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A Hospice patient named Joan who was suffering from epilepsy and didn’t have much time left wanted photos with her cherished Black Labrador Retriever named Joy. The dog was her best friend and even saved Joan’s life on multiple occasions. She would let Joan know when her blood sugar was low or she was about to have a seizure. Courtesy Sarah Beth Photography Ernhart’s pictures help owners remember their deceased pets at their best. Joan’s friend booked the memorable session with Ernhart as a gift. It inspired her to start offering her services at a special, discounted rate for people whose pets only have a limited time left. The next month, Ernhart took pictures of a canine lover with a dying Bernese mountain dog. She knew that this service should have a name but couldn’t think of one. “I wanted (the name) to be more of a celebration.

Purina Hosts First-Ever Better With Pets Summit to Showcase Positive Relationships Between People and Pets

Email the author | Follow on Twitter on November 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM, updated November 21, 2013 at 2:57 PM Does your dog wear a houndstooth sweater or an orange and blue jersey on game days in the fall? Help us show off the cuter side of the ultimate Iron Bowl by sharing photos of your pets sporting Alabama or Auburn gear. Take a photo and a share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #IronBowlPets. You can also email your photos at . If you want to upload your own photos directly to, you can do that, too. Just go to , click the orange “Submit your photos” button. Find your photo and choose “Iron Bowl Pets 2013” as your gallery. You will have to have a free account for this option.

Pitted fruits such as plums and apricots are dangerous because dogs usually will not spit out the pits, which can cause obstructions. Many pits also contain cyanide. Avocados are not recommended for any pet, as they are toxic to most animals. Yeast dough may look yummy to a dog, but bakers should be careful when baking around their pets, cautioned Sackman. Dough expands in the stomach and can cause blockage. It also can sit in the stomach and ferment into alcohol. Heinis warns about xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can be fatal to dogs. Found in chewing gum, bread, cookies and other products, xylitol can increase a dogs insulin blood level, causing his sugar level to drop, which leads to a hypoglycemic state. My dogs and I have a routine that they dont get to eat anything unless its put down on the floor and I let them have it, Sackman said. Sackman added that cats have problems with the same foods, but onions are particularly dangerous to them. Onions in high concentration can cause cats to go into hemolytic anemia, a breakdown of the red blood cells. One source is baby food, which can contain onion powder; that can be as bad as the cat getting into the stuffing for the turkey dinner.

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Caesar Rodriguez would love to bring his dogs Minnie, Donald and Daisy on board. You should have your pet wherever you want to go, just like people with kids, Rodriguez said. The way the law is right now, only service animals are allowed in the waiting area and on board. Some say it should be all aboard but with limitations. Its kind of a fun idea to bring your pet, but I know an awful lot of people who dont like pets and may be nervous or even afraid to be sitting next to someones dog, sometimes big dog, said Christine Miller. Owners would pay a fee, and their pets would hop on a pet-friendly car. All pet carriers would have to adhere to Amtraks current baggage policy, and those pets cant travel more than 750 miles.

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20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –Purina hosted the first-ever Better With Pets Summit on Nov. 19, bringing together remarkable thinkers from a wide spectrum of culture to help broaden and advance the way relationships between pets and people are viewed. The daylong event held in New York City featured 16 speakers, including academics, pet behavior experts, performance artists and scientists. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: (Photo: ) “Purina is dedicated to celebrating the many benefits of pet ownership, for both people and for pets, and sharing our belief that pets and people are better together,” said Steve Crimmins, chief marketing officer, Nestle Purina PetCare Company. “As a leader in the pet care industry, we are honored to bring together these remarkable individuals to share their unique expertise and experiences with pets.” Speakers and presenters included Beth Stern, an animal welfare advocate and author; Dr. Marty Becker, also known as “America’s Veterinarian”; Simon Tofield, cartoonist and author of “Simon’s Cat”; Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit; and several Purina scientists and researchers. Speaker topics included the healing power of pets, the exploding popularity of pets online, an understanding of pet pain management, and food trends for people and pets. Presentations included a live dance ensemble of the co-evolution of people and pets, a look at how human food can inspire the creation of pet food, and a view of the world from a dog’s perspective. “As an advocate for service dog accessibility, I know first-hand how pets help people, and people help pets -both emotionally and physically,” said John Hockenberry, host of public radio’s “The Takeaway” and master of ceremonies of the Better With Pets Summit. “The Better With Pets Summit is a great way for pet people of all backgrounds to advance conversations around people and pets.” For more information about the inaugural Better With Pets Summit, and to view and share presentations and performances from the event, visit . About Nestle Purina Nestle Purina PetCare Company is a global leader in the pet care industry and promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestle Purina is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestle Purina is part of Swiss-based Nestle, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company.


