain and improved functional performance.

3. Colorado State University: Reduction in Seizures for Dogs with Epilepsy: For 24 weeks, dogs that experience at least two seizures a month received either CBD oil treatment or a placebo. Preliminary results released in July of 2018 showed that a 89% of the dogs studied showed a drop in regular seizures.

How successful is CBD at managing canine pain?

iHeartDogs commissioned a survey that was completed by 455 people who gave CBD to their dogs. The result was 50.91% Very effective, 30.00% Somewhat effective, 17.27 Not sure and 1.82% Not effective at all.

What real dog owners say after using CBD for their dog’s pain

We asked members the iHeartSeniorDogs Facebook community for their experience with using CBD to alleviate their dog’s pain:

CBD has done wonders for our 11 year old Roti. You have to be very careful not to give them too much THC so choose your CBD carefully – Ken Tress

A lifesaver! I truly believe I would’ve already had to put her to sleep if not for it. – Suzanne Stanfield

The best thing I have ever done for my 200 pound Old English Mastiff was CBD oil she is 7 and we rescued her at 3 yrs old she was kept in a crate for 22 hours a day so she has terrible arthritis… so I medicate her 2 times a week and she runs and plays with my 2 puppers!! – Janell Michelle Cody

It’s been two weeks for our 13 year old pug and his hips are shot. His energy is back now, not jumping from pain when I pet him and is happy again. If I hadn’t tried this CBD oil I wouldn’t have believed it. Been a God send for my ole guy. I highly recommend it. Beats giving him pain meds which takes his spirit away. – Susan Johnson-Smith

Some dog owners use CBD, but in addition to other supplements or prescription medications:

My dog is on Gabapentin along with CBD. No problems. – Mary Mueller

Which oil does iheartdogs recommend?

Currently the only CBD oil reviewed and approved by iHeartDogs is the Cannanine brand. The formula is 3rd party tested per batch and 100% THC free, which is relatively rare but very important for animal use.

Additional resources: where can i learn more about CBD & pain management?

  • The Ultimate Guide to CBD Oil for Dogs (Cannanine)
  • Consumers’ Perceptions of Hemp Products for Animals (AHVMA)
  • Rimadyl: Is there a natural alternative for my dog? what are the dangers & side effects? (Cannanine)
  • 4. Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs (NIH)
 (Article source: I Heart Dogs) 

New law could mean tax break for people adopting from shelters

Anyone with a rescue dog will be quick to tell you how much a rescue has changed their life.

Shelter

I Heart Dogs reports that giving second chances to disadvantaged dogs is a reward in itself, not to mention the love and appreciation rescued pups give us. Yet while millions of dogs live in shelters, a large portion of dog people continue to buy designer or purebred dogs from breeders. The trend is in decline, but the issue remains.

At least some lawmakers are working to fix it. In New York state, a new law under consideration attempts to encourage the “adopt don’t shop” mentality. The law states that anyone who adopts a dog or cat from an animal shelter will be given a $125 tax credit per animal adopted.

The credit only applies to domestic animals like dogs and cats, so you won’t get money for adopting a gator or anything like that. The law was designed to cover the cost of standard adoption fees and ease some of the financial burden.

Ideally, the new law will encourage people to rescue animals in need of homes rather than purchasing animals from breeders. As to whether the bill will also allow rescue organisations or people who previously rescued animals to receive tax credits, that remains unclear. Everything is still in the early stages.

Adoption VS. Purchase: By The Numbers

Data gathered by the American Pet Product Association estimates that about 78 million dogs live in homes throughout the United States. That makes for approximately 44% of all U.S. households with dogs. While about 23% of those dogs are adopted through rescue organisations, a greater 34% still come from breeders. That means millions of dogs!

Sadly, the APPA’s data also found approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized every year (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats.) If more states were to consider laws like the one proposed in New York, this number could get significantly lower. The process becomes a cycle: more animals get adopted leaving more room in shelters for others in need.

(Story source: I Heart Dogs) 

The Shetland dog models whose photo-shoots can stop traffic

Kaylee Garrick’s canine photo-shoots can stop traffic in Shetland – and the fame of her very obedient dogs has now spread across the globe.

