animals
Dog Owners Fake-Cried So Researchers Could Confirm the Sweet Truth About Our Pups

Canine lovers hardly need more evidence that dogs are, in fact, good. But for any remaining heartless monsters, there’s this new study published on Monday in the journal of Learning and Behavior. It suggests that many dogs will rush over to comfort their owners if they think they’re in trouble. Read More >>

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Poll Reveals Which Type of Dog the British Like Best

Dogs are awesome. They're the best pets, so if you try and tell me your cat is better I am willing to fight you. Cats are the worst, but not as bad as fish. Fuck fish, they don't do anything except eat and die. Dogs are cute, loyal, and run around excitedly when you get home from work. You can't top that. Now YouGov has done a poll to find out which dog is best, based on the opinions of the British people. Read More >>

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Another DNA Testing Company Reportedly Gets Fooled by Dog DNA

Consumer DNA testing is going to the dogs. A Canadian testing company has been accused of sending back supposedly human ancestry results on a faux sample that actually came from a chihuahua named Snoopy, CBC News reported Wednesday. Remarkably, it’s the second company reported to have been fooled by doggy DNA in recent months, but the full story behind the sting is even weirder. Read More >>

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I DNA Tested My Cat and She Was Not Happy About It

I was crawling around on the floor, chasing my cat, Avalanche, as she artfully wriggled away from me over and over again to gnaw at the piece of tape I had stuck to her grey and white fur. Avalanche had unwittingly become a victim of journalistic inquiry: I wanted to explore the latest fad in consumer DNA testing, genetic analysis for pets. But rather than somehow coax my cat to spit in a tube, Basepaws required that I stick a piece of tape to Avalanche’s body, then “gently” pull it off. Except it turns out that there is no way to gently rip tape off of an animal completely covered in two-inch-long fur. My cat was furious with me for hours. Read More >>

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Report: A DNA Testing Company Could Not Tell the Difference Between Human and Dog DNA

Dog may be man’s best friend, and even genetically similar to humans, to boot, but there are enough key differences that it shouldn’t be too hard to distinguish between human and doggy DNA. Read More >>

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Rover.com’s Dogsitting Marketplace is Coming to the UK

Having a dog is busy work. Not as much work as having a child, but still a lot more work than having a cat because dogs are needy and have to be walked. Not that those are bad things, but it does make things a bit trickier if you're out of the house all day or heading off to holiday. You can take a child on a plane quite easily (unfortunately), but dogs are a bit trickier to sort out. That's why the dog care industry is big business, and now the US-based crowd-based dogsitting service Rover.com is making its way here. Read More >>

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Vaccines Don’t Give Dogs Autism, Veterinarians Shout Into the Void

The debunked idea that vaccines cause autism is one that, judging by my inbox alone, continues to endure. But veterinarians in the UK and elsewhere are now being forced to contend with antivaxxers going to the dogs. Read More >>

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Nazi Dog YouTuber Gets £800 Fine

That man who made his dog do a Nazi salute and used the classic defence that it was only a joke has been officially judged by the state, with his local Scottish court handing out an £800 fine. Read More >>

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These Cute, Pixelated Puppers Will Devour You in This Wolfenstein 3D Mod

You might love Wolfenstein, but I’m not one who can stomach much violence, even when it’s in service of destroying Nazis in all their forms. As a result, I’ve never played more than a few minutes of any Wolfenstein game. That’s why Return to Castle Woofenstein (aka Woof3d), a mod that turns every enemy Nazi into a lovable doggo, is right up my alley. Read More >>

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A US Science Teacher Allegedly Fed a Puppy to a Snapping Turtle in Front of Students

According to a Monday report in East Idaho News, longtime science teacher Robert Crosland at Preston Junior High School is in trouble over what Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee says is a “regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens” for use in Crosland’s classes. Read More >>

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PETA Worries a Dog With Crufts Arena Invasion

Activists allied with animal rights/feelings group PETA created quite the scene at Crufts over the weekend, when a couple of its people armed with A4 pieces of paper stormed the dog show event right at the big prize-giving moment. Read More >>

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More Evidence That Dogs ‘See’ the World With Their Powerful Noses

Dogs are equipped with a powerful sense of smell, but scientists haven’t been sure if our canine companions are capable of linking an aroma or scent to a physical object. New research suggests this is very much the case, and that dogs form a mental picture in their mind of the target when they’re tracking down a scent. Read More >>

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Do Animals Have a Sense of Competition?

Humans do the wildest things to animals—stick them with experimental drugs, mash them into cheap nuggets, mount their severed heads on dining room walls. Against this backdrop of chaos and mass extermination the Puppy Bowl seems fairly benign, as do all those other events, like the Kentucky Derby, where animals are forced to play sports for our amusement. We know that humans like these games, especially when their bets pay off; but how do the animals feel? What’s, say, on a horse’s mind, when it finishes first in a race? Can an animal have some sense that it’s won something, or, for that matter, lost? Read More >>

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Water Detection Dog Tested on Leaking Northern Water Pipes

The very real science of dogs using their noses to do clever things is being put to new use in the north east, where a water-sniffing dog is being used to see if holes in water pipes can be uncovered without everyone having to get the shovels out. Read More >>

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Channel 4 Wants to Make Crufts an Exciting Sporting Thrill Ride

The 2018 TV coverage of sickening animal parade Crufts is apparently going to be exciting for once, with Channel 4 and its external production friends hoping to jazz it up and make it into a dramatic sporting event of the sort men race to be first to tweet the results of on social media. Read More >>