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Lampo the Traveling Dog


Full story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 12, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Dogs, 1950's, Europe, Trains


I wonder why the trailer neglects to tell us that the dog houses the reincarnated soul of the little kid's father, who croaked in a car accident. Read the synopsis of the rest of the film to learn of its heart-warming tale of death, malevolence, vivisection, and heartbreak. A feel-good pic!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 28, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Movies, New Age, Religion, Superstition, Dogs, 1990's

Mischief Again!


I understand Michael Bay has already optioned this book for his next film, due to its over-the-top action.

View the whole book here.

The author.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 19, 2014 | Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Cats, Dogs, 1950's

Build Your Own Dog Stroller

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 18, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Technology, Dogs, Asia

Autonomous Canine Guidance

Researchers at Auburn University have created a device that allows people to remotely control a dog. It's like a backpack that the dog wears that produces tones and vibrations that direct the dog. Push a few buttons on your remote control, and the dog does what you want — with an accuracy rate of 98%! However, it's not quite as gee-whiz as it may initially sound, because a dog needs to be trained to respond to this thing. In other words, it ain't something for your average lazy pet owner. It's intended for rescue dogs and the like. [eurekalert]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Sep 05, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Dogs

How to howl

A lot of people told her that howling would get her nowhere in life, but now she's a howling instructor. So that shows them!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Aug 07, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Animals, Dogs

The Dog Saucer

Greg Hudome is hoping to raise $600,000 on kickstarter to start production on his "Dog Saucer" invention. So far he's managed to raise $100, so he's got a ways to go.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon May 27, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Dogs, Motorcycles

Earthquake-Predicting Dogs

Over in China, researchers decided to test the theory that dogs can predict earthquakes. So they housed four dogs at the Nanchang quake center and waited for them to show signs of "abnormal" activity, such as barking a lot.

They soon discovered that dogs (and apparently these dogs in particular) often bark a lot. According to local residents "every night at 11pm they start barking over and over." After fielding multiple complaints from angry neighbors, the researchers "offered to muzzle the dogs, but accepted later that this might impede their skills as quake-prognosticators." Finally, the experiment was shut down.

So maybe dogs can predict earthquakes, or maybe they can't. But until we learn to speak dog language better, it doesn't look like our canine friends will be much use to us as official quake predictors. [London Times]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 10, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Science, Experiments, Dogs

Doga (Doggy Yoga)

So apparently this is a real thing. That is, there really are people willing to take your money so that you can bring your dog to your yoga class. The Metro provides some history:

Doga originated in Florida in 2001 when yoga instructor Suzi Teitelman found her new puppy, a black cocker spaniel named Coali, would climb on to the mat with her when she was practising.
‘Any time there was a yoga mat around he was there,’ she says. ‘I realised he loved yoga and being around the class so I started adding him into the postures. I would inhale my arms up and he would inhale his arms up – with some help from me. Over the years we have perfected the postures and found moves that suit both our bodies.’ Teitelman started incorporating dogs into her yoga classes and held her first Doga class in New York in 2002.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 29, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Dogs

My Dog Can Skype

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 16, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Communications, Internet, Dogs
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