Dog Models

BBC News reports that the 29-year-old student paramedic has trained her pets to pose together for a range of eye-catching images.

She has seven regular models – Shetland sheepdogs Fenton, Thiago, Thorin, Gimli, Murphy and Jara, and an Alaskan Klee Kai called Ghost.

They are sometimes joined by Fjana, who is owned by Kaylee’s mother. The popularity of their pictures grew through social media, and has now helped raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Kaylee, from Scalloway, has been taking photos of dogs since she was 10 years old, back when pictures had to be developed.

She said it “came naturally” because her first dog, Flint, was “so handsome against the Shetland background”.

However, when Flint died from bone cancer in 2007, Kaylee put her camera down and stopped taking photographs.

That changed after a friend suggested she should look at a litter of puppies in 2011. She fell in love with Fenton, who remains one of her star models – and her love of photography was also rekindled.

“It took off again. The camera just seemed to follow my hand,” she said. “For the next few years we just kept adding more dogs and photos. “With social media, using Facebook and Instagram, it became even more of a thing. The world went nuts for Shetland sheepdogs on Shetland.”

Kaylee said she started receiving more and more requests for pictures. “We originally used it to promote Shetland. People have come here just to see the dogs. “I had a couple from Australia recognise us. It was crazy.” Kaylee said the photos then started getting “stranger” over the years as she started using costumes. In one, they are wearing caps and waistcoats in a look inspired by the television show Peaky Blinders. Kaylee said that while the backgrounds of some images have been touched up for artistic effect, the poses struck by her dogs are real. She said the secret of their obedience was “trust and confidence”.

“They are obsessed with their ball, so we use positive reinforcement – they get rewarded for good behaviour. “They are trained to pose, I line them up, say ‘wait’, get the camera out, take the photo, say ‘good dogs’ then throw their ball. It does not take long at all, as they are so used to it.

“However, you can get a lot of people coming up to you, so that can take a bit longer – one photo, where they were in the street wearing bright boots, caused a traffic jam. “People were taking photos themselves, then I noticed all the cars stopping.”

Kaylee produced a charity calendar for 2020 after being “pestered” by people asking if she would do one.

She thought a print run of 250 would be enough, but it quickly sold out and copies have been sent all over Europe, America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

The calendar has raised £2,000 for the The Ambulance Staff Charity (Tasc) and Bravehound, which provides training and dogs to support veterans.

Kaylee, who works as an ambulance technician, said she also used her photos in the back of the ambulance to calm down patients.

“I take my phone out and show them my dogs and they forget they are in an ambulance,” she said. “Their blood pressure goes down and they start smiling. “And children respond well to it. Turning it into making people laugh has made it more quirky.”

(Story source: BBC News) 

Dog’s dinner: Miniature dachshund buries his nose into sweet treats – but it’s an illusion

A dog pokes his nose through a scone – and appears to be having the best teatime ever.

Dog's Dinner

The Sun reports that Schmitt, a miniature dachshund, is snapped seemingly buried in chocolate, crisps and cakes.

He also pokes his nose through Wotsits and marshmallows.

But owner Bethany Li, 25, from Newcastle, put an A3 canvas on top of her mini pooch with a hole in it first.

Using his adorable snout she created these Insta-worthy photos showing Schmitt buried deep in treats since 2018.

(Story source: The Sun) 

Bristol dad sets up Dudes & Dogs walking group to help men open up

‘Let’s go for a walk’ is much easier to say than ‘let’s have a chat’.

Dudes & Dogs

Bristol Post reports that a Bristol dad has set up a dog walking group to help men open up about their emotions.

Rob Osman has in the past struggled with anxiety and depression and set up Dudes & Dogs to create a space where men could relax and talk about how they feel.

The dad-of-one – who also suffered with social anxiety from his early teens, especially around girls, which caused him to throw up – found walking his dog Mali, a Hungarian Vizsla, was good for his mental health. He is now hoping to help others by encouraging them to join his walks.

“The aim of the group is to create an environment where people can relax and drop their barriers,” the 38-year-old said. “It (walking a dog) is a good way to do so because you do not have to look at each other in the eye and are in an open space. “It is at their pace and there is no expectation for them to have to talk – it could be that they just listen the first few times.” Mr Osman realised that saying “let’s go for a walk” was a much easier way of say “let’s have a chat”, which some people may find difficult to say.

