MEET “ZERO” THE BOSTON TERRIER (submission via thewoofles)
Zero the coolest Boston Terrier! He also has a facebook page
RESEARCHERS ANALYZE PREHISTORIC DOG BURIALS - “I think the hunter-gatherers here saw some of their dogs as being nearly the same as themselves, even at a spiritual level…People came to know them as unique, special individuals.”
University of Alberta anthropologist Robert Losey and his team researched dog burial sites in Siberia and recently published their findings. It appears that ancient dogs were valued members of the community and were often adorned with jewelry. Here’s more from NBC news:
For the study, Losey and his team researched dog burials worldwide, but focused particularly on ones located in Eastern Siberia. Siberia appears to have been an ancient hotbed of dog lovers, with the earliest known domesticated dog found there and dating to 33,000 years ago. Dog burials in this region, however, span across a more recent 10,000-year period.
The researchers found that most of the dog burials in this area occurred during the Early Neolithic 7,000-8,000 years ago. Dogs were only buried when human hunter-gatherers were also being buried. When pastoralists later came through, they did not bury dogs, although they did sacrifice them from time to time.
“I think the hunter-gatherers here saw some of their dogs as being nearly the same as themselves, even at a spiritual level,” Losey said. “At this time, dogs were the only animals living closely with humans, and they were likely known at an individual level, far more so than any other animal people encountered. People came to know them as unique, special individuals.”
The burials reflect that association. One dog, for example, was laid to rest “much like it is sleeping.”
Dogs have been our companions for literally thousands of years. Hopefully we are deserving of their loyalty. Click here for the full story and here to read the full study.
MEET “LULU PUMPKIN” (submission from thecreepingphlox). Thank you and Happy Birthday!
Lulu Pumpkin will be celebrating her first birthday next month!
MEET “CHANGA” THE BORDER COLLIE (Submission from camiherran). Thank you! Keep those submissions coming!
My Border Collie named ‘Changa’
MEET “ARYA STARK” AND “TOKI WARTOOTH” (submission via whatifthewolvescome). Thank you!
Answering your request for submissions! These are my dog: Arya Stark and Toki Wartooth (Not a Bumble Bee). Arya is a Yorkshire/Scottish Terrier mix and Toki is a German Shepard/Shiba Inu mix.
I adopted Toki from a program here in Colorado that rescued dogs from kill shelters around the US about 3 years ago. I didn’t think I’d ever have more dogs in my life since the ones I had growing up had all died pretty traumatically, with the last one having to be euthanized four years prior. But I was going through a really tough time and it was suggested that having a dog again would help me get my bipolar disorder back under control. That week, I started looking for adoption events, saw his picture for one that was happening that weekend, and I was lucky enough to have him come home with me at the end of the day. Six months after that, we added Arya to our family. She was from a litter of puppies my brother’s friend were selling. She’s from a farm family and spent her time before us growing up with her brothers and sisters and a calf named Angus.
Both are complete opposites of each other. Toki is extremely neat, almost like he has doggie OCD, is wary of people he doesn’t know, and is unbelievably well behaved and quiet (until he feels like letting out that Shiba yodel). Arya is pretty much exactly like her namesake: she’s my little wild wolf girl who loves to be covered in dirt, being loud, making people fall in love with her, and going on adventures around my parents’ property. He loves to pose for the camera, she hates it. We go everywhere we can together.
She’s so done, look at that face.
Looks like somone had a long day.
FANS RAISE MONEY FOR BASSIST’S INJURED DOG WITHIN A SPAN OF HOURS
Bassist David Flinn from the band Chelsea Grin recently appealed for help because his dog, Solo, suffered an injury. Solo broke three fingers and his growth plate and required surgery costing about $2,300. Word spread, and fans of the band raised more than what was needed for Solo’s treatment in just a few hours. Here’s Flinn’s response:
You are the best fans in the world and I promise with every ounce of my being that I will make it up to you all. I love you all and cant wait to see you at a show. I will update you with videos and pictures od how solo is doing. Once again thank you soooo sooooo sooooo sooooo soooo soooo soooo sooo much!!!!!!!!!!!
Glad to hear everything went well. (Photo from the Chelsea Grin Facebook page)
PUPPY WHO SURVIVED DOG-FIGHTING RING IS MISSING #FINDMISTY
EDIT: Misty has been found.
Please see this previous story about a Pit Bull puppy named Misty who was rescued from life as a bait dog and helped by a group of students. It appears that Misty got away from her new owner and is missing. Check out Misty’s Facebook page for latest updates on the search.
Please share, especially if you live in the Riverdale, New Jersey area.
HOCKEY PLAYER MAKES PLANE TRIP TO SAVE SHELTER DOGS - “He is a center for the St. Louis Blues and has two passions off the ice … aviation and helping neglected animals find homes.”
Professional ice hockey player David Backes and his wife Kelly recently piloted a plane to transport three dogs in danger of being euthanized from Iowa to a no-kill dog shelter in Illinois. Backes is the center for the St. Louis Blues but is also very active with charity work through The David & Kelly Backes Foundation. In this instance, he assisted the West Hancock Canine Rescue and Five Acres Animal Shelter with the transport. Here’s more from KHQA:
Backes and his wife Kelly and a friend flew into the Keokuk Municipal Airport to help the West Hancock Canine Rescue find new homes for three dogs. One of them was Meaty the Rottweiler, who cozied up to Kelly in the back of the plane in anticipation of the flight.
The West Hancock Canine Rescue woks with no-kill rescues like The David & Kelly Backes Foundation to transport dogs to safe shelters and foster locations.
Back in St. Louis, the foundation and their partner the Five Acres Animal Shelter (formerly the St. Charles Humane Society) will help find the dogs loving forever homes.
Hopefully these dogs all find wonderful homes. Click here for the full story, here for more about West Hancock Canine Rescue, and here for more about Five Acres Animal Shelter. You can learn more about The David & Kelly Backes Foundation here. (Photo from Five Acres Animal Shelter Facebook page)
MEET “LUMP” THE MINIATURE DACHSHUND (submission from thehighandlow) Thank you!
This is my super tiny (15 year old?) miniature dachshund, Lump. He’s named after Picasso’s dachshund, of course. Lump came into my life over 2 years ago from the Pasadena Humane Society where I volunteer taking photos for their website. He had been severely neglected most of his long life. Lump was underweight, had terrible fly stike on both ears and was in the process of losing most of his rotten teeth. He had also been hit by a car prior to being picked up by the shelter so his pelvis was messed up and his front paw was broken. We also found out later that he had a raging kidney infection. Poor little man!
Today, Lump is very healthy and is the love of my life. He’s finally living the life he was supposed to live along side my other rescue mutts.