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Another reason Berns chose not to anesthetize his canine participants is because he says wanted to treat the dogs like people. All the dogs in the study have consent forms signed by their owners, and only positive training methods are used to prepare the animals for the MRI. Berns’ own dog, Callie, was the first dog to have her brain scanned. With the help of a dog trainer, Berns taught Callie to enter an MRI simulator he’d built in his home. Callie learned to enter the tube, place her head in a chin rest and sit still while wearing earmuffs to protect her ears from the machine’s noise. After a few months of training, Callie was ready for her first MRI, and Berns and his colleagues got their first maps of canine brain activity. Other owners soon volunteered their dogs for research, and Berns has now scanned more than a dozen of their brains. The more data he gathers, the more he’s convinced that dogs aren’t that different from us. The canine brain maps showed Berns that dogs use a region of the brain known as the caudate nucleus in a similar way to humans. The caudate has a large number of dopamine receptors that increase in both dogs and humans in response to an anticipated moment. For example, the dogs’ caduate activity increased when they smelled a familiar human or dog or when their owners reappeared after leaving the room. These findings dont necessarily mean that our dogs love us, but because many of the same things activate both the human caudate and the dog caudate, neuroscientists say this could be an indication of canine emotions. “The ability to experience positive emotions, like love and attachment, would mean that dogs have a level of sentience comparable to that of a human child,” Berns writes in the New York Times . “And this ability suggests a rethinking of how we treat dogs.” Because dogs and other animals seem to have emotions similar our own, Berns suggests that we assign a “limited personhood” to animals that shows evidence of emotion. He says we could also take it a step further and give dogs “rights of personhood,” which would provide them with protection against exploitation.

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He lies with me when I do my 15 minutes of physiotherapy each morning, and looking at his handsome, soppy face cheers me up if Im feeling frustrated. Although hes soft, gentle and loving, he can be a bit dim and we call him Donk. Hes always making me laugh, like yesterday when he jumped on the garden table because he was showing off, or when I gave him my red football which he took great delight in shredding. If we shout Heron, Hugo! he runs towards our pond to scare off the birds, but hes getting middle-age spread so he never catches them. Hes like a best friend and brother to me. Hugo has always had joint problems in his legs, so Im careful not to hug him too hard as I dont want to hurt him.

How Do Dogs Learn Words? Just Like Kids (Op-Ed)

A dog learning a thousand words is nothing to sniff at. But what is truly remarkable about Chaser, the border collie who has taken the world by storm, is how she learns words. Chaser makes inferences in a similar way to human children. When Chaser played the game that tested the same ability in the citizen science project Dognition , not surprisingly, she was off the charts. (Can your dog make inferences like Chaser? See the game. ) Besides dogs, dolphins, apes and parrots can also learn an impressive number of words. What is special about children is that if you show a child a red block and a green block, then ask for “the chromium block, not the red block,” most children will give you the green block, despite not knowing that the word ‘chromium’ can refer to a shade of green. The child inferred the name of the object.


Pets At Home Joins Ipo Rush

According to VPI, the first and largest pet insurance company in the United States, those mostly likely to get insurance for their animals are single people. A VPI survey also showed that people with pet insurance are likely to be between the ages of 18 and 44. Bob Vetere, president and CEO of American Pet Products Association, said his research agrees that pet insurance policy holders are likely to be single people, but he believes they are generally older folks, baby boomers. They both agree it shows how pets have become more central to families’ dynamics. “It shows you people are really bonding with their pets,” VPI spokesman Adam Fell said. “Dogs have gone from the backyard to the porch and, now, they’re sleeping with their parents.” Vetere says, “In a lot of cases, it is people who have turned to their pets as family members, whether their kids have moved out of the house or the kids are grown up or they didn’t have kids in the first place.” Miller adopted Stella seven years ago, and it was his own medical crisis that made him consider getting insurance for the dog. “They’re outside being maniacs during the day. Who knows what can happen when they’re out there?” – Justin Miller In 2008, he was changing Stella’s water bowl when a copperhead snake lurking beneath it lurched up and bit his hand. He knew the snake was poisonous, but had no idea the bite would land him in the hospital for five days followed by six weeks of rehab just to use the hand again. The bill was more than $60,000. “At the time, I had really good health insurance,” he said, adding that he only had to pay about $3,000 out of pocket. “If I had to have to come up with $60,000, I don’t know what I would have done.” Not long after that, he started researching pet insurance for Stella. One day she wouldn’t put any weight on her leg after playing outside. A vet immediately said that she’d torn her ACL and needed surgery and rehab.

KKR bought Pets at Home for 955m four years ago. Since then, Pets at Home’s sales have surged. The company is already the biggest pet shop chain in the UK but will this year become the biggest operator of veterinary practices as it opens instore locations and standalone entities. Related Articles 10 Nov 2013 Pets At Home has around 350 stores and more than 200 vet practices, with 125 in store. In the year to March 28, Pets At Home saw likeforlike sales increase 2.2pc and total sales 9.9pc to 598.3m. This meant that earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation rose 9.8pc to 100.8m. The growth of Pets At Home allowed KKR to take a 135m dividend out of the business. The pets retailer is loss-making at a pre-tax level because of interest payments on its debt.

Pets at Home joins IPO rush

The Second Chance for Animals nonprofit volunteer group and the Franklin Township Animal Shelter will reimburse the a portion of the costs of adoption for any new pet adopted by a military veteran, current military personnel, or their families through Saturday. In honor of the sacrifices made by veterans and their families, any veteran who adopts a cat, dog, or other pet from the shelter will receive a reimbursement check to cover up to $60 for adoption costs. The Franklin Township Animal Shelter, in the Municipal Complex at 475 DeMott Lane in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, is open from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Military identification will be needed. All of the shelter’s dogs and cats are healthy, already spayed or neutered, up to date on their shots and waiting for their forever home. Check out photos of Nicky, Skippy, Ogden, Nene or Monet, and their many friends in the gallery above, or at the shelters website .