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  1. Hello, animal lovers This thread is for your pictures of dogs and cats. They can be cute or funny. They can be your pet, or a picture from the internet. Scroll through this thread when you need a dose of cuteness. I'm honestly a dog person, so most of my pictures will be of dogs. I'm going to start this off, I hope for you all to join the cuteness. UPDATE: feel free to post any animals you want here. I don't know how to change the title.
  2. Thanks to pressure from animal rights activists, a festival in South Korea to promote the consumption dog meat has been canceled. The Korea Dog Farmers’ Association had scheduled the festival for Friday in an open-air market in a city just south of Seoul. AFP reported, “It would have showcased various canine delicacies including barbecued dog, sausages and steamed paws.” The event also planned to sell cosmetics and spirits with canine ingredients. And it would have tried to raise public awareness about the conditions on dog meat farms by featuring videos of canines being raised in clean environments. Public opinion has taken a downturn in recent years, especially from younger Koreans who oppose the practice and consider it an “international embarrassment.” The Association had hoped the festival would change public perception and increase sales for the approximately 600 dog farms in the area. John Woestendiek, creator of the ohmidog blog recently returned from South Korea and the marketplace where the event would have taken place. He said the Moran Market is a block long outdoor bazaar that sells fruit, vegetables and all types of animals for human consumption. About two-thirds of the dog meat sold in the area comes from this market. For $100- $150 individuals can select a live dog and have it butchered. The growing animal welfare movement in the country helped turn the tables on the dog meat festival. Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth ran an online campaign which ultimately forced the cancellation of the event. “This is making our country an international laughing stock, and making the whole world mistakenly believe that all South Koreans eat dogs,” said Park So-Youn, head of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth. “Canines are the animals emotionally closest to humans. You can’t just publicly celebrate killing and eating them.” The continued protests led to retailers backing out on renting space to the group. “We couldn’t possibly go on with the plan due to endless phone calls of complaint … now there are few willing to rent us a place for the event,” Ann Yong-Geun, an adviser to Korea Dog Farmers’ Association and a professor of nutrition at Chung Cheong University said to AFP. Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/dog-meat-farmers-cancel-festival.html#ixzz1QmM1LMM7 Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/dog-meat-farmers-cancel-festival.html#ixzz1QmLL8PiV
  3. Original article can be found here: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/deaf-puppy-dumped-by-breeder-now-learning-sign-language This is very heartwarming story for me. I love when people adopt animals with disabilities. <3 And when people adopt older animals.
  4. (Link to original article can be found here): http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/-uk-man-drowns-trying-to-save-dogs
  5. Mad_Dog

