Monday, January 13, 2020

Dog News - January 2020

Dog news from around the world.....

Darius Brown is a 12 year old boy from Newark, NJ who makes bow ties for shelter animals to help them get adopted (because they're cuter!)

Darius Brown - Beaux & Paws

His organization is called Beaux and Paws, and it allows him to combine his love for fashion and his love for animals. At the age of 2 he was diagnosed with speech, comprehension, and fine motor skills delay. As he got older he started helping his sister cut fabric for bows, which also helped his fine motor skills.

Darius Brown - Beaux & Paws

He believes the bow ties help the cats and dogs look more attractive, get them noticed, and lead them to their forever, loving homes.

Darius Brown - Beaux & Paws

Darius also speaks at events encouraging others to volunteer and give back to the community. What a great kid with a big heart!


A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Nestle Purina over their Beggin' Strips treats not being primarily made of bacon.

The suit suggests that dog owners were duped into paying a premium price for a product that is mostly wheat, corn, and water (bacon is the tenth ingredient on the list). The suit states that, "Nestle Purina violated state consumer-protection laws against false and deceptive advertising."

Nestle Purina's response is that they have been completely transparent and accurate in their marketing and packaging. I have to say that I agree with them - if you as a consumer aren't willing to read all of the information on a package, you have no one to blame but yourself. Thinking you're getting a package of cooked bacon for <$10 is delusional.


Living with a pet dog in childhood may be linked to a reduced risk of schizophrenia in adulthood.

Researchers studied adult patients at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore, 396 with schizophrenia and 381 with bipolar disorder. They compared them with 594 healthy controls. After adjusting for other characteristics, the scientists found that exposure to a dog at any time in childhood was associated with a 24 percent reduced risk for schizophrenia. Those exposed to dogs at birth were 55 percent less likely to have schizophrenia than people who had not been exposed at all.

There was no significant effect of exposure to cats, and no effect of either animal on the risk for bipolar disorder. Click the link above to find out more about this study and the possible conclusions for the findings.


And finally, this sweet story amid the devastation that is happening in Australia.

In Adelaide Hills, South Australia, a family has a regular backyard visitor - Quasi the koala. On hot days, Quasi heads to the yard for a drink of water from the dog bowl and shelter from the heat. Rusty the dog and Quasi the koala share the bowl of water and then nuzzle noses in greeting. The two have been friends for years and Rusty looks forward to visits from his unusual friend.

Quasi & Rusty - Koala & Dog Friends


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