The dog owner said participants were also able to get moments of relief and joy through interacting with the dog. So far, the group has only held walks in Bristol but, as the numbers increase, Mr Osman is hoping to train more facilitators – known as “dog dudes” – and expand to other areas such as south Wales. Everyone is welcome and no dog is needed to join the walk, said Mr Osman. “The dog dude will facilitate the walk and will have a dog with them,” he continued.

Mr Osman wants to show other men they are not alone and that many men struggle, adding he would love to create a movement similar to Movember.

Mr Osman, of Ashton Vale, quit his job as a business developer manager a year ago to be a stay-at-home dad, knowing he wanted to do something related to counselling at the same time. He started looking at local support groups but none was offering the support he wanted. Then Dudes & Dogs started with a video he shared on International Men’s Day on Facebook.

Since then, he has shared several videos on his Facebook page Dudes & Dogs where he talks about his emotions, how he was struggling or how his day had been. Above all, he would talk about the importance of talking and how good it is. For example, he also did a video from places which have helped him like the barber’s chair.

“I am quite an emotional guy and since I have opened about my feelings and emotions my life has got better,” he continued. “I started to realise what really helps me is walking my dog and spending time in the fresh air. “Mali is a four-legged antidepressant. “She makes me go outside and go into the woods to play. “She makes me change my mood and I could not have asked for a better companion. “She is key to the whole thing.” The group meets at 10.15 am every Saturday by the Yer Tiz trail entrance of the Leigh Woods. The walks are free to join.

(Story source: Bristol Post) 

Booze hounds: ‘World’s first dog tap house’ gives abandoned pooches a home until they are adopted by punters having a pint

A dog enthusiast has opened up a new bar for animal lovers who want to enjoy barks and brews while adopting a new best friend.

Booze Hounds

The Sun reports that Scott Porter wanted a fun way to find a forever home for abandoned animals, so he opened Fido’s – a tap-house in Oregon where boozers can grab a pint before bringing home a pup.

It’s the world’s first dog tap house, the 57-year-old claims. “Since we opened in January 2018, people have shown both their contained and un-contained excitement at seeing rescue dogs living inside our bar,” he said.

Patrons can sip on craft beer, cider, wine, or mixed drinks or munch on bar bites while perusing for a prospective pet. Although people and pups can mingle, the dog and food areas are maintained separate “to follow the legalities,” Porter said.

The watering hole works in partnership with Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals to shelter homeless dogs at the bar until they’re adopted. More than 70 dogs have found an owner since the bar first opened its doors, according to Porter. “So far Fido’s have got 74 dogs adopted – and I cry for nearly every dog that gets adopted.” Although the stray dogs may have had a ‘ruff’ time in the streets, the bar tries to ensure their dog days as rescue animals are numbered. The pub’s website reads: “When you visit Fido’s, you’re doing more than having a good time at a craft beer bar, you’re helping the world to ‘Eat. Drink. Adopt.'”

(Story source: The Sun) 

Dog accidentally runs half-marathon after being let out for pee and finishes 7th!

Sports are great for the health and running is the best way to keep you in a good shape.

Marathon

I just can’t imagine to train hard for a 13 miles marathon, only to have a dog beat you.

Well, that is exactly what happened with most of the Elkmont Trackless Train Half Marathon runners, in Alabama.

Ludivine, a 2 years old Bloodhound was out for a pee when she spotted all those guys running. And since there wasn’t any rule to say that only humans re allowed to participate, the quick thinker pup joined the marathon. Surprisingly, that wasn’t all as the doggy not just finished the run, but she even got a medal.

The adorable dog who finished seventh in the race, even had some pit stops!

She finished in just over an hour-and-a-half. Her owner April Hamlin said:

“All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord. My first reaction was that i was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners. She’s laid back and friendly, so i can’t believe she ran the whole half marathon because she’s actually really lazy.”

Jim Clemens, who finished fourth in the half marathon said, “Every time I thought she had dropped off to go back home, I would hear her coming back up to me and she would race past me up to the two leaders.

She would run off to romp through the streams and into yards to sniff around for a while.”

(Story source: Majestic Animals)