    A prayer for the Unheard

    Please pray for the unheard. The ones that cannot speak for themselves. The ones that are homeless. The ones that no one will listen to. The ones that get shoved aside, ignored. The ones that get beaten, and bruised. The ones who have diseases. Please Pray for the Unheard.
  6. 1. All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbearer of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog. 2. Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die, the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned aloud for days. 3. Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, or anything with caffeine can also be harmful. 4. Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs. 5. Rock star Ozzy Osborne saved his wife Sharon’s Pomeranian from a coyote by tackling and wresting the coyote until it released the dog. Dogs have sweat glands in between their their paws cute-dogs 6. Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws. 7. In 2003, Dr. Roger Mugford invented the “wagometer” a device that claims to interpret a dog’s exact mood by measuring the wag of its tail. 8. Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected. 9. A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running. 10. Puppies are sometimes rejected by their mother if they are born by cesarean and cleaned up before being given back to her. 11. The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs 12. During the Middle Ages, Great Danes and Mastiffs were sometimes suited with armor and spiked collars to enter a battle or to defend supply caravans 13. Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in the ancient Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples of China for centuries The shape of a dog’s face can help predict how long a dog will live 14. The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives 15. After the fall of Rome, human survival often became more important than breeding and training dogs. Legends of werewolves emerged during this time as abandoned dogs traveling in packs commonly roamed streets and terrified villagers 16. During the Middle Ages, mixed breeds of peasants’ dogs were required to wear blocks around their necks to keep them from breeding with noble hunting dogs. Purebred dogs were very expensive and hunting became the province of the rich. 17. The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan. 18. The American Kennel Club, the most influential dog club in the United States, was founded in 1884. 19. The most popular male dog names are Max and Jake. The most popular female dog names are Maggie and Molly. Some scholars speculate that Dorothy’s dog, Toto, may represent the Egyptian god of death, Anubis 20. Scholars have argued over the metaphysical interpretation of Dorothy’s pooch, Toto, in the Wizard of Oz. One theory postulates that Toto represents Anubis, the dog-headed Egyptian god of death, because Toto consistently keeps Dorothy from safely returning home. 21. Weird dog laws include allowing police offers in Palding, Ohio, to bite a dog to quiet it. In Ventura County, California, cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit. 22. The first dog chapel was established in 2001. It was built in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, by Stephan Huneck, a children’s book author whose five dogs helped him recuperate from a serious illness 23. Those born under the sign of the dog in Chinese astrology are considered to be loyal and discreet, though slightly temperamental. 24. In Iran, it is against the law to own a dog as a pet. However, if an owner can prove the dog is a guard or hunting dog, this restriction doesn’t apply. Muslim reticence concerning dogs is perhaps due to the fact that rabies has always been endemic in the Middle East. 25. The Mayans and Aztecs symbolized every tenth day with the dog, and those born under this sign were believed to have outstanding leadership skills. 26. The ancient Mbaya Indians of the Gran Chaco in South America believed that humans originally lived underground until dogs dug them up. Plato once said that ”a dog has the soul of a philosopher” 27. Plato once said that “a dog has the soul of a philosopher.” 28. French poodles did not originate in France but in Germany (“poodle” comes from the German pudel or pudelhund, meaning “splashing dog”). Some scholars speculate the poodle’s puffs of hair evolved when hunters shaved the poodle for more efficient swimming, while leaving the pom-poms around the major joints to keep them warm. 29. The name of the dog on the Cracker Jacks box is Bingo. The Taco Bell Chihuahua is a rescued dog named Gidget. 30. The first dogs were self-domesticated wolves which, at least 12,000 years ago, became attracted to the first sites of permanent human habitation 31. Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens. 32. Laiki, a Russian stray, was the first living mammal to orbit the Earth, in the Soviet Sputnik spacecraft in 1957. Though she died in space, her daughter Pushnika had four puppies with President John F. Kennedy’s terrier, Charlie. 33. Dalmatians are completely white at birth. 34. The term “dog days of summer” was coined by the ancient Greeks and Romans to describe the hottest days of summer that coincided with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. 35. Alexander the Great is said to have founded and named a city Peritas, in memory of his dog. 36. In ancient Greece, kennels of dogs were kept at the sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus. Dogs were frequently sacrificed there because they were plentiful, inexpensive, and easy to control. During the July 25 celebration of the kunophontis (“the massacre of dogs”) dog sacrifices were performed to appease the ancestors of Apollo’s son, Linos, who was devoured by dogs 37. Dog trainers in ancient China were held in high esteem. A great deal of dog domestication also took place in China, especially dwarfing and miniaturization. 38. The ancient religion Zoroastrianism includes in its religious text titled the Zend Avesta a section devoted to the care and breeding of dogs. 39. The earliest European images of dogs are found in cave paintings dating back 12,000 years ago in Spain. 40. The dog was frequently depicted in Greek art, including Cerberus, the three-headed hound guarding the entrance to the underworld, and the hunting dogs which accompanied the virgin goddess of the chase, Diana. 41. During the Renaissance, detailed portraits of the dog as a symbol of fidelity and loyalty appeared in mythological, allegorical, and religious art throughout Europe, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Diego Velázquez, Jan van Eyck, and Albrecht Durer. 42. A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless. The Basenji is the world’s only barkless dog 43. The Basenji is the world’s only barkless dog. 44. A dog most likely interprets a smiling person as baring their teeth, which is an act of aggression. 45. The origin of amputating a dog’s tail may go back to the Roman writer Lucius Columella’s (A.D. 4-70) assertion that tail docking prevented rabies. 46. One of Shakespeare’s most mischievous characters is Crab, the dog belonging to Launce in the Two Gentlemen of Verona. The word “watchdog” is first found in The Tempest. 47. President Franklin Roosevelt created a minor international incident when he claimed he sent a destroyer to the Aleutian Islands just to pick up his Scottish Terrier, Fala, who had been left behind. 48. Within hours of the September 11, 2001, attack the World Trade Center, specially trained dogs were on the scene, including German Shepherds, Labs, and even a few little Dachshunds. 49. It costs approximately $10,000 to train a federally certified search and rescue dog. 50. The smallest dog on record was a matchbox-size Yorkshire Terrier. It was 2.5" tall at the shoulder, 3.5" from nose tip to tail, and weighed only 4 ounces.
  7. Original article can be found here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/pets-more-trustworthy-than-people.html
  8. Dear Lord, on this Christmas day there's just one gift for which I pray Please watch over all dogs everywhere and bless them with someone to care Watch over the pups with plenty to eat and hungry strays out on the street Those getting treats each time they yap and those that struggle for every scrap Those that sleep on a nice soft bed Those with hard ground under their head Those that play with girls and boys and those that never have any toys Those kept clipped and brushed and clean and scruffy ones that don't smell too keen Those who get to ride in cars and those that sit behind cage bars Those that flunk obedience school Dig up the yard, snore and drool Chew up your stuff, chase the cat and still they're loved in spite of that And those that are as good as gold but left out to shiver in the cold Chained up and forgotten there they long for a warm home to share Please God, on this Christmas night help show more people what is right For each dog they meet, to do their best And send your comfort to all the rest.
  9. Mad_Dog

    When You Love A Dog...

    Just a video I'd like to share with you all... This is what I'd like to see, everywhere in the world... But I know that's not true. To fully understand this video and to fully understand me, you would have to be in my shoes. The things I have seen, the emotions I have felt... Are all so strong. My love for dogs is so very strong and so very prominent that I would not take that for anything. Anything at all. This video proves what humans can be toward dogs. And what dogs can be to humans. Helper, protector, friend, Guardian Angel...